The Dos and Don’ts of Song Requests at Weddings

One of the biggest misconceptions about wedding DJs is that they don’t like taking song requests. In defense of DJs everywhere, we’d say this is a half-truth. When your wedding DJ knows you’re happy and enjoying the music, they are excited to hear your suggestions.   However, to keep things running smoothly, here are some tips for you and your guests to consider when making song requests at weddings.

Do compliment your wedding DJ – flattery will get you everywhere!

Wedding DJs work hard to make the wedding successful and fun for everyone. If you like what your wedding DJ is doing, let him know! DJs appreciate when people praise them for their work.

Do know the song you want before chatting with the wedding DJ.

Wedding DJs are always happy to chat with you briefly about the music, but their number one job is to keep the party going. Therefore DJs prefer that you know the song you’d like to hear before you come up to the booth to make a request. More importantly, your wedding DJ should have had extensive conversations beforehand with you, the couple, about the type of music to play on your big day. It’s simple: what songs do we have? We have the songs that the couple wants to hear!  So of course your wedding DJ should tailor the music to play based on your list but will be happy to include appropriate requests throughout the evening.

Don’t be touchy-feely around the DJ booth.  

DJs bring a lot of expensive equipment to weddings, and it can be quite nerve-racking for them when a guest touches or brings drinks near their gear. If you want to learn about the DJ equipment, be sure your guests ask before touching (we know it’s tempting).  DJs love to show people how stuff works, but they prefer to do it when they are not in the middle of a live mix—otherwise you could have a moment of awkward silence.  Yikes!


Wedding Planning Facts

  • During wedding planning, brides said entertainment is among the least of their priorities...Yet, within one week after their WEDDING, nearly 80% said they would have made the entertainment their highest priority.
  • 72% of brides surveyed say they would have spent more time choosing their wedding entertainment, and nearly 100% of brides say that they would have spent more of their budget on it.
  • When asked, 81% of guests said what they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.

*Source: The Wedding Report 2012.

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