Post # 1
I have seen lots of posts from people putting together set lists for their DJ. I sorta thought the idea of hiring a DJ was to hand it over to them with a few “must plays” and some “do not plays.” Of course I am picking the ceremony music. I just wondered if I need to be selecting more music. I basically was just going to give genres of music for the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. How much are you programming your DJ?
Post # 3
That’s basically what we did. We picked the music for the ceremony, first dance, and last dance. Our dj picked everything else. I think we also told her a couple “must plays” and maybe one or two artists we don’t like. 🙂
Post # 4
We picked ceremony music, genre for dinner (jazz, then i gave him the kind of feel i wanted, ie i told him michael buble, frank sinatra, etc), and then our top 20 MUST plays, and our 60 “we like these songs” which he filled the rest of the night of. He was cool with it allI. If you knwo what you are getting with your DJ, you could be fine. But i’ve seen a lot of bad DJ’s who think “people dancing equals let’s play rap music” and get all Mr. MC Hammer on the microphone so sometimes it’s best to give them direction if you KNOW what feel you want
Post # 5
My boyfriend and I run a DJ business and have done quite a few weddings over the past few years. Here is what we ask of our clients:
Special songs ie First Dance, Father/Daughter, Cake Cutting ect.-Definetly chose these, if you are unsure, ask for suggestions or help, but do not leave these up to your DJ to pick for you!
Do Not Play list-Probably one of the most important parts, we also have a play only if requested list, songs you dont particularly care for, but if someone really wanted to hear it you would not mind. We by no means play anything on the DO NOT PLAY list, even if a family member requets it!
We like to be guided, genres, artists, some specific songs are okay, but do not over do it. You want your DJ to be able to read your crowd and know what to play next, that is of course if they are capable and experienced enough to do so. Too many specific requests can become very time consuming for the DJ and also limits the guests chances to make requests.
Hope this helps!
Post # 6
Our DJ provided us with a worksheet where he requested specific songs for our special dances (i.e. our first dance, dance with parents, etc), then 25 “Must-Play” songs and a do-not-play list. In talking to him, he didn’t actually play all of the Must-Play songs, but he used them to figure out what style of music we wanted. I’d think it’s a good idea to give your DJ an idea of your style of music and any special songs that you really want to hear. I also noticed that throughout the night, I requested a couple of songs, which he played immediately. 🙂 One of the perks of being the bride.
Post # 7
Thanks for the post I was wondering the same thing. It takes a lot of pressure off to know I don’t have to plan every single song for the night