(Closed) How do you choose a DJ?

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wow, I didn’t know they were so expensive.  I am going to be looking for a DJ next month and am curious about this too.  Do you have any other options for a DJ? I would want to see them play too.

Post # 5
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

We wanted someone who had experience in our venue, since it has a unique layout that can affect acoustics.  And, we also wanted to meet our DJ well in advance of our wedding — not just a few weeks out, which was the only option with some companies.

We actually got to meet our DJ at his home — we played with his dogs and talked about what we were envisioning for our wedding music!

Post # 6
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Battery Gardens

The DJ we ultimately met with gave us some sample CDs that allowed us to hear how he might mix. Also he gave us a list of references. Did any either one have anyone you could talk to about their services?

Post # 7
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

Try getting recommendations.  DJs were an issue we were super nervous about. I took a recommendation from our Day of Coordinator and he has been great to work with so far. 

Post # 8
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

my fiance is actually a part-time wedding DJ! and i go with him to weddings sometimes so here are some tips to prepare you for your interviews with them!

1. have a genre list ready for them to look over. you’ll be surprised how many songs experienced “wedding” DJs DON’T have!

2. if you don’t already plan to have your own MC, ask the DJ how much MCing he/she could do and how much EXTRA will it cost.  a lot of DJs agree to do it, but forget to tell you that it’s an extra cost!

3. do a little research on their equipment: how old is it? (just as a preference, my fiance prefers to have no equipment older than 10 years) do they have wired or wireless mics? (wireless mics allow your Maid/Matron of Honor or BestM to make their speeches from anywhere!)

4. ask them exactly who will be the DJ on the day of your wedding. if you go with a big company, most of the time, the person you meet with isn’t necessarily the person who will be DJing at your wedding! it’s a very unwelcome surprise!

5. ask them if they will be needing a meal, and if so, if they have any preferences or is a normal vendor meal okay?

6. prior to you meeting with them, ask for references and check them out. i’ve found that going on forums and asking about certain vendors really helps.

Post # 9
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

For us we looked for;

1)Someone familar with our venue

2)Someone compatible for our tastes

3)Someone that was recomended by our wedding planner AND had good reviews from other couples

Good luck!

Post # 10
6 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

How to locate Your Entertainment.

1. Why not to use Yellowpages, DEX, PDC, phone books do not have any content or detailed information. Plus you have to call them and give them your info.  You get a lot more content and information about a Service off the Internet.  Plus you don’t have to give them your information.
2. Screen, Screen, Screen all the websites thoroughly, what to look for on a website is content. Is a website professionally built?  Because a business who has spent time on their website building it is more likely to be a true Entertainment Professional.  If they list their price on the site is it too low? Remember good Entertainment is not Cheap, Cheap entertainment is not good.  We’ll discuss this later in what your event is worth. .  Make a list of vendors you wish to contact.  Call those vendors.  Things to listen for when talking to entertainment vendors.
a. How do they sound on the phone?  Are they excited about your event?  Do they want to help you?  Do they speak Clearly, Sound knowledgeable?  Are they willing to meet with you?  Take notes when on the phone with them. DON’T ASK FOR A PRICE QUOTE.
3. Once you have called the vendors that have interested you. Set up meeting with the few you have screened, Out of the phone calls
4. – Note – Preferred vendor list may not be in your best interest. 

Post # 11
6 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

PART 4 – Interviewing your Entertainment Choices.

Good Wedding Entertainment Providers will do the following
Listen, Listen, Listen they will do this and want to know all about you and your fiancée, how you met your interests, etc, etc. The more information they have the more personalized they can make your event.  The more successful event it will be

1. How long has the band or deejay been in business?
Do you have a business licenses can I see a copy?
Do you have liability insurance can I see a copy?
If a Disc Jockey, do they have Legal Music Can I see your library
2. What is their fee structure — a flat fee, per musician, hourly, what services does the fee include
Dance Floor
Second Systems
Wireless Mics
Video Montages
Personnel Recordings
Up Lighting
Pipe and Drape
Bubble machines
Fog machines
Cold Fog Machines
3. Is there an overtime charge?
4. Can I see a video of one of their performances?
Do you have references I can contact of past clients
5. Are you performing at a bridal showcase where I can see them live?
6. Does the band specialize in a particular type of music?
7. How many musicians do they recommend for the event?
8. Who will act as the emcee?
How will they facilitate my event will they make it personalized.  Can I met the
Person emceeing my event.  (This will be the person representing you at your
9. Do they have a specific routine or order of events that they recommend for the reception?
Will you Direct the flow of my event and keep things on time and entertaining.
Will you help me plan the flow of my reception
Will you help me with ideas to make my event personalized
10. Can I give them a play list and a “Do Not Play list?”
11. Have they ever worked at my wedding location before?
12. How much time do they need to set up?
13. Do they need access to special electrical outlets?
14. Do they have substitute musicians in case someone gets sick?
15. How much is the deposit I’ll need to give them to hold the date?
16. When is the balance due?
17. How many breaks will the band need? Will they provide live or taped music during their break?
18. Do I need to provide food for the musicians or deejay?
19. Will they take requests from my guests?
20. How many hours of playing are usually included for a wedding?
21. How many genres of music can they play?
22. Will they learn a special song if I ask them to?
23. Will they bring backup equipment?
24. What will they be wearing?
What did they wear to the interview
What will they wear to your event
25. Can they play music for the ceremony and music during the cocktail hour?
26. Do they have a list of recommended songs for the ceremony? For the first dance? For the parents’ dances
27 Will you 100% money back guarantee my satisfaction or money back my event

Post # 12
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

We choose our dj based on our impression of them during the initial meetings and referrals.  Do you know anyone who has used or been to an event by either of the djs you met with?  Can you ask the djs for references?  Good luck!

Post # 13
17 posts

seeing a DJ at a wedding or event means nothing unless you’re prioritizing MCing. The key is getting their opposed song list. Any good DJ will base their work on your music. the rest is an interview and if you like their personality. DJs aren’t a band they don’t perform and if they do they’re using it as a replacement for good music mixing.

Every wedding is different and a good DJ will be a chameleon to that wedding. SO you seeing someone else’s Event will not necessarily Tell you anything about what you will get

Rerferences are good but, consider that you don’t know the people you’re talkig with. their standards andtastes may be totally polar opposite to yours. So use them with a grain of salt.

djjdinidaho‘s is a good one except for #27. that coudl be used aganst a vendor providing perfectly good service. So you need to define what your satisfaction is based on and spell out your expectations clearly.

Post # 14
4 posts

Rule #1: MEET your DJ!

That way you can gauge his personality, ability to be spontaneous, communication skills and sense of humor. You’ll probably know within a few minutes if you would seriously consider him to be your Wedding DJ. Just seeing a DJ at an event does not afford you this possibility.

Meet 3 DJs to give yourself a good reference point before deciding on one.

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