(Closed) What do I tell the DJ?

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 5
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@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
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

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 # 8
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@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
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

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
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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!

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