It goes without saying that your wedding is all about you. Don’t be afraid to ignore the lovey-dovey classics and embrace your own musical taste. Whether you decide to raise eyebrows with some heavy metal, unleash your inner Sid Vicious and hidden tattoos, or go head to head in a rap-off to your favourite rap song, guests are sure to be entertained if the happy couple are enjoying too.
Plan A Routine
For an element of surprise, why not dazzle your guests with a fancy dance routine? You don’t have to be a professional to master the robot or do the twist.
Create A Medley
For couples who just can’t decide on that one special song, crafting a medley or mashup of favourite songs could be the perfect solution. If deejaying is not your strong point, hiring a professional DJ who will be able to turn your selected tunes into a sleek medley is a must.
Involve your Guests
Some couples shy away from the limelight, and will dread the notion of the compulsory first dance. If you and your partner find yourselves anticipating the moment with fear, take a different approach: shrug off any awkwardness by getting your guests up and dancing too! For those that like cheese, Gangnam Style, the Cha Cha Slide, and even the conga can be crowd pleasers, and will help get your guests in high spirits for that lively wedding disco.
Other Things To Consider
When choosing your first dance song, be it a timeless classic or something alternative, here are a few things to bear in mind:
- Length of song. While you may enjoy a song with a ten minute drum solo, it could become a bit tedious for your guests. Opting for something short and sweet is usually a good idea.
- Your dress. Despite picturing yourself jiving and jumping into the jazz splits, your outfits may be too restrictive. Consider alternative party outfits following the ceremony.
- The lyrics. Pay attention to the lyrics of your chosen song, and ensure they are suitable for everyone present, especially your grandmother!
How Do I Find A Good DJ?
Word of mouth and recommendations are a good start.
Google is OK, but remember the top page listings are there because they’ve paid Google. It does not guarantee the quality of their work.
What venues is the DJ playing at REGULARLY ? Nothing wrong with Workingmens Clubs but I dont play there.
How much should we budget for the DJ?
As much as you can afford, as with everything, the best comes at a premium. Scrimp and scrape at your peril. Generally it’s one of the smaller costs of the day but one of the most important. All your guests will remember the music and entertainment above everything apart from the dress.
How far in advance should we book the DJ?
One year particularly during the summer months to get the DJ your want, although I do get bookings with just weeks to spare.
What are the advantages of choosing a DJ over a live band?
Cost, choosing a DJ will give you extra cash to spend on things like lighting and dance floors. Djs are also far more versatile in the music that can be played however I'm sure bands will have a different spin on this !
Our tastes cross over hip-hop, country & pop. Will the DJ have a back catalogue that covers all music types and will he be able to blend the genres smoothly?
Indeed I will. Also, your eclectic tastes will go down a storm on the dance floor. Mixing up the musical genres is sure to keep everyone happy.
Will the DJ be offended if we list every single song we want played and don’t give him the freedom to include additional songs?
Not offended, but from experience this can kill the party. If you’re paying top money for your DJ, you’re paying for experience. If you want to choose all the music and in which order you want them played, you may as well plug in an ipod. Good DJs know and have tracks that will link your request list together to create as seamless and flowing a DJ set as possible.
How do you know if we hate a certain song and is it unreasonable for you to refuse guest requests if the bride or groom has vetoed that song?
I would always ask clients for a list of tracks they don’t like. If requests are received on the night that don’t fit within the clients style and personality, they shouldn’t be played. Guests generally understand this.
What makes a good first dance song? We need help! We’re also need to pick an exit song. Any classics that you can suggest?
Remember it doesn’t have to be slow for the first dance. First dances I’ve seen work best include dance classic Daft Punk’s “Digital Love” and from the 60’s The Turtles “Happy Together”. For the exit, it really depends on what you and your guests are in to which by the end of the night I will of worked out.
How much set up time will the DJ need on the day of the wedding? Break down time?
All DJ set ups will vary but as a rule, for us it’s a maximum of one hour for a standard set up. This can also vary greatly depending on what equipment is being booked.
Not a definitive list of questions and if you can think of anymore drop me a line and I'll add it to the list.
Who Is The Best Wedding DJ ?
