I’m Hiring a DJ… Now What?

Last time I talked about why you should pick a professional DJ over being a DIY DJ. Now that you’ve decided to hire a professional DJ, the next step is knowing what to ask before choosing one!


First, let’s start with the basics:


Questions to ask range from how early will the DJ arrive? Does the DJ have a backup if something goes wrong on their end? If the equipment is faulty, what then? Cover all your bases on this one and make sure the DJ can handle every mishap. Which is almost as important as…


Making sure you and the DJ ‘get’ each other:


As I said in the last blog post, the point of hiring a DJ is getting someone who understands people and how they react to the music. But at the same time, the bride and groom’s taste needs to be considered throughout the whole night.

Which means:

  • Don’t tolerate a DJ who uses an iTunes playlist or an automated DJ program.
  • They shouldn’t recklessly play every request a guest makes
  • Cliche wedding songs need to be put on a blacklist (YMCA, We Are Family, etc).


And speaking of the music selection:


Make sure your DJ knows your guests.


Some DJ’s have enough confidence in their music library to play for any crowd, but you can help break the ice with a heads up about your guests. Consider telling them details like ethnicities, ages, and the amount of alcohol they’re projected to consume.


But keep in mind: You’ll get what you paid for.


If you opted for the cheapest DJ you could find, chances are they won’t be putting in the effort you want to see. An average professional DJ costs around $1500, but you’ll receive a quality that matches the price.


If you’ve done all of the above, the next step is to place your confidence in the DJ. If you’ve done your part and found a DJ who connects with you and cares about your wedding, you will not have any regrets.

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