Choosing a good DJ can be a challenge if you don’t know the right questions to ask. It is important to like the personality of the DJ. If you don’t find his jokes amusing or you think his voice is grating then you will not grow to love him before your wedding. Besides a good personality, a DJ really needs to have quality equipment appropriate for the location of the ceremony and reception. Coastal Occasions has done a number of beach weddings and not having a power source has been the source of anxiety on several occasions. Not only the beach but many outdoor venues may have a similar problem.
Look at the DJ’s reviews on Wedding Wire or The Knot and ask about videos that you can watch to really get a sense of your DJ’s ability. Does he keeping the guests entertained without pandering or being obnoxious?
Here are five things to avoid when choosing a DJ:
Assuming the DJ you meet with is coming to your wedding
1) Be sure to ask if the DJ you are interviewing will be at your event, if the DJ says no, only sign up if you meet and like the assistant. That awesome price you were quoted could be for a less experienced DJ. You should pay a price that is commensurate with the DJ’s level of experience.
Not watching U tube videos
2) If your prospective DJ has a way to watch an event where he has been a DJ, why not check out his chops in a real situation.
Not asking about the DJ’s equipment
3) This is very important when it comes to beach and outdoor ceremonies as well as equipment for inside. Does the DJ have a wireless microphone. Also, does he have a generator or long extension cord. Please ask if he has gotten a power source for music on the beach.
Not considering lighting packages
4) Most DJ’s have up lighting that would look great for your sweetheart table or spotlights for the toasts.
Forgetting to ask about extra costs
5) These extra costs sometimes include: more then 4 hours of time, charge for ceremony itself, cost for coming to the rehearsal.