The Venue looks amazing and your guests are having such a good time, except the DJ has turned up in a pair of jeans and a cap, and the area where the music is coming from looks like a robot with wires and cables everywhere. Guests are now complaining that the music is too loud and not appropriate for background music…..
All too often we hear horror stories from clients who booked a sub standard Wedding DJ, hoping to save a few dollars, or even worse – paying an obscene amount of money for a Club DJ with no Wedding experience.
Here are my top 4 questions you NEED to ask before hiring a Wedding DJ:
The BIG 4 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DJ!!
1. How much experience do you have in Weddings?
An excellent question to start with, and probably the most important. There is a huge difference between a Club DJ and a Wedding DJ. A Club DJ usually has a defined crowd that expects to hear a particular type of music. A Wedding DJ however needs to be able to read the crowd and play accordingly as the night progresses. Clean edits are needed and multiple age groups need to have a chance to enjoy themselves throughout the evening.
Remember, apart from over $10,000 worth of equipment what you are really hiring is years of experience.
You wouldn’t hire an electrician to fix your car would you?
2. Can I please see your references and Testimonials?
A good Wedding DJ will let everyone know that he/she is a Quality Wedding DJ worth hiring. Facebook references from real people is an obvious place to start, making sure there are pictures attached to the feedback. Awards and articles from other Wedding industry businesses are also worth noting.
No references no hire. Simple.
3. Can I please see photos of your actual set-up?
Before you sign that contract (there is a contract, right?) ask for some pictures of past set-ups, and ask if the set-up at your Wedding will be similar. Sometimes what the DJ shows, is not actually what you get.
Pay attention to cable management and the overall symmetry of the set-up.
A Wedding DJ set-up at worst should look neat, tidy and clean. At best it should look amazing!!
4. I would like to have a direct say in what music is played, is that ok with you?
A question you probably wouldn’t think to ask, but more and more DJs will refuse to take requests and advice from the Bride and Groom.
Its an Ego thing and understandable if you are hiring a Club or high profile DJ with a reputation to protect.
An experienced Wedding DJ will be able to answer these questions instantly and usually with a sense of relief, as it means the client is looking for quality and taking no chances on their special day.
Best of luck!