An Inside Look at a DJs Experience on Your Wedding Day
Performing on one of the most important days in my clients’ lives could potentially cause a few butterflies and a couple of shaky hands… So, the question becomes, does a DJ get nervous before your big day?…
Yes, of course! My job involves talking in front of 100+ people every week – sometimes twice a week. I’m expected to entertain the newlyweds and their guests while making sure each special moment smoothly transitions to the next. To say the pressure is on is an understatement!
I got butterflies the first time I DJed a wedding and I will get them until my last. However, there are a few things that don’t worry me anymore: technical difficulties and people not enjoying themselves. Both are things I used to sweat over in my early days; however, because of the years of experience I have under my belt and my advanced planning and organization, I can rest easy the night before a wedding because I know I am prepared.
To take care of technical difficulties I plan redundancies into every aspect of my setup. I have two of every cable, two microphones, and two sound systems. If something were to fail I’m capable of fixing it without stopping the party. There was a time when I didn’t have two of everything as it took time and money to collect my equipment but now that I have them I know I’m prepared for any type of technical malfunction.
One of my largest concerns used to be about “winning the crowd over”… If you were to think I would wager you could think of a wedding you’ve attended where the DJ had a negative impact on the night. That used to be one of my biggest fears. However, I am proud to say I don’t worry about that as much. After playing at so many weddings, I have a great understanding of the songs to play and the way to interact with the guests to make sure they are enjoying themselves. However, with that being said, I am always honing my craft. I love when previous couples leave me feedback after the wedding – it really helps learn what they loved and what I should change for the next wedding.
So, does a DJ get nervous? Do I get nervous?… Yes, but I would say I get more excited than nervous. I get excited to meet new people and to have a good time. I get excited to provide the best wedding audio possible. Whenever my next event approaches that excitement turns into butterflies – and I love them. If I didn’t get butterflies before a show I would reconsider my profession!
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A Sunday Wedding
I’ve DJed my fair share of Sunday weddings – popular to what you might believe, they are great! There’s an easy going feeling to Sunday weddings. Saturday will always remain the supreme party night, but there’s something magical in celebrating on a Sunday afternoon. Couples often have a better chance of securing the perfect venue, photographer and/or DJ. To prove my point I’d like to share Chantele and Anthony’s perfect Sunday wedding.
The DJ’s Recap
That weekend I had two weddings, but fortunately, Austin, my second DJ, was there to help with both. Chantele and Anthony’s wedding was the second of the two on Sunday. The ceremony and reception took place at the amazingly beautiful Living Room in Omaha. The ceremony was outside with the Omaha skyline in the background. A string duet provided by Star City Strings serenaded guests throughout the ceremony. Everything went flawlessly and just like that Anthony and Chantele became Mr. and Mrs. Coffman.
Austin introduced the bridal party as they walked out to “Omaha” by Counting Crows. Guests enjoyed some drinks and good background music until mealtime which was provided by All Inclusive Catering. After a delicious dessert and toasts from both sides, the celebration continued into the dance.
First Dance: Penguin, Christina Perri
Bride & Father Dance: Wonderful Tonight
These friends and family sure knew how to have fun! Guests danced, laughed and posed in front of a backdrop provided by Snap Omaha Photobooth. Austin and I kept the vibe going strong all night. Requested jams ranged from “Chantilly Lace” by The Big Bopper to “Hot in Herre” by Nelly. Before we knew it, another stunning Sunday Wedding came to an end.
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Enjoy some photos from the amazing Jenn Wiemann:
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. If that is the case, Stephanie and Tristan hit the jackpot! Fortunately, the Taylor’s indoor wedding went unaffected by the weather. Here is a quick recap of the day from the perspective of the DJ:
Nothing but warmth and love filled ChezSoDo, an event venue in Lincoln, Nebraska, as the ceremony began. I was honored to play Pachelbel’s Canon on the piano as Stephanie walked gracefully down the aisle. A friend of Tristan and Stephanie, Allysa Diehl, perfectly officiated the ceremony. Having someone the couple knows officiate the ceremony is always fun to watch. I believe it adds a touch of familiarity to the ceremony. Once Stephanie and Tristan said “I do” they walked out to “Sign, Sealed and Delivered (I’m Your’s)” by Stevie Wonder. Shortly after the couple made their initial walk as husband and wife, the cocktail hour and meal followed. Good food and happy vibes filled the venue as the couple and their guests enjoyed a tasty dinner.
The Taylor’s chose the most perfect first dance song – “Make you Feel my Love” by Adele. After the first dance, we picked up the pace with some family wedding jams and got everyone out on the dance floor! Laughter and great dance moves soon followed. As the DJ, I thoroughly enjoy being a part of a couple’s special day and it was no different this time! By the end of the evening we slowed things down and I played “At Last” by Etta James to give the couple one more slow song to enjoy before the night was over.
While Bow Ty Audio was busy DJing the family wedding, Tara Groteluschen was busy snapping the photos. She was gracious enough to share a few of her photos with us:
On May 5th, 2018 Dan and Brittany pronounced their love to one another and became Mr. & Mrs. Delgado. I was touched when they requested Bow Ty Audio to come DJ in Bellevue, NE and be a part of their special day!
The whole wedding day took place at Falconwood Park near Bellevue, NE. The ceremony was outside near the reception space. Having an outdoor wedding in Nebraska during any month of the year is risky but thank goodness the ceremony went off without a hitch! One of the memorable moments of the ceremony was when the bridal party walked out to “Jurassic Park” by Brooklyn Duo.
The reception and meal were held in a separate building where I had set up a PA system earlier that day for all the speeches. Once folks were finished eating, we moved back outside to witness the first dances. I had the pleasure of playing Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton for the Delgado’s first dance. I work very hard to make sure the dance floor stays packed the entire night and I can gratefully say it was! The rest of the evening was packed with singing, dancing, and all the great music hits! Justin Barnes Photography was gracious enough to share a few photos from that evening – enjoy!