Handy Tips for Choosing a Wedding DJ
Most people don't book DJs that often so here's some tips on what to ask.
1. Are they available for your date?
Begin your phone call / email by indicating the date, time, and location of your event. If they're unavailable there’s not much point prolonging the conversation but you could ask them to recommend other DJs.
2. How long have they been a DJ & how many events have they performed?
A professional, experienced wedding DJ will be able to plan & smoothly guide your celebration from start to finish allowing you to relax and enjoy the party.
3. What type of music do they provide and will they play requests?
It's your party! You want someone who takes an interest in what YOU want. You want a wedding DJ who is flexible so that any request from your guests can be fulfilled, providing it meets your acceptable music criteria. A professional will concentrate on quality of the sound, not quantity and will spend time on the night ensuring that your seated guests can talk comfortably while others are dancing.
4. What is their appearance like?
Will they wear a formal suit, tidy-casual, or a T-shirt, jeans and trainers? Find out ahead of time and make your preferences known!
5. What kind of equipment do they use & what is their technical expertise?
You are paying money for a professional and they should have brand-new-looking, quality equipment and know how it operates. Make sure it's all professional equipment and not a tired looking set-up.
6. Do they have Public Liability Insurance?
Many venues now insist that all entertainers have their own insurance. Accidents are extremely rare but for peace of mind it’s worth checking that the entertainment you book does have the necessary cover - or you could be liable if damage or injury is caused by the DJ you have hired. Many hotels now have a policy of refusing entertainment if they cannot produce evidence of suitable insurance (check the small print of your venue hire documents).
7. Do they have back-up equipment on hand in case of an emergency?
Even professional equipment can fail on occasion. Usually, only the top-notch pros invest the extra money to ensure that everything works and backup systems are in place. Booking a reliable Disc Jockey is a very important decision for the success of your event.
8. Finally (and probably the most important question) will they personally be the DJ for your reception?
Some DJ's will book your event and then pass it on to another DJ to play your night. You select lots of things for your wedding - flowers that suit your look, a photographer whose style you like- so why leave the latter part of the biggest party you will ever organise to someone you have never met / spoken to.
Dj Mark Young