We are pleased to welcome Chris Bouchard, Bouchard Entertainment as our guest blogger! He will tell you everything about choosing the right DJ to perform your wedding ceremony or reception. He will walk you through the steps of hiring a DJ for your wedding. This post will help you to be more knowledgeable about how to hire the best DJ.
It’s your turn Chris…
It can feel like you were just in love when you hired a DJ you find interesting. It’s like saying “VOILA!” Not only do they share the same personality, but also understand your vision and your needs. Then, their ability to communicate with you on a professional and personal level. The DJ can make your wedding unforgettable, from the planning to the end of the reception.
As a wedding specialist, I can guarantee that your guests will remember and talk about your ceremony. A friend officiant can personalize your ceremony to make it more intimate and memorable. The DJ will play the music at your reception.
A DJ can make or break your wedding reception. This is well-known. There are many variables that can affect your satisfaction with your DJ, but this is not the right way to talk. Let’s look at 5 things you should consider when selecting a DJ for your wedding.
#1: What’s your budget?
Although your budget may not be the only factor that determines what DJ you can have, it is a good starting point for couples. This will help you to find the right direction. There are numbers online that will tell you about the cost of entertainment at your venue. However, these numbers can be very restrictive. You can only afford $600 to $900 DJs if you spend $6,000 for your barn venue. We’ll talk about the possibility of finding the right DJ for you in this price range, but it is possible.
Start with your friends, and ask them about their spending. You could ask your cousin who attended the wedding, what their DJ cost. Budget is only one aspect of the overall experience.
You should spend time with your DJ in consultations. They should also be available to answer any questions you may have about wedding-related matters. The experience you’re buying is a resource, an expert, a planner and most importantly, someone to ease the stress of planning your wedding. It is crucial to understand what you want, what your needs, and what is important to you in order for you to make the right decision.
#2 Understanding what you want and what you need
It is important to understand your venue and the equipment needed to make music/sound work in multiple locations. Many couples don’t know what equipment they need to ensure a smooth flow of music/sound throughout their wedding. It can be difficult logistics to have your ceremony located 300 feet from your reception. This is also the distance that you will need for your cocktail hour. It is crucial to understand what equipment you require, as time and equipment are both limited.
What do you want for the wedding day?
- Do you want to uplight like your friend’s wedding day?
- Your fiancee/fiancee’s initials are all over the dance floor.
- A cloud dance and a party down the street later?
- Do you want a photo booth or a light show to get your feet moving?
These details will help you prepare for your initial consultation with your potential sydney wedding djs.
#3 Do they have the right equipment… and backup?
You already know what you want, and what you need. Music is essential for your wedding ceremony. Your cocktail hour is approximately 200 feet from the ceremony. Power will be available at the reception venue. You want to add uplighting and a photobooth. You got it. Check.
Questions to Ask Your Prospective DJ about Equipment:
- Are they equipped to handle multiple configurations?
- They will be moving equipment around or will they just be playing music/sound in one continuous stream?
- They will be sub-contracting services like the photo booth.
- – – Do they have backup equipment
- What was the experience like?
Although it’s nice to have backup equipment, if something happens and they have to rush to their van down the street or in the lot, will they have to leave music/sound on the spot while they unplug everything and plug in what they need?
It is important to have everything you need and want. What is their experience with that situation?
#4 Personalities can connect
You will find yourself in uncomfortable situations during the planning process if you don’t feel at ease with your DJ or officiant. Your conversation with your DJ should be easy and pleasant via email, phone or text. The rules for meeting with your potential DJ in person are the same: natural, friendly, and encouraging. If you don’t get along with your potential entertainer, it is time to move on and find another person.
Every DJ is not the right DJ for you. Any good DJ will also know that not all clients are suitable for him. When you feel you have met all the criteria (budget, needs, equipment, personality, etc.), it’s time to…
#5 The Reviews: A Buyers Foundation of Trust
You know what it feels like to buy something from Amazon and not read the reviews? You look at reviews online and search for the return policy. But you find out that many people have the exact same problem as you.
It is important to take care when you hire a wedding professional. Don’t miss this crucial step!
You can read reviews and share your thoughts with family members. Like budgeting, there’s a wealth of knowledge amongst those you know. But what about those you don’t know. They don’t have any vested interests in your wedding, and they will only give honest feedback based upon their own experiences.
Reviews should be easy to find on the internet, but mainly on The Knot, Wedding Wire and Google. These are the best places for you to start!
You feel good about your DJ, and your DJ feels good. It is a good feeling to know that you can trust them because they have a track record of success.
The right wedding DJ for you
You want to feel at ease with the wedding DJ you choose. It is not easy to plan a wedding. Hiring professional vendors can help you take some of the planning off your plate. The right wedding DJ is one who can take on as much or as little as you require. They are easily accessible and have a proven track record of success. They are also able to provide the services, and they have backup equipment. They will provide seamless music for your wedding day.