Guide to choosing your Wedding Dj
Your wedding day is one of your biggest days in your life and your wish would be to have all suppliers with an A game. Most couples lay less emphasis on entertainment and will probably be scouting for a supplier for this as one of the last items, possibly with a constrained budget after allocating more to other items.
We believe entertainment is an important aspect because it runs from the start to the end of the function. Imagine a wedding with a below par Public Address System, walking down the aisle to a different song than you chose or inappropriate songs at your reception. Below is a list of 10 things to look for in a Wedding Dj.
1. What kind of events do you perform at?
You need a Dj who performs at a variety of events, which gives him a worthy experience in entertaining diversified audiences. This is primarily because your wedding will have people from different backgrounds and age groups. In this case a good bet would be some one who has played at several weddings, club nights, corporate events, among other events.
2. How many weddings do you perform at in a year?
Asking how many weddings they do, gives you an indication of their level of commitment to “your type of event.” Not meaning that one who does more will always excel, it is just a higher probability that they will do a good job as they understand expectations of a wedding Dj.
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3. How do you choose what music to play at the wedding?
Find a Dj who is ready to create a sound track to your wedding based on your preferences, cultural background(s) and vision for the day; each wedding should be different. A good wedding Dj will accept your must-play and do-not play lists. They will also be willing to assist with song suggestions for the special moments e.g. cake cutting, walking down the aisle, etc.
The Dj should also be flexible enough to read the crowd, generate shared moods and direct them to a better place. They need to have some room to put his creativity.
- Describe your equipment?
You may have little or no information on Dj & P A gear but it is good to have a basic run through of what they will provide. The basic expectation is to have good sound; quality cordless microphones; long enough power cords and a back-up generator if the venue does not have one. The Dj should say how early they plan to arrive at the venue and their set up times.
- Do you have a contract?
A wedding Dj who engages a contractual agreement with a client is a professional who understands the obligation that each of you has towards the other. They will not call you last minute to cancel because they have a written commitment to you. It should be simple and straightforward covering all responsibilities that each of you has towards performance of the service.
- What other services do you offer?
In most cases, the most related services for this case are lighting and screens.
Lighting can be used to enhance the ambience at your venue especially if you doing a day reception in a room/ballroom or for the evening party section. For day events within a tent, we discourage unless you have extra budget, as the effect is normally minimal although still noticeable.
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Screens may be used to show memories through your childhoods and courtship, and video mixing.
- Will you do a site visit to my wedding venue?
You do not want a Dj who looses time on the wedding day looking for directions to the venue. Different venues have different challenges such as how far is the power source? Does the venue have rules for the vendors’ e.g. sound limits? Even if they have performed there before it is always a good idea to go check the venue and see if there are changes to the venue.
8. Can we visit you at a performance?
If the request is for a wedding performance, the wedding Dj should seek the approval of an existing client first since weddings are private affairs. Consequently it would be fair if you will also allow them to get one or two clients to visit your wedding too if they makes such an arrangement for you.
Visits to their public events say a club event should be guaranteed.
9. Why should we hire you as a Wedding Dj?
Just like in any job interview, this is a nice way to let the Dj sell himself to you. He may point out things you had missed plus you get to know him better.
There are certainly a lot of those to look out for, for instance, there are Djs who will still rock a party even when under the influence of alcohol but a Dj with high professional ethics will never consume alcohol or take a cigarette break during your wedding. He/she should treat the Dj booth as any other professional treats their office desk.
Also, they do not set up a banner with their equipment? These items will inevitably find their way into your wedding photography and ruin what was otherwise a commercial free event.
Again, you expect them to be a good time keeper.
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