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!!