What do you see happening at your special event? Do you expect people to sit at tables, quietly chatting while music plays subtly in the background? Do you want people to jump up, yelling, to go run and dance to the song that just came on? Are you hoping to find a DJ that knows how to perform or just a body to play what you tell them, when you tell them?
I don’t think there are too many who want a body sitting at a table-and while every crowd has it’s own peculiarities–you’ll know, probably better than anyone else, the basic kind of music your family and friends will want to listen to and enjoy. That’s where we come in. I want to pick your brain beforehand, so that I know what ages will be in attendance, what your expectations are, how rowdy or how demure you want your event to be.
Wedding music? Of course. And dinner music, dance music and even wind-em down a bit music. You want the special stuff, like Aunt Mabel’s favorite song from when she was a little girl, or your Dad’s all-time gotta-have-it song from his college days. Give us enough notice and we’ll guarantee it. Give us a little notice and the likelihood is that we’ll be able to find it. Oftentimes, as long as we have an internet connection, we can get it on the spot, on request.
What are the traditions you want at your wedding? You want all the wedding party announced when you come in, of course… Mom and Dad haven’t been together for a while? That’s OK, we can work on it. Dollar dance is fine! How about a special dance for the bridesmaids, and something a bit different for the groomsmen. Cutting the cake music, Garter Toss, Bouquet Toss. Your DJ should have your song selections from you well in advance to get an effective playlist together. They should always work with the photographer and the wedding planner to stay on track and keep on track through your reception or special event.
If any wedding actually went off without a hitch I would be surprised but there are things you can do to make sure it runs smoothly and that is, simply, to help the DJ get prepared. If they aren’t calling you ahead of time or communicating by email, maybe you want to rethink this choice. Are they going to play “Baby Got Back”, even though you know it will offend your grandparents? Maybe you don’t want the Hokey Pokey or the Chicken Dance (although why that would be I have no idea! It’s one the older folks can usually get into…)
Also, don’t forget to discuss clothing. Weddings can be casual or black tie and your DJ should be dressed accordingly. If you’re ok with black dress slacks and a white shirt, that’s fine, but if you expect formalwear, you need to let them know that also.
The main thing is communication and confidence. If you feel that your DJ is doing right by you, they probably are. Leaving it up to chance when you have a pretty good idea about what is going to work and what won’t is not the best plan. You will get what you pay for. And in this economy, you can get a serious professional at very reasonable rates. Don’t be shy about saying so!
Connie and David Spicer
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