Welcome back to the Wednesday Blog with Elegant Whims Tips & Trends from your Certified Wedding Planners, Patti & Melinda. Today we are excited to introduce you to the fabulous D.J. Dayna. We enjoyed a fun lunch interview a few weeks ago and learned about how she got started in the business, do’s and don’ts for our readers.
As Planners we cringe at the words, “We will be using our iPod for our Wedding Music”. Trust us when we give you the reasons, that this is not a good idea. It is your Wedding Day, you don’t want something to happen to the music during the ceremony or your first dance, and with that piece of advice, I turn it over to our capable intern, Meredith…..
Patti & Melinda
A couple weeks ago, Elegant Whims was lucky enough to interview a promenade DJ in the Cincinnati area: DJ Dayna. Go check out her website!
Dayna got her start in College while pursuing a BA in Mass Communications at Miami University (oxfrod). She had friends who were DJs and eventually started trying it out herself. She had her own radio show on the school station and thought that might be a good fit for a career – however the days of radio shows were on the decline and she was advised to not get stuck in that particular profession. She went on to be a local TV producer, but still DJ’d on the weekends.
She moved to LA to pursue journalism, still DJing on the weeekends where she got more into the wedding business. In fall of 2013, Dayna got offered a position to work as a celebrity DJ on cruises. She’s back from the cruise life for now, which gave us the perfect opportunity to talk to her about what we really want to know: Weddings.
What was different about LA weddings compared to here?
No cheesiness. In LA they were strictly against anything like the chicken dance, or line dances, or anything like that. Absolutely no country music. At. All. There also wasn’t a whole lot of dance floor lighting, or excess lights or anything.
LA has also been doing photo booths for forever. A lot of DJs started offering that in their wedding packages before it was even a real thing back here.
How do you pick songs for a Wedding?
Based off of the requests from the Bride and Groom I know what I’m going to play. It will change according to the crowd of course, but I can usually get a good sense of what kind of crowd it will be just based off of the Bride and Grooms requests.
People always ask what our favorite part of weddings are – but what’s your LEAST favorite?
When people wait until the last minute for requests. It just makes my job easier, the earlier I get those must have/must not have songs from the couple.
Or when the bar is in a totally different room than the dance floor – it majorly cuts down on how much people dance!
What would be your advice to engaged couples?
*Definitely look at least two to three different DJs before you decide. Compare and contrast, shop around, unless you just KNOW at first sight that it’s the perfect DJ for you – make sure you look at your options.
*Bring Questions to the DJ!
You will feel so much more comfortable if you’re leading the discussion and getting a feel for who I am instead of me just asking you the regular questions and just giving you a spiel. That way we can both know if we’re right for each other.
*Any DJ you talk to, make sure you ask about Liability.
Have a do-not play list. Unless you don’t care if Cotten-Eyed-Joe plays at the request of your uncle, make sure you tell me what you don’t want to hear.
The biggest advice I can give you is don’t try to DJ yourself OR have a family friend do it. I know that cash is tight, but you will just have a less stressful day if you hire a DJ. You don’t need to worry about why your iPod is freezing up during your first dance!
Be sure to check out DJ Dayna’s article in the upcoming November Issue of Mobile Beats!
Until next time,
Elegant Whims Intern