the room layout and set-up of tables for the reception
are many things to consider when deciding where the tables
will be positioned. You should take these tips with
you when meeting with the venue hall management and use these
as guidelines for a successful Wedding Reception. Firstly,
determine the capacity of the room when there will be seating
and a dance floor. If the DJ is providing the microphone
for speeches, check with the service to see if they use a
corded microphone or wireless. If it is a corded style,
then the DJ table should be located near the head table podium.
This will reduce the amount of cable laid out on the floor
and reduce chances of a tripping hazard. Note:
Be sure that they will tape all cables down for safety.
If the DJ service can provide a cordless or wireless microphone,
the table can be located almost anywhere. We must also
consider the speaker placement of the sound system.
Ideally, the DJ table should be located on the opposite side
of the room, so that the speakers are far away from the podium,
thus reducing the chance of that terrible squeal called feedback.
This only occurs when the speakers are too close to the microphone,
or the mic level has to be raised up to compensate for someone
NOT talking directly into the mic (see section on microphone
use age). The DJ table should also be located at the
edge of the dance floor and not along the back wall
or behind the head table. Speaker volume is always loudest
at the speaker, and the level drops with distance. During
the dance portion of the evening, the DJ will aim the speakers
at the dance floor area and generally, the volume is louder
than that of the background dinner music played earlier in
the evening. Imagine anyone sitting between the speaker
and the dance floor - Don't seat your guests there!
areas of consideration is the flow of traffic - how your guests
and wait staff will flow through the room. Make it comfortable
for all and you will have a great party. If you are
having your wedding party introduced into the room before
dinner, make sure that there is enough room between the tables
to allow your bridal party to walk side by side all the way
from the hall to the head table. Plan this as you would
during the ceremony. This will also allow for great
photo and video opportunities.
table looks great when you place
glitter or confetti chips on
the tables. For a DJ though,
this spells disaster IF you
put any flakes of confetti or
glitter on or near the DJ booth
set up area. This stuff
tracks easily, and can (and
usually does) end up on the
very CD's that are getting played
that night. Just one piece
will cause a CD to skip, or
not even read in the player
unit. Worst case, the
piece falls off INSIDE the player,
making it inoperable.
Please take the precaution of
keeping the skirted DJ table
absolutely clean. This
will help ensure that you have
a successful party.
tips will apply to corded and
cordless microphones alike.
Firstly, a microphone CANNOT
correct for poor usage.
It only processes what it receives..
if the guest speaker has a really
quiet voice or one that is too
far away from the head of the
mic, we cannot correct to make
it sound great. The farther
your mouth is away from the
microphone pick-up area, the
less the voice signal will be.
If we try to increase the volume
though our DJ system, we run
the risk of feedback... that
annoying high pitched squeal
that makes everyone cringe.
With proper set up and usage,
we can virtually eliminate all
of it using the type of mic's
required for each application.
There is a specific pattern
assigned to every mic we need
to use (which help eliminate
feedback) and with your help,
will make all your speeches
sound great. Look at the
sample pattern below... the
shaded area represents the location
where you need to have your
mouth. If you get out
of that area, the ability to
pick up your voice drops significantly.
You should be talking directly
into the microphone or within
about 2-4 inches for best results.
If the mic is mounted on a stand
at the podium and you swing
your head side to side to look
at both sides of the room, shift
your body slightly to keep your
mouth in direct line to the
mic head, or your voice will
fade out and be more difficult
to hear you. If you
are using a cordless microphone
and holding it in your hand,
please refrain from hand gestures
that move the mic all over.
Instead, try to hold the mic
vertically and rest the head
of it on your chin for best
results. Before your evening
gets underway, have your MC
visit the DJ and get instructions
on how to turn on/off the microphone
and verify the agenda for the
using a microphone that is removed from the stand, be sure
that you keep your body between the microphone and the speaker.
This will reduce the risk of feedback which occurs when the
mic is pointed directly at a speaker. The squeal is
caused by the hidden static noise produced from a sound system
that gets amplified over and over until it's loud enough to
be heard... thus the squeal. When a mic is pointed directly
at or held very close to a speaker, this amplification occurs
very quickly. By keeping your body directly between
the speaker and the mic your are holding, this will reduce
or eliminate all chances of feedback. The closer you
speak into the mic, we can lower the volume, again reducing