Your wedding DJ is the person responsible for the atmosphere of the event, so it is very important that you get along well. Choosing a wedding DJ is half the battle. You need to make sure you're on the same page at all times. Here are some tips for getting along with your wedding DJ.
Tip #1. Make it clear that you're in charge. So, they are a professional and they know how things should be done. However, it's your wedding and it is your opinion that matters. It is very important to set ground rules and make sure the DJ understands them and agrees with them. If there are things you like and don't like, let your DJ know about them right away to prevent unpleasant surprises.
Tip #2. Don't be rude. Being direct and assertive doesn't mean being rude. Nobody likes bridezillas. Be firm but nice, it will help you get along better.
Tip #3. Be specific about your requests. It is recommended that you provide the DJ with your playlist and your “do not play” list. If there are songs you want or don't want to here during your wedding, write them down and make sure the DJ knows how you feel about certain songs.
Tip #4. Make your playlist as soon as possible. The sooner you get your playlist to your wedding DJ, the more time they have to prepare. No one likes to deal with last minute changes and adjustments.
Tip #5. Be open to suggestions. Even though you're in charge, you shouldn't dismiss your DJ's suggestions. They might have some really great ideas – they are a professional, after all. You don't have to agree to all their suggestions, but the least you can do is listen and thank them for their opinion.
Tip #6. Decide how the requests are going to be handled. Some DJs take song requests, and some don't. The same goes for couples who are getting married. Make sure you and your DJ are on the same page as far as song requests are concerned. If you've decided against taking requests, let your guests know beforehand so they don't bother the DJ.
Tip #7. Make sure your DJ keeps in touch with your wedding planner. If you have a wedding planner/coordinator, it is important that they get along with the DJ. In order to make your wedding go off without a hitch, everyone involved in the planning should work as a team.
Tip #8. Let them do their job. It's okay to pick out the songs you like and make up the list of “do not play” songs, but you shouldn’t try to choose every song for the evening and control your DJ's every step. You've hired a professional to relieve yourself from additional responsibilities, so let them do what they are paid for.
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