7 Questions to Ask after Hiring Your Wedding DJ

November 15, 2016

 

So, you’ve decided to hire a DJ for your wedding. Once you’ve settled on a DJ who can work your wedding, the next step is to get in contact with your DJ and nail down the fine details. Here are 7 questions you’ll definitely want to ask your wedding DJ before the big day rolls around.

 

What services do you offer?

 

It’s important to have a firm understanding of which services your DJ offers so that you can know what you’re paying for. Yes, your DJ will provide the music and audio setup for the event, but DJs can also provide ceremony sound, emcee services, uplighting, dance floor lighting, and more. Most DJs offer a variety of packages so that you can choose what you want covered at your wedding.

 

What is in your music library?

 

This one is a no-brainer, as it determines what music you will and won’t play at your wedding. Ideally, you will have talked to your DJ about this already to ensure that your music taste coincides well. Just be sure to talk to your DJ about any music requests that may not be in their repertoire.

 

How do you work with couples to decide on a playlist?

 

DJs are experts in putting together playlists, but they also need to work with couples to cater to any specific “must play” or “do not play” requests. Talk to your DJ about your own requests and determine how much expertise you want them to put forth in terms of selecting music.

 

Have you DJed this venue before?

 

Audio setup is unique at every venue, so it helps to know if your DJ has worked your particular venue before. If your DJ hasn’t been to that venue before, ask them if they are confident about setting up within the venue’s unique dimensions and restrictions.

 

What type of equipment do you use?

 

This is important to know from a logistical and aesthetic standpoint. You’ll want to make sure that your DJ’s equipment is well suited for your venue and that all of their equipment will work with the layout of your reception.

 

What do setup and breakdown entail?

 

You need to know beforehand how your DJ is going to work with your venue in terms of setup and breakdown. Talk to your DJ about arrival and departure times, where the audio setup should be, and what equipment you will need for your wedding. Your DJ should be able to help navigate you through many of these fine details.

 

How would you describe your style?

 

Every DJ has a unique style. Ask your DJ if they will engage the crowd a lot, take a more laid-back approach, be more formal, etc. (It may help to request a video of a past event in order to get a good feel for your DJ’s style.) It’s important to make sure that your DJ’s style will suit the vibe that you are going for; make it clear what type of DJ you want so that there won’t be any tension the day of your wedding.

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