Deciding to be a disc jockey, better known as a DJ, is an admirable and rewarding career. However, DJs can play their music for different types of crowds, so much to the point that many will specialize in certain focal points. Some prefer clubs. Others prefer weddings. Becoming a wedding DJ can be interesting and a little difficult for a few reasons. If you’re looking for information on becoming a DJ in general, then click here.
Understanding Client’s Expectations
The first thing to be aware of when becoming a wedding DJ is understanding what most clients will come to expect as part of the packages being paid for during an event. Most wedding DJs provide commentary throughout the night that guides the reception from one step to another. Therefore, they need to be accustomed to speaking in front of many people with relative ease.
Working with the Client’s Desires
At the same time, they need to appreciate special requests by clients to either include or exclude specific parts to an evening – for instance, they might only want certain styles of music played, and they might not want guests to make song requests throughout the evening. Then again, they might want those things to be a little bit more wide open. So, being flexible is also an essential key to thriving as a wedding DJ.
Build a Massive Music Collection
In order to meet the requests of clients and their guests with ease, the first step in becoming a wedding DJ is to have as wide of a selection as music as possible. All styles of music across various decades need to be gathered as quickly, and legally, as possible. There are bound to be certain songs that will be requested for father-daughter dances and son-mother dances, too. Certain line dances will be expected to be part of a wedding DJ’s options, too. A big realization with this step is understanding wedding music sometimes is more dated than club music, so the need to stay up-to-date with the latest music might not be as important. However, the need to have a much wider choice of music is more important.
Understand the Names of Traditional Dances
Some wedding couples might want their guests to have access to music that adheres to specific styles of dance. Knowing what a waltz or a foxtrot requires is much different from understanding what a tango or the meringue would require.
Other Specialty Dances
There are also some other dances to offer throughout the night to keep the pace of the party ebbing and flowing in a way that will keep people on the dance floor without tiring them out. A popular game is to start with all couples in the room who are married. Then, start ticking away the length of time people have been married, starting with less than one day for the bride and groom. Then, move to six months. Then, start counting in regular increments of years until the last couple standing is reached so that they can be celebrated for their long marriage. This couple can then be offered the chance at the end of the dance to speak to the bride and groom and the audience with a microphone to provide some advice on what it takes to remain married for so many years.
Sometimes, wedding DJs might also have to provide the music during the ceremony, when the food is served, and the reception. Therefore, the music collection should include traditional and classical or instrumental music, too. The type of music people like when they are eating, is much different from that when they are eating the catered meal. At the same time, having some of this more relaxing music to play as undertones during the meal portion of the reception would also be a good idea, in case the client has that request.
Keep the Crowd up and Moving
A wedding DJ’s number one goal above all others is to make sure the crowd remains on their feet and dancing throughout the night. Most weddings nowadays feature a long night of dancing with them, which is a standard expectation. Therefore, having more than just music for dancing to would be a good idea. Knowing some games to play with the crowd to keep them interacting with one another on the dance floor would be a good idea. These games could be as simple as line dances as mentioned previously, but they can also be as simple as musical chairs.
Becoming a wedding DJ requires dedication and focus. However, these steps will lead any aspiring DJ down the right path to finding their perfect matches with clients that will want to refer them again and again to other people for different DJ opportunities.