Do you want a great wedding? Then you will need a great DJ. The DJ will be the one to help carry out the activities of your timeline, set the right mood through music, and make your wedding fun by getting people on the dance floor.
Similar to hiring a wedding photographer, hiring a wedding DJ may be an important task for your big day. Hiring a DJ comes with its own set of important questions that must be answered in order for you to understand the services that you are getting.
Here is a list of the top 15 questions to ask your wedding DJ before you sign a contract.
Questions to ask your wedding DJ
1. Can we submit requests (must hear songs, do not playlist, etc.)?
You know your musical tastes and what you want to hear. Why not make those requests to your DJ? Most DJs are accommodating to your unique requests, but in some cases, a DJ may not have a large selection of a genre of music that you prefer. That is why it is a good idea to check. Furthermore, you should ask about the policy related to guest requests.
2. Will you be the actual person to DJ my wedding?
Some larger DJ and event service companies have sales people that you work with to book services. You may even talk to a DJ at the company who will not actually be the DJ for your big day. You should make sure you have at least one conversation with your DJ or the MC that will accompany the DJ.
3. Do you have any sample mixes?
A sample mix from the DJ will allow you to hear an example of a DJ’s work in order to determine if they have the skills to pay the bills. Using VendorVid, you could even ask DJs for a 5-10 minute live sample mix!
4. What is the cost of your packages and what is included?
Cost is an important topic to discuss, especially if you want to stay on budget. You should check to make sure setup and breakdown is included. You want to know exactly what you’re getting for the price. In addition, it may be worthwhile to ask about military, seasonal, weekday, and other discounts that may apply to you.
5. How do you motivate a non-dancing crowd?
You may already know that it is going to be difficult to get your friends and family members on the dance floor. You should make sure a potential DJ has faced these type of crowds in the past and has a plan to get people on the dance floor.
6. Have you played at our venue before?
Anyone who knows the venue has an advantage on where to go, how to set up for the best sound, etc. It’s important to know if this is something you can cross off your list, but is not a deal breaker. If the DJ has not been to the venue, you could provide the floor plans or setup a venue tour with the DJ.
7. What is your normal attire?
Your guests may have a formal dress code that you want your DJ to observe. For summer weddings, you may even communicate to guests to dress down. Either way, your DJ should know the dress code and be able to adhere to it.
8. How much of a deposit is required to hold the date and what forms of payment do you accept?
Reserving the DJ for your wedding date will probably require a written contract and deposit. Usually, you will have to pay a percentage of the total fee upfront to reserve services. In most cases, it will be 50%. The remaining balance is usually due prior to or on the day of your wedding. It’s important to find out these details upfront so you can be prepared.
9. How long has your company been in business?
This is a question that will help you understand the company’s history and how much experience they have in the mobile DJ industry.
10. How do you differentiate yourself from your competitors?
Most DJs have their own style. Getting to know how they differentiate themselves from competition will help you choose who is best based on your style, personality, and culture.
11. How many other weddings have you DJ’d?
You especially want to choose a DJ or DJ company that has experience djing weddings, since weddings are a different type of beast than a regular event.
12. Can you provide references or reviews?
It is reasonable to request references from a potential DJ. In most cases, online reviews will suffice. But, if it will make you feel more comfortable, you can request to speak with past clients about their experience before making a final decision. Your desire could be “club like” or “family friendly”, each couple has a different vision for their wedding, so you want to ensure the DJ has been able to create a similar mood or atmosphere as the one you want.
13. Do you have insurance?
In case something goes wrong during the wedding day or it is required by the venue, you should know what type of insurance coverage your DJ provides.
14. What sort of equipment will you be using? (i.e. wireless microphones, light shows, speakers, backups)
Your wedding may require some special equipment and this needs to be discussed with your potential DJ. Understanding the equipment that a DJ will provide will help you better compare DJ packages.
15. When will you arrive for set-up?
Understanding when your DJ will need to arrive is important for seamless preparation on the day of your wedding. You should make sure the DJ setup process will not interfere with anything else.
Choosing a potential wedding DJ will take some preparation and planning. But, equipped with the right set of starting questions, you’ll be able to choose the best DJ to set the right mood at your wedding and keep your guests on the dance floor.