Main requirements for a wedding DJ

Paul:
Hello people. This is Paul from Tara Weddings.

Alex:
This is Alex from Tara Weddings.

Paul:
Today we’re going to speak about one very interesting questions about the DJ. So, what’s the question? What are the main requirements for any DJ in your wedding? It’s very important if you don’t want to mess up your wedding. Make sense?

Alex:
Absolutely.

Paul:
So, tell me. So, if you’re a wedding DJ, you’re not only play music, right? There’s actually a lot of things going on in the background. Basically, if you’re a DJ, so you are hosting the whole event. Because you have the schedule of everything that is supposed to happen. So, we have the certain times and certain actions.

Paul:
So, if you’re a DJ, first of all, be a good team member. Right?

Alex:
Makes sense.

Paul:
A lot of people would rely on you, both bride and groom and other professionals in the venue, including photographers, videographers, MC. So, everybody relies on you. So, be a good team member. That means a lot of communication. Communicate with people.

Paul:
If there’s some changes, talk to bride and groom. If you please advise the photographers and videographers about the upcoming action. For example, if there’s a first dance, just let them know in advance. “Hey guys, come on, there’s going to be a first dance.” Because there were situations where when we are in the washrooms, as the photo and video team and DJ’s not paying any attention to where he is in the hall. Just telling people like, “Okay! The bride and groom! Speech!”

Alex:
Everybody was like, “Whoa!”

Paul:
Like running from the washroom, you know, you’re just like… You didn’t wash your hands

Alex:
Like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Where’s my camera?”

Paul:
Okay, okay, okay. And you already missed half of the speech. So guys, it just doesn’t make any sense when the DJ doesn’t speak with the photo and video team. They’re supposed to interact with that. They’re supposed to let us know everything that’s going to happen. Especially wedding goes late, when wedding is not going by the schedule, which will happen pretty much in 9 cases out of 10. So, DJ is the one who’s pretty much leading the time. So he’s supposed to let everybody know.

Paul:
What else?

Alex:
So, the other thing is, if you’re a DJ you’re supposed… you have to know all the names. Bride and groom names.

Paul:
Names are very important.

Alex:
Also, the parents. Parent names.

Paul:
All the closest people to the couple.

Alex:
Exactly.

Paul:
Because I’ve seen… one time, I’ve seen a DJ telling the wrong names of the couple. [inaudible 00:02:08] twice, telling the wrong names of the couple as they’re entering the hall.

Alex:
I remember that.

Paul:
It’s so stupid, you cannot even imagine, you know, when Jennifer and Mark entering, and he’s saying, “Okay! This is Veronica and Michael!” And it’s like, what the… What happened? Are we in the right wedding? Who is these people, you know? And for the couple it’s really annoying [inaudible 00:02:28] moment, because they were entered in the most epic way they possibly could, in their wedding, and DJ just messed up this main part of the reception, the entrance. So, make sure that your DJ knows the names. Obvious, but sometimes they don’t.

Alex:
And, if you are in traditional wedding, write down the names. If you do not speak the language of the wedding that you’re hosting, write it down in your language and talk to the bride or groom, but just pronounce that couple times.

Paul:
Just ask them.

Alex:
Make sure that it’s pronounced correctly.

Paul:
Because yeah. This is not, these two time, but more times I’ve heard they are pronouncing the names in the really wrong way and the whole crowd who speaks the language were just a little bit depressed because of this. Because they are close friends and some DJ saying things wrong, kind of makes the whole celebration really cheap. It means that your DJ doesn’t really care. So, it’s important.

Alex:
And another practice that is good for a DJ is, before bridesmaid and groomsmen enter the venue, make an appearance, it’s a good practice for the DJ to go in the lobby where they wait, before they enter, with a checklist. So, basically have a list of all the names and the order of the couples that come in. So, you come up to them, just talk to them, introduce yourself, that you’re a DJ, that you’re doing this. Right now, we’re going to do a checklist who goes next and so on. So, you can go, okay, for example, “Jennifer and Adam, okay, so, you guys go first. Correct?” “Correct.” “Okay, then Tom and Jenny, you so second. Correct?” “Correct.” Okay.

Alex:
So, once you do that, then you instruct people that when they enter there will be a lot of light, so don’t be scared by that.

Paul:
Light, light, what is that? Who are these people?

Alex:
And there will be a pause in between the entrances. So, as soon as you hear your own music, like the music that is being played while you are entering, that’s when you open the door. But usually there are assistants in the venue so they will open the door for you. But, again, basically you have to discuss all the details. Who goes when, what to do, what to expect. In this case, people know what to expect and you know how to basically do the job. So, yeah.

Paul:
Yeah, it makes complete sense. So, guys, if you have any more questions for us, let us know. And we’re going to keep discussing the questions about the wedding, about photography, videography, DJ’s. Let us know if you have any questions. And see you the next time.

Alex:
Bye guys.