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Brides, remember that the DJ is your personal emcee of your event…they are going to set the tone for your wedding so please, please, please don’t trust a DJ…trust as wedding DJ.
Thankfully, finding a wedding DJ in Jacksonville or a wedding DJ in St. Augustine is easy if you know where to look. And since you are on PBJacksonville.com you are in the right place.
Here are some things to think about when interviewing or selecting the right DJ for your wedding;
Couples traditionally engage disc jockeys for their ability to provide a wide variety of music at a price that fits their budget. All DJ’s can play all of your favorite songs, performed by the original artists and, because DJs work with prerecorded music, your entertainment is continuous even during breaks.
A veteran wedding DJ not only plays the music, but also acts as an emcee for the event, smoothly introducing your wedding party (pronouncing all of the names correctly), arranging to have champagne poured before the toast, announcing the cake-cutting and a myriad of other milestone moments throughout the reception. Needless to say, the DJ will be an important part of your celebration, which is why you should take great care to hire a disk jockey with a personality and style you like! Don’t trust and amateur!
Decide in advance how much you would like your DJ to say and how interactive you would like him to be with the audience. Of course, much of this will depend on the type of celebration you are planning. An energetic, out-on-the-dance-floor all-night reception will require a different type of interaction than a sophisticated, more demure event. Talk to your finance and decided what kind of mood you want your wedding to be. In either case, a disc jockey with an extensive repertoire and experience can tailor the presentation to the needs of the occasion.
The best idea is to arrange a meeting with prospective disc jockeys. Listen to their expertise on previous receptions. Check out their website, see if they have any YouTube videos of them in action or ask to see a demo of their work.
The wedding DJ’s we endorse are true professionals so be open to their suggestions, they have DJ’ed thousands of weddings in the Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Amelia Island markets. They will have some great ideas that you’ll want to incorporate into your affair. Ask about musical selections, old and new. Don’t be dismayed if they don’t have obscure songs, but gauge their willingness to track them down. Also arrange to see them perform. Once you’ve decided on a DJ service, be prepared to provide a list of songs you would, and would not, like played at your reception, as well as the song for your first dance.
Keep in mind, while you may love jazz or alternative music, those types of music don’t always make great dance selections, especially for hours on end. Give your DJ the freedom to truly entertain your guests by mixing a few of your personal preferences with a balance of tried and true reception crowd pleasers. An experienced entertainer will know how to read the crowd and keep the party jumping, but only if you let them.
Should you plan on having your disc jockey emcee the reception, provide a schedule of events. Make sure the wedding planner and the DJ communicate! If you are on a stringent time schedule, make sure you convey the importance of strict adherence. If there are any special introductions to be made, make sure you review the correct pronunciation of the names and relay what the person’s relationship is to the bride and groom.
After the first dance of the bride and groom, it is common for the DJ to play something upbeat and celebrating. Light dance tunes are generally played through dinner so your guests can relax and easily converse.
While not required, providing refreshments for your entertainer is a great way to keep her happy and energetic while she is working hard to make your reception a dancing success.
Lastly, make sure the contract covers all of the bases: the day, date and time of the event; address of the site; number of hours covered; overtime cost; total cost; and payment arrangements. If you’re pleased with your DJ’s performance offer a tip at the end of the event that reflects your satisfaction.