Most people have never hired a DJ before, so we’re sure you have a lot of questions. Provided below are some helpful tips and suggestions regarding wedding formalities, timelines, and musical choices. Our suggestions are based upon years of experience, however, there are many variations and possibilities. Feel free to talk to the band manager about other ideas. That’s what we’re here for. We are open to just about anything!
- Tip: Motown or classic party favorites work best for this option as those songs tend to get all ages on the dance floor very quickly.
These usually follow the cake cutting/after dinner, and serve as the best transition from dinner to dancing. These songs may be shortened as well, depending on the dancing prowess of the bride, groom, and parents. If you’re having a hard time choosing two separate songs, consider incorporating both the bride/father and groom/mother dances during the same song. This will provide enough time for the photographer to take pictures of each couple. A couple minutes into the song, we can invite all guests to join in (optional), which leads nicely into dancing.
A great time to start the dance party is right after dinner, after the parent dances. And remember – nothing helps fill the dance floor more than when YOU dance!
*Tip: Dipping the lights down low sends the signal that it’s time to party. Ask your onsite manager to dim the house lights after dinner/parent dances. Our production crew does our best to also notify the venue to do this.
It is not always necessary, but we’d prefer it if we haven’t worked there before. Most ballrooms, barns and tents are pretty self explanatory. We are familiar with so many venues in New England that we have most likely been there already.
Our DJ packages include up to 5 hours of performance time, plus up to an hour of set-up time. We also bring our own sound system, speakers, wireless microphone and all required music. All you need to provide is a 6-8′ covered table and a meal for the DJ.
Sure! We welcome your input. After all, you know the musical tastes of your friends and family better than any DJ would! That being said, an experienced DJ usually has a good idea of what resonates with large diverse crowds, and they often need to read the room and respond to what is working (or not working), so it’s best to give them some freedom throughout the night.
To ensure maximum enjoyment for all, a DJ should be set up adjacent to the dance floor, along a wall in the center of the room (as opposed to a corner, with tables between the DJ and dance floor). They should also be within 25 feet of an electrical outlet.
Most Common Wedding Band Reception Timeline:
- First Dance
- Dinner Courses
- Band Break (during entrees)
- Cake Cutting
- Parent Dances
- Dance Party!
- Short Band Break
- Bouquet/Garter toss (optional)
- More Dance Party!
- Last Dance