People often use a wedding DJ instead of a band because it makes everything simpler, and the cost is lower too. But how do you find the right DJ, especially with all the options you have right there?
Asking for Referrals
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 sure.
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 thinking about the cost of hiring a DJ for your wedding, be prepared to shell out anywhere from $300 to $3,000, depending on how experienced they are, what equipment they use, etc.. Wedding DJs may present a lot of options, but no matter what, remember that your wedding reception is no amateur hour.
The bottomline in choosing a wedding DJ is always experience. Wedding receptions have a certain tune that no one but an experienced professional wedding DJ can carry. This may include nuances, such as a caterer arriving late, that can ruin everyone’s mood, if not for a really really clever DJ who knows how to make people momentarily forget about the food.
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 that will only happen if their personality perfectly fits 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 prevent this from happening is to begin your search several months in advance. This way, you will have enough time to come up with a good decision, perhaps change your mind for a better one, and then finalize.