Essentially, there are two aspects to a wedding: the reception and the ceremony. Some bride’s think that planning the ceremony is the hard part, but the reception usually ends up winning that battle! You have to select the foods, drinks, location, photographer and more importantly, the DJ! Here are a few tips to selecting a DJ that will make your special night spectacular:
Tip 1: Meet your DJ.
Don’t go by reputation or website alone. You need to meet your DJ to be sure that you like his/her personality. Large DJ companies are always hiring/firing DJ’s so you can’t be sure if you’re getting the same one that your best friend had in 2009. If you opt for a large company, be certain to meet with the actual DJ who will be entertaining your guests, not just the owner of the company.
Tip 2: Get a Contract.
Don’t go by a verbal agreement. You need to have a mutual contract between yourself and your desired DJ. Make sure this contract has the time, date, cost, location, etc. Any stipulations or requests should also be written in this as well. You should receive a copy.
Tip 3: Consultations
Set up a meeting before the event to consult with your DJ. Explain what you expect/want. Don’t listen to the “I’m a professional.” line because while your DJ may be professional, each job should be customized to meet the clients needs. On the other hand, be sure that your DJ doesn’t need to be hand held through the event. After the consultation, the DJ should be able to play music that you like/want without having to have you write down an entire list. After all, you don’t need the stress of planning a playlist! Consultations should be free of charge.
Tip 4: Check out their music
Many brides are very caught off guard when their DJ plays only country music. Be sure that the DJ that you are selecting has a wide variety of choices – more importantly, YOUR favorite genre of music! Be sure that the DJ updates their music frequently to have the latest hits, if that’s what you prefer.