Like every wedding, every DJ is different. To create your perfect event, it’s up to you to find a DJ that suits you and your soon-to-be spouse. Don’t worry – it’s easier than you think. Just follow our seven simple steps to selecting the DJ of your dreams.
Decide what you want from a DJ
DJs can provide all kinds of services outside of playing music. While that’s probably your number one need, make sure you think about whether you need a DJ with microphones or one who will act as the Master of Ceremonies for the day. Do you want someone who talks a lot to hype up the audience, or are you looking for someone who’s just going to let the music speak for itself? Also, think about how much time you’ll be expecting from your DJ. Are you looking for someone to play music during your ceremony, dinner, and the reception? Or are you simply looking for someone to get folks on the dance floor after everyone’s done eating? Making these decisions early will help you select a DJ with the right kind of content for your event.
Do your research
Once you have a solid idea of the type of DJ you’d like to have at your event, it’s time to do a little research. Check out the resources at chicagostyleweddings.com or simply head to Google to start looking up local professionals. Make sure to take the time to ask for recommendations from friends and family, as well. Whether they loved or hated their DJ, they’ll be honest with you. When you find a DJ you’re interested in, check out their website and social media pages. Get a taste of their style through their posts and the way they describe their style. Make sure to check out any videos or sound bites they have shared.
Check those reviews, but take them with a grain of salt
Reviews give lots of insight into style and how much a DJ likes to be involved at an event. People will mention if the DJ spoke a lot, was able to get people dancing, and/or played good tunes. Reviews are also great for recognizing the amount of experience an entertainer may have. Two reviews could mean that comes to reviews: The people who usually review vendors are the ones who have something to say. That means people will pour their hearts into reviews, but they may only do it because they either loved or hated the vendor. Those who felt “pretty good” don’t usually leave a comment. Remember to take reviews with a grain of salt. But if you see something repeated (like, “lack of communication”), it’s a good thing to keep in mind.
Set up a meeting
After doing your research and checking online reviews, set up a meeting with your top two or three choices. Check on availability for the date and time of your event. When meeting with the DJs, discuss your likes, dislikes, and expectations.
Want them to keep the timeline of the day moving? Let them know. Prefer that they just roll the tunes? Tell them. Make sure the person you meet with will be the actual person who is playing music at your wedding. It’s important to make sure you jive with that person. Discuss what they will provide and what you or the venue will need to provide. It’s important to discuss the logistics of the event with them before signing a contract. They may even want to walk through your venue with you prior to making a commitment to ensure that their equipment will work.
Now it’s time to have a frank discussion with your betrothed to see if you’re on the same page. Of the DJs you’ve interviewed, who are your top choices? If you and your fiancé’s selections don’t match, where is the disconnect? Do you want a regular DJ, while he’s looking for more of an MC? Do you want a fast-paced dance party, while she wants a more traditional playlist? Make sure to come up with compromises now so you’re not giving a DJ is new or clients didn’t feel they wanted to leave a review. Twenty stellar reviews probably means that they have a lot of great experience and do an awesome job.
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