If you're in the midst of planning your wedding and need to make a binding decision as to the use of a DJ for your big day, it's important to set reasonable expectations for both you and the professional you will ultimately hire. For instance, you'll find that being specific about your playlists and the desired time for that music to be played is essential. In addition, you should clarify from the very beginning your expectations of the DJ and if you would like that person to have any creative input on your musical choices, including whether or not playing any special requests from your guests should be allowed. In order to prevent any misunderstandings on the day of your wedding, you're likely to find that putting all of the important details you have discussed with the DJ in writing is quite helpful.
Be Very Specific About Your Musical Choices And When Each Song Should Be Played
Since a wedding DJ will frequently work so many different types of weddings and each of those couples are likely to have different musical preferences, it's crucial for you to be clear as to your own wishes. For instance, you should obviously have a genre preference, but you should also determine as far in advance as possible the titles and group or singer of each song for each dance. In addition, this is also an opportunity to determine if you would like your guests to make any special requests or if your DJ will have your approval to play songs that seem appropriate or fun at the time, without your prior consent.
By doing so, you will find that you can more effectively manage the period of time between the first dance and the dinner or buffet portion, opening the gifts, cutting of the cake, etc. Alternatively, by not micro-managing each of those musical choices, you can also create a more relaxed setting if doing so is complies with your dreams of your big day.
Put Everything In Writing
Once you have a great DJ for your wedding and it seems that you, your fiance and the musical professional have agreed to the pertinent details for your big day, you need to remember to put as much as possible of your agreement in writing. For example, you might be aware that it was recently reported that the most popular first dance song at weddings was "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran. Whether you and your fiance similarly want that for your first dance or you prefer to stand out from the crowd by not playing it at any point, you will benefit from putting your wishes in writing.
In addition, it is also preferable to put each topic that was mentioned during your interviews with the DJ and any details that are important to you in writing. That agreement should be separate from the contract you sign with that professional, but is similarly important. If the DJ declines to agree to that secondary agreement or expresses reluctance as to the specificity of the information being relayed in that additional paperwork, he or she might not be the most appropriate musical professional for your needs.
In conclusion, there are many musical choices that might appeal to different couples on their wedding days. Since those decisions are often so important to the success of your big day, it's a good idea to be aware of the advice shared above. Consider each of these tips as you book a wedding dj in your area.