It’s no secret that a DJ can make or break a wedding reception. The last thing you want is someone who doesn’t know how to create a vibe! Yet, there are so many options on the market for a DJ that it can be an intimidating task to find the right one. This makes the interview process all the more stressful. It’s essential to ask the right questions to get the very best for your big day!
First and foremost, let’s cover a few basic interview questions.
How long have you been a professional DJ? How many weddings do you do per year?
This question gets overlooked time and time again. You definitely don’t want your big day to be your DJ’s first event! So, ensure your DJ is well-seasoned in the wedding and events industry before signing on the dotted line.
How would you describe your style? What are your favorite types of weddings to DJ?
A typical answer you may hear is that they can match any style or “vibe.” But go beyond that by getting to know the person behind the business! What are their favorite weddings and events? The answer will reveal whether your DJ knows a good time!
Do you have any recent references?
You can’t have an interview without asking for references! Imagine how much better you will feel knowing there was a very happy couple who loved this DJ just weeks before you spoke with them. It’s crucial to build confidence and credibility with the vendors you choose.
Is our date available?
This is the most critical question. Ideally, you’ll know this before the interview. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time!
Next, it’s good to get to know your DJ, how they will conduct the wedding reception, and let them get to know you, your preferences, and how you want your big day to look!
Can we have a “do not play” or a “must play” list?
This is YOUR day! It is imperative that you get to customize all services to your liking!
Do you offer any assistance in choosing music for special parts of the day?
There are so many options for first dance songs! Why not let the professional help you decide if you struggle to find the perfect tune?
Will you serve as our emcee?
The last thing you want is to falsely assume your DJ will oversee your reception schedule, only to find out they’re not. So make sure your DJ will cover every requirement you have.
Will you be the one performing at our wedding? If not, can we meet our DJ?
If you’re meeting with a company, it’s important to know who will show up for your wedding. Your day will run much smoother if you like the chosen vendors!
Lastly, let’s make sure all the loose ends are tied.
How much are your services? How and when do you take payment? Will you require a deposit? Are there any additional charges?
Although you might know some of these details before you meet, no one likes a financial surprise while wedding planning. So let’s make sure there aren’t any surprises!
Do you bring all the necessary equipment? What about backup equipment?
A DJ without the proper equipment wouldn’t be ideal for your reception. Make sure they have everything they need — otherwise, you may need to consider AV rentals, which will add to your budget.
What time will you arrive to set up? Will you take breaks? If so, how many and how long? What time will you tear down to leave?
Logistics, logistics, logistics! Your venue will appreciate knowing this upfront as well.
Everyone wants a stress-free wedding day! Feeling confident in your vendors, DJ included, will allow a refreshing deep breath and no added nerves on your special day.