Some might argue that music is the most important part of a wedding reception—and I agree! When all said and done, the location could be perfect, the venue beautiful, and the food delicious; but, all of that will fade into the background if the dance floor is empty. The right music gets your guests in the mood to celebrate your big day and dance all night long.
The DJ can make or break your reception—so it’s important you find someone who not only will play the music you like, but will do so with style. We know that most people don’t make a habit of hiring DJs, so we’ve made a list of important questions that you should ask all potential DJs. And to make things quicker DMR Wedding Entertainment has also answered them for you!
What You Should Ask A Prospective DJ:
Q: What is your style?
A: With live bands, it is a bit easier to discern style. Watch a performance—either live or on video—and you’ll pick up on the band’s energy, personality, and of course musicality. But with wedding DJs, it’s a bit trickier. With todays technology and trends, it is important for a DJ to make recent testimonials available to potential clients, either in written or video form. Some DJs like to fade into the background and simply press play on your favorite songs, while others prefer to “MC” and get on the microphone here and there.
Before your initial consultation with him/her, ask yourself what you want in a DJ. Do you want someone who interacts with the guests betweeen every song? Someone who encourages people to get on the dance floor? Or someone who announces key formalities like toasts and your cake cutting ceremony, and keeps quiet the rest of the time? DMR Wedding Entertainment is a professional company whose employees strive to excel in all areas—especially when it comes to music programming and the Master of Ceremonies position.
Q: Can we provide ‘must-play” and “do not play” song list?
Any wedding DJ will have an extensive music library or repertoire to tap into for your wedding reception. But it is worth asking how many songs they have available anyway? Every client has different taste in music. It wouldn’t be a good idea to give your DJ full reign to play whatever they want. Ask how you can submit a must-play list, play if possible, dedicated to a specific person, and a do not play list—Is there an online system or another way to submit songs? If you become overwhelmed ask him/her to provide sample lists or suggestions for good songs to play based on actual wedding experience. DMR Wedding Entertainemt proviides access to an online web portal for each couple that reserves our services. In the client’s individual portal, they will have ability to listen to all genres of artists and songs and create numerous playlists.
Q: How do you handle requests from guests?
A: Lets be upfront and honest. After a few glasses of champagne, your guests are going to get loose, and they just might think they’re dancing at a club, rather than a wedding. Which means they’ll beeline for the DJ to request whatever comes to mind. Your wedding DJ has limited time to play all the songs that you provide to them, so adding in extras could get in the way. Not to mention, you don’t want inappropriate or terrible songs to be played at your wedding just because someone who is under the influence of alcohol requested them.
Here at DMR Wedding Entertainment, we know that the Bride and Groom are our clients, and we must abide by their playlists. We strive to be current with all the music trends and know what will and will not be tolerated to play.
Q: Do you play at ceremonies and cocktail hours too?
A: Back in the old days it was assumed that a bride and groom had to find seperate vendors for their ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. That is not the case: plenty of DJs are willing to provide music, sound systems, and microphones for all aspects of the wedding as long as the set-up works for them. If everything is taking place at one venue, it could be very easy to just shift locations when needed—and make things simpler for you. If the ceremony is at one location and the cocktail hour and reception are at another location, it can be complicated to stay on track in regards to the personalized itinerary.
DMR Wedding Entertainment is an all inclusive wedding entertainment company that can provide for all parts of your wedding. As your professional wedding entertaiment company, we bring four sets of equipment to every wedding (ceremony, cocktai hour, reception, and back up).
Q: Can we see you live before we hire you?
A: Anyone can talk a good game, right? But when it comes to performers, the best sales technique is letting people see them perform. Some wedding DJs that you might come in contact with may have videos of themselves you can check online or in person. A question that comes up quite often is “Can we come see you perform in person”? As a professional organization, DMR Wedding does not offer complete strangers to a bride and groom come and hang out for the short period of time at their wedding reception. Also, not every one wedding is identical. The music that is played at one wedding might not be pleasing to you.
Q: Can we tell you what to say?
A: Some of this goes back to the question about the style of your wedding DJ. If he or she doesn’t like to talk at all, he or she is probably not going to be too keen on taking your script suggestions. But if you are looking for someone that will act more as an MC for your wedding, dig deeper and find out how willing they are on receiving notes on what to say. Do you want your DJ/MC to read a little story about your maid/matron of honor as she is being introduced? Or maybe you have a funny message you want him to say during your father/daughter dance? Find out how flexible and willing your wedding DJ is to take direction.
DMR Wedding Entertaiment offers a variety options to customize your wedding reception. We have received training on how to successfully customize wedding party introductions, write and tell your Love Story, and edit important songs for a very special dance during your wedding ceremony or reception.
Q: What’s your back-up plan?
A: Chances are, a back-up plan won’t be necessary. But you never know what could happen to prevent your wedding DJ/MC from showing up on your wedding day. So—to put your mind at ease—find out what he’d do if that’s the case. Whatever their back-up is, make sure it is a plan that everyone is comfortable with. Here at DMR Wedding Entertainment, we network and affiliate with other professionals here in the Phoenix area. We have it written in our contract that if we could not show up to perform for a wedding, we would contact an affiliate that is the best fit for you.
Looking for a quality DJ and Master of Ceremonies for your wedding? DMR Wedding Entertainment could be for you!