Here’s a blog I co-wrote for Auckland Weddings with Maria Yeonhee Ji
Entertainment can make or break a wedding reception. Whether you opt for a DJ, band, ensemble group, or solo artist, there will be advantages and disadvantages to each choice. To help you make up your mind, we’ve compiled a few reasons why your preference might swing in favour of hiring a professional DJ.
1/ THEY’LL PROLONG THE PARTY
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They say that when it comes to weddings, what guests remember most is the food and entertainment. The former is essential so that your guests have the energy to enjoy the latter, which is really the substance of the post-ceremony celebrations. Hiring a DJ who can adeptly amplify the mood of your guests will ensure the longevity of the merrymaking so that your night is truly one to remember.
2/ THEY CAN READ THE ROOM (& ADAPT)
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One of the biggest perks of having a DJ at your wedding reception is that you have a constantly adapting setlist. Your DJ can read the room and make live changes based on the needs of the crowd. Not only is it generally great to have dynamic entertainment so that your guests’ excitement is intensified, but it can also be helpful in smoothing out any mishaps that may occur so that your event doesn’t come to a standstill as people deal with a fainting guest, drunken relative etc.
3/ THEY SET THE TONE FOR YOUR RECEPTION
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One of the benefits of hiring a DJ for your wedding is that it helps set the tone for the rest of your evening. With an experienced DJ at the helm, you can rest assured that the provision of entertainment is in the hands of a professional. What’s more, since DJs often have the microphone for large portions of the evening, they can also act as a master of ceremonies should you require someone other than your wildcard relative to make announcements to keep things running smoothly.
4/ THEY CAN WEAVE REQUESTS INTO THE EVENING
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There’s nothing quite so fun as dancing wildly to a song you love with your closest friends and family. The problem is, you might not have the forethought to include all your favourites in the list of special requests that you give to the person(s) providing your entertainment. It’s also possible that if you’ve opted for a band or solo artist, that they may not have the flexibility to accommodate the spontaneous musical whims that emerge on the dance floor. But a professional DJ is likely to have a database of tens of thousands – if not hundreds of thousands – of songs, enabling them to weave requests of different genres into the setlist for the night in a seemingly effortless way.
5/ SOUND SYSTEM INCLUDED
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Hiring a DJ for your wedding means you’re also hiring a professional-grade sound system. This is particularly important if you have a larger number of guests or if your reception will be held outdoors, as guests will actually be able to hear and enjoy the music. Experienced DJs will also have backup systems in case technical problems arise – which could very well happen despite impeccable planning. This means that no matter what, you’ll have a professional quality sound system at your reception to play a never-ending stream of great music. The last thing you want is to have to end the night prematurely due to the gear malfunctioning.
6/ YOU’LL GET A PERFECTLY VARIED SETLIST
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It’s important that the songs holding special meaning for you as a couple get played on the night. However, when it comes to the overall setlist, its design should really be catered to the crowd of guests attending rather than to your individual tastes (particularly if you have niche music tastes). That way, you can ensure that everybody has a great time as a collective, rather than having a crowd of wallflowers who aren’t able to get into the dancing mood. With their years of experience working different crowds, DJs will have the perfect variety of songs to keep your particular group moving through the night.
7/ YOU’RE HIRING PEACE OF MIND
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Of course, the many other perks of having a DJ aside, the advantage that affects you the most is that you can have some peace of mind. Knowing that the entertainment is sorted will allow you to let your hair down and fully enjoy the festivities. You don’t have to stress about the solo artist having a sore throat, or how to fill the longer transitions between songs when you’ve got a five-piece band. You can be truly present and experience all the best moments of this first night of your married life.