Top 10 questions to ask a wedding DJ
So you’re tying the knot. It’s both an awesome time in your life now but also a bit overwhelming at the same time. Now is the time to start to research and secure various wedding professionals. But don’t forget that the wedding DJ is a critical part of the day to not only play great music but sets the tone for each part of the night,
Is my wedding date available?
This one is pretty obvious. But be mindful that many wedding DJs book 12 to 18 months out for many dates, sometimes even two-plus years in advance. So if you have a particular DJ in mind you may want to consider checking their availability before locking in dates.
How long have you been a wedding DJ?
It is good to know if someone is new in the business or has been around for a while. Someone new may still be a great wedding DJ but it would be wise to vet their capabilities a bit more to see if they’re up to the task. Naturally, those with deep experience will likely give you the best results, so be mindful of your choices. All of our wedding DJ's have 10+ years experience in weddings, private events, corporate events & clubs.
Do you perform more than one event per day?
There are DJs that hustle and will book multiple events in a day, others do no more than one gig a day, or sometimes even only one gig a weekend. Personally, we recommend picking someone that is only worried about your big day so all the attention can be on your wedding, but this ultimately a choice of preference. We only take one booking per day so for that day you have our full attention.
What happens if you become unavailable?
This is one of those critical questions to ask a wedding DJ, and they really should have a solid answer to this. If they become unavailable (sick, injured, etc.), how are you going to cover my event? For me personally, We have enough DJs available to be able to cover an event in case their assigned DJ becomes unavailable.
Have you performed at my venue?
It’s nice to have a DJ that has experience with members of that venue and knows the lay of the land. That being said, a quality DJ will perform some kind of reconnaissance with the venue prior to your wedding. So don’t automatically discredit a DJ that has not been there before, just ensure they know what they are doing.
What are your personal musical tastes?
First, be sure to do write down or recollect some of the artists, genres, and periods of music that you like. There are times I have couples that want great music, but can’t remember any of the specific music they like. And While quality DJs will cover all the major genres, it’s still nice to know if that DJ has the same affinity for the music you personally like.
What services do you provide other than music?
Music is very important. However, some DJs also include things like lighting, photo booths, and other services you may be looking for.
Do I get a contract?
If you don’t, RUN! Seriously. This is the most important day of your life. Don’t chance it.
Do you handle ceremony services?
Ah, one of those questions to ask a Wedding DJ that people forget until they start to think more about their day. If you are having a ceremony for really more than say 75 people, or even more so if you are outdoors, it’s the best bet to have at least the officiant mic’d up and amplified. Remember the wedding DJ is more than just playing music! If you have a videographer you need to ensure that both the DJ and the videographer are in sync to capture your special moment. Ceremonies can get quite complicated and it’s best to have someone with the proper experience managing it all.
One of the last questions to ask a wedding DJ? What does this all cost?
Notice I put pricing on the bottom. Honestly, when it comes down to this, the price should be almost secondary. Sure everyone has budgets, but if you find the right DJ aren’t they worth the piece of mind that they will provide you on your special day? The reality is that if the DJ has explained themselves well, they will present to you the value that they will add to your special day. Their professionalism, their expertise, their ability to earn your trust that your wedding will be in great hands. Ensure that you have a proper budget in mind and you’ll be on your way to finding an awesome wedding DJ.