Guest Blog by DJ Chris G: 5 Top Tips When Choosing Your Wedding DJ

Friday, June 5th, 2020

By DJ Chris Guttridge, Professional DJ, MC, and Lighting Specialist 

‘A genuinely great DJ, just for a moment can make a whole room fall in Love’

Choosing your DJ is not a decision to be rushed. Think about how much time you put into carefully selecting your venue and all the other details to ensure your wedding day reflects your couple style. 

With that in mind, ask yourself why would you not invest time in making sure your DJ is the best fit for you too? 

Afterall, a bad DJ can make an event one to forget and have your guests talking about your wedding for the wrong reasons. 

Don’t be afraid to do your research and ask questions to ensure it is a party to remember for the right reasons.

Here are my top 5 tips when it comes to choosing your wedding DJ:  

 

1. Hire a professional

Professional DJ’s are just that; Professional. Being a DJ is their full-time job and they will have the knowledge and skill set to understand the logistics of your venue, keeping your dance floor filled and most importantly understanding the timings of the day. For example, if you have also hired a band or another entertainment act, they will be able to work around them and provide a seamless transition between sets.

Professionals will also have the best equipment as they invest time and money into it to ensure it is reliable and produces the best sound quality and effects. 

“I always ensure I check my equipment before every gig and always have back ups should the unthinkable happen and something fail on the day.”

Additionally, a professional DJ will always provide a contract and their booking terms and conditions for full peace of mind. They can often supply bespoke lighting and other specials effects like indoor fireworks, light up dance floors, confetti canons and more!

 Many will also have contacts for other trusted suppliers from working the circuit and can be a valuable source of information and support when it comes to sourcing additional extras for your big day.

 

2. Check prices

What is your budget? And what are your expectations for that? A professional DJ will be able to tell you straightaway if your expectations are realistic and suggest a tailored package to suit you and fit in with your budget.

Cheap deals can often be an indication of cheap equipment and a hobbyist who is DJing as a sideline. This may well be good enough for an 18th birthday in a social club but when it comes to your wedding always question experience. 

3. Meet your DJ in person

Once I have established that I am free on a requested date I insist on meeting the couple to find out what they are looking for. If it is important to you to have a certain type of music talk to your DJ about that:

 Are they open to playlist suggestions? 

Do they understand the vibe you are after? 

 A meeting is your opportunity to establish trust and to see how well you get on.  If you are getting married some distance away don’t be afraid to ask for a video call.

4. Check your DJ is authentic

Anyone these days can have a great website so make sure you do your research. Dig a little deeper and have a look at Facebook and Google reviews. Ask if you can attend a gig where your DJ is playing or see if you can meet them at a wedding fayre to see their set up in person. 

If they say they have won awards or are members of associations, research those awards and organisations and don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as it takes for you to put your trust in this person.

5. Don’t rush your decision

Whilst good DJs get booked up early take your time to make your decision and to consider all the above. If you like a particular style find the right fit for you and most of all have fun with your wedding planning.

Do not be forced into accepting a DJ from your venues recommended supplier list if you have not seen or spoken to them. 

Good luck with your wedding planning and you can contact me via www.djchrisg.co.uk anytime or call me on 07411 636 675 if you have any further questions.

 

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