What did you look at when picking your DJ? Need Help!

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 3
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Because it’s hard to sample their work, I just met with them to get a vibe of their personality. The first one we met with was just so easy to talk to, and he outright said how he doesn’t like cheesey this, etc, and ASKED US FOR OUR THOUGHTS, that was a big thing. And he was passionate about what he did!

We met with a second DJ and even as he’s talking and giving examples I’m groaning at his cheesiness. Plus he said this is our timetable, I know brides appreciate this. But wasn’t willing to work with our schedule that fell out of the norm! They didn’t ask us any questions (so it wasn’t a conversation, it was a pitch from them), and we didn’t feel comfortable and wanted to leave asap.

So for us, it was a comfort level thing mostly. Plus we sought out the DJs that our venue specifically recommended (key that they know the venue and the speaker system there).

Also google questions to ask DJ! I made a list from there (e.g. how up to date is your music, do you accept requests, etc.)

Post # 4
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Reviews are helpful. Our company had a good rep, and when I met with him I could just tell he would be well suited to us. We wanted really specific tunes to be played, and they seemed really open minded.

Post # 5
3199 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@TexasTheta90:  i asked our DOC/venue coordinator. she told me their favorite place to work with, and i booked them. they also had a deal where if i was having my wedding at my venue i got a discount, so it was an easy decision 🙂

Post # 6
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@TexasTheta90:  when you go there, they will probably show you a clip of weddings they have done.

I would ask about their packages of course and whats included (uplighting, MC) what is their backup plan is something goes wrong (i,e: speakers blows, do they have backup? etc)

When they go from one song to another, does it sound good. I know that doesn’t make sense, but a good DJ knows how to switch into another song without it sounding too jumpy

Post # 7
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are having a smaller wedding so the DJ will serve as MC as well.

One factor which is going to sound weird was the VOICE. They are going to be the ones announcing important things throughout the night. I heard some guys who were two quiet/not excited, and those who thought they were at the club.

Make sure that they have a planning sheet for you so you can list do’s and do nots. Some DJ’s even though they do this may void what you say and work off of the crowd’s vibe. I have had this happen to people but they ended up being happy because everyone was on the dance floor. It depends what is important to you do you want them to abide to your list or feel the crowd?

There are some DJ’s who allow songs to play for a while – while some prefer short hints of the song and more mixing (for more variety) see what your DJ prefers to do and compare it to what you want.

Post # 8
592 posts
Busy bee

I just met with them and trying to get a feel for them as much as I can.  My most important criteria was that I wanted someone who would listen to us because we have very specific requests about our music.  One guy just kept talking and talking and talking so we knew he wasn’t really for us.  It’s weird but the DJ we ended up getting we actually did not like his taste in music at all (he showed us a few videos of other weddings he did), BUT he was ok with us essentially giving him a full list of what to play.  So we went with him.  We received a lot of compliment about our DJ – really it was our music picks but we gave him the credit anyway.

Post # 9
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

I found that the most helpful reviews were from other vendors. That’s how we found our DJ, based on the recommendation of the Photographer and the Day of Coordinator. The Photographer, DJ, and DOC have to work well together for the Reception to flow well, so it seemed reasonable to check who they all worked well with. I had a phone conversation with the DJ and checked their reviews online and it all seemed to check out.

By the way, he turned out to be an amazing DJ. He played a great mix of popular music and oldies and all of our friends and family had a blast.

Post # 10
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@TexasTheta90:  A lot of companies have different DJs and a lot will ask what you are looking for and will assign one to meet your wants and needs.  Ours came recommended by our venue.  It as actually a woman but my coordinator says she is really good.  So I am not worried.  I have a phone meeting with her in two weeks to discuss what I want.  This DJ company also had uplighting so that was a BIG turn on!

Post # 11
1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@TexasTheta90:  The DJ we picked spent a lot of time with us ‘marketing’ his services.  He showed us youtube clips of previous weddings, had a really nice client specific (via password protection) website to coordinate our music, said ‘all the right things’, and the clincher…he had done multiple weddings at our venue, which was important to me because he knew how to handle sound appropriately (I verified that thru my event coordinator).  I think with many wedding vendors, gut feelings plat a part in it.  They ALL would want your business, but having a level of comfort and trust is important too…

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