I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready to PARTY at my wedding. And no party is complete without a bangin’ soundtrack. That’s why booking the right talent was top of our planning priorities list.
When we looked for DJs, we kept an eye out for those familiar with the club scene — someone who could layer beats and keep the flow going — rather than the ones who are equipped with party “extras” like plastic leis and inflatable saxophones. And we were pleased to find out that what we were looking for — a chill yet adept table jockey — is much cheaper than the guy who pulls up in a party bus.
So how’d we vet these dudes? I administered a mini DJ test…
During wedding planning, Plumeria Dude and I had a running joke about our “one thing.” You know, the one wedding thing you absolutely can’t live without. For Plumeria Dude, that one thing was either a dinosaur groom’s cake (so he could shove the dinosaur butt in my face) or maybe to have obnoxious facial hair or to wear a tuxedo t-shirt instead of a suit. It’s all a blur to me now.
My one thing? Was for the reception to be an awesome dance party. And I think we did pretty well on that front.
Music is very important to Plumeria Dude and I. We were both college radio DJs back in the day and have an appreciation for all kinds of music. I used to sing in various groups in high school and even played the violin for a few years. I think that’s why I didn’t want traditional wedding songs like Canon in D– I’ve played them a million times!
We decided to look for live musicians for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and go for a DJ for the dinner and reception music. Personally, I’ve cut it up on the dance floor at weddings with everything from an iPod to a full wedding band, but there’s something special about live musicians playing as you’re walking down the aisle.
I consider myself a pretty good dancer and I definitely enjoy getting my boogie on when the time is right. Plumeria Dude mainly dances when I drag him onto the dance floor, but he usually has a good time.
However, we are utterly clueless when it comes to partner dances. Sure, I love watching the awesome routines on So You Think You Can Dance every summer but I’ve got no real world skills in that area. Plumeria Dude and I have no plans to recreate any famous movie scenes, much as I love the trend.