Once you’ve started planning your wedding, the fun (and challenging part) begins: choosing the right…well everything. From the venue to the reception entertainment, hiring the right wedding vendors can make the difference between a memorable wedding and a wedding you spend years explaining to your friends and family.
One of the most important decisions is wedding entertainment. We’ve written about the pros and cons of your wedding entertainment options before; when you decide to hire a DJ (and for good reason), the initial challenge is finding a really good DJ.
Tips for choosing a good DJ
There is a difference between a high-quality DJ and an amateur DJ who uses the same play list for every wedding. A high-quality DJ is like a high-end product (without the price tag) versus the bargain that doesn’t last; they offer all the features that make it worthwhile to buy their product. In the case of a DJ, those features make your wedding reception a memorable night for you and your guests. To get a high-quality DJ with all the features, use these tips for choosing the best DJ for your wedding night.
The cheapest is not always the best.
When you’re trying to keep your wedding budget tight, it can be tempting to shop around for the lowest-priced DJ. This is one of those times, though, where the lowest priced is not always the best option and you get what you pay for.
As appealing as it is to save money, an amateur DJ often can’t meet your expectations (and the expectations of your guests). Though it may cost you a bit more, look for a high-quality DJ that customizes the play list specifically for your wedding. Ask about a back-up plan just in case their equipment goes down or your favorite DJ gets sick—as well as these questions you should ask every potential wedding DJ.
If you want to get a good DJ, don’t procrastinate. Once you have your venue booked, start shopping for a good local DJ that is available on your wedding date. If you wait too long, you’ll find that list of quality DJs very small—or you’ll have to settle for an amateur DJ.
They offer more.
If you’re looking for more than just a DJ to entertain your guests, look for high-quality DJs that offer package deals. It saves you time and effort so you don’t have to track down other entertainment vendors, and gives you other options such as lighting or a photo booth that puts your wedding reception over the top.
Ask to see their equipment.
Too many couples hire a DJ without seeing them in action or even knowing that they have the equipment they claim to have. A high-quality DJ should have no problem showing you their equipment or providing references of clients that have used their services in the past. To the contrary, if your potential DJ can’t provide references, listen to the warning bells in your head and walk away.
How to find a DJ
Use the internet
Obviously, if you’re reading this post, you’ve let your fingers do the searching. A list of DJs on Google is the first step; take the next step and contact local wedding DJs can keep your guests on the dance floor with excellent equipment and a back-up plan (both for equipment and staff)—along with these important questions you should ask every DJ.
Ask your friends
If you have friends who got married recently or stood up in weddings recently, ask them about great DJs at weddings. Who would they recommend? Why? Compile a list of the names they give you, and start contacting DJs (and setting up meetings) to see who is the right wedding entertainment for your big day.
Browse social media
If you want to see what other people say about your list of DJs, browse their social media profiles for reviews and interactions. Look for awards and special mentions to help you in your decision, and send a message to the DJs to set up meetings and ask questions.