Choosing a wedding DJ for your function or wedding is one most important decision you can make to insure the success of your event. Even if everything else is perfect, without good music your function could be a big disaster! This article will provide you with great tips to help you choosing the right DJ for your wedding or event.
Where to find the right DJ?
01 The easiest way to find a DJ you're certain to like, is to hire one whom you have seen perform. If you have attended a wedding or event where the DJ was to your liking, it shouldn't take too much scouting around to find out who he was. If you didn't take a business card at the event, simply ask the manager of the venue where the party was held if they can provide you with the DJ's contact information.
02 Ask your friends or family. Did they lately attend a wedding where the music was memorable, or, if they are going to attend a function in the near future, at which you will not be present, ask them, if they would, to be your eyes and ears while they're partying.
03 Google it! If you don't know any good DJs in your area go online and start searching for one. DJs that really passionate about what they do will have a website with sufficient information about who they are and what they do.
How to choose your wedding DJ
So, you found a couple of local DJs that fits the profile! But you do you choose the correct one? Make sure to keep in the following in mind:
You get what you pay for
Perhaps the worst way to make your decision is based on price alone. Obviously, some DJs are more expensive than others. Prices may range from R1500 - R4000 and it can be very tempting to choose the least expensive DJ. Bear in mind that there are good reasons why some DJs charge more than others. The more expensive DJs tend to be the more experience they will have. Be weary when going for the cheaper quote. A good DJ makes sure everyone is having a great time; a bad DJ ensures everyone "remembers" him after the event!
Pay attention to the DJ's professionalism
A professional tends to behave professionally regardless of the circumstances. In your discussion with each DJ, make sure to ask the DJ's experience in your type of event! If the DJ hasn't performed at a minimum of twenty events like yours it's time to find another DJ.
Ask for references
If the DJ hesitates to give you information about previous customers you should see this a warning sign. Time to find another D. Call these references and ask about the DJs performance. Any professional will be delighted to comply with such a request.
Policy on music requests
The best DJs will take requests from the audience/guests. Bear in mind that not every requested song will be played - some may be inappropriate for the mood of the event. An experienced DJ will blend requests with songs he feels will properly motivate the crowd. Remember that the art of being a DJ has a lot to do with timing, and this takes experience. Make sure to provide your DJ with as least five "must have" songs.
"I have over 50 000 songs!"
Great so the DJ mentions that he has sufficient music for your event, the fact is that the DJ will be playing about only 100 songs during your event. It's much more important that he plays the 100 songs your guests would like to hear! Experienced DJs will have not problem with this issue! Ask the DJ to make suggestions about the kind of music that would be appropriate for your affair. You should feel comfortable with most of his or her selections.
Is the DJ's equipment professional as he is?
You probably won't be familiar with brand names in the music industry, but if the DJ mentions his equipment ask what brands he is using while providing music at functions or events. Start running if he mentions that he uses a home stereo system or a hi-fi.