Choosing a DJ for Your Wedding

February 17, 2015 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

30320782Music adds a special dimension to your wedding day and may be the most important consideration after food and drink for your reception festivities, particularly for dancing and creating ambiance. One way to get your guests grooving on the dance floor is by obtaining the services of a DJ or disc jockey, an individual who mixes recorded music for an audience. Select your DJ with care as they are an important and influential part of your ceremony celebrations. Read on to learn more about choosing a DJ for your wedding.

Budget

Before you begin, make a budget for hiring a DJ for your wedding reception. Costs for hiring a professional DJ will vary according to several factors including your location, time, date, length of time booked, emcee skills, equipment and music expertise. Expect to pay a deposit to retain services.

Types of DJ

When searching for a DJ it is helpful to be aware of your choices. Radio DJs are on-air personalities that work in broadcasting at radio stations. Club DJs work for clubs, bars, discos and private parties. Hip hop deejays specialize in adding the use of mixers and turntables to sample or remix music. Mobile or event DJs oversee special occasions such as mitzvahs, parties and weddings, the popular option for receptions.

About DJ Equipment

Typical DJ equipment includes a music source such as an iPod or computer, mixers, microphones, speakers, amplifiers, and headphones. Ensure that your venue is able to accommodate your chosen DJ’s equipment including important considerations such as availability of electrical outlets.

Where to Find a DJ  

Ask for recommendations from friends and family. Attend a bridal show and meet DJs face-to-face for consultations. Enquire with your venue for endorsements. Contact a DJ booking agency. Search on the internet and read reviews. Let your wedding planner do it for you, they have abundant connections.

Questions to Ask

Ask if the DJ is available on your wedding date. Request references from former clients and inquire about current experience. Think about the variety of guests attending your wedding and what kind of music everyone might enjoy, then ask if the DJ can oblige your requirements. Ask if the DJ offers a written contract. Will the DJ play your list of favorite songs and honor your “no-play” list? How often does the DJ take breaks and is a meal requested? What does the DJ do to motivate the crowd?

The final decision is yours: ask yourself do you feel comfortable with your choice?

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