To take up the role of a wedding DJ implies keeping hundreds (or even thousands) of guests entertained throughout the event.
DJ-ing a wedding ceremony is different in several aspects than regular DJ-ing. If you have no prior experience and are wondering how to DJ a wedding, this guide will prove helpful to you.
As a wedding DJ, your responsibility will not end at keeping the guests successfully hooked to the dance floor. You will have to maintain a vibe at the venue that a multi-generational crowd should appreciate.
Your skill as a DJ will be tested by the number of happy faces that you manage to pull on to the dance floor through your music.
The given points will give you a complete know-how of how to DJ a wedding. Keep reading further to know how you can DJ a wedding successfully.
1. Plan Elaborately
In a wedding ceremony, too many people come with too many emotions. For some, like the parents of the bride and the groom, a wedding is an emotional event. For the youngsters, however, it is all about fun and enjoyment.
As a wedding DJ, you will need to constantly strive to win over the hearts of a multi-dimensional crowd.
In order to run the big anticipated event smoothly, you will need to plan extensively.
Start your planning weeks (or even months) before the wedding. Involve the bride and groom in the process to know exactly what they expect from you.
Consider their suggestions and ideas but express your own ideas too. After all, you’re the professional.
If possible, create a playlist with the couple for the ceremonies. If not, get an idea of what kind of music they are into. Also note their favourite songs and include them in the playlist.
The idea is to plan keeping the couple’s expectations in mind in order to deliver them the best possible experience.
2. Prepare In Advance
No matter how well you prepare, things can always go wrong. Keep this in mind and prepare accordingly.
Starting the preparations on time can save you from a lot of pre-event stress and eleventh-hour rush.
Create separate playlists for separate ceremonies.
Remember that your music will set the vibe for the wedding ceremony, formal dance and dinner and prepare accordingly.
Also, make sure that you know the timeline of the big day. You wouldn’t want to ruin the celebrations by playing the wrong kind of music at the wrong time.
3. Technical Arrangements
Ensure that all the necessary technical arrangements are made on time.
Make it a priority to check and recheck the DJ equipment for smooth and efficient functioning during the event.
It would also be a smart idea to carry a technical backup. Nothing kills a party worse than technical faults.
As far as your own music is concerned, it should transition seamlessly from song to song. It should also suit the ongoing ceremony.
As a wedding DJ, you are going to be the creative director for the event. Feel free to experiment a little with the set vibe.
Test the audience and the bride-groom with unexpected experimental music if you feel it would suit the occasion.
However, watch out closely how the audience reacts to it. Remember that your job is to please the audience.
If you feel like the music is not up to your own preference, keep it on if it is pre-approved by the bride and groom. It is their big day, after all and they get to decide what to do with it.
A really handy tip is to always keep a backup. It is wiser to go overboard and keep a backup playlist ready in case of an unfortunate accident.
Accidents can happen even after making elaborate plans and working hard upon them. Smart work can save the day and your reputation as a wedding DJ!
5. Music Requests
When we talk about how to DJ a wedding, we can not miss out on the guests who make the most bizarre music requests.
One bad song can spoil the whole mood of the place. Try to avoid guests who make bad song requests at all costs.
As a DJ, you must be familiar with how aggressive some guests become when they don’t get their music requests covered. To deal with such guests, all we can advise is be wary of them.
You can try and turn them over to the bride or the groom for their ‘request approval’. This trick can really help you dodge song requests that do not seem fit for the occasion.
Your priority as a wedding DJ should be to establish a connection between yourself and the audience.
You can do so through some killer music from your mixing equipment, of course and through the mic as well. A little interaction can go a long way in impacting the audience.
Use humor to entertain the audience and to dodge bad song requests.
Do not back away from inviting the audience on the dance floor if you feel like nobody is making the first move.
As the creative director for the event, you will be the centre of the audience’s attention after the bride and groom, of course.
Remember that you will be playing for a wide demographic and establishing a connection would be necessary to make it a successful and colorful event.
The right kind of music can add life to any dull event and make it successful. It is upon the shoulders of the DJ to make it happen at a wedding.
Your priority as a successful wedding DJ should be to attract and involve as much audience as possible.
Even if the audience is rash and unfriendly, you will still be a hit DJ if you manage to establish the right connection with the couple.
With such, and a number of other tips, this guide must have given you a brief idea about how to DJ a wedding.
Now, even with little or no prior experience, you will be able to DJ successfully at any wedding.