This is definitely a hot and controversial topic in our industry, so with 20+ years in the industry, we’re finally weighing in with a blog post about it. First things first: as a DJ who provides value to our clients and our marketplace, we must cater as much as possible to the music tastes’ of our clients. We always encourage our customers to go to our online planning system and select 10-15 of their “must play” requests for their wedding. We also encourage our bride/grooms to put as many requests as possible for their cocktail and dinner music; as long as it’s appropriate for that part of the evening- heck give us as many requests as possible! We also encourage our clients to give us a few “do not plays” for the evening. These are certain songs they’ve heard over and over again at their friends’ weddings, or maybe genre’s of music they don’t like at all. Totally acceptable in our opinion. Who wants to hear music at your wedding that you can’t stand?
When it comes to the dancing portion of the reception, there must be some leeway given to the song selections of the DJ. When you hire a DJ, you’re not just hiring their equipment and their computer; you’re trusting in their opinion of what kind of music to play to move your crowd, as well as to make clear, concise and upbeat announcements on the mic. If your DJ does not possess the capacity to sound great on the mic and read the dance floor-keeping it packed all night, why would you ever hire that person for the biggest night of your life??
So keep in mind; when you hire a professional wedding DJ company, make sure that there’s a good balance and understanding of what your favorite music is, and that you have confidence that your DJ can move a crowd. When you achieve this balance with the right DJ company, there should be no need to worry about making a setlist for your DJ for the entire night. Otherwise, that’s what speaker rentals and iPods are for!