Why DJs love a good MC?

You’ve probably seen some great MCs who light up the room with finesse and grace.  And, there are some who think they can that but, despite good intentions, they sadly can’t.  Which of those MCs would you pick for your wedding or event?

Audience engagement helps / Cred: Alasdair Elmes

Wedding DJs and MCs have to “get it tight, get it right” as you only get one wedding reception.  Let’s break down what there is love about a good wedding MC.

  • Fun and outgoing – comes to mind for an MC, plus as cool as an Esky under pressure.
  • Connection, control and communication – the MC brings together the bridal party, the couple and close family and friends with the guests.  They’ll liaise with wedding co-ordinators, the caterers, photographers, DJs ensuring timings and key moments such as speeches, the first dance and cake cutting come together seamlessly. 
  • Flow, formalities and finesse – an MC knows when to amp the crowd with energy, and when to soften the mood for a special moment.  Executing this with class and emotional intelligence puts “fun” into the formalities of ushering guests to dinner seats or reading a message from a special someone who can’t attend.
  • A dependable voice – the MC might be a relative, a friend or a pro-MC, and they’ll be relied upon to deliver a couples, coordinators and venues expectations.  Their personality, mic technique and MC experience will influence proceedings greatly.
  • Vibe – the MC reads the crowd just like a DJ does to work the room.
  • Amateur or Pro is A-OK –  personally, l love working with either and I’ve enjoyed coaching that nervous MC on the day as they delight the couple’s guests.  A pro-MC, however, is the proven “Master of Ceremonies”.
Victoria Field Wedding Venue, Byron Bay / Cred: @carly__tia

Nuts ’n Bolts – MC / DJ Dynamics

When it comes to a DJ working with a pro-MC the magic of all the connection, energy and timings always come together how it should.  Nuts and bolts wise, the MC will probably use the DJs mic and speakers so a good DJ will ensure sound levels are just right with any howling feedback.

Experienced MCs and DJs understand each other’s goals and support each other to achieve them. Take the bridal entrance for example:

  • Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” 3 min, 56 secs is the bridal party entrance song 
  • 6 couples enter the room individually, each couple dances as the guest cheer them on before they sit down.  
  • a good DJ / MC combo can work the crowd, volumes and song cue points to keep vibes high 
  • the DJ mixes and cues the track to last the 7 minutes needed for the entrance without stopping the song, playing it twice or going to another song
  • the MC is comfortable knowing the music pumps at the right time and is turned lower when they speak

Or perhaps the MC announces the next speaker, the DJ cues a perfect song at the perfect cue point setting the tone for the speech as they walk up to the mic.  A good wedding DJ knows when to hit play on the first dance just as the MC wants, thus no awkward silences or music over the MC.  And that first dance moment is everything it should be.

The MCs best friend / Cred: Kane Reinholdtsen

A local pro-MC will most likely have worked at your chosen venue, with the caterer and wedding co-ordinator previously, that familiarity only helps the MC in executing their duties.

Are all MCs created equal?

Chances are a pro-MC will weave much more magical moments into your wedding.  We love working with MC Dean from Marry Me Dean so much, that we created the DJ/MC Package.  Not only does Dean comes with a wealth of experience in hospitality and events, but he is also a pro-MC & celebrant along with being vice president of Byron Bay Toastmasters International.    

After working with MC Dean I know how he lights up a room creating once in a lifetime moments and memories, for all the right reasons.

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COVID-19 Wedding Entertainment

Couples planning a wedding in ‘Ronaville’ are doing it tough with the added layers of complexities.

Challenging – yes.
Emotionally draining – most likely.
We get it, we do entertainment. We want to show you and your guests a great time; after all, it’s what we do.

Our most popular wedding entertainment is DJs and Live Music but there are some banging alternatives to keep bums on seats, and vibes high.

COVID-19 – “B!$tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” says Kendrick Lamar. And Fergie sings, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody”.

