Some important things you should tell your wedding DJ

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Having hosted countless weddings here at Brooklake, we highly encourage meeting your wedding DJ in advance of your big day. You’ll be amazed at how a great discussion can result in a musical atmosphere tailored to you.

Explain the context of song requests.

It’s so important to explain the context of each song request to your DJ. Music is so powerful and the songs you choose can set the tone for the evening and create a truly personal and memorable experience for you and your guests. When you are selecting your music, think about the important moments in your life or the life of your guests. Maybe a certain song reminds your parents of the day they got married or your college friends of the time you all met. Maybe a song has special meaning for you and your fiancé, such as the song that was playing when you first met. These are the types of details that will make your night unique and memorable.

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Talk about the type of energy or vibe you want for your reception.

In addition to providing context with your song requests, make sure to tell your DJ the energy you want the music to create. If you want your college friends to get up and dance, make sure to choose songs that will get them moving. Or if you want a romantic evening, make sure to pick songs with a slower tempo that will be more appropriate for a slow dance. Explaining the context of each song request to your DJ is essential to creating a truly special and memorable evening.

The more information you give the DJ, the more personal the night will be. So take some time to think about the important moments in your life and the lives of your guests, and share that information with your DJ so that the music can set the tone for the evening. Here at Brooklake, we have an oversized dance floor. So communicate well with your DJ and prepare to dance the night away!

Make sure your DJ knows the pronunciation of names.

When it comes to a wedding, there is nothing more important than making sure your DJ pronounces everyone’s name correctly. To make sure your special day goes off without a hitch, be sure to provide your wedding DJ with a pronunciation guide. The last thing you want is to hear your best man having his name butchered on the microphone. With a little preparation, you can make sure the names of all your guests are pronounced correctly.

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Explain to your DJ/MC if there are any strained relationships on the guest list.

If you want your wedding to be a smooth and drama-free affair, then you’ll need to be sure to fill your wedding emcee in on any strained guest relationships. After all, you don’t want any uninvited drama to make an appearance on your special day. The best way to do this is to have a humorous conversation with your emcee, letting them know about any potential drama so they can avoid it. For example, you could say something like, “Hey, just so you know, Aunt Sally and Uncle Joe haven’t been getting along lately, so it might be best to avoid talking about them together.” That way, you can ensure that your wedding remains an enjoyable occasion for all.

Assure your DJ you will not micro-manage what they do.

Trust your DJ to know what songs to play that will get people on the dance floor and to keep them there. Ask your DJ to be open to song requests, but also explain that you trust their judgment to pick the best songs for the occasion. Assure them that you don’t expect them to play every request that comes their way, as it could ruin the momentum of the night. You also want to let them know that their opinion matters and that you want their input to make sure the night is a success.

Discuss your “do not play list”.

One of the best ways to ensure your DJ knows exactly what kind of music you want to hear is to provide them with a “do not play list”. This list should include all the songs and genres of music that you would like the DJ to avoid playing at your wedding. However, simply giving your DJ a “do not play list” isn’t enough. It’s also important to explain the reasons behind your list. By explaining why you don’t want to hear certain songs or genres of music, you can help your DJ understand your preferences better. This can help them tailor their music choices to you and your guests’ tastes.

If you have any questions about how to choose the DJ or musicians for your wedding, or any of your vendors, the event specialists at Brooklake are here to help! Contact us!