How to Handle a DJ Who's Hogging the Mic

Etiquette, Music

We've all seen it before: a wedding DJ who thinks he's in the club instead of at your country club wedding and can't stop promoting his latest mix, or the one who is taking his MC duties just a little too far. All that mic-hogging can really ruin the flow of a wedding celebration (and make for some awkward dance-floor moments). How can you make sure the music — and your party — are the priority? Here are a few tips from our experts.

First, make sure you do your research before you hire anyone. Talk to your planner or the venue rep to see how the DJ you're considering usually acts, ask the DJ company if you can stop by an event to get a feel for their style, and read vendor reviews closely. The easiest way to avoid a mic hog is to not hire one in the first place!

If you end up being surprised during the reception with a DJ who has a lot to say, don't be afraid to speak up. Say something to your planner or coordinator, who can step in and ask your DJ to keep the commentary to a minimum. Or you can ask a parent, your maid of honor or the best man to step behind the DJ booth for a quick chat and politely ask that the focus be on the music.

See more: 7 Things You Should Tell Your Wedding DJ

After your wedding, if the situation got out of hand, contact the head of the DJ company directly. Clearly (and calmly!) explain what happened, whether it was a comment that was insensitive, promotions of the DJ's personal business, or simply too much talking between songs. You may not get a refund or a discount, but you'll be doing a major service for the next bride who doesn't know what she's getting herself into.

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