People usually use a wedding DJ because it’s simpler and even cheaper compared to hiring an entire band. But how do you pick the right DJ when the choices out there are overwhelming?
Asking for Recommendations
Get started by asking your reception venue for referrals or recommendations. Most probably, these people know some DJs from wedding receptions that had been held there. And if you can find a DJ who actually knows the place and the staff pretty well, that could help make everything run more smoothly .
If you’re going to use a DJ company, be sure you get their main guy – probably the owner – who should be more experienced and expensive but well worth your extra money. This should be clearly indicated in your contract, including a condition that prohibits them from making substitutions. Whoever you end up hiring though, make sure you get a confirmation one month ahead of the wedding, and then call again a week before. You can’t be too complacent.
Another good way of finding a good wedding DJ is asking for referrals from people you personally know, like relatives, people at work, and so on. Your caterer, limo company, photographer or tuxedo rental company may also provide some recommendations. Being in the same industry, these guys are the probably best to ask about one another.
If you’re wondering how much a wedding DJ would be paid, think from $300 to $3,000, depending on experience, equipment and so on. Wedding DJs often provide their clients several options, but in the end, don’t allow your reception to become amateur hour.
The bottomline consideration when it comes to choosing a wedding DJ is experience. Wedding receptions have a unique rhythm that only an experienced professional wedding DJ can gracefully dance to. This usually includes unexpected events that can easily ruin the reception – for example, when food gets delayed – if not for a smooth and savvy DJ snatching the guests attention.
Of course, at the end of the day, you’ll want a DJ who can give you and your guests all the best memories of this most important day of your life. And that will only happen if their personality perfectly fits the crowd. Find a DJ who can develop great rapport with everybody at the reception.
People usually end up hiring the wrong DJs because of their own fault. And the best way to prevent this from happening is to begin your search several months in advance. This will give you enough time to decide, change your mind if necessary, and finally make your final decision.