Your reception flow during dancing.
I always refer to the dancing as where we earn our pay but the reality is that so much of being a wedding DJ is the behind-the-scenes work with your vendor team.
Early evening is often not as loud and we play a bit more to the older guests so they have the fun wedding reception experience and then work towards your personal music taste as the night progresses and the volume can increase. An early night is when you will see a set of those Greek dances or polkas if that is your family’s thing.
We play music in sets of 2 or 3 songs so the party doesn’t feel disjointed. Sets allow people who like a type of music to hit the dance floor and get 10 to 15 minutes of dancing before we segue to something different. We will work on the requests you provided us and weave the music into something awesome.
On the spot requests are something we can definitely accommodate, but also this is the time to have fun and trust that we will make the right choices for music based on what is happening in real-time. We are not there to break new music or be artistic. We are there to build a soundtrack that is unique to you and your guests.
If you want to do the bouquet and/or garter toss and late-night food service, bundle them together just before the photographer leaves around 10:30 or 11:00 pm. We will follow the lead of your catering team but typically this is a simple announcement and not a full stop to the party.
1:00 am finish. At our staff meetings, our DJs say “nothing good happens after 1:00 am”. End on a high note and finish off big rather than trying to keep high energy until 2:00 am. There are exceptions but for most couples, it has been a long day and they are happy to tidy things up at 1:00 am and get back to the hotel room.