A wedding is big and a huge day full of activities. Music comes to add to the fun as it fills the gaps in between the major activities, like cake cutting, exchange of vows etc.
Although it may seem like a filler, it is the most crucial item that your guests will associate you with each time they remember your wedding.
In this post, we have outlined the major places that music is a must whether you prefer a band or a dj:
The room should be warm and welcoming when the guests are arriving and getting sited. These are the perfect songs that will establish the mood for the whole day. They should be slow with a bit of energy.
Classical songs will be a good choice for a traditional themed wedding.
>Wedding party songs.
The processional should walk down the aisle with pop. The songs to accompany the wedding party should highlight the moments that are about to follow. The arrival of the bride.
>Arrival of the bridal party.
This is a good place to throw your best music choice or you may let the dj have their way in here. A dance as you walk down the aisle is not a bad idea also.
>Walking from the aisle.
You are now husband and wife! The best song should signify this as well as set the pace and tone of the remaining part of the day. Something funky and energetic will be a perfect choice. For example one by Florence and the machine “you’ve got the love”
By now the mode for upbeat music should be in the air. But don’t get the guests to the dance floor just yet.
The songs should be energetic with a high tempo as they define what your new spouse means to you. Go with what you actually love, hip-hop, rock, reggae, country etc, it’s your day and you have to enjoy it.
Make sure each group arriving at the reception have their own songs to accompany their style. The dj can choose these.
This is the time for guests to mingle so choose songs that are not that upbeat while at the same time maintain a cheerful mood in the room. Jazz will be a good choice at this hour.
Whether the mother-son, father-daughter or any other dance, make sure to choose songs that correspond with each group. When it comes to the dance floor, keep the energies up all through.
Finally, other wedding songs to choose are the ones to play during the cake cutting. You can even include a soundtrack if you feel that’s what goes with you. If not sure which kind of songs to play where let your dj or band do what they do best.
Apart from music, you need to keep your guests and yourself entertained all day and all night.
Entertainment adds a flair to your wedding keeping the day lively and the wedding reception jumping.
Below is a list of entertainment ideas that you can implement to add an amazing touch to your wedding:
1. A palm reader.
During dinner, add a little more excitement to the meals. Have a palm reader mingle with your guests at the tables and offer them palm reading. Predicting for them what the future holds for them and other predictions based on their palms.
2. A magician.
Hold your guests’ breadths for the longest time possible. A magician will be the perfect person to wow your guests with those tricks you see on “the circus”.
Whether during drinks or dinner, let them mingle with your guests and give them something to remember for the rest of their lives.
Yes. Hold a contest. Let guests who are spouses take on each other to see how best they understand each other.
This is bound to make the room livelier and fun.
4. The waiters.
Choose a group of waiters who can sing in unison as they serve your guests. The best part will be if the guests don’t have a clue of what’s happening. It will really fascinate them.
5. Old-fashioned dance.
The rules for this are very simple. Ladies on this side, men on this side and the dj fires anything. Trophies will be given to only two winners: the worst and the best dance moves.
Lastly, the above wedding entertainment ideas are not comprehensive. Why? You can still think of something funny or engaging to keep your guests guessing.
These small wedding entertainment will stick more in the minds of your guests.
The idea may seem silly and awkward but the effect it will have on your wedding is one that can’t be erased.
Whether you are having a wedding, housewarming party, graduation party, etc. a dj will add a flair to the fun. The best place to get a DJ is in your town or city. A local DJ has more of an advantage than a DJ from outside your area.
But how can you ensure that you hire the best for your upcoming event? Well, below are some of the most important qualities that you should look for in a local DJ:
Always trust your instincts when choosing a local DJ. Chooses one that you personally feel at ease with and don’t be bullied into choosing a DJ that you may not particularly like.
By finding a DJ whom you feel at ease with will help when you need to raise and discuss issues. It will make you ask questions and clarifications without having that inner fear.
Years behind the wheels of steel.
This will give you an idea of what level of experience the DJ has. It will further strengthen or clear any doubts you may be having. Knowing your big day is in the hands of an experienced DJ will give you a chance to enjoy the day with the rest of the audience.
Depending on the size of the venue of the event, you will have to consider the kind of equipment the DJ will be using. For example, how strong is the sound system and how much distance can it cover?
