I Now Pronounce You Planner and DJ!
Updated: Sep 18, 2019
They may not be a match made in heaven but the Wedding Planner and DJ are equally important to the overall success of any event. For simplicity we will say that the Planner's job is to create visual magic while the DJ's job is to create aural magic. Put them both together and you've got a truly memorable event.
But like any relationship, it takes communication and compromise to make it work. It may seem like the two roles are diametrically opposed, most notably when the decor clashes with proper speaker placement. As DJs we are concerned (or should be) with effective sound reinforcement; ensuring each guest can hear clearly and evenly what is being broadcast over the loudspeakers. We also prefer to set up our DJ booth as close to the action as possible.
Planners on the other hand have prioritized executing their clients' design vision, the flow of the event, the movement of guests and staff, the overall aesthetics and fitting everything needed for the function into a finite space.
"Why can't we all just get along?" From the outset it is important that the Planner and DJ discuss their respective needs and expectations and establish some form of synergy as they partner together for the common goal. Clients need to appreciate this dichotomy and help facilitate communication by putting the two in touch as early in the planning stage as possible.
We may also achieve our individual (and collective) goals as well through compromise. The DJ must accept when it is virtually impossible to be positioned directly in front of the dance floor - just as the decorator should appreciate the DJs need to be able to see, hear and interact with his/her audience. From the initial concept, the decor team should take into account where the DJ (or band) will be positioned, making adjustments where needed.
Flexibility on both parts will augur well for a successful event.