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Choosing the right Wedding DJ for your Wedding Day

Updated on April 5, 2011

There are tons of factors to consider when choosing a wedding dj to perform on your big day. For example, how much does it cost? Can you be involved in the music selection? And many other questions just like those. Ryan from Mixing Maryland, a Maryland DJ company that specializes in weddings was nice enough to give me some pointers that I would love to share with you.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary from company to company and from wedding DJ to wedding DJ. One thing is for sure though, you should be cautious of DJ's or companies who are reluctant to being open about their pricing. If they're sketchy about price, just imagine how sketchy they will be when it comes to providing appropriate equipment, showing up on time, and playing the right kind of music.

When it comes to entertainment, you get what you pay for. You're never going to get a good quality DJ who cares about your needs for $250. Then again, some DJ's overcharge, so price isn't the only indicator of a quality DJ.

My advice is to do your research and find a range of prices for DJs in your area so you know what to expect. Then, evaluate the DJs based on references, professionalism, and experience. I would imagine that range will be somewhere around $500 to $2,000. Unless you're made of money, I would shoot for somewhere in the middle, that way you can make sure you're going to get a capable DJ who is really going to do their job, after all you're paying for their experience and know how.

Can I choose my own music?

Sure can. In fact, it's become pretty customary for brides to choose at least part of the music for their wedding and reception. Almost every bride I've ever worked with has asked to choose their own father/daughter dance and couple's first dance music among other important parts of the big day, and I welcome that.

You should be able to do as much or as little of the music selection as you wish. But don't go overboard and choose music for the entire night, after all, that's part of what you're paying for. Make the DJ do the work you've hired them to do.

Can the DJ do announcements and introductions?

Again, this is a pretty common practice in American weddings and every wedding DJ should be familiar and comfortable with providing emcee services for you. An alternative might be to have a family member or friend do the announcements and intros, in which case, just let your DJ know so he or she can make sure they've got a microphone you can use.

What else do I need to know?

Every wedding is different, and for that reason, you'll want to meet with your DJ prior to the event to make sure you're both on the same page and understand all of the details. This is usually done in a consultation, but a second consultation or correspondence through email can always be arranged.

Just remember to have fun!


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