One of the most important parts of your wedding is the entertainment. Of course, as a Wedding DJ in Montreal, I believe that it is the most important part. But seriously, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a DJ for your wedding? Probably the music, right? You should also be thinking about the kind or animation you want during the night! Make sure to discuss this topic when searching for and interviewing your disc jockey.
Animation is not always necessary for a successful wedding, it all depends on the crowd and the mood you want to set for the night. That being said, when couples are open to it, it is a great way to break the ice, get people up and moving, and increase the level of energy in the room during the dinner.
At Uptown Xpress, the motto I use is to always include everyone in the game, and never single out anyone , and most importantly it is not about me!
When I have a future bride and groom in front of me and they say they want to have some fun before the dancing begins, we discuss options. There are plenty of games to play, some you’ve seen many times, some are brand new. The key though, and I find many DJ’s skip this part, is to make sure the clients know what to expect!
What is that DJ doing?!
Some games are more silly, some are more rowdy, some are more romantic, I want to make sure that the game(s) or activities we choose will work well with their guests. After explaining the game to my bride and groom during their wedding consultation, they might feel that particular activity is too over the top or too “risky” for their friends and family. No problem, I do not play that one! We choose another. This doesn’t mean I spoil any surprises during the games for them, but they know the general idea and how it will flow. Sometimes couples have an idea for a game and we’ll work on it together to fine tune it for their special night!
Let Everyone Enjoy
The other general rule I perform my animation by is to never single out anyone! Have you ever been to a wedding where the DJ called on one person who wasn’t participating? That is not cool, it is uncomfortable for everyone and especially for that individual. Of course some games are elimination style, or games that involve mainly the bride and groom. Even so, there are still ways to make sure others are involved and not making the few people left feel uncomfortable.
Games, activities and animation are some of the ways to add more fun to the dinner portion of your wedding reception. With the right combination you’ll have everyone enjoying themselves, laughing and talking to each other, and before you know it the dessert is served and everyone’s dancing!
Another great way to make the meal time more fun is to add some dancing between courses, but I’ll save that for another blog post!
Have you seen any fun games lately at a wedding? Leave a comment below!