In the past couple of weeks, I’ve visited three states, been on six planes, driven 8 hours on unknown roads, successfully navigated a subway system, and visited 1 beach. This sounds like an adventure, right? In reality, this was just what it logistically took to go to not one but TWO family weddings, two weekends apart. Sounds a little less like an adventure now, right? What I’ve learned this past month I’m calling My Musical Advice to Wedding DJs.

Don’t get me wrong, I had fun. But, weddings are stressful. Every wedding I’ve ever been to, my own included, there seems to be a major disconnect between the people who know what’s going on and the people who don’t. Between making it through the ceremony without being dehydrated, smiling for the camera, and snoozing the cocktail hour bartender… there is just a lot going on. Also, in my professional opinion, getting a large group of people to do anything is like herding cats. Large, unruly cats.

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So now you have everyone sat at the correct tables, drinks in their hands, foods in their bellies, speeches applauded, and now the dancing begins. I dare you to tell me that dancing at a wedding isn’t the best part of the entire night. Its hands down my favorite part. Who doesn’t love hours of no judgment shaking your booty? No one. Don’t lie to yourself.

Unfortunately, since this is my favorite part of every wedding, this is also where I get the most nit-picky. I was super lucky to have an AH-MAZING wedding DJ at my own wedding. But, just taking the last two weddings I’ve attended, it’s a difficult task. So here are some of my tips and request to all the wedding DJs out there.

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Read the Room

This seems simple enough, right? Too many people sitting on their butts? Change it up! Remember that not everyone’s music taste is the same. Really, I don’t want to hear three Bon Jovi songs in a row. THIS HAPPENED.

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My Song Recommendation: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Nostalgia is Your Friend!

Have you ever hear that one song that makes you just throw your hands in the air and go “Ooohhhhh”. If you’re anything like me, you have a few hundred in the catalog.

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My Song Recommendation: I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston

Press Pause

Wedding DJs, it’s okay to give everyone a break every now and then. Honestly, I’d really appreciate a breather.

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My Song Recommendation: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

Just Because it’s a Wedding Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Party Like it’s the Early 2000s

Okay, so maybe I threw this tip in for me. This is a judgment-free zone remember.

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My Song Recommendation: Bye Bye Bye by N*Sync

Nobody Hates the Electric Slide

That’s definitely not true, but there is still a large majority that loves to get down to a regimented and choreographed song. Because let’s face it. Even if we think we can dance, we probably can’t. Wedding DJs should make it a little easier for everyone.

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My Song Recommendation: Wobble Baby by V.I.C.

End with a Banger

You’ve just DJ’d your pants off! Congrats! Now leave them wanting more to remind them just how well you did tonight.

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My Song Recommendation: Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Do you have tracks in mind that are the perfect answer for making a room full of dancers happy and partying? Tell us below and share your best party advice so wedding DJs know what we want to hear.