People usually use a wedding DJ because it’s simpler and even cheaper compared to hiring an entire band. But how do you pick the right DJ when the choices out there are overwhelming?
You can always start by asking the reception venue for referrals. 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 intend to work with a DJ company, go for their main guy – the owner usually – who is generally more experienced and more expensive, but often worth spending that extra money for. Your contract should reflect this specifically, including a condition that keeps them from making substitutions. In any case, no matter which DJ you book, be sure to confirm a month and a week before the wedding. You’ll never know.
You can also ask for wedding DJ referrals from people you personally know, such as family members, friends, coworkers, etc. Other wedding vendors you’re working with, such as your caterer or your photographer, can also provide some good referrals. These people, being from the same business, would surely know each other.
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 usually offer their clients a number of options, but in the end, don’t make your reception amateur hour.
The bottomline in choosing a wedding DJ is always experience. There is a certain flow to wedding receptions that only experienced professional wedding DJs can handle. 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’ll want a DJ who can give you and your guests all the best memories of this most important day of your life. And that’s not going to happen if they hardly blend in with the crowd. Look for a DJ you know will be able establish some nice rapport with the people at your reception.
In most cases, when people end up with the wrong wedding DJs, it’s probably their fault. And the best way to prevent this from happening is to begin your search several months in advance. This will afford you enough time to make a decision, maybe change your mind if you must, and then make it final.