(Closed) How did you choose your DJ?

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

That sounds like a good deal, but here are a few things I’d ask/recommend:

1) If you can’t meet the DJ in person, at the very least talk to him on the phone. I met with one DJ company that I met at a trade show, totally hit it off with. When I met with them at their office I realized they were the complete opposite of what we were looking for. They were all about drinking games, etc when I kept telling them we wanted great music, but a low key DJ who didn’t sound like a strip club announcer. We left without looking back.

2) With big DJ companies, if you’ve met with one particular DJ and jive well with him, make sure it’s in your contract that he is the one DJ-ing your wedding, and that they can’t substitute him out for someone else. The people I mentioned above were a large company and wouldn’t tell us who our DJ was until a couple weeks before the wedding. That made me really uncomfortable.

3) Trust your gut instinct. The DJ I chose was someone I only talked to on the phone, but I got a great vibe from and I sort of went on a wing and a prayer that she was as great as she seemed. She totally surpassed all my expectations, she was awesome. Great music, no strip club announcer talk. Make sure your DJ has a clear understanding of what you want and stick to it, don’t compromise.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Easy, Fiance is a former professional DJ…he wants to save some money and do it himself.  I said “HECK NO HE WON’T!!!”  LOL

And he knows better, so this past weekend we were at a bridal show and he talked to several and found one he likes a lot…now we just need to meet with them and talk.

Check out this website from the DJ company we are looking at going with.  All these are reason’s why he likes them as they are professional, fun and good.

 

http://www.mydeejay.com/wedding-advice/wedding-planning-advice

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i met with a few different DJ’s and i picked mine 1) becaues the price was right 2) and this was my main reason: he was really easy to talk to and very personable. he had great ideas and the three of us just clicked.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

yes, i suggest you speak with the DJ that you will be using (and ensure their name is in the contract). make sure you feel comfortable with them, that they are comfortable playing the type of music you want, etc.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@missmichigan: I would go with a little bit of an idea of your must play/do not play list.

  • Ask how wide his library is.
  • Does he offer any lighting/other accents in the package (and do you want them?!)?
  • Is he an in your face type of DJ with lots of interaction with the crowd, or someone who just plays music and keeps his personality in the background (and which do you want?)?
  • Does he have ideas or offer anything for a kissing game?
  • Does he offer any props for the guests (I’ve seen some that offer blow up guitars, etc. Again, do you want this?)? 
  • How early does he come to set up? Does he need anything special for set up? How many electrical outlets does he need?
  • What’s the back up plan should something happen to him (ie car breakdown, this happened to my sister and the DJ said they sent another DJ as a replacement but no one ever showed)?
  • Time frame
  • Does he work with requests? Do you want to allow requests from your guests or do you want the DJ to stick pretty closely to a list/style you approve?

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Definitely meet the DJ that will be AT your reception.  Be cautious of large companies that will send whoever is available.   Get a feel for their personality, appearance, and maturity level.  Make certain that they’ll follow your desires, request lists, do not play lists, etc.  I also think hearing their voice is important as well.  Ask what type of sound system they have too.  Hope this helps!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@missmichigan – Could they meet you have way after work?  Or, maybe skype?  Just a thought…

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@missmichigan – I know what you mean!  I think it’s important to meet face-face since the DJ is a big part of the reception.  They can make it or break it, so to speak.  Hope everything works out for you guys!  Smile

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My mom and fiance met him before I did and they were really excited about him. I have never booked a dj before either so I wasn’t sure what I was looking for. Music is VERY important to me and I knew this was going to set a tone for the wedding. When I did meet him he was VERY confident in himself and made me feel comfortable like I could trust him to make my wedding fun and entertaining. He understood we didnt want games or group dances and we had a list of music and understood that when the crowd needed to be lifted up he would change the music. He just knew what he was talking about but without sounding cocky. Also respecting what we wanted. 

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