When looking for a DJ for an event as important as your wedding, it only makes sense that you want to find someone who is the perfect fit. However, there are many things to consider when booking your wedding DJ, and while some may seem like good ideas during the planning stages, they can spell catastrophe the day of your wedding. With that being said, here are nine common misconceptions of your average wedding DJ, hand-picked by our wedding pros here at Selective Sound.
1. I Have To Make A Playlist For My DJ
Myth! If you knew all the music your guests would want to hear, you’d be DJing weddings yourself. A skilled wedding DJ can not only keep the dance floor packed all night but can even take your reception to a whole other level! Your DJ should be able to read the crowd to determine what should be played next, using your input and their judgement to direct their song choices. Feel free to formulate a “must play list” of songs you would definitely like to hear at your reception or even just some song suggestions, but your DJ should be fully capable of taking charge once the party gets started.
2. A DJ Just Shows Up and Plays Some Music
Although you do hire a DJ to show up and play music, that’s not even half of their responsibilities when they entertain at a wedding. A good wedding DJ helps direct guests throughout the night, professionally handling all formal announcements and working with vendors during the night to keep your reception running as seamless as possible. One of the DJ’s main jobs is to be the Host/Emcee of the night and has a direct effect on how well your wedding celebration flows.
3. I Don’t Want My DJ Playing Requests
Even if your wedding guests have the worst taste in dance music, you should still allow your DJ to take requests . Requests help a DJ determine what people may like to dance to throughout the evening. Also keep in mind that not all requests will be played by default, and that it is the DJ’s job to filter out requests. If nothing else, it will allow guests to be interactive and feel connected to your special day on a more personal level.
4. My DJ Already Has Lighting Covered
Lighting is a VERY broad term. Just because a DJ has lights doesn’t mean that they’re appropriate for your wedding. It’s easy to assume your DJ has all the lighting handled, but the wrong lighting elements can be distracting during dinner, irritating for guests, and can leave your reception looking messy. When choosing your wedding DJ, trust the pros who have lighting designers and production departments to transform your wedding’s atmosphere.
5. You Can Have Either a Band or DJ, But Not Both
Untrue! Having both a band and a DJ may seem “over the top”, but they can actually compliment each other very well. As we said in Myth #2, the DJ has many responsibilities aside from just playing music, so they can still coordinate your entire reception while the band plays! Also, when the band takes a break, the dancing doesn’t have to stop. Your DJ can take control of the dance floor, making sure your guests are entertained all night long! Additionally, the DJ provides an opportunity for guests to hear songs that the band may be unable to play.
6. I Have To Do All The Classic Formalities That Everyone Else Does
It’s 2016, and you don’t have to do anything at your wedding that you don’t want! A good wedding DJ can work with you to help formulate unique ideas for your reception, using their experience and industry knowledge to make your day unlike any other! Even if you want to keep things traditional but aren’t looking for the same old wedding, a seasoned DJ will work with you to create an event timeline that satisfies all your wants and makes your celebration one of a kind.
7. I Know Someone Who DJs – They’ll Do Just Fine
Weddings draw a wide variety of guests and are very different compared to most other shows a DJ may face. Therefore you don’t just want a DJ; You want an experienced, professional, wedding DJ. Your DJ needs to be someone who knows how to run a wedding, has the right equipment to handle the job, and has the ability to voice your announcements both formally and tastefully. Many club/bar DJs play a very different style of music than you’ll hear at most weddings. You want to be sure that the DJ you hire has a vast knowledge of music and will be able to play any genre or style you or your guests may want.
8. DJs Have The Easiest Jobs Ever!… And They Only Work For A Few Hours!
While being a wedding DJ is fun and has its perks, it is far from the easiest job ever. In reality, about 90% of the work a DJ puts in for a wedding is done before the big day even arrives! There are many hours behind the scenes full of planning, coordinating, and preparing to make your special day flawless. Check out the pie chart above for a breakdown of how a Cleveland wedding DJ at Selective Sound prepares for your event.
9. I’ve Seen A Picture/Video of My DJ, and They’re The Perfect Fit
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but they may not be the words you’re looking for. At Selective Sound, we get many people wondering why we don’t have video profiles or head shots of our DJs. Here’s why:
- Outdated Content – Most DJs profile pictures or videos can be up to 10-15 years old in some cases.
- Personality – You can’t see a person’s charisma in a picture! How do you know what a DJ’s personality is like and if they would be a good fit for your group?
- Prepared – Is your DJ familiar with the location of your wedding? How are they going to plan audio, power, and other production aspects for the day of setup?
- Personable – A high-end DJ company will meet you and get to know your feelings, wants, likes, and more before placing you with the perfect DJ. Let the company decide the DJ best fit for you; Who knows them any better?
- Peace of Mind – Some DJ companies actually have you meet with your DJ 4-5 weeks before the reception to ensure you are comfortable with them. Selective Sound is one of those companies!
As you can see, there’s plenty of things to consider before booking your wedding DJ. Though some may be a bit more obvious than others, many are often neglected by engaged couples during the planning stages, but can result in an unfortunate outcome when the big day finally arrives. If you’re going to go through all the work of planning a wedding and truly want to make it a night to remember, be sure to trust an experienced wedding DJ company.
Want to make sure all nine of these misconceptions are handled on your special day? Reach out to our team of wedding professionals to get started today! Photos by Genevieve Nisly Photography, Marc Anthony Photography, & Making The Moment Photography.