What you need to know For a Successful Party!
Just Press Play Productions not only wants to provide you with great Bose Speaker Systems and Great Service but also the Tools to Help you have a SUCCESSFUL PARTY!
Hiring a professional company to provide your speaker rental is a must. Many people think they can just bring speakers from home, buy the speaker box at Costco or Sams Club or just plug into the speakers at the venue and they will be good. Although all of these alternative options will provide sound, it may just be noise and not good sound.
What Just Press Play provides above and beyond these options is:
Bose Speaker Systems that have been providing sound for successful parties for 15 years.
The ability to control the volume easily for your music players and mics.
The ability to connect more than one player so you can have a backup!
Professional setup to make sure everything is set up and connected correctly.
Sound Check. To make sure your music players sound great.
Delivery and pickup. This means one less thing you have to worry about on your party day.
Check out our previous Music DJ Tips which cover Your Music, Your Players, and Music Programs
THE BEST LOCATION TO SET UP...RIGHT NEXT TO THE DANCE FLOOR!
If you have tables between where you want us to set up and the dance floor, you might have guests complaining it is too loud.
Also, when planning your seating arrangements, make sure people who will be most disturbed by loud music are not the closest to where you want the speakers set up.
Our Bose Speaker towers will disperse sound at 180 degrees from the speaker tower. This means we can basically set up just about anywhere in a square or rectangle room. If the room is "L" shaped, it's best to have us set up in the corner of the "L" so the speaker is facing down both sides.
The speaker towers will not go around corners or into another room that is separated by a doorway. If you need sound for this type of space we recommend adding on an additional speaker system.
Make sure there is an electric outlet close to where you want the speaker system set up. We have long extension cables (50 feet) but if they have to go across doors or long distances they can be dangerous and unsightly.
Be sure access to the room is available at least an hour before people are going to show up. We will also require a table to set up your players on. If one is not available, let us know we have one for rent for $10 with a table cloth.
IMPORTANT!!!! Be sure you have your music players to us at least 30 minutes after our scheduled setup time. This is important because we connect your players to the speakers and make sure your players are set up properly and sounding good.
Be sure that there is at least 45 minutes of time for the equipment to be packed up at the conclusion of your event.
Be sure to tell Just Press Play as many details about your event in advance. This way we can help you with a more successful event. It does not always mean it costs more, it just helps us set up the equipment so it works for your event the best.
If you have not hired Just Press Play's MC/Soundman service then you will need some help from some friends and family to run the show. Here is what we recommend for those designated people...
This is covered in-depth in the "Your Music" section, but here are the basics...
This is covered in-depth in the "Music Players" section, but here are the basics...
Many couples spend more time picking the first few dances than they do the rest of the songs. here are some suggestions:
First, how long do you want to dance? Many couples will select a 5-minute song and after a couple of minutes on the dance floor by themselves, it gets awkward. Unless you have a dance routine planned for the entire song, you should look for a shorter song or plan on fading out. With Just Press Play’s setup, it is easy to fade out of a song.
Another option is to choose just one or two songs for all three first dances. A First Dance Song and then a song you both dance to with your parents. Now you have shortened your song search down to one or two songs.
Choose your first songs last. Make your song lists and then look through your lists and often you will realize there's a good song already in your lists. Again, remember you only need a couple of minutes of the song and it is easy to fade out.
There are many websites available on the internet with song suggestions for your first dances. Wedding Wire and The Knot both have good lists.
With Just Press Play Productions equipment you or your MC will have the ability to fade out of any song.
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There is no way around it, everyone thinks they know what the dance floor needs and everyone has a cell phone that they can easily get the song for you to play. You just need to decide if you wan this to happen.
Most people want to hear their request right now. If possible, stop what is playing and play their song now. Many don't understand the flow of the music and how one song fits with another. This is more of a DJ thing and is not as big of a deal as many make it out to be, but still, it is hard to go from "Jump Around" to "Unforgettable" without really shocking the guests.
Secondly, most people request songs for the wrong reasons. They think it will be funny. It's a song they like, not that they are going to dance to it. They think it's similar to a radio station where they can request their favorite songs. I always ask; “are you going to dance to this song?” Most of the time people are shocked when I ask this, and they usually say no.
If the requester isn't going to dance to the song, why play their song and take away one of the songs from your playlist you worked for months on?
Good Question! Often couples have doubt in their ability to pick good dance music and so allowing guests to request songs seems to make sense. I recommend you pick a family member or a friend to oversee requests. One who knows you and the kind of music you like and also knows what a good dance song is. This is a better plan than just allowing anyone to come up make a request.
I have been in the DJ business, in radio and mobile, for over 35 years. Never has anyone requested a song that really was a complete hit where everyone got up and danced. Until this one special night...