This is in case you are holding the event in an open ground with a huge number of attendees. For enclosed venues, for example in the house, this may not be a big issue since the size of the venue is small.
The quality of the sound should also be considered. You won’t like a situation whereby the sound coming from the sound systems irritates.
Rate and service.
Depending on the budget you have, you must consider the price. Depending on the services you would like offered DJs have different pricing. For example, will you need those fancy DJ lighting, the smoke machine, portable dance floor etc. you will also need to consider a written agreement after you have agreed on the rates and pricing. This will act as a legally binding contract between you and the DJ.
Ensure the contract explains how the DJ will handle emergencies. E.g. In case of equipment failure or if they fail to show up on the big day.
The biggest reason to invite the DJ to your event is them to provide musical entertainment. You should, therefore, inquire how the DJ will handle the playlist. Do they prefer making the playlist by themselves or will they involve you?
If you have a playlist in mind, you would like to involve a DJ who takes that into consideration. They should also have the expertise to customize the playlist to fit the event. I.e. A wedding playlist can never fit into a graduation party event.
The best way to make sure you have a clear knowledge of the DJ beforehand is to visit them when they are at an event and judge their services when they are offering them.
Finding references will also help you in making an informed decision.
You will agree with me that a wedding is not complete without music. In fact, it’s the second major thing on the big day after the couple.
The playlist should, therefore, be handled with care. It’s very delicate. We have therefore noted this and have come up with a comprehensive guideline.
A guideline to help you make an awesome playlist during your big day.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Don’t be in a hurry: this is the number one reason for a half-baked playlist. It’s your day and it’s not something you like woke up in the morning and decided you are getting married.
Your wedding playlist should be treated with the same level of importance. Don’t compile it on the wedding eve. You should start making it more than two months before the wedding day.
This will make sure you run it in your years and a couple of friends before it actually goes “live”.
Your playlist: you already have a scrambled playlist on iTunes or Spotify. This is where to start building the perfect playlist for your wedding day. The songs you already have are the one that appeals to you most. It may not be the best but it’s what you love.
Partition the playlist: divide it according to the various section of the wedding. The music played during the cocktail hour is different from the one played during dinner.
Make sure each section e.g. walking down/up the aisle, cocktail, dinner, guest arrival, reception etc. are well represented on your playlist.
Talk about it: your guest will also need to be represented in the songs of the day. Therefore, politely ask them what they would like to hear. This may be through the RSVP card (be creative here), or word of mouth.
But it does mean you have to include everything. Some suggestions may plainly not fit anywhere during the wedding. Pick the ones you feel are the best and ignore everything else.
Don’t be too strict: even if it may be a bit disgusting to you, include some awkward songs in your playlist from the guests’ or family members’. It’s good to see them dance to their favorite without wondering if anyone is watching even if it means dancing alone.
Finally, it’s your wedding. The wedding playlist should reflect much of yourself and what best describes you.
Listen to playlist advice here and there, break rules (not all of them) and most of all concentrate on being happy on this day through the music played all day long.
So you are very lively, loud at times and the idea of being an MC clicks in your head. And weddings seem to be your favorite.
But you don’t know how, where or what to consider if you want to be the most successful MC for weddings.
We have put together the main points to consider for you to reach your goals of becoming a master of ceremonies at weddings. But remember you will never be the entertainment, yours is just to run the show in a professional humorous way.
To kick us off:
-Do your homework.
There are so many activities that will be going on during the wedding day. Make sure you have them written down so that you are never caught off-guard in any one of them.
To do this, meet with the organizer before the wedding day so that you can get familiar and also learn about all that is planned for the day.
Things like cake cutting, speeches, knowing the VIPs etc. will give your guests a feeling you know what you are doing.
This will go a long way in ensuring that you deliver on the task ahead. Interact with the music band or the dj to make sure you work in harmony. Without leaving spaces in between sections due to poor communication.
The mood should be set, maintained and dropped at any time. Humor should be incorporated in your mciing. This does not mean you have to sweat trying to provide stand-up comedy. If you are not a comedian you are not. Don’t force it. Look inside you for something else, your honesty can be a substitute for comedy. Some one-liners to spruce up the event.
-Focus on the couple.
You may choose to humorously congratulate them for the big step they have taken in life. Try and get the attention and applause from the guests.
