Many of us love a good piano bar session on a weekend out with friends (How is it that these talented musicians know so many songs and can play them all so epically!?)
While this scene makes us used to running up to the music man with some cash and our song request, can the same sort of action be taken at a wedding reception?
While every couple has a different idea in mind for how they want their wedding reception to go, they most likely chose their DJ because they trusted them to deliver the kind of music they wanted. This may not include input from the crowd.
Some couples work with their DJ on a perfectly timed out and tuned up playlist to cover every moment of the reception. They are going for a very specific feel and only their most favorite songs will do! Other couples are just looking to throw an amazing party and have their guests on their feet the entire time- whatever it takes to get them there.
Whichever type of couple you are encountering, rest assured that the DJ is already keenly aware. Bottom line, the DJ works for the happy couple- not necessarily their guests- and will always ensure that what they're playing is making the bride and groom most happy. If that means a meandering guest's song request gets the ol' "smile and nod" with no follow through, don't take it out on the DJ- he is simply doing what is best for the couple and their wishes.
A wedding is certainly no piano bar and not everyone wants to belt out Sweet Caroline and Livin' on a Prayer. While DJ's more often than not appreciate and enjoy interacting with wedding guests, be respectful of their time and space (ya know, all that fancy, expensive equipment they stand behind) if you decide to approach them with a request. If they can make it happen for the greater good of the wedding, it will happen.
Djs are constantly assessing the crowd and working on giving the party what it needs to stay on track with what the bride and groom most wants. The best thing you can do is be a good sport, dance to your favorite tunes, and follow the lead of your bride and groom. After all, everyone is there to help celebrate their perfect day.
If you still feel moved to make a request, do so thoughtfully, have something specific in mind, bring compliments before requests, and most of all- if/when you hear your request, be the first one up on the dance floor and bring all your friends.
At the end of the day, you can make the request- it's up to the DJ (based on bride and groom's wishes) whether or not we take it.
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