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Hiring Wedding DJs in Northwest Arkansas: What to Expect


Planning a wedding is a blast, isn’t it?! Your wedding reception is the biggest celebration and party you will ever plan! It is the beginning of your marriage and life together, but there are so many details to iron out and so many options. It can be maddening. Take a deep breath, grab a beer or a glass of wine, everything is going to be just fine. We are here to help by lining out some questions and expectations you should have when hiring wedding DJs in Northwest Arkansas.

What to Expect When Hiring Wedding DJs in Northwest Arkansas

I bet you have been to your fair share of weddings and chances are that you have been in a bridal party or two. In all those wedding experiences, one of the people that has the greatest impact on its success, which causes the bride & groom and the guests to reminisce about how much fun was had is the DJ.

Your wedding DJ is a key contributor to the success of the wedding reception. That being said, here are a few of the finer details that you and your wedding DJ should be discussing with you during your wedding planning and the expectations you should have to ensure you have the wedding celebration of your dreams:

  • After you decide on your wedding DJ budget, make sure to lock in your wedding DJ sooner than later.

More and more couples are choosing Northwest Arkansas as the location of their wedding and there is limited availability to quality DJs. Check with your venue, friends, and family for recommendations. Complete Weddings + Events has a large team of professional DJs in the Northwest Arkansas area who are excited to provide extraordinary wedding DJ services for you on your big day. A small deposit at Complete locks in your date and allows you to check an item off your list.

  • If you aren’t using an event planner, start planning early.

Do not wait until the last minute to decide on music, especially those signature songs for your first dance, father/daughter dance, etc.  You will not regret planning early and ironing out the details with your wedding DJ once the event is closer.  Complete Weddings + Events Northwest Arkansas offers its customers a thorough online event manager that is super helpful in communicating those details since your Complete DJ has access to all that info.

  • We recommend you keep your spotlight dances short.

While these are a valued tradition and an anticipated part of the celebration, they can easily run long. To keep things moving, let the first dance run two to three minutes and the other spotlight dances top off at two minutes. The exception is related to specially choreographed dances that are done with the intention of entertaining the crowd. This approach will reduce the time dedicated to spotlighting dances from 15 minutes to approximately six minutes.

  • When planning your reception, make sure to allow for a least a two-hour dance set at a bare minimum.

This will make sure you are able to enjoy those spotlight dances and allow enough time for your guests to have a great time. FYI – Most receptions are in the 4-5 hour time frame.

  • Make sure to process how outgoing and interactive you desire your wedding DJ to be.

Your wedding DJ should have experience being an MC and talking on the microphone as they have a direct impact on your event timeline. The DJ is responsible for making announcements for the traditions such as the special dances, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, and much more. They can also incorporate or teach fun line dances or interactive games.

  • Make sure to communicate to your wedding DJ during your planning what the proper time will be to announce the last dance.

This is super helpful in making sure everyone is on the same page and helps with the flow of the end of the night. Also, check with the venue what time everyone has to be out.

  • If you don’t have a planner check with your DJ if they will be coordinating your reception.

Sometimes it’s about the little things like not having to worry about the details of what is coming next and if everyone knows. The best DJs in Northwest Arkansas don’t just make an announcement about the toasts happening in 5 minutes. They check in with you to make sure that you and your bridal party are ready.  They would also touch base with vendors like the bartender so they can be prepared if there is a champagne toast and photographer/videographer that way they are set up to capture those memories. At the end of the day, you and your family should just have to sit back and relax instead of facilitating what is supposed to happen next!

  • Check out social media and read reviews.

Yes, stalk your DJ on Google, Wedding Wire, the Knot, Facebook or Instagram. Of course, when you chat with a DJ company they have great things to say about themselves. Check out what other people are saying about them, their style, and how they might be able to make your event everything you have ever dreamed of!

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