How far in advance should you book your wedding DJ?

A response to the question about how early the booking should be made. A question people sometimes ask me is how far in advance how far in advance to book a wedding DJ?

This is another one of those answers like how long is a piece of string. It really depends on when the wedding is if the wedding is during the week for example on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night then availability is probably going to be better. If it’s off-season again availability will be better. Off-season are months like January February March and November. Whereas if it’s a Saturday in June July August you need to book quite far in advance. I already have bookings for 2020 never mind about the summer of 2019 this video has been recorded in June 19.

So the answer really depends. If it’s a Saturday mid-season preferably in as far in advance as possible. Most people are booking me between nine and 18 months in advance. If it’s as I said a Thursday or even maybe a Sunday all of the season then availability will be much higher.

Even if you send me an email and I’m not available on your date I know a number of excellent DJs that I can put you in touch with.

Should you need any further information, please do not heistate to contact me.

Questions you should ask your prospective DJ

For most weddings entertainment is a big factor as it is what the guests will remember from the wedding in years to come. If you think back to weddings you’ve attended from years gone by you might not remember the cake from that wedding 5 years ago, or the favours from the wedding 7 years ago, but it’s quite likely that you’ll remember whether you had a good time from every wedding you’ve attended and much of that is down to what entertainment they had.

Unless you’re a fan of taking big chances you’re going to want some reassurance that the entertainer you book is going to deliver what you want, and the only way to do this is by meeting them in person.

Even if you were at a wedding a few years ago where there was a great band or DJ you should still meet with them for many reasons. Some of which are covered further in this article.

The basics

Are you definitely available on our date?
In case other couples have enquired but not yet confirmed. Do you care about my wedding? (And watch for their reaction)

Have you ever been at a wedding where the DJ looked totally disinterested?
For some this is nothing but a job and they have no passion for it.

Is that the type of DJ you want performing for you?

Will the person you meet guarantee that they will be the person that arrives on the wedding day?
There are some people that are great salesmen, and they’ll sell you the dream about how great your wedding will be and lead you to assume that they will be the DJ on the day, and then when it comes to it somebody completely different turns up, who you know nothing about. This can make many a bride a little uncomfortable and worried.

Do they have creative ideas to make the wedding unique and fun?
Do you want somebody to simply turn up and play music? Or are you looking for someone to be more involved in your day and to help with background music for the drinks reception, wedding breakfast, help with introductions etc.? They may have some ideas to make your wedding a little different to all the others you’ve attended.

Do they have the required insurance?

(PLI- Public Liability Insurance & PAT Certificate – Portable Appliance Test), and also a member of one of the trade associations, such as NADJ (National Association of DJs) or SEDA (South-East DJ Association) –Many venues require this from the DJ before they are allowed to perform at the venue. Being a member of a DJ association isn’t a guarantee of being a great DJ but at least it shows they take the job seriously and are trying to develop themselves.
It will also mean they’ll have the required insurance.

Do they have testimonials

and/or client evaluations of their service and is it possible to contact some former clients? If the DJ has told you they have x number of years experience in DJing at weddings and yet can’t show any genuine testimonials that could be cause for concern?

Will they meet with you to discuss your day in detail?
This is absolutely imperative, to get to know their personality so you can assess whether you want that person interacting with the people closest to you. It also allows you to ask a number of these questions to gain some reassurance. The entertainment plays a major part in the success of the day, it’s essential to ensure you are comfortable with your choice of DJ and that you’re comfortable he has the necessary experience, music knowledge and music collection and that he’s willing to play the music YOU want, rather than what he likes.

What does the DJ think is more important – professional equipment or unique talent?
If they answer “professional equipment” it is very unlikely they have much creativity and a greater chance that you’re going to receive the same wedding they deliver every week to every client they work for.

Do they have back-up equipment in case anything should malfunction on the night?
If they do not confidently answer, “yes” to this question it could be cause for concern.

Will they visit your venue before the day itself?


Some venues have extremely difficult access. Some may have a lot of stairs. Others require very long leads to connect to the power and so on. If your DJ doesn’t know any of this, in some cases they could be severely delayed.

Will they provide a booking form that clearly lists the services they’ll provide as well as all the other relevant details such as the fee, venue details, contact numbers etc.?
Having a signed document with these details provides reassurance that they have the correct details.

Will they allow you to submit a request list of your favourite songs?
And just as importantly, a list of the songs you definitely do not want to hear! This is an item that should definitely be discussed so that you are confident that the DJ knows what you both like and dislike and to give you some reassurance that they’re not going to try to “educate” with their music taste all night. Also check that he’ll take requests from your guests on the night?

Do NOT ask the DJ if it is ok to watch them perform at another wedding! You would most likely not like your DJ bringing in strangers to your wedding so it is not fair to expect to intrude on somebody else’s wedding.

Wedding DJ equipment and Certifications

Certificates

As a professional wedding DJ, I am asked often If my equipment has Certificates requested by the Venue?

P.A.T.

All my equipment is Portable Appliance Tested (PAT) annually to the current HSE Electricity at Work regulations. Every item has a PAT certificate.

P.L.I

 I am a member of  AMPdj (National Association) which provides me with £10 million worth of full public liability Insurance(PLI).


If you would like to see copies of all or any of these certificates please let me know.

Obtaining certificates for the vanue

Since wedding organisation can be very stressful, and you have lot of things on your mind, I am here to help.
You don’t have to concern yourself in obtaining any for the venue. I will deal with the venue directly, I know you have more then enough to do!

For your own peace of mind I am also DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked, formally known as CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)

Your  Wedding DJ  Pat.

FIRST DANCE

Wedding First Dance

 As a wedding DJ who preformed at more than 2000 weddings I know that Your First dance is a very special moment that you want to share with your closest friends and family.  Over the years I’ve played a huge number of different songs at the weddings that I’ve performed at, and seen a huge variation in the way couples have danced to the songs as well.

 

In recent years I have to say Ed Sheeran has become very popular. Approx 95% of first dances are done off the cuff and the rest are dance routines.

 Lighting

As a wedding DJ with lots of experience I am aware that Your first dance is a magical moment, and music is only one part of the moment you will remember for the rest of you lives.

Lighting must be perfect. That is why I would organize the room as part of the preparation for the dance, and I would talk to the photographer about the lighting. Besides the music I would make sure that the light show goes along with your choice of music.

When everything is arranged properly, you are ready to have a perfect first dance, the only kind you deserve.

If you are looking for a wedding DJ in Northamptonshire, Wedding DJ in Bedfordshire, Wedding DJ in Cambridgeshire or a wedding DJ in Buckinghamshire feel free to contact me.

Your wedding DJ

Hello

 My name is Pat. I am the wedding DJ/host at the multi-award winning  Goldensoundsdisco from Northamtonshire.


 In my career as a DJ I have performed at over 2000 weddings. I am aware that you want everything to be perfect on your special day, that’s why I offer a fun, friendly and personal service, no agents, no subcontracting out bookings.
Although my primary role is a DJ, it is very important for me that you, the newlyweds, don’t have to worry about music and have a great time. 

That’s why my strap line is “it’s all about the music and people having fun”

I am based in Northamptonshire, so if you are looking for a wedding DJ Northampton, Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire, let’s have a chat.