When it comes to the Entertainment at your wedding, the first thing you, as the bride or groom, have to ask yourself is what do I want for my family, my friends, and myself?
Do you want an Elegant, low Key wedding reception?
Do you want a Party, all out dancing and having fun event?
Or would you prefer a mixture of the two?
I’m sure most brides want their wedding to be Elegant and Fun, but do you know how your DJ will accomplish that objective?
Is he just going to play music and hope the guests get up to dance with a good mixture of music?
Will he get out and motivate the crowd to have a great time?
Or, will he do both?
Just a few more question for you to add to your Houston Wedding DJ Questionnaire.
DJ Psychology about your Guests
If these are things you have not considered asking your DJ, you should. Below I will give my opinion on what I think would be the best combination and how to incorporate crowd interaction in a non-intrusive, fun, and memorable manner.
To begin, let me give you some insight, some psychology so to speak, about your guests. They are there because they love you. They want you to have the time of your life. The ones that are married, know that this WILL INDEED be the most memorable day of your life. Also, and very important, they want to have a great time that day. They’ve dressed up with very nice and expensive clothing that some will only use ONCE in their life time. So needless to say this will be a day that EVERYONE there will remember.
Elegant Entertainment DJ
So you want your reception to be both Elegant and Fun. This is where hiring the right Specialized Houston DJ will be crucial to your wedding outcome.
Some DJs believe that a wedding is a formal event and should be elegant and the music should set a romantic mood for the entire evening. Other DJ’s believe that a wedding is a party and a cause for a celebration, but that elegance is outdated. I believe you can have both.
Most Venues do their best to make your event as beautiful as you like, and as beautiful as your pocket book allows. Nevertheless, they try their best to make the place Elegant and Beautiful. So as the DJ, the Co-Captain of the Ship (The Bride and Groom are the Captain(s) ), I already have the help of the venue making your event elegant the next step would be for me to enhance (not detract from) that elegance.
The equipment setup is a start, the DJ attire is important and the music during Guest Arrival and During Dinner can also help accomplish that elegant, romantic mood.
The initiation of the wedding reception, the guest arrival, should be the part that is the most elegant. As soon as the guest arrive, all their senses should be filled with an elegant, romantic mood. They should feel that they arrived at a royal palace, an elegant occasion, a grand ballroom, YOUR wedding reception. As a DJ, That can be accomplished by the MC or DJ’s attire being appropriate, the Equipment setup being clean and neat and the music being just right for the mood you, the bride and groom, are trying to create. This could be Smooth Jazz, classic oldies, smooth love songs, Frank Sinatra style music, etc…
Not doing your research and selecting the best DJ for you, could result in your DJ showing up in Jeans, playing inappropriate music, or their equipment set up being messy. No matter how elegant the venue is, that will be what your guest remember most (negatively), the DJ you chose to represent you.
Fun Entertainment DJ
Just because you decide to make your event elegant does not mean that it can’t be fun. Remember, everyone is there to have a great time.
Crowd interaction may come in many forms as long as the DJ’s objective is to create a great time for everyone, without stepping over anyone’s toes, or without embarrassing your guests, everything will be alright.
Here’s what I like to do for fun activities.
The Famous Conga Line
This one activity is fantastic and really lifts up everyone’s enthusiasm. When performed (great) this can be the small ignition to a huge fireball of fun. It gets EVERYONE involved, it puts the Bride and Groom at the center of the spotlight, and if you add party favors (Hats, Maracas, Leis, Whistles, Confetti, etc..) you create an extra added UMPH of ambient noise, and it will truly be one thing that EVERYONE remembers for a long time to come.
The Y.M.C.A. Dance
This one can be performed many ways. The DJ can just come over the mic and direct the crowd on what to do and motivate them to shout as loud as they can the words YMCA. Or again, pass out party props which consist of YMCA themed hats: The Sailor Cap, Construction Worker, Police Man, Fireman, Apache Indian, etc… What I like to do is pass out hats to a select few and have them lead the YMCA dance as the Village People and have the crowd cheer them on. Also great fun, and again it motivates everyone to dance and have a great time.
This can be done with many dances, and what we do is pass them out right before the song that we are going to play and have the guest of honor lead the dance. Everyone else is behind them. Great for line dances and soul train lines. This also adds to the level of enthusiasm and overall fun of the event.
Line Dance Participation
As the DJ, you’ve seen all the different line dances and should have a good idea of how they go. Add to that the fact that people always want to be told what to do because they don’t want to do it wrong, when you get out in the dance floor and help lead a particular line dance, you become the hero. Besides, you also get everyone going in the same direction and that always looks a lot better for pictures and for video.
Our objective is ALWAYS to try to get everyone involved in having a great time. After all that’s what they are there for!