The selection of a good wedding DJ is absolutely crucial for a successful wedding night. The DJ does so much more than simply put a list of songs on and then sit back and relax. A good wedding DJ will be acutely aware of the mood of the room (and the bride) and be playing the right songs at the right times.
Don’t be afraid to ask Questions
You may be scared of wearing the nagging bride tag but weddings are a stressful time for everyone involved and a good DJ will be aware of that and act accordingly. The DJ will be more than happy to answer any and all questions that you may have. Remember that they do this all the time and have probably heard it all before.
What Kinds of Questions should I Ask?
When planning your wedding you will most likely have a million things happening a once and things will be forgotten or occur to you after or before you talk to your DJ, so it is a good idea to have a list of things that you want to ask your potential wedding DJ before you agree to hire them. Some of these questions may include: How much wedding experience do you have? What kind of music do you have and I give you a playlist to work from? What will you be wearing on the day? Does the cost include sound equipment and how much time will you need to set up your equipment on the day? Do you have insurance? How will you be handling the events of the night and do you have any references?
It is also a good idea to sit down with your wedding DJ at some before the wedding starts and have a conversation about how you will be handling the schedule of the night together. When the speeches and the first dance will occur and how you want them handled. Most professional DJ’s have a system or method for keeping things organized and on time and appreciate being kept informed of what will be happening and what is to be expected of them.
The First Dance
It’s not hard for a couple to look absolutely spectacular during their first dance together as long as the moment is prepared for well in advance. Let your DJ know what song you want for your first dance, and plan your entrance and exit strategy together. It only takes a couple of practice sessions for a couple to look like professional dancers who have been dancing together for years.
Karaoke continues to grow in popularity thanks to its unique ability to bring people together and encourage folks to loosen up and have a good time. Still, we’ve all been to bars and parties when the guests are just standing around with their arms crossed, feeling too self-conscious to perform. Sometimes all they need is a little bit of motivation. Hiring a professional karaoke DJ can help. Here are just two of the biggest benefits you’ll receive when you do:
Vast Collection of Music – Professional karaoke DJs know their audience. They keep themselves abreast of all the latest trends in karaoke music. They know which songs will encourage audience members to sing along and all the current hits that get the most requests from eager participants in every genre of music. But they also understand that not everyone is keen on singing the same old songs that everyone else wants to sing which is why they’ll also maintain a rich collection of songs from many popular artists who are not often heard on mainstream radio. They will also come prepared with one or more copies of an up-to-date, easy to use printed catalog from which performers can pick their next song.
Encouragement - To get things started, or whenever there’s a lull, it is the DJ’s responsibility to generate increased participation. Professional karaoke DJs know all the tricks to encourage reluctant performers. Whether it’s addressing friendlier faces in the crowd, using their wit and humor to ease them on the stage or offering to buy them a drink if they finish a whole song, they will do everything within their power to keep things rolling. When humor, free gifts and witty banter just aren’t enough, a professional karaoke DJ will take the mic and sing as many songs as it takes to liven things back up again.
Next time you’re hosting an event with karaoke, remember the two biggest benefits you’ll receive when you hire a professional DJ. You can find a terrific one now by simply consulting a reputable agency’s website. Look for agencies with the longest histories of providing the names and contact information for karaoke DJs in your area and allow you to narrow your search by price point so that you are sure to hire the best you can afford.
When it comes to wedding DJs, the first thing you’d expect is for your DJ to play great music that will encourage your guests to get up and dance and stay dancing until your reception is over. But what you may not know is that all of the best wedding DJs became the best predominantly because they took full entertainment responsibility of every reception they performed at. This includes providing services you may not have been aware of. Here are a few of the most popular wedding DJ services and how you can get them for your wedding reception:
Uplighting – In the most general sense, uplighting refers to lighting that visually enhances an event, but in practice it does so much more than that, creating a mood and an ambiance to complement the overall style of the décor. In the case of a wedding, it can make all the difference in distinguishing a more formal reception from a laid-back, informal affair or it can even enhance the overall aesthetic of a multi-cultural ceremony.
Photo Booths – What better way for the bride and groom to allow their guests to create their own unique mementos of their wedding day than to give them the opportunity to take photos of themselves at their leisure throughout the reception. Photo booths can be customized to include different backgrounds that compliment your décor while the photo strips themselves can be designed to print with stylish borders or a simple script at the bottom with the couple’s names and date of the wedding or whatever other words they wish to appear. During the reception the photo booth can be hooked up to a video screen so that recent images can scroll across for other guests to enjoy and a DVD copy of all the photos can be burned at the end of the night for the happy couple to take home and treasure forever.
Narration Capabilities – Many couples like to share photos or videos of their lives leading up to their big day. However, they may be too shy or simply want someone else to narrate the photos so they can join in on watching them with their friends and family. Thankfully, most of the best wedding DJs possess enough charm, intelligence and humor, to adlib some fun and witty narration based on a brief script with a few simple cues or identifications provided by the couple beforehand.
Bilingual and Multicultural Expertise – If the bride and groom come from different ethnic backgrounds and the majority of their guests speak two or more different languages, you’ll want to find a DJ that understands the cultural differences and can communicate effectively with the majority of your guests.
Though all of these great services may seem difficult to acquire, it’s easy to find them when you consult a reputable agency. Start by conducting a Google search online for agencies that specialize in great affordable DJs in your town. Focus your search predominantly on those agencies with the longest histories and that appear on the first one or two pages of your search as these agencies are likely to attract the most traffic to their site.