Things to Think of When Hiring a Wedding DJ in the Smoky Mountains

Take into account that your wedding day is traditionally a once in a lifetime event. Who you hire as entertainment will be representing you on one of the most important days of your life. Your DJ should take the time to get to know you and be in sync with your plans. He/she needs to have skills to be able to work with your other vendors to help coordinate your timeline, and connect with your guests to keep them entertained and moving on the dance floor.

Why Hiring an Amateur Wedding DJ is a Huge Mistake

  • An amateur wedding DJ is less invested in their appearance and performance than a professional. The amateur DJ is “doing it for fun”, and if something goes wrong, it is not a big deal. A wedding professional, on the other hand, risks his entire reputation and livelihood with every performance. One bad review can destroy his business and he knows it.

I have been in a situation where there was an event going on in the reception hall next door when I was doing a wedding reception. The guests next door ended up getting permission to join the wedding reception I was entertaining at because their DJ was offensive, wearing a t-shirt and cut-off shorts, and not playing music that his guests wanted to hear, he was    “doing it for fun” and for himself.

A professional is 100% invested in his business for you, his client. Would you rather have a DJ who has your best interest in heart or someone who is a “DJ” as a hobby?

  • A wedding requires the skills and experience of a professional wedding DJ for a smooth, flawless ceremony and reception. At a wedding, it is more than just playing music. Your wedding DJ is responsible for coordinating the timeline, orchestrating the introduction and flow of events, working with your other vendors, managing and reading the guests making sure that the right song is played at just the right time.

Even a club DJ will be lost at a wedding because he/she is simply not familiar with the flow of events and how to prevent a disaster if something goes awry.

I have heard of an inexperienced DJ announcing the father-daughter dance when the father was not in the reception hall.

“I got married in 1992, and I still regret that I didn’t spend more time picking out the music for my wedding. We hired a “DJ” at the last minute. He lied and said he had all the songs that we wanted played, and we never verified it. I walked down the aisle to a song that I wasn’t particular about. He basically played whatever he wanted to play. I still cringe a little when I watch our wedding video.” —Tangela

Are you willing to place the outcome of your wedding in the hands of someone who doesn’t “do” weddings for a living?

  • Your guests won’t dance without an experienced DJ entertainer who can read the crowd and keep the momentum going.  A professional DJ knows how to play the right songs at the right time in the right order to maintain dancing. Oftentimes the mood changes and your DJ needs to change the program to maximize the dancing along the way.

If your DJ can’t mix from one song to another, you will have gaps of “dead air” or awkward rhythm changes that will frustrate your guests and clear the dance floor and change the mood.

Many couples think that providing an amateur with a list of favorite songs is good enough to make for a fun wedding.  It is not. You need someone with experience to work with your requests and what your guests are responding to in order to avoid and empty dance floor.

“I regret not hiring a “professional DJ”. Ours was terrible and no one danced and everyone left early!” Kiwi

Are you willing to sacrifice the fun at your wedding to save money on a cheaper DJ?

  • The Master of Ceremonies (MC), the person you have making announcements, has a huge impact on the mood and outcome of your party. An obnoxious DJ with an abrasive voice will irritate your guests and dampen the mood of the reception. Professional DJs invest in vocal training and practice to optimize their performance.

“In a wedding I was a guest at, I witnessed a “DJ”  slur his words while on the microphone; we could not understand what he was saying, sometimes he would pick up the microphone, say “ummm” and put down the microphone. I was embarrassed for the couple, they deserved so much better.” Ellen

Do you want just anyone acting as your wedding host or do you want a professional speaker you can trust?

  • Your special events may not happen if you don’t hire a professional wedding DJ who is experienced in channeling the flow of events. Who will direct your bridal party and guests at the ceremony? Who is going to line them up for introductions? Who is in charge of making sure the toasts, special dances and dedications go without a hitch?

Just having the equipment and knowing how to push play doesn’t guarantee the people wrangling skills needed for a fun, smooth reception. In most cases, your professional wedding DJ is the one who makes sure your special events are executed as you’ve requested.

“I regret I had my cousin “DJ” my wedding, he got drunk and disappeared leaving music playing, some of it was inappropriate, we didn’t get in all of our special dances. I wish I hired a real DJ” Joyce

Will you risk leaving your special events to chance or do you want to ensure that everything is done according to plan?

  • An amateur doesn’t have the experience to include your unique requests in a way that truly expresses your personality and keeps people dancing. You can’t make your guests dance to the songs you like if they don’t feel the same way. Your DJ needs to read the crowd and have the experience to build sets of music around your preferences.

An amateur “DJ” can play the songs you request, but lacks the experience necessary to make it work.

One bride told us that her “DJ” played an unedited version of Sexxy Back during dinner and had dead air while he queued up the next song. A professional wedding DJ knows to only play edited versions of songs because a wedding is a family atmosphere.

Do you want your guests to leave because of inappropriate music and dead air?

  • An amateur “DJ” has inadequate or non-existent backup equipment, which means if something fails, you do not have “entertainment” at your wedding. A fully functional backup system on the premises is essential to making sure you have music at your wedding no matter what. Most amateur DJs don’t have a backup plan if a laptop crashes or a speaker blows.

I was approached at a wedding for batteries by a “DJ” next door, who didn’t make sure he had them for his microphone. I had the wrong type so was unable to help.

Are you willing to take your chances without a backup on your wedding day? A professional wedding DJ always has backup.

  •  DJs who charges less, invests less into their equipment, which means you have inferior sound and performance at your wedding. A stereo system that sounds great in your living room doesn’t sound good in a spacious wedding venue. Professional speakers and equipment are necessary for clear sound that has impact at low volumes, so your guests can speak at the tables even while the dance floor is thumping.

If you want your guests to actually hear you exchange your vows, you will need professional equipment with an onsite tech (your professional DJ) to make sure that happens.

One “DJ” showed up at a venue without any speakers or a mixer because he was told he could use the venue’s sound system. The issue was that the sound system was set up in a back room without any windows or any way of interacting to see what music was working and what wasn’t, or whether his timing was correct with announcements. The guests ended up leaving because of the inconsistency and lack of interaction.

“The only thing we’d change about the wedding was our DJ. The prices do reflect the quality, so if you think you’re getting a really good, cheap deal — there might be a reason for that!” – Esme

Are sound issues and inconsistency like blasting music or impossible to understand audio acceptable on your wedding day?

If you are not planning to have any formal events at your wedding, and you prefer a cocktail party atmosphere rather than a dance party, then it may not matter if you hire a professional. If you are investing thousands of dollars on creating the perfect day, please don’t jeopardize it by hiring someone who doesn’t know, or doesn’t care about what they are doing

A professional DJ will give you peace of mind, they are reliable and they know the proper etiquette for your wedding.

written by Ellen Crivellone- Smokey Mountain Sounds Call now for availability for your Smoky Mountain Wedding 865-712-1854






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