“We did NOT use a professional DJ or [Kingdom DJ Production] services after all… big mistake! My husband had a play list and a great system that his DJ friend let us use, who was unavailable to attend our wedding reception due to illness. I think I heard the same songs play over six times. Anyway, I’ve learned that on a day as special as my wedding reception using a professional DJ to have the right music and the timing of it, is not something to skimp on.”
In all the weddings we’ve attended, what can easily make or break the success of your reception and the mood of your guests is your DJ (or lack thereof). We had to sit down with one of the DJ pros we love to get the inside scoop. We’re pleased to share with you these awesome tips!
Kingdom DJ Productions answers: How to pick your DJ to make your wedding a hit
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More about Kingdom DJ Productions:
How did you become a DJ?
I’ve always loved music. I played the piano, the guitar. When I began thinking about becoming a DJ, I had to, convince myself and others that I could not only have a great time but also make a business out of it. Playing music in your garage is one thing but for hundreds or thousands of people is something else. Because I like the group dynamics and getting people to experience fun and excitement through music I started the what is today Kingdom DJ Productions.
What’s the history behind Kingdom DJ Productions?
It was just me when I started Kingdom DJ Productions in 2003. Since then, it’s grown to 4 people. Our faith is important to all of us so we wanted a name that reflected that.
Why are you different than other DJs?
Our company takes a personal interest in each client and what their individual event needs are. We work with brides who value entertainment. We pay attention to all the details and make sure we work closely with each couple from the beginning so we can best prepare for their special day. We’ve got online planning tools for each couple to prepare for the event. In fact, 80% of our job is done before the wedding begins. We really push the importance of pre-event planning in order to make it a successful event. Then, on the day of the wedding, we just follow the plan. When it comes to music selection, what matters most is what kind of music the bride & groom like. It doesn’t really matter what the DJ personally likes. Everyone has different tastes in music. Our job is to understand the best type of music to play that will help create a fun environment for everyone at the wedding having a great time. Also, we’re proud to share that 5% of our proceeds are donated to a cause of the bride and groom’s choice.
What would you say make the BEST music to get everyone on the dance floor? How do you deal with guests who all have different musical tastes?
First, we need to gauge with the bride and groom how important dancing is. For some brides it is not high on their list. When it is, we have to choose songs to fit the tastes of the bride and groom and the crowd.
The key to get people on the dance floor is bride and groom participation. It really helps when the bride and groom dance for at least for the first and second song. It will set the mood for your guests to join you on the dance floor. If dancing is important for a bride and groom you have to send that message to your guests. Sometimes we see brides who tell us dancing is important but then when the dance floor opens they are no where to be found. This is a simple but very effective way to get people on the dance floor the entire evening.
Also, it’s good to give everyone an opportunity to dance to their favorite music genre. When it comes to your favorite music style, you either love hip hop, disco, slow songs, top 40, 80’s, classic rock or you don’t. When you think about it, no matter what type of song you play, one person is going to love it and someone else at your wedding is going to hate it. If you asked the question to your guests, “Did you enjoy the type of music the DJ played?” you can imagine the answer is based on their personal music preferences. So when possible if you play a variety of genres, you’re going to allow everyone to have a good time and feel they have had an opportunity to dance to music they enjoy. We will always default to play the preferred music of the bride and groom but its helpful to understand this dynamic. The goal is to get the most number people on the floor for as long as possible.
Thank you for the great tips!
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