I love watching other wedding vendors do what they do best! We all have our own set of talents that come together to make a couple’s day that much better. There are some vendors who can really pull out all the stops to bring in some amazing details into your wedding, that most don’t even know are possible.
Today, I’m talking with Jacob and Courtney Towe of DJ Jacob, a luxury DJ and Lighting Company. We are talking about why it is so important to hire a professional DJ and Lighting Company (opposed to just Uncle Joe’s iPod playlist..). Without further ado, below are some of the main reasons to help to make sure you’re in good hands on your wedding day!
They represent you as a couple to your guests
This is truly your first day together as a couple, your friends and family have come to see what that looks like. There are a lot of expectations on the part of your guests and judgments made that day, the decision to hire a professional with experience and one that matches your personality helps to reflect well on you on your first day as a married couple. In your family and friend’s minds when that day is amazing so are you and so will your marriage be! The look and excitement and celebration that the DJ and lighting exudes should match the excitement and love that you have for each other as a couple!
Photo by Leah Langley Photography
They should fit your personality
Gone are the days of the cookie cutter wedding. Now you choose how you want your wedding to go…the colors and the florals and whether you have a seated multi-course dinner or a mingling cocktail feel dinner; every choice you make for your big day is a reflection of your personality together. The DJ and lighting should be a reflection of your personality as well. Hiring a professional that you can get to know throughout your planning process and one that you know will be the person there on your wedding day is important. They should play music that fits your personality so that your guests will feel like they are at your wedding, not any one else’s, or just a basic wedding, or music that is the DJ’s taste; but yours, and how can a DJ do that if they haven’t taken the time to get to know you and your fiancé?
The look of the DJ, their attire, booth, mannerisms, dress, tells a story and relates the care of the couple to their guests. And a DJ should never be the center of attention, they create an atmosphere where the couple is the focus! A DJ doesn’t just play music, just like a planner doesn’t just make timelines, they are creating moments. These moments should always be a reflection of you!
Photo by Brooke Images
The lighting should add to your experience
You have spent a lot of time working on the look and feel of your wedding, why let it then fade into the background as the night progresses? You should be highlighting where you are spending your money: the centerpieces, the cake, etc. Your lighting should be timeless, classic, and beautiful to bring out and add to the decor and then change later in the night to add to the energy of the party. It should not just be a look that is set and then the lighting company leaves and goes to another job. That is one of the many benefits of wireless lighting and environmental projection, that they can change as the feel of your wedding changes!
A DJ that controls the lighting so it totally matches the feel throughout the event is also so important. For example, at one of our weddings recently, the couple started slow dancing all of a sudden in the middle of a song, surrounded by their family and friends, so we changed the lights to create an intimate moment allowing the photographer to capture some amazing shots of that special moment!
Photo by Jenn Hopkins Photography
The DJ’s experience should be in weddings
Your DJ should be a DJ for weddings and events, not a club or house DJ. A wedding is not a club, even though you want to have an awesome dance party later on in the night your DJ must be able to create mix that will be fun for all of your guests; not just those that really like to get out there and dance, like in a club. The DJ must also understand the flow of a wedding, and how you want your particular wedding to flow. This is one of the crucial elements that makes or breaks a wedding; you can play a great song but if it’s at the wrong moment it will flop. Your DJ should be someone that has a good reputation with vendors, through reviews and in publications. They will have to make judgments calls at certain points that can only be handled well with experience.
A DJ provides a non-stop experience
The flow of the day is very important to the success of a wedding. You want your day to go smoothly and for each moment to be an enjoyable, seamless experience for you, your new spouse, your family, and your guests. One positive to having a professional DJ for your wedding is that they don’t take breaks like bands may. This way there is never a dead space for your guests, there is always something happening, there is always a nice feel with the music matching the decor. A DJ can also typically match the experience you are looking to get on your wedding day better than a band can since they can provide a wider music selection.
Ultimately your wedding is about you as a couple and your DJ and Lighting Design should be a reflection of you! Everything on your wedding should have you in the center!
Follow along with Jacob