5 Thing Every Bride Needs To Know Before Booking A Wedding DJ
It is more likely our first time planning a wedding, and when it comes to hiring a DJ, you don’t know where to start? Throughout this blog, I have provided you with 5 questions you should ask yourself before booking a DJ. A few common mistakes brides make when it comes to hiring a wedding DJ, and some valuable “Did You Know” facts. Pack full of some good information to set you on the journey of booking the best DJ.
1. On a scale of 1 -10, how important is it that your guests have a great time at your wedding?
Your guests spend lots of money to be part of your wedding day. They travel from all over, rent a room, get a new tie, and buy you and your fiance gifts. I can’t think of a better way to show your respect than by booking an experienced DJ that will get everyone all ages out on the dance floor.
Did you know? When asked, 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment. Source: The Knot
Some couples don’t have dancing as a high priority and often forget that their guests love too. Believe it or not, even the most reserved people like to get down and buggy.
2. What type of DJ do you want to represent you on the biggest day of your life?
When it comes down to it, your vendors will be representing you on your behave. You don’t want to cook for everyone, so you hire a catering company to prepare a delicious meal. The same goes for the DJ. As attractive as it may be to hire a family member, a friend, or a coworker, that as some equipment, your wedding might not be the ideal time. I think there are many talented hobbyists out there but simply put. You might hire your friend to fix a dripping faucet, but would you want them pluming your house. I would hire the professional, and I think you would too.
Did you know? 70% of mobile DJs are hobbyists and are more interested in what is in it for them, NOT you? Your wedding should never be someone’s hobby or a way to make a little extra money while getting drunk and parting away.
One of my favorite sayings is. You need to be able to take care of yourself before taking care of others” Do your research and hire an actual professional DJ for your wedding. Do they have a clean, professional-looking website? Are they part of any association, have any awards, and, more importantly, a reliable online reputation? Not 3 or 4 reviews they got from their friends. Bottom line. If they can’t take care of their business, how can they take care of you on one of the most special days of your life?
3. Would you like a stress-free experience? Where you go around and enjoy your time with family & friends?
When looking for a DJ, you’ll want someone that can help with the planning. Can MC and work with your vendors to make any necessary announcements. Your DJ should be the professional ones in the room. They will be able to provide clear & concise announcements giving your event a nice flow.
Did you know? When it comes to public speaking, most DJs never master the skill. They are either very reserved and don’t get the crowd engaged or are over the top, obnoxious many times insulting to your guests. You’ll want to find a DJ that understands that they are there to help provide direction, some energy, & encourage your guests to participate in the event’s activities.
4. Would you agree that it is better to invest a little more in your entertainment and have your expectations met? , then not spend enough and be disappointed with the results.
Expense Vs. Cost. We have all been there where the expense outweighed the cost. Perfect example. We bought a kid’s bike off of the Facebook market place. We saved ourselves $50 from buying new from the store. It turns out the rim had a slight bend, the brakes stop working & the seat would not stay up. We got no enjoyment, and the cost to repair was more than the price of a new bike. Is saving a couple $100 on your entertainment worth what it could cost your wedding? The rule of thumb is that you should invest between 10-15% of your wedding budget on the DJ. Maybe a little bit more if making sure your guest’s entertainment is a high priority.
Did you know? Almost 100% of couples say they wished they would have spent more money on their event’s entertainment. Source: The Knot
It is easy to say, “Just hire anybody.” Pricing should never be your biggest concern when it comes to entertainment—yes, sticking to a budget is essential. But you always get what you pay for, so ask yourself why this DJ cheaper & Is saving a little bit of money worth what it could cost your wedding.
5. If your DJ delivered on what they say they are going to do and meet your expectation. Would you share your experience with others?
The DJ must understand your event vision and expectations. They should have an organized way to go about gathering music selection/style, the type of activities, and a list of any announcements. More importantly, they should not be afraid to ask for a referral or review.
Did you know? After one week, 78% of couples say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority. Source: The Knot
Most of the time, couples don’t take the time to get to know their DJ. Now I’m not saying you should invite them to your firstborn birthday party. However, when you see them, you should feel comfortable saying HI and their first name should be top of mind whenever you hear of someone looking for an excellent DJ.