Finding a DJ for your wedding is easy. Finding a good DJ for your wedding is another matter. Technology has made spinning tracks easy and accessible to the masses. Consequently there are a lot of bad DJs out there. Here are some tips on how to find a good DJ for your wedding.
1- Experience. There's no substitute for it. Find someone who has a long history as a wedding DJ. At least ten years. An experienced DJ will have a deeper music catalogue
and know all the procedures, as well as the pitfalls, of your event.
2- Reliability. It's shocking how unprofessional many DJs are. Too many of them show up at the last minute and scramble to set up in full view of the audience. It is imperative that the DJ is willing to setup and sound check at lease two hours before the event begins.
Also, be sure the DJ you hire is the one who will be at your party. Some DJs send a replacement if they get a better offer.
3- Equipment. The standard setup for a mobile DJ is two powered speakers on poles and a laptop. It's designed to make it easy for the DJ to get in and out with the least amount of equipment to move. That's great for the DJ, not for the client. It doesn't necessarily mean the DJ is no good. Like I said, it's the standard. But it does mean the DJ is run of the mill. Check to see if the DJ has backup equipment. It's amazing how many DJs operate without a back up system.
4- References. Check for references and testimonials. A good DJ with a solid track record should have both. While you're at it check to see if the DJ has insurance.
5- Communication. The DJ is a person you will be working hand in hand with throughout the planning process. It is important that you have a DJ who is accessible and responsive.
You want to work with someone who understands your musical tastes and makes you feel comfortable