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As anyone who has been to more than one wedding reception knows, employing a good DJ is
paramount to the guests getting onto the dance floor and having a good time. Good wedding
DJs know how to work their audience, can emcee, know traditions, and can ensure that the
reception moves freely without any hitches.
The following tips should help you in your quest to find the right DJ for your special day:
Where to look for wedding DJs
One of the first places to look is the venue itself. Make inquiries to see if they can personally
recommend a DJ. A DJ who has first-hand knowledge of the venue itself has worked it several
times, and has a rapport with the staff, is going to be beneficial. Ask amongst family or friends to
see whether the DJ who did such a great job at the last wedding they went to is available.
Another option is to ask the caterer, photographer, limo company etc. whether they can
personally recommend anyone.
Apart from experience you need your prospective DJ to be someone that you like and feel
comfortable with. Someone who can interact well with your guests and form a rapport with them.
It's always a good idea to phone prospective DJs first of all for a kind of pre-interview, where
you can firstly ascertain if they are free for your date and secondly, how they come across to
you. Once you've shortlisted two or three, then set up meetings with them.
What to ask and expect from wedding DJs
Okay, so you've decided on a DJ who is available, experienced and that you feel comfortable
with, so what happens next? You will need to spend a few hours with him going over your plans
for the reception to check that you're both singing from the same hymn sheet.
1. Check out his equipment
Ask about the quality and condition of his equipment. After all, you don't want to risk his
equipment malfunctioning in the middle of your reception. If he does corporate events, then he
will most likely have state of the art equipment.
2. Names of wedding guests
Give him a list of the names of the guests that you would like him to introduce at certain stages
of the reception. Put a phonetic pronunciation next to any names that are a little tricky. Nothing
is more unprofessional and uncomfortable than a DJ introducing a family member, and getting
their name wrong.
3. Check out his music
Find out how extensive his music library is, whether he will be playing CD's or digital, and also
how he will handle requests. Ask how he will select a particular song because the last thing you
want is him fumbling through a heap of CD's to find a special song. Don't treat him like a
jukebox operator though, because he should have the experience of knowing which songs to
play and when to play them.
4. Plan your own special songs
Traditionally the first dance is always between the bride and groom so you need to tell your DJ
which song you have chosen. There will other special songs during the evening, such as a
dance with the bride and her father and the groom and his mother. So again, let the DJ know
your choice or see whether he has any suggestions if you're at all unsure. Fore the best
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