As a DJ, it's your job to make sure that the wedding is a success. But sometimes, the things you do can actually detract from the wedding experience. Here are five things that DJs should stop doing at weddings.
1. Stop Arriving Late
One of the biggest mistakes that DJs make is arriving late. As a DJ, you should be all set up and have done sound and mic checks at least an hour before the ceremony starts (assuming ceremony is on site). In fact, we recommend setting up at least 2-3 hours before. Arriving late can cause a lot of stress for the couple, and it's just unprofessional.
2. Stop Wearing Tuxedos
Nothing screams more outdated and cheesy DJ than someone wearing a tuxedo. We recommend a nice fitted suit instead. You want to look professional and stylish, but you don't want to look like you're going to a prom in the 90s.
3. Stop Playing the Same Exact Songs at Every Single Wedding
How many times have you gone to a wedding and heard "We Are Family" mixed into "Celebration" mixed into "The Cha Cha Slide" followed by "The YMCA"? Playing the same exact set as every other DJ doesn't set you apart. It has the opposite effect. Don't get me wrong, if that's what the couple wants, then it's okay. But in our experience, most couples want to hear music they partied to back in high school and college.
4. Stop Talking Too Much on the Microphone and Attempting to Make Cheesy Jokes
This is super cringe. We've seen DJs narrate the cake cutting, try to roast the best man after his toast and even witnessed a DJ stop the music in the middle of open dancing to tell a story about how he and the groom both liked girls with big butts, followed by him dropping "Baby Got Back." Horrible. Instead, keep it professional and let the music do the talking.
5. Stop Being Rude to People Requesting Songs
You have no idea how many couples we've talked to who said they went to request a song at a friend's wedding, and the DJ was rude. Being rude to guests makes you look like a grouch, not to mention it's very unprofessional. Instead, be polite and accommodating. If you can't play the song they requested, explain why and offer to play something similar.
In conclusion, DJs should avoid these five things to ensure that the wedding is a success. By arriving early, dressing appropriately, playing a unique set, keeping it professional on the microphone, and being polite to guests, you'll be sure to make the wedding a memorable experience for everyone involved.