While planning the wedding and reception often take a lot of discussion and time, often it does not result in a reception that is really memorable. It is easy to get bogged down in the details and just go with what the venue offers for every other wedding they host, so your reception is done in the same old way as every other reception held there. Hiring the right wedding DJ can make a big difference, especially when you have some good ideas that you will need his help in implementing.
Here are some tips on how to make your wedding more memorable.
- Make a special entrance to the reception. Rather than just having the bride and groom introduced along with their wedding party, the DJ can tell a brief story of how you both met, while the two of you act it out in mime. This doesn’t have to be too complicated. A few different poses may be all you need. You can even have a screen and lighting in position so that guests see your shadows miming. Then at the end of the story you can make your grand entrance.
- Get the guests involved rather than being passive. You could have a dance competition – with prizes, games between tables, a scavenger hunt or wedding or married life suggestions from participating guests. You may think of even more games or competitions.
- Create a timeline so that the parts that are most important to you get the most time. For instance, if you love dancing make sure the DJ knows so he can play the right dance music for the longest time. Or if photos are more important, allow time for this activity and tee it up with the photographer. You could also hire a photo booth so the guests have plenty of opportunity to create their own memories with casual and fun snaps.
- Use lighting to highlight items that are not usually highlighted. For instance, the wedding cake is a work of art that deserves to be admired right up until the time it is cut. But often, it is hidden away in a corner until the time comes to cut it. Have it out where everyone can see it and highlight it with special lighting.
- End on a high note. Many traditional receptions have the guests form a circle so the bridal couple can go around and thank them all. This takes up a lot of time with all but two of the guests left with nothing to do but look on. Other options include guests all forming a farewell arch with everyone having streamers, balloons or sparklers to send the happy couple on their way. However, this has to be executed well to be effective and safe, so your DJ will need to explain what is going to happen.