Post # 1
I’m really at a loss for preparing the music with the DJ.
I know I don’t want a super hokey guy who talks a lot and plays YMCA or Electric Slide and I’ve been assured that won’t happen but I also want to make sure he plays good music but I dont want to micro manage him and give him a list of songs. They gave us a song book but I really don’t even like the idea of saying yes/no to a song!
So what do I tell him? We like country, upbeat songs you can dance to, some oldies, etc. Is that something I can trust him to make a good judgement on? He’s highly recommended but I don’t know what he needs from us.
What did you give your DJ to prepare?
Post # 3
On our RSVPs (or you could do it on your website if you have one) we’re going to have a place that says, “If you play ______ we’ll dance all night!”
Then we’ll give that list to our DJ. Otherwise, I’d ask your DJ if you can “watch” him once or twice — just go to a reception he’s doing to get a feel for how he DJ’s. You probably should have done that before booking him, though! 🙂
I’m kind of blindly trusting my DJ. He has lots of experience and in our meeting, he really seemed to have a lot of common sense with everything. I think he’ll be able to read our crowd pretty well.
Post # 4
@Wannabe-diy-bride: All rsvps are already in and we’re getting married 14 hours away from our home town so watching him wasn’t an option. I based everything off reviews and my coordinator which were 100% great.
The main issue I didn’t know what to do about is whether I’m supposed to give him a huge long list of songs or just be really generic.
Post # 5
@MrsPinkPeony: He gave us two pages of paper to put in must play and DO NOT play songs.
I’m also creating a dinner music playlist, because it’s the only time I get to be anal about the music being played. He told us that for the dance music, in addition to our chosen songs, he is pretty much going to be playing things that match our must play (the same feeling) and watching to see what gets people up and playing.
I’m lucky that I’ve known my DJ since I was born! He’s DJ’ed all the club dances I had when I was growing up, so I know he’s amazing. (But I personally wouldn’t EVER book any vendor who allowed clients to visit him at other jobs/weddings, I think it’s tacky. I don’t want random strangers showing up at ours!)
Post # 6
You need to give him a list of “must plays”. He won’t know your cake cutting, first dance or any other special dance songs, if you don’t. Our DJs gave us a questionnaire with a several page list of the most popular songs. I also gave him our must plays and when they were to be played. I would contact your DJ and/or planner to find out if they offer a questionnaire for you to fill out.
Post # 7
@noritake22: They gave us a huge booklet of songs in addition to a questionaire. I filled out all the info for cake cutting, toasts, first dance etc, I also put together a pretty large Do not play list, but what I’m not wanting to do is go through his 100 pages of songs and select yes or no. I just don’t care enough I guess to do that. Do you think thats ok?
It just seems like if I say play this this this this this, I’m being so damn picky and I know my taste in music is bad, Hannah Montana is my go to play list for workouts! I don’t feel confident that I can pick out “good” music by other peoples standards! LOL. I just want him to pick for me, I’m paying him enough. I just wanted to see what other people did.
Post # 8
I said this: must play, do not play, special songs for dance/events, then I said my perferences… dinner music like michael buble, harry conick jr, jack johnson, classic love songs, early night music tip 40 hits that everybody knows the words to, late night music more pop/club type music to keep people dancing. I let him know to judge the crowd and play accordingly. Our preference is top 40 pop/rock type stuff form the 60s-90s, no country, only current (2000s) music for late night dancing.
Post # 9
@MrsPinkPeony: “what I’m not wanting to do is go through his 100 pages of songs and select yes or no. I just don’t care enough I guess to do that. Do you think thats ok?
What you are proposing is exactly what I did. I just left it up to them and they did an awesome job of reading the guests and also playing the songs that we had requested them to play.
Post # 10
give him a list of top 10 songs that you want played and ask him to incorporate as many as he can depending on the feel of the room.
also give him a list of five DO NOT PLAY songs.
and then let him do what he’s good at… making sure people have a fun time.
Post # 11
Rosworms has it!
10 tunes should give him an idea of what you like.
If you need more help, go to our website http://www.celestialevent.com and click on the “Find Music” button. Then check out the most requested lists.
This should be fun.
Post # 12
@Wannabe-diy-bride: Do people really do this? I’d be pretty weirded out by it if a stranger came to my reception so that they could watch the DJ!