For your wedding day, we know you want the best of everything, and your wedding DJ is no exception. But with so much on your wedding planning plate, how do you manage to pick the absolute best wedding DJ? These seven tips will definitely make choosing the perfect DJ a whole lot easier.
Don’t Just Give the Gig to Friends or Family
You might have a friend or family member who is a DJ, an aspiring DJ, or likes to DJ as a hobby, and while giving them the gig isn’t always the worst choice, it can lead to disaster.
There are a bunch of reasons why it’s best to pick a professional DJ over a friend, so if you do want to hire a friend or family member to DJ your wedding, make your choice off of their expertise and experience, not just your relationship.
Meet Your DJ in Person
We live in a world where the internet and online bookings make life so much more convenient, but it’s not always the best option. Before committing to a DJ, it’s best to meet them in person so that you can experience their personality and style first hand.
Your wedding DJ’s style and personality matter a lot more than you might think because your DJ plays a big role in setting the tone for your wedding. So when you meet them in person you want to not only make sure their musical and personal style and vibe matches yours, but that it’s a style fit to represent your wedding too.
Check on Wedding Experience and Professionalism
No matter how well you plan every detail of your wedding music, nothing will help more than a DJ with wedding experience. Weddings have a unique and special flow that’s different from any other party or event, and if things get off track or don’t go exactly as planned, you’ll be so grateful that you have an experienced and professional DJ to keep things smooth.
When you choose a professional DJ with wedding experience, you can let go of some of the stress and count on wedding music, announcements, and more being well taken care of. To make sure that your wedding DJ choice has the experience and professionalism you need, try asking some of these questions:
- Are weddings the only events you DJ?
- How many weddings do you DJ a year?
- How long have you worked as a wedding DJ?
- Do you have references I can contact?
Communication You Can Count On
Your wedding DJ will do so much more than just play music; a professional DJ will play a vital role in keeping every aspect of your event flowing by also doubling as an Emcee, which means communication and articulation are so important.
It’s essential to ensure that your DJ of choice has great communication and articulation skills and that they’ll be able to effectively communicate with not only you but your vendors and guests too. The best DJ will make sure that photographers and videographers never miss a moment, ensure that guests know where to go, and that everyone is in the room for the most special moments.
A big perk of hiring a professional DJ is that they should have the gear to match. To be sure, ask about the equipment your DJ will be using and take a look at it. The best DJs will use equipment that’s well maintained, highly functional, and that even adds an extra element to your wedding ambiance.
The perfect wedding DJ will know just how to balance a playlist so that it covers your wants and needs, involves some artistic liberty, and adjusts to the crowd. In the end, you want to ensure that your wedding DJ will work with you so that the music at your wedding is the music you want.
To make sure this happens, talk to your DJ about songs and genres you want to be played, whether you want requests taken (and how often), and your “do not play” list.
While we’re on the topic of playlists, make sure that you also sample some of each DJ’s playlists and music library to get a feel of the performance they provide.
Remember, You Get What You Pay For
Music entertainment and specifically DJ prices vary in large part because anyone can purchase DJ equipment and try it out, but the professional price tag will always be more. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of your wedding budget to get a great wedding DJ, just keep in mind that as with all things in life, you pay more for quality.
With that said, before you commit, make sure you know exactly what you’re paying for. Different DJ fees cover various components, features, and extras.