Wedding DJ standards

posted 2 years ago in Music
Post # 2
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241 posts
Helper bee

I have never heard of a DJ doing a walk through; my florist did, but it was like the a couple weeks before the wedding and it was not with me, but with my wedding planner.

The DJ was honestly our “top priority” vendor, because DH and I really believed the DJ makes or breaks the reception.  We had been to one too many weddings with DJs that couldn’t read the room nor keep the guest on the dance floor.  We went to one wedding expo but honestly didn’t find it that helpful and finding vendors.  We actually were recommended our DJs agency by a photographer we were interviewing (and ultimately booked).  Rememeber- vendors work and witness the work of other vendors and will almost always give you honest reviews and recommendations.

We took the time and vetted our DJ very carefully prior to booking.  We listed to some of his mixes, reviewed his resume, and asked him for a personalized mix of the vibe we were going for and he nailed it.  We only booked after we were 100% confident in our pick.  This was a little more than a year out from our wedding date.

Post # 3
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527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I’ve never heard of dj’s doing a walk-through.

i think you can be honest with him that you won’t be able to make a decision for another 16 days. When I was in that position with another vendor, they didn’t officially hold my date, but they assured me they’d give me a heads up if someone else was interested (ie give me dibs). 

Personally I found wedding expos very useful. I found my (awesome and absurdly cheap) caterer and my amazing wedding coordinator at an expo.

Post # 5
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Wannabee

I’d recommend getting a walkthrough with your DJ if it all possible.  I understand it might be possible for a destination wedding.  I’d say it’s important for you to be comfortable, have someone who is curious about you and someone who is comfortable with your curiosity.  I have a blog with questions for potential vendors if you’d like to check it out: https://www.shiningcitymusic.com/beyondprices/

I wish you and yours the best!

 

Sean

Post # 6
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Worker bee

The biggest problem today is that almost all DJ’s play what THEY like, and not what the guests like. The second most common problem is that most DJ’s do not play songs that are crossover. In other words, songs that can be enjoyed by a minimum of 2 types of dancers at all times. For instance, they’ll intentionally play Any Way You Want It by Journey. Think about that for a second, less than 1/3 of all wedding guests liked that song when it was new, even less now….. the only people that enter the dance floor for a pitiful song like that are the drunk, the bashers, or desperate. The rest sit it out and laugh at the DJ, or god forbit, the bride for hiring a DJ like that. Instead, the DJ could have played Lowdown by Bozz Scaggs…… a hit when it was new, and still packs the floor today because it caters to West Coast Swing dancers, Freestyle dancers, and disco/hustle dancers. 3 distinct groups!    Another song is Lady Love by Lou Rawls….. people over 40 adore it, partner dancers love it, and people that just want to hand on to each other love. Boom…. 3 groups of people happy AND ON THE FLOOR at once. Again, everything else is fog, demand from the dejay a list of the songs and how they fit (without lying) at least 2 distinctly different groups of dancers. IF he can do that, you got a winner of a night, if he can’t…….. don’t expect rave reviews.

 

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