January 13, 2021

Tips for Working With Your Wedding DJ

It has always been a desire for this space online to be helpful for my couples when planning their wedding, beyond just the visual inspiration! Because of this I was excited when I contacted Matt from Someone Said Yes to see if he could share some insider, little-known tips for working with your wedding DJ, and he said yes!! ;-) So get ready to bookmark this post or write down these deets! Oh and if you’re still looking for a DJ in the Grass Valley to Tahoe area, Matt is one of the very best!!

bride and groom first dance at wedding

Planning the Best Wedding Ever?

Here are my thoughts on a few commonly overlooked details –

  • Don’t put the DJ in an obscure location; the DJ needs to be easily visible and near the dance floor so they can see it to get a feel for the crowd. I kind insist in being on the edge of the dance floor. It’s a better experience.
  • If there are older guests, try not to sit them close or right in front of the speaker(s).
  • Don’t micromanage the timeline. We do need the order of events but not necessarily the exact time for each.
  • For your wedding, keep in mind that your guests are going to be where you are. If you’re on the dance floor, the guests will be too!
bride and groom dancing the jewish wedding dance the horah
  • If you have lighting above the dance floor, keep in mind that darker is better. Use dimmers for chandeliers, cafe lighting, house lights, etc. (This is really important)
  • If you have a bar or photo booth at your wedding, please try to put it in the main room where the DJ is. You want to keep people near the dance floor at all times.
  • When picking your music, you don’t have to overdo it. Pick 20 or so songs you like and a few you don’t, and let me fill in from there.
  • When selecting your songs for your wedding, take into account not only your taste, but the guests’ as well. I can send you a link so your guests can request some music before your wedding. Let’s review and pick some of the best ones.
  • You always want to leave the guests wanting more. It’s not your responsibility to entertain guests until 2am. For most weddings, a 10pm “last dance” works great and leaves plenty of time for an after-party.
  • If you have to cut corners on your budget, please don’t skimp on your DJ. I am passionate about my profession and I’m focused on helping to create the best wedding ever.
bride and groom dancing

For more DJ inspo and to see Matt do some impromptu sessions, check him out on his website and social media!

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