How to Find Your Ideal Wedding DJ

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What to Look for in a Wedding DJ

Your event is a unique expression of you. Your music selections and celebration style are sure to be just as unique. Music can make or break a party, and weddings are no exception.

1. Style

Finding the best DJ for your event begins by finding the person who best matches your personal style and vision for the event. Picking the right sound and mix of entertainment for your event will not only help set the tone but also ensure that your guests have a night to remember. When you contact your DJ, be thinking about what type of music you like and what kind of experience you want your guests to have. 

2. Professionalism

Two additional aspects that are important to keep in mind are professionalism and passion. Find someone who loves their work and that passion is sure to show through to the dance floor. It is also crucial to hire a DJ that is personable, reliable, punctual, has excellent communication skills, and a system to handle potential emergencies. 

3. Experience

Another crucial element is experience. Years of wedding experience will equip your DJ with the ability to seamlessly direct the party throughout the evening with customized music and non-cheesy MC skills. It will also allow them to efficiently and gracefully address sudden weather emergencies and last minute changes in plans. In addition to the years, finding a DJ who has experience as a sound engineer, lighting designer, musician, or even in standup will add greatly to their service and your experience.

4. Equipment

Last but certainly not least is the quality, quantity, and variety of equipment. Whether you are expecting 50 or 500 guests, have 1 or 10 locations on the big day, or if there is power available at each location - there is equipment available to meet your needs. If you are a very visual person, you may also want to ask about custom designs for the DJ booth, dance floor, lighting, and more. With the right equipment and customization, your day can look as good as it sounds. 

 

Photography by Gabrielle Von Heyking Photographie

Wedding Timeline Ideas

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The Ultimate Wedding Day Timelines

Are you hoping for a really fun and (mostly) stress-free wedding day? Creating a wedding day timeline can be a big help for making your day run smoothly. That is why we are happy to present three Wedding Timeline Ideas that we have seen make for an amazing reception and event!

 

 
 Newlywed couple during their first dance
 

Option 1: First Dance First

Just after your Grand Entrance, continue that note of joy & excitement while all eyes are on you and begin your First Dance.

Ceremony

Cocktail Hour/Brief Photo Session (30-45min)

Grand Entrance of Bride/Groom + Wedding Party

Welcome/First Dance

Dinner

Toasts

Cake Cutting

Parents Dances

Open Dancing (30min)

Bouquet Toss

Open Dancing til End of Night

 

 
 Newlywed Couple making their grand enterance at their reception
 

Option 2: Say Hello & Thank You!

While your guests are still completely focused on you both after the grand entrance, use the moment to say a few words of welcome.

Ceremony

Cocktail Hour/Brief Photo Session (30-45min)

Grand Entrance of Bride/Groom + Wedding Party

Welcome

Dinner

Toasts

Cake Cutting

First Dance

Parents Dances

Open Dancing (30min)

Bouquet Toss

Open Dancing til End of Night

 

 
 Beautiful wedding cake
 

Option 3: Have Your Cake & Eat It Too!

Let your guests enjoy the sweetness of your cake cutting and your delicious cake immediately after dinner. By doing your cake cutting before dinner, you will allow your servers the time needed to cut the remaining cake while dinner is enjoyed.

Ceremony

Cocktail Hour/Brief Photo Session (30-45min)

Grand Entrance of Bride/Groom + Wedding Party

Welcome/First Dance

Cake Cutting

Dinner

Toasts

Parents Dances

Open Dancing (30min)

Bouquet Toss

Open Dancing til End of Night

 

We hope this gives you a good starting point and takes even just a little bit of the stress away. There are endless possibilities for your timeline and what you choose to include in it. We hope you have an amazing time planning with your finance and whole vendor team!

 

Photography by Stephanie Nachtrab Photography