WHAT EXACTLY DOES A LOS ANGELES WEDDING DJ DO?
You don’t realize how vital hiring the right Los Angeles wedding DJ is until you understand all of the responsibilities a professional Los Angeles wedding DJ has on your wedding day. The most important of course is to play great music that will keep your guests dancing. However, there is more to it than you might expect. In fact, the most common mistake people make when choosing a Los Angeles wedding DJ is to overestimate the ease of playing great music that keeps a crowd on the dance floor.
While planning and playing music is one of the core functions of your Los Angeles wedding DJ; there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes. Your Los Angeles wedding DJ is your Master of Ceremonies and many times your Los Angeles wedding DJ will stand in as pseudo-wedding planner when needed to ensure your special day goes smoothly.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES A LOS ANGELES WEDDING DJ NEED TO PREPARE FOR MY WEDDING DAY?
To some people’s surprise, a Los Angeles wedding DJ starts to prepare well before the actual wedding day. In fact, it starts the very first moment you both make contact because they will want to make sure they know everything they possibly can about you both to ensure they can personalize your wedding day to the best of their abilities.
One of the very first things we do when meeting with a new couple is figuring out what exactly they are looking for. What kind of music do they like? Do they want lighting? What interesting things have they experienced at other weddings? All of this information becomes the foundation for determining all of the things they do and do not want on their wedding day.
Then everyday from that point until their big day, we are brainstorming, meeting with their venue or other vendors, prepping equipment, planning music and doing anything else that may be needed to ensure the big day is executed perfectly.
WILL MY LOS ANGELES WEDDING DJ HELP ME CREATE A WEDDING TIMELINE?
While your Los Angeles wedding planner and/or venue will likely take the lead on creating your wedding timeline, an experienced Los Angeles wedding DJ will certainly contribute, since they know how long certain parts of the ceremony and reception should take. Then on the wedding day, your Los Angeles wedding DJ is responsible for executing and enforcing the timeline during your ceremony and reception. They will ensure that events occur on time, make announcements so your guests know exactly what is happening and if there are any hold-ups, adjust accordingly so things continue to run smoothly.
WHAT IS THE PLANNING PROCESS LIKE?
Once you start getting closer to your wedding date, all of the little details will need to be finalized to ensure you and your Los Angeles wedding DJ are both on the same page prior to the big day. We will provide you with a set of planning forms that will need to get filled out prior to your final meeting. These planning forms will help guide your Los Angeles wedding DJ in some of the key elements of your wedding; from the pronunciation of your wedding party guests to if you are going to have a bouquet toss. The list can be a bit tedious for some, but it’s very important for your Los Angeles wedding DJ to know all the ins and outs so they can help ensure that you have the best night of your life.
WILL MY LOS ANGELES WEDDING DJ BE FAMILIAR WITH MY VENUE?
We have worked at hundreds of different venues throughout our careers so we are familiar with most. However, if we are unfamiliar with your particular location, we will plan a trip to the venue to get an idea of how your wedding day will go down and to establish a line of communication with the venue so they know exactly how to reach us if needed. Equipment placement can be critical for some locations, so that has to be noted as well. We will also reach out to the vendors like the photographer and videographer to begin our collaboration for your wedding.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I MEET WITH MY LOS ANGELES WEDDING DJ?
While some Los Angeles wedding DJs only allow you to meet with them once, DJ Keelez & Associates provides you with unlimited pre-event consultations. The truth is elements of the wedding will change all the time. Headcount changes can force changes to the floor plans. Musical selections might be altered to accommodate a group of people. You may decide to add on service upgrades that you didn’t plan for before, the list can go on. For these reasons and so many more, we remain available to our clients 24/7 to ensure they can always keep us up-to-date.
WILL MY LOS ANGELES WEDDING DJ HELP ME WITH SONG SELECTION?
Your Los Angeles wedding DJ can be a great source of advice if you’re struggling to pick songs for any of your special dances. An experienced Los Angeles DJ has seen first-hand which songs work and which don’t. That’s why it’s important to meet with your Los Angeles wedding DJ a few weeks before your wedding to finalize your song selections and do-not-play list.
Picking the songs to play during your wedding reception is harder than it looks. You know what type of music you and your friends like to dance to, but how do you fit your mom’s favorite song and Ginuwine’s “Pony” into the same song list? This is when the advice of your Los Angeles wedding DJ becomes crucial. They will let you know what songs are appropriate and at one point in the evening you should play them.
CAN MY WEDDING DJ PLAY ANY SONG THAT I WANT?
As we mentioned previously, our Los Angeles wedding DJs will provide you with planning tools to help make your wedding day exactly the way you want it. Our wedding planning forms let you choose which songs you want to be played and which ones you don’t to ensure the music played is exactly what you want to hear.
CAN MY LOS ANGELES WEDDING DJ CREATE MASHUPS AND SONG EDITS?
Our Los Angeles wedding DJs are skilled at creating mashups, remixes, and adjusting song lengths to fit your needs – just ask and we will make it happen!
WILL MY LOS ANGELES WEDDING DJ PROVIDE ALL OF THE EQUIPMENT NEEDED?
Having high-quality, working sound equipment is an absolute must and our Los Angeles wedding DJs will make sure that you are covered!
WILL MY LOS ANGELES WEDDING DJ ALSO ACT AS A LOS ANGELES WEDDING MC?
A good Los Angeles wedding DJ is responsible for way more than just playing music. They also act as a professional wedding MC. And that may be the most important role your Los Angeles wedding DJ will play. Our Los Angeles wedding DJs will be the host and point person for your evening. They will make announcements and ensure that your guests are always aware of what’s going on and what’s next.
WILL MY LOS ANGELES WEDDING DJ ALSO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE?
It takes a lot of specialized equipment and technical know-how to make sure your vows, toasts, and music all sound good from beginning to end. The best Los Angeles wedding DJs will make it all look (and sound) utterly seamless!
Our Los Angeles wedding DJs will ensure proper placement of all gear and speakers for maximum clarity, balance, equalization, and appropriate volume levels so your guests will not miss a single announcement or special moment on the dance floor!