“We were at this wedding having a great time. There was an awesome jazz trio for cocktail hour, then it was time for dinner. We sat down and for an hour and a half at dinner, and the music was so loud we couldn’t have a single conversation at all.”
This is a common thing we here from clients and friends, especially older guests. I’ll be honest; as a DJ, it took us years to figure out that back in the day this DJ was us!! Difficult to admit mistakes, but it happens and you learn from it. For years, we were not aware nor we all that worried about the volume during cocktail and dinner. We are the party DJ’s who want to crank it up and make you sweat on the floor! It’s in our DNA as performers. It’s also in our DNA to be good business people, to honor the requests of our guests, and to provide a great atmosphere at an event.
One thing to keep in mind when you hire a DJ is how open to suggestions they are. The honest truth is that sometimes the music gets a little louder than we expect, and we can’t hear it as good as the guests. You should be able to openly and honestly communicate with your DJ throughout the event, and that includes making suggestions about the volume of the music. You should also make sure your DJ will honor the requests of your guests if they ask for the music to be turned down a bit. This includes the dancing portion of the evening. The music shouldn’t be so stinking loud that your guests are all dancing on the opposite side of the room from your DJ setup. Then you know for sure it’s time to turn it down!