What should the bride and grooms look for in booking a DJ?
The things the couple should look into are what services they provide. Will they be the MC? Is the person you are talking to on the phone the DJ? At our company, Javier Carlos, the owner, answers all the calls and speaks to all the clients. After that, we make sure that the DJ is a good fit when it comes to their vision and vibe for music. This is important as the DJ should know and understand their music like they do. If there’s some music that they don’t know of, the DJ should be willing and open to learning about what kinds of music they like.
Is there a contract?
A professional DJ must have a contract. This is the first way to tell if you’re dealing with a professional or a hobbyist.
How do you get the crowd dancing?
Here’s the thing, not every crowd likes to dance. This is something we ask our couples. “Are you expecting a lot of dancing”?. Occasionally, our couples tell us that they are looking for a more low key vibe with great music. Some people don’t want to dance!
For the majority of weddings, this really comes down to playing the right music. We collaborate with our couples and ask for them to get songs ahead of time from their guests to feel out the crowd. Also, our DJs can easily read if the song will get the people moving!
How do you keep your music collection up to date, do you allow requests? Do you have a do not playlists?
Our music is always evolving. Almost every event has a different crowd! We allow requests and encourage couples to send in their song requests for the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. Sometimes we get a few songs not to play, but oftentimes we have to ask in our planning meetings what artists they don’t like as much.
How do you plan with a bride and groom?
We like to start our journey with a call. Here we review their basic details and get to know each other. Then, we immediately send over our forms and set a follow up call about a month away from the wedding. We review their expectations, songs, details, and requests from us. Lastly, we will send the timeline to the venue and other vendors!
Is there a traditional order of events?
5:30 Cocktail hour
6:30 Grand Entrance
6:35 First Dance
8:10 Open Dance Floor
Notice that we didn’t include Garter & Bouquet toss? Most of our couples are not doing this anymore!
9:50 Last song of the night
And then last thing – what would you want wedding couples to know?
Remember to party!!! It is your big day and no one should tell you how to celebrate.