Questions to Ask a DJ When Planning a Wedding
When it comes to planning your wedding, you may decide to hire a disc jockey (DJ) to help entertain your guests on your big day. The right wedding DJ helps keep things on schedule throughout the night, like special dances or a cake cutting. And, your DJ can help create a fun atmosphere that sends your guests home with a smile on their faces. To help you pick the right DJ for your wedding reception, consider asking these questions:
What Is the DJ’s Fee for a Wedding?
First, find out if the DJ fits in your budget, and be sure to ask exactly what’s included in their fee so you know what to expect. You should also ask if they have an official contract outlining their services and terms, says The Spruce — and you may want to think twice if they don’t.
Here are some questions Brides.com recommends asking a potential wedding DJ about their rates and fees:
- Is the rate based on a certain number of hours?
- Does it cost extra if the DJ stays over their allotted time?
- Is there an additional travel fee?
- Do the rates include setup and teardown time?
- What is their cancellation policy if your needs or plans change?
By asking these questions up front, you can help ensure that you aren’t surprised by extra charges down the road.
How Can the DJ Customize Services for Your Big Day?
Some DJs may offer different packages or add-on services for couples to choose from. These packages may include elements like a video screen or special lighting, says BridalGuide.com. If the DJ does offer packages, and none of them seem to fit exactly what you need, consider asking how you can further customize services for your day. For example, perhaps you’d like the DJ onsite for fewer hours than the packages include, but would like them to provide a photo booth that’s included in another — are they willing to build you a custom package?
What Experience Does the DJ Have With Weddings?
Find out how much experience the DJ has with weddings, recommends The Knot. Consider asking these questions:
- How many wedding has the DJ done?
- How often does the DJ perform?
- Will the DJ provide references for you to check?
Additionally, check out how serious the DJ is about their business. For example, do they keep backup equipment on hand or do they carry liability insurance?
What Is the DJ’s Performance Style?
Like finding the right venue and flowers, you should try to find a DJ whose style complements yours. Ask potential DJs to describe their style so you can see if it fits your wedding vision, says The Knot. Also ask if they can provide video or audio recordings from other weddings they’ve played at, suggests The Spruce. That way, you can get a feel for their demeanor and style. It also may not hurt to ask the DJ how they’d handle certain situations, such as how they might motivate guests to get up and dance if the floor is empty.
How Are Special Music Requests Handled?
According to BridalGuide.com, it’s reasonable to expect your DJ to allow you to customize a music playlist. This means they should accept your “play” and “do-not-play” lists, and let you request special songs to be played. However, be sure to ask if they will charge extra for songs they may need to download so you know what to expect, says Brides.com. You should also ask the DJ if they’ll accept song requests from guests, and how they should be handled, recommends The Knot.
Has the DJ Played at Your Wedding Venue Before?
Sound can vary greatly depending on where you hold your reception, says BridalGuide.com. It may be a bonus to find out a DJ has played at your wedding venue before, as this likely means they’re already familiar with the room’s acoustics. And, some venues may require a DJ to bring extra supplies, such as extension cords or a generator, says The Knot. If that’s the case, a DJ’s existing knowledge of the venue’s sound requirements may also be beneficial. If the DJ hasn’t played at your venue before, you may want to ask if they are willing to make a visit before your big day.
Finding the right DJ for your wedding starts with asking the right questions. While you embark on the search, keep these questions in mind so you can ensure you’ve chosen a DJ that will help keep you and your guests dancing all night long.