Handling song requests that you dislike

Wedding, Bar Mitzvah, anniversary, birthday, or even corporate event – regardless of what type of party you’re planning, you will want everyone there to feel great. Where do you draw the line between your guests’ wishes and your party’s style, though? How do you handle song requests that you dislike?

Here are some tips you should definitely keep in mind:

  • Talk to your DJ. Some DJs have a very specific policy when it comes to guest song requests. For instance, some professionals are strictly against it, others are happy to do it, and others simply go with the host’s choice. It is very important to clear this matter from the very beginning and see if your DJ and you are compatible in this respect.
  • The “Do Not Play” list. If your DJ does take requests and if you agree to this, remember that it is crucial to leave him with a list of songs to avoid at all costs. Don’t rush with the creation of this playlist – take your time and think of all songs you deeply dislike. Providing your DJ with this list gives him a polite way to turn down requests containing these songs and a great way to ensure your happiness with his services.
  • The last-minute option. If you haven’t created a list of songs not to play and you start noticing bad songs “sneaking” into your event, you can politely ask your DJ to turn down all or some requests (e.g. if you dislike certain artists or genres, you can let him know to refuse those requests).

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