The DJ will play the song when you walk down the aisle, your first dance, and create the mood of the entire day, so finding a perfect DJ is essential when planning your big day.
Budget & Style Decisions
Ideally, music should take up about 10% of your budget. If your budget does not permit it, look into vendors just beginning their business or family friends. Decide on what you are willing to spend on music and use this quote when researching potential DJs.
Also decide on the style of music you would like to have. Do you want rap, rock, pop, classical, or jazz played? What song do you want to walk down the aisle to? What songs are important to you as a couple? Do you want something different like a dance club or mosh pit atmosphere or are you looking to go a more traditional route? Have some ideas in mind before meeting with prospective DJs.
Create Music Lists
Some couples choose to create a “must-play” list that has songs that the couple definitely wants played and a “do-not-play” list that has songs they do not want played at all. As you’re creating them, keep in mind what type of music people can dance to and which music will be best left for the background.
Decide on how involved you want the DJ to be. Are they just playing music, or also providing light and video displays. Video displays can show pictures from the couple’s early days, making the first dance all the more special! Price will vary depending on what services you would like.
Find Potential DJs
Ask friends and family for recommendations and look online for reputable and experienced DJs. Create a list of DJs within your budget.
Meet & Interview
Meet with the DJs from your list of prospective choices. Ask questions about their experience, if they help create the song list, what equipment they have, any backup equipment, familiarity with the venue, pricing, and availability. Look for DJs that are flexible and accommodating to your wants. If they have any upcoming performances, ask if you can tag along to see how they perform.
Afterwards, talk with your fiancé about which one would be best for your wedding.
Finalize & Sign
Finalize with your chosen DJ, make any deposits, and sign contracts. Congratulations, you have a DJ!
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