Part 3: Working with Your Wedding DJ

Posted on September 24th, 2011 by annalemberger

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Newlywed and former DJ Jeff brings you his final list of do’s and don’ts when hiring and working with your wedding DJ.

DO– offer the DJ a meal. If your reception has a dinner provided, and the DJ will either be playing music or setting up during dinner, it is courteous to offer them a meal, provided it does not interfere with their duties.

DON’T– get the DJ drunk. Most professional DJs will limit their intake or simply not drink while on the job, but sometimes guests will offer drinks in exchange for requests. Be wary of your crazy uncle or mischievous bridesmaid spending too much time at the DJ booth.

DO– request the songs you want to hear weeks before the wedding. Not all DJs will have all the songs you want to hear. Most DJs will work in one particular medium (CD, MP3, vinyl) and some non-traditional requests may be difficult to come by on short notice.

DON’T– surprise your DJ with music you brought from home. It is fine if you pre-arrange with your DJ that you will be bringing a special song, but a surprise takeover of their playlist may not go over well with them or your guests.

Post a comment and share your own DJ, reception or wedding music suggestions and experiences!

Check it out:

  • To read Jeff’s other tips for working with a DJ, visit our Mix series. Party with Black Wedding Invitation
  • Wedding Museum gives its list of 14 greatest wedding hip hop songs.
  • Use these elegant and fun invitations to get your guests in the party mood!

2 responses to “Part 3: Working with Your Wedding DJ”

  1. sewardparktech writes:

    This is good advice, I would just like to add: DO: Have a DO NOT PLAY list for your DJ, and if you do not wish to have line dances, please make it clear to your Wedding DJ. DONT:

  2. annalemberger writes:

    Thank you for adding these tips! It is always great to hear from more real DJs and entertainment specialists. If you have any more ideas we’d love to have you as a featured blogger! You can get in touch with me at anna@knotthegroom.com. ~Anna



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