Searching for the perfect Wedding DJ can be a daunting process. For most brides and grooms, this is their first time hiring a DJ for wedding entertainment. There are so many factors to consider when researching DJ’s. Here’s our top ten list of common mistakes made by brides & grooms when selecting DJ services.
1. Hiring An Amateur Or Part Time DJ
Don’t put the most important day of your life in the hands of an amateur offering “amazing deals”, or worse, your “friend that has been DJing as a hobby for 10 years”. Don’t have your reception ruined by someone that is not qualified or equipped to entertain your guests or provide a variety of great music. Leave this to a reputable professional that can back up their work with solid recommendations. There are lot of details, planning and preparation that go into executing a successful reception. A “DJ Friend” with little or no wedding experience will not know what small details to look for that can make the difference between a smooth and flawless event or an embarrassing moment for the Bride and Groom. Scenario: You just finish your First Dance and your friend “the DJ” announces the Father/Daughter Dance only to find out that your father has just gone to the restroom and was not told by the DJ that this dance was going to be next! There are guests yelling “He’s in the bathroom” and 3 to 4 minutes of awkward silence until he finally comes running out of the restroom and onto the dance floor. Get the picture! These little details can make a big difference! Now after reading this wouldn’t you want to pay a little more to an experienced professional to avoid such an embarrassing moment on your special day?
2. Not Checking Your DJ’s References
Are they recommended by facilities in your surrounding area? If not, ask why.
3. Waiting Too Long To Hire The Professional Entertainer You Want
It’s difficult enough finding a DJ you like. Don’t go through all the trouble of finding the right person and procrastinate on booking them for your wedding. Most good DJs with a great reputation are booked at least a year in advance. As soon as you make that connection act on it and secure your date with a deposit and a contract.
4. Hiring A DJ That Doesn’t talk on the mic or Interact With Your Guests
Does your DJ have the experience and ability to interact with your guests and ensure they keep the energy going throughout the entire reception. Your DJ should be skilled and experienced enough to keep the party going even when there is a lull in the party.
5. Choosing A DJ With A Lack Of Versatility
Does your DJ only do weddings? Ask if they have performed at corporate events, school functions, or other cultural parties such as Quinceaneras and Bar Mitzvahs. Versatility is only acquired through experience and this will reflect the depth of your DJ.
6. Not meeting prior to the wedding
Schedule a meeting with your DJ or at least a phone call or Skype meeting to go over all of your event details, music selections and itinerary.
7. Not Going Over Their Back-up Plan
Is his back-up plan organized and does it supply an equally qualified professional? What about his equipment? A catastrophic equipment failure the day of your wedding will not only affect the DJ but your entire reception as well.
8. Basing Your Decision On Equipment.
Anyone can go out and purchase top of the line equipment. It is very important that your DJ does carry the best of equipment but if that is the focal point of their marketing, find out why it isn’t their reputation or skill set.
9. Hiring A DJ That Gives The Same Performance At Every Party.
Does your DJ give the same performance at every function for every couple that hires him or does he reflect each couples’ personality and desires? Be sure your DJ can play to your unique set of guests and meet your needs, desires, musical taste and expectations.
10. Not Taking First Impressions into consideration.
The first interaction with your potential DJ is usually made over the phone when arranging a consultation. This person will be the MC of your reception, announcing your introductions and entertaining your guests for the entire evening, so ensure they come across professionally.