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Dance at your wedding

If I hear that song one more time?! We’ve all heard that statement haven’t we? There are songs that have been placed on the “do not play list” over the years, while our favorites bring back great memories. That list should be played at your wedding.

Providing a play and do not play list makes your DJ’s job easier. It allows them the opportunity to play music within your style and genre while also incorporating other great selections in the mix. Great music will liven up your celebration and create a lasting fun experience for you and your guests. In order to ensure that your DJ kicks off the party right, ask some questions to help you make your final decision to hire them.

How much backup equipment do you provide for each event? A blown speaker is an unfortunate situation. However, they do happen. A professional and experienced DJ set up and test their equipment prior to the start of your event, and should always have backup equipment should any malfunctions occur.

 How many weddings do you DJ per day? Most wedding vendors charge an overtime fee. DJs are no different. If a DJ takes more than one wedding, how can they guarantee they’ll be on time for your evening wedding if they have an afternoon affair, and are asked to stay later? Make sure to get all setup times in writing in your contract. Be careful about hiring a one man team that takes on too many jobs in one day.

 How many weddings do you do per year? Obviously more weddings and events mean more experience, and hopefully very happy clients. Ask for a list of previous clients and call them.

Can I see you perform at an event prior to hiring you? This is especially important if you’re working with a DJ company with multiple DJ’s. You’ll want to see the DJ that is playing at YOUR event. Even if the company only has one DJ, see them in action and pay close attention to how they interact and amp the crowd.

Do you also provide MC services? Is there an additional fee for this service? Many wedding and event DJs have package that include both services. The DJ will make or break your party so make sure that they are great at getting the party started and keeping guests entertained.

Do you provide lighting? Lighting and special effects add to your theme and/or overall ambiance. If your DJ does not provide lighting, hire a professional lighting company. Tagas Event and Productions and Kaleidoscope are great lighting companies in or around the Orlando area.

Do you have clean versions for all of your music? Some venues will not allow profanity or explicit lyrics to be played at their location. And, there’s nothing worse than listening to a song and catching every other word because all of the naughty stuff is being bleeped out. Keep your song selections clean and prevent the chance of offending a guest.

 Do you specialize in a specific genre of music, or can you play a variety? Some DJ’s specialize in Latin or different cultural type of events, and feel very comfortable playing great mixes in that genre. However, having a great overall mix is important to entertain the majority of your guests, both young and old.

How many years have you been in business? Experience allows your DJ to know how to feel the audience’s vibe and motivate them to get up and dance.

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