We've worked with lots of great DJs in our time, and finding the right one for you can be a really specific task. They've got to get you, your style, and be experienced enough to work on the fly when things aren't going well. It's not an easy job, but a great DJ can make your party with excellent tunes, good MCing, and not getting in the way of the festivities.
Here are some questions we think you might want to ask your potential wedding DJ to see if they mesh with you.
Is this your full-time business? Have you worked lots of weddings in the past?
Make sure they're a professional who's learned from past mistakes and other weddings, and who knows how to handle various venue types and sound setups.
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Do you have set playlists to choose from? Do you customize the playlists for our style?
Find a DJ who will work with you to create a soundtrack to match your theme and personalities. Often they'll work with you to combine your music selections with similar set playlists that match the tone. That way you're not having to do the lion's share of building the list and making it really restrictive for your DJ.
What do you do if the music just isn't working for the crowd?
Watching videos of DJs in action can help alleviate this concern. Listen to their demos and wedding performances to see how they'll handle a tougher crowd, especially if you're looking for lots of dancing.
Will you MC the schedule of events?
Are they willing to usher in the next phase of the party, call out special dances, and introduce the wedding party? Lay out your needs to see if they'll be able to handle it.
How many DJs do you have in your organization, and can we choose who we get?
Some DJ companies have multiple DJs working for them, so make sure you know which DJ will be assigned to you or if you get a choice.
How do you handle song requests?
Some DJs will honor your request to stick to the playlist or allow for requests, pre-screened by a wedding party member or otherwise. Ask if they'll allow for a do-not-play list as well, if you're wanting to avoid anything in particular.
Do you have transition/mixing samples?
A seamless transition experience is something you won't really even notice if it's done well. Ask what they'll do for very long songs and how they'll avoid awkward gaps of silence.
What is your sound equipment setup? Do you have a backup?
Make sure your DJ is prepared with high-quality equipment and a backup plan in case something fails.
Have you played at our venue before? Can you make a site visit before the wedding day?
Make sure they're willing to test acoustics, equipment, noise restrictions, dance floor setup, etc. at your venue to optimize the experience. You don't want to run into any unexpected equipment snafus that render their setup useless.
What other services do you offer?
Some DJs offer lighting services, video screens, dance floor props, etc. See what other services you could include with your music package.
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Will you be getting a DJ for your ceremony and/or reception, or will you be going the DIY route? Let us know about it in the comments!