How To Get The Most Out Of Your Wedding DJ


For some couples, the thought of a wedding DJ is not necessarily a positive one. Many choose to go with a live band for the main reason that when they think “wedding DJ” they immediately think of someone forcing them and their guests to do overplayed dances like the YMCA, Electric Slide, Macarena etc. However, while it’s understandable they think that way because it’s inevitable those types of DJ’s exist, there are wedding DJ’s out there who listen and work with you to create the perfect playlist.

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Here are a list of tips to consider taking if you’re leaning towards hiring a DJ for your wedding, and to also ensure you get the most out entertainment.

1.) Be Assertive, But Not Too Much

The first thing you want to do is let the DJ know that you’re the client, and this is your wedding however, you don’t want to go overboard. If you’ve ever been to a wedding and you thought the DJ talked too much, then tell him that. If you don’t want to hear any music that isn’t on your own personal playlist, then tell him that, too. A lot of DJ’s prefer that their client’s be upfront and direct because it makes the entire planning process as well as the reception run smoothly.

2.) Be Specific

If you’re using the DJ for the entire wedding, including the ceremony, you want to plan out the specifics of the playlist and how many songs you will need to choose. So, for the ceremony, you’ll need to figure out the music for seating, the bridesmaids walk down the aisle, the bride’s walk down the aisle, and then the recessional music. For the reception, you’ll have the entrance song, the first dance, the father daughter dance and the mother and son, the dinner music, cake cutting, then the song you want to end the night on. Also, if there are any songs you specifically do not want to be played; it’s very important you put those on a list for the DJ as well.

3.) Can The DJ Take Requests?

This is one thing that could really throw the reception for a loop. If you allow the DJ to take requests, then there’s that chance someone can choose a song you forgot to add to the do not play list and it’s too late. If you don’t want the DJ to take requests, then you simply just have to ask him to let people know the bride and groom requested no spontaneous song requests.

4.) Get Your Playlist Together Early

It’s typically recommended that you get your playlist to the DJ no later than 14 days before the wedding so he can put the music into his system. While a full 30 days before is ideal in case you want to make any adjustments, the latter still gives the DJ and you enough time to make sure everything is all set. Plus, if you’re having a destination wedding, the DJ may need more time to plan and make sure he had the right system.