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by Laura Vietmeyer


PHOTOGRAPHY  Studio 29 Photography + Design

        You’ve both said “I do” and shared your first kiss as a married couple. Your whirlwind wedding day is underway and it’s time to head to the reception that you’ve been planning for months. You’re ready to party! But before you can hit the dance floor, you have to pick the perfect DJ. The following tips can help you easily plan and execute an unforgettable party that you and your guests will never want to end.
        Wedding DJs set the mood and help the evening flow seamlessly from the grand march to the final song of the night, so choosing the best DJ for you is essential! Understanding the different types of DJs to choose from is a good place to start. Are you looking for a more traditional reception, where the DJ engages your guests through music and acts as the emcee? Or would you prefer a more interactive DJ who uses games and reaches out to the guests to really get the party going? Or, if house or club music is your jam, club-style DJs can mix up modern music.  
        Knowing the style of DJ you’re looking for will help narrow down your choices so you can start shopping around to find your perfect fit. But research is just the first step. Meeting with potential DJs—or the companies that represent them—will be paramount to throwing the ideal party and will give you the best idea of his or her style and how the company can help you on your big day.  
        After meeting with and selecting your DJ, it’s time to pick the tunes that will set the tone at your reception. Many companies now offer online portals where you can select the music you want to hear that night. You will have the opportunity to discuss the flow and feel of the night with your DJ, touching on any traditional or nontraditional elements of the reception, how music will play into those moments and how the DJ will act as the emcee to keep guests in the know as the evening progresses through toasts, dinner and first dances.
        The reception is your chance to wow your guests and make incredible memories. With research, communication and proper planning, you’ll find the right DJ to take that effortless first dance with your spouse and enjoy your celebration.



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