Wedding DJs' Best Advice

Some of Seattle's top wedding DJs give us their best advice for keeping the party going
  • "As a DJ, ignore the music that you like. This is hard for most DJs, but on this day, you're not the center of attention. The party is about the bride and groom and the music has to reflect that. Then, they're happy, guests are happy, and everyone is having a great time." Ed Griffin, The Wedding DJs
  • "I spend a lot of time talking to the bride beforehand, getting to know who I'm working for as best I can. I like to know where they came from, what kind of music they grew up with. If the dance floor slows down, it's because I'm pacing the crowd. To pick it back up again, I can play a song that I know will be a huge memory trigger for her bridal party, for example." Austin Beaver
  • "From the minute I start setting up, I watch everyone. I read the crowd's body language and see what kind of music they're reacting to. Then, I take them on a journey so they walk out saying, 'That was the best wedding I've ever been to.'" Isaac Dyckhoff "DJ Tecumseh," Bamboo Beats
  • "There's a momentum and a flow to a wedding, so get everything else done first. If you make people stop dancing and clear them off the dance floor for the cake cutting, it's going to be harder to get them back out there and get that momentum back. So do all of your chores before you open up the floor. Then, once the dancing's started, if I'm doing my job right, there shouldn't be anything else to do." Greg Lowder, Affairs to Remember Entertainment
  • "Change the direction. As a DJ, try and anticipate everything. When you see the dance floor dying down, perhaps throw on a slow song to get the couples out there. It's all about being flexible." Brian Dale, Wave Link Music
  • "Play the guests' song requests. People get really excited when they hear their song and it keeps the dance floor packed. It also provides a really good mix of genres and songs. Sometimes I'll save a request for later so I can bust it out when the crowd seems to be dying down." Sean Wheatley, Seattle Parties
  • "Be an effective master of ceremonies, rather than just a DJ. I interact with people at the ceremony so they feel like I'm part of the event and not just the guy spinning tunes in the corner. I get on the micro- phone for a reason, rather than just to hear myself talk." Tim Stever, Beautiful Noise