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To Take Requests or Not Take Requests?

Figuring out the music to be played in your wedding is a tall order for every couple. While many of our clients know exactly what they want for their music, there are quite a number of couples that look to us for our expertise. And then there are those who decide to allow their wedding guests to make specific music requests. As a professional wedding DJ, I’ve seen it all. Admittedly, when you do allow your guests to make requests at your wedding, it can become a more enriched and interactive experience. When your guests feel welcomed enough to approach a DJ and request a song, they feel like they’re helping to create the experience. Remember, your guests know you really well. While you may have specific songs you want played during your wedding, something magical can happen if you allow others to request songs as well. For example, we’ve seen friends of the bride request a nostalgic song that represents a specific childhood memory that few others even know about. It’s amazing to see the power and influence that music has when an unexpected request is played. It isn’t always perfect when you allow wedding guests to make music requests. There are times, when guests approach a wedding DJ and ask for the wrong song (or at least, the wrong song at the wrong time). For example, let’s say that we’re playing high-energy music that has 50+ people out on the dance floor, then someone comes up to us and asks if we can play a song like “The Lady in Red” by Chris DeBurgh next. Obviously this song doesn’t fit with the current energy of the room. As a wedding DJ, I want to cater to your guests; however, I also have a responsibility to go with the flow of the party. So, in other words, chances are I am not going to play that song at the requested time, but will find an appropriate time where it fits the flow of the party. One way to filter through your guests requests in advance is to include a space on your RSVP card for song requests. This allows your guests to feel like a part of your wedding, but allows you (and myself as your wedding DJ) more control over when music is played. I encourage you to allow your guests to make requests. Sure, some songs might not be to your liking, but may create a special memory for people you care about. For example, a request by a grandparent for a Big Band song. You may not like it, but this requested song might have been the song played at their wedding day. Allowing your guests to make requests is a great way to get people involved.

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