Ask any recently engaged couple and they’ll tell you that wedding planning can feel like a part-time job! From easy choices like picking place cards to tougher choices like selecting a venue, there are hundreds of decisions to make before you say “I do.” One of the most important choices you’ll make between picking your venue and choosing your menu is selecting your wedding entertainment. Because hiring a wedding DJ is different from hiring a caterer or photographer (there’s no tasting or portfolio to flip through), we’ve come up with a step-by-step guide to hiring the perfect wedding DJ in Philadelphia PA.
Step 1: Unleash Your Inner Talent Scout
There’s no better way to find a wedding DJ than by discovering them at a friend’s wedding. Think of yourself as part wedding guest, part talent scout and pay attention to his performance. If you find a DJ who fits your style reach out to the bride after the event or ask the DJ for his card(maybe while you’re requesting a song if you want to be discrete).
Step 2: Request Referrals
Ask all the newlyweds in your life who they used at their weddings. And, be sure to ask on social media – couples who were happy enough with their wedding DJs to reply to your post are ones you want to add to your shortlist.
Step 3: Check Them Out Online
Once you have a shortlist, scope them out online. Using sites like Wedding Wire, you can find the most trusted wedding vendors in Philadelphia PA and read through dozens of reviews. After you’ve done your homework, you’re ready to schedule interviews.
Step 4: Ask the Right Questions
Show up to the interview prepared to ask the most important questions. Here are some questions that will help you decide if a particular wedding DJ is right for you:
- Are you a full time or part time DJ?
- How would you describe your style?
- Do you coordinate lighting?
- Do you have extra features, like photo booths?
- How do you get people dancing?
- What’s your pricing?
- How many hours are included?
Step 5: Lock it Down
Just like with your soon-to-be spouse, once you’ve found the one, there’s no sense in waiting. A great wedding DJ is likely in high demand. If you find the right one, don’t let them get away.
Step 6: Keep in Touch
Once you’ve hired your DJ, stay in touch! The perfect wedding DJ will be happy to answer any questions you have or add new songs to your “must-have” or “do not” playlists.