The following information is provided for you as a guide to help you choose the right DJ for you. I don't expect to be the right DJ for everybody, but want you to find a professional DJ who will take care of you and your guests on your important day. Most importantly, I don't want to see your big day ruined by a less than professional DJ.
Disc Jockeys (DJs) are very popular because we can play anything under the sun and usually have a larger repertoire than a band. Many people prefer this option to a live band, and it is definitely a less expensive alternative. DJs come in all shapes, sizes and energy level, all with varying styles. DJs range from absolutely great to most obnoxious. Some feel they are the evening's entertainment and will bring strobe lights, costumes, props and games - usually quite inappropriate at a wedding reception.
The ideal professional DJ is someone who is neat, dresses appropriately, and has high-quality equipment with no loose cords or wires exposed. They will also have a large (and legal) music selection of songs, welcomes input from the bride and groom, has a nice speaking voice but doesn't use it unless there is a good reason, uses a cordless microphone and carries an insurance policy. A great DJ makes a good party even better. They will play mood music for the meal portion of the evening. The DJ may also act as an emcee, if you wish, and announce your arrival at the reception, announce when the food is being served, call individual tables to the buffet line, and announce the toast, cake cutting, first dance and bouquet and garter toss. A professional DJ can 'read' the crowd and can get everyone on the dance floor.
Because some companies have several DJs working for them and you may not know who your DJ will be, arrange to meet with the actual DJ for your event to describe how you would like the reception handled. Also discuss your choice for your first dance, whether there will be a father/daughter dance, and whether the parents and wedding attendants will be joining in and when. Most importantly, let your DJ know your music preferences. Most DJs don't want a specific song list for the whole event, although special song requests should be honored. Let your DJ know whether you prefer a particular type of music. The broad types of music are often broken down into the following categories:
Big Band / Swing Era
50's / 60's Rock
Funk / Disco
Country / Western
R&B / Hip Hop
Top 40 Hits
Group / Line Dances
No matter which DJ you choose, you are not on their books until they have your deposit and signed contract. We received a call from a groom who was desperate to find a DJ for his wedding two weeks later. He and his fiancée thought they had a DJ reserved because six months before, they had talked to a DJ they really liked. The DJ knew the date of their wedding, and the couple thought that was all they had to do to reserve him. When they called, he had another wedding booked for their date. The DJ had not received a deposit or contract from the couple and thought they decided to hire someone else. Don't let this happen to you - follow up and book the DJ you like so your date is held for just you. Some DJs book events for the most popular dates up to a year in advance.