Planning a wedding requires a lot of working parts. You’ve got to locate the perfect venue, choose your photographer, find and hire an expert DJ, and make a whole lot of other decisions before it’s all said and done.
For even some of the most independent and self-sufficient people, this can quickly be overwhelming. Check out these 5 tips to choose a wedding DJ!
Check with Your Venue
Some venues will have a list of DJs that have used their location or that they recommend. Venues that regularly host weddings will be familiar to those who have experience within their walls. Each venue will have variables like acoustics and what they have available to accommodate DJs as well.
If you’re not sure where to even start, this is it. Check with your venue to see if they have a list of preferred DJs or perhaps have some recommendations that they can provide you. Then start interviewing those options!
Interview for the Hire
Before you hire a DJ, don’t be afraid to conduct interviews. While this won’t be your classic job interview, you are hiring them to do a job for you. If you have a DJ that won’t make time to meet with you so you can ask them questions, then they probably are not the right choice for your wedding.
An interview doesn’t have to belong and it can be on the phone even. It’s a matter of making sure they have the equipment, asking about the music they play, and just engaging with them as a whole.
Check Forums & Search Engines
The internet has a lot of resources. Classic sites like Wedding Parties Entertainment give you a ton of resources for narrowing down your searches, finding what is available near you or your venue, and even finding reviews and details that you just won’t get without really digging in.
It’s always a good idea to get referrals. This works two ways. You can get referrals of suggested DJs from local sources as well as friends and family. You can also get referrals from the venues and perhaps other coordinators that are part of your wedding (caterers, photographers, party planners, etc.).
You have friends that got married at some point most likely so find out who they used!
On another note, you can also ask the DJ for referrals. Quality businesses with a classic and proven track record will be happy to accommodate this request in most cases and will be able to point you to a satisfied customer or two to converse with.
Finally, always keep your own preferences and style in mind. You want to be sure that the DJ you hire will accommodate your tastes so find out what type of music they play, what they do for the crowd, and so on.
Just because someone else absolutely loved that DJ doesn’t mean you will jive with them so don’t just take it at their word. Go through the motions and make sure that this DJ will be the right option for you.