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The Dos and Don’ts of Song Requests at Weddings

A couple of weekends ago, a guest approached me at the DJ booth to inquire if I take song requests. I found this an odd question, because its always been my assumption that wedding DJs do – and should! – take requests. Unlike the bar and club scene where either the establishment and/or myself dictates the music programming, I’ve always encouraged song requests to be made during the cocktail and dinner hours. It is a great way for me to gain insight and understand what this particular group – on this particular night – wants to hear.

Well, it turns out this guest was a serial song requester and bombarded me during the Open Dancing period of the evening with song request after song request. Fortunately, I’m able to have a sense of humor about it and take it in good stride, but it did inspire me to write up this fun little “how-to” guide. So without further ado, here is what to do and what not to do when making a song request at a wedding reception: