DJ

Up to 7 Hours Non-Stop Music Personal Consultation to agree Music for the Day Professional Sound and Lighting Expert Advice and Event Planning DJ to set up before meal or for Drinks reception (Time Dependent) Use of Professional Sound System for Speeches and Radio Microphone Programmed Music for the Duration DJ can be dressed Black Tie Suit Smart Casual or as Specified Announcement of Bride and Groom For the Meal Entrance Song / Cutting of the Cake

I pride myself on the quality of my events. As a Professional Wedding DJ  I treat every client with the respect and professionalism you deserve. I offer the best quality entertainment as well as superb value. I want to make your event memorable for all the right reasons!

  • I am a totally professional, helpful, polite and courteous at all times.

  • I personalise the setup to you, and your venues needs.

  • I may be recommended by venues, but I work solely for you.

  • All my equipment is professional grade, modern, neat, and maintained.

  • I have back up equipment set up and ready to use.

  • All correspondence is replied to as soon as humanly possible.

  • A friendly, personal and professional service is guaranteed.

Party Service

When it comes to having a great party, a very important factor after the venue selection is the DJ iWedding dj ireland is the perfect man for the job. Why? Unlike other DJ’s out there, Gerry McGee

has invested in quality equipment, lights and even a second audio line to make sure that your party will not get affected by any electrical damages that sometimes may occur at parties. I can be available to you for the whole time running up to your party or event for all last minute changes. The following optional services are available to you:

  • Brand New – State of the art sound P.A. system

  • Professional intelligent Lighting rig Gallery here

  • Wireless microphones can be on hand if required

  • Music – I have an extensive song catalogue so I will always have the right music for your event. I always take requests from your guests and finally, you can give me some do’s and don’ts to ensure you get exactly what you want.

  • Set Up – On the evening I try and set up early this means that you will not have any equipment moving through your venue disrupting the flow of your event.

50 Questions to ask you Wedding DJ

Every wedding day has a soundtrack of its own—from the walk down the aisle to the first dance, the bouquet tossto your final farewell, music helps set the tone for the entire day ... which is why your DJ has such an important role. To help you better vet the candidates, we've compiled this master list of questions to ask wedding DJs and band.

The Basics

First things first, you've got to figure out the basics ... like, is the DJ or band even available on your desired date. The answers to the following questions will help you get a sense of how experienced the candidates are.

1. Is my wedding date available?

2. How long have you been doing this professionally?

Why you need to know this: Obviously, there's a difference between volunteer gigs and legit, paid performances. Make sure your candidates are seasoned so there are no hiccups on the most important day of your life!)

3. How many weddings have you played?

4. How long have you been performing together (if you're interviewing a band)?

5. How many weddings do you do in an average weekend?

Why you need to know this: If the band or DJ is playing 'round the clock all weekend, they're performance might suffer. If they're running on empty, you might want to rethink booking them.

6. Do you perform at more than one event in a day?

7. Will you be the DJ/bandleader personally be playing at our wedding? Which band members should we expect?

Why you need to know this: Bands usually have a roster of performers, and might alternate who's playing based on their availability. If you're choosing a band based because you love one musician or singer in particular, make sure they're the performer who will actually be playing your wedding.

8. Have you done events at my Wedding Venue?

9. What sets you apart from your competition?

10. Can you describe your style?

11. Are there any other services that you provide, such as lighting design or a photo booth?

12. Can you provide me with recent couples that I can contact for references?

The Music

You probably already know a little about the wedding band or DJ since you were interested enough to interview them. Learn more about them and their style so there are no surprises on the big day.

13. Do you have a CD of your music or a video from a prior wedding where you performed?

14. Can you help me choose the music for my processional, recessional, father - daughter dance, etc.?

Why you need to know this: If you're having trouble choosing music for a first dance song or father-daughter dance, etc., a DJ or wedding band tends to know a thing or two about choosing the right music. They can definitely be a helpful resource!

15. How extensive is your music library or song list? What genres can you cover?

16. Do you have a go-to list of wedding songs you play or perform for weddings?

Why you need to know this: Ask them ahead of time if they have a list of songs they recommend playing throughout the wedding. If they leave that list up to you, be sure to provide them with songs you want to get down on the dance floor to before your wedding swings around.

17. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?

18. If the DJ or one of the band members scheduled for my event is unable to perform for some reason, do you have a backup replacement ready to go?

19. Do you take any breaks? How many and when?

20. What music will be provided during the breaks?

21. How many band members will perform that day?

22. Do you act as the emcee and make all of the announcements?

23. How would you define your emcee style?

24. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?

25. Do you take requests from our guests?

26. Can we submit a "do not play" list?

Why you need to know this: you never know what your guests are going to end up requesting. Having a do-not-play list ensures you're not going hear anything you and your new hubby hate.

Pricing and Payment

The price tag is one of the biggest factors in choosing what wedding DJ or band to choose, but it's not as simple as just asking for a price. You need to find out exactly what that price includes. You definitely don't want to discover any surprise fees after you've signed a contract.

27. What's your rate?

Wh you need to know this: When talking about rate, make sure to find out if the rate changes bases on the day (or even time of day) and exactly how many hours that rate buys you. If the rate is in the ballpark (even if it's over budget), great! If it turns out that DJ is the one, you might be able to do a deal.

28. Does that rate include setup and breakdown between ceremony and reception locations? What, if anything, isn't included?

29. How much would you charge for overtime?

30. Are there any additional fees that could accrue that I am not taking into account, like travel expenses or charges for special musical requests?

31. When will I receive a written contract?

32. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?

Why you need to know this: See if you can pay them before (or after) the wedding (Trying to  is chaos — if you can pay them beforehand it's preferable.

33. What is your refund/cancellation policy?

34. How far in advance do I need to book you for my wedding?

35. What information do you need from me before the wedding day?

36. Are you insured?

Why you need to know this: Ideally, your wedding DJ or band will carry liability insurance. It covers any damage that can occur to the performers themselves and the equipment. Many venues require DJs and bands to carry liability insurance, so it's important to know upfront if they have it.

Logistics

Now for the less exciting but still critical details, like power supply and scheduling.

37. Can you provide wireless mics for the wedding ceremony?

38. Does any of your equipment require special electrical outlets that I need to inform my wedding site about?

39. Do you bring backup equipment?

40. What kind of space or stage do you require for the DJ or band? If my site doesn't provide what you need, will you make arrangements for the stage or am I responsible for renting it?

41. Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?

42. How much time will you need for setup, sound check and breakdown on the day of the event?

43. What time will you arrive at the site and when you will you depart?

Why you need to know this: You want to get a confirmed arrival time from them before your wedding, and it should be early enough that the performers have plenty of time to get set up. Also find out when they plan to leave. If you want to have them stick around for the after-party, negotiate this into your contract before the night comes.

44. Will we meet again before the wedding?

45. When is our deadline for submitting our music requests and event details?

46. What will you wear to our wedding?

47. Do you (and each band member, if you're booking a band) require a meal?

Why you need to know this: It's something you need to add on to your budget! This can be a significant cost, especially if you're booking a ten-piece band.

48. What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the wedding?

49. Is there anything we should know about your services that we haven't talked about?

Why you need to know this: At this point, you've probably covered everything, but it never hurts to make sure. Cover all your bases and see if there's anything that's been left out from the wedding DJ or band's point of view.

50. Do you have any questions for us?

Why you need to know this: Now that you know everything you wanted to know, find out if there's any extra info the wedding DJ or band needs.

Now You're Ready to Choose Your Wedding DJ or Band

After wrapping up these questions to ask wedding DJs and bands, you'll know everything there is to know about how your candidates work and perform. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you'll be to make the right decision and find the one for your wedding!

 

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Questions to ask Wedding your Wedding DJ ?

50 Questions to Ask Wedding DJs and Bands

 

 

 

Every wedding day has a soundtrack of its own—from the walk down the isle to the first dance the bouquet toss to your last dance music helps set the tone for the entire day ... which is why your DJ has such an important role. To help you better vet the candidates, we've compiled this master list of questions to ask wedding DJ !!!!!!

The Basics

First things first, you've got to figure out the basics ... like, is the DJ or band even available on your desired date. The answers to the following questions will help you get a sense of how experienced the candidates are.

