Every wedding reception has key moments that bring the party to life. We all know the most common ones, a Grand Entrance, the First Dance, classic wedding traditions, and so many more. As DJs, we're professional party starters and while those big moments elevate the celebration, there's lots of little things that can be prepared ahead of time to ensure the reception is magical.
We know that successful events are all in the details. Below are 10 tips that while mostly are small adjustments, when added all together they can make a big difference for your experience on your big day -- and maybe more importantly to you -- your guests' experience!
Top 10 Tips For a Successful Party
For a wedding, keep in mind that your guests are going to be where the couple is. If you’re on the dance floor, the guests will be too!
Don’t micromanage the timeline, connect with your DJ about the order of the events, the ideal start time, and the momentum of the evening rather than minute by minute breakdowns.
If there are older guests, try to seat them in a spot where they will feel comfortable the whole night. For example, not directly in front of speakers, or at a table that needs to be removed.
Avoid placing the DJ in an obscure location or corner; the DJ needs to be easily visible and near the dance floor so they can see it to get a feel for the crowd.
If you have dance floor lighting, keep in mind that changing venue lighting late in the evening is better. Use dimmers for chandeliers, café lighting, etc.
If you have a mobile bar or photo booth at the event, consider stationing it in the main room where the party is. You want to keep people near the dance floor at all times.
When picking your songs for your event, take into account not only your taste, but your guests’ as well. Share special songs and/or family traditions with your DJ as must-plays for those magical moments.
You always want to leave the guests wanting more. It’s not your responsibility to entertain guests until 2am.
We typically recommend that toasts are kept to around 5-7 minutes per person and that you know who will be speaking in advance.
Reserve your Must Play playlist for truly special songs. Capture everything else you’re excited about in an 'ideas' playlist and trust that we’ll get the vibe just right.