All set to tie the wedding knot? If yes, then by this time, you and your future spouse would have decided that it is the time to start planning for the 'big day'. Apart from fixing the date, venue and time and selecting wedding dress, rings, caterer and photographer for your wedding, you would have to get a music band or a DJ to entertain the wedding guests. In fact, hiring a DJ is one of the important tasks to be done in the pre-marriage days. This is largely because most of the DJ are very busy and need to be booked in advance, during the peak wedding season. If you do not have a clue on how to hire a DJ for your wedding, then the tips given in the following lines will be handy.
Hiring Disc Jockeys For Marriage
Shortlist The Names
If anybody in your acquaintance frequents discothèques, clubs, pubs or restro-bars, he/she might be well aware of the popular DJs in town. He/she might help you in finalizing the DJ for your marriage. However, do not resort to just one person - ask your friends and family members as well. You may seek the help of the nearest wedding vendors also. This would make your search easier.
Call Upon The DJs
After short-listing the names of the DJs, it is the time to have a tête-à-tête with them. Knowing the professional aspects of your DJ is very important, so formal interview cannot be ruled out. Ask a few questions from your DJ, including the willingness to take special song requests. Observe his/her interactive skills as well, because it is very important for a DJ to mingle with the crowd.
Peruse The DJ's Works
Ask the DJ to bring his/her records or a CD collection of the songs that have been mixed by him/her. This would give you an idea of the capability of the professional, to mix and match music. If this is not possible, at least you should visit the venue, where the DJ plays music. By doing so, you would be able to judge all the aspects - interaction with the crowd, ability to mix music and patience to play special requests.
It is the time to negotiate the fees. If you are handling the task of hiring a DJ for the first time, then you would need some guidance, especially when it comes to finance. You would not want to be charged a hefty amount, isn’t it? Therefore, ask your friends about the fee charged by most DJs in town, including the one you want to hire. Remember, prices may be higher on weekends than rest of the days of the week and will be at the peak during wedding season.
After everything has been settled and you have chosen the DJ for your party, you would have to make final clarifications. Provide the basic requirements - the size of the venue as well as facilities available there. This would help the DJ figure out the desirable speaker size, lighting facilities, etc. The general taste of your wedding guests would help him/her finalize the genres of music to be played during your wedding ceremony.
Make A Deal
Whomsoever the DJ is, to be on the safer side, you need to get the deal written on paper. Mention the date, time, venue and special requirements for the wedding ceremony (if any), along with the remuneration for the DJ. Do not forget to mention the cancellation and refund policies in the agreement.