{expert tip} Making Sure You Choose the Right DJ for Your Wedding

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From the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

Image above: taken via the Music Central Entertainment Open Air Photo Booth. Music Central offers Open Air Photo booth services as an option that can be added to many of their DJ packages. These photo booths have become one of Music Central’s biggest requests. You can fine more details on Music Central’s photo booths on their website at www.musiccentral.ca.

With so many wedding DJ’s local to Southwestern Ontario, it can be difficult to wade through the options and find the right fit for your wedding day. From timelines to experience to their music reserve, asking key questions can be the difference between hiring a good DJ and a great DJ. Here are Music Central’s tips for choosing the right DJ for your wedding…

Industry and venue knowledge: Your DJ has likely played at your venue before and knows some important details about your venue that will help create a stress-free wedding day – from staff to logistics, nuances and acoustics. For example, Rob knows that he needs a 125 foot extension cord at certain locations, where to find that outlet hidden under the ivy at other locations, and he knows when he needs to bring a mat to cover the cord if it’s going to cross a walkway.

The right DJ has excellent timing: A solid timeline will make for a seamless and stress-free wedding day. Your DJ can help you with your timeline which will dictate not only the tempo of the day, but also ensure that everything is in place before your guests even arrive.

Experience is everything: An experienced DJ can set the tone for your reception. The more wedding experience your DJ has, the more likely they are to be prepared for any hiccups and last minute changes. An experienced DJ knows how to play to the crowd and can help create a memorable reception for you and your guests.

Passion makes a big difference: A passionate DJ loves what they do and aims to create the best possible experience on your wedding day. Find out if your DJ is  full time or if he/she approaches their business as more of a “part time gig” on the occasional Saturday.

Looking for a large, legal music database: It’s all about the music! Ask yourself this: Does your DJ offer a massive reserve of (legal!) music? If they don’t have a specific song you’re looking for; will they find it for you? Your DJ should be willing to go the extra mile to make sure your playlist is everything you hoped for on your wedding day.

Every good DJ has a back-up plan: Your DJ should always have a back-up plan in case of emergencies. This includes both back-up equipment and back-up DJ’s. Companies such as Music Central work as a team through every event they take on, which includes having a Field Manager on staff. A Field Manager goes to all events in case any type of back-up help is needed.

Location, location, location: Your DJ should be positioned near the dance floor so they can easily interact with your guests. Some halls and caterers will place the DJ too far away from the main hub of activity so it’s important to know exactly where they’ll be positioned on your wedding day.

Extras: Find out if your DJ offers fun extras such as photo booths, projected monograms for the wall or dance floor, and online music request tools. Additional options can include generators, slide show equipment and more. In the end, all of these can come together to add to the overall experience of your big day.

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Photo: DJ Portraits: courtesy of Eric Rockburn of Red Button Photography. In this Image from left: DJ Darryl, DJ Amy, and Rob Aitken, Owner of Music Central Entertainment.

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Owner of Music Central, Rob Aitken, DJs events for his company fifty out of fifty-two weeks a year, allowing him to keep in tune with what services couples are looking for. Music Central is also fully-staffed with an additional five DJs – all trained, equipped and ready to provide music that’ll keep your guests dancing all night long! You can reach them by telephone (519-680-0698, or toll-free at 1-888-537-6511), or online. You can also read The Ring’s review on Music Central.