Mobile DJ Help – Alternatives to Saying “Ladies and Gentlemen”

July 16, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

I did a video on editing your speech last night and I mentioned that I don’t use the phrases, ladies and gentlemen or, at this time. And there are a lot of reasons for it. If you use these phrases, I’m not picking on you. Ladies and gentlemen is kind of big. And when you’re doing a more intimate event like a wedding reception, I like it to be a little more personal, a little more friendly. So one big question is, what can you say in place of ladies and gentlemen on the microphone?

I’m going to give you one example. There’s a point in the evening sometimes at weddings where you have a first dance, and then immediately following, what I like to do is have another slow dance. And I invite everybody onto the floor for it, so I have a full dance floor. After that slow dance, I play a big tune, everybody dances, I got a packed dance floor right off the bat. It’s pretty cool. So what you can say on the microphone after that first dance is, ladies and gentlemen, at this time we would like to invite everybody onto the dance floor.

So let’s edit that speech. You can record this if you like and edit it as you go. How about something a little more personal, like, Ben and Amy would now like to invite everyone onto the dancefloor. It’s that simple. You can take that and think to yourself, was the now necessary? Ben and Amy would like to invite everyone onto the dance floor. Maybe that works. There’s several variations of it. But what you want to avoid is repetitive speech, and ladies and gentlemen becomes that repetitive speech, because sometimes, a DJ will use it almost as a prefix to anything they say on the microphone.

They’ll turn it on and just automatically, they say, ladies and gentlemen, at this time. That does not sound professional if you’re using it constantly. It sounds like you’ve got some kind of Tourette’s tic. So it’s my advice and my suggestion that you try to eliminate that all together and use alternative phrases, like I suggested. Once in a while, ladies and gentleman is good. If you’re doing a big event, if you’re doing a big grand entrance, and you want to use it once, that’s probably cool and effective. But if you use it constantly, again, it’s repetitive.

So anyway, quick video for you on a Friday afternoon. Thanks for watching. Hope it helps someone. Practice and enjoy.


Brian S. Redd Brian S. Redd (56 Posts)

Although he can be seen Djing in places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or even the UK & Europe, DJ Brian Redd is proud to call Milwaukee home. Brian specializes in mobile events such as wedding receptions, corporate events, quinceañeras, parties and special occasions. He has also been a resident DJ at several major Milwaukee night clubs and also performs at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. From the beginning Brian has had a passion for music. His talent emerged at the young age of 13 when he was asked to DJ at a local skating rink. After realizing his calling he progressed on to weddings and mobile gigs and by age 18 he was DJing regularly at nightclubs. He understands people & what motivates them music wise, which helps keep them on the dance floor. Brian has been recognized for his work in various DJ publications both domestic and abroad. He has made a name for himself in the DJ community where he is known and respected as an industry consultant. This recognition has led to his contributions as a writer for Disc Jockey News. A true international DJ, Brian travels worldwide to not only perform but to educate and share industry ideas and concepts with DJs everywhere. His career has gone to the next level working with industry leading manufactures bringing new products and services to his peers helping them become better DJs.

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