The first guest post on my blog comes from a preferred vendor, Nick Salve a wedding DJ here in Maine. I asked Nick to help me out with providing you all some good advice on choosing a DJ for your wedding. Here are his top 6 tips for hiring a DJ for your wedding.
Find someone who knows what they’re doing.
When planning a wedding, you normally have two people who have never thrown a major event before in their lives. Unless you are hiring a professional wedding coordinator, your DJ/MC is going to be your best resource for making sure things happen smoothly and on-time the day of your ceremony. Your DJ is your primary source of communication between the venue. the caterers, your guests, and you.
2) Your iPod is not a DJ.
Yes, it may be better looking than some of the DJs out there, but your iPod lacks 1 major skill when it comes to entertaining a crowd: a personality. Your DJ doesn’t just play music; your DJ is there to entertain. Your DJ has spent wedding after wedding learning which songs are able to get the older people out on the dance floor without alienating anyone under the age of 65 and vice-versa.
3) Ask if your DJ uses MP3s or CDs.
We live in the age of HD compression and wireless hotspots. If your DJ is 100% digital, he or she has the world of music available to them as long as they’re in range of a cell phone tower. Anything you want to hear can be played within minutes of it popping in to your head. Keep your options open.
4) Know your budget.
Most wedding DJs (especially in the Northeast where I’m from) don’t make our full time living from DJing. This means our rates can be flexible. When I quote a customer, I take many factors in to account. How far do I have to travel? Can I get by with just 1 PA system, or do I need to bring a second system? How many hours am I going to be there? I have base prices to start from but, honestly, would rather cut out a few hundred dollars rather than get nothing at all. Tell your DJ how much you’re able to spend and see if they will work with you.
5) Don’t hire your uncle to do it. Even if he’s a professional DJ and does this for a living, really try to avoid having family work at your wedding. No one wants to go to their loved-one’s wedding and have to work. Even if they agree to do it with a smile on their face, they don’t want to. They want to be seeing their family, drinking beer, hanging out, and dancing. Let your family be your family at your wedding. You won’t regret it, I promise.
6) Follow your gut.
Don’t just go to the first person to email you back.Talk to a couple people. You’re going to like one person more than everyone else. Go with that person. If they’re more expensive, ask if they can work with you on the price. Your DJ isn’t just working for you, they’re a guest at your wedding. They’re going to be talking to every single person there. Make sure you feel like “This is the kind of person we’d invite to our wedding anyway.” Take the time to find the person who works for you.