How far in advance should we book the DJ?
One year to get the DJ you want, although we do get bookings with just weeks to spare.
What are the advantages of choosing a DJ over a live band?
Cost; choosing a DJ will give you extra cash to spend on things like lighting and dance floors. DJs are also far more versatile in the music that can be played.
We know what we like, but are aware that there will be a broad cross-section of generations at the reception. Should we include tunes that different age groups will recognize and enjoy?
Indeed, you should; our DJs will program genre sections of the set to appeal to all your guests, selecting these tracks from your initial request list.
Whereas our friends will be inclined to crowd the dance floor, our parents' friends will want to mingle and talk. Should we take an understated approach to the music and sacrifice the big dance tracks?
Big dance tracks should be played if that’s what you’re into. It's a good idea to leave these towards the second half of the set. If the music’s good, by then your guests will dance regardless of their age. Hopefully the set-up of the sound and position of the bar will allow guests to still talk if they want to.
We have a friend who's a DJ, can he play a set?
Indeed, they can, although we'd want your friend to let their hair down and enjoy the party. If you insist, keep their set as short as possible. No longer than one hour.
Will the DJ be happy to play our music selections, no matter how diverse?
Indeed, he will. Also, your eclectic tastes will go down a storm on the dance floor. Mixing up the musical genres is sure to keep everyone happy.
Will the DJ be offended if we list every single song we want played and don’t give him the freedom to include additional songs?
Not offended, but from experience this can kill the party. If you’re paying top money for your DJ, you’re paying for experience. If you want to choose all the music and the order in which you want them played, you may as well plug in an iPod. Good DJs know and have tracks that will link your request list together to create a DJ set that is as seamless and flowing as possible.
How many songs would typically be played during a 4-hour reception?
Around 60 to 70.
When should we have our first dance?
Never do your first dance too early. What tends to happen is guests will then dance for a few tracks then hit the bar. If the dancing does start early, let the party warm up a little before you both take to the floor. Also, don’t feel you have to complete the whole first dance yourself, inviting your guests to join you half way through is a great way to get the party started.
How will our DJ know if we hate a certain song, and is it unreasonable for him to refuse guest requests if the bride
or groom has vetoed that song?
We always ask clients for a list of tracks they don’t like. If requests are received on the night that don’t fit within the client’s style and personality, they shouldn’t be played. Guests generally understand this.
What makes a good first dance song? We need help! We also need to pick an exit song. Any classics that you can suggest?
Remember it doesn’t have to be slow for the first dance. First dances I’ve seen work best include dance classic Daft Punk’s “Digital Love” and from the 60s The Turtles “Happy Together”. For the exit, it really depends on what you and your guests are in to. Mainstream finales that work well are The Beatles “All You Need Is Love" and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered”. For an encore, Candi Staton or Florence & The Machine's “You Got The Love” work well, or rock them out with Guns ‘n’ Roses' “Sweet Child Of Mine”.