(Closed) dj do's and dont's

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 2
8 posts

My wedding is in August, but I know that I am eliminating songs like the Macarena and Electric Slide.  I just think it’s corny, but I’m sure others have those songs and it’s a fun dance experience.  It’s totally up to you what type of music you want to have, and it’s the DJ’s job to fulfill those wishes.  Just communicate with him, and be very direct, don’t leave any room for misinterpretation.  Good luck!  🙂 

Post # 3
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University

Working for a DJ company, it’s REALLY important you not only give him “must plays” but “ABSOLUTELY DO NOT plays”.  My company prides itself on putting the spotlight where it’s supposed to be and making sure the focus is on YOU and your guests – we are the anti-cheesy DJ!

Post # 4
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Make sure the DJ knows exactly what you want.  Our wedding was in Texas, and my friends aren’t big dancers with the exception of two stepping (country music).  It’s like the DJ didn’t believe that country was what would get people to dance.  He kept trying to play hip hop which, while it may work at other weddings, didn’t work at ours AT ALL.  

He just does DJing on the side and was pretty cheap, so it’s hard to be mad, but we had discussed my preferences and it’s like he ignored them until he FINALLY realized what he needed to be playing.  He at least acknowledged my Do Not Plays (like the Wobble…ugh…).

My DJ however did a GREAT job of keeping the wedding moving along.  I was on such a cloud that I wasn’t paying attention at all to when events should be happening.  Like he came and let us know when we should be cutting the cake/making toasts/ etc and just kept things going.

Post # 5
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Our DJ had us submit a “must play” and a “do not play” list and hubby and i put all the cheesy (to us) dance songs on the do not play list. There was one point during the reception where hubby’s cousin kept asking for one song (rap song) on our do not play list and the dj was awesome in dealing with it. The cousin (who was super drunk) then went to hubby to say, hey ask the dj for me to play this. Hubby came to me and at that point i didn’t really care, was having too much fun, didn’t even realize it was a rap song he was talking about. So hubby went to dj to say sure you can now play this one and the dj laughed and said nope, the bride previously told me no rap and I know that the bride is always right hahahaha. Hubby thought that was hysterical! Cousin was too drunk to remember the dj never playing his requested song.

Post # 6
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Definitely give your DJ a “to play” and a “do not play EVER” list but also remember they are an MC and there to get the crowd pumped and having fun.  It’s their profession and you have to trust a little that they have experience knowing what works and what doesn’t.  I also think things like the electric slide are TACKKKKY but as far as controlling his playlist I’d tell him your “vision” and let him take care of the rest.  

Can you go visit this DJ?  Maybe see what another wedding with him looks like and then you can gage better if you need to cancel and run or if he’s going to be great.

Post # 7
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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threeblindmice:  If your potential DJ says it’s fine to visit him while he’s working another wedding, head the other way. Otherwise it might be your wedding that random strangers are showing up to to scope out your DJ.

Post # 8
1377 posts
Bumble bee

Our DJ has an online planning tool with also allows us to choose how ‘involved’ we’d like our DJ to be.

We don’t want a ‘hype man’. We just want him/her to play the music we’ve selected, make annoucnments if we need, no cheesey games or ‘party people, put your hands in the air’ crap. 

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