WEDDING DJ Q&A​​​​​

Everyone wants the hashtag #BESTWEDDINGEVER plastered all over facey the day after the wedding, but sadly many couples overlook one of the most important aspects of pulling off an amazing evening!

Music and entertainment are imperative to your guests really having a great night and deserve the time you give to other elements such as food and decor, so here is some important tips to picking the right DJ or entertainment for your wedding... 
Your wedding music, whether you decide to book a DJ or other musician will be a major component to your reception. Not only will the music set the right tone and create the atmosphere you're going for, but the DJ will also help to gracefully keep the evening's events flowing smoothly from one moment to the next. The best DJs and bands are booked well in advance, so be sure to act quickly. To get you started, we've put together this list of questions that will help you evaluate a DJ, band, or other entertainer. Also, note that in some cases, you may deal with an entertainment agency or representative working on behalf of the musician.​

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DJ      (and our responses)

  1. Managing Director
Q  Is my wedding date available?​​
A  Please contact us and we will confirm 

Q  How many weddings have you done?
A  Both of our premium DJs are booked out well in advance for   weddings and throughout their careers have provided music for hundreds of lovely couples on their special day.

Q  Have you DJ'd events at my wedding venue?
A  The chances are very good, ask us


Q  Can you provide me with recent couples that I can contact for references?
A  We sure can, please ask us for details


Q  Do you do requests on the night?
A  Yes, unless you instruct us otherwise

Q Do you have public liability insurance?
A Yes, it is avaible at any time for you/your venue

Q  When will you arrive to set up for my event?
A  At least 1 hour prior to starting, you can expect your DJ to arrive (unless otherwise agreed)



Q  What is your music range?
A  We only use our premium DJs (JoJo and Brenton) for weddings, both of whom have extensive musical knowledge and can cater to all requests. If you require certain cultural music that might not be widely avaialable, they might ask you to provide it or point them in the right direction to find it but otherwise they are well versed across all genres. 

Q  Do you mix and blend songs or just play, stop and start?
A  We masterly mix every single song for your evening and you can hear some example HERE. Just click play on the music players throughout the page. 


Q  Are there any other services that you provide, such as lighting design /photobooths etc
A  We can provide whatever your heart desires, from full event styling to extra mics or smoke machines. Just let us know what you need.

Q  What equipment do you provide and are your speakers suffcient for the venue?
A  For a standard wedding package we provide all DJ equipment, one mic and four party lights. All of our gear is top of the range purchased from reputable DJ companies and updated regularly. Our speakers are sufficient for even the biggest of wedding venues.


Q  Do you provide a written contract? 
A  Yes - A written contract is one of the first indicators of whether a DJ is professional and reliable. Furthermore, a contract establishes the DJ’s obligation to the client and outlines what is required and can be expected of the DJ at the event. 

Q  Are there any additional/hidden costs?
A  No, what you see on your invoice is what you will pay. If at the end of the night you would like the DJ to stay a little longer, you can chat to him and usually he will be happy to accommodate at the "extra hours" rate stipulated on your invoice​

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WEDDING DJ PRICING DEMYSTIFIED

We often hear people asking ​​​​​"why does a DJ charge more to play at a wedding" so let us help you understand. 

At Style Vine Events we prefer transparency, we are not interested in ripping clients off, or under-cutting our competitors. We base our pricing on a number of factors including;

1. The experience your DJ has - We know how important your wedding day is and so we will only send our best DJs to your event. Just like any profession, if you have been at your job for 10-20 years you cannot be expected to work for minimum wage. Simply put our DJs have worked hard to earn their reputation and their skills and time are worth more.

2. The over head costs of running a DJ business - A few things most people do not consider when hiring a DJ is all of the behind the scenes and operating costs that are required. A DJ business is just the same as any other business and there are many overheads and costs incurred. Our DJs must consider the maintenance of equipment, the running and maintenace of vehicles, overhead costs of administration staff and equipment, insurances, purchasing music (yes we buy it!). And on top of all of these expenses, they need to be paid. 

"Thats cool but why can we book a birthday DJ, cheaper than a wedding DJ?"

The reason the same DJ will charge more for a wedding than a birthday is because a lot more time and effort goes into a wedding. The DJ will only bring their best gear and usually more gear for a wedding than a birthday. They also spend more time liaising with the bride and groom and prepparing all the special moments for the evening. Things like bridal party entrance, cake cutting, garter belt toss and different special moments and dances all need co-ordination. When you book your DJ for 5 hours, he will be at your venue for a minimum of 7 hours and usually spend an extra 3-4 hours prepping for a wedding behind the scenes.     

