Wedding Cocktail Hour And Dinner Music Set Playlist Tips From A Pro: Sound Advice From A Columbus Ohio Wedding DJ

I have DJ’d countless numbers of weddings and one recurring complement I constantly encounter is “Your music is perfect, you played such great music, did you come up with these songs?”  As a DJ, I cannot think of a higher complement. This begs the question, what do other wedding DJ’s play that I receive such wonderful complements???  Are they spinning mindless and boring tracks that zap energy from guests???

Frankly, my conviction is that a wedding DJ is to play from the moment the needle strikes the vinyl until the last guest exits the dance floor as crap music has no audience at a wedding reception. Given that music is subjective by nature, who is the judge and jury as to what constitutes “great music and why do so many share with me that I spin the best of the best when they seem to feel so many DJ’s don’t?  Below is a hint of my music recipe that will wow your wedding guests and have them all reciting what I hear all the time, “Your music was incredible!”

If your DJ is providing music for the cocktail and dinner hour portions of your reception, this is not the time to put the music playlist to bed by boring your guests, but rather, is the opportune time to wow them by building the energy in the room for what will become the ultimate celebration.  Think about your theme. You say you don’t have a theme?  Of course you do!  Your wedding is a celebration of love, relationships, friends, family traditions and the notion that love flows without end.  Your celebration should include all of what I just mentioned so here is your theme, now roll with it. Music should strike a chord and embrace your theme to include songs with lyrics about love and celebration (not to be confused by overplayed and worn out songs, but music with a good beat.  The majority of your music should be upbeat.  This is not to discredit slow songs as I love slow songs and they encourage guests to embrace as couples on the dance floor which ignites a packed dance floor for the upbeat music.  Following dinner, I usually strike the first match with a slow set to bring guests to the dance floor and build the energy from there.  I also intersperse slow songs if there is a need to bring the energy in the room down, if guests are getting tired and to appease older guests.  Slow songs should have a special meaning to you or your family or be familiar and nostalgic to the majority of your guests.  For cocktail and dinner hour sets, consider the following.

I, of course, plan very carefully with all of my wedding clients and will accommodate any genre of music they desire.  If you love Old Blue Eyes or any Rat Pack, jazz or dated music, be mindful that much of that music is slow ballads and although loving and meaningful, many of these artists also have terrific songs with identical lyrical ideas, but are more upbeat which are the ones you want played.  Some examples. Frank Sinatra: Musts include “Fly Me To The Moon” and “The Best Is Yet To Come” as opposed to “Embraceable You” or “I Only Have Eyes For You”.  If Dean Martin is your leading pitchman, consider “I Can’t Believe You’re In Love With Me” or “Just In Time” in lieu of “When You’re Smiling” or “You Belong To Me”.   Bottom line is to mix it up as Michael Buble has put his own spin on some of the classics that today’s generation love as much as grandparents.

Keep in mind, it is because of your guests you are celebrating and you need to cater to them as much as possible. Many of my clients have eclectic appetites in music which is great as it affords me the opportunity to play and listen to some music for which I may not be familiar and which adds an element of uniqueness to the celebration, all while addressing something special about the Bride and Groom.  I don’t believe, however, that a wedding reception is the environment to introduce all of one’s eclectic music preferences for which family and friends have not heard before. Wedding guests are the happiest when they are comfortable in the environment and music is a major factor in this.  When wedding guests make the claim that a reception was boring and uneventful, it is generally due to poor music choices and/or the order in which the music was played.  This said, give your DJ the freedom to play songs your guests know and love and feel free to provide your DJ with a prescribed list of songs that have a special meaning to you as a couple and to your friends and family members. Example, a Bride may indicate that her parents really love the Temptations and Tony Bennett while the Groom may state that his parents love to kick back to Ella Fitzgerald and The Beatles. The silver lining in this is that these artists may all be incorporated and everybody will be happy and timing is crucial in this endeavor.  Remember to keep your theme alive during cocktail hour and dinner.

