Below, we have provided general information on our style and approach to the evening. While each reception is unique, we typically try to bring a successful foundation to your evening to help bring together your vision and our experience on what works well.
Choosing the Music
In addition to choosing the songs that will play for the evening’s events ( introductions, first dance, parent dances, etc. ) our clients also have a say in what music gets played when the dance floor opens up for general dancing.
First, it’s important to understand that the best mix of who chooses the music generally looks like this – 1/3 chosen by client, 1/3 chosen by the DJ, and 1/3 available for requests by guests.
On our DJ planning form, we give our clients 3 music request categories – must play, play if possible, and do not play. Anything you list as a must play will get played, but we do keep this list to a defined number of songs. One of the biggest problems that can occur, is clients choosing too many songs that must be played. In these cases, clients usually tend to pick songs they like rather than considering what types of songs will get people up and dancing. This is why we find success in giving the client the ability to request a set number of songs as must play, then develop a play if possible list so the DJs can work in songs that will work for the crowd and also be fit in as time allows. This also allows the DJs to work in the songs as necessary for your crowd and take requests from guests for songs they want to hear.
Ultimately, we try to remind our clients that for events such as wedding receptions it’s best to keep in mind that they are not planning an evening of music for themselves, but an evening of music for many people.
Flow of the Dance Floor
Ultimately the style, tempo, and flow of the music will be based on your song requests and arrangement of the evening, but we do have a general underlying flow that we try to apply to most receptions and is usually a successful formula.
For most receptions with a medium to large number of guests of varying ages, we usually prefer to start the evening off with music that applies to all ages and gradually shift the style over the entire evening from music that caters to all audiences / older guests to music catered more to the younger crowd, and here’s why…
Typically your older guests are ready to dance early, especially when they know the songs. The younger crowd is usually more mixed – some being ready to dance early and others preferring to wait until later in the evening. Additionally, the older guests are usually the ones who leave earlier. By approaching the evening this way, it usually ensures the music that everyone knows gets played while your older guests are there to enjoy it, and it saves the songs the younger crowd enjoys for later in the evening when usually a higher percentage of that crowd is ready to dance. Those that enjoy dancing to all music at all times will enjoy themselves throughout the night.
Your Requested Songs
Songs you request as must play or play if possible are typically worked into the flow of the dance floor at appropriate times when the songs best match the audience on the floor or the mood of the other music currently playing at that time. This also applies to any guest requests made to the DJs (if you allow the DJs to accept guest requests).
Entertainment and Interaction
We provide optional dinner-tainment and dance floor entertainment options for our wedding clients to consider. Clients are not obligated to choose any of the options, but they are available for consideration and provide descriptions so you can determine if any of the options appeal to you.
Considering any of the options can add to the overall guest experience with some being designed to ‘break the ice’ which helps loosen up the crowd to have fun and enjoy themselves on the dance floor.