13 Reasons to Hire a Professional Wedding DJ
It’s not fun – it’s work
An amateur, even one who wishes to become a pro, might treat your wedding as just a fun gig. So, if anything goes wrong, he may shrug it off as ‘no big deal’. After all, there won’t be any consequences for the long term – he simply won’t do it again in the future. But for a professional, it’s work. If he does a fantastic job, his reputation will grow, and he’ll get plenty of referrals. Letting even one couple down is not an option. You want your DJ to take your wedding seriously.
It’s not a party of one
A professional DJ plays for the crowd – and that means many crowd-pleasers, and watching the floor. If he puts on a tune and people start leaving, he’ll know exactly what to do to bring them back. With an amateur DJ, it could easily turn into a party for him only. He’ll play mostly the tunes he likes, and when the floor empties, he’ll be wondering ‘where did everyone go?’ and he won’t have a clue why.
Depending on how old you are, you’ve definitely been at a party where a record skips, the tape gets chewed, a CD player goes haywire, or someone’s phone battery simply runs out. An amateur DJ will be lost if something goes wrong – and your dance floor may be left in silence for a few minutes… or until the end of the night. Would you like your guests to all leave at 11pm because there’s no more music? Hire a professional wedding DJ – he knows the equipment and how to fix any hiccup.
Value for money
When you pay your professional DJ, you’re not just getting a guy who pushes the play button. You’re effectively setting up your evening to be successful, fun, and totally unforgettable. When you boil it down to the basic, wedding guests remember three things the most – the ceremony, the food and the party afterwards. A professional DJ guarantees the last part will be an absolute smash, and you won’t find yourself asking ‘what did I pay for?’ as you might with an amateur. Or if you have a friend doing the DJing for free, you may find yourself wishing you had spent the money on a pro, just to avoid a major embarassment.
Huge song catalogue
A professional DJ comes prepared. For every tune that doesn’t work on the dance floor, he’s brought five others to make sure everyone boogies all night long. He’s not frantically searching for songs and downloading them onto his iPhone as the party is going on. He’s also able to take requests – and believe us, people always ask.
Knowledge and suggestions
You can count on a professional wedding DJ to help you build a playlist to end all playlists. For every person or couple who absolutely love music, there are those who can’t name anyone in the current Top 40. That’s why you need a pro. He knows what works. He knows your grandma probably won’t dance to Kanye West. And he knows when to play the Sinatra and the Bieber.
Dependability and insurance
We’ve heard these stories many times – a couple hires a friend to DJ at the wedding. Then, a week before the wedding, the friend cancels. Panic! The reasons may be plenty – they’ve fallen ill, the transport has gone awol… or they’ve simply realised the task is way beyond them. You’re stuck with no entertainment with just a few days to go! Nightmare, right? A professional DJ won’t do this, because he values his reputation. He has a back-up plan for everything – illness, travel delays, equipment failure. He won’t change his mind at the last minute, because he’s a paid professional. And, he’s most likely covered by your wedding insurance too – your policy may not cover friends.
This wedding day you’ve planned happens only once in a lifetime – you can’t throw a repeat next week or next year if something goes wrong. Some things are fleeting, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Perfect entertainment ranks right up there with professional photography and videography. Hire a professional wedding DJ – you simply can’t gamble on things that have a huge bearing on the whole day.
The right attitude and attire
A professional DJ won’t rock up to your wedding in ripped jeans and Sex Pistols t-shirt… but some friends have been known to do that. He’ll look perfect for the occasion, tactfully handle any questions and requests, and will even help keep the mood light in case of any mishaps.
Your wishes matter
We’ve said this many times already, and now is a good time to say it again – if you have a list of songs you don’t want played at the wedding, you should give it to your DJ. You could, of course, give the same to the amateur, but he may not understand the importance of this list, and play something anyway, or even forget about it altogether. Sour moods on the dance floor guaranteed.
If you’ve ever been on a night out and heard something like demolition noise between two songs, that would have been the terrible mixing job. To keep people dancing, tunes have to flow – and this is a skill you just can’t learn in a short period of time. Amateurs who do really well practicing at home are susceptible to stage fright – and that’s why they suddenly sound like amateurs in a big room. Remember those nights when you’ve been out, the tunes were good, but the mixing wasn’t? That’s not what you want people to remember from your wedding – so hire a professional wedding DJ.
