Five Things Wedding DJ’s Do (Besides Play Music)
“What do Wedding DJ’s do besides play music?” This is a question that many professional Wedding DJ’s may have heard during a conversation with soon-to-be couples which can come across as absurd or even offensive. However, in today’s highly-competitive wedding market, and with more DIY couples opting for an ‘i-Pod’ wedding, the question of what a Wedding DJ does besides play music has become more relevant than ever. This market reality should serve as enough reason to seriously consider what it is we as professional Wedding DJ’s do that technology simply cannot replace.
So, what do Wedding DJ’s do besides play music? In addition to the 5 things listed below, there are so many things that Wedding DJ’s do in ensuring the success of your special day that technology cannot accomplish. At the end of the day, it is the time devoted, attention to detail, and caring service that professional Wedding DJ’s provide each of their clients that make the difference. Here is a list of at least 5 things that Wedding DJ’s Do (Besides Play Music) which will help you understand what Wedding DJ’s do in making your Wedding Day a success!
1. Coordinate special activities with other wedding vendors to ensure your event runs smoothly
Professional Wedding DJ’s are able to communicate with other wedding vendors to make sure that everyone is on the same page when it is time to announce special activities. For example, many newlyweds will be visiting with guests during dinner, which can sometimes have them stepping out of the room to visit other guests who are mingling outside. If it is time for the Best Man and Maid of Honor to deliver their toasts, it would feel quite strange to do so without knowing where the guests of honor are located. This is why hiring a professional Wedding DJ is of importance when considering these scenarios, because these things can and will happen! An experienced Wedding DJ will be there to make sure everyone is where they need to be for toasts and other special activities throughout the evening.
2. Provide assistance with event planning and playlist development
It is not uncommon for wedding clients to seek assistance in planning the details for their event, such as the timeline and music playlist. Experienced Wedding DJ’s are capable of developing a timeline that will be best suited for the event, and can also help you determine the best time to schedule special activities such as the bridal party announcements, formal dances, and cake cutting. Having the right music to play is essential in creating the atmosphere leading up to these special moments, which is what an experienced Wedding DJ will do for you.
3. Devote time and attention to planning out the details for your event
After carefully considering the timeline and music playlist for your event, your Wedding DJ will most likely spend a few hours, if not more, in preparing for your big day. Making sure everyone’s name is pronounced correctly for Bridal party introductions, ensuring that all of the music you requested is readily available (especially for formal dances), and practicing those few words that will be spoken during special announcements are but a few of the details that an experienced Wedding DJ will cover before the day of your event.
4. Provide expertise in sound equipment
The DJ is responsible for not only the music, but also the microphones and sound used during speeches. It is imperative that the system is set up properly and with no kickback or static. Industry leading Wedding DJ’s will be able to come into your venue and test systems, set up equipment and put on a top quality event. This is a very important thing to consider for your wedding, especially if you plan to use microphones for toasts and announcements. Nothing is worse than technical difficulty during a spur-of-the moment speech from your father in law, which is why it is important to hire a professional Wedding DJ to provide you with the right sound setup for your wedding.
5. Provide knowledge and experience in music
Highly skilled Wedding DJs have a vast knowledge and experience with music. They have the ability to take your selections and requests and use their knowledge to fill in the blanks. They are also able to smoothly transition from each special event (i.e. Dinner hour into speeches, and then into the dance reception) with music that is appropriate for the occasion. An experienced Wedding DJ can sense the type of party you and your guests will be looking for and be able to change it again once the party atmosphere changes later in the night.
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