Today I am so excited to share an interview with Evan Reitmeyer of MyDeejay, one of DC’s premiere wedding and corporate DJ companies. Evan shares helpful tips for selecting music for an engagement party or other cocktail or dinner party. Thanks, Evan!
1) What’s the best way to set a festive tone with music at an engagement party?
It’s always smart to stick with upbeat, recognizable music, and leave the obscure B-sides at home. People are moved by music that’s familiar. Also, be sure you only use music with a positive message – no breakup songs! You don’t need a theme, unless of course your party is designed around one, but try to group songs together in logical sets. For example, group a few 80’s songs, a few 90’s songs, and so on.
2) Should someone be responsible for music or is an iPod playlist ok?
It really depends on your expectations. If you’re having friends and family over for a cocktail party or a barbecue, an iPod is probably fine, since you won’t have the need to tailor the music to the crowd and make changes on the fly. However, if you want people to dance, or if you want your guests to be able to request their favorite music throughout, the event, then you should probably have a DJ.
3) What songs would you recommend for a playlist for an engagement party?
I think fun and kitschy classics like “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups are a great place to start. Depending on how long the party is, you can certainly program anything from classics like “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra to current top 40 hits. It really depends on the atmosphere and energy level you’re trying to create. If you and your event planner have chosen a theme for the party, a good DJ can help you create a custom playlist that will enhance this theme and make it all the more memorable for your guests.
4) What other advice would you offer to hosts in terms of making music a special part of the event?
Music, for better or worse, sets the tone for any event. Most people have no idea how much the background music in a room affects the mood and atmosphere. Music can really reinforce the type of vibe you want to have, so pay close attention to your song selections or hire a professional to do it for you!