Wedding DJ Advice
So the big day is getting closer, the venue is booked, you’ve got your dress, rings, bridesmaid dresses, cake etc. You’ve arranged your stag and hen nights and all the invites have been sent out, now all that’s left is to book a DJ for the wedding party afterwards. While the Wedding Disco might not be high on your list, it should be. In our experience couples can often leave this till last, they will have budgeted thousands of pounds for everything else and then hunt around for the cheapest deal when it comes to the DJ. The disco is the part of the day when you have a chance to let your hair down and celebrate with your family and friends after a long day, and picking a great DJ will ensure you and your guests have a night to remember.
Things to Consider When Booking a DJ For Your Wedding
Meet the DJ
Arranging to meet the DJ beforehand is always a good idea, that way you know who you are dealing with and it won’t be a surprise on the night, it will also give the Dj a chance to meet you and get an idea of your music tastes etc, and expectations for the evening. If you can, arrange a meet at your chosen venue as this will be a good chance for you to go through any requirements and for the DJ to advise you on what will best suit your needs. Ask lots of questions, they may of even DJ’d previously at the venue.
This is your chance for you to choose songs you would like to hear, whether it’s specific tracks or just genres of music, it will help the DJ prepare a playlist for the night. It’s also a good idea to make the Dj aware of any music you don’t want played. If you’re stuck for ideas, why not ask your guests?
Don’t be afraid to ask what the DJ will be wearing on the night, while most wedding DJs are used to being smartly dressed, it’s always worth checking beforehand.
Equipment Set Up
Check how long the sound and lighting will take to set up. If your disco is in the same room as the wedding breakfast it may be worth paying a bit extra for an early set up as you will not want the distraction of sound checks and watching someone lug in equipment while you’re sitting down to eat. If you can, ask to see pictures of the previous discos the Dj has done, and they’re set up. You may even be able to customise it for your event!
Many Mobile DJs offer additional services for weddings now including additional lighting effects, LED Dance Floors, Custom Gobo Projectors (your names projected on a wall or dance floor), Additional Mics for dinner speeches, Extra Speakers for other areas, Uplighting and Video Screens. Always check what packages your DJ offers first before booking extras through a hotel or event company as you can often get a better deal and save yourself some money!
Insurance and PAT Testing
Most venues will insist on the Dj providing Public Liability Insurance and a PAT testing certificate. Ask the DJ about this before booking, do not book a DJ without Public Liability Insurance or PAT tested equipment.
Prices vary depending on what part of the country you are in and what the DJ is providing, but beware, someone offering to do it on the cheap is unlikely to have any insurance, safe equipment, decent sounding speakers, a professional looking set up, legally purchased music or experience (these people are known in the business as sids).