Soulful hits to include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, “My Girl”, Signed Sealed Delivered” and “My Girl” are great tunes for dinner and cocktails as they happy, light and fun and although you can dance to them, they provide superb background music. Mixing in some newer stuff such as Colbie Callait, Jason Mraz and Bruno Mars and some solid picks from the Stones or Queen work well too.  I embrace the belief that if a song was great back in the day, it will probably be well received today as well as long as it isn’t cheesy or over played.  It’s important to remember that your guests probably don’t attend weddings very often so the music they experience will be fresh.

When it’s time to slip on the dancing shoes, lyrical content may fade and it will become more about the beat and these exemplify great dance songs.  To rev up the energy, make certain that the songs are upbeat and fun and that enough of your guests will be familiar with them to want to contribute to a packed dance floor.  This is not your green light to spotlight your techno, metal or underground preferences unless, of course, you want to invite your guests to the exit door and ultimately hear them complain about how bad your wedding was.  Trust in me that I have had some select couples over the years that were insistent that I play only the music they wanted to hear with the belief that their guests would enjoy it as well.  When they set their sights on the empty dance floor, they approached me asking, “what can you do to save our wedding?”  My reply, play what is tride and true to pack a dance floor by spinning the beats everyone loves and enjoys to include all of the classics and top 40 sets as well.   If a packed dance floor is your end game, play what you guests know and love and mix in a variety of genres and artists.

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Guest Requests At Weddings: Sound Advice From A Columbus Ohio Wedding DJ

Guest requests at a wedding have been a discussion point with every wedding client I’ve ever had.  I have learned a great deal during my tenure of 18 years as a professional wedding DJ in Columbus, Ohio and will share definitively that when guests at a wedding are at liberty to request the songs they love, the celebration will be much more lively.  Typically, after the dancing gets underway, I get a lot of ladies standing shotgun requesting songs that they believe will get the Bride and all of her gal pals on the dance floor.  In the event this is true, I don’t need to work as hard to figure out what guests will respond to as your guests will be much more engaged when they have some investment in the music selections.

On the contrary, there are, at times, guests who approach me and request a song that quite frankly, will result in a desolate dance floor in a New York minute.  I’ve also experienced moments whereby, the energy will be intense and the dance floor packed, when, out of the blue, someone has approached me to request that I play “Close To You” by the Carpenters for the next song.  Clearly, that individual had no experience as a DJ. It is a great song for a slow set and in that instance, I banked the song to throw on at a later point in the evening.  As a standing rule, I won’t spin a song that does not fit the mood, energy or moment, but, will wait for the opportune time. Should the bride and groom request that a particular song be played next, I am quick to accommodate, as the celebration is about them and I bend over backwards to make them happy. I am always very courteous to guests and on most occasions, they suggest good songs.  If a guest will not let up about wanting me to spin a particular song I know will not fit, I will politely discuss with them why it won’t work and remind them that it is the bride and groom’s wedding day and that I am spinning music they want to hear.  With my vast experience, having DJ’d over 500 weddings, I have encountered many different types of personalities and when alcohol is part of the equation, I have had to deal with arrogant and demanding guests from time to time. I do not allow people to run over me or prescribe the genre of music at your event, but rather, lay out a fine balance of infusing the bride and groom’s music preferences and guest requests with my experience and talent for packing your dance floor while allowing your guests to have some interaction and input that will keep them in their dancing shoes.

On occasion, my clients will approach their guests ahead of time to procure their music preferences and blend them in with their own. A great idea as it helps facilitate an all encompassing dance experience.  This said and by all means, allow your guests to make requests beforehand and during the reception and give your DJ the freedom to man the wheel and make the final decision as to what should get played.

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In The Market For A Wedding DJ? Don’t Be Fooled By Demo Videos. Sound Advice From A Columbus Ohio Wedding DJ

