Before you hire a Wedding DJ or any wedding vendor for that matter, you will want to do your due diligence. If you don't, you are increasing the chance that you will not be happy at the end of your wedding day. Washington DC has some amazing DJs and your goal should be to hire one of them. Unfortunately, there are also some very mediocre and lower quality DJs out there and your goal should be to stay as far away from them as possible. How can this be accomplished. We realize you are probably not a DJ yourself and you might know very little about the industry. That is why we have included some must know questions for you to ask potential wedding DJs when you get a chance to meet them face to face. The answers they provide to these questions will lead you down the path of which one you should hire.
The first thing we want to stress is experience. You just can't beat it and there is nothing to replace it. Find out how many weddings each candidate does per year. If they are going to have enough experience to work out any kinks and to hone their skills, the answer should be 3o to 40 per year. If they tell you 3 or 4, walk away, there is just not enough evidence there for you. You also want someone who considers themselves a professional and not a person that is just trying to fit in a weekend or two here or there on the side.
Ask if they have ever performed at your chosen venue. If they have, this is a great advantage because they have already figured out the pitfalls of the room, they know the floor plan, they understand the traffic flow and more than likely they have a relationship with the people who run the venue. Ask for references. Any quality DJ will have a number of references they can give you. This can be invaluable as you will have first hand knowledge of how the DJ worked an actual wedding. One more little note about venues. They will want any vendors you bring into their location to have insurance so make sure your wedding DJ has proof of insurance.
If you don't have all of your wedding vendors, you might want to ask a candidate if they have a network of people they have worked with in the past. This can be a great source of potential vendors for you. In terms of the fee, you know better than anyone else what you are willing to pay. You will want to budget for each vendor. Ask the candidate what kind of deposit is required to hold your date, when the balance is due, and is there a charge for overtime?
You will want to have a discussion about the order of events. Do you want the DJ to just play music or to also be the emcee for the wedding activities? When it comes to the music, can you choose some of the music that the DJ plays? You will want to get all of the performance details out in the open and make sure you covered everything from start to finish. As you last question, ask why you should choose them over another DJ? Listen closely to the answer looking for their passion and desire to be an artist and to make your wedding great and not just to play a have a paying gig.