Thank you for trusting us with the important role of providing the soundtrack for your special day.
Based on our experience with hundreds of successful weddings, we hope you will find this exclusive content valuable.
1. HOW TO PULL OFF THE BEST WEDDING EVER
2. CLARIFYING THE MC ROLE
3. CREATING YOUR SOUNDTRACK
4. SPECIAL SONG SUGGESTIONS
We strongly encourage you to read this carefully, and ask any questions you may have during your consultation.
HOW TO PULL OFF THE BEST WEDDING EVER
On any given night, you’d be hard-pressed to distinguish one of our wedding dance parties from a killer downtown club. According to several recent brides, (in their words, not ours) “Best. DJ. Ever.”
But every now and then, we get a wedding that the dance party just can’t take off. We play Beatles, no one twists or shouts. We mix in Michael Jackson, one guy poorly moonwalking. Then somebody requests Lady In Red because he wants to dance with his wife, and how can we say no if no one is dancing?
We can’t allow this sad situation to play out on your big day.
Perched at the edge of hundreds of wedding dance floors, we feel we are authorities on the DOs and DON’Ts to ensure the greatest chance for the wild and memorable wedding you hope for. Heed this advice and we can’t fail.
Do have your bar in the same room as the dancing
The bar is the most popular place at a wedding other than the dance floor. Hands down the best dance parties have been in venues where the bar is close to, or on the dance floor. It’s so simple, but somehow often gets overlooked: if you have to leave the dance floor to get a drink, you will. Why wouldn’t you want to keep the crowd together? Think about clubs; the best laid out ones have a bar on or a stones throw away from the dancers. If your venue tells you the location of the bar in another room is where they always have, than request to be the first to do it differently. Trust us. This is hands down the biggest culprit for killing parties.
Don’t ask guests what music they want to hear at your wedding in advance
Asking on the invitations or online months in advance of the celebration what people want to hear musically is very counterproductive. Part of the reason you hire us is so your uncle does not get to pick the music for your wedding. When it comes time for you to think about what you do want to hear, make us a list suggesting artists, genres and songs that YOU like. We want YOU on the dance floor as much as possible, because it is YOUR wedding. People swarm around the couple like bees to a hive. No surprise that the bride is the queen bee.
Do plan your first dance at the end of dinner, to start the dancing
We understand why people like the idea of doing the first dance at the beginning of the night, usually to get it over with because it’s something they are nervous about. But unless your photographer is planning on leaving before the dinner ends, the best time to do your dance is when the meal and speeches are complete. It’s the perfect moment to dim the lights, get everyone thinking about dancing, and to capture a moment where you are now happy and relaxed about the way the night has gone. Then we invite everyone to join you and from there on it’s party time.
Don’t cry if it rains on your wedding day
Appreciate this scenario: it’s a beautiful summer evening and you have a choice between sitting on a gorgeous patio sipping a drink and catching up with old friends, or dancing inside a sweaty room. Which would you pick? Given the option most people in this country value outdoor time when they can get it. The best dance parties we’ve ever done were on cold, rainy or winter evenings when going outside simply isn’t an option. If staying inside and keeping warm on the dance floor is the only place to be, then it will surely be packed. While rain on your wedding day really isn’t ironic, it could be something to embrace rather than fear.
Do dance, if you want a dance-party wedding
The formalities are over and now it’s time to party. Be sure to tell everyone in your speech that you got a wicked DJ and that you want people to dance all night long, and then show ‘em how it’s done. If people are swarming around you and you go outside, guess what happens to the dance floor? When you go for “fresh air”, so will your guests. At the point in the night when you need a drink, have someone get it for you. The success of the whole night will hinge on you, hands in the air, having the time of your life.
Follow these 5 tips and you’ll be saying: “Best. Night. Ever!”
CLARIFYING THE MC ROLE
No topic seems to come up more frequently in wedding planning than the discussion over the MC role. In our esteemed experience, because of the importance of this role, the DJ and the MC cannot be the same person.
We encourage our clients to pick someone from their guest list who:
– is comfortable on the mic (teachers make great MCs as they are used to speaking to groups)
– is responsible (will not be drunk by the salad course)
– knows many people in the crowd (but is not necessarily in the bridal party)
For the purposes of clarification, here is a clear breakdown of the role differences between a DJ and an MC. Please do share this with both your chosen MC and your planner (if you have one).
The MC will:
– stand at the podium
– start with a welcome address
– cover housekeeping
– introduce speakers throughout the night
– thank speakers at the end of each speech
– explain and facilitate any kissing game (if there is one)
– explain and facilitate any centrepiece game (if there is one)
The DJ will:
– adjust mic volume and cue music
– intro bridal party (if MC is in it)
– ask guests to take their seats (if MC prefers to pass this off)
– announce cake cutting, first dance and/or bouquet toss (if MC signs off before final speech)
For those couples who feel they simply cannot pick someone, we do offer you the option of adding an MC to your package. We are fortunate to have some amazingly talented professional MCs at our disposal. Rates vary by the talent, and are subject to availability based on your date. Please inquire with us if this is an option for you given your date and location.
CREATING YOUR SOUNDTRACK
We look forward to meeting with you to discuss the song selection for this very personal occasion. While every client is different in the way they express their musical tastes, what is most helpful for you to share with us in advance of the wedding is the following:
A list of approximately 10 songs that you two love and will be excited about dancing to. Imagine if no one else was in the room, what would make you happy? These are the songs we will drop when we need to rally the troops and get you back on the dance floor in a moment when the energy might be dipping. Or was there a song on your recent Bachelor/Bachelorette party that got everybody jumping up and down together? Please note, a list with too many of these songs isn’t helpful, because then we don’t know which ones will truly have the power to change your mood and actions.
