8 Signs of a Great Wedding DJ
8 Signs of a Great Wedding DJ
We all have heard horror stories about overpriced and underprepared wedding DJs. Yes, a wedding DJ can truly make or break a wedding reception – which is why this is one of the most important decisions a couple can make when planning their special day. Your wedding DJ should do these 8 things:
1 –Listen! A great wedding DJ will closely listen to your instructions and make sure he understands your EVERY wish. They know this is the biggest day of your life, and that you’re trusting him/her with determining the flow of the day. And they take the responsibility seriously, ALWAYS putting the needs of the couple first.
2 –Pronounce The Names Right! Professional DJs & Master’s of Ceremonies take the responsibility of your formal announcements very seriously. With this, they make sure EVERY name is pronounced correctly. They practice this and go over it with the couple in the weeks beforehand to make sure it’s perfect. Nothing is more unprofessional than a DJ or MC mispronouncing someone’s name wrong in the wedding party.
3 –Play YOUR Requested Music, and read the crowd . . . The perfect combination! If your DJ is a professional, he or she knows that having the Bride and Groom’s favorite song(s) are paramount. Just as important is having a DJ that knows how to read a crowd and play to that crowd. If he or she doesn’t, the event could be a disaster.
4 –Plan Ahead With The Venue! They should always contact the venue before the wedding day to secure all setup logistics – when the doors open, where to park, where to bring in the equipment, any particular venue rules, etc.
5 –Never Assume! They should never assume. For example, he or she will have exact directions to the venue beforehand. This may sound obvious, but “we’ve all heard of DJs who were late to a wedding reception.
6 –Test Everything Ahead Of Time! They should arrive at least a couple of hours before the event begins to unload equipment and set-up and test the sound system, which has been thoroughly tested prior to his arrival. They should adjust sound levels, check microphones, and position speakers to take advantage of the room’s acoustics. Every location has its own distinctive acoustics, and they should know how to maximize this. If outdoors, they should adjust the sound according to layout, weather, etc. And they should ALWAYS has a backup system ready to go in case of equipment failure.
7 –Are Poised, Presentable Professionals! They are always well dressed, well groomed, well rested, relaxed and in control. Again, this may seem obvious, but that’s not always the case!
8 –Always Work & Plan Ahead With Others Involved! They should always synchronize their efforts with those of the venue staff, wedding photographers, videographers and other involved to ensure a seamless flow among everyone during the entire event. They should lock down all logistics and timing BEFORE the event, not during!
They will help you to create a lifetime of great memories, so when selecting your wedding DJ, make sure to ask them if they do these eight things.