Disc jockeys (DJ’s) were introduced to weddings in the mid 1980’s slowly replacing live music and providing a greater variety of recorded music at a lower cost.
The role of a professional wedding DJ is to select, cue and play an enjoyable variety of wedding reception music for the bridal audience.
The genres of wedding music a DJ can play at your wedding includes:
- Top 40’s
- 80’s Dance
- 80’s Rock Ballads
- Classic Rock
- Piano Instrumentals
- Slow Dance
- Sing-along Songs
- Group Dance Songs
- Folk Music
Benefits of hiring a Wedding DJ
- Many DJ’s are affordable compared with live music
- Access a broader selection of music
- Can usually play any requested popular song
Questions to ask a Wedding DJ
How much experience do you have?
Experience should not be measured in years alone. You ought to consider the number, size and type of weddings the DJ has serviced. Read testimonials and watch segments of recent wedding videos the wedding DJ has provided music for. The appearance, confidence and demeanor of the DJ will also influence your final decision.
How current is your music collection?
Whilst there’s usually no shortage 80’s music in any DJ’s collection it’s important to know if your DJ carries the latest club music, Top 40’s, or a specific genre of music such as Jazz.
Can you work with my playlist?
Whilst professional wedding DJ’s are generally skilled at prescribing the right music without direction it’s important to know they’re prepared to talk you through the wedding playlist and play all of your song choices.
If you don’t have song choices to share, than it’s a good idea to discuss which of the aforementioned genres of music you’d like to assign to each of the following stages of your wedding, and not limited to:
- Bridal Party Introductions
- First Dance Songs
- Father and Daughter Dance
- Mother and Son Dance
- Family Dances
- Wedding Party Dance
- Bouquet Toss
- Garter Toss
- Cutting of the Cake
- Last Dance
- Meal Times
How do you get people dancing?
Find out what proven strategies the DJ can employ to get people dancing at your wedding.
Can you provide an emcee service?
DJ’s can make general announcements regarding introductions, cutting of the cake, first dance, toasts and more. Check with your DJ to see if they provide an emcee service, and if so, at what cost.
What will you wear at my wedding?
It’s imperative that the wedding DJ is dressed appropriately at your wedding so be sure to provide dress requirements and you may also ask for photos of weddings the DJ has featured in.
Does the cost include sound equipment?
Verify whether the total cost of the wedding DJ service includes the sound equipment. You may also want to find out what additional sound equipment options can be provided for your wedding day.
What sort of lighting and FX equipment do you have?
Some DJ’s travel light with the just the right equipment to play your wedding music, and that’s it. If you’re after a little more, you should ask whether they provide additional wireless microphones for speeches, lighting, smoke machine and other FX equipment.
What time can you arrive at the wedding reception to set up your DJ equipment and speakers?
It is best for the wedding DJ to setup as early as possible allowing enough time for the DJ to test all the wedding DJ equipment from sound to lighting equipment. Organise an early arrival of your DJ.
Is your music provided in digital format?
Although vinyl has a nice crackle to it, as with tape a hiss, digital music is preferable for a cleaner quality sound. Check with your DJ to ensure digital wedding music is offered.
For greater peace of mind, consider reading local reviews about the wedding music services provided by the wedding DJ.