Happy Wednesday friends! Today I’m excited to have an awesome guest post full of very helpful tips for choosing your wedding DJ! Please give a warm welcome to Evan Reitmeyer from My Deejay, Inc.!
For many couples (yes, we’re talking directly to you, Soundtrack to I Do readers), music is one of the most important wedding day details you can obsess over. While the dress, the flowers and the venue are important, the right soundtrack on your special day sets the tone for your entire wedding.
We realize not all couples are interested in hiring a wedding DJ (we’re biased but we don’t judge) but for those who are, we wanted to share a few tips for finding the perfect DJ for you. Like with your other vendors, it’s important to feel confident in this person’s ability to express your vision, thrill your guests and bring your dreams to life. OK, we might be overdramatizing that a little bit. Point being, it’s really important.
Since most people only search for a wedding DJ once in their lifetime, many probably have no idea what to look for and what questions to ask. So here are a couple tips that should help:
1. Ask questions! Not sure what to ask? Our list of 40 Questions to Ask a Wedding DJ is a good place to begin. Find out if your potential DJ will be listed by name on your contract, if the company will save your date while you continue your research, how experienced this person is with your venue and how involved you can be in choosing your wedding music, for starters.
2. Arrange a meeting before you sign anything! If you are planning your wedding long-distance, you’ll have to settle for a phone meeting but if you’re dealing local, insist on a face-to-face meeting with your potential DJ. A meeting will allow you to get a feel for this person’s overall demeanor (if you are looking for a laid back emcee, you’ll find out pretty quickly if the high- energy person before you isn’t going to be a good fit), intelligence and personality. If the company you are talking to dances around this or tries to convince you not to worry about a meeting, keep looking.
3. Sometimes it is OK to judge a book by its cover! If you check out a DJ’s website and find it looks like a relic from the mid-1990s, or notice it is filled with grammar mistakes, obnoxious text and/ or obvious stock photos “borrowed” from weddings they haven’t actually worked on, proceed with caution. A reputable DJ company will invest the time and effort into creating a friendly, useable website that reflects their professionalism. If they don’t, they might put forth the same amount of effort into your wedding that they do their own website.
4. Beware shady sales tactics! If a DJ tells you “I normally charge X but for you, I’ll charge Y,” move on. If a DJ tells you he or she can’t actually give you a price until you meet (which just means he or she wants to see how big your ring is, what kind of car you drive and what kind of clothing you can afford), move on. If a DJ tells you that you better sign today or else your date will be booked out from under you, move on. You don’t need pressure; this is your wedding, not a used car lot.
5. Talk about music! This one seems pretty obvious but if you get too caught up in price, equipment and experience, you might forget the most important part – the music! So be sure to have a candid conversation with any potential DJs about their musical tastes and your own, and find out if they have experience with weddings featuring your favorite genres. Any professional wedding DJ should be versatile enough to spin any genre at any wedding but it helps to know what your DJ is into, and he or she definitely needs to know what YOU like!
We sincerely hope this helps couples make informed decisions as they’re out there pounding the pavement for the perfect wedding DJ, but if you are interested in more tips, feel free to check out our absolutely free eBook Don’t Hire That DJ! for even more. Happy hunting!
Thank you so much to Evan for sharing with us!!