I have been very fortunate to have earned a tremendous reputation as a highly referred, trusted and respected Wedding DJ in Columbus, Ohio and 2015 is going to be another spectacular year.  I have discovered that my clients who book with me (over 90% of those who meet with me the first time) retain my services for their wedding because they trust my experience, are comfortable with me and believe I will be a great fit for their wedding.  I recently received an email inquiry from a prospective client asking for video samples from some of the weddings for which I was the DJ and I saw this as an opportunity to address this in an article.  To begin with, demo videos and mixes are great marketing tools and some companies utilize them exclusively as a selling mechanism.  Personally, I have a different spin on the matter.  When I reflect on my 17 years of experience as a Wedding DJ, it’s a difficult vision to encapsulate that lengthy career into a 1-minute video.  Additionally, it is extremely difficult to secure video of my work from former clients or their videographer.  You see, videographers are not hired with the DJ in mind so any video I might be able to secure is typically not what I would want for a demo video and I can’t imagine paying a videographer a large sum of money to shoot a video of me DJing.  I’ve never done so and am always booked to capacity. Given this, what do you do to ensure you are hiring the right DJ if you can’t see their work in advance?  My suggestion is if at all possible, you should arrange to meet with me in person or at the very least, schedule a SKYPE chat.  After all, I am the one wedding vendor that all of your guests will see, hear and recall from your wedding and hopefully for all of the right reasons. Given the importance of your wedding, if you are willing to set aside an hour to meet with me, come prepared with questions and take in my education and experience concerning the lengths I will go to in an effort to create a spectacular and worry-free wedding reception entertainment experience, you should be able to see the passion I have for my work.  At the close of our consultation, you’ll also have a much better idea as to whether I am the DJ you want to work with and have interacting with your guests on what will be billed as the biggest day of your life!

What’s next?  You should have access to reviews from former clients both online and in hardcopy and plenty of them.  If you happen to meet with a DJ who has no reviews or only a handful, ask him or her to provide you with the names of several former clients for which you may call.  It is also a good idea to ask your other vendors if they are familiar with the DJ and/or have experience in working with them.  If the DJ’s name surfaces in conversations or you observe them in marketing materials from other vendors in the wedding industry, this suggests that your DJ is a fixture in the wedding DJ industry in the community for which they reside. Trust in me when I say the wedding industry is a tight knit group of professionals and the best and most passionate vendors tend to rise to the top while the mediocre vendors struggle to get work.  Referrals are a huge eye opener that you’re on the right path when looking for your wedding vendor.  Take the time to carefully comb through the DJ’s website and bio to assess if they are deemed worthy of meeting in person, then, schedule a consultation with the DJ.  I have written many wedding articles for you to review on my articles page on my website.

So you ask, why aren’t demo videos beneficial during the DJ selection process? Answer: Assume I provide you with a mix/demo of a wedding for which I was the performer and there was a lot of techno or rap in the mix because that was the preferred music for my client…if you dislike these genres, I have little chance of being hired as you may be inclined to believe this is standard fare at my events. A wedding reception is not a cookie cutter affair and each one is different and unique in its own right.  I plan accordingly with each of my special wedding clients and therefore, no two weddings are the same and neither is the music.  As your DJ, I need to be creative, mix up the music, order of genres and be able to explain what I can do to facilitate a fun and unique entertainment experience.

One final note about video demos.  They very much relate to a request by a prospective client to stop by one of my weddings to see me in action. Personally, I find this to be very inappropriate  and this begs the question (would you want strangers to crash your wedding?).  I think not.  I will spend the time with you during the interview process and share in great detail what I can and cannot do as your DJ and Emcee.  This should hold true for any vendor you are interviewing as your wedding day is not only one of the costliest investments of your life, it is also one of the most celebrated events. Don’t be swayed or conned by a video demo as it cannot begin to capture what your celebration will look like.  All my best as you secure your vendors and a big congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

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The Last Dance! Suggested Songs For The Bride & Groom On Their Wedding Day. Sound Advice From A Columbus Ohio Wedding DJ

As your wedding celebration draws to a close, I recommend having a last dance song that ends the fun on a high note with all of your guests on the dance floor. When it is time for the celebration with friends and loved ones to end, I always invite the Bride & Groom to the center of the dance floor and ask all of the guests in attendance to join the couple by encircling them to show how much they are loved. If a high energy song is chosen for their last dance, I always ask the guests to get up close and personal with the Bride & Groom as the song reaches a fever pitch and ask them to put their hands up and give a big shout out to show the couple how much they are loved. This ends the celebration with energy, smiles and laughter and showcases the end of a great celebration. There are, of course, couples who are more reserved and prefer to share their final dance to a slow song for just the two of them or an all couples’ dance. Whatever your preference, the importance of a last dance beats the pants off of just blowing the candle out and allowing your celebration to fizzle. Below, I have listed some very popular last dance songs for your wedding.

