Your wedding is right around the corner—do you have everything you’ll need? Wedding cake. Check. Wedding dress and suits. Check. The ring? Check. But what about the entertainment? To ensure your big day is one to remember, you should consider hiring a professional wedding DJ to spin some tunes and keep your guests on their feet. Not only that, but wedding DJs can also serve as emcees for the event, helping you to organize the day and announce important information. They can also offer expertise in setting up your audio and video equipment and keeping the day running as smooth as possible.
If you’re considering hiring a wedding DJ, you don’t want to jump right in and hire the first one you meet. This should be a careful and calculated decision. After all, you want everything to be perfect, right? To help you find the perfect wedding DJ, we’ve assembled some of the top questions you definitely need to ask your potential DJ. By asking these questions early on, you’ll save time, money, and be one step closer to a night to remember.
WHY CHOOSE A WEDDING DJ?
When it comes to your wedding, you have quite a few options available for your music and entertainment. Most weddings select from one of the following options: wedding DJ, live band, or simply having a friend or family member control the music selection. Of course, your music choice should reflect your preferences and budget, but there are several reasons why going with a wedding DJ is ideal.
Compared to a live band, wedding DJs are often much cheaper and easier to manage during the big day. Live bands require a lot of space, more breaks, and it isn’t exactly easy to request your favorite song off the cuff. A wedding DJ, on the other hand, only requires a small amount of space to set up, and with the right laptop, they’ll instantly have access to an unlimited selection of your favorite songs. For these reasons and more, many people opt for hiring a wedding DJ. And what about that third option of just having a friend control the tunes? Well, unless they have technical and musical experience, the reasons against this choice are pretty obvious.
6 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR WEDDING DJ
Every decision you make for your big day is important. Just how you took time to commit to your partner, you should take your time when it comes to selecting the right wedding DJ. Selecting a wedding DJ who isn’t a good match for your event and venue could end up costing you time and money and potentially disrupt the day.
Here are 6 questions you’ll be glad you asked your potential wedding DJ:
1. How would you describe your style?
No two wedding DJs are the same. Every DJ will have their own personal style, taste, and methods of showmanship. Ask your wedding DJ to describe their style to see if it aligns with your vision of the big day. In addition to music tastes (which they should be flexible about) ask about their performance style in regard to crowd interactions, making announcements, energy levels, and how they plan to dress. All these details make a major difference when it comes to finding the right wedding DJ.
2. Are you available for our dates?
This may seem like an obvious one, but the most obvious questions should never be overlooked. Make sure that your potential DJ is available for your set date and time. Occasionally, a wedding DJ may have two events on one day, which means you’ll want to be clear about the exact time frame you’ll need their services.
3. Have you previously worked at many weddings?
Not all DJs specialized in playing weddings. This is important to remember when selecting your entertainment. Ask them about their previous experience playing weddings. Additionally, see if they’ve played weddings that are similar to yours in terms of size, venue, and timing.
However, also keep in mind that a lack of experience doesn’t always mean you should turn them down. An experienced DJ may be looking for an opportunity to branch out into playing weddings. If they have the skillset, equipment, and personality for you, it could be worth giving them a chance.
4. What type of equipment do you use?
Even if you’re not knowledgeable about the latest DJ gear and speakers, you should ask about their equipment. They can even help you understand what type of equipment is needed for the specific entertainment you’re looking for. In this conversation, you can also discuss whether or not they include lights in their shows or any other accessories to enhance the performance. You should also ask about their plan for the possibility of a technical issue arising.
5. What does your pricing include?
It’s best to know specifics when it comes to pricing and everything that you’ll actually be getting from this DJ. After all, the last thing you want at the end of the day is a surprise bill for more than you expected. Ask the DJ to carefully lay out everything that will be included in their price. This may include equipment like lights and microphones or additional services like helping with set up or serving as an emcee through the course of the evening.
6. Do you have any references?
An experienced wedding DJ will have no problem providing a few references from satisfied customers. In fact, they should jump at the opportunity to show off their stellar resume to potential clients. Some wedding DJs may even have demo videos from some of their performances so you can really get a feel for their shows.
Hiring the right wedding DJ is an important decision to ensure that your big day is absolutely perfect. With so many options available, however, it can be hard to tell who the right one is. But if you ask the right questions early on, you’ll be able to tell which DJ has the necessary skills, experience, and personality to perfectly suit your vision of how your wedding will go. Once you’ve found the right wedding DJ, you can simply enjoy the music.
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