The Zoo Wedding

Earlier this month, Spotlight DJs DJed the wedding of Sarah and Jared. At the Milwaukee County Zoo! Don’t worry, no animals were harmed. The crowd was great and the event was a lot of fun. In this post, I will focus on one part of that wedding: special dances. We did the usual (first dance, father-daughter, mother-son, garter-bouquet) as well as a generations dance, and dollar dance.

I always enjoy DJing a wedding with several special dances because it can keep the crowd guessing what’s coming next. However, special dances can also break the flow of the event if the DJ is not careful. In order to minimize downtime for special dances (for example, while gathering the required people), I stay in constant communication with the bride and groom as well as the photographer and anyone else who is part of the dance. I make sure that everyone will be ready by the time the dance is to start. If your DJ does not do this coordination, the audience will undoubtedly have to wait. But people came to have fun, not wait!

My plan is simple to maintain a smooth event. Discuss the schedule with the bride and groom at the beginning of the reception to allow for any last minute changes. Then as the time gets close to a certain special dance, talk to them again to ensure they will be ready. Give the photographer a heads up. And most importantly, have a backup plan. If I have to stall so someone can get ready for the dance, my first backup plan is to have another song ready to the rest of the crowd can continue dancing to.

We kept this wedding flowing and the result was a lot of fun and a lot of happy guests.