Choosing Your Wedding DJ

Selecting the DJ for your wedding is a big part of the planning process. After dinner you will most likely be dancing for the rest of the night. You want someone who will play the music that will get people dancing and having a great time. I’m sure most of you have been to a wedding where there is no DJ or they don’t make any announcements so you don’t know what is next so you end up leaving early. That is the worst! So here are a few things to consider when looking for wedding DJ.

1) REFERENCES: This is a big one. Ask friends who have gotten married who they used and what they thought of their DJ. Go to bridal shows or just ask the stores you shop for your wedding attire and accessories at if they have recommendations. The greatest way people can advertise for a company is word of mouth!

2) BUDGET: A good DJ will cost more than you might think. If it’s important to you, make sure to plan for a good DJ in your budget. Ask if there are any fees for additional services so you know what you’re paying for, and to see if there’s any room to save on things you don’t want or need.

3) INTERVIEW: If possible, interview your DJ in person. You will want to see how they present themselves, how prepared they are for the meeting, and most of all you need to make sure you like their personality. You will be working closely with them so you need to get along! This is a good time to ask about rates and if they charge extra for set up or for extra time if you wanted to have them stay longer than the ¬†average 4-5 hour time. See if they will mic you for the ceremony. See if they have ever DJ’d a wedding at your reception venue. If they’ve worked there before that means they know the location and they most likely know the best place to have the DJ booth/dance floor. ¬†Ask them about the songs they usually play and give them your “DO NOT play-list.” A good DJ will take into consideration the music that you and your fiance like to listen to. Don’t limit yourself too much but make sure you are going to be happy with the music and you can dance to it. :)

4) EXPERIENCE: Ask about how many weddings they have worked; if they have any videos or samples of their work so you can see them in action and see if they have any specific lights they like to use or special effects. You want someone who knows what they are doing and not someone who has only worked at a handful of weddings. A good wedding DJ will also help with some of the coordinating during the wedding reception: getting toasts set up and cake cutting, making sure the couple and bridal party are all introduced and have a big entrance after the ceremony.

The most important thing is to go with a DJ that you’re comfortable with and who you trust will make your wedding reception a fun time! Don’t be afraid to interview 3-5 or more DJ to find the right fit. Make sure you like how prompt they are with answering your emails and phone calls too. Your DJ is a big part of your wedding so put the time into researching them and you will find a great one!

Happy planning! :)

Jill