People often use a wedding DJ instead of a band because it makes everything simpler, and the cost is lower too. But how do you choose the right DJ, especially when you have so many choices out there?
You can always start by asking the reception venue for referrals. These people certainly know a few DJs from wedding receptions they’ve had in the past. And if you can find a DJ who has actually worked there many times before, that would be an advantage in terms of making things run more smoothly.
If you plan to use a DJ company, make sure you get the main guy – usually the owner – who’s likely going to cost more but will also be more experienced and worth the extra cash. This must be specified in your contract, including a condition that you will not allow substitutions. In any case, whoever DJ you end up booking, make it a point to confirm a month before the wedding and then a week before. You’ll never know.
You can also ask for wedding DJ referrals from people you personally know, such as family members, friends, coworkers, etc. Your caterer, limo company, photographer or tuxedo rental company may also provide some recommendations. Being in the same industry, these guys are the probably best to ask about one another.
If you’re thinking about the cost of hiring a DJ for your wedding, be prepared to shell out anywhere from $300 to $3,000, depending on how experienced they are, what equipment they use, etc.. Wedding DJs usually offer their clients a number of options, but in the end, don’t make your reception amateur hour.
The bottomline in choosing a wedding DJ is always experience. Wedding receptions have a certain tune that no one but an experienced professional wedding DJ can carry. This may include nuances, such as a caterer arriving late, that can ruin everyone’s mood, if not for a really really clever DJ who knows how to make people momentarily forget about the food.
Of course, it will ultimately be about finding a DJ who can make your wedding reception as entertaining and unforgettable as possible. And that’s not going to happen if they hardly blend in with the crowd. Look for a DJ you know will be able establish some nice rapport with the people at your reception.
In most cases, when people end up with the wrong wedding DJs, it’s probably their fault. And the best way to avoid this blunder is to begin searching well ahead of the big date. This will afford you enough time to make a decision, maybe change your mind if you must, and then make it final.