WEDDING PLAYLISTS

Every couple is different, but have that one common goal. They want the best music to be played on their most important day.

You must be very specific about your playlist and do some research, choose songs you love and your guests will love, A good way to make sure a DJ has your songs is to provide a list to them, it doesn't have to be an extensive list, just enough to give the DJ a feeling for the theme and the crowd, once they have that they will work their magic.

A good way to create your list is to suggest music for the main parts of the day , that way its personal and each song played will be meaninful. Some things to think about are;​



Ceremony 
- Prelude music
- Music for seating the mothers
- Music for the bridal party processional
- Music for the bride's processional
- Recessional music

Reception
- Cocktail music pre-entrance 
- Entrance song
- First dance song
- Father/daughter dance
- Mother/son dance
- Cocktail music post-entrance
- Dinner music
- Cake cutting
- Bouquet/garter toss
- Last dance


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SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR REQUESTS

Black Eyed Peas - My humps
Sister Sledge - We are family 
Shakira - Hips dont lie
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Sandstorm – Darude
California Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie
One More Time – Daft Punk
Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake Feat. Timbaland
Yeah 3x – Chris Brown
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Stronger – Kanye West Feat. Daft Punk
This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
In The Ayer – Flo Rida Feat. Will.I.Am
Play That Funky Music (White Boy) – Wild Cherry
We Found Love – Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris
We No Speak Americano – Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP
1, 2 Step – Ciara Feat. Missy Elliott
Holla Back Girl – Gwen Stefani
Family Tradition – Hank Williams Jr.
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyonce
Hot In Here – Nelly
Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida Feat. David Guetta
Bust A Move – Young MC
Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) – Pitbull Feat. T-Pain
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Old Time Rock And Roll – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Some Kind Of Wonderful – Grand Funk Railroad
You Dropped A Bomb On Me – The Gap Band
The Grease Megamix – Olivia Newton & John Travolta
Shout – The Isley Brothers
Twist And Shout – The Beatles
The Twist – Chubby Checker
Y.M.C.A. – The Village People
The Train (Come On And Ride It) – Quad City DJ’s
Macarena – Los Del Rio
Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
Cha Cha Slide – DJ Casper
Shania Twain- Man I feel like a women
Prince- Cream, Kiss, Red corvette
The Hustle (My Eyes Don’t Cry No More) – Stevie Wonder
Michael Jackson- I wanna rock with you, Dont stop til you get enough, Blame it on the boogie
Bryan Adams-Summer of 69
Christina Aguilera
​Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
September – Earth Wind & Fire
Raise Your Glass – Pink
It Takes Two – Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 Feat. ​


Bruno Mars-Locked outta Heaven, Treasure, Uptown Funk
Lionel Ritchie-All night long
Violent Femmes- Blister in the sun
UB40- Red red wine
Peter Andre - Mysterious girl
Inner circle- Sweat
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Yeah! – Usher Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
Sweet Caroline – Niel Diamond
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Love Shack – The B-52′s
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock
1999 – Prince
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Low – Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain
Get Down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band
Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
Push It – Salt-N-Pepa
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher Feat. Pitbull
Brick House – Commodores
Mony Mony – Billy Idol
Give Me Everything (Tonight) – Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer
Wild Thing – Tone Loc
Just Dance – Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’Donis
​Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) – Big & Rich
Fire Burning – Sean Kingston
Tik Tok – Ke$ha
Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
OMG – Usher Feat. Will.I.Am
It’s Tricky – Run-D.M.C.
Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias Feat. Pitbull
Jump Around – House Of Pain
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Hey Ya! – Outkast
California Girls – Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg
Tootsie Roll – 69 Boyz
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez Feat. Pitbull
Brass Monkey – Beastie Boys
The Time (Dirty Bit) – Black Eyed Peas
The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) – Pitbull
Shots – LMFAO Feat. Lil Jon
Your Love – The Outfield
In Da Club – 50 Cent
I Love Rock And Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Sexy Chick – David Guetta Feat. Akon
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
Let’s Get Married (Remix) – Jagged Edge Feat. Run-D.M.C.
Jump On It! – Sir Mix-A-Lot
Get Low – Lil Jon & Da Eastside Boyz
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Hotel Room Service – Pitbull