A BAD WEDDING DJ CAN RUIN THE BEST OF WEDDINGShave you been to a wedding where the DJ was the main factor in whether the reception was boom or bust?
AFTER THE VOWS...
- 72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
- Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
- Within one week after the reception, brides surveyed said, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
- When asked, 81% of guests said the #1 thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
Interviewing Prospective Wedding DJs
Get Wedding DJ References From Friends, Wedding Venue.
Your best resource in finding your wedding DJ is people you know. Venues have a list of preferred vendors for you to call, wedding DJs whom they trust. They also see the horror stories and know who to avoid. This list contains vendors that the resort has worked with and knows to be reliable and professional.
Interview Wedding Disc Jockeys
Do not rush to pick your wedding DJ, they all have different personalities.
Give more weight to personal recommendations. This synergy between DJ and catering manager is what keeps your function running smoothly. A DJ's talent should reach far beyond just motivating the crowd or making the announcements at the right time. They must have their finger on the pulse of your wedding and know everything that is going on. The only way this can happen is when they have a good working relationship with the venue staff.
Questions To Ask Your Prospective Wedding DJ
Is the DJ familiar with your wedding venue?
Ask your DJ if they have done weddings at your reception site before. It helps that they know the wedding venue.
Who will be your actual DJ spinning discs at your wedding?
This one is important. You would hate to spend an hour interviewing your wedding DJ and like their personality, only to be blindsided at your wedding by having another DJ show up, when you expected the DJ that you interviewed.
What about wedding DJ overtime, and other unexpected or hidden fees?
Your contract should clearly specify all costs including any assistant disc jockeys they will have with them, as well as special equipment lighting packages, or other fees that they pass on to you the client. Be wary of vendors who give you low-ball quotes, but only give you 3 hours of time. If your reception runs longer, you find out "it's another $200 per hour or we walk out right now". You must also plan for overtime in case the reception runs longer than the contract specifies.
What attire will your wedding disc jockey wear at your wedding?
Sounds like a no brainer, but you usually want your DJ to wear a suit. The DJ at my brother's wedding was wearing black jeans and a shirt that was hanging out.
How many years experience does this wedding DJ have? Will they play CD's you provide?
Some wedding disc jockey folks have a list of songs they play and except for the bride and groom first dance, do not give you much choice. Let your DJ be your guide as to what songs should be played. A good disc jockey reads the crowd and knows what to play. Be sure they know what NOT to play, as well as special songs you want to hear. Ask if they will accept requests from wedding guests. Your wedding disc jockey should be flexible with a wide selection, so requests from your wedding guests can be fulfilled. This step is VERY crucial, because your wedding DJ plays about 60 songs during your reception, and you want nothing but the best tunes to keep your dance floor crowded. If the DJ needs to intervene and suggest a song, heed them as they generally know what they are doing and keep up with the current trends. You want a wedding DJ who can adapt to any crowd. This DJ will be someone who is very well versed in all areas music. Do not try to give the DJ a CD of the songs to play for the night. You hired a DJ not a jukebox operator.
Where will your wedding DJ setup? Is there a dance floor?
Will your wedding disc jockey need to be fed at your wedding?
Does your wedding DJ have a request form for you to fill out?
Does your wedding DJ do corporate functions also?
What problems has the DJ encountered at weddings and how did they solve them?
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Yes! Once we are contracted we provide every client with a login and password to our secured planning site. On the music section you are able to search for songs for your night. Each song has 3 options, "Must Play", "Play If Time", and "Do Not Play". Every event has a different grouping of ages and music preferences and we strive very hard to never offend anyone.
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes! Professional sound equipment, and lots of special effects available.
What (if any) special equipment, such as Dance floor lighting is offered with your service?
LOTS Up Lighting, lasers, Dance Floor lighting, as well we offer snow machines, bubble machines, fog machines, etc.
How much time do you usually need to set up? Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
This depends on how much Lighting & Special Effects that are being requested by the Bride & Groom. If no lighting is wanted or only a few pieces, than about 2 hours to set up. If you want a lot of effects than it could be a few additional hours to properly set up and test everything. A table is not necessary; I bring my own stand.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
No, but we bring a copy of the playlist for the event, a music request sheet (if approved by the bride/groom), and business cards.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
Only what has been requested to me by the Bride & Groom. I also have wireless microphones for use for toasts, announcements, at the reception.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
I have a great ability to read the crowd and if the music is not working than as long as it is within the taste of approved music; I would try some new thing new. My number one gaol is that you and your guests have a memorable time.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
A meal is a nice gesture from the Bride & Groom, however it is not necessary. I know how much dinners per person can cost and I prefer not eating in front of your guests.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
There will never be any time without music & a DJ present. If for some reason we need to step away for a moment to check things (connections, etc) there will be a pre-made selection to cover us.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes; I have a network of colleagues to ensure your big day does not get interrupted.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
What is your overtime rate?
$125.00 per hour
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
We include up to 40 miles round trip from Lynnwood to the location of your event. Anything above the 40 miles round trip would be an agreed upon amount in the contract.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
How Much Do Wedding DJs cost?
The best thing about wedding DJs is you can find a DJ to fit your budget, from casual guys who moonlight on parties, all the way up to professional wedding and corporate types. There are moonlighting DJ's that might only charge $300. You'll find DJ's charge $400 up to $1900 depending on the area.Cordless Microphones Are a Plus!
For outdoor weddings they are useless, suffering from poor performance and wind noise.
You Must Have A Clear, Concise, Written Contract!
What music genres are in my collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Describe your DJ style:
I have a very diverse taste in music; from the 50's to the top 40's. My favorite type of music is dance, & dj influent tracks but music is changing constantly just as the music industry. My ideal event is seeing everyone on the dance floor dancing til they drop!
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
Not at all. We offer music playlist building tools via our website (password secured), and the more music selection you provide us with--the better the night will flow.
What is your usual attire?
Formal; but it does vary based on the dress code for the event.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
I work very hard to fulfill any and all requests; especially from the Bride & Groom. If for some reason I am unable to find a specific song, the bride & groom will be notified in plenty of time.
How many other DJs do you work with?
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
My default contracted time is for 3 hours for the set price of $495.00
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Absolutely! I highly encourage the bride & groom to have a consultation/pre-wedding planning meeting to go over all the specific details of the wedding day. My job is to lessen your stress and to make sure we have a strong communication.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
I have performed at the "Cannes International Du Film Festival" (de fumer)