12 Roles of a wedding DJ (and why weddings are better with one)
Professional Wedding M/C Expert™
Master of Ceremonies – the experienced and talented wedding spokesperson to utilize proper mic handling techniques, enthusiasm, articulation, intonation, breathing and inflection, along with public speaking skills, to effectively communicate to your guests to capture, maintain then tastefully energize a seamless sequence of events and keep the flow moving.) In addition to extensive and ongoing education, and professional development, I’ve been asked to speak at several times at national conventions, teach workshops, and lead seminars for other DJs all across the country. (see “About Matt” for more information)
Professional Wedding Disc Jockey
Expert wedding and reception music programming – the art and science of reading a crowd and KNOWING when to play the right song, why, and how to read then lead your audience. It’s the right sequence, at the RIGHT time, to create the perfect mood, feeling or memory through the application of proven wedding knowledge and wedding experience using multiple music genres, tempo, styles, and trends to create (or change) the energy in a room. This is a refined skill, especially at weddings. It’s something that school DJs, bar/bat mitzvah DJs, or club/night club DJs simply can never do because they don't play for a wide variety of audience ages and music styles.
Entertainment Event Planner
Entertainment Event Planner (pre-wedding and coming from an “entertainment and guest interaction” perspective). The ability to leverage extensive wedding experience to become your trusted advisor with practical help in creating the vision, transition and flow for your wedding. (This role is often “assumed” by the DJ you hire…whether they know it or not.)
Wedding Event Director
(At the wedding / reception. This is coming from an “entertainment flow perspective” aka “creating the emotion in the room.” This is how guests will experience your celebration. What they are thinking and what they are feeling as it unfolds. This is the delicate art and science of keeping your wedding agenda on track, while seamlessly keeping guests entertained and skillfully keeping the spotlight of attention solely (and tastefully) focused on YOU. Critical to this, is a series of checklists, proven procedures, and the Amore DJ Entertainment Wedding Design™ process with a keen eye and attention to detail that is rarely seen, yet an integral part to a smooth, perfect wedding. (It’s the little things, like: making sure the cake knife is at the cake table prior to the cutting of the cake; making sure the father of the bride, the bride, and the photographer are all in the room and ready for the father / daughter dance prior to announcing that special dance, etc.)
Although we won’t make your decisions, we are frequently asked for input on referrals for every other wedding category you can imagine. Those whom we’ve worked with first hand; experienced their work; tasted their food; seen their photography, etc. Many wedding professionals out there are good, some great, and some are just plain terrible. We have our own internal and extensive list of venues and excellent wedding service professionals that our brides have been extremely pleased with. We feel it’s important that you know, we do NOT ask for, norreceive a single penny in compensation (aka “kick back”, commission or bribe), for referring another wedding professional. We also refuse to be “forced” or “bullied” into referring only those who are part of a specific wedding group, club, clique or association. We want the quality of their work to stand on its’ own merit.
Sound Engineer & Sound
Providing ultra modern, clean, clear, controlled sound. The ability to create, then control audio design, production and broadcast with a consistent, clear sound at the wedding ceremony and reception. Obviously critical, is the room set up to properly facilitate the flow of the event while enhancing appropriate volume levels of sound with proper placement of the gear (and speakers) in a room for maximum clarity, balance, and equalization. This is done so that your guests will not miss a single announcement, yet creates an appropriate volume for dancing balanced with an appropriate level for conversation when it’s not time for dancing.
We can also produce special audio segments to personalize your wedding according to your vision, and to make that special moment memorable. This experience is what brings audio to life with some of our personalization ideas just for YOU! Here are a few examples…
Amore’ DJ Entertainment “Signature Audio Tribute”™ Sample
Why have the same song as everyone else? How about making that dance really special with the Amore’ DJ Entertainment “Signature Audio Tribute”™
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“From our initial meeting to post event follow-up, Matt was professional and diligent. Matt exhibited extraordinary attention to detail and excellent technical proficiency. He was more than willing to tailor his services to our specific needs and desires and always made us feel as though his primary interest was our satisfaction and not his bottom line. Matt had a robust library of ideas for engaging the crowd and providing unique reception moments.
