The truth is that both the ceremony and the reception are equally important on your special day. However, the reception is what definitely makes your family, friends, and all your guests have fun on your big day. You’ve already made the important decision to hire a DJ instead of a band for your wedding. Now it’s time to make sure your DJ helps you make your wedding reception a party no one ever forgets
Hiring the right DJ for wedding receptions is vital, but there’s still more to be done. You need to communicate with your DJ in advance so they know your expectations. What does your wedding DJ need to know exactly? This checklist of the five main things you should tell your wedding DJ should help.
DJ Wedding Checklist
Hopefully you’ve hired a DJ for wedding that has plenty of experience; but, being clear about your preferences is vital to a successful reception.
Here’s a list of the five main things you should discuss with your wedding DJ:
1. When & What to Play
You’ll need to share with your DJ the list you’ve picked for all the songs needed for a wedding. Most people want specific songs for important moments like the first dance, bouquet and garter toss, cake cutting, last dance, etc. It’s also important to tell your DJ for how long a song will be played. For instance, will the song that you and your partner dance to last five minutes, or should your DJ fade the song out after three minutes? Not only do you have to tell them what you like, but you should also tell them what you don’t like in order to avoid awkward moments.
2. Give Your DJ Context for Song Requests
Provide your DJ with some context for the songs you’d like to hear at the reception. For example, if you and your friends loved the Spice Girls, you can tell that to your DJ so he gets a sense of what other genres, artists, or songs to play.
3. The “Forbidden List”
This point is especially important when the DJ takes requests from your guests. Make sure to tell your DJ which songs, artists, or even genres are off-limits. You can even specify your preferences for things like explicit language and volume to avoid having unpleasant moments at your wedding reception. You don’t want to hear the lyrics of “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot as background music at your wedding dinner, do you?
Are you down with a lot of emceeing? Do you like being the center of attention? Whatever your answers are, let your DJ know! They should be aware of your preferences to make sure that you and your guests enjoy the night. Moreover, don’t forget to alert your DJ of any strained relationships between members of your family or any other topic that could lead to awkwardness. This way your DJ will be ready to interact trouble-free with your guests.
5. Name Pronunciation
This might be the last point on our list, but it might be the most important of all. If your DJ is going to introduce the newlyweds and the entire wedding party for the grand entrance, don’t forget to give them a phonetic spelling of all the names! This can be particularly helpful if some unusual or commonly mispronounced names are on the list. Better safe than sorry!
It’s YOUR wedding! Don’t leave the soundtrack of your big day to chance. Help your DJ be the best they can be and they will help you have the most memorable day of your life.