If your venue and dress help set the style of your wedding, your DJ helps set the tone. Do you want a relaxed vibe suitable for a lot of catching up with family and old friends? Or a full on party vibe where no one stays in their seats? Knowing which kind of reception you want will help you choose the right DJ.
When meeting with wedding professionals always come prepared with a list of questions. A well prepared professional has probably heard them all before and has most likely covered them in their presentation to you. If not, and if you are prepared, you will be able to make a more informed decision.
When meeting with a DJ, be sure to ask these questions:
- Am I hiring you or an assistant? How much experience does the assistant or back-up DJ have, and can you meet him or her before? Please keep in mind: Life happens and sometimes a substitute must be sent. If you are satisfied with the end result, I would not request a discount regardless of it being the DJ you actually hired or not.
- Do you have a back-up plan if your equipment fails? Don’t let them back out of answering this by saying something like “there’s never been a need”. All it takes is once, and you don’t want it to be on your day.
- Can I see footage of you in action? There’s bound to be video floating around of your DJ… and if there isn’t? That may be a red flag. Find out if you can attend his or her next event. * If you do, be sure to come dressed as a wedding guest and don’t eat or drink anything for which the couple has paid. *
- What is your musical style? If DJ A prefers country music and you can’t stand it, that is probably a good sign for you to keep looking.
- What is your DJ style? Do they talk a lot or do they sit there and play music? What is your preference?
- What will you wear? You don’t want your DJ in jeans and a t-shirt at a formal affair. Nor would you want someone to show up in a tux at a backyard barbecue. Make sure you are both on the same page.
- How do you get people out of their seats? Knowing how they will respond to a crowd stuck to their chairs is a really good thing to know.
- Make it clear what you are looking for – by the very nature of their jobs, DJs are very adaptive. If you tell a DJ what you are looking for, they will either be that or can possibly send you to someone better suited for you.