I was the MC for a couple who were celebrating their 25th anniversary. They wanted the same music they had played 25 years ago at their wedding. This meant Bob Seger, Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, etc.
Along comes their teenage daughter who requests, The Hanson Brothers "Mmm Bop." I spend 5 minutes with her explaining how the song does not fit, I don't have it, the dog ate it, every excuse in the book I could think of. She informed me she had the song on her own iPod and swore up and down it would be a big hit and her parents loved the song. I could not shake her. I finally gave in, plugged in her iPod, and played the song.
This was it! The big hit request I had been looking for! There was not an empty seat, the dance floor was completely packed, people were yelling and screaming and throwing their hands up in the air like they just didn't care! Finally, a truly great request. One minute into the song, the daughter comes back to me and says "give me back my iPod!" "What!" I exclaimed. "It was supposed to be a joke," she said. and then my heart sank. I was back to where I was before, still in search of an actual genuine request that would be a "hit."
Many customers decide to save as much money as they can on the speaker systems at their wedding. And instead of spending a couple of hundred dollars with Just Press Play, they decide to do one of the following...
With any of these options be sure to TEST THEM! Take your music player and plug it into the speaker system. Turn the music up as loud as you can. Each guest while talking is about 3 watts of sound. You need to be able to surpass that. If you have 50 guests talking that is 150 watts. If you have 100 guests talking that is 300 watts. If you know how many watts the speaker system is, then you should know if it will be loud enough.
All of these options do not include delivery, setup, and pickup. Some of them might not include a microphone and a microphone stand. Most of them probably do not give you the ability to connect to more than one music player.
Just Press Play's Basic Speaker Rental for $225 includes all of this. Consider this option before wasting a lot of time and concern over these other options.
We see this more than just about everything else. Remember the magic number is 20 songs per hour. If you have at least 20 songs for each hour of your wedding you will be in good shape.
This is a close tie with not enough music. IT's YOUR WEDDING! HAVE A BACKUP DEVICE!
We recommend a laptop as your primary device. They generally have better sound cards in them and they are more reliable. Then you can have a tablet or a phone as your backup. Keep in mind the backup needs to be at the DJ table. It's not a good backup plan if we don't have instant access to it.
And then be sure all your songs are downloaded on both devices. Relying on the venue's wifi is never a good idea. Bringing your own hotspot is an option, but again you are relying on cell phone service. With the songs physically on the devices, this means a lot less for you to worry about.
We see this a lot. The music players arrive last. A Groomsman or Bridesmaid is responsible for bringing them, but they are late getting to the venue.
Suggestion: Bring the music players with the decorations. If you think about it, the music is just as much a part of the decor and the setup of the space, so bring them all together!
It's hard to get married, get introduced, have your first dance, etc., and press play and make the announcements. Find some volunteers.
Notice I said VOLUNTEERS, plural. One helper is great, but that means that person does not enjoy themselves at all. Pick a few volunteers so they can take shifts.
I know they call it a DIY Wedding, but that does not mean the bride and groom do it all themselves!
SALES PITCH: Just Press Play offers an MC/Sound Man Service for $30 an hour. Many customers hire this service to make announcements and help keep the flow going and manage the music. But many use this service just to have our staff on-site to help with any issues that might come up. For a 5 hour wedding, this is only a $150 additional charge.
It's really hard to work with only one playlist. Consider breaking it up.
Making multiple playlists is really important.
To avoid people just sitting down at your wedding, be sure to pick the right songs.
#1 Rule: Pick songs that will make you run to the dance floor!
Your guests came to celebrate your special day. They did not come to dance. They will do what you do. If the bride and groom stay on the dance floor when the dance music starts, the dance floor will be packed!
WHEN TO START MAKING PLAYLISTS
It’s never too early. Start with just three playlists; Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing. As you hear songs you love add them to one of these playlists. As you get closer to the date you can make more playlists.
Every time you hear a song you love, note it down. Most cell phones have a notepad on them, just note it down on your phone. As you get a couple of months away from your wedding you can start to put them into specific playlists.
ask your guests to include a song suggestion with their RSVP card. The keyword is “suggestion.” DO NOT promise their suggestion will be played, it is simply a song for you to consider putting into your playlists. This is your special day, not theirs. You want to hear the music you love on this day.
And of course, if you are having a Bouquet and Garter Toss, you should have a Playlist for each of those along with any other events you decide to have during your wedding.
HOW TO LABEL YOUR PLAYLISTS
Label your playlists with the same name and numerically. Example: Wed1-PreCeremony, Wed2-Ceremony, Wed3-Cocktails, Wed4-Dinner, Wed5-Specials, Wed6-Fast Dance, Wed7-Slow Dance. You can also create playlists in between like this: Wed2.1-Processional, Wed2.2-Recessional, Wed3.1-Introductions, Wed4.1-Cake Cutting, Wed5.1-First Dance, Wed5.2-Father-Daughter, Wed5.3-Mother-Son, Wed6.1-Last Dance.
