Photo contributed by DJ Tom Farley
DJ Tom Farley gives tips for picking DJs and playlists.
Photo contributed by DJ Tom Farley
DJ Tom Farley gives tips for picking DJs and playlists.
When the bride and groom make their grand reception entrance and the DJ mistakenly blasts Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” instead of The Dixie Cups’ “Chapel of Love” — well, that’s just awkward.

DJs are important at weddings. He or she helps ensure different parts of the reception, like dinner and toasting the bride and groom, flow smoothly with appropriate music to set the tone.

“The timing of these components is crucial,” said Tom Farley, a DJ for more than 25 years. “For example, you don’t want to wait to throw the bouquet and discover most of the single girls have already left.”

Farley is well known in the Catholic community for playing tunes at everything from weddings to CYO dances. Here, Farley provides tips on picking a DJ and choosing great songs for a reception playlist.