DJing Weddings

Articles on DJing weddings ranging from dealing with brides to traditional wedding formalities.

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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Help With And Or Always Check The Floor Plan For Your Events.

February 8, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, imagine this is the room you're going to be working, this big square in the middle is the dance floor. As you can see, we have tables all the way around the room and right over there look everyone, the DJ. So I guess you could put a speaker here and shoot through and one here and then point them straight, I guess so you'd hit these tables or you could crisscross them and kind of miss this table or you could put one over here and then maybe you could put one over here. Or you could somehow convince the bride and groom to move a little bit, just a little. Maybe this table comes here, this table goes there, then you have a straight shot. Go over the seating plan with the coordinator, the bride and groom, the planner, the onsite, whoever you need to and try to make sure you'r... [read more]
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Staying Fresh After Time Off

February 7, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
January is the slowest month of the year for my company; after working 2 weddings the first weekend of the month I was gig-free until now, the first week of February. While I'm happy to enjoy the break after a hectic holiday season, 4 weekends without an event can wreck havoc on both my motivation and my skills. The long duration of the gap would have been a prime opportunity to sit on my butt and put the business on cruise control, but I opted to use the time as productively as possible in order to enter the new year's season at full speed. Here are a few ways I found to keep myself sharp and prepared. Cleaning I detailed my new year organizing and cleaning process in a previous article, but it's worth mentioning again. I use the free Saturdays during January to unpack my bags, boxes, and bins to give ... [read more]
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Homework Pt.1

February 5, 2018 by Mike Wieder
As a child I always dreaded homework.  So, when the time comes for homework I understand the pleasure my teachers derived from handing out the assignments.  The answers to the homework that I disperse aren't found in a book, they are actually found by asking questions.  If you take the time to ask the questions and assign the homework, the event itself will run a lot smoother.  The things that are taken for granted are usually the ones that require the most research. The moment has arrived, the newly married couple are introduced into the room and invited to share their first dance.  As the two of them take cent... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Don’t Set Lights To Strobe At A Wedding

February 1, 2018 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute, I just heard a story about a DJ who had some strobe lights going on around his booth and a parent came over and said, is there any way to kill the strobe lights? I have a child here who's epileptic and it could cause a seizure. And apparently, it's due to photosensitivity. And it's not the majority of kids who are epileptic, but according to the other DJ that told me the story, the DJ with the strobe lights instructed the parent to remove the child from the reception. My weddings, the bride and groom invite people they want. If I went up to a bride and groom and said, no more strobes, because someone could have a seizure, trust me, they'd go along with it. In fact, I tell my clients that I don't have strobing on my Revo-3 or on my atmospheric because of that reason. So if you want... [read more]
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Working Review: ADJ Dotz TPar System

January 31, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
All-in-one lighting solutions have been all the rage the past few years, and I for one am grateful for it. After purchasing a Chauvet GigBar LT around a year and a half ago I was amazed at the ease of use, simplicity, and effectiveness of these compact lighting systems. Instead of spending 10-15 minutes to set up a lighting T-bar for a wedding I could have my light show ready to go within 2 minutes. I recently sold my GigBar (after 50+ weddings of faithful use) and switched over to the American DJ Dotz TPar system, which I am going to review for you today. This review won't be like many you'll find on Youtube; it won't be full of specs and numbers that can be found in the online manual. Instead, I'll aim to give you honest feedback about points of the light I really like (and those I dislike) that are rela... [read more]
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Playlists Part 2

January 28, 2018 by Joe Bunn
In my last blog post, I started talking about how I organize my music for gigs. In this part 2 blog, I'll go into the other half of my folders and give a few other tips. Read along! Moving on, the “This Week” folder is going to contain playlists for all of the stuff I have going on for this week. The thing that I mainly do these days is weddings and for those, I usually have three to four playlists for each wedding. For example, I would have one playlist for just their prelude and ceremony music. The next playlist would be for the cocktail hour (if they were really specific about the artists they loved). The next one would be all of the specialty songs (intro song, first dance, parent dances, cake cutting song, bouquet/garter songs, etc.). Finally, the last playlist would be all of their personal reque... [read more]
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Playlists Part 1

January 21, 2018 by Joe Bunn
Creating Playlists can be one of the most time consuming things that you do as a professional DJ, but if you get them dialed in correctly, your job becomes so much easier. Let’s take a look at how I handle organizing a massive music library. I just recently switched from iTunes to using Serato crates, and if nothing else, it loads ten times faster. Regardless of what you use, take advantage of folders and subfolders! Here is the current setup I’m using. My main folders are: Corporate, Decades, Genres, Holidays, The Essentials, This Week, Weddings Let’s start with Corporate. Since these aren’t exactly always couples events, I like to have a corporate cocktail and dinner list under this folder that aren’t so “lovey dovey”. I also have a “cool cocktails” list under this folder that is... [read more]
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2018 Wedding Trends: What to Expect in the New Year

January 18, 2018 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
In this article for Book More Brides, By Kylie Carlson of International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning That critical time of year is here, when wedding pros prepare for the New Year by forecasting all of the upcoming trends. Our fourth annual International Wedding Trends Report is full of the latest predictions by the industry’s most trusted experts. We’ve included highlights of this year’s report here so you’ll be prepared to meet the demands of prospective clients as booking season begins. 2018 Design “The focus for 2018 is elegance and a more formal feel,” predicts Sarah Richardson of Leafy Couture. “Wedding ceremonies and receptions will be more grand and opulent even in more rustic settings. Color schemes will be more classic with a white and green timeless feel,” says Richa... [read more]
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How to Navigate Politically Charged And Controversial Weddings

January 11, 2018 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
Controversial Weddings Recently, 80 zillion men and women who just OMG love the royals got something new to squee about: the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. I expect Twitter and Instagram to explode during the actual ceremony. I mean that literally. Your computer, if you have the misfortune to be logged on to Twitter or Insta at the time, will blow up in fire and I hope you don’t get injured. But already, this engagement has caused a spot of controversy, when it was reported that Donald Trump was not invited to the wedding because he’s a “serious threat to human rights,” per Harry. According to P... [read more]
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3 Tips For Dealing With Mothers-of-the-Bride

January 3, 2018 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
It’s not written about as often as it should be, but one of the dicier wild cards for wedding pros and their clients alike are the parents (usually the mother) of the bride and/or groom. How much authority and sway will she hold? If it’s not a lot, will she be okay with that? Is there a clear rift between mother and adult child? Is she a screechy, insufferable witch? I was thinking about this after reading this collection of mother-of-the-bride horror stories in this very British wedding rag, Perfect Wedding. Mothers-of-the-Bride My favorite story involves a mother who PHOTOCOPIED HER DAUGHTER’S WEDDING INVITE so she could invite people wit... [read more]