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!
Thanks as always for reading!
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