As a bride planning her wedding, there are so many things to do, visions to plan, vendors to secure. Once your vision is in place (and your budget), the vendors you secure are those that are going to make your day seamless. Your DJ is going to make or break your reception. Please deeply consider hiring a professional wedding DJ, as your wedding Emcee, this person will keep your celebration not only on track but also create the tone for your wonderful evening. I have experienced brides having a friend or a friend of a friend who may be a part time DJ and secured for a discounted rate, and while the music is good, the Emceeing and taking the lead of the event has often fallen by the wayside.
I’ll share a few examples:
A high profile athlete wedding who was flying in a friend who was a DJ that he liked – didn’t know anything about a Grand Entrance, while the music was fine, this guy completely ignored the timeline with all the dances, speeches etc. It was a party, but all the traditional things went flat, thus all the photo opportunities just didn’t pop like a bride dreams of.
Hungry guest….well how about no DJ/Emcee announcement following the Grand Entrance but this: “Table 1 is released, Table 2”. No one knew what they were released for or where to go.
Your DJ is a key vendor for a smooth flowing successful ceremony and reception. While you are paying for his/her services, don’t forget to provide a gratuity to them as well. Ask your wedding planner about appropriate gratuities for specific vendors, while these are never expected, they are much appreciated.