Hiring your Wedding DJ should not be so frightening.
After all, the DJ is supposed to be the fun part of a wedding!
Certainly there are a lot of things you need to know before you hire,
But perhaps the most important thing you can do is to interview
Your DJ before you make a decision.
Here’s some questions you need to ask before choosing your Dj...
1.Will you be the DJ at our wedding?
Often, the person you speak with is not the person who will be your
DJ on your wedding day.
This is a very common practice among large agencies.
It is absolutely paramount that you have an opportunity to interview,
In person, the specific DJ that you will be working with and Determine
Whether you feel comfortable with them.
You should also expect that the individual DJ’s name is specified on
Your contract – it is the only way you can be guaranteed his or her Services
At your wedding .
2. May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract?
Many wedding DJs attempt to conduct their interviews
Over the telephone and through email instead of meeting
Face-to-face with prospective clients. In our experience, there are
Two reasons a disc jockey would do this – either they don’t feel
You are worth their time, or they have something to hide.
Some deejays are very different in person than on the telephone
And what is presented on their website, and you should insist on
Meeting in face-to-face so you can judge for yourself whether
They are a good match for you and your wedding. Your "gut" feeling
Feeling is very important in selecting the right disc jockey, and it's
Practically impossible to make this evaluation unless you are together in
Person.Now we do understand you might be coming from out of
Town or your hectic schedule doesn't allow for a face to face,
But always suggest FaceTime or Skype if you can't come to an
Agreement on timing.
3. How long have you been a DJ and how many weddings have
A wedding is such an important occasion, and you don't want your
DJ's first wedding to be your own. The number of years someone has
Been A DJ will give you some indication of their experience level,
But some DJs only Perform for a few events (and fewer weddings)
Each year. A DJ with half As many years in the industry may have
Many Times as many weddings Under His belt,
So you should also ask how many weddings the DJ has done.
Also be sure to ask if the DJ has any formal training,
Either from a DJ company or a DJ school.
4. How many weddings do you do each year?
Just like any other profession, performing for weddings requires
One’s skills to be in top form. If a DJ performs for only
A few weddings per year, they may not be “at the top of their game”
By the time your wedding date arrives. Asking how many
Weddings they do per year will give you an indication of their level
Of commitment to your type of event.
5. Have you played at our reception site before?
Wedding experience is important, and so is familiarity with your
Reception site. Every site poses different challenges – different load-
In and security procedures, different room sizes and configurations,
Different acoustics, even antiquated electrical outlets that need to be
Grounded manually. Hiring a DJ that is familiar with your site
Will give you peace of mind that you won’t have any surprises
On your wedding day. Obviously, even the best DJs can’t have
Performed at every site in the area (since there are hundreds
Available in any area), but if he hasn’t been to yours,
He should be willing to adequately prepare himself prior to
Your event by visiting the venue and/or speaking with
The site contact and studying a floor plan.
6. What if something happens to you and you can’t make it to the wedding?
Despite meticulous planning and preparation, accidents do happen.
If the DJ is injured or otherwise unable to perform on your wedding
Day, what is the backup plan? Most responsible professionals have
Some sort of backup strategy should this situation ever arise,
But others do not. Often, DJs will be members of a local DJ
Association, and network with other DJs who could possibly
Provide backup services for them in the event of an emergency.
Others take this planning more seriously and reserve a specific DJ
For every date , ensuring that backup is both available and prepared in
Case of an emergency. You need to feel comfortable that you will
Still have a qualified, prepared DJ on your wedding day,
Regardless of the circumstances, so the answer to this
Question is very important.
7. How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
This is an important question to ask, because some DJs prefer
To control the majority of the playlist and supplement their choices
With a small handful of your specific requests. Other disc jockeys prefer
To let the client choose the majority of the music,
And then use their expertise to make it all work.
The DJ should be accommodating of your music tastes, and you
Should feel comfortable with the DJ's approach and the amount of
Involvement you'll be able to have in choosing the music.
8. How much of a deposit is required to secure our date?
Almost every DJ will require some sort of deposit or retainer
In order to secure your date. This is for their protection and yours.
The industry standard for deposits is 50%. Some DJs require far less,
But this is not always a good idea. If the contract language doesn’t
Stipulate a specific guarantee of services and clearly outline a
Cancellation policy, the DJ may only legally be responsible for
Returning your deposit (sometimes as little as $25) in order to back
Back out of doing your wedding. While it would certainly be
Considered unprofessional, there certainly isn’t any financial
Incentive for the DJ if he’s only forced to pay a small fee for
Backing out on you.
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I hope the tips you got will help you to make the
Right decision for you and to hire the best Dj for your wedding.
Tell us who you chose and how was he.
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