What You Need To Know About Hiring a Wedding DJ
For most people, planning a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Even for those who are getting it right the second time around, it’s still pretty unusual to feel like an expert when it comes to choosing your wedding vendors. How do you know a good vendor from a not-so-good one? Sure, they’ve got testimonials on their site, but can I trust them? It can be pretty daunting to make a deposit after a short consultation, so it is important to know what to look for and what questions to ask when meeting with the people who are going to be making one of the most important days of your life a reality.
And what about picking a wedding DJ? Unlike a dressmaker or a florist, your DJ is someone who will actually be present at your wedding, so it’s especially important to find a person who you trust. Not to mention the reality that you can’t exactly drive all over Knoxville, crashing strangers’ weddings just to see a DJ in action – and if you’ve never seen a potential DJ working their magic at a real-life wedding, it can be hard to make an informed decision about who to choose to be a part of your big day.
Not to worry, though. We’ve compiled a list of what you absolutely need to know about hiring a DJ who is going to make your reception one to remember – in a good way.
Helpful Hints for Hiring the Perfect DJ
- Meet your DJ face-to-face. Your DJ is a person. When giving someone control of the music for your wedding night, you need to at least like them! Make sure you feel comfortable with your DJ – they don’t have to be your new best friend, but it is important that their personality fits yours, as well as the ‘vibe’ that you’d like to see at your reception.
- Make sure the DJ you meet is the one that will be at your event. Many large DJ companies will have a salesperson or more experienced DJ meet with you at your initial consultation, but send you whoever is available on the day of your wedding. Needless to say, you don’t want to meet your DJ for the first time when he or she is announcing your first dance.
- Have a look at their contract. If a DJ doesn’t have a contract, walk away! Run, even. Without a contract, you may not get what you thought you agreed upon in person. A DJ who is not willing to give you a contract is simply unprofessional and not to be trusted.
- Make sure they have insurance. Insurance is an absolute must-have. Enough said.
- Do your homework. The DJs you meet at bridal shows have paid a fee to be showcased, and to get your contact details. They may not be reputable or experienced, or may have given some pretty appalling customer service in the past. Seek out some reviews or references – and not just the ones on their own website!
- Ask around. You might find a good DJ at a bridal show. You’ll find a great DJ through people who have had an unforgettable night on the dance floor at another wedding in Knoxville. Great DJs get their business from past events where they have left an unforgettable impression, where people can’t help but tell others about the killer time they had on the dance floor.
- Make sure they can back their claims. For example, every DJ in Tennessee says that they’re the best Master of Ceremonies out there. What does that even mean? Some use pre-recorded introductions, some put on their loudest ‘sports announcer’ voice – do you really want to be introduced into your reception in the ‘let’s get ready to rumble!’ voice? I didn’t think so. Here’s another place where meeting the DJ in person and hearing from people who have seen them in action is crucial.
- Find out what they use to play music. Don’t be afraid to ask what format the DJ uses – just because they have music doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re a DJ. An iPod, streaming videos from YouTube, or playing music off their cell phone isn’t quite going to cut it, but you won’t know until you ask.
- Take note of how much they ask you. Not every client is the same, and a potential DJ should be well aware of this. In order for them to serve you well, they’ll need to know a bit about you. No, they don’t need to memorize your birthday to be able to be your DJ, but they should definitely show an interest in personalizing their service to fit your personality, tastes, and the atmosphere you want to create for your event.
- Find out how they will compile your special music requests before your event.Do they just ask for your first dance song and nothing else? They may have a big music library, but no DJ should assume that they will have your preferred music for special moments in the night like your cake cutting, reception entrance and more, without verifying the songs beforehand. And music for special moments is a bare minimum! A good DJ will compile as much music information as possible before the event. Here at Knox Vegas DJs, we give each client one of the most extensive music planners in the business, in order for us to be able to meet your music needs as best as we possibly can.
If you cover these topics with potential DJs, and walk away feeling confident in their musical ability as well as their understanding of your unique needs, it’s a good clue that you’ve found the right entertainer for your wedding reception. Make sure your music is in the hands of someone that you not only like, but also trust, and you’ll be on your way to giving your guests an awesome night on the dance floor.
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