When planning your wedding, figuring out the perfect songs for your special day is a big challenge. Another big decision is finding the right DJ to honor your list of "must-play' songs and handling requests and monitoring the mood and pace of your guests. So what goes into choosing the right DJ? Should you ask the DJ at your local club or bar to DJ for your reception or should you look for a Wedding DJ?
You go out on the weekends to your favorite club or bar. The DJ there really knows how to get the crowd dancing. Suddenly, you have an idea! Why not see if they can play for your wedding reception? They know how to play music so they must be good for a reception too, right?
Well…maybe… maybe not. Please consider the information below before you make your final decision.
While both club/bar DJs and Wedding DJs have music expertise, entertaining at a bar or club vs. at a wedding reception requires a very different set of skills. It’s rare to find a DJ qualified to do both. A Club DJ is there ONLY to play music and usually one kind of music. He plays whatever the owner has asked him to play for the owner’s idea of what kind of crowd they want to frequent the club/bar. He practices his craft and is usually very good at playing a particular type of music with no need to be versatile. If he can draw a certain type of crowd into the club/bar, he's doing the right job.
Nowadays, the typically kind of music played in a club/bar is Techo and R&B. While this genre of music may be your favorite kind of music, not everyone in your guest list for your wedding will respond to this type of music. When you are planning a wedding reception, you will have a diverse group of family and friends of various ages and backgrounds who will attend. Consider the fact that you want all of your guests to have a great time and not just a small group of them. An experienced Wedding DJ is a more versatile entertainer and will have a good knowledge of all genres of music including Top 40, Hip Hop, Urban, Country, Rock n Roll, Latin and more, as well as both fast and slow music from the most recently released to the top hits from yesteryear.
They need to be experienced will all facets of music because it is their job to keep your guests excited about the party. Remember… most of your reception will be a party. It is a Wedding DJ’s job to judge your crowd and play the music that will keep the energy up and appeal to all age groups. This will involve playing different genres of music at different times during your wedding reception.
A wedding reception has many elements to it and depending on what you chose as your events, the DJ will need to know how to run your reception so everything runs smoothly. This allows you, as the Bride and Groom, to enjoy your time with your guests instead of worrying about how things will proceed. Your events may include introductions, first dance, toasts, etc. A Wedding DJ will know how to coordinate these and decide when the best time to do them is. A club/bar DJ will not be experienced with this facet of your reception as typically they are paid to stay in their DJ booth and just play music. There is no need for them to interact with the crowd…their only job is to play music. A Wedding DJ, however, has the knowledge on how to orchestrate your special day and how to best interact with your guests and keep the flow of your reception running smoothly. An experienced wedding DJ will communicate with the venue, MC the event and work in conjunction with the bride and groom, their parents, photographers, etc. to ensure your well thought out celebration runs smoothly. With experience comes the art of easily managing any planned or unplanned situation without stress or visible frustration.
No wedding is the same as another. Therefore, wedding DJs are required to be highly adaptable and adjust their performance style from event-to-event. This skill ensures that as many guests as possible are given the opportunity to have fun. A professional Wedding DJ takes into account an age spread that can exceed 60 years between the youngest and oldest guests. Therefore the style of music needs to be changed multiple times throughout the night to accommodate everyone. A Wedding DJ watches the crowd throughout the night and adjusts the music based on the guests that are dancing (or not) and encourages the crowd to have a good time with the music they are playing.
Ultimately, your wedding reception is a private event meant to celebrate your special day with your friends and family. It is a place where all your guests feel comfortable and can meet new people in an environment that is welcoming and happy. They can talk, laugh and dance knowing that they are in a private setting and they can be themselves and just enjoy the love in the air. You want a DJ that is part of your celebration and not one who wants to be the center of the celebration. While Club DJs can be exceptional professionals, it is important to be sure that the DJ you choose for your special day fully understands weddings and is able to expertly manage all entertainment requirements on the most important day of your life.
Written by Tammy Wallingsford