Don’t Stop Believin’-Journey
Home-Edward Sharp
Save The Last Dance For Me-Michael Buble
Time Of My Life-Bill Medley & Jennifer Warrens
Sweet Carolilne-Neil Diamond
Glad You Came-The Wanted
The Time(Dirty Bit)-Black Eyed Peas
Time Of Your Life-Green Day
Let’s Get It On-Marvin Gaye
Take Me Home Tonight-Eddie Money
Today Was A Fairtale-Taylor Swift
One More Time-Daft Punk
I Won’t Give Up-Jason Mraz
You Are The Best Thing-Ray LaMontgne
All You Need Is Love-Beatles
Come Away With Me-Norah Jones
I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing-Aerosmith
Can’t Help Falling In Love-Elvis Presley
Last Dance-Donna Summer
Closing Time-Semisonic
We Are Young-Fun
At Last-Etta James
Good Life-OneRepublic
Wonderful Tonight-Eric Clapton
Wonderful World-Louis Armstong
Piano Man-Billy Joel
Marry Me-Train
We Are Family-Sister Sledge
Forever-Chris Brown
Friends In Low Places-Garth Brooks
Shout-Isley Brothers
Goodnight Sweetheart-Spaniels

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Believe it or not, your wedding DJ has much to do with the quality of photos at your wedding. Sound Advice From A Columbus Ohio Wedding DJ

A great wedding photographer will no doubt be skilled at capturing the best shots at your wedding reception, but even the most talented cannot photo shop authentic smiles, dancing and elation present in those photos taken when a great DJ is at the helm.  Below, I will lay out the importance of the bond/relationship between your photographer and DJ that naturally default to photographs you will cherish forever.

Simply stated, a wedding is one of the most celebrated occasions of our lives and although hosting a large, elaborate and expensive wedding celebration isn’t necessary, most couples desire to celebrate in some manner with their friends and family members.  If a fun celebration with dancing is your end goal, the two most important vendors will be your DJ and Photographer who will capture the fun in photographs.  I don’t mean to undermine the importance of the other very important vendors involved in your day as it has always been my conviction that all of the vendors involved in your wedding celebration are a team of professionals whose job it is to work in harmony on your behalf to facilitate a fun and memorable celebration.  I have worked with many talented caterers, cake decorators florists and more and highly value their contribution.  Fancy ice sculptures and amazing décor are no doubt attractive and do add to the experience, but a great DJ who is also a great Emcee will take your celebration to the next level and create great photographic opportunities for your wedding photographer.

An amazing wedding DJ plays all the right beats at the right moments, makes no mistakes and if one is made, it is covered in such a manner that only the DJ is aware.  A great DJ places much integrity in their gear, brings backups to their events and is fully immersed in the music and the event from start to finish with one goal in mind; to create an unforgettable dance experience.  The Emcee, which is often the DJ as well, works hard behind the scenes prior to your event to ensure all of your desires are executed according to plan the day of your celebration.  As your DJ and Emcee, I not only become an extension of my clients in the planning process, I make all of the important announcements and ensure all key people are in position for important formalities to include the grand introductions of the wedding party.  In a nutshell, I am in charge of informing your guests when something will take place and do so in a fun and professional manner while captivating their attention.

So, back to the point of this article.  What does this have to do with wedding photography?  Plenty.  If you retain a great wedding photographer, he or she will work tirelessly and employ all of their creative energy and combine that with their technical skills to get the best shots of the Bride and Groom and all elements of the event… but, here’s the kicker, if your guests are not having a great time, smiling, laughing and dancing, their photos will suffer and look staged.  If this should occur, it is almost always the fault of the DJ.  If you have invested well in your venue, food, alcohol, flowers, etc…… it’s fair to say you want your guests to have a great time.  This said, entertainment should be high on your priority list.  If you wish to encapsulate those memories that will be created at your wedding, you must invest in a highly respected wedding photographer.  All along, the relationship you build with your vendors is crucial.  Geographically, I have heard of some DJ’s that charge up to $5,000 for a wedding, yet the affair didn’t reflect that investment.  You want a DJ whom you feel comfortable with and one who you feel will relate well with your guests.

