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Top 14 Questions to Ask Your Wedding DJ or Band

There’s a short list of every­thing your guests are sure to remem­ber and your DJ or band are near the top of that list. It is on the DJ or band to get every­one danc­ing and hav­ing a great time. Think back on some of the wed­dings you’ve been to. You might not remem­ber every great DJ, but can you remem­ber the bad ones? I sure can.

To ensure you get the best DJ or band you can, here’s the top 14 ques­tions to ask when you first talk to your poten­tial can­di­dates.

1. Do you have our date available?

An obvi­ous first ques­tion. Also check to see if they will be doing any oth­er events on your date. It takes a hot minute to get DJ equip­ment set up; you do not want to be rushed.

2. How many weddings have your worked?

It’s impor­tant that you don’t have ama­tures play­ing your wed­ding. Work­ing a wed­ding is a bit dif­fer­ent than work­ing a mid­dle school dance. Ask­ing how long they’ve been DJ-ing or play­ing and how many wed­dings they’ve done gives you an idea of how pro­fes­sion­al they are. They may also be able to pro­vide you with ref­er­ences from hap­py cus­tomers.

3. How broad is your repertoire?

More like­ly than not you have a list of spe­cial songs you want played at your recep­tion. Recep­tion grand entrance, your first dance, dances with your par­ents, any oth­er spe­cial songs to you and your fiancé. You def­i­nite­ly want to make sure your band is able to play them. For either your band or your DJ, it’s impor­tant that they can play songs from mul­ti­ple gen­res. You want to get your guests danc­ing with some great pop songs and some clas­sic hits. Plus, more than like­ly you’re going to have two or three gen­er­a­tions of atten­dees, so a good mix of new and old will make every­one hap­py.

bride dancing with groom in gray suit

4. What are the total costs and fees?

While you may have set aside a lit­tle extra cash to ensure you get the best enter­tain­ment you can, you should still stay with­in your bud­get. You also want to make sure you know ahead of time about any extra charges you might incur. For exam­ple, some DJs will charge a fee if they have to lug their equip­ment up and down stairs.

5. Have you played our venue before?

Not a neces­si­ty, but always a bonus to have a sea­soned vet that already knows the lay­out and acoustics of your space.

6. Do you include lighting?

Many DJs will include light­ing in their pack­age, but don’t assume that all of them will.

7.Do you provide anything else in your package?

Some DJs will bring some fun extras with them, like a pho­to booth.

8. Will you play during cocktail hour/dinner?

Cock­tail hour and while your guests are eat­ing are not fun, danc­ing moments, but it’s still good to have some back­ground music. Check with your band or DJ to see if they will play dur­ing those times, oth­er­wise, you may need to look into mak­ing a Spo­ti­fy playlist.

9. Is there sometime we can see you beforehand?

This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant with live bands. You def­i­nite­ly want to make sure they are what you want before you com­mit. If you can’t see them play live, ask if they have any per­for­mances online.

bride and groom in blue suit dancing

10. Will you also Emcee the reception?

Some­one needs to take the reigns dur­ing the recep­tion to make sure every­thing runs smooth­ly and all the right intro­duc­tions are made. It would be a load of the bridal par­ty if your DJ can take care of this. Just make sure they coor­di­nate with your wed­ding plan­ner first.

11. Do you have a backup plan in case of emergency?

You always want to be pre­pared for the worst. If the equip­ment fails, your DJ should have back­ups. Or if your DJ falls ill or has some oth­er emer­gency, they should have a plan set in place where some­one of equal tal­ent is wait­ing in the wings to replace them.

12. How do you handle guest song requests?

While you want your guests to have a great time, this is ulti­mate­ly your day. Your DJ or band should feel com­fort­able telling peo­ple no, espe­cial­ly if the song they’re request­ing is on your “Do Not Play” list.

13. How much is your deposit and when is the final payment due?

There’s a lot you’re pay­ing for all at the same time. You want to make sure you how much to pay, when and how to pay it well in advance.

14. What is your refund policy?

In the event of an unlike­ly can­cel­la­tion.

saxophonist at wedding reception

Just with many oth­er ven­dors for your wed­ding, you want to make sure you leave the inter­view with a sol­id idea of whether or not you want this person/people to be a part of your big day. You should ask your­self if you are on the same page and if the poten­tial DJ/band under­stands your vision for your wed­ding. If the answer is no, then it’s on to the next can­di­date.

Make sure you come pre­pared to any inter­view with your list of ques­tions, includ­ing any spe­cial requests you may have. Music is an impor­tant aspect of any event and the songs played will evoke mem­o­ries for years to come. You deserve the best recep­tion pos­si­ble. Good luck and have fun!

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