There is not a more important day in your life than your wedding day. It is a lot of work to pull the days events off. You have so many wedding vendors to search for and book. It is like your own team of people that help you pull off every little detail. You debated on the entertainment and finally decided that you wanted to try and hire a great Wedding DJ to keep the party hopping at your reception. The San Francisco area is known for entertainment and there is no shortage of DJs. The question is, how do you go about finding a really good one that will fit your style. We realize there is a lot to read up on and become familiar with in the new arena. We want to help you as much as possible so we have included some principles and questions that will help you down the road to picking the best possible DJ for your wedding.
We realize that most people are not made of money and a budget must be adhered to as much as possible. But the principle that you get what you pay for is usually true. So, if you can be a little flexible with your price, you will end up being better off in the long run if you truly want quality. Believe us when we tell you that the lowest priced DJ in the San Francisco area will not provide you with the kind of service or entertainment value that you are looking for at your reception. The reception is what most of your guests will remember and you want it to be the blast of the century if at all possible. A professional DJ can help make that happen.
Our first suggestion is to ask around your circle of friends, family and coworkers and see if anyone has experienced a DJ recently that was just amazingly talented. When you get a few names together, call them and find out if they have your wedding date open on their calendar. If they do not, then ask if they have any recommendation of quality DJs that you could add to your list. If they do, ask if you can meet with them. Treat this meeting like an interview. There are questions that you need answers to in order to make an informed decision as to which DJ to hire and this is your chance.
Talk about the kind of events they normally are used to performing at. This is very important because there is a huge difference someone who DJs an event and someone who DJs a wedding. It is a very different animal. If they tell you that they have not performed at a lot of weddings, then you will want to be very wary. In fact, we suggest that if they haven't performed at 25 to 30 weddings, then that candidate is not for you. There is a lot more to working a wedding than just spinning a few records. You are seeking someone who knows how to handle multiple events, knows how to be an announcer, keep the evening on schedule and work with people.
Talk a lot to the candidate about what you have planned for the reception. Ask the potential DJ what they think of your plans and if they have done anything similar. See if they have any suggestions of how they would spice things up. Are they truly listening to you as you are talking? Do you feel like you are being respected? Remember, this is your show, your special day. You want to guard against an egomaniac who is in love with themselves and just loves the way they sound on the microphone. And speaking of which, can they emcee all of your reception events. If they can, then this will keep you from having to hire someone else or give over control to someone in your wedding party which can be a real disaster. We recommend that any DJ that acts like they are only going to be at your wedding to spin records be taken off of your list.
This may seem like a trivial thing to bring up, but it is important to be clear about as many details as possible. Ask them how they usually dress at a wedding. They should be open to your wishes. After all, this isn't karaoke night at the local bar. Make sure you ask them for references. This can really be helpful to be able to call people that have worked with a potential DJ in the past. Make sure you ask about their ability to work with people and if there were any problems at all. In fact, you should ask each candidate if they can provide you with a DVD of one of their wedding performances. At least that way, you get to see how they perform for yourself.
How much do they charge for their services? And this brings us to where we started. Sometimes you just can't get past the fact that you get what you pay for. Especially when it comes to a special event like you are celebrating. Quite often, you will find that professional DJs offer package deals. Weigh this carefully and when you feel you have found the wedding DJ that fits you perfectly, unless the price is way out of bounds, go with what you know you will be satisfied with.