There were just over 162,000 weddings in Canada in 2014. While weddings are declining in numbers from even a decade ago, the fact is that it is still a social event that tends to incorporate family and friends. However, there are some things that you might want to leave in the hands of a professional and the DJ for your wedding reception is one of those things. Unfortunately, it may not be easy to tell your favorite cousin who loves music and has a large collection of songs or your uncle with the new beats system that he or she might not be exactly what you need for your wedding festivities.
So, if you are scrambling for a way to handle these well-meaning relatives without hurting any feelings about your choice for DJ, here are a few things to consider.
You might want to ensure that if you are not using your relatives or friends for the big day, then you need to get a professional. In that case, you would have several arguments that you can produce when convincing your loved ones that your decision is better. A professional DJ should not only have professional, well maintained equipment but will also have back up equipment and DJ for any eventuality. A professional DJ is also more likely to be a part of an association such as the CPDJA which plays a role in guaranteeing professional conduct and ethical behavior throughout your contract.
Another benefit of having a professional is that he or she is more likely to have a professional AVLA license, which is necessary for being able to play copyrighted music at public events. With such solid arguments, your family member or friend should be less upset with not getting the gig.
The DJ at your wedding reception has a major role to play in how well the wedding will be remembered as he or she needs to read the crowd and play for everyone's enjoyment. That is a high pressure situation that you might not want to leave to an amateur, no matter how closely affiliated that amateur is. The DJ needs to maintain a level head which might not be the case with a relative who might want to drink and have fun at the height of the festivities. Your relative or friend might be better served in just relaxing and enjoying the day.
In addition to this is the fact that the person at the mic as well as the person mixing the music must be able to read the crowd for a sense of what is working and what is not and be able to change that mood with the subsequent music choices. The music should also be catering to a mixed group and should not just reflect what is currently popular or personally desirable. Discussing the intricacies of your wishes may be enough to impress the enormity of the job and reduce the enthusiasm for the job.