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The right DJ can make or break your wedding reception

Making sure your guests are enjoying themselves is a major goal for couples during their wedding reception, and a good DJ knows how to get the party started. But their role is about a lot more than getting people out on the dance floor.

“Your DJ ensures that the party—and every element of the celebration—goes according to plan,” said Dan Rotunno, owner of Moving Music in Amherst. “Long before your reception even starts, we’re behind the scene for many hours designing a playlist, looking up music and laying out the whole night so when we bring it together, we’re able to create the perfect atmosphere.”

Here are five of the biggest ways DJs can help make the day everything you want it to be:

Choosing the music

The music you play says a lot about your personal style. Pre-planning your playlist with your DJ will ensure that your tastes are represented–whether its Big Band swing or breaking out the popular line dance songs.

“Over the past 35 years, we’ve personalized thousands of celebrations, including many multicultural weddings where couples want certain songs played, weaving in those important parts of their culture,” said Rotunno.

Determining the pace

From the minute your guests arrive, the DJ is tasked with initiating special moments and providing the music that will accompany each stage of the event. From soft background music as people mingle to the energetic introduction of the bridal party, and from announcing the first dance to encouraging folks to bust a move, you’ll want someone who can keep things flowing.

“We’re basically the emcee of the event and we’re with you from the very beginning until the very end,” said Rotunno. “It’s our job to help you keep things on schedule.”

Keeping things organized

After months of careful planning, it’s time to sit back and relax. A good DJ will take care of coordination between the venue and photographer, synch up timetables and make sure that nothing gets missed as the reception plays out.

“Our DJs are all consummate professionals and work well with banquet facility staff and other vendors to make sure everything goes off without a hitch,” said Rotunno.

Setting the mood

Lighting plays a pivotal role in setting the mood, and uplighting is an easy way to soften the room and create effect. It can also help gift and dessert tables stand out. Moving Music has 15 uplighting options for ultimate customization, along with monogramming for people who want to see their name in lights.

Capturing the (not so candid) moments

Photo booths have become increasingly popular at weddings, complete with props that make for some memorable (and sometimes unpredictable) pics.

“Our state-of-the-art photo booths can fit up to ten people and create a lot of excitement and buzz that carries out to the rest of the reception,” said Rotunno.

To learn more about all of the services offered by Moving Music and what clients have to say about them, visit their website or call 649-1490.

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