Depending on your cultural background, your views of wedding traditions may be different than the norm. One thing we can find as universal in all weddings is the desire to have good music playing throughout the day. Many couples are completely put off by the idea of hiring a DJ to play during the ceremony and at the reception, but it is important to understand that not all DJs play rap or rock music.
In fact, when you hire a DJ, you are solely responsible for putting together a playlist you and your guests will enjoy. Not all DJs are created equal, and a good one can be a lifesaver during a stressful time. However, even if your options for hiring a good wedding DJ are limited, you can take control of the situation by considering the tips below.
1. When you first meet your DJ, it is important to establish that you’re the one that’s going to be in charge. Before things could ever take a turn for the worse, lay down the ground rules you want your DJ to follow. Some things you will need to consider:
– Will you allow your DJ to make personal judgment calls?
-Is he allowed to voice any opinions?
-Are you going to allow special requests not currently on your playlist?
2. You will need to come up with a playlist that addresses your ceremony and the reception after. Most DJs have playlist forms you can fill out in order to address every aspect of your wedding day. If the DJ you hired doesn’t have forms you can use, just create your own!
3. Establish whether or not you’re going to allow your DJ to play any special requests not featured on your playlist. If you will allow him to handle requests, lay down rules for the process such as who comes first, how many requests he can take etc. Keep in mind that some people may not play by your rules, in these cases, have your DJ refer back to you for help.
4. If you will allow your guests to make special requests, let your DJ know where to draw the line. Trust us that a bit of alcohol can make anyone cheeky, so have a list of songs or song types you don’t want played under any circumstances. For example, if you don’t want Michael Jackson performing ’80s pop songs, warn your DJ!
5. Leave plenty of time for your wedding DJ to get acquainted with your playlist. Giving him 90 days is best, but he can sufficiently work with 30 days before your wedding. Which means you shouldn’t be scrambling to compile your playlist last minute.
If you have a wedding planner, he or she can help you find the perfect DJ. If not, you will have to do your own homework to hire someone local to do the job. Regardless of your choice, keep in mind the ideas you will need to share from this article.