When it comes to planning your wedding, making sure the wedding is as smooth as it can be is essential to everyone enjoying themselves. One of the most important parts to putting together a great wedding day is the selection of the music for all events. From pre-ceremony, post-ceremony, and everything that goes on at the reception, the music is part of what makes any wedding great.
If you are picking a DJ for your wedding, there are many factors to take into account when selecting the perfect one, and knowing what to look for is key to finding the perfect one for your special day.
When You Need Music
When putting together a wedding, many people typically think of a DJ as being restricted to the reception area for the night. The fact of the matter is, however, you need music for nearly every moment of your wedding where someone isn’t speaking during the ceremony.
Many DJs will have different songs or musical vibes for different parts of both the ceremony and the reception, but being aware of what spots and moments you need music for is key before selecting your DJ so you know what you’re getting yourself into.
For the ceremony, the times you will need music are:
- Pre-ceremony: a chance for guests to mingle with one another
- Seating for the mothers
- Music for the wedding party
- Music for the bride
- Recessional music
As far as the reception is concerned, there are many different moments throughout the night other than the dance floor that call for musical changes:
- Cocktail hour
- Arrival of bride and groom
- Dinner/filler music
- First Dace
- Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances
- Cake cutting
- Bouquet/Garter toss
- Departure music
Questions to Ask Your DJ
Before you pick out your DJ and sign a contract, there are several important questions you should ask them so you know full and well what exactly you are getting yourself into.
1. Do They Have a Signed Contract?
This is a great way to have their entire list of services written out and what they will offer you so you can make sure they are professional, as well as giving you something to be aware of when it comes to your actual wedding day.
2. Do They Act as the MC?
Having an MC to make all wedding announcements is essential to keeping the night flowing, so be sure you know if your DJ will handle that, or if you need to ask someone to step in.
3. What happens in the case of emergency and the DJ can’t make it?
As much as they may try to avoid it, accidents happen and people get sick. If something happens with your DJ and they can’t make it on the day of, it is essential you know if they have a backup DJ to fill in for them. You should consider meeting this person as well before signing a contract.
4. How do they motivate the crowd?
If your audience isn’t getting out on the dance floor, you should see how your DJ will entice them out. Do you want someone who interacts and entices people out there, or would you rather have someone carefully select the perfect music to get people dancing? Make sure you know the DJ’s preference and style before hiring them.
5. Can you speak to their former clients?
if you really want to know how a DJ is, talking to references is a great way to learn about them. If your prospective DJ is willing to give you references without any hassle, they are likely pretty trustworthy.