12 Tips to have the most memorable party!
Based on years of experience in parties, the 12 tips below are extremely important to keep in mind for your wedding or private party to make sure you have the best party ever!
- Hire DJ Paul Michaels! – Okay, this one may be a little bias
- The party is where you are! – I always ask my clients “Where is your party?”, with the response usually being the city, or the name of the venue. The actual answer is that the party is wherever you are. Whether it’s a wedding and you’re the bride and groom on the patio grabbing a drink with guests, or it’s your Bar or Bat Mitzvah and you’re out running around in the hallway, that is where your guests will be! On the flip side of this, if you are on the dance floor, that’s where you’ll find your guests. Your guests are there to be with you!
- Don’t “micro-manage” the timeline – When completing the online timeline, give me the details, but let me use my experience when it comes to the day of your party. What I really need to know is the order of events you’d prefer, not necessarily the exact times. Keep in mind – I’m here to provide my feedback to you as well in terms of what I think will work best, and what won’t work!
- Do not seat your older guests in front of the speakers – They will enjoy the party just as much further away from the speakers, and they will still be able to hear everything clearly. I use a very high end audio system which can be heard clearly throughout the entire room. If I feel (throughout our meetings, consultations, and discussions) that your room configuration needs extra speakers (located in different areas), I’ll be sure to let you know.
- Do not place the DJ table out of the way – The DJ table doesn’t necessarily need to be front and center (especially for weddings) but it should be near the dance floor if that is where you expect/want the party and dancing to take place! Keep in mind – it is YOUR day, and YOUR party, the spotlight should be on YOU, but the entertainment still needs to be present. 🙂
- Do something about those house lights! – No one wants to have a spotlight directly on them while dancing. Have the ‘house’ lights at the venue turned off or dimmed to make sure your guests want to get to the dance floor. All of my services include dance floor lighting which should make sure the dance floor area is appropriately lit at all times. Think about adding the uplighting option as well, which can really set the mood/ambiance for the entire room!
- Don’t make people leave the room! – If possible (depending on the size of the room), always try to keep the bars in the same room as the reception/party. Keeping them near the dance floor is great (as opposed to on the other side of the room), as long as any lines at the bar wouldn’t interfere with the dance floor area. This applies for dessert stations and photobooths as well! You don’t need to give your guests any reasons to leave the room.
- Re-think that online playlist – Keep in mind your audience (guests) when making your online playlist. Just because you like obscure 80’s New Wave Pop doesn’t mean that everyone at the reception does.
- Let your party end as a party! – Your party should (this doesn’t ALWAYS apply) end on a high note. Energy flowing, music pumping, etc, instead of ending on a low, subdued song. Make people want more, since that is the last thing they’ll remember from your party or wedding! I usually do this for all parties anyway, but if you have a special slow song you want played at the end of your wedding or party, think about having a little “pick-me-up” song immediately after (even if it only gets played half way through the song)
- Don’t cut corners on the entertainment – If you have to cut corners, don’t compromise on the entertainment. Your DJ affects everyone in the room and can make or break the evening. No one will talk about your wedding or party years down the road and say how wonderful the chair covers were, or how perfectly cooked the chicken was.. they remember the time and experiences they had, which is guided by the DJ!
- Give the kids something to do – This applies mainly for weddings – If you are going to have a lot of kids at your wedding, offer them something to do. Have balloons on their chairs and “busy” packets at their table with crayons, coloring books, puzzles, etc. Another alternative is to hire a few babysitters to watch over all the kids in a separate room all together. This makes it easier to serve the kids a different meal, and makes sure that your friends with kids still attend and aren’t separated from their kids for too long at a time!
- Don’t over think the music requests – When picking your music, don’t over do it. The online music request system limits your “Must Play” songs to 15 songs. This doesn’t even mean you NEED to have 15. Many clients put the 5 most important songs to them on that list, and put the rest in their “Play if Possible” list. I try to play every song on the “Play if Possible” list, assuming we have the time, and the song won’t kill the dance floor! If you put a song on the “Must Play” list, it WILL be played, even if I know it WILL empty out the dance floor. Leave the rest up to me. I usually chat with your guests to find out what type of music they like anyway, and have years of experience of “reading the crowd” to make sure I play the right songs, at the right time!