It's time to get your dancing shoes on.
One of the biggest decisions you’ll make about your wedding day is the evening entertainment. After a few drinks, it’s when guests will gather on the dancefloor and hopefully dance the rest of the night away.
When it comes to DJ hire, we think that’s the best way to go. It’s usually a cheaper option than hiring a band, and can often give more variety to your music. But there’s just one question – how do you make sure you’re making the right choice? We’re going to give you some of our advice right now.
Spotify is great when you’re making dinner or at the gym. But for your wedding day, using a Spotify playlist isn’t the best choice to make. It’s easy to think you can save money by being your own wedding DJ – but having high expectations for this is a big mistake to make.
Djing isn’t just about choosing great songs. It requires a mixture of high-quality equipment, technical know-how and a person who can keep the party atmosphere going. A great DJ will have thousands of songs available – something much better than your family arguing over which song is played next!
Every wedding is different and what you prefer as a couple will be the opposite of what another couple prefers. While it’s good for your DJ to have experience in all types of weddings, it also helps for you to be specific.
Here are some things to consider:
A good DJ will take all of these factors into account and help to guide you through your choices.
When you’re thinking about wedding DJ hire, you need to remember that this person will dictate the tone of your night, so a good attitude is crucial. So have a chat with some potential DJs before you book them and then before your wedding, so you can work out if they’re the kind of person you want.
Ask them if they like talking on the mic and how much they do that. For instance, if they like to use the mic a lot to make jokes and gear up the crowd, but you don’t want that, then you may want to look elsewhere. Chat normally and trust your instincts.
Some DJs will let you choose a selection of songs to add to the playlist, so work with your DJ on this. Try and make sure you hear your favourite tunes, but consider the rest of the crowd too. You don’t want to put people off by playing songs nobody else knows! Talk to your DJ about the type of music you like and you’ll be able to create the perfect playlist.
Just like with your photographer, you get what you pay for when it comes to wedding DJ hire. If this is important to you, then it’s worth paying for a professional.
For instance, a solid DJ company will have an established roster of DJs, meaning if your DJ falls ill, they’ll have a backup. The same can also be said for equipment and they should have backups in place in case something stops working.
And remember, a DJ’s job isn’t just a nightly set. They spend time putting your playlist together, as well as setting up and packing down. The time of the year is important too and prices will vary based on this.
Your DJ will have played at loads of weddings. A great question to ask them is, “what’s one of the best weddings you ever played at?” Do consider the added value a DJ can bring, from how to use a mic (you’ll be surprised how many people don’t know how to do this!), to other knowledge too.
And if you’re struggling to pick a first dance song, they’ll be able to help with this, too.
For more help on wedding DJ hire or choosing your evening entertainment, book an appointment to visit The Wedding Gallery and see the companies we have on offer.