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Hiring a wedding DJ is always a great idea and will really liven up your wedding ceremony and reception! Here’s an in-depth walk through of the process of hiring a DJ.
More than one-third of all couples (36 percent) have opted for customized entertainment for their wedding over the last few years, and the trend is expected to grow.
One of the best ways to get a personalized experience for yourself and your guests at your wedding reception is to invest in the right wedding DJ.
Not sure what to look for when shopping around for a Sacramento wedding DJ?
Read on to learn about the steps you should take to find the perfect person to help you celebrate your special day.
1. Consider Their Specialties
The Sacramento area is one of the highest-paying areas for DJs, and there are more than a hundred different DJs and announcers in the area for you to choose from.
If you want to find the right one for your wedding, start narrowing them down based on their specialties.
Look for a DJ who offers weddings as one of their primary options. This is a sign that they likely have a lot of experience and will make your reception an event to remember.
DYNAMIK TIP: Be sure to ask your potential DJ on how they handle the wedding ceremony from start to finish. If they can’t describe it in such a way that makes you feel like you just got married, then move on.
2. Consider Their Reputation
When it comes to finding the best wedding DJ in Sacramento, it’s a good idea to do some research and learn about their reputation. Look for reviews and testimonials from their past clients and see what they had to say about their experience.
DYNAMIK TIP: If you are searching Yelp for local wedding DJs in your area, be sure to read the Not Recommended Reviews as well. These are typically perfetly normal reviews, but for algorithms known only to Yelp, they get placed in this category.
3. Ask About Their Experience
Find out how long the DJ you’re considering hiring been working in this field. You should also ask what kind of events they work at most often and which ones they enjoy the most.
DYNAMIK TIP: Just because a DJ tells you that they have been DJ’ing for over 10 years, be sure to ask them what equipment they used 10 years ago and how is performing as a wedding DJ differenet now than 10 years ago. You should get a very good, detailed answer. If it sounds wishy-washy, it probably is.
4. Meet the Person Who Will Work Your Wedding
If you’re working with a larger agency, there may be lots of DJs who work together. Before you decide to go with that agency, ask to meet the DJ who will be working at your wedding. This helps you get a better idea of what to expect on your wedding day.
DYNAMIK TIP: If you are out of the area, at least setup a Skype or FaceTime meeting.
5. Learn Their Pump up Strategy
Ask the DJ what they do to at the weddings they work to help get the crowd excited. Wedding guests can sometimes be a little hesitant to get up and dance, but the right DJ should be able to encourage even the most reluctant groups.
DYNAMIK TIP: “Pump Up” means something different to everyone. The DJ should be able to explain how they get your guests out on the dance floor to begin the party, and how they also get different age groups out on the dance floor at the same time.
6. Review Their Contract
Always ask to see a copy of their contract before you agree to anything.
Go over it carefully to ensure you understand the terms and conditions. Be sure to ask questions if you need to have anything clarified, too.
This way, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting on your wedding day.
DYNAMIK TIP: The DJ should allow you at least 3 days to look over the contract and address any questions or concerns. If the DJ is pressuring you to sign the contract right away, run.
7. Find out What Makes Them Different
Be sure to ask your potential wedding DJ what makes them different from their competitors.
Find out what they have to offer that other DJs in the area don’t. For example, do they provide other services, such as a wedding photo booth or special wedding lighting?
This can help you narrow down your options and make the right choice for your wedding.
Hire Your Wedding DJ Today
The process of finding a good wedding DJ for your special day might seem intimidating at first.
DYNAMIK TIP: Every person has their unique personality. Be sure to chat with your potential DJ about life in general and get a good feel for their thoughts and beliefs. You may be concerned about saving turtles and the potential DJ may be laughing how he/she loves throwing plastic straws in the ocean. No bueno.
If you follow these wedding tips, though, you’ll be able to find the right DJ to help you have a reception that people talk about for years to come.
Are you ready to hire a DJ in the Sacramento area? If so, contact us at DYNAMIK Entertainment today.
We’ll help you schedule a no-pressure, obligation-free consultation to learn more about services and find out if we’re the right fit for you.