A wedding DJ can make or break a wedding. Music is one of the most important aspects of a wedding celebration. So what to expect from a wedding DJ is very important before you hire a service for your reception. Carefully consider all the factors listed on this blog and be 100% sure that the DJ can deliver what is expected.
Will the DJ get to the venue early? It is very important that your DJ arrives at a minimum of at least 2 hours prior to the start of the program. This will give the DJ enough of time to figure out how much of time is needed to unload all their equipment. Remember that depending on the location vendors might be lined up trying to access the loading dock. So it is key that you make sure that the DJ is there ahead of time.
Will the DJ complete his set up on time and on schedule? The setup time can vary depending on which package the DJ has sold you. A basic system can take as low as 30 minutes whilst a large complicated set up can take several hours. Make sure they have enough time to complete the set up according to the provided floor plan and all equipment is tested and sound checked before the first set of guests arrive. Doing sound checks and moving equipment is unprofessional when your guests have already arrived at the space.
You’ve already spent thousands of dollars on a beautiful venue, flowers and décor, therefore make sure that the DJ has a clean set up. Exposed cables dangling around and an untidy set up will take away from the look you are trying to achieve. Remember for most parts of the night the DJ booth will be the focal point to the guests so it is paramount that the DJ booth is visually pleasing. If the DJ is running cables around the room and across pathways make sure that the DJ is aware that the cables need to be secured with gaffer’s tape. This will avoid any accidents to your guests or staff members by tripping over the cables.
TIMELINE & PROGRAM:
Did your DJ study the Program, Timeline and, the Floor Plan? If you don’t have a wedding planner on the day of your wedding the DJ usually will take the lead. Therefore, it is important for the DJ to have studied the Timeline and Program well ahead of the wedding day. A wedding program can be very detailed and comprise of a lot of moving parts. So it is the DJ’s job to execute this to plan and make sure the other vendors are aware of this. For example, If a DJ is to announce that dinner will be served he/she should first check to see if the caterer is ready or if the DJ invites the couple for their first dance it is the DJ’s job to make sure the photographer and videographer are ready to capture the moment. Even though it is the Photographers and Videographers job to know when to be ready one of these vendors might be using the restroom for example, and something like the first dance cannot be recreated if this important moment isn’t captured the first time.
Will you get your money’s worth? The above mentioned are key factors to ensure you will have a stress free night and enjoy the most important day of your life. Let see what else you can expect from a good Wedding DJ Service.
- ATTIRE: Some DJ services will have a uniform that they wear. A dress shirt or a Polo with their logo, usually in black and with pressed slacks and formal shoes. Other services will opt to wear a suit or a formal dress to blend in with the occasion. All these are acceptable attire for a Wedding DJ Service. Jeans, street clothes, shorts, t-shirts, and gym shoes are not acceptable clothing to be worn by a Professional DJ Service. Clearly state which type of attire you prefer.
- BACK UP GEAR: Murphy’s Law states that “if anything can go wrong it will”. So being prepared and always ready with a contingency plan are characteristics of a Professional DJ Service. It’s hard to double up on every single piece of equipment but DJ’s should always have back up gear for key gear. An extra microphone, an extra laptop, an extra speaker and, extra cables are a must! Make sure your DJ carries back up gear and has a plan in place.
- PROFESSIONALISM: The DJ you hire has a job to do and isn’t a guest. Make sure you make that very clear when you pick the DJ service. They haven’t been hired to consume alcohol at your reception, flirt with your guests, take extended dinner breaks, play a song and dance with your guests, or behave in any way unfit as a vendor. Huge banners advertising their services or TV screens with their logo is unprofessional. If a guest is interested in hiring their services they can request for a business card or ask for their information after the wedding. Your wedding “is not” a wedding expo to promote their business, period!
- MUSIC: Make sure the songs you have picked for special dances, introductions, processionals, recessionals, etc are in your DJ’s library or have the ability to get access to them. In today’s day and age, there are so many various renditions of a song and various artist covering these titles. Make sure you tell the DJ exactly which version you prefer and avoid disappointment and embarrassment.
- COMMUNICATION: Did your DJ disappear after they got paid? Make sure you are in communication with the DJ leading up to your wedding. If you have any questions or concerns the Wedding DJ Service should be prompt in responding to you. Do not take for granted that just because you have a contract that your DJ will show up and keep to his/her promise. A lot of amateur DJ services might not be in business when your wedding comes around. My company, Dream House Productions have stepped in to help in situations where the DJ service was a no show way too many times!
- CONTRACT: If you chose a specific package with your DJ service, make sure they deliver on what was promised. Some companies charge you for add-ons but don’t provide the services on the day of. You might be too busy and caught up in the celebration but stop for just a moment and check. For example, if you have 10 uplights or 2 wireless microphones take a quick glance and check if you are getting what you paid for. If you don’t see what was on your contract request for it or demand a refund.
If you are in the market for a PROFESSIONAL WEDDING DJ SERVICE in the Chicagoland area or any of the states surrounding us please don’t hesitate to contact DREAM HOUSE PRODUCTIONS. You can fill out an inquiry or simply call us at (312) 841-1081.
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