The easiest way to find the perfect DJ for your wedding is to take time to interview all of your potential choices. And hopefully there’s some chemistry between the DJ and the happy couple, but at times a particular DJ is not going to be the best fit for your wedding day.
Unfortunately, many people have made the mistake of choosing the wrong DJ to entertain their guests during their wedding reception. To help you avoid making this costly mistake, we’re going to share five questions that you should always ask before hiring musical entertainment. By asking the following questions, you’ll find out if your choice is the right fit for your event, making it easier to eliminate everyone that doesn’t make the grade.
1. Are You Working Full Time as a Wedding DJ?
During the earliest stages of the DJ selection process, it’s in your best interest to find out if the entertainer you’re considering is a successful and well-rounded DJ with plenty of experience. By finding out if they are a full-time wedding DJ, you’ll also learn if this individual or company has a wide range of experience playing music at a number of different types of wedding events.
Unfortunately, many of the part-time DJs playing music for weddings are only one dimensional and not really a true expert in this field. While it’s not right to say that all part-time DJs aren’t going to have the skills to handle any wedding, the odds are that you’ll have a much better overall experience if you only stick with the professional wedding DJs that have made this their full-time business and livelihood.
On a side note, if a DJ you interview starts talking negative about one of their clients, you should beware of that particular wedding DJ. Why? Well, if he or she is willing to talk about a previous client to you behind their back, what is this person going to say about you? So that’s something to keep in mind.
2. Will You Create a Completely Customized Experience for My Wedding Reception?
When looking for a wedding DJ, you need to find the perfect choice to create the ideal soundtrack for your wedding reception. This DJ shouldn’t be expected to throw any old soundtrack together based on their personal preferences.
On the contrary, they have to put a musical playlist together based on your needs, your vision, your tastes, and your particular style. A good wedding DJ should realize that all of their customers aren’t created equally.
And even more important, the bride and groom may have their own particular tastes that differ from one another and want a wide variety of music to be played during their wedding reception. So, you’ll have to take the time to give the DJ a list of music that you want him or her to play and a list of the music that they must avoid. If the DJ is good and a true professional, he or she will adhere to your wishes and make sure that all of your wedding music is absolutely perfect based on your criteria.
3. What Type of Sound Equipment Do You Use?
Some brides and grooms might not really care about the type of equipment being used, but it’s definitely worth looking into because you want to make sure they have the right sound system for your big event. And even more important, while you’re asking about their main sound equipment, you also have to inquire about the backup equipment.
Yes, every good wedding DJ should have backup equipment just in case something was ever to go wrong. You don’t want to end up having a wedding with no music because your wedding DJ’s equipment suddenly failed out of nowhere.
So ask about the equipment and make sure it’s top of the line. And also make sure that your DJ has backup sound equipment so that your wedding will have your favorite music pumping through the reception hall no matter what.
4. Are You Willing to Look over Our Wedding Venue If You’ve Never Played Here before?
Remember, if you are about to get married, you absolutely want everything to be 100% perfect on your big day. Sometimes that means having your wedding DJ take a trip to the wedding reception hall to make sure everything will go smoothly musically during the wedding reception.
By taking a trip to the venue beforehand, the DJ will be able to meet with the staff, get to know about any particular rules that they have in place for their DJs and vendors, and it also lets them correctly decide on the perfect sound equipment based on the venue’s acoustics and lighting plan.
5. Do You Offer Any Other Services to Make Our Wedding Reception Extra Special?
Having a DJ that plays great music that you love is obviously the most important feature when choosing the entertainment for your wedding. But it doesn’t mean that your questions come to an end their once you find someone willing to play your favorite songs.
On the contrary, you should find out if your DJ has packages that provide extra services like bringing in video screens, intelligent lighting, and any other requested option that you might have. Because you really want your friends and family to have a great time while they’re out on the dance floor, and adding equipment for photos, video, and more will make your wedding that much more special. So check with the DJ to find out if any awesome extras are available for your wedding.
As you can see, a lot more goes into picking the right wedding DJ then you may have originally thought. But if you ask the questions that we’ve mentioned today, you’ll be able to find the perfect wedding DJ in no time at all.