Wedding DJ List

5 Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your DJ

By | Wedding

Hiring a Melbourne wedding DJ and MC is a big deal and is probably something you haven’t done before. You want a professional who shows up on time, is dressed appropriately, plays music you like and keeps your guests grooving on the dance floor. Sounds simple, but with hundreds of wedding DJ and MC options in Melbourne and the Yarra Valley, it isn’t. Asking some key questions to ensure you hire the right wedding DJ and MC for your event.

1/ Does your wedding DJ have Public Liability Insurance (PLI)?

Most venues in Melbourne and Yarra Valley require wedding DJs to have Public Liability Insurance or PLI. Surprisingly, it can be common for DJs in Melbourne and Yarra Valley to not have these. However, insurance is an absolute must. It ensures that guests are covered in the event someone is injured or their property suffers damage while a DJ is performing. When looking for a wedding MC, one of your first questions should be to ask if they have this insurance. It will ensure you don’t have to worry about your DJ not being allowed to play at your venue, and most importantly, it will give you peace of mind knowing the MC is insured against issues.

2/ How many events does your wedding DJ typically perform annually?

Again this question may seem obvious because you would probably ask about their experience (which is important too), but asking about the number of DJ and MC events your Melbourne MC performs each year will give you an idea of their commitment to their craft.

DJ’ing and MC’ing are arts that needs to be practised regularly. If someone doesn’t perform regularly, they may lose touch with the type of music that is popular for the younger crowd, or not understand that a particular song has gone out of fashion yet was last year’s biggest hit. In regards to your wedding MC, you want someone who is skilled on a mic and knows when to speak and when to wait for the right moment. Plus you need to like the voice of your MC as you will be hearing them all night! Hiring a Yarra Valley MC that is regularly performing at different events, honing their skills will ensure your event is a success.

3/ When will your wedding DJ be set up?

Most wedding MCs need at least 90 minutes to set up their equipment properly. At Black Tie, our Melbourne wedding DJs set up at your function 30 minutes before its’ commencement. No one wants to see your MC setting up equipment! A good Yarra Valley DJ will be set up before your guests arrive and take the time to introduce themselves to the key persons involved in the formalities all before playing the first song.

4/ Do you have a backup in case my wedding DJ falls ill? (We certainly do at Black Tie Events!)

Life happens, and sometimes a wedding DJ falls ill the day of an event. Most good Melbourne DJ and MC services will have back up personnel in case of illness. Since you have already discussed and reviewed the music playlist, the replacement DJ should be fine to step into your original DJs shoes with ease. 

5/ How are they different from their competitors?

A professional DJ takes pride in their work, telling you about how their DJ services are unique to Melbourne and the Yarra Valley including:

  • experience in a particular niche of music or type of event
  • having a personal approach with both you and your guests
  • wearing professional outfits for the event
  • offering to coordinate directly with the venue or other suppliers such as videographers 
  • bringing ‘back-up’ equipment to all events

When looking for a Yarra Valley or Melbourne DJ for your wedding, you should ask all these questions ahead of time to select the right DJ and MC for your event. Choosing a Melbourne wedding MC doesn’t have to be a time consuming, stressful part of your wedding preparations. Black Tie Events is a full-service entertainment company supplying Melbourne and the Yarra Valley with the best DJ and MC’s. So when considering which DJ service to hire in Melbourne or Yarra Valley ask these questions and then compare us.

Contact Black Tie Events today on 0400 447 552 to learn why we are one of the top wedding DJ and MC services in Melbourne and the Yarra Valley.

Music For Your Wedding

Selecting the right music for your wedding

By | Wedding

Music is key to a successful wedding or corporate event. When searching for the right wedding DJ, you must ask questions about music!

The Melbourne wedding DJ you hire will depend on the kind of music you and your guests enjoy. Locating an experienced and versatile Yarra Valley wedding DJ who is willing to play all genres, customise your music playlist, and knows what types of music will get every age group moving is essential.

Ask to see or hear a sample of your wedding DJ’s playlist

Not unusual to ask for, but you would be surprised how many people only provide must-play, and must-not-play songs yet are not interested in the overall playlist. A good Melbourne wedding DJ will have a current popular song playlist and potentially even a specific playlist for different ages, or even nationalities. Are you or your parents Greek or Italian? You might want some songs that are popular in Greece or Italy for your guests to enjoy. Or what if you are a more mature couple (say 50+) getting married? You may not like the same playlist as a 21-year-old bride, or maybe you do! Are you looking for rocking techno beats, or old school rock legend tracks, or just that one song by Daryl Braithwaite and the rest by Lizzo? Having a conversation with your Yarra Valley wedding DJ is essential for them to understand your likes and dislikes so they can work up a playlist that works for you and your guests. 

Have a ‘must play’ & ‘don’t play’ list

While Melbourne wedding DJ’s are good at their jobs, they aren’t mind readers. They don’t know that the song they just played was your ex’s favourite tune or that you hate the YMCA. Providing your Yarra Valley wedding DJ with a list of songs you don’t want to be played is just as important as a list of songs you do want to be played. Both lists will ensure there are no unpleasant surprises, and all your favourite songs are played whether they are a crowd favourite or not.

How will your wedding MC fill the dance floor?

A professional Melbourne wedding MC will not shy away from using the microphone to get your guests on the dance floor. Whether it is making announcements or hyping up the crowd during the YMCA dance (or not), a good wedding MC knows when to pull out all the stops to get your guests moving. In addition, your Yarra Valley wedding MC, will work with you to explain how you, as the party hosts can help fill the dance floor.

Request or not to request

Confirm with your Yarra Valley wedding DJ if you are willing to allow your guests to make song requests, and if so, this is where the do not playlist can be necessary! If uncle Peter wants to hear a song from ‘the old country’ is it allowed? Is the ‘Chicken Dance’ a must play or not play? Do you want to hear ten songs from Beyonce? Being clear about requests, your must-play and must-not-play and why types of music you like will ensure your Melbourne wedding DJ plays exactly what you want for your special day.

As one of Melbourne’s premier MC and DJ’s, Black Tie Events will ensure your party is rocking with the right music for you and your guests. Contact Mark Girdwood today on 0400 447 552 to discuss your wedding DJ and MC needs and Black Tie Events full range of services.

What Can You Do If Your Wedding Was Delayed?

By | News

Learn to dance!

As one of Yarra Valley and Melbourne’s premier MC and DJ service providers, we have seen a lot of first dances at weddings.

Some people are smooth, some are awkward, and some are downright funny. However, you spin it, practising for your first dance together as a married couple is something you can start doing now even if your wedding was delayed due to COVID, or conversely if you are doing a virtual wedding. Start practising your dance moves in the comfort of your own home in lockdown and check something off your wedding to-do list.

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