Interactive Entertainment/Crowd Motivator
Your wedding, whether you realize it or not, will take guests on an emotional journey, from joy, surprise, friendship, laughter, love and hope. We understand that your wedding day is THE representation of who you are as a couple to your friends and family…classy, unique, romantic, organized, fun. A gift of creativity when hiring Amore’ DJ Entertainment, is the unique ability to actively focus an audience through either passive or active involvement and maintain the energy of a room by tapping into different entertainment disciplines for a total wedding experience. Even though the newlyweds are the focus and sole reason for attendance, brides often ask for assistance in creating personal, unique and original ideas to interact with their guests. Maybe teaching a dance; writing then performing a “love story” about how you and your fiancé met; host a “Dating Game” or “Newlywed” parity; and much, much more. (In fact, we have 26 creative and original “Eater-tainment” ideas just for the meal alone out of hundreds Matt has personally created!
Lighting, Design and Media Technician
To create the perfect ambiance and help create a total sensory experience!
The ability to create the right atmosphere for an event isn’t necessarily what you see, but HOW you see it. To create the overall ambiance and enhance the experience by designing a room according to your vision for maximum enjoyment. This ranges from no lighting, to simple lighting, up-lighting (done correctly), theatrical lighting, intelligent lighting, dance club style lighting, special effects and more.
We also have video projection systems with oversized screens that are available for short videos, photo montages, movies and more.
If you want more than basic dance floor lighting as included in many of the base packages, we’ve added a completely separate creative lighting & décor division led by a 9 year theatrical Lighting Designer to design and bring you “the fusion of elegant and unique to create a romantic and memorable wedding WOW!SM”
The realization is that we know you want guests to feel welcome, included and appreciated at your wedding celebration. We know how to tastefully invite guests to have a great time!
I’d love to hear about your wedding! I’d love to show you some of our cool ideas. Matt has created 205 creative and tasteful ideas for your reception, and 103 different ideas for your ceremony that are included in his planning book as part of the Amore DJ Entertainment Wedding Design™ process!Our exclusive process is very comprehensive and sure to make you say “WOW” when you see it with so many fresh, creative ideas for tasteful guest interaction.
The understanding that YOU have a vision for YOUR day. No two brides are alike, nor are two weddings alike. Couples often look to Amore’ for valuable advice to make their wedding “so them.” From key selections on tasteful music for the cocktail hour, music selections for the ceremony, cake, grand entrance, to lighting and décor and more. I often help our couples select the traditional events that fit their style, and personality, then methodically craft them into an organized, and entertaining wedding celebration. When it’s time for the last dance, the agenda, the flow, the creative special touch moments we’ve crafted, along with all the musical selections have been customized to fit YOUR unique wedding style, taste, personality and dream for YOUR perfect wedding day. Read about OUR PROCESS HERE-->.
Often overlooked, but we are the person solely responsible for loading in, setting up, and checking all the gear under every possible circumstance: up three flights of stairs, in a blizzard 20 below zero or a rain down pour, driving several hours away, then tearing it down and driving back at 2am. It’s our responsibility to make sure everything is at the event, set up exactly as it’s supposed to be, in perfect working order with a set of back gear, and music there on site.
As the host and only wedding professional your guests see from when they first arrive, to your last dance (which is very different than your florist, baker, caterer, etc), there is an “assumed responsibility” to be the calm, composed professional to maintain the sequence of events – no matter what happens.
Most problems are avoidable through careful preparation, working with a detailed plan, and then crafting a second or even third contingency plan; whether it’s DJ related or not. (For more information, visit DJ’s Perceived Responsibility)
I welcome the opportunity to explain these 12 roles of a Wedding MC/DJ Entertainer in person and chat more about your wedding.