After photographing hundreds of weddings, we can tell you without a doubt- who you choose as a DJ can make or break your reception! You want to find someone who doesn’t talk too much or too little, who knows how to mix music and stream songs together seamlessly, and who can get a crowd excited. You want someone professional, fun, and quick on their feet! (And you most definitely want someone who doesn’t start the party off with the chicken dance 😉 ) Finding a DJ who can check all of these important boxes is easier said than done– so we encourage you to always hire a professional with lots of experience!
Eric from Grant Hemond and Associates was the DJ for our very own wedding, and we’ve worked with many of the DJ’s over at Grant Hemond on countless weddings! We can say first hand they have all of the qualities above and are definitely experts in the field, so we asked them to answer some questions below that should help you on your DJ search- keep on scrolling!
Q: Why do you think finding a good wedding DJ is so important?
A: A good DJ makes the flow of the evening seamless- They serve as the face and voice of the wedding to your guests! They are the Master of Ceremonies, so they need to have a good microphone presence and a confident approach when speaking to a crowd of people. The disc jockey can make or break the event! A good DJ will provide an atmosphere of fun and dancing through music and coordination skills. They can read the crowd regarding music, and know how to keep the party moving.
Q: What does Grant Hemond offer couples beyond the actual DJ?
A: One of the DJ’s most valuable assets is being a good coordinator between the bride and groom and all of their other vendors (The staff at the venue, the photographer, the videographer, the wedding coordinator, etc.). We keep the party moving without taking away from the bride and the groom – this is THEIR day! We also offer services beyond emcee and music. We offer uplighting, GOBO lighting (monogram), and photo booth services!
Q: What is one song you can play to get any party started?
A: Tough one! Some of the guys “go to” songs to get things started are “Uptown Funk” or “24k Magic” by Bruno Mars, “ I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston, “Yeah” by Usher, “Kiss” by Prince, “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire, “Want You Back” by Jackson 5 and “Don’t Stop “Till You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson.
A special thanks to Grant Hemond for taking the time to answer a few questions! We hope this is helpful information when it comes time to select a DJ for your upcoming wedding. If you are still in need of someone to DJ your wedding or event, be sure to check them out here!
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