One of the best parts of your wedding will be having your friends and family around you partying like it’s 1999 – as long as you get the right wedding DJ! Choosing the DJ who’s right for your wedding can be a daunting task – there are so many out there and they all have different styles. How do you find one who fits into your vision of your wedding party? To make things easier, we set out the top 11 questions you should be asking your wedding DJ before you book her.
1. What experience do you have?
Some DJs have only ever played at weddings. Others have experience of clubs, festivals and other events too. If a DJ has a wide experience of different venues and crowds, she’s more likely to have an eclectic music taste and be able to be make the kids at your party dance as well as your parents.
2. Can I give you a Must Play List?
Some DJs baulk at the idea of being told what to play. The majority are more than happy to play the music that you want to have at your wedding and to use their skills to complement it with songs that they think will go down well. Make sure your DJ is open to the music that you want to hear. Even if you have no idea yet what you’d like to dance to, your DJ should be able to guide you through some choices and styles. For advice on how to make your Must Play List, click here.
3. Do you have a demo that I can listen to?
Your DJ should be able to give you a demo CD or point you to a mixcloud page, soundcloud account or other online platform where you can listen to a sample of their work. Remember, though, that the songs on the demo CD aren’t necessarily what the DJ will play at your wedding – choice of songs and music style is something you can discuss together. Use the demo as an indicator that the DJ is able to mix, select songs that go well together and is professional.
4. Are you familiar with the wedding venue?
If a DJ hasn’t played at your chosen venue before, they should be willing to go and visit it in advance so they get a feel for the acoustics, the layout and any technical issues that need to be resolved before the big day.
5. What equipment do you use?
Even if you don’t understand the answer, this is a good question to ask! Your DJ should be experienced enough to have a good idea about things such as the voltage of his/her speakers and the brand of her controller or CDJs. Check that she won’t have a huge banner promoting herself at your wedding and that the setup looks professional and will fit in with your wedding theme.
Tomorrow we’ll be back with Part 2 of the 11 essential questions to ask your wedding DJ and we’ll reveal the all-important question that a lot of couples forget to ask but which will guarantee you’ll get a great DJ for your wedding.Please share this article if you like it: