What did you say DJ?
I’ve never used a DJ before. How does it work?
As with all vendors, DJs are contracted to provide specific services for the day of your event. Most DJs have vast music catalogs from which to select music to maximize your options. These extensive libraries allow your DJ to easily tailor their play list to your individual preferences. Additionally your DJ can serve as the Master of Ceremonies, handling timed introductions and announcements; be able to greet and direct your guests to seating and special functions; read and/or lead the crowd to keep the dance floor full and, above all, be capable of keeping the limelight on the bride and groom while tending to their needs. Your DJ should plan event specific details with you, well in advance of your reception, to ensure your affair adheres to your exact specifications. In short, a good DJ serves as the your “day of” personal concierge while providing a constant flow of music to entertain you and your guests.
Do you help with music selection?
Absolutely! Your DJ should be able to provide general, as well as specific recommendations by offering suggestions in alignment with your tastes; he should possess a working knowledge of current music styles and past trends. Typically, you should be prepared to select your formal dances and a handful of songs you desire to hear. Based on your selections your DJ should be able to formulate a play list that works for you, your guests and your event.
I have very diverse friends. How do you make sure everyone has a good time?
Prior planning is “key” to ensuring a successful event. Your DJ will work with you to develop a play list that encompasses the diverse musical tastes of your guests since you know them best. They should also utilize past experience to play those songs that “work” at receptions consistently. Additionally, during your event the DJ should be open to taking requests; this allows the DJ to adjust the music played to better reflect your guests’ preferences as your event progresses.
How involved are you at the actual reception?
Your DJs involvement is customized to your individual preference. It can span from providing minimal announcements to being an involved emcee; your DJ should modify their style to fit yours. You and your DJ should work together to create a partnership allowing you to be the star and your DJ to help you shine.
How can I be sure I will like you?
You should always talk to several DJ companies so that you can best select the one with which you are most comfortable and who fits your budget. Open and effective two-way communication between you and your DJ is vital to the success of your event. Prior to your reception, talk to your DJ to clarify your exact needs. This will allow your chosen vendor to best match their DJ to your event. The more comfortable you are with your decision the easier it will be for you to relax and enjoy your big day.
What if you play a song I don’t like?
Effective prior planning helps alleviate these concerns. Your DJ should ask you, well in advance of the event, to provide a “do not” play list; this list should include specific songs and/or genres you prefer not to hear. However, should an occasion arise where a song is played that wasn’t excluded and is not your favorite simply inform your DJ and it can easily be faded into the next selection.
Answers provided by: Stephen Daulong of Daulong’s Mobile Music.