Dj Mixing

So your engaged and now you are looking for a DJ for you wedding reception. You’ve probably never hired a DJ before especially for a wedding reception.

First, let’s look at the reception – What is a wedding reception and what is the DJ’s role during a wedding reception?

Good question – The reception is the gathering of friends and family at the conclusion of the ceremony. It’s a time to celebrate, get hugs, tell stories, take pictures and just relax. The reception is broken up into parts – a “cocktail” part that usually consists of drinks (with or without alcohol) as a time for guests to mingle and connect with other guests. Then the buffet opens or a plated diner is served. Then toasts, cake cutting etc. etc.

Then there is the party – That is typically where the DJ will raise the music volume and play more upbeat music to get the focus on the dance floor.

But during the cocktail hour, the DJ will play specific music for the style of cocktail hour you may want. This is something that should be discussed in the planning.

And then what style of dinner music would you like – love songs? Jazz? Instrumentals? Once again discuss this in advance.

Then the party music – the music that people dance to. This is where you really should be specific with your DJ on the music. There are literally thousands of good songs that can be played during this time. But in order to keep the style of wedding you want for you and your guests your music requests are critical in making sure they DJ plays the music, the genre’s, and the style of music you want.

Ok, Ok, Ok…… what are the questions your supposed to ask when it coms to music at my reception?

1. What style of music will you play at my reception?
2. Will the music you play be clean edits?
3. Will you adjust the music if my guests don’t like what you are playing?
4. Will you play songs that we don’t know?
5. Will you take requests from my guests?

As noted above, there are several different parts of a reception, so I’m just going to focus on the party part of the wedding reception.

Let’s answer these…
1. What style of music will you play at my reception?
A good wedding dj, will play a variety of styles of music. Why? If you were to go out to all the cars in the parking lot of your reception and turn on the radio, you would hear a variety of music genre’s from oldies to current pop music. So it is recommended that the DJ play a variety of music. BUT…… you don’t like country music! Then tell you DJ to focus on other genre’s and styles. There’s plenty of songs that can still be played.

2. Will the music you play be clean edits?
YES! Over the years, i have had guests request songs that were inappropriate to play at a family event. Or even bride’s say – “Play ___________!” If there are children, grandparents and a minister at the reception, then NO on the dirty music.

3. Will you adjust the music if my guests don’t like what you are playing?
Absolutely! Even the most experienced DJ’s can play a song they feel is a match for the current dance set and it will not go over well. So a good DJ will move on to the next song with a good transition so many guests will never even know what he did to keep the floor hopping!

4. Will you play songs that we don’t know?
No. If a song is not a hit, it will most likely be a dance floor killer. So a good DJ will make sure that each song played is a hit so the dance floor stays packed.

5. Will you take requests from my guests?
A request is just that…..A request. A good Dj will always listen to the guest and if the song is a good song and it fits the style of the party, then play it! It might just make someones day.

Bonus Question
Can I give you a specific list of songs to play in the order I want them played?
First, we as DJ’s do realize that there a “must play” songs and “favorite songs of all time” – Those are great to play. But you want the DJ to have the freedom to play the right song at the right time and play what is needed at that time to make “It” happen.

So, there you have it. Ask these question in regards to music and if the DJ is NOT willing to accommodate, then they may not be the DJ for YOUR wedding reception.

Good luck with your planning!!!