DJ TIP #3 - Request Jar At Entrance

I worked a wedding a few years back and the newlyweds had a great idea. At the entrance of their reception there was a display with pictures of the couple as well as a jar that said "what's your favourite song?." The guests were invited to write their favourite song on a piece of paper and toss it in the jar. Then, once dinner had started someone dropped the jar off at my table and I had insider information on my crowd!

This is a great idea for a couple of reasons. Obviously I had a bunch of songs ready that I knew people would enjoy, but based on my DJing experience I could tell what other songs would work well with their picks. It took a lot of the guess work out of my job and we had a packed dance floor all night. I do in-depth interviews with my clients to make sure we arrive at your event knowing what kind of music you'd like to hear, but this small addition meant I also knew what the guests wanted to hear. It's a sure fire way to get the dance started off on the right track. Give it a shot!

DJ TIP #2 - How To HOLD A Mic

This should probably be DJ tip #1, it's relevant to just about every event I've done in my lifetime. Holding a mic is pretty simple, but a lot of people don't have much experience so here are a few dos and dont's :

  • Do hold the mic with the top facing towards your mouth, like Beyoncé. If you hold it down by your belly the DJ will have to crank the volume very loud, increasing the chance of ear piercing feedback.
  • Don't cup the microphone with your fist. This isn't a local rap show, your voice will be more clear if you don't cup the mic.
  • Don't stand in front of the speakers, it will feedback and cause a harsh noise that will hurt you ears, probably your guests too. You'll get embarrassed!
  • Do project your voice. Preferably like Pavarotti or Beyoncé. Did you say you wanted Single Ladies for your bouquet toss? How appropriate.
  • While you speak, try and look up at your audience, even if it means holding a copy of your speech a little higher.

Now you're ready for showtime. If you've hired the right DJ and you follow these rules, everyone will be able to hear you speak.

- Greg

DJ TIP #1 - Where NOT to seat your grandparents

I'm starting a new blog category called "DJ Tips" and this is the first instalment in the series.

If you're getting married, here's some helpful advice for your reception. Your grandma & grandpa don't want to sit near the DJ. Now your first thought might be "these guys obviously play the music too loud" but that isn't the case with our company. Dinner music needs to be pretty quiet. Your guests want to catch up with family and friends, so the last thing you want is the DJ blaring music during dinner time. That said, your guests on the other side of the hall want a little bit of background music while they enjoy their meal. This makes for a tricky balance so our DJs will walk around the hall during your event to get a gauge on how loud it is throughout the venue.

The older I get (I'm 32 now) the more I appreciate quiet music when I go out with friends or my wife, I want to talk and actually be able to hear my companion while I'm enjoying a nice meal or a beer at the local pub.  It seems as though the older we get the less we like loud music. It must be frustrating for our hard of hearing loved ones when they're trying to have a conversation and the DJ isn't taking that into consideration. Keep this in mind when you design your seating plan because we are always at mercy of the physics of sound. The closer you sit to the speakers, the louder it is.

That said, maybe this guy is your grandpa... thanks for listening.

- Greg