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What's a Wedding Day DJ Do for My I Do's?

The music on your wedding day sets the mood not only for you but your guests. Even if you already have a set in mind, try not to get ahead of yourself, press pause and connect with your more than just a playlist DJ. We're going over exactly what a DJ will do for your I do's!

Bride and Groom on dance floor for grand entrance, wedding guests celebrating with napkins thrown and clapping

Photo Leslie Joy Photography | DJ/Photobooth Bouquet Sound | HMUA Santa Barbara Bridal | Venue Spanish Hills Club | Coordination| Jamison Events

A DJ and MC may provide the following (not limited to but also not to the same extent. Always be sure to connect with and ask what you are getting with your package as all DJ's are not one in the same)

  • Music selection and playback: The DJ selects and plays the music that will be played at the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. They work with the couple to create a playlist that reflects their musical tastes and preferences. The DJ also mixes the music to ensure that it flows smoothly and keeps the guests dancing. You likely have an idea or have selected your walk down the aisle song, you might be struggling with a first dance option. Your DJ can help. Be sure to go over song selections prior--but not have a set playlist for the whole night. It's important to trust your DJ in curating your play list. Your investment is in the expert. A DJ will see how your guest are interacting on the day and mix up the music accordingly.

  • Lighting and sound: The DJ typically provides their own lighting and sound equipment. They set up the equipment and make sure that it is working properly before the wedding begins. They also adjust the sound levels throughout the event to ensure that the music is not too loud or too soft.

  • Coordination with other vendors: The DJ and MC work closely with other vendors, such as the wedding planner, caterer, and photographer, to make sure that everything runs smoothly on the wedding day. They coordinate the timing of events and announcements to ensure that everyone is on the same page. It is so important to have vendor to vendor communication not only for timeline but for layout. "A layout may look good on paper, but if you have 5 tables between the DJ and the dance floor, those 5 tables are going to get blasted with loud sounds and one of the main ingredients to a successful wedding is conversation." Matt Nasby, Bouquet Sound .

  • Emceeing: The MC makes announcements throughout the wedding day, such as introducing the wedding party, announcing the first dance, speeches and inviting guests to the buffet table. They also keep the flow of the wedding moving and make sure that everyone is having a good time. Be sure to confirm your DJ does Emceeing.

In addition to these basic services, a DJ and MC may also offer other services, such as:

  • Photo booth: Many DJs offer photo booth rentals as part of their services. This can be a fun way for guests to capture memories of the wedding day.

  • Uplighting: Uplighting is a type of lighting that can be used to create a romantic and elegant atmosphere at the reception.

  • Monogram: A monogram is a custom-made design that can be projected onto the dance floor or other surfaces at the reception. This can be a fun way to personalize the wedding and add a special touch.

When choosing a DJ and MC for their wedding, couples should consider the following factors:

  • Experience: It is important to choose a DJ and MC with experience working at weddings. This will help to ensure that they are familiar with the flow of a wedding day and know how to keep things moving smoothly.

  • Personality: The DJ and MC will be spending a lot of time with the couple and their guests on the wedding day. It is important to choose a DJ and MC who have a positive and outgoing personality.

  • Price: DJs and MCs can vary in price depending on their experience and the services they offer. When comparing quotes keep in mind the services being provided, the time in business, and who you think will most confidently make your day memorable (the good kind).

By choosing the right DJ and MC, couples can help to ensure that their wedding day is a fun and memorable event for everyone involved.


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