At the close of your event, if you hired a great DJ, you and your guests will be talking about the fun they had for a long time and if you’re retained a great photographer you will have a permanent record of the magic that occurred on your day.

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Want a packed dance floor at your wedding; dim the lights. Sound Advice From A Columbus Ohio Wedding DJ

If you want a packed dance floor at your wedding celebration; bank these tips.

Why the hang up with bright light?

Through my years of experience, I have come to discover that lighting will impact a dance floor almost to the same degree as the music, if not more.  Why is this so?  Think of the nightclubs you have ventured into with friends; was the dance floor brightly lit?  I doubt it.  There are definitely weddings that take place during the day and I have DJ’d my fair share and they are some of the most difficult if your goal is a packed dance floor.  A brightly lit dance floor is the culprit as most people are just not comfortable “doing their thing” in the midst of bright lights; perhaps because it makes them feel exposed and vulnerable.

If the bride and groom are embracing for their first dance and for parent dances, a brightly lit dance floor is a non-issue as all of your guests will welcome these dances and want to take pictures for which bright lights are an asset.  If a day time wedding is your only option, make sure your venue has the ability to dim lights and block natural lighting from flooding the room; this, of course, if your goal is to pack the dance floor with your favorite beats.  You may also check with your DJ for effect lighting to elevate the mood on the floor.   A dimmed room with effect lighting creates energy, passion and romance on a dance floor and will greatly entice your guests to participate in the dancing and fun.

If dimming the room for your daytime wedding just isn’t an option, accept this reality and know that if the music is good and your guests intend to have fun, there will still be a significant amount of dancing; it just might not be as wild as you have envisioned.  If your goal is to have a celebration where your guests dance the night away whereby bodies are in constant motion on the dance floor, entertain different options, secure a great DJ and go for effect lighting.  It also doesn’t hurt to have a bottoms up attitude on the alcohol.

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Your Wedding Timeline: How Long Should It Last? Sound Advice From A Columbus Ohio Wedding DJ

Having met with hundreds of couples planning their wedding, many have asked, how long should our wedding last?  Given that getting married is the first go round for most, couples have a myriad of questions on how to plan for their big day.  As a Columbus, Ohio Wedding DJ, I have advised hundreds of couples concerning the timeline for their wedding.

Some believe the celebration of a marriage should go all night with no end to the music and although the unification of two families is a huge celebration indeed, there are many elements to a wedding that require both planning and timing.

A wedding is typically a late afternoon to evening affair that allows for beautiful photographs of the wedding party and sunset shots prior to the reception.  Majestic photos may be captured for outdoor weddings in the Spring when the foliage is in full bloom and during the Fall when the colors are changing.  Some couples opt for a winter white wedding which make for great pictures as well.  Regardless of the season, if the weather cooperates for an outdoor wedding, it’s a bonus to listen to the exchange of vows in a picturesque outdoor setting.  During the early evening hours, It is very comforting to observe the sun basking low in the sky while mixing with your guests and enjoying delicious food.  If there is a burst of color in the sky, compliments of a beautiful sunset, this is an opportune time for the bride and groom to sneak away with the photographer and enjoy a kiss.  An idea to bank: In mid summer, the sun sets later so sunset photos may not take place until after dinner.

Typically, following the ceremony, guests enjoy casual conversation and cocktails while the wedding party is taking pictures.  When the pictures conclude, the reception gets underway with the grand introduction of the bridal party, bride and groom first dance, dinner, followed by all remaining important formalities that have been planned.

Like any DJ, I love a packed dance floor and it has been my experience that guests are more at ease to dance on a darker dance floor.  On the flip side, guests are not as comfortable dancing during an early afternoon wedding reception, especially when there is ample natural lighting flooding the room.  I make it a priority to accommodate the music requests of my clients and in the same vein, attempt to make the celebration all inclusive so all can participate in the dancing and fun.   At most weddings, there is typically a wide range of ages in attendance and a very successful formula for many is to begin the dancing with more dated songs and graduate to more modern/contemporary as the celebration progresses.  This is what I call an “All Encompassing Event”.  For those with the conviction their guests can party until the sun rises, remember, many of your guests have been with you all day and night, it may be very hot, some have consumed a great deal of food and in some cases, one too many cocktails.  Some of your older guests and those with children will likely cut out earlier while the younger set will keep the party going until they hit a wall.  The very best of DJ’s can maintain a packed dance floor, but can’t prevent guests from becoming tired and in need of a break.

