10 RECEPTION TIPS FROM A DJ WHO HAS SEEN IT ALL
By DJ Steve Barrett at McMillen Photography
From my viewpoint as a wedding DJ, there is nothing more special than a wedding reception – especially the ones that are going as smoothly.
As someone who has performed hundreds of receptions as a wedding DJ over a 15-plus-year span, I have had the privilege time and time again to be standing behind my DJ booth and watch two people in love celebrating their nuptials with their families and friends.
Believe me when I say it, though ... DJ'ing weddings is not an easy task. There is so much planning and hard work involved in creating the perfect atmosphere and building the perfect reception. And it's important to note that every reception is wildly different, for many reasons. Crowd sizes and age ranges, brides'/grooms' personalities, musical tastes, preferences in when certain events should take place – these are just a few factors that can make one reception very different from another.
This is why it is so important for brides and grooms to realize that when it comes to selecting a DJ, experience and expertise are crucial. Look at it this way: You will gladly and willingly spend countless hours researching the perfect venue, professional photographers, quality video, excellent catering, trendy dresses and other formal wear, flowers and decorations.... Why should selecting a DJ be any different?
The DJ is such a crucial element of any reception; not just because of the music that is being played throughout the evening, but because the best and most experienced DJ's will help serve as “reception navigators” who will help keep things moving efficiently while doing everything possible to ensure that the bride and groom are having the most incredible, memorable night of their lives. And, the best and most experienced DJ's will also work with the couples far in advance of the reception, so that they are all on the same page as to how they want their dream reception to become a reality.
Far too many times, I have had brides tell me that they waited until the last minute to book the DJ for their reception, or “they took care of everything first” before seeking out a DJ. In my opinion, this thinking is wrong. Most of the experienced DJs have built a positive reputation and can be booked years in advance.
I have also been told many times in the past by couples and other industry professionals that booked a certain DJ because they were cheap, or they had a family member or friend with no experience do it because it was very low-cost or even free. Without bashing anyone fin the business feel free to google "bad wedding dj's". You do not want to regret your decision trying to save a few dollars. "You get what you pay for" could not be truer.
Having said all that, I would also like to share with all future brides and grooms 10 basic – yet very important – tips on how you and your DJ can work together to make sure that you have the best reception possible.
I hope that you find these tips to be helpful as you plan your dream reception, and that you find my advice that I've learned from my many years of experience to be practical.
If you have an interest in booking me as your DJ for your wedding reception, please do not hesitate to contact McMillen Photography.
DJ Steve Barrett is one of our most popular wedding DJ's here at McMillen Photography
Author: Ben McMillen
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