1. Is my wedding date available?

2. How long have you been doing this professionally?

Why you need to know this: Obviously, there's a difference between volunteer gigs and legit, paid performances. Make sure your candidates are seasoned so there are no hiccups on the most important day of your life!)

3. How many weddings have you played?

4. How long have you been performing together (if you're interviewing a band)?

5. How many weddings do you do in an average weekend?

Why you need to know this: If the band or DJ is playing 'round the clock all weekend, they're performance might suffer. If they're running on empty, you might want to rethink booking them.

6. Do you perform at more than one event in a day?

7. Will you be the DJ/bandleader personally be playing at our wedding? Which band members should we expect?

Why you need to know this: Bands usually have a roster of performers, and might alternate who's playing based on their availability. If you're choosing a band based because you love one musician or singer in particular, make sure they're the performer who will actually be playing your wedding.

8. Have you done events at this wedding venue ?

9. What sets you apart from your competition?

10. Can you describe your style?

11. Are there any other services that you provide, such as lighting design or a photo booth?

12. Can you provide me with recent couples that I can contact for references?

The Music

You probably already know a little about the wedding band or DJ since you were interested enough to interview them. Learn more about them and their style so there are no surprises on the big day.

13. Do you have a CD of your music or a video from a prior wedding where you performed?

14. Can you help me choose the music for my entrance, recessional, father daughter dance, etc.?

Why you need to know this: If you're having trouble choosing music for a first dance song or father-daughter dance, etc., a DJ  tends to know a thing or two about choosing the right music. They can definitely be a helpful resource!

15. How extensive is your music library or song list? What genres can you cover?

16. Do you have a go-to list of wedding songs you play or perform for weddings?

Why you need to know this: Ask them ahead of time if they have a list of songs they recommend playing throughout the wedding. If they leave that list up to you, be sure to provide them with songs you want to get down on the dance floor to before your wedding swings around.

17. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?

18. If the DJ is scheduled for my event is unable to perform for some reason, do you have a backup replacement ready to go?

19. Do you take any breaks? How many and when?

20. What music will be provided during the breaks?

21. How many band members will perform that day?

22. Do you act as the emcee and make all of the announcements?

23. How would you define your emcee style?

24. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?

25. Do you take requests from our guests?

26. Can we submit a "do not play" list?

Why you need to know this: you never know what your guests are going to end up requesting. Having a do-not-play list ensures you're not going hear anything you and your new hubby hate.

Pricing and Payment

The price tag is one of the biggest factors in choosing what wedding DJ to choose, but it's not as simple as just asking for a price. You need to find out exactly what that price includes. You definitely don't want to discover any surprise fees after you've signed a contract.

27. What's your rate?

Wh you need to know this: When talking about rate, make sure to find out if the rate changes bases on the day (or even time of day) and exactly how many hours that rate buys you. If the rate is in the ballpark (even if it's over budget), great! If it turns out that DJ or wedding band is the one, you might be able to negotiate a discount, or increase your budget to be able to use that DJ.

28. Does that rate include setup and breakdown between ceremony and reception locations? What, if anything, isn't included?

29. How much would you charge for overtime?

30. Are there any additional fees that could accrue that I am not taking into account, like travel expenses or charges for special musical requests?

31. When will I receive a written contract?

32. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?

Why you need to know this: See if you can pay them before (or after) the wedding (Trying to dj on the day is chaos — if you can pay them beforehand it's preferable.

33. What is your refund/cancellation policy?

34. How far in advance do I need to book you for my wedding?

35. What information do you need from me before the wedding day?

36. Are you insured?

Why you need to know this: Ideally, your wedding DJ or band will carry liability insurance. It covers any damage that can occur to the performers themselves and the equipment. Many venues require DJs and bands to carry liability insurance, so it's important to know upfront if they have it.

Logistics

Now for the less exciting but still critical details, like power supply and scheduling.

37. Can you provide wireless mics for the wedding ceremony?

38. Does any of your equipment require special electrical outlets that I need to inform my wedding site about?

39. Do you bring backup equipment?

40. What kind of space or stage do you require for the DJ or band? If my site doesn't provide what you need, will you make arrangements for the stage or am I responsible for renting it?

41. Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?

42. How much time will you need for setup, sound check and breakdown on the day of the event?

43. What time will you arrive at the site and when you will you depart?

Why you need to know this: You want to get a confirmed arrival time from them before your wedding, and it should be early enough that the performers have plenty of time to get set up. Also find out when they plan to leave If you want to have them stick around for the after-party, negotiate this into your contract before the night comes.

44. Will we meet again before the wedding?

45. When is our deadline for submitting our music requests and event details?

46. What will you wear to our wedding?

47. Do you require a meal?

Why you need to know this: It's something you need to add on to your budget! This can be a significant cost, only for DJ not a band.

48. What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the wedding?

49. Is there anything we should know about your services that we haven't talked about?

Why you need to know this: At this point, you've probably covered everything, but it never hurts to make sure. Cover all your bases and see if there's anything that's been left out from the wedding DJ or band's point of view.

50. Do you have any questions for us?

Why you need to know this: Now that you know everything you wanted to know, find out if there's any extra info the wedding DJ or band needs.

Now You're Ready to Choose Your Wedding DJ

After wrapping up these questions to ask wedding DJs and bands, you'll know everything there is to know about how your candidates work and perform. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you'll be to make the right decision and find the one for your wedding!

What brides look for in a DJ !!!!!!!

What does it take to get bookings as a wedding DJ? What is it that brides (who we all know call the shots at weddings!) are really looking for when considering someone to book? How can you make sure you do the best job, and so impress brides-to-be who happen to be in attendance, who’ll then remember you when it’s their turn to get married? Here are the qualities you should work on as a DJ that’ll help you get the bookings…

The six qualities…

1. Wedding gig experience

The more wedding gigs you have under your belt, the more confident you’ll be behind the decks. If you’re new to it, get as much experience as you can early on.

Experience is a top priority, with most opting for someone who has extensive experience within the wedding industry. A wedding is unlike any other party, and the DJ plays an important role in setting the tone for the evening. If you’re a DJ without much wedding experience, start building your portfolio as soon as possible – even if it means making slightly less money in the interim. The wider your portfolio, the more likely you’ll be able to secure the next wedding gig you pitch your services for.

2. Preparedness

Being familiar with the venue orientation and equipment is a big plus, especially if the bride tasks you with helping to set up the place.

Brides look for an organised DJ with solid planning skills who come prepared. How will you get ready for their party? Do you have any music-related questionnaires for them to fill in? What do you need to know about the venue and equipment set-up in case the bride and groom ask? The more information you can provide them when you first meet to discuss their big event, the more likely it is that they’ll pick you.

3. A positive personality

Expect requests to flood the DJ booth during a wedding gig. Make sure you’re even more accommodating than usual!

At any wedding, the DJ will spend lots of time interacting with the crowd, taking requests, and entertaining guests – and that means everyone from children to the elderly. Your personality is important to the bride, and she’ll be looking for someone friendly, fun, and confident behind the decks to ensure her guests get the most from the evening’s entertainment. You’ll also want to look your best, so come in attire appropriate for the evening and always have a smile on your face. No frowning the entire night!

4. A truly diverse music collection

You don’t have to carry around truckloads of vinyl anymore. Digital has made creating a diverse music collection more convenient and cheaper than ever, so much so that having a deep library of hits from the 20th century up to the present is required of all wedding DJs today. Don’t get caught flatfooted.

The bride and groom are likely to have different musical preferences, as would their guests. It’s extremely important for the DJ to have a diverse music collection spanning decades as well as genres. The bride and groom will also have specific songs they’d like to be played in addition to their first dance, and it’s your job to find out what these are before the day itself so you can prepare.

5. Crowd reading ability

You’ll be playing to a wide range of guests with different ages, genders, and ethnicities. Make sure you know what songs make them move.

As well as experience, brides will be looking for a DJ with plenty of industry-specific knowledge. What have you learned from previous weddings? Do you know how to get the guests dancing early in the evening, before the alcohol starts to flow? What about when the dance floor heats up and you’ve got both grandparents and great grand kids dancing, how do you handle that? Crowd reading is perhaps the most important skill for a wedding DJ, because it’s what lets him or her understand how to keep the floor going all night.

