What should you ask when booking a wedding DJ?

Before you make a booking...

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life. You want your guests to enjoy the party, young and old. Your wedding DJ has a very important role to play. Making sure that your soundtrack for the day sets the tone that you want will make all the difference.Asking these questions will help you whittle down the candidates and find the perfect Wedding DJ for your perfect day.First things first:

1. Are you available on my date?

The last thing you want is to have your heart set on a DJ for your wedding but they can’t play on your date. Always ask if they’re available on your date, first. 

2. How long have you been a professional Wedding DJ?

This might be obvious, or not. But, make sure you’re not potentially hiring someone with no experience or who just DJ’s on the side. The advantage of hiring a seasoned professional wedding DJ, is we’ve done this all before. We’re experienced in ensuring smooth running and that the music you want to hear gets your guests up and dancing. 

3. How many weddings do you do on an average weekend?

I bet you’re thinking, “Why does this matter to me?”. Well, it does. You want your DJ to be on their top performance game for your big day. Working with someone who has worked themselves too hard may just bite you on the bottom. 

4. Have you performed at my chosen venue?

This shouldn’t necessarily be a dealbreaker. But, it can make your life easier on the day. If a DJ has performed at your venue before, we will most likely know where we can park and unload without getting in the way. We’ll likely already know the staff at the venue which means we don’t need to disturb anyone whilst we’re setting up. And, we will most likely know the best place to set up to get the best out of the sound system! 

5. Do you have any live performance footage?

If you want to understand how a Wedding DJ performs, it’s always best to ask for some live footage. This can either be a video, or a CD of tracks to help you decide if their style is right for your day. 

6. Can we submit a “DO NOT PLAY” list?

As a DJ, I highly encourage your guests to request their favourite songs throughout the night. But, if there are some songs out there that you simply cannot abide, it’s best to ask your Wedding DJ candidates if they will accept a do not play list.Now, at this point, you’re thinning down the herd to a few last DJ’s that fit the criteria for your perfect day. So, make sure that you ask everything that could potentially affect how your day runs. Such as: 

7. How much does it cost to hire you for my wedding day?

This question isn’t a simple one for DJ’s to answer. There are many factors involved when providing a quote for a wedding. If you’re on a budget price will certainly affect who you can afford to hire. I recently uploaded a blog on this, you can read all about it here 

8. How much do you charge for overtime?

Say your guests are having an absolutely cracking time and you don’t want the party to end. What happens if your DJ can’t stay afterwards or they charge more than you expected? Cover yourself by asking early if you think there will be a chance that you’ll be dancing to the wee hours. 

9. Are you insured?

This should be a very important question to ask your Wedding DJ. If the worst should ever happen and something goes wrong with your DJ on your big day, an insured Wedding DJ is covered. 

10. Can you provide mics for the ceremony?

If you’ve got a large number of guests, you’ll want everyone to be able to hear the ceremony even from right at the back. To do this, you might need some wireless mics, it’s worth asking your DJ so that you don’t have to source these elsewhere!Now, with all that in mind, there are probably a hundred other questions that you have sitting in the back of your mind. If you have, contact me and I’d be happy to answer any questions to help put your mind at ease when booking me for your big day!

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