Tips for Selecting a DJ for your Wedding
Choosing a disc jockey for your wedding entertainment can
be very important to the success of the event. Below are some questions that
should always be asked before saying 'how much do you charge?'
type of party experience does your DJ have?
Is he or she experienced
enough to handle unforeseen circumstances that may arise. They should offer
appropriate music during certain times. Dinner and cocktail music should be
played during the meal and change to dance or upbeat music after, when the
couple feels is appropriate. Additionally, the DJ should work well with other
professionals, such as the caterer and photographer.
What type of
events does your DJ regularly play?
Obviously one would prefer the
answer 'weddings.' Many disc jockeys serve other markets and only do weddings
when one comes along. Weddings are unique from proms or clubs and should be
treated that way by entertainers. There is certain etiquette that needs to be
displayed in a wedding entertainer, and an inexperienced DJ can end up ruining
your wedding reception.
Can the DJ provide local references?
The key to a disc jockey service is repeat business and word of mouth
advertising. Ask for phone numbers or email addresses of past customers and
have questions prepared to ask them about their experiences with the
Is the disc jockey's price a good value?
Shop around but
don't settle for the bottom line. There are bargain DJ services where you get
more than your money's worth. There are also services that will charge you too
much. Watch out for companies that will try to take advantage of a couple
preparing for a wedding.
What type of equipment will your DJ
Make sure there is all professional equipment, no home speakers
and home-built lights. You are hopefully hiring a professional who takes his
job seriously. Make sure they have made an investment in equipment. Only expect
the best. No bride and groom should have to worry about the microphone or
speakers dying in the middle of their reception!
Will the DJ play a
wide variety of music?
You want to find a DJ that will entertain
everyone at the reception. The music library should contain everything from big
band , oldies, disco, country, rock, and should be on digital compact disc.
They should also offer to purchase any of your special songs that they do not
have in their music library. Also, ask for a sample music listing.
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