When my then girlfriend then fiancée and now wife Monica (you follow?) and I got engaged on a cold wintery afternoon in Niketown (Props to Nike for hooking us up with shoes & an empty Niketown for our engagement shoot!) on 57th & Madison Ave in NYC back in late 2008, there was one decision about the wedding that we had already agreed on:
I was going to DJ my own wedding…*
Well, not in the traditional sense. The plan was for me to make my own wedding mix and my comrades would handle the equipment and run the show. So I guess more accurately put, I hired myself and my brethren to DJ my own wedding.
Don’t think it would a good idea? Why? I knew my clients’ musical tastes (mine!) better than anyone else, I knew my clients’ guests’ musical tastes (our friends & family!) better than anyone else, and I’m a good DJ (just being honest!). If that’s not hitting the trifecta, I don’t know what is!
This mix reflects my style (“DANCE YOUR SOCKS OFF”) and musical tastes (Hip Hop/Pop/Rock/Funk/Disco/Reggae/90s/80s/Boy Bands [don’t judge me!]/a little of everything). Sprinkle that with my wife’s requests (Christina Aguriella, Britney, Pink, Kelly Clarkson [see a trend here?]) and my mom’s requests (YMCA and Electric Slide), you have 77 minutes of dance till you drop goodness.
And anytime you can have a back to back mix of Janet Jackson, Bell Bev Devoe, Nelly Furtado, Britney Spears, KC & The Sunshine Band, Flo-rida, Justin Timberlake, Rick Astley, Maroon 5, Jonas Brothers, and Michael Jackson, you gotta do it!
*Couples, don’t try this at home. DJing your own wedding is normally a terrible idea and I would advise people against it. If you want a smashing dance party, playing music from an IPOD all night is almost as bad as hiring a DJ that plays music from an IPOD all night. Not to mention having nobody to guide the reception along, make announcements, and coordinate with other vendors (photographers/videographers/etc) along the way, especially if you don’t have a day of coordinator.
[ photo credits: Phat Wedding Photography ]