The Scissor Sisters sang “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” and currently dancing and singing are considered high-risk activities in NSW, so they are “no-nos” at weddings. With that in mind here is what you can do:

  • Get Married – weddings are A-OK in NSW provided guests numbers are within the 4m2 rule at the venue and within the 150 guest limit.
  • Have an Epic Wedding – in the company of friends and family with beautiful food and drinks to keep spirits high. Wedding cake, photos, flowers, your styling choices and so much more are all there for you.
Cheers for those cocktails.
  • Focus Elsewhere – we get it, no dancing is a bombshell. Challenge yourself to think beyond it, you’ve got more attention to cherish the moment with friends and family, savour the food and drink, the sunset and each other. Let your guests chat with each other.
  • Zhuzh Up the Drinks – make it fun, name the cocktails after yourselves or a key guest, think about some speciality garnishes for that wow-factor.
Don’t mention the masks, Karen.
  • Be Entertained – a key part of the restrictions is being seated so we also offer the following entertainment all hosted by one of our charming M.C.s :
    • Stand Up Comedians – it’s full of laughs and we can make it a little personal to the couple and/or guests.
    • Your Wedding Pub Quiz – it’s like a pub quiz, families and friends form a team and battle it out. Make some subjects personal to you.
    • Disco Bingo – it is bingo with music, and without the numbers, and it rocks.
    • The Shoe Game – a classic game for guests to get to know the couple, big laughs guaranteed.
Be Entertained – live music is allowed.
  • Tarot and Palm Readers – believe them or not, you’d like to know their mystic predictions
  • Paint and Sip – guests can take their work of art home.
  • Drag Queen – always gets bums on seats. Cheeky as!
  • Awards – throw in a few awards for the best-dressed man and woman, who travelled the furthest, who ate the most.
  • DJs and Live Music – it is not all about singing and dancing with DJs and Musos, they’re skilled at setting the vibe and ambience. Think about sunset mixes, or loungey cocktail feels.
Indeep says “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life”. A good DJ can set the vibe without a D-Floor.

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Wedding Songs for the First Dance

Picking a song for your first dance as a married couple should be fun. It’s a special moment with you both at the centre of attention of your friends and family.

First Dance Magic | Cred: Alvin Mahmudov

There is no shortage of choice. We’ve put together some tips and ideas to make it “Easy like Sunday Morning” as Faith No More sing. Get the moment right, then dance the night away.

  • Vibe: Are you thinking slow and romantic? Or, something everyone can sing along too? Perhaps you are looking for some high energy now.
  • Make it easy: Can you learn to tango across the floor for the groom to catch the bride Dirty Dancing style? That’ll blow your guests away if you have time to learn the moves and pull them off in a wedding dress and heels. Trust us, your guests will be blown away, and super happy simply seeing you dancing as a newly married couple.
  • Something old, or something new – there really is something special about those old classics to set a timeless moment. That said, a modern song that captures a special moment for you both will be your classic in years to come. Pick what just feels right for you.
First Dance Moves / Cred: Thomas AE
  • A suggestion – a romantic song for the first dance is truly a beautiful moment, we suggest this. Especially when the song is followed up a floor filler banger tune from the DJ to unleash the “Dance Monkey”s Tones & I style.
  • For Inspo Take a Listen – scroll down to listen to the highlights of the Party Liaison First Dance Playlist.
  • One Final Tip – it is great to get advice but this day is all about you, so pick whatever you desire. It will be our honour at Party Liaison to play it.

At Party Liaison we are happy to work with whatever music you like, and we are always happy to help you find that song to “Get the Party Started” whether it’s P!nk or another floor filler.

First dance inspo!
Take a listen to our Spotify playlist: Party Liaison Wedding First Dance.
Maybe take each other for a spin across the lounge.

Wedding 1st Dance Songs | Party Liaison
  • 6 Modern first dance songs
    • Loving is Easy – Rex Orange County
    • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
    • All of You – John Legend
    • ily (i love you baby) (feat. Emilee) – Surf Mesa, Emilee
    • Millionaire – Chris Stapleton
    • Beyond – Leon Bridges
  • 6 Classic first dance songs
    • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley, Haley Reinhart or Kina Grannis
    • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
    • At Last – Etta James
    • You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
    • Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
    • My Girl – The Temptations / Otis Redding

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