This blog is aimed at amateur DJ's who continuously and repeatedly continue to ruin unsuspecting couples' weddings.

  1. Feedback – Do you hear that screeching, squealing sound?  Yes.  That one.  See how everyone is screaming because you just pierced their eardrums?  Everyone hates the annoying squealing noise you get when the volume of the microphone is too high, and or the microphone is placed too close to the speakers.  Learn proper speaker placement and learn how to setup and use a microphone so whether you're talking or the best man is giving a toast, there's NO FEEDBACK.  
  2. Underdressed for the occasion – You just showed up to a formal wedding with tennis shoes, your undershirt is showing because your shirt is unbuttoned, your pants are halfway down your ass and you fail to remove your hat during the ceremony because "cool" is more important than etiquette and respect. Let me give you a little tip: as a general rule, it is better for a DJ to be overdressed than underdressed. And when a ceremony is taking place, I don't care how cool you are, you show respect by removing your hat.
  3. It's too loud during cocktail and/or dinner time – Have you noticed that the guests are grimacing and they're having to yell at each other?  Weddings are, by definition, a social event.  Loud music interferes with your guests' ability to converse and catch up.  There are new friendships being developed, old relatives catching up and sharing stories, and everyone is commenting on the the newlyweds and the wedding ceremony.  Yes, you can play loud music…  but not during cocktail hour or during dinner. 
  4. Play something appropriate, not just something "good." – If you play RAP, HIP HOP or DUBSTEP before the first dance you are being rude, disrespectful and you are annoying older family members in an effort to prove how cool you are. Don't do it.  Ever!  Corollary: Do not play music with foul or questionable language at a wedding.  This is not a nightclub, it's a wedding.  Grandma and grandpa will thank you.  So will the bride and groom.
  5. Shut Up Already! – Having a microphone makes it very tempting to speak incessantly, inappropriately and become a wise ass.  You are not the reason for everyone gathering on this occasion.  A wedding is all about the bride and groom, not about what a great joke teller you are.  Yes, you should make announcements and draw attention to the bride and groom when appropriate.  But don't hog the microphone!
  6. Don't Drink On It – Just because your "Must Play" list includes "Drink On It," by Blake Shelton, that does not mean you have to indulge and consume alcohol at your client's wedding.  You're not getting paid to drink, you're getting paid to work.  And god forbid you miss a cue or play the wrong song in your drunken state.  
  7. In Your Pictures – The DJ, and his or her equipment, should be minimally invasive in your pictures. Nobody wants to see your speakers, microphones and light stands.  What the newlyweds and guests want is the effect of your equipment, not a massive display of how cool you really are. Showing up with huge walls of sound for a 75 guest wedding is ridiculous.  Are you compensating for something? 
  8. Neatness Counts – Have a little respect for your clients.  Make sure your setup is clean, tidy, with cables securely taped and/or wrapped.  Loose cables are not only unsightly, they can also be DANGEROUS!
  9. What? No Backup??? – Sure, we know you're cool and you have a brand new MacBook Pro with Serato (and probably an illegal copy of music that you purchased off Craigslist.  But what happens if your computer crashes, someone spills a drink on it, or somehow it falls?
  10. Don't brag or advertise – This is the bride and groom's day.  Their opportunity to shine in front of their family and friends.  If I think you did a good job, I will ask you for a business card.  I don't need you to announce yourself and your service repeatedly.  Don't pass out your business cards to all the guests, and don't advertise your company with your facade and other cool ideas.  Unless you're willing to pay the bride and groom for advertising.

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