1. Hire an experienced DJ!
Just like about any job, the more experienced the worker is, they better the worker is at their work. The DJ is no exception! An experienced DJ will have a vast range of experiences to know what has worked in the past and what is likely or not likely, to work in the future. They can make suggestions to help you create a unique experience for your event. Don’t leave your important event to chance with an inexperienced DJ who will still be testing things out at your wedding.
2. Don’t wait to hire an experienced DJ!
An experienced DJ will have experience with many other vendors including banquet facilities. They will know which facilities have a set up that will enhance, rather than detract from, your celebration. The experienced DJ will know which serve dinner on time, have responsive and friendly staff, and will also know those that pick up don’t maintain a comfortable room temperature, clean restrooms, and rush people out the door. Experienced DJ’s are rare, and also more likely to be reserved early.
3. Meet the DJ before making him/her yours!
Your DJ will probably be the single most influential person in the enjoyment of your guests during your wedding day. The meal comes and goes in about an hour, and even the marriage service will fade fast in the memory of many guests. The DJ will typically have the attention of your guests for four hours. You need to meet the DJ, to learn about his/her experience, personality, presentation, to get that vibe, to be confident that he/she is a good match for your personality and can make your reception dreams come true.
4. Get it in writing!
Memories may fade during the 9-18 months between your wedding and when you select your DJ. If your DJ does not already have an agreeable contract for you to sign, you need to get one drawn up to protect yourself. At a minimum, make sure it lists the services to be provided, date, time and location services will be provided, the cost of the service, cancellation procedures and costs, and other necessary legal best practices that will protect you in the event the DJ thinks they will skip your event because they could get paid more at another event (yes, I have heard it happens.)