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Questions to ask your DJ/MC

1) Who is going to by my MC?

The MC is the heart and soul of your event. They are the ones who get the crowd out of their seat and onto the dance floor. You want to know who your MC is to make sure he knows what he is doing as well if you like his style. Some MC’s are too loud some are too pushy, you have to make sure that the person in charge knows your personal style and what you are looking for in a Wedding MC.

2) Who is going to be my DJ?

A DJ plays a totally different role in your entertainment package then the MC does. The DJ is the person that is going to actually play the music at your wedding. He is the one that chooses if you are going to be dancing to Michael Jackson or Eminem. You want to make sure that your DJ is an experienced wedding DJ, the reason for this is because just like any profession, there is an art to getting people out of their seat and staying on the dance floor.

3) Can I request songs?

This is your wedding day, so of course, you are going to want to have a few of your favorite songs played. That being said, you are hiring (or should be hiring) a professional entertainment company. They are going to know what to do and how to do it better than anyone. Giving them as much room to do their job is probably the best bet if you want them to operate at their most creative level.

4) Do I have to pay anything the day of the wedding?

Some vendors want to be paid the day of the event, I have photographed hundreds of weddings throughout the years and I would try my best to avoid is dealing with money the day of a wedding. There are so many moving parts that it is easy to forget who and what you have to pay. I would suggest that you try to get all your payments out of the way prior to the wedding day, this way you are not stressed the day of.

5) Do you offer an uplighting package?

Uplighting plays a big part in not only the overall ambiance, but it also plays a huge role in how your reception photos look. Without proper uplighting, the background is going to be extremely dark. However, with the proper uplighting, the background can be fully saturated giving an incredible glow and life to your reception photos.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Wedding Music

The music you play at your wedding will set the mood for the reception and help create memories in your wedding videos. This is yet another opportunity for you to insert your personality into your wedding, and it can be a time-consuming process to come up with the perfect playlists.

When you consider the thousands of songs that are available, coming up with the ones that will define your special day takes some thought. Chances are, you already have some in mind. You may even have a detailed list, ready to go. Of course, as with most elements of your wedding, there is more to consider when deciding on the music.

Choosing the Songs

It’s not uncommon for brides-to-be to have specific songs in mind that conjure up memories of their earlier years that may sound great, but are completely inappropriate for a wedding. It’s important to determine the context of each so you don’t accidentally dance with your new spouse to a song about breaking up. Create a “what songs not to play” list to help point you in the right direction.

When choosing songs, ask yourself how you want your wedding to be remembered and what you want people to think and feel when the songs are playing. You can have your handful of must-haves, but it’s usually a good idea to trust the pros that do this sort of thing all the time and have worked out all the kinks.

Live Band or DJ?

There are pros and cons on both sides for the live band vs. DJ debate. A live band gives a feel that a DJ likely can’t, but they are also limited in the range of songs they are able to play. If your playlist is diverse, chances are one band isn’t going to be able to provide what you need. However, if you have a tighter playlist that sticks to one particular genre then a live band could work wonderfully.

Regardless of which one you choose, make sure they are professionals that have a decent amount of experience working weddings. Find out if the DJ can also serve as emcee, and don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials from previous weddings.

Creating the Mood

You want to create a wedding playlist with a purpose, and that means choosing music for every facet of the event. You’ll want the ideal music for the first dance, during the dinner, parent dances, the reception entrance, cocktail hour and the after dinner reception.

Adding Your Own Personality

There’s a good chance you’ll get plenty of requests from friends and family, and feedback about your music choices. There’s nothing wrong with accommodating others, but try not to lose sight of the fact that this is your day and the music should speak to who you are. If you take in too much info from others, before you know it there won’t be any songs left for you.

Contracts aren’t exactly the sexiest part of a wedding, but they are an important part. Watch out for our next email, where we will provide you with tips on how to navigate vendor contracts so you’re protected and you get exactly what you need