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Where to put your DJ?

posted Sep 16, 2012, 8:28 PM by Paul Clairs   [ updated Sep 16, 2012, 8:53 PM ]
It seems simple enough but choosing where the DJ sets up is a very important part of the success of the music for your wedding.
The best option every time is to get your DJ as close as possible to the dance floor.

Take a look at the two examples below:
Example A is one that occurs way too often...the DJ is set up in a distant corner 20 feet from the dance floor. The guests at table one end up with hearing loss because in order to get adequate volume on the floor the DJ has to have his sound system volume so loud that the guests at nearby tables can't hear themselves talk - ever been to a wedding and thought the DJ was good but not very loud - where was he/she set up?
It also makes it very difficult to set up dance floor lighting/fog machines etc. close to the floor without long cables ruining the look of the room. For OH & S reasons cables that are likely to be walked on must be secured with gaffa tape or similar to avoid a guest tripping and hurting themselves - this can be an ugly, unwanted addition to your room decoration.

Example B is the better option every time. The DJ can set up right in the heart of the action without disturbing those guests that want to talk. It also means the DJ is right there with your guests for requests and dance floor lighting can be set up right there at the edge of the floor to give maximum effect. Dance music must be loud enough for the vibrations to move you - that is what makes you feel good and want to dance. When the music isn't loud enough the mood isn't there and people  don't want to dance.
I have worked rooms where I have been set up 20 sometimes 30 feet from the dance floor. the guests spend the whole night yelling out for more volume and the people at the table in front of me keep asking me to turn it down.