It seems simple really – a wedding DJ is just someone who stands there and facilitates a playlist. An iPod or MP3 player is a piece of equipment you already own that does exactly the same thing. One costs money, the other doesn’t. Just plug in your own player, whack on some disco lights and you’re sorted, right?
Perhaps not. While saving money is always the more tempting option, we have expert wedding DJ Mark van den Berg of Mighty Fine Entertainment on hand with six things a DJ has to offer that a piece of plastic just can’t give you.
A DJ knows how to sense the mood to get the party started
It might be tempting to stick your Uncle Terry on the decks, but a professional wedding DJ is actually the glitter glue that holds your party together. For example, you may have agreed on the music in advance, but if your guests just aren’t feeling it, it takes an expert ear (or a ‘party whisperer’ if you will) to sense the tone of the evening and change things up to get the party started or slow things down for a more intimate moment. A professional DJ will come with an enormous catalogue of music to ensure that there’s a plan B if the mood or energy starts to dip.
An iPod can’t talk – or host
A professional DJ will know when it’s appropriate to speak – and, equally importantly, when not to speak. Many professional DJs will also act as an MC, host, events coordinator and more, meaning that you acquire the skills of several professionals in one person and that all announcements are made at the right time. Most couples now prefer a policy of letting the music do the talking, aside from the key announcements, and an experienced wedding DJ will know just when the time is right to make these.
Expert guidance will keep your dance floor full all night
While your personal tastes are important, and your MP3 player is packed with the tracks you love, your wedding is also a party for your guests. A successful party soundtrack needs to be an eclectic collection of your own favourites as a couple, and a range of songs from different genres and eras that your guests will enjoy too, played in an order that will warm people up and keep them dancing all night long.
A professional DJ should arrange a catch up to chat about you and your guests’ musical tastes in order to create your perfect playlist. As well as having thousands of songs to choose from in their own collection, if there is a particularly obscure song you want, they can track it down (no pun intended).
No hassle with equipment hire
No need to worry about party lights, a professional DJ usually comes prepared with world-class equipment. While a DIY disco company might come with a smaller price tag, it’s important to know how to use the equipment on the night. For example, would you know how to change the lighting to fit the mood of a song? Or as the light changes outside? Or even for the special moments a photographer needs to capture? A DJ will take all of these things into account and use lighting to add to the mood of the day.
Insurance and admin
A DJ will have licenses to play music in public, public liability insurance, PAT tested equipment and will know how to set up the equipment in any venue so that there are no power outages or disasters on the day.
We’ve all been there – a party at a friend’s house huddled around an iPod/iPad, however when the alcohol kicks in things get pretty messy as everyone now believes they’re a DJ. That kind of situation guarantees that no song is played all the way through and that even the right songs are played at an inappropriate time. A big party needs someone to control the ebbs and flows of the night (and someone who can be impartial when it comes to drunken requests) thus a DJ trumps your poor, defenceless iPod, as he/she will bring some calm and order to the proceedings.
Mighty Fine Entertainment is an award-winning team of handpicked professional wedding DJs. Established in 2006 by internationally acclaimed DJ, Mark van den Berg (aka Mark Luvdup) Mighty Fine Entertainment is one of the leading wedding DJ hire and mobile disco providers in London and the South-East.
Mighty Fine Entertainment has won “Best Wedding DJs in the UK” at the prestigious 2013 Wedding Industry Awards, by past client vote. • Mark van den Berg (aka Mark Luvdup) has been voted one of the best 25 DJs in the world, by reader vote.
Mighty Fine Entertainment’s ethos is simple – ensuring couples have the wedding of their dreams. The team of expert DJs is trained to provide a party that is personal, memorable, fun and delivered just the way the bride and groom imagined. By listening intently to their couples and having a positive, can-do approach in bringing their couples’ vision to life, they ensure that the whole entertainment and production process is easy and stress-free. Mighty Fine has a consistent highly positive testimonial rate, an impeccable track record of getting everyone on their feet and is recommended by many of top venues and planners.