Know what to look for and where
The most common option is to go with a DJ whose primary business is weddings. Wedding DJs know the ins and outs of wedding receptions and may even be great at serving as an emcee to make announcements. To find one of these, do the usual web searching and asking for referrals from other vendors.
If your focus is on having great dance music, you may consider a DJ from the local club scene. These DJs may actually charge cheaper rates, but they won’t necessarily be experienced with weddings. To find one you can start by asking at local clubs.
If you really want to go all-out on music, you may be able to find a wedding DJ who is also renowned for their great music or a club DJ who has lots of wedding experience. These can be ideal options, but be aware that they may cost you. A professional wedding DJ of this variety will probably be well known in your area. Just ask vendors.
Putting price in perspective
The average cost of wedding venues is $2000.
It is common for price to be the first question we receive. It’s a great question, but it should not be the first question. In this business it should be quality over price. Please take a moment to understand why the DJ is the best investment of the night.
Find a DJ that does more than Just play music
You have a playlist. You also have a do not playlist. You hire someone who knows how to mix music well. How hard can it be? The truth is, it’s not. Music should be the easy part for the best wedding DJs. Most brides and grooms today are looking for a lot of dancing at their wedding, and while you’ll want a legit DJ spinning your music, the secret isn’t all about the mix.
Figure out the timelines
More often then not, you’re going to want your wedding DJ to make announcements and play music. But what you didn’t know, is that you should look for a DJ that takes it even further. The best wedding DJs know how to create and run a wedding timeline that is engaging and ensures that all of the details are covered. Music and Lights uses a revolutionary app with one purpose - To help couples plan their wedding. Things like checking in with the bride and groom, making sure photographers capture the important moments, and working directly with the banquet manager are just a few of the most basic details that the best wedding DJs are trained to cover. If you enjoy perfection, you’ll want a DJ that will ensure you can relax and be a guest when it matters most.
Beware of the all-in-one.
Commonly, most companies that provide lots multiple services such photography, videography, entertainment, decorations, etc. in one package is not great at any of those things, or only great at one of those things. Your DJ should be able to provide you with music for your ceremony & cocktail hour, and also lighting and sound for your reception. But beyond that, you’re not going to find the best of anything all from one single vendor.
Know when to book.
Uplighting gets cheaper every year. There’s a new style photo booth coming out each month. The point is, no one is going to run out of a commodity like lighting or photo favors for your wedding date. However, great wedding DJs get booked up far in advance because they have a high demand. With only 52 weekends a year to perform from the 100s of requests they get each year, make sure you don’t wait too long to secure a DJ. Unless you don’t want the best, which in case you should wait as long as you’d like.