How do I interview a DJ for our wedding? What sort of questions should I be asking besides prices?
First and foremost, it’s important to be sure you’re interviewing the specific DJ who will be performing for your wedding. That way, you can determine whether you feel a sense of personal connection with that DJ and that they understand your ideas for your wedding. If you’re considering a company that has you meet with the owner or a salesperson for the initial consultation, be sure you will actually get to meet the DJ before you make a final decision and sign a contract. Ask, also, whether the company guarantees that specific DJ will be present at your wedding — you don’t want to deal with last minute switches!
The most important questions you can ask generally fall into two categories: the DJ’s style and the company’s policies.
When it comes to style, you should ask the DJ about the kinds of music they usually play at weddings, how much input you as the client can have into the playlist, how the DJ handles guest requests, and what kinds of announcements they make.
As for company policies, you’ll want to review the contract carefully with the DJ and be sure you understand its terms. Find out what equipment the company provides (and any extra charges for additional equipment such as wireless microphones, ceremony sound systems, etc). Make sure you understand the company’s backup plan in case of emergencies, because, sadly, they do happen. Finally, find out how to go about booking your date and when the payment is due.
Hope this helps!
I love that you are asking this question and that you know there is more to ask than “What’s your price?” Before you interview or call around, it might be helpful to first determine how important the entertainment is for you and your fiancé. There are many important aspects to a wedding day, and many different professionals you will work with. You might find it easier to budget for the entertainment and you may find peace when inquiring, if you know whether the entertainment is the most important aspect of your day or the second, third or fourth most important. Simply prioritizing the important parts of your wedding day is a great start.
I suggest that you have a decent idea about what type of reception you want to have. You personal style and taste in music are often good indicators as to the feel you want your reception to have. Often, the venue/location will interpret much of what will be needing from the DJ. This is very important when visiting with DJ’s. Often, you will know right away whether a DJ presents himself in a way that is consistent with your vision.
The third step might be to consider the role you would like the DJ to have on your wedding day. If the entertainment is very important to you, you might want a DJ that will take an active role in coordinating the day. The success from what a DJ does, is not accomplished by simply putting on a song. There is a lot to do with the flow of an event, the timing, the presentation, and more. So in this case you should be looking for a DJ that will assist in putting together a special night with your personalities and tastes in mind. Getting a feel for whether he will communicate well with the other professionals could also be important. A know-it-all kind of DJ is sign for trouble ahead. A DJ who wants to help you create a unique celebration with the help of all the professionals… that is a good sign.
Also, know that technology has come a long way, creating more opportunities and creative avenues for entertaining and enhancing your celebration. Specialty lighting, such as uplighting or intelligent lighting, multimedia presentations, special music edits, etc. Americans are accustom to many of these appealing enhancements, and they may be worth considering. If done correctly, any of these different “entertainment” options can enhance a celebration. I’m not suggesting that lighting is critical to the success of a wedding, but I have often thought about how lighting has taken a dance floor to another level.
Here is a list of some questions that might get you started:
Do you have the date of my wedding available?
When booking with your company, do I get to choose who my DJ is?
If So, can I meet him prior to booking and/or see him perform live or see video of him/her performing? If having the DJ you choose is important to you (and I hope it is) as if there is any guarantee or does the DJ’s name show up on the agreement?
Do I get to pick my own music? Can I tell you what I don’t what played? Will you work with me to make sure the feel of my wedding is what I want?
What kind of enhancements do you offer (i.e. lighting, photo booths, multimedia, montages)?
How do you work with the other professionals on the day of the wedding?
(I like this question) If I didn’t tell you what I wanted or what to do at my wedding… let’s say I’ve heard wonderful things about you, and I want you to just do what you are comfortable with, what kind or role would you take and what would you do, how would you be?
What kind of music do you like to play at a wedding?
Some of these questions are to get a sense for what kind of DJ you are interviewing. There are a lot of different personalities out there. There are a lot of different DJ’s. Don’t be afraid to look for a DJ that fits your personality. When you find the right one, you will know. Just as they say when you try on the right dress, you just know… when you find the right DJ, it will feel right. At that point, you will need to decide whether the price that DJ charges fits into the budget you established and pending the importance of the entertainment, whether you will need to adjust your budget to have that DJ.
One more tip… Wedding Wire! Read the reviews for the DJs you are considering, and read them thoroughly. Try to interpret exactly what it is that people are raving about. These areas which are most talked about will indicate some of the areas which you can expect great services. One or two okay reviews might not be a bad reflection, but go in with caution if there are too many poor reviews. Wedding Wire is the best site to read about the experience others have had!
I hope this helps. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions.
Best of Luck!
Here are the basics that people ask us often during our consultations. Do you have client reviews and how many weddings have you done? Do you have insurance? What is your DJ/MC style? Do you do “cheesy things”? Do you have high quality equipment and backup? I feel over the years consultations have changed. Your DJ professional should explain the process taken to insure your wedding is perfect and seamless just the way you like. Its our job to explain the positive and negatives and insure the best outcome to your special event. Having good planning forms, being a team player, creativeness and an open mind to understanding your clients vision is all qualities you should look for. The most important part will be obvious during your in person consultation and thats to see if your guys are a match. Good Luck and Congratulations to you Both. Cheers!!!
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