Booking a DJ for the first time can be a little overwhelming for a lot of brides, so I've put together the short list of tips to keep in mind:
1. How much experience do they have? It is important to ask how many weddings they have done and how often they do them. Also have them give you an example of their MC style and how they motivate guests to dance.
2. Meet with your DJ right before the wedding. Go over the style of music you, your fiancé and wedding guests will enjoy with your DJ. This meeting should happen anywhere from a month to a few days before your wedding. You should also have a request list or "do not play" list. Any experienced DJ should walk you through the reception, help you with song selections, and put together a schedule for each important toast, dance, etc.
3. What does their set-up look like and what type of equipment do they use? You want to ensure their equipment is in good condition and of good quality. They should also bring backup equipment in case something fails. The equipment should be as simple and clean as possible so as not to distract from the overall aesthetic of your wedding. Be sure to request they do not advertise during your event. Often times these items inevitably find their way into your wedding pictures and video, and ruin what is an otherwise commercial-free event.
4. Have you played at our reception site before? This is not a must, but a plus. Working with a DJ that has worked at the venue in the past allows them to envision where they will set up, and forsee any issues they've learned about from previous experiences there.
5. Are they insured? This is something brides often overlook, but you should never hire a DJ without insurance. Often times a venue will require they have it so it's best to hire a DJ that has already taken the proper steps to become insured.
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