For the majority of couples, the music at your wedding reception is one of the most important decisions to make. The right music sets the tone and the pace for the celebration to follow. Next to the actual ceremony, it is the one thing that the guests are most looking forward to.
The decision is almost as important as choosing your gown or wedding tuxedo for groom. Pick the right DJ and your guests will be talking about it for days, pick the wrong one and your event will likely be forgotten soon after it started. But choosing your DJ involves more than just making sure he has good music, here are a few things that can help you decide.
Your DJ should project your personality and not their own. He also has to exude a certain level of excitement. A boring DJ means your reception will be boring too. Make sure to meet the DJ in person rather than communicate by phone or emails. This is the only way to gauge whether or not his personality matches the tone you expect.
He Must Know Acoustics Well
You may have a good DJ in mind but you should also speak with the venue where your reception will be held. Every location has its own acoustics issues so, if the DJ is familiar with how the sound will be project, he can be prepared to meet special circumstances that a new DJ may not be aware of.
Your DJ must be a good communicator and a good listener. You will be giving him instructions on what is acceptable music and what is not. Your DJ must be willing to take your direction and follow through. He also needs to be an effective communicator to your guests, so he might have to play the role as MC in addition to spinning discs.
Make sure that you get referrals from others. If you attended a wedding where you were impressed with the DJ then ask for their contact information. Also check online wedding forums to see DJs others have reviewed. Don’t just look at the star rating but read the comments. One person can give a five-star rating for their DJ but their needs and expectations may be different from yours.
A DJ needs to be willing to adapt to changing circumstances. While you expect everything to be organized and ready to go, wedding receptions can be unpredictable and when things go wrong, can they go with the flow? Their ability to do this will take a lot of pressure off of you or your wedding planner.
Once you’ve compiled a list of potentials, interview them. Find out about their insurance, experience, other services they may offer (uplighting, reception planning, wedding toasts, cocktail hours, etc.). Discuss package pricings and anything else you may need to know. A DJ who can’t make time to meet you in person and discuss your needs is not going to be your best choice.
Your DJ also needs to have the right equipment. Make sure that it is not old and outdated and comes with all the needed accessories so he is prepared to take on the job you want. It is even better if his equipment is state of the art and in functional order. At the very least he should have speakers, headphones, turntables, wireless microphone, cables and extension cords.