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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Music – Music – Music, what do I pick, I’m overwhelmed!

First off, congratulations on your engagement!If you hired a professional dj for your special wedding day, then you should relax and not feel overwhelmed. The best way to pick your music is to choose 5 of your favorite songs and also list the Do Not Play list. Along side of this, you would also want to add in your special songs that must be played for (ie: First Dance, Parents Dances, Cake, Last Dance, etc.).

The DJ’s goal is to get everyone on the dance floor and this can be done by reading your crowd and timing. Since you will have different age groups attending your wedding, you definitely do not want to lock your dj into a specific playlist. Stringent playlist can be difficult to work from if song selections have not been used with crowds in the past that the DJ has experienced. Also, you may be choosing songs or genres that may not fit your guests age group.

When you hire a DJ, you are not only hiring a Wedding Disc Jockey and Master of Ceremonies for your wedding day but also a consultant. They specialize in Wedding entertainment and they do it well. Keep in mind that you have high hopes and dreams for your special day and that you have every right to be concerned, since this is a once in a lifetime event! You have had those nightmare dreams of people not dancing and music being played that cleared your dance floor and I have too prior to my wedding day back in 1999.You want to be honest and open about your music selection and concerns with your DJ, it is a partnership and working relationship. Keep in mind that no crowd is 100% predictable, meaning that musical sets that have ALWAYS worked at prior wedding events may not work on your wedding day. Why, you ask? It can be for many reasons, maybe it is a day event or a Sunday or even that your crowd does not have the enthusiasm that you would prefer. This can sometimes reflect on the Disc Jockey but in many cases, it is not the DJ. We go into every event we work with the goal of getting a dance floor packed. Even when guests don’t dance, we will do whatever it takes (tastefully of course) to play the right music or just amount of crowd interaction to get them dancing. With that said, as long as we leave the event knowing we did everything it took, we know that it was not us and just the crowd which again is not always a bad thing. Some people may feel that if no one dances the entire time that it is failure. That may not be the case since your guests may have preferred catching up with old family or having great conversation.

Many people ask me, what types of questions should I ask my DJ? I always tell friends and family that you want to be open and honest. Let them know your music ideas and fears upfront. Tell them the age group of your guests and what you think they may like to hear. Tell your DJ that you want to be sure that your do not play list is taken seriously. Any Professional DJ will work with you on this to make certain you are comfortable.Good luck! More to come…



  • At August 7, 2007 at 9:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Dave!

    I know this is off topic but what happens if the dj plays something from the do not play list?

    Diane from Boston

  • At August 8, 2007 at 12:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Diane! This is something you should take care of in advance. Let the DJ know that the size of the tip is directly related to how well he/she adheres to your 'play - do not play' list. If it happens anyway, give your DJ the cut sign, you know, index finger dragged across the neck. At that point the offending music should be mixed into a more pleasing one. If not, feel free to yell "I HATE THIS SONG" up close and personal and if need be, reduce the size of, or eliminate the tip entirely.

  • At October 21, 2010 at 3:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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  • At January 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM , Anonymous Robert said...

    I am a wedding dj of over 30 years. One of the biggest problems I find with brides is not that they don't know what they want played, but just the opposite they want to dictate every song. When you hire a professional, tell them the kind of music you want. However, do not micro-manage them to death!

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