Wedding DJ Tips All Brides Should Know

Wedding DJ Tips All Brides Should Know

From speaking with lots of Brides and Grooms, we know that booking a Wedding DJ can feel like an incredibly daunting task. No need to panic! We’ve laid out our Top Toast Tips to get you started…

Photo: Hana Venn Photography

1. Experience

Always ask a DJ about their experience, taking note of the length of time they have DJ’ed professionally, the regular venues they play in, any specialisms they might have different musical genres. 

Ask for samples of their work to listen to and notice their understanding of equipment, venue logistics and timings on the night, - experienced professionals will be unfazed, having extensive knowledge and confidence in all these areas.

2. Recommendation

Good Entertainment Agencies will have done most of the hard work for you, having already vetted the DJs they hire out to ensure they are of a high standard. 

But, do always get recommendations from trusted venues, other wedding suppliers, family and friends who may have used an Entertainment Agency before or even booked a DJ directly. 

Ask for their opinions based on their own experiences remembering that word of mouth recommendation is probably the most reliable way to sieve out any duffers. 

Using a brilliant local DJ could save you travel/time and accommodation costs compared to shipping someone in from further afield - ask your top local venues - they will know of the best talent around.

3. Pricing

Wedding DJ pricing will depend on the equipment provided, length of set-times etc. Beware if you have had at least three like-for-like quotes and one price seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

You want your guests to leave your wedding remembering the party for the right reasons(!), so don’t scrimp on your entertainment as this will be their lasting memory of the day. 

Between 10-20% of your wedding budget is a good guide of how much to allow. Don’t be afraid to ask to see any testimonials, reviews, or awards the DJ might possess.

4. Personality

It is always worth arranging to meet your DJ or at least chatting with them on the phone before confirming your booking. 

Personality is an important thing - you want to like your DJ, feel comfortable with their attitude and confident of the service that they will provide.

5. Venue

It is always beneficial to use your Wedding Venue’s recommended Entertainment Supplier as they will already be confident with the available space, dancefloor, access for set-up and pack-down, sound restrictions, timings and general logistics. 

Having experience of your venue’s typical wedding timings should ensure a smooth operation from start to finish and take the worry from your shoulders.

6. Equipment

Always check what lighting and sound equipment your DJ package includes. 

Consider the following to ask about; DJ booth, speakers, moving-head lights, mirror-scanners, laser lights, uplighters, disco ball, hazers, dance floor, light-up letters...

Before booking check that your venue can allow for the power requirements.

7. Contract

Signing a contract will ensure that you can lock the performer into a date and prevent them from accepting a competing gig and where you can agree the DJ’s time slot. 

A contract can also help provide protection from cancellations and "Acts of God" should there be any and spell out all the details of what’s included in the booking. 

Such details might include; contact and venue details, travel and accommodation arrangements, access and parking info, meals & drinks provided, dressing-room details, DJ insurance, lists of equipment provided, set timings and songs played.

So there you are. 

Do your research and ask the important questions and you should be guaranteed to find the perfect DJ for your Big Day! 

We’d love to help with your search so why not pick up the phone and call us…

Call Toast DJs: 01243 937 138

What's included with Toast DJs?

Toast DJs are recommended by the following Wedding Venues, as shown in the above images: 

Southend Barns

Upwaltham Barns

Goodwood House

Russets Country House

Posted 05 March 2020 by Nathan Evans

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