Most likely, you will end up deciding on some form of entertainment at your wedding reception. The choice normally boils down to this: Do I get a Band or a DJ? Bands tend to be a bit more expensive but are definitely a popular way to go. But if you decide on a DJ, what should you be looking for? And doesn't he just stand there and play music, can't I get anybody do do that?
Like everything else, there is an artform to being a professional DJ. It isn't simply "pressing play", and you'd be surprised at the amount of effort that goes into creating sub-conscious reactions at your wedding. For example, some brides get concerned with the amount of lights or effects that a DJ will use. But lighting is crucial to producing an atmosphere of entertainment and relaxation, and will actually enhance the mood of your guests. Too many lights and effects can be overwhelming; you don't want your wedding to turn into a club (or maybe you do?). And too few lights doesn't necessarily invite people to have a good time. A good DJ will balance the amount of lighting and effects with the size of your crowd and the size of the dance floor, to produce a sub-conscious reaction of relaxation.
Take it from my 8 years in the wedding industry: the BIGGEST problem with hiring an amateur DJ is the ability to act as "Master of Ceremony (or MC)". So many weddings fall off of schedule, and run so late that by the time it is "party-time" everyone is pooped. These are the weddings that you've been to where nobody danced, many people left after dinner, and nobody seemed to have a good time. You should not have to worry about anything on the day of your wedding! Especially not things like making sure dinner is served on time, or that your bridal party is lined up properly. A professional DJ will handle all of these details for you. He will not only handle the music and the dance floor, he will act as coordinator throughout the entire Reception, working with the Hall, your guests, and your other vendors to ensure things come out perfectly, so you can just sit back and enjoy your wedding.
There are many more factors in why you should want to hire an experienced, professional DJ for your wedding. Click here for an article on the topic. Many websites will help you search for DJs in your area, as well as other wedding professionals.
Also a local Detroit DJ has some good information on selecting a DJ, what goes into it, and some real-life stories from brides, find that by clicking here.
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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 FIVE consecutive years and is 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