The number one question we receive about our wedding dj services is about price or cost… and we totally understand why. The only problem with this questions is that you really don’t really get the most important information. Price is generally determined by some combination of quality of service, demand and supply. We all have heard the saying, “you get what you pay for”… what what does that mean?
What Makes A Good Wedding DJ?
No wedding reception is complete without the wedding DJ of your choice, but not all DJs are created equal. You will come across some that clearly live for music, and others that are content with doing subpar work. Since you aspire to get married only once, it is important to plan your entire day to live up to your expectations.
As a starting point, it is important that you don’t just hire the first DJ that pops up on Google. You need to conduct interviews with all prospective DJs and check their reputations. What are other couples saying? Were they happy with the level of service the DJ provided?
Once you are able to narrow down your list to a few top candidates, this is where things can get a bit tricky. Which one do you choose? There are certain traits that a good wedding DJ should have, some of which we will highlight below.
A good DJ likes music, but a fantastic one lives and breathes music. Passion is probably one of the most important character traits that any type of person should have when dealing with music. Remember that anyone can claim to be a DJ with enough equipment, but a real one will want people to enjoy the party and share the passion.
We won’t say that hiring a “rookie” is a bad idea because no amount of expertise can replace passion. However, a good rule of thumb to use is to ensure your DJ has done at least 10 weddings he can claim to be a success. Having a basic understanding of how to set up the equipment and work the crowd is important in the DJing business.
A responsible DJ will have a solid contingency plan in case he has been in an accident or has to call in sick. The replacement DJ however, or the second-in-command should be someone of equal caliber. You will not want to deal with a mess on your wedding day, so a responsible DJ is a must.
4. Knows Etiquette
It is understandable that your DJ will not be wearing professional clothing when they’re setting up the equipment, but you need someone willing to wear formal attire during your reception. There is absolutely no excuse for someone with no plans to follow codes of conduct or behave in an appropriate manner.
5. Has Insurance And Contracts
Though it isn’t always required, knowing that your DJ is properly insured is a good peace of mind to have. It shows great commitment to their business, and ultimately to you, the customer.
When you hire a DJ it is important that he can provide you with a service contract. You should go over the contract together and it should address costs, hours of operation, and plans in case of emergency.
By no means is any wedding DJ going to be perfect, but he should come close. A wedding is an important milestone in your life, and your hired hands should feel that way too!