To Request Or Not To Request - The Rules Surrounding Wedding Music
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To Request Or Not To Request – The Rules Surrounding DJs and Wedding Music

When it comes to your wedding DJ, you’re confident that you’ve got the musical element of you wedding sorted and ready.

However, there’s one thing that’s always a potentially risky move with DJ, and that is allowing people to request songs.

We’re going to be looking into this in more detail, and whether it’s a good idea to let people pick the wedding songs that play during the event.

The Right To Choose?

Letting people choose the songs which are played at a wedding is a double-edged sword.

There are merits to letting people pick, but there’s also a set of risks which you do in fact run the risk of the entire event being disrupted, so you need to take care and make sure that you have a competent DJ who can handle the event with professionalism.

The Good

There are benefits to letting people request songs.

If there’s a song which has a special meaning to certain people, then playing it will help to make the mood that extra bit more vibrant.

As well as this, if someone knows a song that’ll get the bride and all her friends dancing, then it’s well worth putting it on and letting the party atmosphere continue

The Bad

Of course, there are one or two things that you should consider when it comes to letting the DJ take requests for your wedding reception.

First of all, you run the risk of someone upsetting the entire atmosphere of the wedding reception.

If everyone’s dancing to a lively up and upbeat tune, and then someone requests a slow and romantic track, then they’re going to change the entire dynamic, which isn’t something you can let happen.

Alternatively, you might find that people request a song which no one wants to dance to or something which has been played more than once during the day already.

This can upset the entire atmosphere of a party and makes it so that you’re left with an awkward atmosphere and guests who are not pleased.

So What Should You Do?

Of course, the choice will always be yours.

You can choose to have a wedding DJ take requests or not.

Now, the universal consensus is that making requests is a good thing.

In spite of the potential problems which could stem from having requests taken, there’s a lot of benefits to letting it happen.

A good DJ will help to circumvent the problem, as they can juggle requests and cue them up to suit the needs of the current moment.

However, the chance to play a song which is important to someone and a song which will make people jump for joy is too precious to go without.

Overall, letting a wedding DJ take requests is a good idea, in spite of the issues which you could face.

A well trained and professional DJ will line up songs so that the mood doesn’t drop in the venue, and so that people get their requests done but at a point which works for the whole event.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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