What the Best Wedding DJs Do
(It’s more than just music)
6 Things Great Wedding DJs Do Besides Play Music
Professional wedding DJs wear many hats. Professional being the key word here. Providing the right music at the right time depends on the DJ’s knowledge of what is supposed to happen and when, and their ability to help the couple with last-minute changes.
Your DJ’s highly visible position makes them, by default, the evening’s “go to” person. That’s why it’s important to choose a wedding DJ who is:
- Someone who can think on their feet
- Trained to handle each issue promptly
As you contact wedding DJs, ask them to list their responsibilities before and during your reception. If they talk endlessly about their state-of-the-art equipment and fabulous lighting, then that’s where they will focus their energies during your reception. Hire a DJ who understands all of the responsibilities necessary to make sure your wedding runs smoothly.
Your wedding DJ is a Master of Ceremonies, (MC). Don’t settle for a Rookie of Ceremonies. A good host only becomes great with practice. A great MC has a charismatic and friendly presence. He speaks with authority while directing guests’ attention to important events. He enunciates clearly and pronounces names correctly when making formal announcements.
2. Sound Engineer
Great DJs will intentionally engineer his equipment to the size and shape of the room, his placement, as well as to number of guests. He knows that proper sound checks and engineering can make an enormous difference in the quality of the sound. Your DJ will also take the time to teach guests how to use his microphone for speeches and toasts which saves time and avoids embarrassment.
3. Wedding Planner
Before your wedding day, a great DJ will be in contact with you, to help you plan your sequence of events and offer suggestions for fresh ideas and how to implement them. An experienced wedding DJ has attended hundreds, even thousands, of weddings and knows what works and what bores. He can be a powerful planning ally for you, whether you hire him months or years before your wedding day.
4. Wedding Reception Coordinator & Organizer
Since he has received and, in some cases, helped you prepare the night’s itinerary, your DJ knows what needs to happen and when. He arrives early and meets the staff and other vendors and makes sure everyone is on the “same page.” And most importantly, he knows how to take a leadership role without being pushy or stressed-out, and knows who to coordinate and when.
Your DJ is often put on the spot and finds himself placating nervous brides, arbitrating family disagreements or mediating when guests wish to hear music that the bride or groom doesn’t. An experienced DJ calmly resolves potentially-volatile situations that would unnerve novices.
6. Personal Assistant
As a person in the customer service business, a DJ’s primary responsibility is to care about you and the success of your party. A professional DJ will go many extra miles to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. It’s not uncommon for a DJ to fetch drinks; find safety pins, aspirin, or bouquets to toss; track down guests; and many other errands unrelated to his primary job of spinning songs, but are essential to smooth running and enjoyable nights.
Let Us Rock Your Reception!
Great DJs like ours serve as a Master of Ceremonies—a classy, experienced and professional host who keeps your reception on track, gives meaningful introductions and announcements, and knows how to keep your party going.
We’ll help you throw the celebration of a lifetime.
Why Mike Staff Productions?
We’ve created a crazy-effective team approach to save you time, money and stress.
When you hire our team, you get:
We understand most couples don’t have a sky’s-the-limit budget. And we don’t think that should get in the way of your perfect day.
Have the wedding you want,without blowing your budget.
A Packed Dance Floor
Your wedding day should feel like you—so we’ll help you choose a DJ who can bring your vision to life.
Feel comfortable with a DJ who perfectly matches your style and personality.
Peace of Mind
We relentlessly qualify every DJ, and we put an equally talented professional on backup for your wedding—just in case.
Let us sweat the details so you can relax and enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime day.