Through our expertise in planning and performing at parties, events and weddings, we’ve learned a few things along the way. There are some simple steps that you can follow to ensure any party kicks off right. While many of these party tips are geared towards weddings, trust us… they work for any event!
Where are you?
For a wedding, keep in mind that your guests are going to be where the couple are. If you’re on the dance floor, the guests will be too!
Don’t micromanage the timeline. We do need the order of events but not necessarily the exact time for each. A rigid timeline may adversely affect the flow of the evening, we may need to move and adjust to ensure everything happens as envisioned.
If there are older guests, try not to sit them close or right in front of the speaker(s). Often when there are no seat assignments older guest will migrate towards the DJ setup. The DJ setup is often directly across from the main entrance into the room, this is a great vantage point for these guest to see everyone coming in. The problem hear is that if we keep the music at a comfortable level on average for the room, it will always be loudest at the speakers. Loudness is an exponential function… (yes we wish we paid more attention in math class too.)
Nobody puts baby in a corner
Don’t put the DJ in an obscure location or corner; the DJ needs to be easily visible and near the dance floor so they can see it, to get a feel for the crowd. This becomes even more important if your DJ is providing extras like dance floor lighting. We want to have as clean and symmetric a setup as possible. This is not only because its what we like but it also looks the best in the background of all those pictures and videos of your dope dance moves…
Light it up… or not.
If you have dance floor lighting, keep in mind that darker is better. Use dimmers for chandeliers, cafe lighting, etc. Better DJ companies will have already taken into account how lighting should look for both effect and safety. Additionally, if they are really on top of their game, the lighting will be expertly programmed to the music. Have you ever been in nightclub when all the lights come on? Not a good look…
If you have a bar or photo booth at the event, please put it in the main room where the DJ is. You want to keep people near the dance floor at all times. Nothing ruins a dance floor more than the DJ being inside and everything else out side… we’re looking at you lawn games.
This song isn’t about you
When picking your songs for your event, take into account not only your taste, but the guests’ as well. You may love Indie-Nu-gothwave-hip-hop but do your guests? There has to be a middle ground.
End on a high note
You always want to leave the guests wanting more. It’s not your responsibility to entertain guests until 4am.
Trust your DJ
When picking your music, you don’t have to overdo it. Pick 20 or so songs you like and a few you don’t, and let us fill in from there. Music is our job after all…
Understand your budget
If you have to cut corners on your budget, don’t skimp on your entertainment—it can make or break your event! Will anyone really remember those chair covers that cost $20 a chair? Are you willing to allocate more to your entertainment rather than the $200 cheese and veggie plates?