Guidelines To Follow While Choosing A DJ For The Wedding
Hiring a DJ for the wedding is usually done at the last moment and considered to be the least important task. But you know better than I how wrong is it. No one can deny the fact that music plays the most crucial role in a wedding to set the right mood for the party, and for that matter, a good DJ is a must. If you want to hire someone professional who will be able to infuse a lot of merriment and fun to the party, then drag it to the top of your to-do list. At least, initiate the searching process a month or two before. And on that note, here is a guideline that you must follow while looking for a DJ.
Look for references
We recommend this step not only for hiring a caterer or booking a wedding makeup artist but for a DJ too. Ask your friends or family members if they know any professional DJ or have recently heard of someone. Though this is the ideal way to look for the best DJ but of course, not the only resource. There is always this immortal source of information called the internet that will help you with a list of thousand and one DJ’s in and around your city. Just go to their websites and check their rates, genre, testimonials and all other information required.
Fix a meeting
Of course, the internet will not take you through the entire process right down from searching till the booking. You will need to fix appointments with two, three or as many numbers of DJ’s as possible and audition them. Ask them to play a couple of tracks for you. Remember, if the DJ is good at recent numbers, then he should also have a hand on experience on old music. That’s because you will definitely have some traditional, aged couples in your wedding party who would be wanting to twist to classics. Also, both Hollywood and Bollywood should be his ease.
We know talent should not judged by someone’s appearance but would you like to hire a DJ who’s appearance or outfit is not so appealing? Imagine a DJ comes to your wedding party in a pair of shorts and rugged T-shirt with sunglasses indoor! You will definitely not appreciate, right? It’s a wedding after all, and not any club party. So, make sure that the DJ you hire has a proper dressing sense as in what to wear when. If necessary, you can suggest him a dress code also.
Make things clear
It is always advised to make things clear before the date of the final event to avoid any kind of argument and disagreement. I am sure you would not like to develop any ill feeling with your vendor on the day of your wedding. So, be specific about what you want and what you do not want. If there are any songs which you just do not want to be played in your sangeet or mehendi, list them down and give it to the DJ. He will surely not play them for you.
Probe him and ask questions until you get satisfactory answers. Below is a list of questions that you should not miss while interviewing a DJ.
- a) Are you available on my wedding date?
- b) Since when are you in this business?
- d) Have you ever performed at a wedding? If yes, how many?
- e) Will you perform anywhere else on my wedding day?
- f) What sets you apart from the rest of the DJ’s in town?
- g) Can you provide me with some of your references so that I can contact them and verify?
- h) Is there any other service you offer such as photo booth, venue decor or lighting?
- a) Do you have a video record of your previous performances?
- b) Can you help me choosing the music for different moments in my wedding?
- c) Can you customise songs for each couple?
- d) How extensive is your music library and what is your genre?
- e) Will you play the songs requested by the audience?
- f) Are you good both at Hollywood and Bollywood numbers?
- g) Do you play classics?
- h) Do you act as the “emcee” and make all the announcements yourself?
- i) How do you motivate the crowd if they are not dancing or taking much interest in your music?
Price & payment:
- a) How much do you charge? What services do you offer within that cost?
- b) Does it include installing and uninstalling the setup in the venue?
- c) How much do you charge for overtime?
- d) Is there any hidden cost that might get added at the last moment?
- e) Do I need to pay advance to book your service?
- f) What percentage of the total amount should I pay in advance?
- g) When will I receive the written contract?
- h) What is the cancellation policy?
- i) What is the cancellation charge?
- j) How many days prior can we cancel the service?
- a) Can you provide wireless microphones for the ceremony?
- b) Does any of your equipment need special electrical outlets which I have to ask the wedding venue to arrange for?
- c) Will you bring backup equipment?
- d) What kind of stage or space would you require for the performance?
- e) What time will arrive at the venue?
- f) How much time would you require for setting your equipment and sound check?
- g) What is your policy on alcohol and smoking during the time you perform?