Nearly everyone these days considers dj hire to be an important part of organising their wedding reception. The dj can play a great variety of music for your wedding and what you get is the original covers, not someone playing their version of the songs you choose. However, to get the best disc jockey for your needs, you need to ask them these 8 questions.
- Are you available on the date I’ve set? Naturally enough, no matter how good the dj is he won’t be able to perform at your wedding if he’s already booked for another. That’s why it’s important to start on your quest early – like several months ahead of the date.
- How much experience do you have? Djs have to start somewhere, but hopefully, not at your wedding. You want someone who has a track record of successful wedding receptions behind him so you can have peace of mind that he will be able to deliver the goods for yours.
- What kind of music do you play at weddings? The dj needs to play what you want, not what they want. He should be willing to sort out his playlist to include your style and genre of music as well as requests from your guests. Everyone like to listen to their favourite song.
- Do you have photographs of your equipment set up? You want to be able to see a tidy set-up, not one where there are messy cords going in all directions. This could be a tripping hazard, and besides, it will ruin your decor.
- What is your dress code? The whole tone of your reception will be ruined if the dj is the only one in blue jeans and a flannel shirt, unless you are having an ultra casual wedding. The dj should at least have a suit to wear.
- Do you have contact details of your past wedding gigs? Being able to speak in person to other brides and grooms about the dj they used means a great deal. If he has the contact details it at least means he is sure those people liked his work.
- What is your contingency plan? Things tend to go wrong every so often. The guy could get sick or have an accident. His equipment could break down on the night. He needs to be responsible enough to plan some way of saving the situation rather than leaving you without a dj.
- Can you make a site visit? Every dj should visit a new venue to check out the room and set-up so he will know what he needs to do and where he needs to be. Not necessary if he’s played there before.