Post # 1
I met with two DJs. One is fairly young, seems pretty upbeat, has been a DJ for two years. The other has like 30 years of experience, but is also old and did not seem too enthusiastic. Neither has a video of them actually performing, but both were recommended by the venue. I think I will meet with more DJs, but what do you think is more important – experience or an upbeat personality? Any other tips?
Post # 3
I would say see how willing they are to work within your preferences. You don’t want someone who is a music snob and will drag his feet if you want to play something he doesn’t like. You also don’t want someone who is so caught up in what the music at a wedding “should” be that he won’t listen to you when you say you don’t want the chicken dance played. So try to see what their philosophy is about how to get people dancing if they aren’t, how they decide what types of music to play, etc.
Post # 4
Something that is important to me (we are just looking into bands and djs now actually) is that they are not “over the top” in their emcee-ing. i really dislike the djs who talk too much, too loudly and make the wedding the “dj show.”
i would see if either dj will be playing at a bar or open party soon, maybe you could stop by and see them ‘spin.’
good luck with your decision!
Post # 5
What was important to me was that the DJ not be “wacky”. I hate when he’s on the microphone all night, pulling out boxes of props, saying inappropriate things, etc.
I would go with the young, upbeat guy.
Post # 6
I just didn’t want a super Cheezy baby!
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Experience. I don’t care about my DJ’s personality because I don’t want him to do any speaking or emceeing, He’s just playing music.
Post # 8
The best DJs know how to read the audience and keep them dancing. Think about your guests- will the group as a whole relate to the younger DJ or the more experienced DJ?
Post # 9
Most important thing: willing to follow directions and listen. If your DJ already thinks he knows what he should play without talking to you about your taste, that is a huge NO to me.
Post # 10
Thanks for the responses everyone!
Both DJs seemed very flexible and willing to play what I want. I also did not want anyone over the top, and they both seem to understand that. It’s unfortunate that I can’t see them in action (I asked!)
It’s hard to decide!
Post # 11
I’d prefer the young DJ, simply because he/she might have better “under the radar” music that would suprise your guests – in a good way. The older person might just play the classics, which may or may not be what you want.
Post # 12
I think if you can have both experience and personality then that’s great. In your situation, I’d honestly say you should probably go with whichever DJ suits your wedding style more. If possible, see if you can visit a reception that each one is DJing and see them live. Maybe that would give you a better idea. Or see if you can get references from actual couples who’ve had each of them at their weddings.