A wedding DJ can help to make or break your wedding reception. A great wedding DJ will get the crowd up off their feet and on the dance floor where they can enjoy themselves. If you are looking to hire a wedding DJ, it is best to watch the DJ and see them in their element. However, that is not always possible. If you are are looking to hire a wedding DJ and you are unable to watch what they do before hiring them, here are a few questions to ask them to help decide if they are ideal for your wedding.
What Type of Equipment Do You Use?
One of the questions to ask a DJ is what type of equipment they use. Some DJs simply plug an iPod or computer into the wall and let the music resonate through the room. Others go all out and have actual vinyl that they spin, mixing tables, and effects that set the ambiance in the room, including a disco ball, mirror ball, and smoke machines. Asking what equipment they use will help give you an idea as to what to expect from the DJ you pick.
How is the Play List Determined?
Another important question to ask a wedding DJ you are considering hiring is how the play list is determined. Some DJs ask you to supply them with a complete song list. Others have tried and true songs that they go to and use. They may only ask you to supply the song list for important dances, such as the father/daughter dance and the first dance between the bride and groom. Other DJs take requests from the crowd as to what they want to hear. There is no right or wrong when it comes to this. It is simply a matter of preference.
How Do You Get the Guests Involved?
The last question to ask a DJ you are considering hiring for your wedding is what steps they will take to get guests involved if the guests are just sitting in their seats. Some may have a dance contest, some may have a go-to song to get the guests up and dancing, such as the chicken dance or YMCA, or some may sit back and let the wedding party take the lead and encourage guests. You can't force guests out on to the dance floor, but a great DJ can find a way to ensure your guests are not bored and feel welcome on the dance floor at your reception.
If you want your guests to get out of their seat and dance at your wedding, the DJ is important. Asking these questions may help you hire the one that is right for your event.