The Rule of Three

Depending on your context, the rule of three can mean a lot of different things.

In science it has a meaning, in photography it's referred to as the rule of thirds, and in the urban dictionary it's commonly known as a secret code when determining the true number of a woman's past partners (since the rule suggests women don't want to come across as promiscuous).

Most commonly, the rule of three is a communication tool or general rule suggesting that when reading, speaking and writing, concepts or ideas that are presented in threes are inherently more interesting and therefore have a far greater impact on the intended audience. Presenting something in threes makes the message more enjoyable, clearer and more memorable.

Why do you think stories like the three little pigs, three wise men and three musketeers exist in the manner they do?

Well in the world of professional DJ's, the rule of three takes on a whole new life. We use it as for many reasons, but three very important ones, as listed below, can make your next event a huge success:

1) A good DJ rarely plays any more than three songs in a row of any music genre. The main reason for this is because your event, likely a wedding, will have a variety of ages, music tastes and styles among your guests. There should be a little something for everyone and three of any one genre is just enough to keep the people who like that current genre happy, but not keep waiting too long the guests who don't.

2) Three first dances is more than enough to start any reception. Often times our couples have a hard time deciding on which first dances to do, for how long and with whom. We suggest that three is enough to ensure those important, intimate and heartfelt moments, while four can become a long time to ask your guests not to participate in the dancing once the dance floor is open.

3) Three songs is not long to ask a guest to wait for a request. This one may not be a general rule among the DJ community, but I like to personally use this in my shows. I pride myself on being able to play the majority of the requests I receive in a night (I never play them all as some requests are simply inappropriate). If I get a request that doesn't fit the current playlist, three songs isn't much to ask a guest to wait for me to get to their genre so I can get ultimately to their request.

Does your DJ know or have a rule of three?

Most professionals should have some knowledge of it. If they don't, it's likely that they lack the experience needed to ensure your event is the success you want, hope and need it to be.