Wedding bells are ringing. The day is finally here. You’ve imagined yourself walking down the aisle toward your new husband, sharing that special dance with your father and having your first dance as a husband and wife. All of these cherished moments would not be complete without the perfect song for each. An Indianapolis event venue and event planner can help create the scenery for your wedding, but the DJ creates the mood and emotion that sets the tone for your special day. It’s important to take the time to pick the perfect DJ for your wedding day. We asked Indianapolis DJ Scott Evans for his wedding song suggestions that he feels are perfect for any bride and groom. He also provided you Snappeners with some tips to consider when picking your Indianapolis wedding DJ.

There are many significant dances throughout a wedding. The wrong song can really affect these special moments. Indianapolis DJ Scott Evans thinks every bride and groom should pick their wedding songs to reflect their personalities, but if you’re struggling to come up with ideas of your own here are DJ Evan’s wedding song suggestions:

· Entrance of Wedding Party: Quincy Jones “Soul Bossa Nova” (Austin Powers Theme)

· Entrance of the Couple: Quincy Jones “Soul Bossa Nova” (Austin Powers Theme)
· First Dance as Husband and Wife: George Strait “ I Cross My Heart” or Maroon 5 “She Will Be Loved
· Father/Daughter Dance: This song is always selected by the bride and always has a special meaning to her and her dad, but my favorite is Steve and Annie Chapman “You’re the Only Little Girl“. I have so many people come up and ask me about this song and who it is by every time I play it. If asked for a suggestion I always recommend it. You can’t go wrong.
· Mother/Son Dance: Backstreet Boys “Perfect Fan” or Boyz II Men “A Song for Mama
· Bridal Party Dance: Rascal Flatts “ My Wish” or Chris Brown “Forever
· To get guests out on the dance floor: I always try to get a song that everyone might dance to like Van Morrison “Brown Eyed Girl” or a something like the Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”.
· Cutting the Cake: I’d go with The Foundations’ “Build Me Up Buttercup” or Dusty Springfield’s “Wishin and Hopin”. People either clap along or start singing along every time one of these songs comes on.
· Money/Dollar Dance: Lots of slow songs, usually from the client’s requests.
· Garter and Bouquet Toss: My favorites are Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” for the bouquet toss and Yello’s “Oh Yeah” for the Garter Toss.
· Last Dance: Donna Summers’ “Last Dance” is always popular and a fun way for the party to end.

Picking a DJ is monumental. If you are using an event planner, use their expertise and referrals. The highest price does not mean they are the best, it means they are the highest priced. Not all DJ’s have the same equipment and same music. Some DJ’s use antiquated gear, or only have a few genres of music. Some DJ’s are club-style DJ’s and are amazing in a club, but probably not at your wedding. Always meet with your DJ and interview them like they are applying for an important job. Next to your planner, they are the person you will be counting on to make your reception flow smoothly. The DJ is your voice for your celebration. His/her personality is the one that your guests will know at your event.

Always make sure they have commercial insurance and supply your venue with a certificate of insurance at least a month in advance. Almost all DJ’s will take song requests in advance from you, and from your guests at the event, unless they don’t have the particular piece you’ve asked about. Always look for how long a DJ has been in business. Longevity means more music and shows that they actually know how to prep for your wedding. Look at their website to get an idea of their professionalism, and then see if they exemplify the same professionalism in person.

What are the benefits/advantages to having a DJ over a live band?

Make sure your wedding songs are your choice. Usually your first instinct is the one you really wanted. Also, don’t try to pick out every song to be played throughout the night. Only 12 to 15 songs can be played per hour on the average, and guests always make requests for their favorite songs that will get their friends and family up and moving. In and around Indianapolis, what is a reasonable entertainment budget for the event DJ? A really experienced wedding DJ will be $1,500 to $3,000. We will call these your “Name Brand DJ’s”. These are the DJs with 20 to 30 years of experience. They are usually more involved with the client, the planner and the venues. There are only a handful of such DJ’s that fit this description in the Indianapolis area, and each one is very different from the other by way of style and personality of performance.There are many DJ’s in the Indianapolis area with fees ranging from $550 to $1,200 who are also very good. These DJ’s just don’t have the experience or expertise of the “Name Brand DJ’s”. They usually work for DJ companies rather than as their own service. Company DJ’s can be a great value, as they are usually very well trained, have uniform equipment and come with a support staff and great music libraries.Remember to take the time to pick your Indianapolis DJ carefully. The right DJ can create a memorable celebration that you and all your guests will enjoy for a lifetime.

There are many advantages to having a DJ over a live band. First, the price for a DJ is much cheaper than a live band. Pocket those extra pennies saved to spend on a more elaborate honeymoon! Second, you can guarantee you will hear the songs exactly how you wanted to hear them. A DJ is able to provide you with actual songs by the original artist. They also can provide a much larger variety of music than any band can. Third, if your Indianapolis event venue is tight on space, then you should consider a DJ over a live band. They take up much less room in the facility itself. And finally, a DJ can last the entire night. A live band is subject to tiring as they are playing instruments and will have to take breaks periodically throughout the night. Are there any tips for brides/grooms to consider when picking out their wedding songs?
How should a bride go about picking a DJ? What is the best way for them to find out if a service provider is exactly what they are looking for?