What You Probably Didn't Know about Your DJ
The Disc Jockey
What to look for in a DJ
Since most disc jockeys’ music libraries are huge, you will rarely find musical reasons to hire one DJ or service over another. Focus instead on credentials and references. Ask about rates; if they are considerably lower than the industry norm, there may be a reason. If they are higher, ask for justification. Remember, you only get what you pay for.
DJs vs. Live Bands
Even the most versatile and talented band on earth could never provide the range of songs and performers that a disc jockey can. A good DJ is dynamic, entertaining and can help with the timing, itinerary and etiquette as well. A live band should be used when you're looking for one specific theme or sound. Keep in mind that your budget needs to be quite larger if you plan to hire a good, reputable live band.
What references should I look for?
The best way to find a disc jockey is through referrals from friends who have had a good experience using one; you can also ask THEWEDDINGRING.CA, your caterer, banquet manager, photographer or decorator if they have heard anything good or bad about their prospective DJ. No one knows better than fellow vendors in the industry.
Should I meet the DJ before the wedding?
It is best to meet your prospective DJ in person before you hire them. This is your opportunity to assess his personality, see if his style matches yours and develop a rapport. One who has a legitimate place of business is also a very good sign they will still be around on your wedding day.
Equipment and Backup Plans
A professional disc jockey will bring professional calibre equipment, not just home stereo system, karaoke machine, or a computer running a jukebox music program. In addition to a dual-CD player (to ensure a continuous flow of music) and a good-quality amplifier and speakers, a disc jockey should be equipped with a good wireless microphone for announcements and toasts. Make sure that the DJ has adequate backups because equipment failures, though rare, can occur. You never want to hear the term, 'technical difficulties' on your wedding day!
Booking the DJ & Selecting the Music
Try to book a DJ at least six months ahead of your wedding day. You should both sign a detailed contract specifying all particulars of the reception: date, location, time (including setup time; one hour prior to the start of the event is typical), and projected length. Other things the contract should do are stipulate price and overtime charges. List the sound and lighting equipment the DJ will be using and specify that backup equipment and personnel are available. Indicate that the disc jockey is covered by liability insurance and an AVLA (Audio Video Licensing Agency) license to legally play their own recorded or copied CD compilations. It could even spell out what the disc jockey is expected to wear and if a meal is provided if he is supplying dinner music.
Most experienced Disc Jockeys have a vast library of music. When you meet with a DJ, he may give you a list of his most requested tracks—often ranging from several hundred to a thousand titles—from which you can select songs. You should also feel free to add any songs that may not be included in his library, such as a rare favourites or special ethnic music. You can either supply them yourself or ask the DJ to purchase the CDs. At most weddings, requests from guests will be encouraged, unless you direct otherwise. But tell your disc jockey about any songs, or even genres of music, you don’t want played (even if requested). Ask how your DJ handles requests. Is it is by written request slips or will they need to personally asking the DJ. You may not want your guests spending half the night writing songs on paper instead of dancing, or you may not be concerned with this at all. Ask for suggestions from your DJ.
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