Djray's Wedding Blog

February 19, 2010

How to select a Dj for my wedding-“Part 2”

This is part 2 in a series of articles are based on my Wedding Reception experience dating back to 1993.

Part 1 dealt with reliability,[will the Dj show up]??

Part 2 will deal with ways to asset if a particular Dj
[is right for your wedding when there was no word of mouth recommendation to count on]

Telephone or in person consultation

As I stated previously word of mouth is by far the best criteria!!
However what do you do if all of the,”word of mouth Djs”, are booked??

First and foremost having a conversation with a prospective Dj/Emcee will tell you a lot.
Does this person have a personality?? This is a very important since his or her personality will determine the responsiveness of the people attending your wedding reception, when he/she is attempting to get your wedding party onto the dance floor.

Will this Dj/Emcee be willing to work with you,”Bride/Groom”, as well as the Photographers/Videographers and wedding hall staff.

Example: if you want good pictures/videos then there must be cooperation between the Dj + Photographers/Videographers. If the Dj sets up the various scenarios and gets people dancing then there will be some great pictures/videos.

Will this Dj/Emcee interact with audience?? More importantly how will this Dj/Emcee interact. Will they shout at and demand the audience to do things,especially when it comes to getting them to dance or will they persuade them in a nice way.The best way is for the Dj to get onto the dance floor and imitate the dancing to go along with a contagious dance number.

Your question to the Dj/Emcee should be do your interact with the audience and secondly how do interact and finally how do you get people to dance???

Remember interacting by the Dj/Emcee should be limited to the minimum to get the party started. It should not be done to the extend that the Dj/Emcee becomes the center of attention. That distinction belongs to the Bride/Groom. If the Dj/Emcee is on the mic continuously for the entire reception then that Dj/Emcee is on an ego trip. Once the dance floor is popping there is less need for the Dj/Emcee to be on the mic.
The exceptions to this are announcements of special events such as birthday and anniversary congratulations and shoutouts from the Bride/Groom to various family members and bridal party.

Remember personality is worth it’s weight in gold!!

February 10, 2010

How to select a Dj for my wedding-“Part1”

These series of articles are based on my Wedding Reception experience dating back to 1993,which includes 500+ weddings. Most of my weddings were in Schuylkill County although 15-20% were in the Harrisburg, Lancaster & Reading Areas.

The most important thing that is talked about long after the wedding reception has ended is people having had a good time versus people having a boring time.

How many times do you hear people talking about the great tasting cake or the beautiful centerpieces or the great meal?

The single most important thing that will make or break you wedding is the entertainment!! This article may seem to be biased since it is being written by a Dj, but after doing your own research I’m sure you will agree with me.

So just how do you select a Wedding Dj/Emcee

1-Telephone book?

2-Internet?

3-Word of mouth!!

4-Club Dj??

5-Business Card??

6-Bridal Show!!

In my opinion word of mouth is the best criteria!!

First and foremost will the Dj show up?? Yes this has become a serious problem with some entertainment companies and Djs. Some things that can look for are:

1-# years in business?

2-# weddings performed?

3-Listed with Better Business Bureau?

4-Business web site,” excluding MySpace which is a free-bee”?

5-Business van or truck?

6-Liabilty Insurance?

7-References/testimonials with name, address & tele#s for verification?

8-Are you dealing with an Entertainment Company that subcontracts and sends various
Djs or one on one with Wedding Dj?

9-Is the Dj/Entertainment Co. local or out of area??

All of the above are based on my experiences and is just a guide to get you started.

If the Dj has make a significant financial investment in his/her business then that Dj will probably show up regardless of the weather or not feeling well on your wedding day.

PS:I have personal experience with Djs that have called me and asked me to perform at their wedding gig on the morning of the wedding reception.Their reason for calling me was due to their drinking the night before and not feeling well.

Remember the Very Best Dj in the world is worthless if he/she does not show up!!

January 27, 2010

Best Time for Bride/Groom’s First Dance

  This is something that comes up quite often.
 Personally I have announced the Cake Cutting followed by the First Dance just after dinner which is then followed by the Bride/Father.Groom/Mother and lastly the Bridal Party Dance. However more recently I now announce the First Dance & Cake Cutting immediately after the introduction of the Bride & Groom.
 The logic behind this is:If the cake is being used for desert then the cake cutting must precede dinner so as to allow ample time for the cake to be cut and served after dinner.

 Secondly having the First dance after the B&G’s introduction has the advantage of receiving maximum attention from the audience. This is when their attention span is at it’s highest, especially when since have not eaten yet and have been sitting around for 1-2 hours.

January 12, 2010

Who can give the Blessing @Wedding Reception?

The Blessing can be given by a Priest,Minister,etc or by a family member such as Uncle,Parent,Grandparent and lastly by a friend of the family.

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