Hiring a Wedding DJ
A large part of a wedding is the reception, and a large part of the wedding reception is what is often considered to be the most fun- music, dancing, and the party. And who gets the groove going and keeps the energy up all night long? The Wedding DJ.
When looking for your wedding DJ, it’s a good idea to have a clear vision of what you want. If you would like your DJ to stick to a specific list of songs, then create a playlist that works for you and ask your DJ to stick to that set list. Be sure that they know what you want to hear, but most importantly what you don’t want to hear, and advise them whether you want them to take requests from your guests or not. Being clear and upfront about exactly what you want will only help to make your day the best that it can be. Make sure to give them these guidelines as soon as possible, so that there is less chance for confusion or mishap on your big day.
An important thing to remember is that every DJ is a little different in their style. Some will talk a lot, make jokes, and even use props. Others will only make announcements as necessary, and some will make none at all, only playing music straight through the reception. Make sure your DJ has the style that you want for your reception before hiring them. If you want more of an MC, make sure that that’s the type of DJ you have found, and if not, look elsewhere.
Average Cost of a Wedding DJ: The typical cost of a wedding DJ is around $1,500 – $2,500 depending on their experience and availability. Most often, DJ’s will offer a per hour rate, including their equipment, microphone, and music library.
Questions to Ask your Wedding DJ: If you’re having trouble deciding what exactly to ask your potential DJ, or if you don’t know what you should ask, there are a few questions that might clear up any general confusion you may have. First of all, if you’re wondering what exactly this DJ sounds like, your best bet is to ask him/her to show you some examples of their mixing or blending. This will help you to be sure that there will be no awkward pauses or long, boring songs played. Ask them what sound equipment they use, or if they have any backup equipment for potential malfunctions.