Even if you pay a friend to DJ for you, they’re still your friend – which means they’ll feel as much a guest at your wedding as anyone else. This could lead to problems, especially if they have unlimited access to the bar as part of the bargain. And you know what happens when you give the microphone to a person who’s had a few too many… when you hire a professional wedding DJ, this isn’t something you need to worry about.
Aaaaand, while on the subject of the microphone… for most amateurs, speaking and playing tunes is simply beyond their capabilites. Plus, once they get on the mic, they won’t have any idea how they sound within the room – consequently, your guests will be covering their ears at worst, or asking ‘what did he say?’ at best. A professional DJ will talk at the right moments, will say the right things, and – this is very important – with the right diction and manners too.
You may not realise it at the moment but choosing your Wedding DJ is one of the most important decisions you will have to make for your upcoming wedding.
Choosing the correct Wedding DJ can be the difference between ending you night on a high or not.
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There are literally hundreds of songs that are good for the last dance. However, deciding the last song of your wedding night before your wedding day has even arrived can be a difficult task. You don’t know what is going to be happening at the end of the night and who will be there. It might be a good idea to have a couple of last song choices.
There are a few options when it comes to the last song of the night. One option is to end the night on a more traditional song. A song that all generations will know and sing along to such as Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, I’ve Had the Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing, Daydream Believer by The Monkees, Don’t Stop Believing by Journey, New York New York by Frank Sinatra etc. You also have the option of repeating your first dance song. This can be a way to close the night with a song that means a lot to both the bride and groom.
If you have a younger crowd it is best to just let it flow and end the night on a high note. Song examples include Born Slippy by Underworld, Jump Around by House of Pain, I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas, Maniac 2000 by Mark McCabe, Wake Me Up by Avicii, One More Time by Daft Punk etc. Some other examples of popular last songs of the night are Thunderstruck by ACDC, Hey Ho by The Lumineers, Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons, Marry You by Bruno Mars, Never Forget by Take That etc. So in summary you may want to consider picking a couple of options for your last song of the night. If you don’t pick a final song your professional Wedding DJ will have you covered. You never know, the perfect song could pop into your head at the end of the night and you can request it then and there.
1. How long have you been a wedding DJ and how many weddings have you done?
A wedding is such an important occasion, and you don’t want your DJ’s first wedding to be your own. The number of years someone has been a DJ will give you some indication of their experience level.
2. Have you played at our wedding venue before?
Wedding experience is important, and so is familiarity with your wedding venue. Hiring a wedding DJ that is familiar with your wedding venue will give you peace of mind that you won’t have any surprises on your wedding day.
3. Is your wedding DJ insured?
It is absolutely essential that any wedding DJ you consider carries a full liability insurance policy. They should be able to email you a copy of their insurance certificate without much effort.
4. What equipment does your wedding DJ use ?
A good wedding DJ will consistently invest in upgrading their equipment. A good quality sound system is essential. Ask questions about lighting too.
5. Does your wedding DJ carry backup equipment?
Even the very best and most well-maintained equipment can malfunction at some point. Your wedding DJ needs to be prepared in case this happens at your wedding.
6. What if something happens to your wedding DJ and they can’t make it to the wedding?
Despite meticulous planning and preparation, accidents do happen. What is the backup plan? Most responsible professionals have some sort of backup strategy should this situation ever arise, but others do not.
7. How involved can we be in selecting music for our wedding?
Professional wedding DJs have massive music libraries for you to choose from and will gladly allow you to contribute your own music. Contributing your own music should never be a problem.
8. Is a deposit required to secure your booking?
Almost every professional wedding DJ will require some sort of deposit in order to secure your date. A deposit gives you and your wedding DJ a firm sense of professional trust, commitment and well being.
9. Is there more than one DJ to choose from?
Some DJs are single operators and the DJ you deal is the DJ you get. Other DJ services may have several performers for you to choose from.
10. How will your wedding DJ be dressed?
Check what attire your wedding DJ will arrive in. You don't want a DJ to turn up on your wedding day wearing a t-shirt and jeans.