Your wedding entertainment is one way you can make sure your guests have a blast. It can also be another way of adding your own personal touch to your special day. Your wedding is a party, after all! You want to make it a kick-ass party that your guests won’t forget. Whether your goal is to get people moving on the dance floor or to just have some great music accompanying the reception, hiring a wedding DJ can be a great option. Unlike a live band, a DJ can play the actual recordings that your guests love and crossfade them so there’s no awkward silence between songs. Which DJ you hire will depend in great part on what kind of music you want and what your guests will be excited to hear. If you want a dance party, you’ll find plenty of DJs who can give you one. You can also find DJs who will customize a playlist for you, whatever your tastes. Here are some tips to keep in mind when hiring a wedding DJ.
1. Ask to hear samples of the wedding DJ’s work
Once you’ve found a DJ that seems right for your wedding, ask to see examples of their work. This could be a video of a live performance, a mixtape, or sample playlists.
2. Give the DJ your playlist
If you’re already set on a playlist, discuss it with DJs and make sure they are willing to follow it. You may also want to create a “do not play” list and share it to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
3. Ask how they get the crowd going
If you want your DJ to be really involved in making your reception fun, make sure to ask about how they engage a crowd. Some important questions to ask:
How does the DJ get people dancing if they seem reluctant?
Will they accept requests from guests?
Is the DJ willing to also act as an emcee and make announcements?