Looking for a wedding DJ? Think any good DJ will do? If you’ve answered “yes” to both of these questions, this blog post is for you! While a good, general DJ is all you’ll need for most events, weddings demand a different skill set that may be lacking in some DJs. Since weddings are unique events, and they’re arguably one of the most important days in a person’s life, it’s important to hire a DJ with wedding experience.
When I use the term “regular DJs” I’m not talking down on DJs that have never worked a wedding. There’s nothing wrong with DJs that don’t do weddings. Perhaps that’s just not their thing. Weddings are more formal and require much more responsibility. For some DJs, that amount of responsibility is just too much. Other DJs may just simply not DJ’d a wedding yet. Whatever the reason, if your wedding is really important to you, choose a DJ with a lot of wedding experience over one without it.
Club DJs are great! In fact, they’re often superior to wedding DJs in the way they mix the music together going from one song to the next. If you’re really into the art of mixing, this may be important to you and you may be able to get away with hiring a club DJ for your wedding. However, that is almost never the case for weddings.
I’ve personally been the best man at a wedding where my good friend chose to save some money by having a friend of his who is very experienced at playing in clubs. She’s an awesome DJ! But she had never DJ’d a wedding before. Unfortunately, the wedding suffered for it worse than any other wedding I’ve ever seen. Most wedding DJs don’t get to see a lot of other DJs in action, unless they’re going to a friend or family member’s wedding. Because I also do wedding photography and videography, I get to see a lot of other wedding DJs perform, which helps me continually improve.
You can watch a video I produced showcasing some really good club DJs I’m friends with by clicking here.
Wedding DJs are another breed of DJs. They’re not necessarily better DJs, but they’re probably better at DJ’ing weddings. Since weddings are so important and you only get a one-time shot at them, it’s essential to choose the right entertainment. A good, experienced wedding DJ will make a huge impact on the way your wedding turns out. The process starts far before the wedding day. They’ll be able to give you good recommendations on how to do things, the order in which to do them, and what type of music works best for each portion of the day.
Most engaged couples have never been married before so their wedding is the first one they’ve ever planned. Piggyback on our experience from past weddings so that you don’t hire a DJ without wedding experience. You don’t want someone learning the hard way at your wedding.
A wedding DJ knows what songs to play to get everyone on the dance floor. Club DJs usually stick to one genre since they’re typically playing to a like-minded crowd. Weddings, on the other hand, almost always have a mixed crowd with ages ranging from new newborns to senior citizens. Wedding DJs play music that appeals to the younger crowd, older crowd, and the wedding couple. This can be tough because age usually has a lot to do with a person’s taste in music. Finding music that appeals to all ages and suits the wedding couple’s taste is just one of the many additional skills a wedding DJ must have.
One of the main things a wedding DJ has to do that regular DJs do not do as much is MC. The Master of Ceremonies (MC) is the one who talks over the microphone, announcing the activities and directing the crowd. Besides not being familiar with a wide variety of music for all ages, this is where the DJ mentioned above at my best friend’s wedding fell short. Being good at DJ’ing and being good at MCing is two different things. A wedding DJ’s ability to MC is arguably more important than their ability to mix music.
Whether you’re looking for a wedding DJ or just someone to play music at your event, we’ve got you covered. Contact us for booking info or any questions you have regarding wedding entertainment services.