How to Hire a DJ for Your Wedding

Weddings should be a fantastic experience for the bride, groom and their guests, and much of that experience comes from hiring the right DJ for your wedding. A DJ that is flexible to your needs is a priority – you want your DJ to be able to set the mood for your wedding reception, while ensuring that the event is fun for everyone. They must be able to sense the needs of your guests and adjust the music without interrupting the flow of the reception.

It’s a good idea to hire a disc jockey as soon as you set your wedding date. This ensures that you have plenty of time to look into DJs in the area, and that the best ones on the market will still have availability for your wedding date. Make sure that your DJ is a professional. You’ll need to check his or her business and personal references, since you’ll want to hire a disc jockey that has experience playing at different types of weddings. A wedding DJ needs to be able to play a variety of music that covers a range of ages and tastes of music – not just club or dance music.

When hiring a disc jockey, you’ll want to check and make sure he or she is using the best sound and lighting equipment for the job. They also need to have some form of battery-powered back-up just in case something goes wrong. You’ll also want a DJ who has another professional DJ waiting in the wings to take over in case they have an emergency and are unable to perform at your wedding. To ensure that you’re getting the right professional DJ for your wedding reception, it’s important to see one of their performances on a video demo or in person. Hiring a prepared professional DJ is crucial to having a wonderful wedding reception.

Hiring a DJ is a lot like hiring any other professional for a job. A written, legally-binding contract that outlines the terms of your agreement needs to be drawn up and signed by both parties. Typically, most professional DJs will have a standard contract they use – just be sure that you’ve read through it and understand the terms before you sign it. The contract should clearly state what is to be expected out of both you and your DJ. If you’re hiring a DJ through a company, make sure that it’s stated in your contract exactly who will be the DJ at your wedding reception. Also, make sure that the music they’re using isn’t pirated and that it was purchased legally. This will help you avoid any surprises later.

One of the best ways to hire a DJ is through a person or company that you trust. The internet is a great place to start your search for the perfect DJ if you don’t have any personal references to go off of. Many wedding websites include local DJ listings with contact information and details about their services and fees. Of course, you don’t want to pay too much for a DJ, but you do want to get a qualified DJ for your money. If the DJ fees seem reasonable, try to negotiation – the DJ may be willing to drop his or her prices in order to drum up some extra business.

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Filed under: Entertainment — vicky at 8:23 pm on Thursday, January 1, 2009