People often use a wedding DJ instead of a band because it makes everything simpler, and the cost is lower too. But how do you find the right DJ, especially with all the options you have right there?
Asking for Recommendations
Get started by asking your reception venue for referrals or recommendations. Most probably, these people know some DJs from wedding receptions that had been held there. And if you can find a DJ who actually knows the place and the staff pretty well, that could help make everything run more smoothly .
If you plan to use a DJ company, make sure you get the main guy – usually the owner – who’s likely going to cost more but will also be more experienced and worth the extra cash. This must be specified in your contract, including a condition that you will not allow substitutions. In any case, no matter which DJ you book, be sure to confirm a month and a week before the wedding. You can’t be too sure.
You can also ask for wedding DJ referrals from people you personally know, such as family members, friends, coworkers, etc. You can also approach your caterer, photographer, limo company and other wedding vendors you’re working with. These guys work in the same industry so they should know each other.
If you’re thinking about the cost of hiring a DJ for your wedding, be prepared to shell out anywhere from $300 to $3,000, depending on how experienced they are, what equipment they use, etc.. Wedding DJs often provide their clients several options, but in the end, don’t allow your reception to become amateur hour.
When it comes to deciding on a wedding DJ, it all comes down to experience. Wedding receptions have a unique rhythm that only an experienced professional wedding DJ can gracefully dance to. This may include nuances, such as a caterer arriving late, that can ruin everyone’s mood, if not for a really really clever DJ who knows how to make people momentarily forget about the food.
Of course, at the end of the day, you’ll want a DJ who can give you and your guests all the best memories of this most important day of your life. And that will only happen if their personality perfectly fits the crowd. It’s important that this DJ will be able to develop a rapport with everyone at your reception.
When people end up with the wrong wedding DJs, it’s often their fault. And the best way to prevent this from happening is to begin your search several months in advance. This will afford you enough time to make a decision, maybe change your mind if you must, and then make it final.