We have attended and performed at our fair share of Frederick MD weddings and corporate events over the years. Our goal as a Frederick DJ Service provider is for our couples to get more than their money’s worth and to help create their dream wedding or corporate event. One measure of success is that the guests enjoy their time and leave saying this is one of the best weddings they have ever attended not only in Frederick, but anywhere.
Whether or not your Frederick holiday party or wedding celebration is legendary is a result of the quality of DJ Service you choose to perform at your event. The DJ has to own quality tools (sound equipment and music), and have the skills and experience to use them to produce a great result. You can have an amazing venue with a terrific food menu but like everything else in life, you generally get what you pay for. If you go Craigslist cheap on the DJ the odds are not in your favor that you are going to get an amazing result.
Let’s use the food analogy as an example. You decide you would like to serve Filet Mignon to your guests. You can spring for the very best aged beef you can buy. But, if that steak is prepared by a unskilled hands whose culinary skills end at Red Baron Pizza and microwave ready Macaroni and Cheese, my guess is if the meal is even edible it has to be considered a success.
Assuming that you have done your due diligence and selected a quality Frederick DJ for your corporate party or wedding celebration there are a few other things that you can do to set him/her up for party success. Here are a few of the most important.
Don’t try to pick every song or dictate the order in which they are played.
This is your Frederick wedding and you should certainly get the type of vibe and genres of music that you want to share with your guests. If you hate Country Music then you should not have to listen to it on your day! There are tons of other genres at the DJs fingertips that will pack your dance floor all night long.
You should by all means give your Frederick DJ a list of what the types of music and some specific songs that you like and those that you don’t. What you should not do however is restrict the DJ from using their tools to create magic for you. For a DJ, songs are tools. Every time you take a song or genre away, you are removing a tool from their tool box. If you remove too many tools then the DJ may be left with only hammers when what they really need is a screwdriver.
A DJ needs to have the freedom to read and react to the crowd to keep them engaged. Your song list may have the perfect songs but to succeed they need to be played at the right time.
Add variety to your playlist.
Keep in mind that you will likely have multiple generations at your holiday party, birthday party, or wedding event. While you may not be able to get enough R & B and Hip – Hop that may not be the favorite dance music for all of your guests. Don’t get me wrong, the right song played at the right time will pack the dance floor with people of all ages!
When the time is right, moving into a R&B and Hip-Hip set will fire up the crowd and have the dance floor mobbed. However, that is generally not the case immediately after dinner when guests haven’t warmed up. That doesn’t mean that you need to endure 30 minutes of slow dance music. It simply means allowing your DJ to play a variety of hit songs from a variety of genres.
We have learned that people who like Motown music generally like Bruno Mars. Those who like Funk also like R & B and Hip-Hop. There are tons of examples and there have been a large number of songs and singers that have become cross over hits.
To keep you guests partying all night allow your Frederick DJ to play some tunes that they know will appeal to large segments of the crowd.
“Let them eat cake” but a bit later!
Every vendor or service you hire has a purpose and an agenda. Whether you are using the in house catering of your Frederick venue or someone you have personally selected their success is measured on the quality of the meal and promptness of delivery. If they get those two things right, they will get raving five star reviews and deservedly so. That is what they focus on and not your dance floor.
Their mission is to complete their job which includes clean up as soon as they possibly can. Doing so has a direct impact on their profit and loss since they typically pay their staff by the hour not by the event. Typically the last food event at a wedding is the cake cutting ceremony. So, what does the cake cutting have to do with the success of your party?
Let’s think about your timeline for a moment. Assume that your ceremony is taking place at the Frederick venue at 4 pm. Your guests arrive at 3:30 and mingle for 30 minutes until the wedding ceremony is over at 4:30. At 4:30 they mingle for another hour as you and the families have photos taken.
At 5:30 cocktail hour is over and your guests move into the reception area and await your Grand Entrance. After they welcome you they listen to a few toasts, watch your first dance and your parent dances, and enjoy dinner as they converse with those at their table. This portion takes about an hour if food comes out quickly, an hour and a half if it doesn’t. Dinner wraps up around 6:30 – 7:00 pm.
By now your guests have been either mingling or sitting for 3.5 – 4 hours! Many have probably exhausted every light conversational topic they have and are now deciding if they should share their political or religious opinions. In a word, they are bored. What they are really deciding is if this party is their scene or not.
Odds are high that if it were left up to them, the catering team wants that cake cut as close to 7 pm as possible. They then slice the cake to be served. Your guests grab a slice and as the catering team clears their plates, 50% of your guests say good bye and leave. Why would the guests do that? Because they are bored and they have not been given a reason to stay.
Allowing your DJ to play for 30 – 45 minutes will prevent guests from leaving early.
A typical song is 3 – 4 minutes long. Every wedding will have guests from multiple generations. If you have heeded my earlier suggestion your playlist includes a variety of genres and eras of music. It is important that you guests have the time to hear this variety. I have learned that guests are quick to jump to conclusions. If they hear only three or four songs before the cake is cut they will often conclude that is only type of music they will hear for the rest of the night. Once they have finished dessert they feel that there is little reason for them to stay.
Giving your DJ enough time to play a variety of genres will deliver the message to your guests that they are going to hear more than one style of music and they will have the opportunity to dance to the songs they love.
You have waited a long time for this day and have given a lot of thought to whom you wanted to share this day with. The last thing you want is for them to leave before the party really gets started. By giving a bit of thought to the playlist and making a small adjustment to the timeline, you can set yourself up for a killer party! Of course, you will still need a great DJ service to pull it all off. It just so happens I know a company like that!