Hiring a wedding DJ can be a daunting task – your DJ can make or break the whole mood of your big day. You want to make sure you do some research and get the best of the best. But how do you know whether or not they’re a good DJ? How can you tell if they’re the right fit for you? There are so many questions to ask and you might not know where to even start.
Read on to find out what we think are some of the most important questions to ask before hiring a wedding DJ.
Do you offer a contract?
It is important to know whether or not your DJ or hired DJ company offers their clients a contract. Signing a contract is a legal action, listing exactly what is expected of the company or DJ you’re hiring. Without a contract, you are just hoping your DJ shows up and performs what you’ve previously discussed!
Have you worked at our venue before?
Knowing whether or not your DJ has been to your selected venue is very important. The more times a DJ works at a venue, the better they get to know the venue staff, the ins and outs of the venue itself, where they need to set up, etc. Be sure to ask your DJ if they have worked at your venue before making your final decision!
Are you a trained emcee or trained to make announcements?
This is an important question because some DJs are trained as emcees (someone who makes announcements) and some are not. If you’d like your DJ to announce the cake cutting or if you’d like them to get everyone to direct their attention to the screen for a slideshow, you’ll want to make sure they are a trained emcee.
Are you willing to meet with me beforehand?
Some DJ’s or DJ companies have sales managers and event coordinators who put together all the details, then send the DJ out. Other times, the DJ does not work for a company and will speak with and meet directly with you. Whether or not you want to meet with your DJ is up to you, but keep this in mind when you are considering who to hire.
Do you use quality equipment?
Anyone can buy a cheap mixer and speakers and call themselves a DJ (yes, even your cousin Frank). It’s important to ask your DJ what kind of equipment they use and if they are familiar with your venue’s system. You’ll want to be sure that their equipment is compatible with your venue’s equipment!
How am I paired with my DJ?
If you are hiring a DJ company rather than a single DJ, make sure to ask how you will be paired with a DJ. Some companies assign their DJ’s to events based on their availability, but that doesn’t always mean it’s the best fit. A Music Plus, after we’ve gone through all your details, we handpick the DJ we feel will be best fit for your wants and needs!
Do we get to pick our music?
Some DJ companies let you pick every single song, down to the minute. Other companies might only let you pick the most important songs, a specified number of songs, or maybe even none at all. It is very important to ask your DJ if you get to pick your music, and if so, how much of it is in your hands or the DJ’s.
What attire will my DJ wear?
Some DJ’s wear silly costumes or printed suits, while other DJ’s wear a black jacket and a tie. Either one is plausible and depending on how formal your wedding is, you’ll want to make sure you ask what attire your DJ commonly wears. If you have a dress code, specify what you’d like your DJ to wear and not wear.
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