Happy New Year! The first full weekend of 2017 in Charleston and I am blogging, fielding leads and in communication with 2017 and 2018 brides while looking out the window of my office at a cold, miserable and rainy landscape. Longing for spring I am today, but it's a perfect day for you and your fiance to throw another log on the fire and start planning the details of your upcoming wedding and maybe shopping for professional wedding DJs. Just remember this, the music for your wedding day is just as important as the food and drink you select and the perfect playlist begins with excellent communication with your DJ.
The perfect playlist for your wedding needs to be constructed around you and your fiance's musical tastes, with a splash of your family and friends mixed in. The only way this is going to happen is if you actually sit down and do a meet and greet with your DJ. I find myself sometimes haunted by a one-time experience from October 2015. It was a time when I thought I was doing a fellow competitor a "favor" but after all this time, it did the bride and groom a tremendous disservice as well as put my professional reputation in jepoardy as a wedding DJ. It was an excellent learning experience because it spoke to me in such a positive way about the way I work with my brides and grooms versus the way other DJS in town do.
Long story short, I was contracted by another company to DJ a wedding 8 days out (sort of an emergency), but not really because this company "overbooked", so I was bailing it out. The planner that was hired at this event would not allow me to speak with the bride and groom prior to the event to discuss musical preferences or even discuss through a quick email. The planner simply stated in a quick email "They like pop and country music" and a few other sleections. As I stated above, due to a double booking, which was later blamed on the great flood of 2015 in Charleston, the other DJ was sent to another wedding. See my posts from October and November about hiring the right DJ for your wedding and it discusses the shady practice of double booking. But why wasn't I sent a playlist from the other DJ or company or planner who contracted me out to pick up this wedding because of their double booking?
Because there was NO playlist. There was NO communication with the bride and groom by that company before this double-booking snafu. There was NO playlist because that company / DJ just shows up and plays a bunch of stuff that the bride or groom may or may not like and doesn't take the extra steps to meet with them and help plan their perfect playlist. You need a company who gives you 100% control over the music played at your wedding. That's what you get with my company, Mike Bills Entertainment.
My goal is that the day after your wedding your guests blow up your phone or get on social media and make comment after comment about the music they heard at their wedding. I cannot stress enough to ALWAYS MEET YUOR WEDDING DJ. Let you rDJ know the vibe you want. At the end of the day, the music should be about you and your fiance, but let them know to add in a few oldies and classics for the older crowd (parents and grandparents) before pulling out the big stuff like the hip hop, rap and modern Top 40 favorites. For requests, ask for a "No Request" moratorium. Simply put, if it's NOT on your perfect playlist, it's not going to be played.
Here a few hot songs to get you inspired.
Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO
Wild Ones - Flo Rida
Crazy In Love - Beyonce
Hey Ya - Outkast
Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz
Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
Low - Flo Rida
Timber - Pitbull
Ignition - R Kelly
Yeah - Usher ft. Lil Jon
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Right Round - Flo Rida
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
Mirrors - Justin Timberlake
Wanna hear more songs? Click back HERE to begin to listen to the Top 200 Wedding Songs. Like what you’ve read so far on the blog? Ready to save your wedding date with Mike and begin crafting the perfect wedding playlist? Read over the past blog entries and then click HERE to schedule a consultation with Mike. Happy New Year and congratulations once again on your engagement!