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Breaking it down on the dance floor is one of the highlights of the wedding reception, so you want to make sure you’re hiring someone who fits your needs and your overall vision. Considering the wide range of styles and skill sets when it comes to DJs, a thorough assessment is pretty important. Here are a few good questions to ask your wedding DJ before signing on (and to find a great wedding DJ, visit WeddingWire’s vendor reviews):
1. How would you describe your style? Is he the type who likes to talk and engage the crowd a lot? Is he very formal, more laid back, or super energetic? It’s important to get a sense of whether his tone is going to match the vibe you’re going for.
2. How do you work with couples to determine a playlist? Find out whether he has some basic strategies for feeling out his clients’ specific styles and preferences and how he helps customize their experiences.
3. What are your favorite first dance songs? This will give you a good sense of his style and taste and help you determine whether you might mesh well together. If his are all top 10 hits and you’re thinking classics and oldies, for example, it may not be the best fit.
4. Have you ever played at my reception venue before? If your DJ has experience with your venue, that’s a plus. If not, it’s not a deal breaker, but it is important that you set up an appointment to walk through the space together. You want to make sure your DJ knows the layout, is familiar with the acoustics of the space, and is acquainted with a staff member or coordinator, if possible.
5. How extensive is your music library? This one speaks for itself. You want a wide selection!
6. What type of equipment do you use? This will not only give you further insight to his level of experience and skill, but is important to know from an aesthetic and logistical standpoint. What does it look like and how much space does it take up? Does it require special electrical outlets?
7. What does setup and breakdown entail? It’s important to have a basic understanding of this to properly plan in terms of timing and communicating any specific needs or concerns to your venue.
8. Do you have a demo or a recording of a wedding you’ve done in the past that I can see? Watching your DJ in his element will really give you the best sense of his interaction with the crowd, his energy, pacing, personality, style and level of professionalism.
9. Do you work with an assistant or second DJ? Depending on the size of your wedding, having an extra set of hands can be well worth it. This will help everything from setup to song requests run a lot more smoothly.
10. Do you offer any other services? Some DJs offer packages with additional services like video screens and lighting. Depending on the experience you’re going for, having these options available from a single source could be beneficial.
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Photo: Stephanie W. Photography
Wedding receptions are supposed to be a place of love, laughter, and epic dance moves. Avoid awkward glances and embarrassing your new in-laws by making sure these ten songs are securely situated on your DJ’s “Do Not Play” list.
1. “Love Stinks” by J. GieIs Band
If there’s anything we learned from The Wedding Singer (fast forward to 1:50 of this scene), it’s that wedding receptions are the #1 place to not air personal relationship grievances. Let’s try a little more positive outlook on love, shall we?
The Worst Verse: You love her / But she loves him / And he loves somebody else / You just can’t win / And so it goes / Till the day you die / This thing they call love / It’s gonna make you cry
2. “Gold Digger” by Kanye West
Catchy, we know. And a hit on almost any dance floor. But do you really want to be surrounded by a roomful of people singing about blatant materialism mere hours after you got married?
The Worst Verse: If you ain’t no punk holla we want prenup / We Want Prenup! Yeah / It’s something that you need to have / ‘Cause when she leave yo a** she gonna leave with half
3. “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye
An angsty alt-rock song about an extremely painful break-up. Heavy radio play aside, what about this says wedding song?
The Worse Verse: But you didn’t have to cut me off / Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing / And I don’t even need your love / But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
4. “Forget You” by Cee-Lo Green (the uncensored version)
Grandma is going to be offended by a certain four letter word, and the last thing you need is a slightly tipsy (and recently jilted) attendee grabbing the DJ’s mic and dedicating the ditty to a former flame.
The Worst Verse: Now I know, that I had to borrow / Beg and steal and lie and cheat / Trying to keep ya / Trying to please ya / ‘Cause being in love with your a** ain’t cheap.
5. “If You Want to Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul
This 1963 chart-topper could not be any more cringe-worthy on a bride’s big day. Even those with the steeliest senses of humor should avoid.
The Worse Verse: If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life / Never make a pretty woman your wife.
6. “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy
No songs about cheating, please and thanks. Especially no songs about cheating and then vehemently lying about it.
The Worst Verse: To be a true player you have to know how to play / If she say a night, convince her say a day / Never admit to a word when she say / And if she claims and you tell her baby no way
7. “My Humps” by The Black Eyed Peas
If it’s going to make your grandparents blush, save it for the bachelorette party.
The Worse Verse: What you gon’ do with all that junk? / All that junk inside that trunk? / I’ma get, get, get get you drunk / Get you love drunk off my hump
8. “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails
Far too raw, graphic, and visceral for any family-oriented event.
The Worst Verse: You let me violate you / you let me desecrate you / you let me penetrate you / you let me complicate you
9. “Bad Touch” by The Bloodhound Gang
See #7. Seriously folks, if you wouldn’t leave it on with your parents or kids in the car, don’t put it in the playlist.
The Worst Verse: You and me baby ain’t nothing but mammals / So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel
10. “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” by Tammy Wynette
No explanation required.
The Worst Verse: Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today / Me and little J-O-E will be goin’ away / I love you both and this will be pure H-E double L for me / Oh, I wish that we could stop this D-I-V-O-R-C-E.
Photo: Katelyn James Photography
In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we wanted to highlight a traditional moment during the wedding reception that is often filled with tears–the father-daughter dance. Finding a song that encapsulates the relationship you’ve shared over the years can be hard, especially when the options are almost all classics and few modern. To help you choose, we’ve compiled our favorites below:
1. “My Girl” by The Temptations
2. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
3. “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
4. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
5. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
6. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
7. “Daughters” by John Mayer
8. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
9. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
10. “Unforgettable” by Nat & Natalie Cole
What do you think of these picks? Share your father-daughter dance song in the comments below!
This week, we asked our Facebook users to answer the following question, “If you could have any band or solo artist perform at your wedding, who would it be?” And here are the results:
1. Michael Buble
2. Bruno Mars
4. Jason Mraz
5. Justin Timberlake
6. Taylor Swift
8. Brian McKnight
9. Kenny Chesney
10. Blake Shelton
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!