How To Find The Best Wedding DJ
Chances are, if you’re reading this article, it’s because you’ve recently become engaged. If so, congratulations! However, before you walk down the aisle, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve hired a great wedding DJ that understands you and the type of party that you’re looking to have. This article is meant as a guide to help you hire the best wedding DJ and answer any questions that you may have during the process.
Before you decide on a DJ, you’ll need to find a venue (To find the perfect venue, you’ll definitely want to check out a previous list we compiled where we cite the Top 20 Wedding Venues in NJ). Once you’ve secured a location, then you’ll want to decide on if you want hire a band or a DJ for your wedding reception.
We’re going to skip ahead and assume that you’re looking to find the best wedding DJ (which is the title of this article, after all) and have made your decision in the classic “should I hire a band or a DJ” debate. Now, where should you look to find an experienced, talented, and DJ or DJ company that can give you the best wedding reception ever? There are multiple places to start looking:
Ask friends or family if they have a DJ that they have used in the past (specifically for wedding receptions)
This is easily the best way to find the best DJ for your wedding or event. Ask friends or family that have recently gotten married who they used for their event. They would be happy to point you in the right direction.
A Google Search will bring up a list of the best wedding DJs near you
This is probably self-explanatory, but definitely do a Google search for something like the “wedding DJ near me” or similar. You’ll find many local results for DJ companies. Just be sure to also to check out online reviews of DJ companies.
Most reputable companies will have wonderful online reviews
The big names in the wedding website industry are WeddingWire and TheKnot. Many DJ companies use these websites to showcase their online reviews and recent portfolio of work. Use them to find a local DJ near you. You can sort the listings by number of reviews, ratings, and more to help narrow down your search.
Now that you’ve found a great DJ that you’ve really hit it off with, you’ll want to get down to the planning. Ask yourself, “What have I seen at wedding receptions that I loved?” and also “What would I not like to see at my wedding?”
Regardless of what’s important to you, you want to make sure that your desires are heard and received loud and clear by your DJ. Music is of the forefront of this list. What some couples’ love, another couple may hate. So be sure to pick out some top music requests and “do not plays” that you’re DJ can use as a guide for programing the soundtrack to your reception. That being said, you also need to be willing to compromise with your DJ to let them entertain you and your guests the way they know best – by reading your crowd and adapting to your guests. A great wedding DJ will take your top requests and blend them with what they know that your guests will respond and dance to. A bad wedding DJ will ignore all protocol and just do what they want.
We’ve heard many times that most couples’ don’t particularly care for a ton of over-the-top, obnoxious banter from their DJ. Also, the trend is moving away playing music such as the electric slide and “follow along” style songs (although, there are some others that love this!). Definitely make your preferences known to your DJ so that you’re wedding reception will be exactly as you intend it to be.
Written June 2018 by Anthony DeStefano, The Premium Entertainment Company.