Hiring a bad wedding DJ can make or break your wedding
After having photographed about 70 weddings over the past few years, I’ve seen it all. My second shooter and I have this running joke during wedding days when the reception is just starting. We try to determine if it’s going to be a fun, wild party with tons of dancing or if it’s going to be a slower, laid-back kind of night. Somehow, we are wrong 95% of the time.
People are just finishing their meal, not a lot is happening, and things seem a little...slow. Then, the DJ comes in with either the first dance song or the open dance floor and the party is suddenly hopping. It catches me by surprise every time it happens and it’s partly due to the personality of the guests, but more importantly it’s a product of a good wedding DJ. And I love it because it gives me tons of material to photograph and eventually give to the client in her final wedding gallery.
In contrast, I’ve been at weddings with some awkward DJs and it’s….well, awkward. Seemingly small things like announcements between reception events, light setups, song choices, and transitions between songs can become glaringly obvious with a bad DJ. It’s a major buzzkill when one song ends and there’s a 3 second pause before the next one begins. Hire a DJ who knows nothing about lighting and you may end up with tiny laser dots all over your reception pictures. And don’t even get me started on DJs whose equipment makes weird noises or cuts out all together during songs. However, the worst thing I’ve ever seen (or more accurately, heard) was a DJ whose speakers were so loud and awful sounding that my ear drums were literally cracking and my second shooter and I had to take pain medication for the headaches that ensued. I’m not exaggerating.
It’s especially important to hire a great DJ if they will provide sound during the ceremony. Nothing is more annoying than a lapel microphone cutting out or rubbing against the officiant’s clothing. It all stems from a lack of experience and cheap equipment. I’ve seen it happen and luckily I have amazing clients who laugh it off and don’t let it ruin their day.
But it’s not necessary to have to deal with a bad wedding DJ. You can hire someone who doesn’t stink at the job you are paying them to do.
That’s where my husband Mason comes in. About two years ago, he started a wedding DJ business called Amarillo Wedding DJ & Entertainment. We have had the privilege of working together at several weddings with him as the DJ and me as the photographer. And I may be biased, but I think he’s the best wedding DJ in Amarillo. If you asked him, he would probably tell you all about his top of the line equipment, his amazing speakers, his spectacular room lighting, etc. - things that should (but don’t) come standard with every wedding DJ.
But I think there’s something more important that Mason brings to the table and I like to take a bit of credit for it. It has to do with one of my favorite things - timelines! He works with every bride and groom (or their planner) to develop a reception timeline that will keep their night running smoothly. He makes it so you don’t notice the timeline and so you can have fun. The last thing you want to worry about is when the cake cutting, bouquet toss, anniversary dance, etc. is happening. Hiring a great wedding DJ lets you live in the moment during the most fun part of your wedding day.
And this helps me take better wedding photos. I get a ton more shots of your family and friends having a blast because the music is on point. Mason knows how to keep people on the dance floor. None of those shots will have strange laser lighting on people’s faces. In fact, the pictures will be better because the room will have uplighting that matches your wedding colors and a sense of ambience. Mason and I also work great together - this is good since we’re married. When he makes a timeline, he always has photography in mind because he knows what I need to get the best pictures.
I could go on and on. Mason does an amazing job and you will not be disappointed if you hire him as your wedding DJ. You can learn more by visiting his website at http://weddingdjamarillo.com.