A wedding requires almost a bazillion things to plan and organize. Choosing the DJ for your wedding reception is one of the big ones. The reception occupies about half the day and will be the event most guests will remember so it’s worth putting some serious thought into how to make the night as memorable as possible. In this post, you’ll learn just that, what questions to ask yourself when choosing your wedding DJ.
Consider your Budget
Don’t be tempted to go for a DJ just because there cheap. DJ’s are just like anything, you get what you pay for. A qualified DJ with experience hosting events will know how to set how to set up in your chosen venue to give maximum performance. Additionally, they’ll be able to play a wider range of music to fit whatever your tastes are. A wedding DJ who has a reputation for being good at their job will be highly recommended by all local wedding venues and suppliers. This means they’ll usually be booked out months in advance so their prices will be higher. For example, DJ Krista is one of the top event DJ’s in Vancouver so expect a price tag to meet demand.
A DJ’s reputation still travels largely by word of mouth. When was the last time you were at a performance that really impressed you? If you can’t think of any then asked trusted friends about any local event DJ’s they’d recommend. It’s always best to go with a DJ that a friend or family member has seen themselves in action. The management at your chosen venue for the reception will also be able to offer great recommendations.
Meet and Interview your DJ
Once you’ve got a few referrals and thought about your budget arrange to meet a few face to face. This is the only way to get a feel for what they are really like and decide if they’re up to the job. You want a DJ that is easy to work with, knows what you want and can adapt easily as the night progresses. Just be sure to ask them the right questions and get all the information you’ll need. Experience will show here allowing you to sort the good from the mediocre.
Think about the Music you’ll want for each Moment
A wedding reception requires different music for each moment of the night. If you want to get everyone involved think about what sort of music you’ll need. You might go for a slow opening as guests arrive or have the reception start with a bang. This is probably the most fun part of planning the reception and if the DJ is experienced enough they’ll have an answer for all your questions of what music to fit each moment. Find music that will appeal to all age groups. A good DJ will be able to easily adjust to the demands of the crowd.
Most importantly go with your instincts. If you find a DJ that appeals to your tastes then go for it even if they’re not well known. It will be a personal choice in the end so go with your gut.