Common Misconceptions of what a DJ does
How many times have you been at a wedding and realized the DJ makes or breaks it? From the music to the interactions. Most people don’t realize how Wedding DJs have an important role to play in making a wedding reception a memorable event for the newlyweds and their guests. While many people think that the DJ’s main responsibility is to play music, their duties go beyond just spinning tunes.
One of the biggest roles your wedding DJ has is setting the tone of the event. Great DJs take their first cues from the couple, do you want an interactive DJ, someone laid back, classy, crazy? After that the DJ has to read the room and make sure that the music they play is appropriate for the audience. They need to be able to gauge the mood of the crowd and adjust their playlist accordingly. For example, during dinner or cocktail hour, the DJ should play softer, more relaxing music that won’t compete with the conversation. During the dancing portion of the evening, they should switch to upbeat, danceable tracks that will get everyone on the dance floor.
Secondly, a wedding DJ is a master of ceremonies. They are responsible for announcing the newlyweds, the wedding party, and any other important events throughout the evening, such as the cake cutting or the bouquet toss. The DJ needs to be comfortable speaking in front of a crowd and have a commanding presence to keep the evening running smoothly. This is why at Pulse Entertainment, we always have a separate emcee to handle the formalities so the DJ can focus on the music needed for those special moments.
A wedding DJ is also responsible for coordinating with other vendors. They need to communicate with the wedding planner, photographer, and caterer to make sure that everyone is on the same page. The DJ needs to make sure that they are playing music at the appropriate times and that they aren’t interfering with other vendors’ duties. Food running late, no problem, a good DJ will pivot and start a dance set to keep guests moving and enjoying the night. Once again, another advantage to Pulse Entertainment is having our emcee and DJ team so the emcee can do the coordination while the DJ can keep the event moving with the proper music at the proper time.
As you can see, a wedding is not just playing great music.