You and your fiancé have your favorite songs, you know what you both like and you want your wedding DJ to know that too. Makes sense. But how do you get the music you want and the songs you love at your reception without micromanaging or giving your DJ a tour of your extensive CD collection? We consulted our DJ Manager, Dave Kellner, for tips on how to get the most out of your DJ and your reception music. And now, we’ve compiled a guide for you.
After hiring a wedding DJ, one of the crucial decisions you'll make is curating a playlist of songs you love and establishing a do-not-play list. According to Kellner, selecting around 10 to 15 songs for your wedding DJ list of songs is recommended, keeping it within a maximum of 30 songs. This way, you give the DJ an understanding of your musical preferences and the ambiance you desire for your reception. Simultaneously, it allows the DJ the flexibility to leverage their expertise and gauge the crowd's response.
Kellner advises against solely relying on your playlist or imposing an extensive do-not-play list on the DJ. Such constraints may hinder their ability to read the crowd and create an engaging and unforgettable atmosphere on the dance floor.
Instead, prioritize adding the songs you genuinely love to your playlist while reserving the do-not-play list for songs you're tired of or uncertain about. If you feel indifferent or okay about a particular song, there's no need to include it on either list. Trusting your DJ to do their job and read the room is key, ensuring they can curate a dynamic and enjoyable experience for you and your guests.
By balancing your preferred songs and granting the DJ creative freedom, you can create a vibrant and personalized soundtrack for your wedding reception, ensuring a memorable and joyous celebration.