Get Wedding DJ References From Friends, Coworkers, Wedding Reception Halls
Your best resource in finding your wedding DJ is people you know. Talk to recent newlyweds, ask your wedding reception hotel or resort, they may have a list of preferred vendors for you to call, wedding DJs whom they trust. They also see the horror stories and know who to avoid. Another great resource is the reception venue you plan to have your event. Keep in-mind, the reputation of the venue maybe on the line… which means they should only give you the names of DJs they know will offer the best service and overall value. They don’t want to point you in the direction of a sub-par DJ or one that will make them look bad.
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Don’t rush to pick your wedding DJ, they all have different personalities and skill sets. Give more weight to personal recommendations. If you happen to see your potential DJ while you are a guest at another wedding before you make your decision, that helps too. Many people of marrying age attend several weddings in a year, and this is a good time to start scoping your vendors. If you have special song requests, ask the DJ if they have it or if they can get it.
If your reception is complex, and in a big well known wedding venue you want a true professional who works in the big places, not someone who hasn’t worked in large spaces. Many DJ’s may get offended by this, but you really want someone with the experience of working with the planning/sales and catering departments of these larger venues. A DJ’s talent should reach far beyond just motivating the crowd or making the announcements at the right time. They must have their finger on the pulse of your wedding and know everything that is going on. The only way this can happen is when they have a good working relationship with the venue staff.
Good luck and make sure to check out: The Five Most Important Questions