You and your fiancé have your favorite songs, you know what you both like and you want your wedding DJ to know that too. Makes sense. But how do you get the music you want and the songs you love at your reception without micromanaging or giving your DJ a tour of your extensive CD collection? We consulted our DJ Manager, Mike Hongslo, for tips on how to get the most out of your DJ and your reception music. And now, we’ve compiled a guide for you.
The first big decision after you’ve hired a wedding DJ is to pick a small playlist of songs you love and make a do-not-play list. Hongslo suggests choosing between 10 and 15 songs for your playlist, but says to limit your playlist to no more than 30 songs. This will give your DJ a good idea of what you like and what you’re looking for in your reception music repertoire, while also allowing the DJ some freedom to work with their knowledge and experience, and gauge the crowd. A playlist of approximately 15 songs gives the DJ an indication of your style and a baseline of where to go with your reception music, rather than the DJ having no idea what you and your fiancé like or prefer. However, Hongslo says, deciding all the songs for the reception by creating your own playlist, or constricting your DJ with an extensive do-not-play list will prevent them from using their knowledge and experience to get people onto the dance floor and make your reception fun and memorable. Instead, add the songs you love to your playlist and put songs that you are sick of or in doubt about on your do-not-play list. If you’re indifferent or okay with a song, you don’t need to add it to either list, but definitely don’t bar the song from your reception if you wouldn’t mind it being played. Hongslo’s biggest piece of advice for couples as they plan their playlist and do-not-play list is to trust the DJ do their job.