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Wedding Planning 101: Questions to Ask DJs

110915-djquestions-01A great DJ is key to a great reception. You want to make sure your DJ can get the party started – and keep it going. You also want someone who is personable and comfortable serving as the emcee of your event.

Before you hire someone, ask prospective DJs these questions:

  • How much experience do they have?
  • How many weddings do they do in a day? In a weekend?
  • Can you talk directly with your DJ before signing a contract? (This is especially important if the business has several DJs on staff.)
  • Do they specialize in weddings?
  • Are they members of any organizations (Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, DJ associations, etc.)?
  • Do they use contracts?
  • Do they use records, tapes, CDs, or MP3s?
  • Will they work as emcee of the event? Ask how they usually perform.
  • Can you see them perform?
  • How do they dress?
  • Do they have backup equipment and personnel?
  • Are they insured?
  • Ask about their equipment and music selection. How many CDs/songs do they have?
  • Do they have the songs you want for your first dance and other special dances?
  • Will they take requests?
  • Can you ask that certain songs not be played?
  • How will they handle a lull in the reception?
  • Can they play music for your cocktail hour too?
  • Have they worked at your wedding venue?
  • What kind of lighting and special effects do they use?
  • Ask for references from recent weddings.

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