Wedding Reception "Wow" Factor

Wedding Reception WOW Factor

By Bobby Riley, “DJ Mastermind”

First of all, I want to point out that calling a wedding “the bride’s special day” is inherently flawed. Yes, it absolutely is a day to celebrate the bride and the groom BUT it’s not just a celebration for them.

A wedding reception is a party that is also for the parents, the siblings, the grandparents, the Aunts, the Uncles and the friends. That’s why there’s a tradition of inviting guests – because those are people with whom the celebrants want to share their special occasion.

As professional entertainers, our job is to make a reception special for EVERYONE! To accomplish this lofty task we must meet with both the bride and groom, and help them design the event from “soup to nuts,” so that everything makes an impact and flows seamlessly.


Are we as DJs Wedding planners? I say yes, and just like any wedding planner we need to learn who the bride and groom are.

  • How did they meet?
  • Where was their first date?
  • Who made the proposal?
  • Where was their first kiss?
  • What are their interests?
  • What are the details of their wedding party members?

The more you know about your bride, groom and wedding party, the better able you’ll be able to make recommendations that will make their reception unique.

The “Wow” Factor

The Grand Entrance sets the tone for the rest of the party. Use the knowledge you’ve gained through asking questions to design it for maximum “Wow” factor.

For example, if most of your wedding party are wearing cowboy hats and boots, use that fact to say something humorous!

If you know that one of the VIPs used to play football for a local college team, get the guests riled up. Maybe even throw him a football as he is being introduced!

If the groom is a pilot in the Air force, choose your grand entrance music around this fact with military or airplane themed music!

I promise that if you and your couple design their reception with information about the bride, groom and wedding party – and include guest interaction, you will have a more interested and enthusiastic crowd and a VERY-VERY Happy couple!