Your wedding DJ will play an important part on your big day, and it's not just about playing music to get people dancing. In truth, a professional wedding DJ has a variety of responsibilities, some of which you'll notice and others that are less visible. That's why hiring a well-reviewed expert during your wedding planning process is completely worth it (making a Spotify playlist, connecting your iPhone into some speakers, and calling it a day won't cut it). Apart from playing famous tunes, here are several things you probably didn't realize your rockstar wedding DJ could do.

Helps in maintaining the day-of-event timeline

While your wedding planner, venue, and caterer will most likely take the lead in putting out your wedding-day itinerary, an experienced DJ will undoubtedly contribute because he or she knows how long different aspects of the reception will take. Furthermore, during the reception, your wedding DJ is in charge of executing and enforcing the timeline, making announcements to ensure that events run on time and, if there are any delays, modifying accordingly.

Can provide music for the wedding ceremony as well as the cocktail hour

While hiring live musicians for your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour has its advantages, a skilled wedding DJ may play recorded music during these two parts of the big day. The appropriate music (and the perfect wedding DJ!) sets the tone for your ceremony, from the wedding party processional through the time you say "I do." During cocktail hour, your DJ can play light, energetic music that doesn't interfere with the main event—mingling, dining, and imbibing.

Sound equipment is provided.

It's critical to have high-quality, functional sound equipment, which your wedding DJ will provide. Your guests won't be able to hear your first introduction as a married couple, the lyrics to your first dance song, your best man's toast, or the announcement that dinner is being served or that the closing song is being played if you don't have microphones or speakers.

(May) Provide Lighting

While we advocate employing a lighting provider for more complex needs, many wedding DJs provide uplighting as part of their services. Smaller lighting systems that may be put on the floor and aim light upwards to highlight your tables and dance floor are known as uplighting. Ask your wedding DJ if this is something that can be included in your package, or if you should employ a professional lighting firm instead.