Recently I met with a couple to discuss their wedding day which was in a new quirky venue.
They told me of the type of wedding they were looking for, the type of atmosphere they wanted to create if possible, music they definitely did want and music they definitely didn’t want. After listening to what they wanted I explained how I might be able to help, and the way I work and some of the services I offer. We went through the timeline they’d prepared and I was able to offer them a few suggestions on the timings and a few other things. At the end of the meeting I gave them a quote for how much it would cost and left it with them to discuss.
The following day they called me back to say they wanted to book and thanked me for my time. We then chatted a little further, and the bride-to-be mentioned that they’d previously spoken with another DJ who had told them that he was “The Best Wedding DJ!” and therefore charged more ! he wasn’t interested in meeting with them or finding out more about their day and what they wanted etc. as he knew how to “fill the floor”, which was one of the reasons they decided not to book him.Later on I was thinking about the statement the DJ had made, that he was “The Best Wedding DJ”! It seems such an absurd statement to make for so many reasons.
If you’re a good DJ then you’ll have a busy diary and not so much time to view other DJs performing. If you do get invited to a Wedding 9 times out of 10 you are asked to DJ the night ! so therefore how would any DJ truly know if they were better than every other DJ?
Even if you did view a DJ working, if the age group at that particular wedding was quite young, you’d have no idea how good/bad the DJ might be with a much older crowd for example, which then means you’d need to view a DJ quite a few times to truly have a good measure of their ability.
If you asked 100 people to list 10 things that defined a good wedding DJ you’d probably get all sorts of different replies because it’s so subjective and there can be no agreed defining rules. No DJ can be an expert in every music genre, and the music is different at every wedding depending on the average age range, music tastes, cultural makeup of the crowd, amount of time available for the dancing section (some weddings it might only be 1 1/2 hours if things are running late, at others it might be 5 hours).
Some DJs will state they won so and so competition, which I find to be quite hollow, although I guess most clients wouldn’t know that. How on earth would a judging panel be able to visit each DJ that had entered, at their events, numerous times? And if it was a competition where DJs just perform in front of a judging panel and not an actual wedding crowd, that would just be farcical, how can a wedding DJ be truly judged on a performance of less than a few hours to an empty room/non-wedding crowd with completely different dynamics?!
Some people prefer a DJ that has a great personality and makes humorous comments on the microphone, others hate that, so should the DJ talk a lot, not much, not at all?
Some like a DJ that is an expert mixer and can give the wedding a real club vibe, others have no interest in whether the DJ can do that or not.
Many people can’t stand cheesy music and prefer not to hear too much at a wedding, yet there are just as many people with the opposite view and who love to hear cheesy music at weddings.
Is four slow songs for couples in one night, far too much, far too little, just right? Who’s right?
Similarly what is the right number of Motown songs, or R&B, or current chart hits, or rock & roll etc., who’s right, who’s wrong?
Should the DJ play every guest request?
Some DJs have a huge number of lights while others will have a much more minimalistic elegant setup.
And I haven’t even touched upon the volume levels, the sound quality, the customer service offered before the event, and whether the client felt they had peace of mind about the DJ they’d chosen in the lead up to the wedding and many other things.
To me it’s completely farcical to claim to be “The best DJ”
I’d suggest that the best way to try to get an idea of whether a DJ is right for your wedding is to either meet with them or have a decent conversation with them on the phone , ask them questions, see if they understand the type of day that you would like, see whether you like their personality.
When a client confirms a booking with me they are sent a username/password that gives them access to the client area of my website. One section in here is the Guest request system, which gives them a link and a password that they can send to their guests to enable them to make some music requests
The guests can browse the music library, select requests, and include special notes about the requests that they make. The client is notified whenever a guest logs on and makes a request. After navigating to the link the guests will need to log on using the date of the event and the supplied password.
The client is notified each time they make a request but these notifications can be turned off if they wish.
The client can also remove any tracks selected by their guests that they’d would rather not hear!
Further to this on the night I always announce on the microphone that guests are welcome to ask me for any requests they would like to hear, unless the client requests that this not be announced!
The father of the bride and bride asked me to do a mix of some songs so that they could funk it up to start the night with a bang.
And that set the scene for the night.