Best Wedding DJ: Looking for the best wedding DJ for your upcoming wedding? Of course you are! We’ve never heard anyone say, “I really want to hire a DJ who is just okay for my wedding.” We’ve also never heard anyone say, “I’m so glad we booked the cheapest DJ possible for my wedding!” 🙂
Most people want to hire the best wedding DJ who also meets their wedding budget and their wedding vibe. Here are 5 tips
1. Hire the Best Wedding DJ You Can Afford
People often believe the saying “you get what you pay for.” Most of the time, this is absolutely true. However, we’re not saying that a good DJ cannot be affordable. Affordable does depend on what you’re comparing it to, though.
A DJ company that charges $1200 for 4 hours is certainly more affordable than a wedding DJ company that charges $5000 for 4 hours. Yes, there are wedding DJs in the Austin area who charge that much. Notice that we are saying “affordable” and not cheap. There is a big difference.
2. Don’t Choose the Cheapest Anything
The point we’re making is that we suggest you hire wedding DJs who are best for your vision and also within your budget. Sure, you can opt for the cheapest wedding DJs available, and then use the savings to spend more elsewhere. However, we highly recommend that you don’t do this. Your wedding DJ is very important to your overall experience.
As we mention on our home page, many couples regret not spending more on their wedding DJ (according to a survey of over 700 couples done by Brides). Read the Biggest Spending Regrets article for more info. We also suggest not going with the cheapest vendor for anything for your wedding day.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You want to look back and remember the great experience with no regrets.
3. Read Current Reviews
We highly recommend looking at reviews, especially reviews within the last 3-6 months. Reading the reviews will help you understand what real clients are saying, as opposed to what the DJ tells you. Be sure to read them on a variety of sites so you can check for consistency.
One thing to note is the most recent reviews matter most. This will tell you how the DJ or DJ company is performing now. Sure, you can go back and read all the reviews, but recent reviews are the most important. We don’t recommend only reading the reviews listed on the DJ’s website reviews page. This page will certainly only have the best reviews on there, which may not give you an accurate picture.
4. Stalk Your DJs
We’re joking about stalking, of course. 🙂 However, we highly recommend checking out their reviews, and looking at your DJ’s social media pages. Also, feel free to simply do a google search for the DJ or the DJ company. You may find more relevant info.
Look at what’s on their social media pages. Is it consistent with what they’re telling you? Social media is controlled by an individual or company, but you’d be surprised at how some DJs forget that their clients will also check their social media profiles. We’ve seen some highly questionable posts!
5. Ask Your Wedding DJ the Right Questions
Now comes a very important part of the process. Now that you’ve read the reviews, visited their social media, and possibly listened to some of their examples or watched videos, you’re ready for the final step. All of these other steps are often done without the DJ even knowing you’re interested in hiring them. 🙂 It’s time to email your DJ and start a conversation about what you’re looking for.
First, narrow down your list to your top 3-5 favorite DJs or DJ companies. Then, draft a general email to your DJ company that gives them the basic info. Be sure to include the details that they’ll need in your email. The wedding DJ will need to know: date, venue/location, services needed (DJ for the ceremony and reception, or just the reception, photo booth, lighting, etc).
After the DJ replies, the DJ will likely ask you a few more questions to clarify your needs and get all the relevant details. Once they get all the info and give you a quote, it’s now your turn to narrow down your list. You’ll likely have a variety of price points, so your budget may already filter out some of your choices. Now, the last step is to get more details about your wedding DJ. We created our FAQ page to help you do exactly this.
Use our FAQ to Choose the Best Wedding DJ
Visit our frequently asked wedding/event DJs questions page to find out important information and compare your list of DJs. Simply copy/paste all of the questions (and erase our answers). This is a great way to figure out the differences among DJ companies and who will best meet your needs. There are 26 questions, but you obviously don’t have to ask all of them. Just copy/paste the ones you need.
We hope these 5 tips will help you choose the best wedding DJ for your wedding day. There are certainly more things to consider, but these 5 tips are very important considerations. The good thing is, these tips don’t just apply to wedding DJs. You can use these tips to help you select all of your other wedding vendors, too!
If you’re having trouble and don’t know where to start, we recommend just doing a quick search on Google or whichever search engine you use. Simply type in “wedding DJs” followed by your city. If you’d rather not filter through the list of results, you can also visit The Knot or Wedding Wire sites and look through their listings of wedding DJs in your area. You’ll see reviews, company info and more.
What are your thoughts? We’d love to hear from you. Leave us a comment or send us an email with your thoughts/feedback!
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