ST LOUIS WEDDING DJ RECEPTION TIPS
1. DIM THE LIGHTS
Dimming lights when dinner ends creates a relaxed atmosphere and will motivate your guests and get them dancing – It also helps enhances your Dj’s light show.
2. DON’T LET PICTURES AND VIDEO DOMINATE YOUR DAY
Select a photographer with a confident and relaxed style who will capture your special moments in an efficient and stress-free manner. Don’t be held hostage by an overbearing photographer who will dominate your time while your guests become bored. The best photographers tend to capture rather than create a great photo. Choose a video company willing to use comfortable lighting unless you and your guests want to be squinting and shielding your eyes throughout the reception. In short, don’t allow the pictures to become more important than the event itself.
3. PLACE YOUR DJ NEAR A DANCE FLOOR THAT’S LARGE ENOUGH AND WELL LOCATED.
The size and location of the dance floor are critical factors in the success of your reception. Avoid seating guests between your DJ and the dance floor. Placing your DJ adjacent to the dance floor maximizes your DJ‘s ability to project and monitor the sound and interact with the dancers. Also, avoid facilities where the dance floor is too small or not centrally located in the reception area. Some facilities, especially smaller country clubs and restaurants, have been known to book more guests than they can comfortably accommodate and then reduce the size of the dance floor, seat your guests in separate rooms or even locate the dance floor in an adjacent room! Such arrangements are guaranteed to diminish if not destroy the energy of your reception.
4. BEWARE OF PROBLEMS CAUSED BY SHARING A FACILITY WITH OTHERS.
Some restaurants will book a wedding reception in an area right next to their public dining room. Some resorts will book multiple wedding receptions in a large ballroom separated by cardboard wall dividers. Some golf clubs clubs have homes that are directly adjacent to the reception facility. The result is inevitable. As your reception starts gaining momentum, the manager tells the DJ to turn the volume down because the music is disturbing other guests or neighbors. Music for dancing is usually louder than music for dinner. If you and your guests plan to dance, avoid choosing a facility that imposes sound and volume restrictions. Such restrictions are guaranteed to hamper your DJ‘s performance and diminish the energy of your reception.
5. INVEST IN QUALITY TIME FOR PLANNING YOUR GRAND ENTRANCE.
The Grand Entrance sets the tone and establishes the energy for the entire reception. Work closely with your DJ to stage a Grand Entrance that reflects your style and personality. Decide who will participate, where they will assemble and in what order, where they will go after being introduced. Clarify pronunciation of names, determine appropriate introductions for blended families and, of course, select the perfect music. All of this planning is usually completed when you meet personally with your DJ a few weeks before your wedding. Your DJ can offer suggestions and will take charge of the Grand Entrance at your wedding reception.
6. DO THE FORMAL TOAST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE GRAND ENTRANCE.
At no other time during the reception will your guests be more attentive and focused on you, the newlyweds, than immediately following the Grand Entrance. That makes it the perfect time for formal toasts. Your DJ should provide a wireless microphone to allow the toast to be given by the best man (and possibly others) as he stands beside the bride and groom. Decide if you want parents, family or friends to propose additional toasts. Let your Catering Director know when you plan the toast to allow for timely pouring of the chosen beverage. Also, consider welcoming your guests following the toast. Your guests are still attentive and focused on you and the microphone is available. This is an excellent but often overlooked opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings and thank your guests for attending.
7. THE FIRST DANCE: DON’T WAIT FOREVER AND DON’T DO IT FOREVER.
One of the special moments of the reception is the bride and groom’s first dance. Having your first dance after the grand entrance, or right after dinner, is a great way to start the party. Delaying your first dance to visit with guests will deflate the energy of your reception. Once you’ve selected your favorite romantic ballad, practice dancing to it until you’re comfortable. Consider having your DJ fade out the song at a designated time if it is exceptionally long (over 3 min.). All of this applies as well to the newlyweds’ dances with their parents. If you are uncomfortable at the prospect of dancing before all of your guests, consider taking a few dance lessons. Your DJ can recommend dance instructors who specialize in this service.
8. DON’T TRY TO SELECT EVERY SONG YOUR DJ WILL PLAY.
Choose the song for your first dance and songs for specific reception events like the cake cutting and bouquet toss. Tell your DJ what artists and styles of music to feature or avoid, but don’t micro-manage your DJ‘s performance. A professional wedding DJ can read the crowd and knows what to play and when to play it to keep the party going. More importantly, your DJ knows which requests will clear the dance floor and deflate the energy of your reception. You’re paying for your DJ‘s knowledge and experience. Take advantage of it. If you’re planning to burn your own CD’s and just have the DJ play them, don’t waste your money on a professional wedding disc jockey. Just rent some equipment have a friend press the play button.
9. DON’T RULE OUT AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SONGS.
Doing the YMCA, Macarena, Chicken Dance, Electric Slide etc is always a crowd pleaser and provides for great photo opportunities. Before you reject those so-called cheesy group dances remember that these dances may be the only opportunity some of your guests will have to get on the dance floor and have some fun. These specialty dances are frequently requested and often create memorable moments.
10. LEAD THE WAY TO THE DANCE FLOOR!
Most brides and grooms want to see their guests on the dance floor having a great time. One way to create that energy is to lead by example. When the newlyweds set the tone by dancing, guest will follow. Ask a favorite uncle or grandmother to dance. Cameras will flash. Family will applaud. Guests will join in. When the bride and groom actively participate in the dancing, the energy level of the reception dramatically increases.