As your event draws to a close, there will most likely be a last dance and when this time arrives, I like to invite the bride and groom to the center of the dance floor and ask all guests to join them for a proper and usually, high energy send-off.  Many couples want their reception to end on a strong note with the majority of their guests still in attendance to send them off in style as they venture into married life.  A typical wedding and reception run for 6 hours and with all that takes place prior to the ceremony and all the activities that follow, most are exhausted.  This said, I recommend 6 hours that leave your guests wanting more, while ensuring they got the most from the night.   As a hypothetical, assuming the prelude music for your wedding begins at 4:00pm with a 4:30 start for your ceremony, you will spend some time with your photographer while your guests are enjoying cocktails.  The reception will begin at 6:00 pm with a grand introduction of the bridal party and bride and groom first dance occurring at approximately 6:15.  Dinner will commence shortly thereafter with toasts given at around 7:15.  Following this will be the father/daughter, Mother/son dances, an open dance floor for your guests, cutting the cake, bouquet and garter tosses, more open dancing and any other formalities you may have planned.  The last dance will get underway at around 9:50 followed by a great send-off which will signify an end to a fantastic day.  Clearly, this scenario is just an example as every wedding is and should be different and unique.  I plan very closely with each and every one of my wedding clients in an effort to capture their vision for a perfect day.  Happy planning from Millennium Mobile DJ.

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DILEMMA: DJ OR BAND: SOUND ADVICE FROM A COLUMBUS, OHIO WEDDING DJ

When a couple is in the quest for their wedding entertainment, there are decisions to be made; for example, a live band or a DJ. Below, I will attempt to lay out an unbiased set of points to assist you with the entertainment dilemma. There are benefits to both, but I want to arm you with some information to assist you in this important decision for your big day.

Your Wedding Ceremony:

ADVANTAGES: Bands may provide live versions of songs a couple has hand-picked, or perhaps a theme the band aligns itself with. It is an elegant presentation to have a live violinist, guitarist, harpist or string quartet perform at your ceremony with the added bonus of a WOW Factor.

POINT TO PONDER: If you are having a church wedding that is not equipped with a sound system, you will need someone to mic your officiant and accommodate the music and formalities for your ceremony. When I consult with my wedding clients, I frequently hear that they were unable to hear the vows during wedding ceremonies they have attended. If you go the band route and they agree to run sound for your ceremony, ensure that they remain present to monitor the sound throughout your ceremony. For those who speak softly, you will need someone at the helm to adjust volumes as necessary, throughout the ceremony. Additionally, I provide my wedding clients with a wedding ceremony planning tool that includes the name of the officiant and all of the elements for your ceremony to include Prelude music, the Bridal Processional and Recessional. If you will be incorporating readings or a Sand Ceremony, I will manage this for you as well and will personally coordinate the ceremony with your officiant and assist him or her with the microphone. As for cost to accommodate sound for your ceremony, a DJ will most likely be much more nominal than what a band will charge. Space must also be taken into consideration and bands may have multiple members with a much larger space requirement and may require several power sources while a DJ will need to draw from only one power source.

Most musicians read sheet music while playing with gaps of silence in between songs. With a DJ, there are no gaps in the music and with the much more limited amount of space they require, they will have a much more minimal presence at your ceremony. Another very important point to ponder is that if you are considering a band, you will most likely want to hear them beforehand to assist you with the Band v. DJ Dilemma. A DJ utilizes pre-recorded music and if they are experienced with ceremonies and have equipment with integrity, all will sound great.

