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5 STEPS TO SELECT THE VERY BEST DJ FOR YOUR PERSONALITY AND STYLE

STEP 1: FIND A DJ THAT DOES THIS FOR A LIVING

Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT just hire your best friends brother because he will do it for cheap or maybe even for free. The DJ/MC literally plays such a huge role in coordinating your wedding that you do NOT want to leave it to just any Joe Schmo. This is the go to person during your wedding reception that helps coordinate buffet lines, cake cutting, first-dances, garter and bouquet tosses, before dinner prayers, plays requests, helps keep your crowd engaged and has lots of experience at judging and adapting to all crowd types. This is not any easy job.

Not only that, but you want quality equipment and your best friends brother possibly has some speakers and an iPod or a computer. When you hire a professional they will have nice equipment and back-up equipment on hand and will be prepared for situations that may arise. Believe me situations that you will not be prepared for will come up that day. It is inevitable. 

It’s nice to have someone that is able to troubleshoot those issues. Not only that, but they have a lot of experience. 

STEP 2: FIND A DJ THAT APPRECIATES YOUR TASTE IN MUSIC

This is HUGE! I know a few DJ’s that really like Country and they are pretty old school, so they play only Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline albums (and they might even still use CD’s-this makes me cringe!). These giants have a place in history and may even have a place at your reception, but they cannot be played all night when you want your crowd of all ages to be engaged.

An excellent DJ hones his craft and stays up to speed on the popular hits for each genre. He/She should know the greats and the new up and coming artists too.

STEP 3: FIND A DJ THAT REFLECTS YOUR STYLE

So you have a few quotes from a few different DJ’s?

Make sure that you find someone that suits your style by looking at their website and seeing what their brand represents. Does their website say to you that they care about your event, care about looking professional, and having quality equipment?

Or does their website look less than appealing?

STEP 4: DO NOT DECIDE BASED ON COST ALONE

You really have to weigh your options and decide who is ultimately going to be the best fit for you. The cheapest DJ option is most likely NOT the best option for anyone. The most expensive option may not be doable either. So, look for a DJ company that provides excellent equipment and all the add-ons that you are looking for but, find an option that you are able to afford. Keep in mind that the DJ coordinates your entire reception and that this is a HUGE deal. Do not skimp on the DJ! It could make or break your reception. 

BONUS TIP: If you are able to book a few things through your DJ/Event Company, then the price per add-on gets reduced significantly. Some add-ons to consider asking about include photo booths, up lighting, and dance floors.   

STEP 5: FIND A DJ THAT RESPONDS TO YOUR E-MAILS AND CALLS YOU BACK QUICKLY

Being able to ask questions through e-mail or on the phone is virtually priceless these days. Is your DJ able to send and receive text messages? Even better! Communication should be almost instant when you are trying to decide who to use for your big day. You need to know that your DJ understands your vision for the day and is very easy to communicate with going forward in planning your dream wedding!

Written by: Laura Duvall

Lead Event Designer of gMedia Events.

Some of her favorite things include planning her baby's birthday parties, spending time with her entrepreneurial husband discussing ways they can improve their business and being an intimate part of weddings where she can feel the love between the couple!

Find a DJ that suits your style and personality at gMediaEvents.com

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0 # FSPL 2014-07-25 12:40
Perfect blog...
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