As a wedding DJ, it's essential to not only play great music but also to create a visually stunning atmosphere that complements the occasion. By changing a few things in your presentation, you can significantly enhance your visual performance and create a memorable experience for everyone involved. Here are five tips on what to do and what not to do.
Monogram Projection: Instead of projecting a monogram onto the dancefloor, try projecting it onto a blank wall. This will give you a cleaner, sexier look, and also allow people to pose in front of it. Additionally, websites like projectorgram.com can provide you with an animated monogram if you really want to take this to the next level. When projecting a monogram on the dancefloor, it's not only challenging to get the perfect angle so that it looks straight from every side, but it will also reflect on people's clothes while they're dancing, making the photos look less attractive.
Personalization: Rather than referring to the bride and groom as a generic term like newlyweds or couple, use their names instead. For example, instead of saying "father of the bride," say "Mr. First Last name." This personalization will make the experience more intimate and memorable for everyone involved.
Lighting: Use wash lights instead of dot and derby-style lights on the dancefloor. For the love of god do not use dot lasers at weddings. Photographers cannot stand lasers, and they can destroy their camera sensors. With wash lights, you can create a much cleaner and more elegant look. If you know how to DMX program your lights, try using a combination of wash and moving heads. If using moving heads make sure that they are set up in totem mode or programmed to aim only in front of you.
Speaker Stands: Instead of using white scrims on your speaker stands, try using a base+pole stand or even better a speaker sub combo. This will give you a cleaner look and eliminate the ghost-like appearance that scrims can create. Additionally, you won't have to worry about washing fabric that multiple people have spilled drinks on every week. Two companies that sell these types of stands are K&M and Gravity Stands. Skirmming your speaker stands might have been the hot new look back in 2003 but that was 20 years ago.
Uplighting: When it comes to Uplights, make sure that they are set up in a way that complements the aesthetics of the room and that they are all working in sync. DMX program your lights if you have the ability, and make sure to mix in the color that you're projecting to make your lights pop more. Never use dark and harsh colors like red or green, and stick to lighter tones or colors that complement the room's existing color scheme. There's nothing more cringe-worthy than looking at a room with multiple lights projecting different colors and changing at different speeds.
By following these tips, you can enhance your visual performance and create a memorable experience for the happy couple and their guests. Remember to always put the couple's preferences and wishes first and let your creativity and professionalism shine through.