How far in advance should we book the DJ?
As early as possible to guarantee the DJ you want – some bookings are made years in advance! One advantage of booking early is the price can be fixed at the start. However, you can sometimes find availability at short notice – it’s always worth asking…
What are the advantages of choosing a DJ over a live band?
The three main advantages are lower cost, easier set-up and greater flexibility.
A good quality band may cost roughly three times as much as a similar quality disco.
A good disco should be slick, compact and well presented when setting up, and quickly able to supply appropriate music and lighting while the venue is being turned round ready for the evening festivities.
We supply almost every type of music, to suit all tastes and ages – unusual requests can be sourced in advance. We have full control over volume and content, and will operate at exactly the right level for every occasion.
Will we play music you like?
Absolutely! We offer full consultation, and welcome your playlists and musical choices – we are working for you at the end of the day, and guarantee to play all your “must haves.” We can supply printed request slips to go out with your invitations, plus “Text Your Request” slips on the tables. However, we are experts in playing to the audience in the room, and filling the dance floor – so it always pays to give the DJ some flexibility.
Do we cater for guests of all ages – and varying tastes?
Based on your wishes, we play music to appeal to all your guests! We use our knowledge, experience and intuition to play the right song at the right time – at the correct volume. Good communication skills are also essential, so everybody knows what’s happening, where to be, and what to look forward to. If the music’s good, and the atmosphere is attractive and engaging, your guests will join in regardless of their age.
When should we have our first dance?
Never do your first dance too early. The optimum time is probably about an hour or so into the party – giving the atmosphere time to warm up and a chance for you to meet and greet your guests, who all want to congratulate the Bride and Groom. We have some great suggestions on how to make your First Dance really special – even for the shyest Brides and Grooms! – let us guide you and support you, and make sure the cameras are at the ready – it will be a magical moment! Your guests can join you part way through if you wish – taking the pressure off you, and including everyone in the celebration.
Will the DJ play our music selections, no matter how diverse?
Indeed, he will. Once the DJ has built up the dance floor energy, your more eclectic choices and personal favourites can go down a storm – mixing up the musical genres is part of the fun.
Will the DJ be offended if we list every song we want to be played?
Not offended, but this can really kill the party. If you’re paying good money for a professional DJ, you’re paying for their knowledge and experience. If you choose all the songs and the order in which you want them played, we will of course follow your instructions. However, it is impossible to predict the best playlist in advance – a Good DJ will know how to link your choices together with more general crowd pleasers to create a flow that is as seamless and inclusive as possible.
How many songs would typically be played during a 4-5 hour reception?
We find it is approximately 17 songs per hour, so roughly 70 – 80 songs.
Can we ban certain songs – how about a Veto List?
We always ask clients if there are any songs they don’t want us to play. If requests are received for these, they won’t be played, and guests generally understand why.
What makes a good first dance song? We need help! Any classics to suggest?
This is a tricky one – over the years, we are of the firm opinion it doesn’t matter what kind of song you choose, as long as it is special and meaningful to you. Our best advice would be to practice your first dance at home – is the tempo comfortable, are the words appropriate, how does it make you feel? Much better to find out in advance than on the night!
As mentioned before, we have many ways we can help make this a truly wonderful experience – please get in touch, we are always happy to help.