How to Choose the Best Wedding DJ
You’re engaged, bubbling with excitement, and planning the day of your dreams. You’ve decided on a DJ for music during your ceremony and reception, and you’re shopping around with your partner. Make sure you get the most out of your music selection by remembering to check in with these seven things: personality, flexibility, experience, professionalism, charisma, samples, and logistics.
Your theme is set, you’ve already begun figuring out exactly who you’re going to invite, and you know that the celebration will be buzzing with different personalities among family members, friends, and loved ones. You want to ensure that the DJ you pick has a personality that meshes well with the environment you’re trying to foster. Regardless of whether you’re envisioning an elegant, poised reception or a wild party, you want someone captivating that people are going to want to listen to. If the DJ is boring, your guests are likely to be unenthusiastic.
Most couples have a strict list of songs to play and another of songs absolutely not to play. Ask the DJs you speak with about specific songs on your lists, and make sure they’ll agree to follow your wishes, especially when it comes to the do not play list. Aside from special songs, do they have sample playlists or do they prefer you give them a list of all the ones you’d like played? How do they accommodate song requests? Are they willing to dress according to your theme? Lots of DJs are willing to give couples several outfit options based on the particular wedding’s theme. Ensuring you know the answers to all of these questions will make for a smooth celebration.
Does your DJ do this full time or as a side gig? Do they specialize in weddings, or do they perform at all different venues regularly? Someone with experience at clubs, parties, weddings, and other events might be better equipped to handle any difficult to please crowds, and can improvise when necessary. They may even offer other services besides music, like lighting, video projection, or serving as Master of Ceremonies.
You want all of the vendors involved in your wedding to be absolutely professional. If you hear any discussion of bad-mouthing previous clients, it might be time to check out another DJ.
Ask if you can listen to examples of the way your DJ blends tracks together so that you have a feel for his or her style. There’s a chance that you can even pop into a wedding they’re working so that you can see them in action. Sometimes this is off limits, but it’s always worthwhile to ask.
Logistics are important to figure out beforehand so that nobody’s scrambling on your big day. Make sure that your DJ has no issue getting to your venue, and that they’ve either played there before or are willing to visit the space ahead of time. If they need any accommodations to hook up sound equipment, make sure it’s in place ahead of time. Ask if they have a backup plan in case there are any issues with equipment the day of the function. Are you responsible for any of the setup or breakdown? Make sure you know exactly what’s expected of you.
You’ll also want to ask how many hours of music are included in the package, and how much time breaks cover. If your DJ doesn’t happen to have a gig before or after yours, you might even have the option to book them for extra time if need be. Ask about rates; they’re often different than what you pay up front since its last minute. Sick day policies and liability insurance are also good details to chat about before you decide on your DJ.
7. DJ McSound
Brian McGuire, also known as DJ McSound, has been North Carolina “DJ of the Year” since 1996. With over twenty years of DJ experience and services to offer including master of ceremonies, sound, lighting, a complete online music selection, event consultation, coordination, and planning, there couldn’t be a better choice. Check out his site and give him a call today to book the wedding you’re dreaming about.
Be thorough with your DJ interviews, ask questions, and enjoy your stress-free wedding day!