“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning”

-Gloria Steinem

When was the last time you were excited about something? Like really, truly excited about it? Where you thought about it before you went to sleep at night and talked about it non-stop to your friends, family and co-workers?

Chances are, that you’re making the jump to your wedding at this point-and you should. Your wedding day will be the most important days of your life! You’re going to be tying the knot in front of all your closest relatives and friends! I don’t know about you, but THAT’S EXCITING!!!

So here’s the next question-What parts of your big day are you most excited about? The answers to that question will usually reveal what your individual priorities are (and where you should budget your money as well). If you’re all about the looks, invest in your florals, bridesmaids dresses, venue, makeup, and decor. Are you a foodie? Sink your cash into your appetizers, dinner, and late night snacks. You get the idea.

I always try to make a point to ask my potential clients what their priorities are for their big day and they will almost always say they want to PARTY at some point, but they don’t want the same old cookie-cutter McWedding that they and their guests have been to a million times before. That’s fantastic-after all, that’s kinda what I do!

So here is the point of this admittedly long post-How EXCITED are you about your DJ? When I first sit down with a client, their initial concept of the DJ is basically “the guy who makes announcements and plays music”. Why? Why is that all it is? I mean, to be honest, making announcements and playing music is something a complete amateur can do with a new laptop and a pirated hard drive or Spotify account (don’t get me started). Your DJ is your party’s ENTERTAINMENT, so wouldn’t it behoove the DJ to be an ENTERTAINER? For the record, I’m not talking about the cheesy, overly-obnoxious DJ that no one wants.

What I mean is to be TRULY entertaining. Hiring an entertainer who ACTUALLY keeps your guests engaged, makes them laugh, sets the mood emotionally so your guests can be IN THE SAME MOMENT YOU ARE, and creates an atmosphere in which your guests are emotionally invested in the evening so they don’t all leave after dinner. Is that what you’re looking for in your DJ/Master of ceremonies or do you want the guy in the corner who plays music and makes announcements?

I want to encourage you to believe that your wedding can be SO MUCH MORE than JUST announcements and music. When I sit down with a potential client, much like I did tonight, they believe that the DJ was just supposed be the music/announcement person. By the time we were done talking and laughing two and a half hours later, the groom said “I didn’t realize that there was SO MUCH (my emphasis) you could do with a wedding reception. We are so EXCITED to have you as our DJ because we know that this reception will be one for the books!”

I love hearing that BEFORE the event even happens. When you begin to realize some of the possibilities that exist over and beyond just music and announcements, you begin to raise the bar of your expectations when it comes to entertainment for your wedding. When you do that, your guests will say “I’ve been to weddings before, but never one like that!”