I was sitting in a coffee shop today, and I overheard a conversation between an engaged couple and their DJ who was planning the logistics of their wedding with them.
I just wanted to comment on a few of the questions that came up.
What if I need two areas with music?
The answer to this question, like many questions you'll be asking your DJ, revolves around the space that you will be using.
If the space is small enough for sound to carry from the main set-up, that is ideal. If a second smaller sound system is needed, we can arrange that easily. If you want a second full sound system for the second area(like if it is a different ballroom than the ceremony or reception) you may want to pony up for a full second system, through us, this will be at a hugely discounted rate.
When will you be showing up?
This depends on the complexity of the set-up. Our Classic Package takes about 45 to 75 minutes to set-up. We will generally show up at least 2 hours before your guests arrive to make sure everything is ready and tested.
If you have a more complex set-up, like one involving a projector and screen, uplighting, or extra dance floor lighting - we will need to be there sooner. We always check with you and your venue to make sure enough time is allotted for us to set-up and ready before your guests arrive.
What will you do about requests?
The DJ who answered this question had a great answer for the couple which I will share here:
"I use the 15, 15, 15 rule. You give me 15 songs you would never want to hear, 15 songs you need to hear, and 15 songs that you would like to hear. Beyond that I will use my judgement, and filter out a guest's request if it seems out of line, or include it if it seems appropriate. This night is all about you."
Random Coffee-Shop DJ
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While it is true that the modern DJ has access to a massive selection of music, the music files that DJs used are carefully organized, pre-tested, lossless high-quality(not iTunes quality), appropriate authorizations to play(i.e. not pirated), sometimes filtered for language(sometimes not), level adjusted in the software, et cetera, et cetera. Therefore, it is a risk for a DJ to play a song that he doesn't know and/or can't preview before hand.
I also know very well from first-hand experience that you cannot trust the requestor's "knowledge" of the music either. They'll tell you it is clean(no swears) when there are swears, or that it is a pop song when it is a rap song.
That's all for now! If you have any questions that you would like me to address, post them in the comments down below and I'll do my best to get to them.