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Choosing The Right DJ

The entertainment can make or break your reception. Long after the food, flowers and location of your reception have been forgotten, your family and friends will always remember if they had a good time!

Considering the different backgrounds of those who will be attending your wedding, your musical entertainment should be able to provide something to satisfy a variety of musical tastes.

For quality, variety, and value, nothing can beat an experienced DJ with a professional sound system and presentation. A professional DJ can create a memorable event that friends and family will talk about for years. But how do you know which DJ to choose?

EXPERIENCE AND REPUTATION

A DJ with years of experience performing at wedding receptions will have gained the trust of his peers and a good reputation as well. The best wedding DJs are usually booked a year or more in advance. Ask any other wedding professionals you are working with to recommend someone. Also get advice from family, friends, and co-workers, and make sure the DJ you are considering has a list of references and comments from previous clients they have worked with. Do the DJ's presentation materials look professional?

PLANNING

Before signing any contracts, meet with the DJ to make sure your personalities work together, to discuss fees and what is included in the DJ services. Is a one on one consultation to discuss the reception just before the wedding part of the price? Will the DJ work with the photographer, caterer, and facility to make sure things run smoothly at the reception?

MUSICAL SELECTION

Does the DJ have an extensive music library to accommodate the varied tastes of those at the reception and knowledge of the music? A professional DJ will always allow you to choose the types of music you want to hear because it is your day after all!!

SOUND AND LIGHTING EQUIPMENT

Does the DJ use commercial quality equipment that is appropriate for the size and logistics of your reception venue? Is the equipment presented professionally with cords and wires hidden as much as possible? Does the DJ have a back up system in case something goes wrong with the equipment?

PERSONALITY

Do you want a laid back atmosphere at your reception or a festive party? A good DJ will be able to handle the mood you prefer. Do you want the DJ to interact with the crowd? Does the DJ have public speaking or media experience? The personality of the DJ is very important.

PRICE

Have you been quoted a price that seems too good to be true? Well, it probably is. A reputable professional DJ operates the same as any other business enterprise and must generate enough revenue to cover the cost of salaries, equipment, insurance, and other business expenses. An extremely low price quote may indicate an inexperienced person with poor equipment and presentation, and that's the last thing you need on your special day. It’s well worth the extra money to hire a pro!

CONTRACT

A written contract is a must. Make sure everything is specified and confirmed and ask any questions you might have about the contract.
 



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