(Closed) Questions about DJs and music availability

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We hired a DJ and we are able to send him a list of songs that we want played at our wedding and he will play them. He also said our guests can request songs as well. We just have to send him the list about one month before the wedding. You may want to shoot an e-mail to a few of the DJ’s you found and ask if you can send a list of songs that you want played. Our DJ is not charging us anything extra for this.  We are gonna send him a list with the songs we want played and then the rest of the night he can choose what to play. We are also providing him a detailed outline of the reception as far as when he announces things such as cake cutting, first dance, etc. Good luck!

Post # 5
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1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We discussed the type of music we wanted played during ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and reception.  We also gave a list of specific songs, classified as either “Must Play”, “Play if Possible” and “Do Not Play”.  I know he played all the Must Plays and most if not all of the Play if Possibles, and we let him use his professional judgement about when to play them – if they were slower songs that people probably wouldn’t dance to they were played during the cocktail hour or dinner. 

You should ask all these questions when you are interviewing DJs, they are professionals and know what they are doing!  The DJ we ended up hiring told us about a wedding he did where the bride was Iranian and the groom was Indian, and all of the music was specialized.  So do not worry, they can find your music as long as you let them know!  I do recommend NOT giving them 4 hours worth of “Must Play” music, because you would take away their ability to read the crowd and make selections to get the dance floor packed.  That is what you are paying for, after all.

Post # 6
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3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My DJ has an extensive collection, but says that he would purchase up to 15 songs if he didn’t have them. (He had all of the songs I wanted.) Anything over that would be an additional fee for him to buy the songs off Itunes. But they’re cheap, $1 a song.

I think another option is to give the DJ a CD with songs you want played?

Post # 7
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3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I absolutely hated 70’s music and requested it not to be played. My DJ had SO many requests from my crazy relatives that he started playing Pointer Sisters and whatnot. It turned out to be okay… I would have preferred more Lady Gaga and all, but DJs also have a responsibility to play what guests want to dance to.

Post # 8
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2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@MissCalifornia: If he doesn’t have the songs you want, you should be able to provide him with a CD of the songs you want and he can play them. If he can’t handle that, you need to find a new DJ.

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