In the end, it would look like this:
GREAT TIP: Always get your music players as early as possible to the venue. This will allow whoever is connecting your player to the speaker system, time to get it connected, sounding good, and have some time with your player and playlists before the wedding starts.
For the dance portion, you can create an "Early Fast Dance" playlist and a "Late Fast Dance" playlist.
This way you can put the songs you want to be played later in the night in the "Late" playlist when hopefully the older guests will not be too shocked to hear a song like "Sexyback" or "Teach Me How to Dougie."
In the "Early" playlist put songs your grandparents and children would like to dance to.
customers have also organizes dance playlists by:
FUN TIP: Many weddings provide some flip flops so the ladies can kick off the high heels and dance in comfort. Many dollar stores sell flip flops and Old Navy has a $1 Flip Flop sale on a day in June. I believe I have even seen them for $1 at Walmart as well.
ABBA: Dancing Queen
AC/DC: You Shook Me All Night Long
Al Green: Let's Stay Together
Andy Grammer: Honey, I'm Good
B52's: Love Shack
Beatles: Twist and Shout
Bee Gees: Stayin' Alive
Beyonce: Crazy In Love
Beyoncé: Love On Top
Beyonce: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Black Eyed Peas: Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling
Bob Seger: Old Time Rock and Roll
Bon Jovi: Livin' On A Prayer
Brooks and Dunn: Boot Scootin' Boogie
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic
Bruno Mars: Marry You
Bruno Mars: Treasure
Cake: Love You Madly
Chris Stapleton: Tennessee Whiskey
Commodores: Brick House
Cupid: Cupid Shuffle
Cyndi Lauper: Girls Just Want to Have
Daft Punk: Get Lucky
Dexy's Midnight Runners: Come On
DNCE: Cake By The Ocean
DJ Casper: Cha Cha Slide
DJ Snake & Lil' John: Turn Down For
Earth Wind and Fire: September
Ed Sheeran: Perfect
Ed Sheeran: Shape of You
Elvis Presley: Can't Help Falling In Love
Eric Clapton: Wonderful Tonight
Etta James: At Last
Faith Hill: This Kiss
Four Seasons: December, 1963 (Oh What
Frank Sinatra: The Way You Look Tonight
Frank Sinatra: Fly Me To The Moon
Fun: We are Young
Haddaway: What Is Love
Harry Connick Jr.: It Had To Be You
House of Pain: Jump Around
Isley Brothers: Shout! Part 1 & 2
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: Somewhere Over
the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World
Jackson 5: ABC
James Taylor: How Sweet It Is To Be
Loved By You
Jimmy Buffet: Margaritaville
Journey: Don't Stop Believin'
Justin Timberlake: Can't Stop The
Justin Timberlake: Rock Your Body
Justin Timberlake: Sexyback
Katy Perry: Not N Cold
Katy Perry: Last Friday Night
Kenny Loggins: Footloose
Kesha: Tik Tok
Kool & The Gang: Celebration
Lady Gaga: Just Dance
Lady Gaga: Poker Face
Little Big Town: Little White Church
LMFAO: Party Rock Anthem
LMFAO: Sexy and I Know It
LMFAO feat. Lil Jon: Shots
Los Del Rio: Macarena
Lou Bega: Mambo No. 5
Louis Armstrong: What A Wonderful World
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee: Despacito
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Can't Hold Us
Mark Ronson (Feat. Bruno Mars): Uptown
Michael Jackson: Billie Jean
Michael Jackson: Thriller
Michael Jackson: Don't Stop 'Till You Get
Miley Cyrus: Party in the USA
Natalie Cole: Unforgettable
Neil Diamond: Sweet Caroline
Outkast: Hey Ya
Pharrell Williams: Happy
P!nk: Get The Party Started
Pitbull: I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
Pitbull: Don't Stop The Party
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love
R. Kelly: Ignition Remix
Rihanna: Don't Stop The Music
Rihanna, Calvin Harris: We Found Love
Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines
Sir Mix-A-Lot: Baby Got Back
Sister Sledge: We Are Family
Steve Earl: Copperhead Road
Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Taio Cruz: Dynamite
Taylor Swift: Shake it off
Temptations: My Girl
Train: Marry Me
Usher: DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love
Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl
Village People: YMCA
WALK THE MOON: Shut Up and Dance
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with
Wild Cherry: Play That Funky Music
Will Smith: Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
Ying Yang Twins: Get Low
Young M.C.: Bust A Move