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Choosing The Perfect Wedding DJ: A Complete Guide

      Photograph captured by Justin Tibbits 

       at Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY

Everything You Need To Know About Hiring Wedding DJs

Weddings are one of the most eventful occasions with an emotional rollercoaster where you get to cry, laugh, dance, and drink, all in one day. 

For some people it is a gathering to meet new people and for others it is to rekindle their existing relationships. 

However, without the right DJ, all of it becomes chaotic with too much noise.

Choosing the right wedding DJ can be the best move to bring life to your event and set the mood for guests to create precious memories.

But how can you find the perfect DJ?

Let’s explore tips and traits of finding the right DJ in our comprehensive guide to wedding DJs to make your wedding magical.

Reasons to Hire a Wedding DJ

Most couples are often torn between choosing a DJ or live orchestra. While some are quite ambitious to forget both choices and ask a friend to DJ their wedding. 

Not that any of them is a wrong choice! DJs can make the process more simple and handle every issue or bug on their own without bothering you on your big day.

Here’s why you can look into hiring a wedding DJ:

More Affordable Than Bands

Bands need more manpower and equipment which means increased travelling expenses.

DJs are typically cheap and save you a lot of money as compared to live entertainment or orchestra. 

Hear Your Favorite Songs The Way They Were Meant To Be Heard 

Most live bands stick to their particular genre when singing which can end up ruining your favourite song. 

You can’t expect the “Shape of You by Ed Shereen” to be in a rock tone.

While most wedding bands improvise and adapt according to the song, it is wise to go for a safe choice. 

Read The Crowd Live 

DJs usually have the ability to read the room and understand the mood of the crowd thus they can shift music by mixing songs.

However, bands are bound to typically finish one song before starting the other even if nobody’s enjoying it. They also have a prepared list of songs to which they stick to for formal events. 

DJs can change according to the audience mood making it a more appropriate choice.

Tips for Hiring a Wedding DJ

Managing every ceremony of your wedding isn’t easy as it requires professional expertise and…well a lot of time in your hands. 

To avoid any additional worry on the special day, go for a wedding DJ that can handle everything for you.

Here are some helpful tips to guide you through the process of hiring a wedding DJ:

Start Searching Early For A DJ

After securing your wedding venue, the first you should do is make a wedding DJ selection. 

Just like popular venues, talented DJs tend to get booked up quickly, especially during peak wedding seasons. 

Searching early can give you better options of available DJs and more chances of getting your desired one. 

Consider Your Personal Style

During the hiring process, you should be clear to convey your personal style and goals for your wedding to your potential DJ. 

Not all DJs specialize in weddings, so be sure to focus your search on those with specific expertise in wedding receptions. 

You should also make sure that their music style aligns with you and your partner. They should offer wedding music customization according to your choice in music and maintaining atmosphere.

Look for Recommendations From Friends & Family

The best source of knowing about your potential DJ is through word-of-mouth. Asking people or previous clients about their experience can help to narrow down your search.

Go to your friends and family members for FJ suggestions based on their own experiences or recently attended weddings. 

These real-life experience can help your determine the professionalism and ability of the DJ to keep the crowd entertained.

Meet Your DJ in Person, Over The Phone, Or On Zoom

Ask your entertainment company for a physical meeting with your potential DJ. In that meeting, you can talk about your expectations, preferences, and wedding timeline. It will be helpful to assess their communication style and personality to assure if they are the right fit for your event. 

You can even ask your concerns and let them make recommendations before the big day.

Review Contracts and Agreements

Before getting to a decision, make sure to prepare a written contract that include all details and agreements with the DJ.

Don’t forget to add every specifics such as start and end times, song requests, DJ responsibilities, and any additional services provided. 

Mention special requests and preferences clearly in the contract like must-play songs, do-not-play songs, and any other important change to avoid any issue on your wedding day.

Qualities of a Great Wedding DJ

Selecting the right wedding DJ can impact the entire environment of your special day. 

Not all DJs can be equally skilled, so you need to clearly convey your expectations and find a DJ who have the following traits:

Prioritizes Your Wedding Vision

It is essential to choose a DJ who places your wedding’s needs and desires above their own, minimizing potential issues and promising a smooth and stress-free experience on your big day.

Shows Expertise and Experience

Look for a DJ with successful client records in weddings and ask about their previous client’s experience. Get all the information about their additional skills or experience from other DJ factors.

Has Lots of Wedding Experience & Content To Prove It

Not all DJs can handle weddings! Weddings are more chaotic than birthdays, parties or bar mitzvah, so you need the one who specializes in weddings.

Expert wedding DJs know how to effectively communicate with organizers, engage the crowd, and make sure nothing goes wrong on their part.

Wants To Know What Type Of Music You Enjoy

The right DJ works closely with the couple to create the desired atmosphere. They discuss your music choice, the age range of your guest list, and your favorite genres or songs that should be included.

Polished Event Hosting Skills

The perfect DJ should be able to manage multiple tasks at once. In most cases only playing and mixing music isn’t enough. 

Wedding DJ should also host your wedding, making announcements and maintaining a positive environment throughout the event.

Flexibility & Adaptability

Choose a DJ who can handle unexpected situations with ease. They should have quick thinking and be flexible to keep the festivities going smoothly.

Professional Stage Presence

Don’t ignore the appearance and equipment setup of your DJ when hiring. The right DJ aligns their overall aesthetic of your wedding. A professional setup and appearance that contributes to the ambiance.

In Review

Hiring a wedding DJ is a detailed but important decision as it can guarantee all your music and management related queries are handled.

By following our comprehensive wedding DJ tips, you can find the capable hands that prioritize your event and make every moment count.

Empire State Events is a renowned name that offers skilled and professional DJs who are specific to every occasion for creating an unforgettable experience. 

Empire State Events approach for weddings is to provide event planning and management services with seamless setup, industry-standard equipment and perfect MC specialized in wedding.

Experience a worry free planning process and wedding day with Empire State Events.