If you’ve just gotten engaged (congratulations, by the way!), you might be at the stage where you’re starting to look for your Wedding DJ for entertainment for the evening. This blog post is for you!
After years of doing Weddings in the greater Seattle area, I’ve found that there are a few things that you just might not know to look for.
These three things won’t be found on any list on the internet, they just some good, old fashioned ways to sniff out if you’re on the right track finding the right person to DJ your Wedding.
Do You Have to Meet with Your DJ?
Folks are busier than ever these days, but with technology, there are so many ways to “meet.” Most of my potential clients like to talk on the phone to see if we are a good fit, but others prefer Skype or meeting in person. Since this is my full-time job, I am happy to meet wherever is best for you, be it virtually or in-person.
When talking with clients the first time, I’m looking first and foremost to get to know you! Do we share common ground, does the conversation flow naturally? At this meeting, we don’t need to get into every intricate detail of your Wedding as that comes later. I think the most important question is: Do you feel like I’m a person you’d like to hang around with on one of the most important days of your life?
If a DJ refuses at the very least to have a phone conversation with you and simply wants you to sign a contract, run away.
Are All DJ’s the Same?
At your Wedding, I’m handling an essential job! I’m responsible not only for the music you and your friends and family will dance to, but I’m also the Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the evening.
Being an MC means that I am in effect moving along the common protocols of a Wedding, such as introducing you and your newly-wed spouse and your bridal party. Announcing other things like speeches and important dances such as the First, Father/Daughter and/or Mother/Son Dances. While this sounds easy enough, there is an art to MCing so the evening flows smoothly and naturally.
Chances are if you’ve been to a Wedding where you barely noticed the DJ doing these things, they were doing an excellent job. If you noticed how stilted or awkward things were or you didn’t know what was happening, that’s a DJ who isn’t trained or comfortable at that part of their job.
If you meet with a DJ and they don’t consider being the role of the MC for the evening to be a central part of their job, I would defiantly keep looking.
Does Your Wedding DJ Like People?
Seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? But there are many DJ’s who get into the Wedding business because they feel like it could be easy money. They may love playing music and commanding a room that is having a blast dancing, but they don’t especially like interacting with people.
They may approach being a DJ with a more of a “club DJ” attitude, standing behind their deck with headphones on all night or scratching out mixes instead of reading the floor and talking people’s requests.
A Wedding DJ will spend part of his evening talking to guests, taking requests, and reading the floor to adjust the music when something just isn’t working. When you are speaking with potential DJs, ask them how they deal with guest requests, and the answer may be revealing to you.
By employing these three tips with your due diligence of reading reviews and asking questions, you should be able to conclude if a DJ is the right fit for you and your Wedding Day.
If you’re still searching for the “right one” in terms of a Wedding DJ, I’d love to speak with you to see if we are a good fit!