Disc Jockeys can make or break the atmosphere of a wedding ceremony and reception. These are 5 important questions that we recommend couples ask candidates during the interview process to ensure that you make a decision you’re comfortable with. Of course, make sure to do some research ahead of time to determine a company’s eligibility, and best of luck with your shopping process!
Will they take song requests from guests?
It is extremely common for guests to request songs at weddings but certain DJs won’t accept them without your permission. If there is an artist/song that you would not like played during your reception you can make a “do not play” list to give your DJ ahead of time.
Do you offer lighting services? (i.e. uplights, GOBOs, etc.)
Some DJs offer packages that include lighting designs to enhance the ambiance of your wedding even more! Pieces like uplights and GOBOs are a great inclusion to completely transform your reception space! *Pro Tip* If your ideal company doesn’t offer this, we do ;)
Do you offer emcee services?
There are certain parts of the ceremony and reception that would make having an emcee ideal. Simple things like toasts and introductions will run more smoothly if you have someone available to guide the audience’s attention. We always encourage couples to ask their DJ if they offer this service and if not it may be something that you’ll want to look into to avoid a headache day of!
How do you encourage dancing if the crowd isn’t moving?
Ironically sometimes there can be a lull period at the reception where many guests aren’t on the dance floor. It’s a great idea to ask potential DJs what they’ve done in the past to energize the crowd.
Have you played at our reception venue previously?
It can be even more reassuring if the disc jockey has played at your venue previously. This means that they are familiar with the space and are likely aware of their requirements such as sound levels and load in schedules.