Wedding DJ Equipment Basics for Brides (and Grooms)

If you are like many Brides (and Grooms), when a Wedding DJ begins talking to you about Wedding DJ equipment, you might shy away from the discussion, thinking you do not know enough to proceed. You might even tune out the conversation altogether, thinking you have a certain gene omitted from your DNA when it comes to this kind of stuff. I want to tell you there is no such gene and you probably know everything you need to know to make an intelligent decision in discussions regarding Wedding DJ equipment. You do not have to leave this to the men, there is no secret knowledge base that you are born without. The key is to know what details actually matter, not the specs and technology that can often be more about ego than quality. Many Rhode Island Wedding DJs are busy trying to impress other DJs, rather than creating happy customers. Of course, many Brides today do know quite a bit about Wedding DJ equipment and none of the above applies. If you are part of this group, I invite you to continue to further your knowledge base, before hiring your Wedding DJ.

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Wedding DJ Equipment Basics – What is Good Sound?

Sound This is simple, if it sounds good, it probably is good, if it doesn’t sound good, it probably isn’t very good! The rest is why this is true. Listen to the system; if it fills the room and sounds exceptional everywhere in the room, this is what you want. You want your friends and family sitting left and right, as well those in the back to all hear excellent quality. The volume may vary but the quality should sound similar in all parts of the room. Many systems are set-up to sound good directly in front and are often much weaker on the sides, this is not what is optimal.


Can you hear the bass, treble and all the middle? Would the system sound good for Classical songs that may be part of your ceremony as well as Elvis Presley, Madonna and Beyonce, with enough oomph to let the Wedding DJ crank-out some Bon Jovi if this is something you want? Many systems can do Rock, Classical, Dance or R&B, if you are only going to have your DJ play one genre this is fine. If you want everybody to be happy with a diverse mix of music, the gear needs to support this.

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Wedding DJ Equipment Basics – What Will It Look Like in Your Wedding Album?

Aesthetically Pleasing It is your wedding, why let a big, ugly sound system ruin all your photos?  This is simple; you’ve gone to great lengths to make the room look exactly the way you want, maybe even better. No reason to compromise now. There is no reason no matter what anybody tells you that you need big, ugly speakers taking up space and energy on your dance floor!  It is myth.  Nice, sleek attractive speakers are one of the benefits of modern technology.  It is not necessary for a NJ or NY Wedding DJ to pile stacks of equipment on a table, looking more like a recording studio than a wedding reception. Remember, you are getting married, not hanging out in at a local tavern on Friday. Make sure your DJ’s equipment expresses your elegance and style.

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Wedding DJ Equipment Basics – Will Music Fill The Space Completely?

Volume Loud is important and necessary, booming is not, in fact it is unattractive and often a sign of a system lacking in quality. The place where volume matters is not in the numbers like watts, it is in making certain the music effectively covers the room where you want it to and fills the dance floor with enough oomph that you can feel it in your belly. If it does not have enough oomph, you will probably not be happy. Unfortunately, most manufacturers have developed methods raising ‘watts’ without actually increasing the quality of sound strictly for marketing purposes.

A general rule is for about 250 guests, your Wedding DJ’s equipment needs to handle 300 guests, or add about 25% onto your guest list to make sure you are covered for your wedding. Most systems will work up to about 400-500 guests in a large banquet hall. I encourage you to use common sense and not let a DJ convince you that numbers like watts and impedance are what matters.

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Wedding DJ Equipment Basics – Sound quality is what matters

 Ask the Wedding DJ if you can hear their equipment performing somewhere to experience their system live and in operation. You will know if it will make you happy or not.If this is not a possibility due to client privacy concerns, ask for more information for you to do your own research.  Trust yourself and what you do know, instead of being afraid of what you may not. Your ears are equipped with all the technology you need!

Do you have any questions regarding Wedding DJ Equipment Basics for your wedding? Ask DJ Mystical Michael, a Wedding DJ Equipment Pro for answers to your questions.

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