Your wedding DJ controls the mood of a room from their fingertips. Knowing when the crowd needs a jolt of energy or a chance to cool down is their primary responsibility. But they also need your help to get a myriad of other details right for your wedding.
Know how long to play important songs
Any of our Circle City DJs or DJ Bobby Stardust will ask you what songs you want for important dances. But we also ask how long you want those songs to play for. There’s a big difference between a five-minute first dance and three, and many couples have a good opinion about which they prefer.
Additionally, we’ll ask you about music to include before the wedding, during the seating, recessional, reception, entrance, first dance, daddy/daughter or mother/son dance, dinner, cake cutting, bouquet toss, and last dance.
Tell the DJ how to pronounce names
Somewhat obvious, it’s not as important to your DJ that names are spelled correctly on paper. Since your wedding DJ is also probably the wedding emcee, knowing how to say them correctly and fluidly is critical when making introductions.
Share context about songs and their meaning
The background context of a song and why you requested it gives a lot more emotional weight to your wedding. If your DJ knows which song you heard when you first met, danced, or kissed, those stories add important narrative to your wedding night. This is important for the first dance, but also the father-daughter dance.
List songs you don’t want to play
There may be songs, genres, or artists you just never want to hear no matter the circumstance. We ask all of our DJ-seeking customers for their “do not play” list. You can optionally add songs to “do not play” regardless if someone requests it or not.
How comfortable are you being the center of attention?
Your DJ can emcee the event, but you may not be comfortable with being the center of attention. As a result, you may feel embarrassed if the DJ is constantly shining and directing attention to your table. Let your DJ know so they can direct attention accordingly.
Family issues may be worth sharing with your DJ
If your family has an embarrassing story or two, or even just some bad feelings from a divorce or other issue, you may want to let your DJ know. It can save your wedding night from some embarrassing moments and knowing can help your DJ understand the mood of the room, too.