You Need To Entertain All Your Guests
Put simply the one thing you need to do above all else is choose music which is familiar to your guests. It sounds so simple but it’s so true. Far too often couples choose music which is personal to them forgetting the objective is to ensure ALL your guests dance and enjoy themselves.
I must say, not all your guests will dance for a number or reasons. I have written a blog on this subject. Even those that don’t dance (myself included) will always appreciate good music which is familiar to them.
I understand how incredibly personal your wedding is. Every possible detail has been well thought of, every eventuality considered, every what if, but and maybe poured over. The evening reception is the part where you have to let go and trust your DJ to look after you and your guests.
Your DJ’s responsibility is keeping everyone entertained. By choosing music which is too selective, too limiting and too personal makes a DJ's life very hard work. In essence by doing this, you are stopping your DJ looking at the evening as a whole and playing music which he feels best fits that time.
If your DJ is playing music you have chosen and for whatever reason those songs aren’t working your guests are going to blame your DJ not the choices you have made.
So where do you start? Where do you find music which everyone knows and hopefully dance to? I always look for inspiration from playlists which have been created on Spotify. That’s not to say I think every song will work but it gives me a good idea of well-known music which is familiar to all ages.
If we take this Playlist for instance. On here you’ll find 500 songs, most of which are well known. I believe by taking a good selection of these songs you will have most of your guests dancing all night.
You might now be saying "I don’t like a lot of those songs". This is what I was referring to earlier. Your DJ's role is to keep everyone entertained, from the very young to the little older and everyone in between. It’s his job to play music to suit all ages. It’s a tricky role, made more difficult when guided by song choices which don’t suit everyone.
I can not stress this strongly enough, the more familiar your song choices are the more people will dance. I have learnt this from my twelve years of being a DJ. I have had some incredibly difficult evenings where I have been asked to play only a certain genre of music, or not play certain genres of music or only play a particular set of songs. I have also been requested not take guest requests. By doing this you are tying your DJ up in knots and making his evening very difficult.
Once again the more limitations you put on your DJ the more restricted your evening will be. I can assure you wholeheartedly your DJ wants nothing more than a full dance floor and everyone enjoying themselves. He knows what music to play at the right time given his experience. Allow him to do so and trust him to entertain your guests. After all, that’s what you hired him to do.