As you should know, music is the heart and soul of any party, including of your wedding party. It can tell people when special moments happen, when it is time to serve a dish or when it is time to dance and have fun. Overall, it controls the entire atmosphere at your wedding. Basically, a good DJ can make the difference between a wedding and a great wedding. So make sure you do your homework in advance and look for a good DJ, with an experienced background. Thus, here are the things you should take care of before booking a DJ:
1) Experience in the wedding events
The DJ you should hire should have some experience in performing at weddings because these events are so apart from all the other types of event. So you will like to know if they handle such situation and know the requirements.
2) The available date
Before booking, you should always make sure the DJ is available in your wedding day. If it is, how many weddings will he attend on the same day and if he has the time to take care of your wedding properly? You would hate to see the DJ running away when your guests have their best time.
3) Check out references and recommendations
It would be great if you could get recommendations from people who worked with a particular DJ. But if you don’t find any, see if you can get some references or the opinions of his former customers, to make sure he did his job well.
4) What type of equipment he uses? Does it have Public Liability certificate?
It would be great if the DJ could bring his professional equipment to the wedding. It would save you some time in finding it on your own, and the quality of the sound will also be better. Also, you should ask for the Public Liability certificate, as some venues might ask for it.
5) Check his playlist
When you schedule the meeting with the DJ, ask his permission to look through his playlist, to see what type of music does he plays. Also, try discussing the option of bringing in your list, if you want particular songs to be played at your wedding.
6) Look for video proofs or performances
Most DJ like to advertize themselves on YouTube or Facebook, so see if you can find any videos of them performing. Also, you might check to see if they play in other places, like other venues, clubs, parties, and so on, where you can check his live performance.
7) Ask if he ever performed at your wedding venue
Each venue has its particular architecture and acoustic, so having a previous experience there could be an advantage. If not, see if he agrees to visit the place and discuss how guests and tables will be set, where the dance floor will be and how can you get music to cover a reasonable area in the venue, without being too loud.
8) Attire is a must
Make sure you talk with the DJ about the formal attire. You would hate to see him wearing shorts, jeans or just a t-shirt at your wedding. They are most often caught on photos so that they will look out of the picture.