Cocktails & The Dinner Set:

Advantages: A band can have a formidable presence and may be multi-faceted all while energizing your wedding reception. An experienced DJ can bring the WOW Factor as well, all while playing great music. THINGS TO CONSIDER: The band you choose may be flawless with what they play, but their style is constant for the most part and there are limits to what they can play. If you should desire a sudden shift in style or feel, this may be difficult for a band. A band will likely arrive with a fixed set which may be difficult to divert from and the expense can be cost prohibitive, depending on the band and the number of members, each of whom will be compensated for both their talent and time. Experienced DJ’s plan music sets with their wedding clients and can adjust on the fly with a change in theme, tempo, genre, etc…… A DJ can accommodate music to please all in attendance and will make a valiant effort to make your event all accommodating in an effort to please guests of all ages. There are no silence gaps with DJ’s and transitions go unnoticed. Since most DJ’s play from laptops, they are free to leave their station if necessary to assist where needed and to meet with the bridal party in an effort to keep your event on point. Although bands may very well emcee your wedding, a less expensive band may not be well versed in the emcee process and in helping to create an interactive experience as is a professional wedding DJ. In the event your band does not have its own sound tech, controlling volume may be difficult as where a DJ can adjust volume on the fly for those tracks that are recorded at different levels. A good DJ is always in touch with volume and will work to ensure levels are set accordingly for the different facets of your wedding. If you plan to feed the entertainment your lone DJ/EMCEE will consume only one meal as opposed to several or more for the band.

Dancing Music: DJ or Band???
A great band can bring down the house and create energy. Ditto for a great DJ. An outstanding wedding band can run in the range from $4,000 to $15,000 while a great DJ may cost between $650 and $1,000 depending on the time frame and additional options you require. If you require all styles of music for the dancing portion of your reception, you may be limiting yourself with a band while a DJ can accommodate any genre to include your faves from days-gone-by to top 40. If you’re considering going with a DJ, I recommend you schedule a consultation to get acquainted and to establish what I call a GOOD FIT FACTOR. After all, your DJ will be the one with their pulse on your special day and you want to ensure your DJ has the personality and skills to please both you and your guests. You should also interview a band you are considering to ensure they have the emcee abilities you require and how involved they will be in orchestrating your wedding. You should also arrange to see them in action ahead of schedule to determine the GOOD FIT FACTOR.

As you now see, there are a multitude of things to consider when pondering the DJ v. Band Dilemma. I don’t compete with bands and in fact, have enjoyed working shotgun with a band, sharing the entertainment. Base your decision on what will make your wedding fun, stress free and memorable. Millennium Mobile DJ wishes you the best for your wedding and a beautiful future.

BRIDES CAN KO STRESS WITH SOME PERSONAL TIME

Planning for a wedding can be intense and in the midst of things, it may be easy to forget to take care of yourself.  This said, the engagement period is an opportune time to attend to yourself, socialize with friends or get closer to your main squeeze prior to beginning your life as a married couple.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself during this stressful period.  It is not selfish to think of and take care of yourself during this time.  Think of it as paying forward in an effort to keep you going and give your best to those most important in your life.
Due to the fact some of you have forgotten how to attend to your needs during this time, I propose the following de-stress techniques to consider.

A)    Commit to be fit; go to the gym.
B)    Relax and get some extra shut eye.
C)    Have a date with yourself.  This may sound odd, but, the rewards will be worth it.  Take yourself out for a nice dinner and treat yourself to something you have wanted to do for a long time.  Some alone time will give you an opportunity to reflect during this hectic time, help you put things in perspective and is very healthy.
D)    Avoid self criticism; advice that works for any time.  Don’t speak to yourself in a manner you wouldn’t speak to someone else.
E)     Allocate a day to read a book you have been wanting to read or go see a movie and dedicate the whole day or evening to this.
F)     Invest in number one.  Take a class, engage a hobby, play a sport….
G)    Take a day trip or book a weekend away.
H)    Get a massage.

DE-STRESS; ENOUGH SAID

Retro’s Comeback

Retro music is trending at wedding receptions because it is nostalgic and because the music takes many of us back to a simpler period in our lives to include the music we grew up dancing to.  Not only are today’s younger set embracing retro music, your older guests know this music best and much of this music has remained popular for many generations.  Many of these songs are one-hit-wonders and can easily be incorporated into the mix that will make up your playlist.  Consider the following when going retro…

The Twist: Chubby Checker

Great Balls of Fire: Jerry Lee Lewis

Hound Dog: Elvis Presley

Stayin’ Alive: Bee Gees

Chapel of Love: The Dixie Cups

My Boyfriends’s Back: The Angels

We Go Together: Grease Soundtrack

Ice Ice Baby: Vanilla Ice

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