Post # 1
I have a meeting with our DJ tonight… I’m really not sure what for though, other than the first dance is there anything I need to prepare? I’m just going to tell him to make it a good party and leave music choices up to him. Help?
Post # 3
If you are leaving the music choices in the hands of the DJ then you shouldn’t need to do anything to prepare. My Fiance is a wedding DJ and when he goes to client meetings, he generally asks them to prepare a list of artists/songs that are ‘Must Play’ and a list of artists/songs that are ‘DO NOT PLAY’. That way even if he has to fill in some gaps he can get a better idea of what they would want to hear. If you don’t care what he plays then, I would say just show up and tell him that it’s all in his hands! Maybe have a couple suggestions like ‘I would like no chicken dance’ or ‘I love the electric slide’, etc. so it doesn’t seem like a wasted meeting.
Post # 4
@bella128: Think about any songs that are commonly played at weddings that don’t want played and make a Do Not Play List – for example maybe you hate the Macarena. List any songs you really love, the ones you always sing along with as some must plays. The DJ should have a list of songs to go over with you that should help as well.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@bella128: Entrance Song?
Father-Daughter or Mother-Son Song?
He’ll probably also ask you about speeches, cake cutting, etc. just how the reception will progress. If you’re feeding vendors, ask him what his meal choice is. And how/when will he get into the venue to set up. Sounds like it’s a logistics meeting!
Post # 6
@mchitt329: good point! I guess he’ll need the general scheme of things for the night.
Post # 7
My DJ is a mini wedding planner/day of coordinator. He wants to know the whole schedule of events so that he can play the right music at the right time, make sure the mikes are in the right places, and also let the photographer/videographer know when he’s setting up for something.. so you might want to be totally prepared with your timeline. Definitely prepare a Do Not Play and Must Play list (make sure your must play is only like 15 songs max – any more than that and he can’t work the crowd.. he’ll just be playing your playlist). He might want entrance music for yourself and the Wedding Party, parents as well. And if he’s also your MC, make sure he knows how to pronounce all names and how you want to be addressed (ie. if my DJ addresses me as “Mr & Mrs John Smith I’ll throttle him). I’m also telling me DJ roughly how I want the night to go (ie. slower songs at the beginnings as well as some classic oldies, leave the more youthful stuff to the end, etc).
Hope that helps!