Wedding entertainment is definitely one of the fun parts of the big day, but unfortunately hiring the wedding DJ can prove to be a difficult and very not fun process with so many uncertainties looming. There are indeed many things you must find out before hiring, but what is crucial when finding the right DJ for your wedding is to simply meet and interview them before making the decision to get a real feel for what the person is about.
From my years of experience Djing at weddings and talking to many newly weds about the success of their wedding entertainment I have discovered couples who take the time to properly screen the potential DJs have a much higher success rate of finding the right person for the entertainment. A wedding is a personal event and so should be the preparation for it, especially when deciding who will work with you on the day.
From my experience couples get much more information from the DJ when they meet in person apposed to a load of back and forth emails where communication is rather closed and gives no opportunity to freely open up and discuss any concerns etc.
The most important part of meeting in person is that you will get to experience the DJ first hand letting you get an understanding of personality, confidence, appearance and much more, which will give you a real feel for whether this is the right or wrong person for working at your wedding.
Some Other Tips to Help Find the Right Wedding DJ:
- Check Testimonials and References: If you can contact references that the DJ gives you from previous Brides and Grooms they have worked with, then this will give you invaluable knowledge.
- Referrals: Like references referrals are a great way to find out if the DJ is good or not. After all they have seen the DJ first hand or have been recommended by someone else who has had a positive experience with them.
- Make Sure Not to Scrimp on the DJ: Like anything else in life you get what you pay for; therefore if you want a quality DJ the price is going to be usually higher than a less professional one.
- Interview the DJ: As mentioned above it’s vital to meet the DJ in person; this means the same DJ that will be at your wedding and not the company representing the DJ. You don’t want somebody turning up who you haven’t met yet!
Asking the Right Questions
I’ve stressed the importance of meeting the DJ face to face throughout this article and explained that you will learn loads from sitting down for a small amount of time together and chatting, but what are the essential questions to ask?
Here’s a list of a few questions that should help:
How many years experience do you have being a wedding DJ?
Do you have availability on my wedding day date?
How early do you arrive to setup?
Do you provide all the required equipment?
Can you provide a master of ceremonies/compère service?
Can you provide services for the entire day or only the reception?
How much is the entire cost?
Will there be any additional costs?
Is there a deposit and how do I make payment?
Do you have backup equipment in case anything malfunctions?
Will you take music requests on the day?
Can we work together to create a playlist?
What kind of clothing do you wear?
Good Luck in Your Search
I hope this helps you to choose the perfect DJ for your wedding. A quality DJ is an essential part of making a wedding perfect, so planning is key!
If you would like to meet for a coffee and to discuss some of the points mentioned in this article, then I would love to hear from you. Please call me on 07793 824998 or drop me an email email@example.com for a friendly chat to see if we will be a good match for your wedding entertainment requirements.