Every event I do is important, but receptions are special! This is the day many young girls dream about. I love being able to help make it the fairy-tale event it should be.
I can't emphasize enough the importance of hiring the best entertainer you can find (and afford) to handle your wedding reception. A reception isn't just a dinner after your wedding; it is a bringing together of your family and friends to celebrate your union and make memories to last a lifetime. It is a day/night that you plan for months and spent an enormous amounts of money on - it needs to be awesome! Your guests may not remember the meat served or how long your train was or even the flowers, but they will remember that special dance with your dad (or mom). They will remember the anniversary dance that ended with advice from your Grandparents. They will remember the whole room doing the YMCA. A great DJ not only picks the perfect songs to create the right atmosphere - he will create situations that bring the group together and that make great pictures!
About five years ago, I developed a reception planner. When you hire me, I will mail this to you to be completed and returned. Not only will this help you to organize how you want the day's festivities to run: what you want, what you don't want, and what order you prefer, but it also gives me an ironclad outline to use.
With the planner, I have all the names of the people who I will be addressing over the speakers such as family members or the best man for the toast. It also works out great because you are able to sit down months in advance and think it through without all the stress that will develop as the big day gets closer.
Once you have completed the planner and returned it, I will go over it. If something is unique or the order looks different; I will call to ensure we are on the same page. Once the planner is in place, you can simply forget about my portion. Of course, you can call as often as you wish, should a change develop or you have questions where I can add any insights. Otherwise, I will call you on the week of the reception to confirm that everything is taken care of.
You just enjoy the ceremony and show up with your friends and family. I will take care of the rest. The planner helps to alleviate a lot of the stress that you would otherwise be faced with.
As your DJ, I will provide the right music, lights and special effects, to enhance the special moments and keep the dance floor hopping. You are not just hiring a juke box, any monkey can just push buttons and play songs! The music is important: I will take requests all night and play a variety that can range from a big band waltz for your grandparents, to line dances, to disco, to the latest Top40 dance hits.
Every show is different. I tailor the music at your reception to meet the tastes and needs of your guests in attendance. If a request is made, I will build a set around it.
For example, say I am playing Luke Bryan and you request the Wobble - I won't just drop it in the middle of a country song. I might play the Electric Slide which is a line dance, then play the Wobble, then roll into the Cupid Shuffle then more new hits.
I will also interact with your guests to help keep things flowing and create wonderful party pics for your photographer. I may get out and teach the kids and a handful of the adults (who act worse than the kids) how to do the chicken dance. I might get the whole group doing the YMCA or the train or even the twist. My point is that this is a party and as your DJ I will be doing much more than just pressing the PLAY button!