A list of any artists or genres you either enjoy as music lovers, or want us to focus on throughout the entire night. To help us understand you better, think of the last concert you went to, the band you worshipped while growing up, or the radio station you currently listen to in the car. Couples often say they don’t think their tastes should matter. We beg to differ! The more we know about you, the more we can tailor the direction to your tastes, and the more it will feel like your wedding as opposed to someone else’s. And there’s always cocktails, dinner or in between speeches when something can be thrown in.
A list of ethnic music we should have. We’d be making a huge omission if you family heritage, culture or background was not represented in the nights’ soundtrack. If you know your family will want their ethnic diversity represented, let’s make sure we have some names of songs to include. This could be for during dinner, or maybe once the dance party is in full swing. We find it most helpful to ask you to track down the actual songs as mp3s (on iTunes or through a family friend, just not ripped from YouTube links). Once you have them, if you have a DropBox account this would be the easiest way to ensure we get it right. If you get stuck here, we recommend asking a family member to assist, usually the one who controls the family stereo at get-togethers (there’s one in every family!)
A brief DO NOT PLAY list. Generally speaking, this is not something we put too much emphasis on. We are more concerned with knowing what you do like. Once we know that we can often infer what you won’t like. But we recognize you might have some cringers that we might have in our repertoire, so please do share this. (Disclaimer: if your DO NOT PLAY list looks something like YMCA, Chicken Dance, Macarena, etc., we weren’t going to play those anyways so save yourself the time of working on this part of the list!)
Remember, the more you can tell us about your tastes, the better we can read your minds from across the room. When people make requests, we try to imagine if it would get a thumbs up or down from you. The more you share, the more fuel for the fire.
SPECIAL SONG SUGGESTIONS
Even the most educated music lover can have a hard time when it comes to selecting the right song for those special moments of the night. Here, we’ve compiled a cheat sheet for you based on successful selections we’ve used previously.
When looking for ceremony music, check out Vitamin Strings Quartet on iTunes for covers of anything from AC/DC to Lady Gaga. Their catalogue is so extensive, it’s like being able to hire a string quartet and asking them to learn all your favourite contemporary songs.
The moment you’ve dreamt about needs the right musical accompaniment. Something slow, sentimental and walkable are best.
“Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major” by Johann Pachelbel
“Ave Maria” by Schubert
“The World Ain’t Slowing Down” by Paul Ellis
“Across The Universe” by Rufus Wainwright
“One and Only” by Adele
“Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles
“Fields Of Gold” by Eva Cassidy
“Midsummer Night” by Brian Crain
“Sound Track to Falling In Love” by Charlie Winston
“Story Book Love” from The Princess Bride”
“The Sweetest Gift” by Sade
“My Love” by Sia
“River Flows In You” by Yiruma
“Just Breath” by Pearl Jam
It’s nice to fill the few minute void while you slip away to sign the registry with something personal, or very light in the background.
“Open Window (Wedding song)” by Sarah Harmer
“Magic” by Colbie Caillat
“Fix You” by Coldplay
“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” by Marvin Gaye
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” by Otis Redding
“Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison
“Close To You” by Ron Isley
“Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk
“Forever” by Ben Harper
It’s time to put on a big smile and pump those fists. This song should be upbeat and fun, and put a smile on your face. Guests will stand and clap so if it has a strong beat even better.
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by Marvin Gaye or James Taylor
“Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane
“Sweet Disposition” by Temper Trap
“Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys
“Just The Two of Us” by Grover Washington Jr.
“Wouldnʼt It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys
“If Not For You” by Bob Dylan
“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
“You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
“I Do” by Colbie Caillat
“Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin
“Balmes” by Ian Poole
For the first dance, make it personal. Pick an artist you both love, or a song you have memories from early on in your relationship, or a song that you hear on the radio and you both start singing to. Just make sure you like it; it will show when you dance and when you look at the pictures later.
“At Last” by Etta James
“Better Together” by Jack Johnson
“No One” by Alicia Keys
“Girl I Wanna Lay You Down” Animal Liberation Front
“Such Great Heights” by Iron & Wine
“She Talks To Angels” by The Black Crowes
“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
“Love Lift Us Up” by Joe Cocker ft. Jennifer Warnes
“Into The Mystic” by Van Morrison
“Lost Together” by Blue Rodeo
“Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones or The Sundays
“For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder or Frank Sinatra
“Bella” by Angus & Julia Stone
“All I Need” by Radiohead
“Fallen” by Lauren Wood
“The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
“The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
Share this with your parents if they want to pick this song! If you leave it up to them, they will likely google parent dances, and the results can be horrendous.
“Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Isreal Kamamwiwo’ole
“Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison
“I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders
“Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee
“Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole & Nathalie Cole
“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
“The Way You Look Tonight” by Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett
“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
“Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel
“Close To You” by The Carpenters
“Youʼre The Best Thing” by Gladys Knight & The Pips
“Time In A Bottle” by Jim Croce
“What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong or Michael Buble
“Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
“Sunrise” by Norah Jones
“In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel
“God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
“Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
“My Girl” by The Temptations
“You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
“In My Life” by The Beatles