Choosing a wedding DJ can be a daunting task but finding the right DJ for your specific needs can also be a rewarding, fulfilling experience that can influence the entire tone of your wedding for the better. That’s why you need to go into the process knowing what you want, expect and need from your potential wedding DJ.
Many couples have no idea where to start and can easily be swayed by shady tactics some wedding DJs employ to make a sale. Lucky for them, we’ve just released a really helpful (totally free!) eBook that explains in completely non-technical detail how to go about choosing a wedding DJ. Read on for five simple tips for finding the perfect wedding DJ that should help you get started.
1. Before you even begin the process, think about your own wants and needs. Do you want an energetic and outgoing DJ who will get even your most introverted guests out of their shell or do you prefer one who will keep the announcements and shtick to a minimum, allowing you to bask in your own spotlight on your special day? Do you have distinctively unique taste in music? Do you have any preferences for your DJ’s age?
2. Once you have an idea of what you are looking for in a DJ, you aren’t quite ready to start looking BUT you are definitely ready to start researching. Good resources for feedback on specific DJs in your area are wedding-specific directories like WeddingWire, or try asking your recently married friends or some of your other wedding vendors who they recommend.
3. Remember that a company’s website is directly related to its level of professionalism. When checking out potential DJs, shoddy websites littered with grammar mistakes are a huge red flag! Think about it… if the DJ can’t even take the time and effort to put together a reasonably professional-looking website, you have to wonder about the level of effort they will put into your wedding. If something feels off, it probably is.
4. Insist on a meeting with your potential DJ! Having a sit down with your would-be DJ is an essential step which allows you the opportunity to feel out the DJ’s vibe. Remember, you’ll be working closely with this person and entrusting them to be the lead on a huge part of your big day – it’s important to feel comfortable with this person’s level of professionalism, experience and intuition. You don’t want to micromanaging your DJ when you should be enjoying yourself!
5. Don’t fall for high pressure sales tactics. A good DJ will not pressure you into signing immediately. A good DJ will actually prefer that you do your research and feel out all your options before signing with them – a good fit for both the DJ and the couple means a successful event, which is the primary goal of any reputable DJ company. Sales are great but successful weddings are the important part.
If these few pointers have got you itching to get out there and find your perfect wedding DJ, check out our new eBook Don’t Hire That DJ! for more tips and suggestions.
Image Credit goes to the lovely Mary Kate of MK McKenna Photography.