If there are games, photo booth etc. encourage guests to get down to business without being commanding. You can highlight the advantages of each and every area so that your guests can choose the one they feel comfortable with.
-You are not a commentator!
The microphone should only be in your hands when you want to say something. Otherwise, let the music have its course.
You should be very careful during this session. You will have to introduce people and what they do, make sure you get it right. The pronunciation of people’s names should be on point. This may need practicing on some hard names before time.
Listen very carefully to each speaker so that you can grab two or three summarizing words after they are done.
Don’t just abruptly bring the party to an unforeseen end. Have a nice plan to call it off. Know what will be happening next so that you know how to lead the guests.
The party may be ending that very moment, the couple may prefer to bid everyone goodbye, another venue may be set for the continuation of the party, etc. know all this thing beforehand.
Finally, your aspirations to be a wedding mc have just been accomplished right here. It’s now upon you to make good use of them. see you on the other side.
TWO things your guests will remember is food and the experience at the reception. This reception experience is how good or bad the music was. Of this two, music comes first.
It will be good, therefore, to know what makes a memorable reception when it comes to music.
In this post, we have explained the factors to consider if you are keen on wowing your guest’s with music at the reception.
Make sure the dj or band understands this. They should have a variety of songs in their playlist. The reason is simple. Your guests are of different ages with different tastes and what may appeal to your age mates will not go well with the older or the younger group of guests.
To accommodate everyone on the dance floor there should be a mix of all songs so that you keep everyone on the dance floor.
2. Understand your guests.
This will go a long way in choosing your playlist. You have interacted with most of the guests including your family and friends and roughly have an idea of the music they like. Make sure to comprise a list of “never to be played” music so that your band or dj know exactly what to play.
This list is equally important as the “must play”. It ’s your day and you should not hesitate from making everything understood by your wedding reception music planner or dj.
To help you understand your guests better, you may creatively ask them the kind of music they like on the reply card.
3. Start before the reception.
This will be meant to give your guests what will be at the reception. Keeping them eagerly waiting for the reception.
Energetic music may be played during the cake cutting. Or a little dance with the bridal party after the vows are exchanged. Ideally, you are enticing the guests for the reception.
Finally, with the above points followed faithfully, wedding reception music should not be a nightmare whether you are a wedding DJ, wedding organizer, or it's your own wedding.
While we hope you hold your event in Dayton... in the event you're looking for a Columbus DJ, please consider the 5 below.
Columbus has never fallen short of djs and entertainment houses. This makes choosing the right one to handle all your wedding needs a tricky affair.
That’s why we have combed through the professionals and wannabe djs in Columbus to bring FIVE among the best individual djs, not entertainment houses.
- DJ Ricks
Established in 2008, DJ Ricks will give your guests at the reception something to remember for the years to come.
With over 150 happy clients, playing music is a hobby and bringing joy to people is all that ricks looks for.
- Ryan Smith, DJ
Smith says “This is your special day, and I want it to help make it the memorable event that your family and friends will talk about for years to come.” Having offered his services in 231 weddings, going by the reviews, you are at home with this dj.
- DJ Axcess
This dj will work with you before your big day to make sure they understand everything you need. And by them understanding, you will surely have the perfect wedding music that you and your guests will love.
Happy clients are already talking about the great services of DJ Axcess. Make sure to be on the list.
- The Wedding DJ
They already have a score of 5/5 and 10 positive reviews to back them. They acknowledge your wedding is one of a lifetime and they will treat it with the utmost importance as you do.
- DJ Flair
This is a group of djs who know the job and will get it done to your specifications.
They have 15 reviews on weddings and a 5/5 rating.
The list of wedding DJ Columbus Ohio above includes individual DJs. You may visit them at a wedding event and judge the experience yourself. Entertainment houses are also a good place to look for DJs in Columbus.
A party should be a lively event, not all energetic but it should keep the energy of the audience up.
Djiing at a party can sometimes be a hard task especially when your playlist as a dj does not wow the audience.
Well, there are some few things you may be doing wrong. To make the best of a dj in a party, here are some few mistakes that you should avoid:
-Not coordinating with the organizer.
A party has so many sections, for example, there may be the speeches, gifts, proposal etc. it’s very discouraging as a dj to be stopped in the middle of your favorite track because another session within the party is about to start.
