People usually hire a wedding DJ rather than a band because it’s easier and less expensive as well. But how do you choose the right DJ, especially when you have so many choices out there?
Asking for Recommendations
You can begin by asking for recommendations from your reception venue. These people certainly know a few DJs from wedding receptions they’ve had in the past. And if you can find a DJ who has actually worked there many times before, that would be an advantage in terms of making things run more smoothly.
If you plan to use a DJ company, make sure you get the main guy – usually the owner – who’s likely going to cost more but will also be more experienced and worth the extra cash. This should be clearly indicated in your contract, including a condition that prohibits them from making substitutions. Whoever you end up hiring though, make sure you get a confirmation one month ahead of the wedding, and then call again a week before. You can’t be too complacent.
Another good way of finding a good wedding DJ is asking for referrals from people you personally know, like relatives, people at work, and so on. Other wedding vendors you’re working with, such as your caterer or your photographer, can also provide some good referrals. Being in the same industry, these guys are the probably best to ask about one another.
If you’re wondering how much a wedding DJ would be paid, think from $300 to $3,000, depending on experience, equipment and so on. Wedding DJs may present a lot of options, but no matter what, remember that your wedding reception is no amateur hour.
When it comes to deciding on a wedding DJ, it all comes down to experience. Wedding receptions have a unique rhythm that only an experienced professional wedding DJ can gracefully dance to. This usually includes unexpected events that can easily ruin the reception – for example, when food gets delayed – if not for a smooth and savvy DJ snatching the guests attention.
Of course, at the end of the day, you just want a DJ who can make your wedding reception as fun and memorable as can be. And you can only make that happen if they have great chemistry with the crowd. Find a DJ who can develop great rapport with everybody at the reception.
When people end up with the wrong wedding DJs, it’s often their fault. And the best way to avoid this blunder is to begin searching well ahead of the big date. This will give you enough time to decide, change your mind if necessary, and finally make your final decision.