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Spring is here, and with spring comes people planning for summer weddings. If you’re a DJ who has started to create a reputation in your local community, then there’s a chance that you may be approached to play a few weddings this season. Whether this is your first wedding gig or your first gig in a few years, weddings are as important as any other performance. With this in mind, in part one of our blog series, we’ll be looking at a few helpful tips when planning ahead for your wedding performances this summer.
Know Your Venue
You were hired for a very specific purpose, and with that gig comes expectations. Whether DJing weddings is your full-time focus or something you do on the side, remember that your name is attached to not only what you choose to play and how you play it, but to every other aspect of your involvement with the event. With this in mind, you should approach every element of DJing a wedding with the utmost professionalism, from the smallest detail to the most obvious parts. The best place to start is with the venue itself.
It’s safe to say that the couple getting married will have planned their wedding far in advance, so much to the point where they’ll have more or less decided on a venue months before ever even getting in contact with you. Because of this, before you begin any preparations for the performance, contact the couple to find out where the wedding will be held. From there, if they can allow you access to the space in advance of the wedding or rehearsal dinner, this will be an ideal scenario. By visiting the venue in advance, you’ll be able to see what kind of space you’ll be working with. You’ll be able to see where specifically in the venue you’ll be set up, the availability of power outlets, and the specifics of their sound system, if they have one. Additionally, you’ll be able to see what the venue doesn’t have, being able to make the proper accommodations ahead of time, ensuring that your performance and the evening goes off without a hitch. Professionalism is key, and preparedness plays a significant role in this.
Know Your Clients
One of the main differences between a traditional DJ gig and a wedding gig has to do with the overall focus. When you’re DJing a club or party, the focus is largely on the DJ and the music that they choose to play. Rightfully so—the entire point of this gathering is for people to get together, enjoy some music and dance. When it comes to being a wedding DJ, however, the focus shifts somewhat away from you and more towards the couple getting married and the celebration of their love. Because of this, DJing a wedding comes with its own set of responsibilities that you won’t encounter at a more traditional gig. Among the most important of these has to do with the people who play a role in the wedding —from the couple and their parents to all the members of the wedding party. Being the DJ will also require you to be the emcee for the evening, making introductions, announcements, and generally interacting with the wedding attendees throughout the evening. Because of this, it’s integral that you know how to properly pronounce the names of the members of the wedding party and anyone else who may require any sort of introduction. The last thing you want to do is mess up someone’s name on their wedding day, and taking the time to make sure that you can properly pronounce everyone’s names will contribute to the professionalism that you strive for.
Groundbreaking Tools For DJs and Musicians
Those are just a few helpful tips for all you DJs gearing up for wedding season. Touch Innovations is proud to provide DJs with the tools they need to stand apart from the crowd, from our cutting edge music workstations to DJ controllers. We will continue this topic in part two of our series, but until then, to learn more about our groundbreaking DJ tools and music workstations, contact Touch Innovations today!