Here comes another scary task for your wedding, and that is – Hire a wedding DJ!!
The nerve-racking part is not – getting someone; it is actually, choosing the best one. So, the question is – How can you possibly know that the one you choose is the best?
There are, undoubtedly, a lot of things you need to consider before getting a DJ or short listing that one person who’ll rock your wedding. Well, what I have here are some of the finest tips and tricks to help you get the job done, flawlessly.
1. Wedding DJ Research Mission
One mistake that many couples make is letting their family look for a DJ, and then, compromise with the choice. Stop it; take the control and Google it by yourself. You will find a lot of agencies on the internet. Some specialize in parties, some in corporate events and some in weddings. Choose a company that deals with wedding ceremonies as they would know what’s best for the day. A little bit of hard work will ensure that your big day gets the attention it deserves and works out smoothly.
2. Analyze their Website
Look for the price that they charge and the reviews they’ve received from their previous clients. Compare, and ask yourself the question- Are they worthy? Talk to these clients if possible, just to get a better insight. Don’t let the pricing be the only factor for rejection or acceptance.
Take a look at the presentation of their website, what do you see? Do you like their online presence? Are they providing some sort of special package for weddings? In this case, you might want to judge the book by its cover.
3. Make sure that the company and the DJ are Licensed
After checking their website, the next important thing you might want to find out is whether that company and the DJ are licensed or not. A licensed company/ DJ have a hold of all their music and songs from reputed outlets such as iTunes, Amazon and so on. It doesn’t only prove that the playlists are legally attained, it also ensures that the clips are of the best quality. Plus, it is illegal to hire someone or take services from a company that is not registered. Believe me, you would want to keep the police departments off your backs!
4. Arrange Meetings with them
Searching online won’t be enough for you to find out the best company/ DJ. Have multiple options. Make sure that you meet each company’s representative/ DJ in person.
Location shouldn’t be the problem as the companies can arrange meetings via conference phone calls.
5. Inquiry Time
Before your meeting, prepare yourself with as many questions as possible. It’s not just the cost that matters. What do you really want to know? Write down whatever’s going on in your mind, after all, it’s the most important day of your life.
Here are some of the typical questions you might want to ask:
– Do you offer a written contract?
– Will you be the DJ at our wedding day?
– How long have you been a DJ?
– How many weddings have you performed at?
– Do you perform at more than one venue in a day?
– Do you also make the announcements?
– How would you present yourself when making announcements?
– How do you define your ‘style’ while performing?
– How would you motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?
– What if you can’t make it to the wedding?
– Can we submit our music requests and event details?
– Do you keep your music collection up-to-date?
– How much of a deposit does your company require?
– What is included in the cost of my event?
– What kind of equipment do you use?
– Do you have backup equipment with you at the wedding?
– Can you provide music for the reception and the ceremony?
– What are you going to wear during the event?
– Do you have a “light show”?
– Do you charge for travel?
– Should I be aware of any additional fees?
Ask as many questions as you can, and judge them carefully. If the pros surpass the cons and the price seems right, go ahead and make the deal.
6. View their Equipments
You can easily judge a DJ from the tools and equipments that he carries. Never be satisfied with low-quality equipment as they may sound terrible, or worse, get out of order on the occasion. Have a Plan B in case anything goes wrong, and ask the company to do the same.
7. Check out some of the Samples they’ve played earlier
Wedding ceremonies have people from a variety of age groups and a good DJ never fails to entertain all of them. Ask for a video of a previous event where they played. You would certainly want to know how good they are when it comes to getting people on their feet. It’s totally fine to be skeptical about music. Get to know the kind of music the DJ plays. If they have a wedding playlist, give it a listen. Music in these sorts of events must be from an array of genres. Suggest them if you have a personal choice. I am pretty sure he would be glad to take your suggestions too.
8. Get to Know them
After going through everything, you should take a glance at their personality – A sharp look, a professional attitude, a great voice, fun loving- Are you getting a positive vibe from them or not?
As he/she will be working for you on a significant event, you really should make a good connection with them. Remember what you’re looking for is a person who can wow your guests.
Many people fail to understand the value of a licensed, well experienced DJ and land up hiring an amateur. For them, DJs are all about playing music, but is that so?
Let’s have a look at few issues that couples should try considering before they can come to a conclusion as such-
- An amateur DJ would perform just for the sake of performing. So, would you rather have a performer who is fully devoted to his work and performance, who looks forward to rock your event or someone who takes it for granted?
- Your wedding is such an event that requires the skills and experience of a wedding specialist. It’s about more than just playing music. It needs coordination, reading the crowd and perfection guaranteed. Now, would you bet on a rookie for that?
- What if the DJ isn’t able to understand the crowd and keep the momentum going? Are you willing to take that risk, to let the fun go off your wedding?
- Making announcements has a huge impact on the mood and upshot of the celebration. Do you want to irritate your guests with a DJ that has an annoying, abrasive voice?
- Your DJ should be able to create an amazing environment with great numbers. You definitely don’t want to simply waste your time dancing to the songs that you don’t like, do you?
- What if he plays “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” in your First Dance? Definitely not happening, right?
- A professional DJ always has a backup plan to make sure you have music at your wedding no matter what. Are you willing to take your chances with an amateur DJ without a backup on your wedding day? Think of the consequences.
- Many experienced DJs offer party lights as a part of their wedding packages. They also give you an opportunity to give a light show effect at your reception. Would you rather wed at a majestic lighted up space or adjust in a simple flowery reception? Choice is all yours!
- There are often issues with DJs being punctual and a proper set up before the arrival of guests. Professionals always arrive at least an hour earlier and get organized before the ceremony begins. Whereas amateurs may not be as punctual. Who would you choose now?
- A professional will be able to adapt to those changes with poise, while still keeping every possible mess in control. Do you want your party to go out of track by hiring a newbie or would you let the experienced handle it?
If you are putting too much effort creating the perfect day, it’s best to hire a professional DJ rather than hiring an inexperienced one who doesn’t know what he/she is doing.
So buck up people! It’s time to look for the one person who’ll change your wedding into an unforgettable musical phenomenon. After all, we only marry once, right?