Deciding to hire a professional wedding DJ for your special day is one of the best decisions that you will make for your wedding. And you are in luck because you live in the New Jersey area that is talent rich in wedding DJ material. The key for you though will be finding someone you will be more than satisfied with. The reason we say this is that there are many people who put out a shingle stating that they provide DJ services when in truth you will be getting a low grade performance because of a lack of talent or experience. So, finding a great DJ for your wedding will take some investigative work on your part. That being said, your first step is to look around the New Jersey area for potential wedding DJs that look like real quality candidates. You can look in any number of places for quality candidates. Your best avenue is always to have a first hand recommendation if possible. That could come from family, friends, and coworkers. You can also check online and with your other wedding vendors. Once you have a good list of at least 5 to 7 candidates from these sources, be prepared to sit down with each one and talk with them about specifics related to your wedding reception. This meeting should give you the insight that you need to make the best decision possible on who to hire. Below is a guide that we hope helps you with your search.
At each interview, the first thing that you want to find out is whether the candidate's primary focus is weddings. This is important because just because someone is a DJ that preforms at various events, keep in mind that working a birthday party is much different that performing at a wedding reception. It is alright if they work at other types of events other than weddings, but you want most of their work to be wedding related. Most people don't realize how many moving parts a wedding has that a vendor like a DJ has to deal with. If a candidate is really good at being a wedding DJ, that means that they know how to deal with all sorts of situations that could come up.
Discuss the playlist that they provide and the playlist that you are interested in. If you have definite wishes in this regard, they should be able to take them into account and include at least some of what you want. After all, it is important that your wedding reflect you. We are sure that you have some special songs that you may be very interested in having played. Also, discuss songs that you absolutely hate and tell them that you do not want to hear them played once during your wedding. If the candidate is not willing to do this, then scratch them from your list immediately. You will want to talk quite a bit about style. How would they describe their style? Do you like their response and is this what you are looking for? Again, this is all up to you. How do they get the crowd into the action? Make sure that they provide music demo and a wedding performance video. Will they handle song requests?
Listen to samples of a DJs mixing ability. How knowledgeable are they about sound equipment? Do they understand about keeping sounds levels at the right place at the right time. Do they offer other services like a laser light show or high definition video screens? Both of these can add a lot to your wedding reception. Each interview is a chance to find out if this is the person for you. For your last questions, ask them why your should hire them? When you feel like one of the candidates really gives you the most bang for your buck, it will be time to put down a deposit and sign a contract. It will be a great feeling when you know that your entertainment is in the hands of a true professional.