Choosing Your Perfect Wedding DJ
With the Entertainment being such an important part of your special day, it’s important to choose the right Wedding DJ for you. We’ve put together 6 tips to help you find your perfect Wedding DJ.
1 – Availability
This is the most important factor when looking for your Wedding DJ, or any Wedding supplier for that matter – Are they available on your date? You could find the perfect DJ, who plays the music you love, and has the best looking disco in the area, but if they are not available, then you’ve got a problem! Ideally you should be looking to book your Wedding DJ between 6 and 12 months in advance, although you can be lucky and pick up a cancellation, or secure your date at short notice.
2 – Style/Personality
If you have a specific music style or genre that you want to hear at your Wedding, then make sure your DJ is able to play this for you. Whilst a lot of DJs will say they can play any music, some will be more confident in specific music genres than others, so it is always better to explain what you are looking for.
The personality and style of the DJ themselves is also something to consider – Do you like them as a person? Do you feel you can work with them? You may be looking for a Wedding DJ who chats a lot on the microphone, or perhaps one who lets the music do the talking. The choice is yours, but always try and get a feel for your DJs personality and style – Even consider meeting your Wedding DJ in person before your big day.
3 – Stage Look
Whilst the music is the most important part of any disco, the look of the disco should also be important. You will probably spend a lot of time and effort making your Wedding venue look stunning, so why settle for anything less when it comes to your Wedding Disco. Always look at photos of previous events your Wedding DJ has performed at, and check out what the disco actually looks like – Can you see any cables dangling? Does the equipment look up-to-date and tidy? Do the lights create the effect and atmosphere you are looking for?
4 – Testimonials/References
It is always difficult to see a Wedding DJ perform as the majority of their work will be for Weddings and private functions, however, often DJs will have a long list of previous clients who have left a short testimonial of the service they received. Many DJs will display these testimonials on their websites, so have a read through them and see what previous clients are saying – If your Wedding DJ has lots of happy clients and positive comments, then they are definitely worth considering.
5 – Insured and Safe
Like any business, there are certain certificates and insurance every mobile disco company should have. Some hotels and venues may even ask for copies of these certificates before letting the DJ through the door, so it is important to double check your Wedding DJ has all the required certification. The two most common certificates you should look out for are PAT (Portable Appliance Test) – to confirm all electrical equipment is safe – and PLI (Public Liability Insurance) – incase there are any accidents involving the disco. If your Wedding DJ is a member of an association such as the National Association of DJs (NADJ), the association will check these certificates on your behalf.
Wedding DJs should also have a backup plan should anything go wrong – Does your DJ carry spare equipment incase their main system fails?
6 – Price
Like any service, Wedding DJs are available at a range of prices, however, try and avoid choosing your DJ based on price alone. It is a good idea to get in touch with a few Wedding DJs, discuss what you are looking for with each of them, and get a few quotes to consider. Once you have a range of quotes, you can balance up their price with their style and personality, their stage look, and their previous client testimonials, and make an informed decision on which is your perfect Wedding DJ.
With the Evening Reception being such a large part of your special day, it is so important to choose the right Wedding DJ for you. If you have specific ideas for your reception, don’t be afraid to ask your DJ if they can make them a reality – usually they will be able to, or will know somebody who can.