Tales from the Photobooth Point of View
Music is the make or break factor that I have witnessed at most weddings and birthdays. When you hire a disc jockey, or DJ, for your event, you’re also hiring a Master of Ceremony. There is a checklist of things that they have to get right, and some intangibles, that should help you decide who to hire for your special event.
Playing Your Requests
Wedding or event pre-planning always involves a set list. What songs do you want to hear during your reception? What sytles of music do you want at what times? Any good DJ will crank out the jams, but are they the ones you wanted when you wanted them? This is the #1 complaint that we’ve read after the wedding is over. The DJ didn’t play the right song at the right time. Or they didn’t play it at all.
Our recommendation is that your wedding planner stay on top of the music selection.
Getting the Wedding Party Names Right
Introduction of the wedding party is the only time that your hard-working groomsmen and bridesmaids get their due. Any mistake, or slight bumble, must be avoided. With or without the help of your wedding planner, if they fail, nothing will stick out sorely in the days and years after the wedding than someone’s name getting butchered. A simple rehearsal with the DJ will make sure that these names are pronounced correctly. Your wedding party will thank you.
Raising the Energy Level
There are three moments during the reception when the DJ has to urge the guests to show the love. During the aforementioned wedding party introductions, when the dance music starts, and when the ritual events take place. Of these, the most important is when the bride and groom are announced publically for the first time. This is preceeded by the wedding party introductions. In today’s era, those folks tend to bring the energy themselves with dances move and more, but urging for more and louder love.
The energy level will then go down, as the traditional dances and more sometimes come after this. I would pay attention to the flow of events to make sure your guests, who will only have so much energy to give, give it at the right time. The DJ is in charge of letting them know when to hit the gas and when to sit back and recharge.