To avoid this, you should be in contact with the party organizer so that they give you a lineup of all the events that are bound to take place. It should happen before the actual party day so that you have a good time to organize your playlist since each session will definitely need a unique song.
-Being energetic before time.
Different parties have different styles of playing music. But one thing they all have in common is that there should be a good warm-up time. It’s always a huge mistake when a party dj plays full-blast at the very beginning before even the audience has warmed up. This can be frustrating to the dj and to the audience.
Talking to your audience is a very important part of a party that most djs don’t realize. The audience needs to be set at ease and you also need to have that connection with them. To do this, use the microphone to engage with your crowd. But don’t make it too much as if you are broadcasting the event. The best points to use the microphone is when introducing a different section of the party and when introducing a different genre of music that will only appeal to a select section of your audience. Finally...
-Don’t forget to have a variety in your playlist. Monotonous songs are always boring. And since you need to add fun to the music, a playlist with a variety to choose from will be good. Sometimes the audience may request a song and it would be very embarrassing if you don’t have it.
In this post, you will find all that goes into choosing the perfect playlist that will keep the guests on the dance floor.
To begin with:
#1. Have the songs in time.
Music CDs are being replaced by digital means of playing music. The likes of streaming from the internet.
With this new developments, it has made it even harder to build a music playlist that you can carry anywhere even without an internet connection.
Some wedding reception venues may not have a very strong phone network connection. This makes getting your playlist from let’s say, Spotify, very hard and it can ruin the whole event.
That’s why it’s a golden rule to download the songs into your laptop to save yourself from the disappointment.
#2. Be unpredictable.
The fun of having a dj in the reception is not by guessing what is coming next or how long your favorite song will play. An approximate of 1 minute is an ideal time to play each song although you should vary the lengths but don’t play the entire song!
#3. High tempo
For you to maintain the energy at the dance floor, 90% of the songs you play should be energetic songs (fast/high tempo) and the remaining 10% can have low tempo songs to make the audience relax before you drive the energies up again.
Since you are a dj, you now the trending songs of the month. Play the top include 10 pop songs in your playlist.
You have a huge wedding reception playlist make sure you don’t have spaces between tracks. Introducing silence when the guests are on the dance floor will kill the energy, never to be brought back.
Pack the songs one after the other all the way to the end.
Every dj wants to flex their muscles on the kind of equipment they have. Most of them go wrong on weddings.
Weddings are different from other types of parties and only veteran wedding djs understand this.
If you are a dj starting your career on djiing at weddings, here is a guide as to what makes a good dj setup at weddings.
1. Be moderate.
You are fascinated by loud music, flashy lights, the deep base from woofers and subs, etc. the guests at a wedding care less about all this. Older guests tend to be irritated by those fancy elements unlike the younger group of guests who would like it all up and flashy.
Be moderate in everything: the sound the lights and anything else. In fact, a simple strong speaker, your controller/decks and some LED wash lights are enough.
The music volume should be suitable for the dance floor moments while it should be adjusted to let the guest mingle freely during dinner and other sessions without being drowned by the loud music.
To measure how loud or low the music volume is, exit and re-enter the room with the music still playing. By doing this you are putting yourself in the audiences’ shoes and hearing the music as they do.
You may need to adjust the volume accordingly.
2. Professional equipment.
High-grade equipment will increase the impact and minimize the need for a heavy setup.
If you have to set up extra equipment like big screens, make sure they are connected neatly and working perfectly. Don’t forget to put a price on the extras.
3. The lights.
As with music, the lights can be blinding or too dim. The guests need to clearly see each other without being blinded. Whether at dinner or on the dance floor.
The best way to achieve the right combination of lights in a wedding venue especially the dance floor is by pointing the lights at surfaces/objects that can reflect back on the dance floor. The ceiling does the trick.
4. Be neat.
The setup should be professionally laid out. In this generation, you should use more of wireless mics and less of the coded friends.
If the speakers are not wireless, their connecting cables should be professionally laid out.
There you have it. By following the above points faithfully, you will achieve the best wedding dj setup that will be friendly to the guests, the bride and yourself.
It will also be a good point to ask the wedding couple what kind of a dj setup they may be having in mind.
Some like the minimal setup while others may want to see that stack of subs and tweeters and hear the heavy bass plus the flashy blinding lights.
It’s their day, let them have their way but remember to advise them accordingly.
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