Don’t Make These Mistakes When Choosing a Wedding DJ – w/James DiNanno – Meritage DJs

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When it comes to wedding entertainment, the right music can make all the difference. But what sets apart a truly memorable wedding reception from the rest? A recent conversation with James DiNanno, the owner of Meritage DJs, shed some light on the secrets to their success.

Choose a DJ with a Musical Background

Meritage isn’t just any DJ company; they’ve carved out a niche as the “cool DJs to hire.” With team members like Ryan Key from Yellowcard, they bring a unique rock background to their DJ sets. What sets them apart is their team’s musical expertise – many are musicians themselves, giving them a deep understanding of music that goes beyond the norm.

A DJ Should Curate a Tailored Experience

According to DiNanno, their approach is all about being present and understanding each couple’s unique vibe. They’re not just there to play music; they’re there to curate an experience tailored to the couple’s tastes and the energy of the crowd. This means going beyond the standard playlist and adapting in real-time based on the crowd’s reactions.

Know What Songs NOT to Play at Your Wedding

But being a great DJ isn’t just about playing the hits. It’s also about knowing what not to play. DiNanno shared some cautionary tales of couples choosing breakup songs or inappropriate tracks that could kill the mood. Their attention to detail and commitment to creating a positive atmosphere sets them apart in an industry where not all DJs prioritize the same level of care.

DJs Need to Adapt

One of the keys to Meritage’s success is their willingness to adapt and stay ahead of trends. They’re not afraid to push boundaries and challenge traditional wedding norms. From private last dances to lounge-style receptions, they embrace couples’ individuality and help them create weddings that truly reflect who they are.

Professionalism is a Must

Another aspect that sets Meritage apart is their commitment to professionalism. They understand that while weddings are a celebration, they’re also a formal event that requires a certain level of decorum. That means no cheesy DJ banter or over-the-top antics – just seamless transitions and expertly curated playlists that keep the dance floor packed all night long.

The Goal to Create Unforgettable Wedding Receptions

In an industry where trends come and go, Meritage is setting the standard for modern wedding entertainment. By combining musical expertise, professionalism, and a genuine passion for creating unforgettable experiences, they’ve earned a reputation as the go-to DJs for couples who want their wedding to be anything but ordinary.

Show Notes

In this episode, Alyssa interviews James DiNanno from Meritage DJs about creating a memorable wedding reception. James shares his journey into the DJ business and the expansion of Meritage DJs to different cities. He emphasizes the importance of being present and understanding the couple’s vision to create a unique experience. James also discusses current trends in wedding receptions and provides insights into go-to songs and songs to avoid. The episode concludes with a discussion on the significance of the wedding reception and the role of a DJ in making it unforgettable.

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