Choosing a DJ
Keep in mind that the single longest event of a wedding day is the dance. Therefore, take time to ensure your choice of a disc jockey reflects its importance in the celebration of your special day. So how do you select the best DJ for you? We offer this proven guide on what to look for and the right questions to ask.
Associations: Does the DJ belong to the CPDJA? Are they AVLA Licensed and carry Liability Insurance? You can check the CPDJA website to see which DJ’s in your area belong to the association, are licensed and carry liability insurance.
The Search: Since you probably do not have a list of DJs, where do you start? Here is a list of suggestions on finding reputable disc jockey services in your area.
References: Talk to recently married couples to find out whom they used. The banquet managers at hotels and convention centres are another good source of information. They see every disc jockey in the market. Remember that when getting a referral; ask yourself if the source’s tastes are similar to your own.
Bridal Shows: If you attend one of these, you’ll be sure to find a few reputable companies. This is also a good opportunity to talk one-on-one with the companies and get a feel for the level of service they provide. If you don’t like a company’s presentation, chances are you won’t like them at your wedding.
Internet: checking out a disc jockey service’s website is a quick way to see what they offer. Bridal sites can also provide helpful reviews and insights.
Advice: it’s a good idea to discuss with your fiancé what you want for your wedding entertainment. Do you want a low key event with not much interaction from your wedding DJ, just great music? Do you want your wedding DJ to be highly involved in guest interaction – leading line dances, encouraging singing for kisses, starting a conga line, leading an interactive centerpiece give-a-way, etc.? Or do you want your wedding DJ to fall somewhere in the middle? Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, it will make the interview and decision making process much easier.
Questions to ask:
- Do you specialize in weddings?
- How long have you been a wedding DJ? How many weddings have you done?
- What are the responsibilities of a wedding DJ?
- What is your style – conservative, interactive, etc?
- Can I provide a requested song list and a do not play list?
- Do you take requests from guests?
- Do you have dance floor lights? Are they included in your price?
- Are your microphones wireless?
- Do you have a back-up in case of an emergency?
- Do you have videos from weddings and testimonials/references that I can check out?
- What happens if you are sick on my wedding day?
- What are your packages and prices? Will you do overtime on the spot and what is the rate?
- How far will you travel?
- Do you provide a written contract?
- What will you wear?
- Are you insured?
- Will we meet face-to-face prior to the wedding?
- Do you have any planning materials for us?
- If I book with your company, am I guaranteed to get the specific DJ we choose?