If you are having a Reception, you most definitely should consider hiring a professional DJ (even if you plan on having a band: more on that in future articles.) What are some of the benefits to paying a DJ for their experience?
Like most professions, there is more to a job than meets the eye. When people think DJ, they probably just think of someone who stands there, makes a few announcements, and plays music. But there is much more to it, and in fact there is a science to it that you will hardly even notice. Which is the way it's intended!
A good DJ focuses on two main things: Mood & Environment. When in perfect sync, the night will seem to flow smoothly; you won't even notice that hours have passed. The mood of the evening begins the second you walk in the Reception with the excitement the DJ creates when he announces you into the room. And dinner music? It is recommended to play upbeat music in the background during dinner. This sub-consciously keeps people awake and on their feet, while listening to Kenny G or some slow instrumental is secretly putting everyone to sleep. This is a conscious choice by the DJ that sets the mood for when people are ready to dance.
Have you heard of Beats-per-minute (or BPM?). This is where DJing takes on a form of art: the ability to "beat-mix" music. In order to keep people dancing seemlessly on the dance floor, a DJ will play sets of music that have a similar BPM, sometimes matching songs very smoothly without notice. Have you ever been on a dance floor, when all of a sudden, a new song will play and for some reason you feel startled? If the BPMs of the songs don't match it is a very rough transition and can knock people out of their "trance" of dancing, ruining the mood.
Mesh the mood of the evening with the environment of the party. DJ lights are not just there to look fancy or blind you, they again trigger things in our sub-conscious mind that help us relax and have fun. Varying colored lights and regular white lights, and varying the patterns, helps to create an environment of excitement. Have you ever been to a wedding that you just feel uncomfortable to get out on the dance floor? There's a good chance that there was not enough lights on the dance floor to create that comfortable environment. The same can happen with too many lights, creating an intimidating environment to have fun in.
A "professional" DJ doesn't always equal a "good" or "experienced" DJ, so do your homework when shopping around. Ask DJ's about their "beat-mixing" skills, and they will either look at you in confusion (avoid) or they will be pleased to discuss an area that they take much pride in. See how much of an artist your DJ is at his profession, and if he has an awareness of the sub-conscious science involved in pleasing a crowd: book him!
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Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 5 consecutive years, 2010-2014, and was currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached