(This was written by my good DJ friend Cam Reeve! If you're on the fence about hiring a DJ for your wedding, please just do it. You won't regret it, I swear!) xo, Alexa
Weddings are a time to celebrate the love that you are your future spouse have shared since first meeting each other. Surrounded by friends and family, your wedding day will hopefully be one that is filled with unforgettable memories. There are a lot of moving parts at a wedding, from food to photography. A professional DJ is an essential element of a successful, unique, and memorable wedding day. In this article, we'll share a few reasons why you should hire a DJ for your big day.
Wedding Day Experience
For most people, you only plan a wedding once. Unfortunately, this means that you have to plan an extremely important event without much past experience to go by. Sure, there are plenty of loved ones willing to offer their advice, but you are your own person. That's where a good DJ comes in. A professional wedding DJ may have been a part of hundreds of weddings, and it's safe to say they've seen it all. When it comes to selecting music, making announcements, and directing the evening, a good DJ can draw upon what they've seen work so that things run smoothly.
Setting The Tone
Each couple is unique in their wedding vision and the atmosphere they are trying to create. A DJ can listen to your ideas and utilize both music selection and MC skills to craft the exact vibe you are looking for. Through careful song curation and making announcements at just the right time, wedding guests will feel as if they are at a professional event and not a family reunion. Sure, you could have your brother or your uncle Jim on the microphone at your wedding, but can't always anticipate what sort of tone they'll take when they're in front of a crowd.
Music Programming Skills
Apart from mixing your music, a good DJ will also use their wedding experience to select tracks that strike the perfect balance between classic and fresh. We all have our favorite songs that we want to hear at our wedding. A DJ will take those songs and combine them with what they see from guests at the wedding to create a custom music setlist that gets heads bopping and feet tapping. They can reach into their large library of songs and pull out selections that will appeal to both your 80-year-old grandmother and your 21-year-old bridesmaids. And, if the crowd isn't reacting to your favorite songs in a way that you expected, they can pivot at a moment's notice and bring people back. It's a subtle skill and one that is refined over dozens of wedding dance parties.
DJ Cam Reeve
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