Top 5 DJ Questions

Here's what you need to ask your wedding DJ before you hire them.

Top Questions to Ask Your Wedding DJ before hiring

Have you ever attended a wedding where the wedding DJ was terrible? There’s nothing more embarrassing for the newlyweds than a cleared dance floor and bored guests at their reception! The number one job of a wedding DJ is to keep the party going and the music flowing. Music can make or break your special night—so here are top questions to ask before hiring a wedding DJ.

  • What genres of music do you like to play?

Your wedding DJ should be prepared to play the music you like and accommodate requests from your guests. The more genres your wedding DJ is able to spin, the better.

  • How long have you been a DJ? Where else do you play and how often?

Find out your wedding DJ’s level of experience spinning at live events. Be sure to ask how they’ve dealt with unexpected issues with sound and equipment—your wedding DJ should be able to troubleshoot if something goes wrong.

  • Can I hear a sample of your mixes?

Find out if your wedding DJ has podcasts, radio shows, videos or other live recordings of their work so you can get a sense of their style and personality.

  • Do you have any equipment requirements?

Clarify equipment and sound needs early on with your wedding DJ. Although most professional wedding DJs will have their own equipment, you want to make sure your wedding DJ has everything he or she needs to make your event successful.

  • Can I speak to some of your past clients?

Ask for references—your wedding DJ should be able to provide information about past clients who can confirm the quality of their services. Check out reviews online for their services on websites like The Knot, Yelp, etc.

The part of your wedding that people will remember the most is your reception, so spend the time to be thorough when hiring a wedding DJ.  Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure you are prepared with the top questions to ask before hiring a wedding DJ.

Looking to hire a one-stop-shop that offers a wedding DJ and lights?  Consider the pros and cons in the article Should My Wedding DJ Come With Lights?

Wedding Planning Facts

  • During wedding planning, brides said entertainment is among the least of their priorities...Yet, within one week after their WEDDING, nearly 80% said they would have made the entertainment their highest priority.
  • 72% of brides surveyed say they would have spent more time choosing their wedding entertainment, and nearly 100% of brides say that they would have spent more of their budget on it.
  • When asked, 81% of guests said what they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.

*Source: The Wedding Report 2012.

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