The wedding DJ has a large affect on how your guests perceive the wedding reception, so unless you want to be remembered as the person whose reception was ruined by the cursing DJ who played inappropriate music or the old-fashioned DJ who thought playing big band tunes from the ’40s is what everyone wanted, you better hire a good DJ. Here’s how.
Decide what you want. Most married couples don’t get what they want because they don’t know what they want. Write a list of what you want the DJ to do, in as much detail as possible. Do you want the DJ to just play music and to keep his mouth shut, or do you want a DJ that gets the guests involved in ways more than playing music? Some wedding DJs play the role of MC. If you want an MC DJ, hire someone with wedding MC DJ experience. Some DJs are more interactive. Some are party animals. Some do karaoke. Some give dance lessons. Very few do them all. Another important consideration when deciding what you want the DJ to do is determining what you’re willing to pay.
Interview DJs. An ideal way to find a DJ is through a referral. Even if you have a referral, you’re going to want to speak to a few individuals. MyDeeJay provides a list of questions you can ask a prospective DJ such as: How much experience does the DJ have? How often does the DJ do weddings? Who exactly will the DJ be? What roles is the DJ comfortable doing? Has the DJ played at the particular reception site? Does the DJ have referrals? It’s also a good idea to get the timetable for when certain things need to be submitted to the DJ.
Get a contract. It’s a wedding. You want a professional. Professionals put things in writing. If you attempt to hire a DJ that won’t sign a contract, you may be dealing with someone who doesn’t take his business—or your wedding—as seriously as you want. Put everything in writing that is expected of both parties. This includes DJ duties, deposits required, cost of services, setup requirements, and any other reasonable services or accommodations.
Follow up. The last couple weeks before a wedding involve calling, confirming and following up. Give the DJ a call to make sure he and you have everything in order for the celebration. Communication is the key to avoiding unforeseen DJ disasters.