The entertainment that you book for your reception is extremely important. It can honestly make or break your reception. When it comes to a wedding DJ, keep in mind that a professional does much more than just spin a few records.
Your wedding reception calls for someone who can handle multiple activities that will be happening as well as gauging your guests and what is needed to keep them in the game so to speak. A quality wedding DJ will know how to set the right tone and create an awesome atmosphere as they keep everything moving along smoothly. But like in most vocations, all DJs are not of the same quality. Even in the New Jersey area, there are some really high quality wedding DJs and there are some very low quality wedding DJs. And that is why it is so important to evaluate candidates very carefully in order to make sure that you are hiring the professional you and your guests deserve. With that in mind, here are some very pertinent questions by which to judge each candidate that you interview.
Word of mouth is the very best way to gather the names of potential wedding DJs. Ask around. You can ask your friends, family and coworkers if they have recently experienced any high quality DJs. Or you can ask any of your other wedding vendors if you have already hired them. They are in the wedding arena all of the time and they probably have contacts that they could share with you. Once you have gathered no more than five names, call each candidate up and find out if they have your wedding date open on their calendar. If they do, meet with them to interview them for your wedding DJ opening.
It is always good to start with the candidate's background. Find out how long they have been in the DJ business. Keep in mind that you will want to specifically ask about weddings. Just because someone has been a DJ at a party doesn't make them qualified to be a DJ at a wedding. A wedding has a very different skillset. So, with that in mind, find out how many weddings they have done in the past. Specifically, find out if the person you are interviewing will be the one that would come to your wedding should you hire them. Some companies send a representative or don't guarantee that the person you are meeting with will be the person at your wedding. Don't let this happen to you. You want to make sure that you meet and talk with the actual person who would be working your wedding.
Ask them if they have performed any weddings at your reception venue. Sometimes it is a good technique to throw a curveball at the person you are interviewing to see what you might get back. Ask them what sets them apart from their competition and listen carefully to the answer, it might be more revealing than you imagined and it might give you some insight that helps you with which one you hire. Do they provide any other services like a photobooth or a laser lightshow? You definitely want to ask for references from past weddings so you can check on the experience of others.
Get a CD or video of a past wedding performance to get a sense of the way they operate. How do they list to work the set list. Can you have input on what is and what is not played? How extensive is their music library? Will they act as an emcee for all of your announcements and activities? This is a great quality to look for in your DJ because it means you don't have to go searching for someone else to do it. Will they take requests from your guests? Finally, find out how much they will charge you. Does that charge include everything including setup and teardown? These questions should give you enough information with which to make an informed choice as to who should be your wedding DJ. We wish you well in your search.