6. Listening skills

At any wedding, the bride’s the boss (OK, sometimes the groom, too…) This is about them and their special day. Do your best to fulfil their musical wishes, and repeat business from friends and family won’t be far behind.

Above all else, a bride needs a DJ that will listen to them. Couples tend to have a very firm idea about what they’d like their big day (and night) to be like, and they need to work with people who will listen and understand their vision to help them create the wedding they really want.

Finally…

These wedding DJ qualities are just the tip of the iceberg because every potential wedding gig will always be unique, but they’re a great place to start if you want to build your reputation as a professional. If you’re serious about doing it, you might also consider the Digital DJ Tips Complete 21st Wedding DJ guide, that has helped hundreds of wedding DJs get started.

In short though, just remember you’re providing an entertainment service, and the bride and groom are your bosses for the evening, so learn how to truly listen to what they need of you, and then over-deliver and exceed their expectations.

Questions to ask your Wedding DJ !!!!!!!!!!

When it comes to working with vendors for your wedding day, you really want to make sure you hire professionals whose work you like and that you feel comfortable working with. In order to ensure you choose the right vendors for your wedding, you need to be super thorough in your interviews to ensure you're a proper fit for each other. One way to get to the bottom of things is to know which questions to ask each particular vendor, from the photographer down to your wedding DJ.

 

The wedding DJ is one of the very few vendors who can truly make or break your reception. If your DJ is great, the dance floor will be packed and your wedding will be remembered as the most awesome party ever. But a terrible wedding DJ could commit any number of wedding reception sins including playing awful music, boring your guests to tears, being awkward or embarrassing, or the worst: be offensive. So before you sign a contract with a wedding DJ, make sure you’ve asked him or her these important questions:

  • Do you have a written contract?
    As with the rest of your vendors we do NOT require a written contract. 
  • Can we meet the person who will be actually working my event before we sign a contract? If you're working with a DJ company who employs several different DJs, you'll definitely want to make sure you're comfortable with the actual person who'll be at your reception. Do they seem cool, fun, and also respectful? Are they listening to the questions you're asking, and giving you thoughtful responses? Do they seem like someone you could have a fun time with?
  • Will you work with my playlist
    Wedding DJs love to have autonomy and play whatever they want to. But since it’s your wedding, you should get to have input about what gets played and what doesn’t. If you have some "deal breaker" songs, be sure to share them with your potential DJ and make sure he or she understands your wishes.

 

  • Will your equipment allow you to mix one song into another so that there are no breaks in between songs?
    One of the top reasons to hire a wedding DJ rather than just an ipod is that they should be able to provide a seamless flow of music. If they can't, it's time to look elsewhere.
  • Will you take breaks? If so, what happens during the breaks?
    Again, unlike a band or an iPod, a DJ should be able to have a seamless flow of music with no breaks. 
  • Will you take requests during the wedding?
    Some wedding DJs love requests, while others don't like having to hunt for an obscure song or interrupting their playlist.
  • Will you act as emcee and announce the cake cutting, first dance, toasts, etc? Can someone else act as emcee if you don't provide these services?
    Most DJ's are used to making these types of announcements, but if you want a more personal touch you may want to ask your father or another charismatic person to act as emcee. Sometimes even the wedding planner will step in if the wedding DJ doesn't make announcements, so there are always options to consider.
  • How many weddings do you DJ each year? Will you have another event on the same day? 
    Since DJs often work corporate events, bars, bar mitzvahs and birthday parties, you want to make sure he or she is comfortable with weddings and the higher level of sophistication they require. You'll also want to make sure there aren't any possible scheduling conflicts as a result of having multiple events booked for the same day.
  • Have you worked at our reception site before?
    If he or she already knows the setup and staff there, it can make things more seamless on the day of the wedding. It's not necessary, but it's nice to have that reassurance that your wedding DJ is familiar with the layout and setup. 
  • What sort of equipment do you use? Do your prices include the sound system, speakers, wireless microphone for the toasts, etc?
    You'll want to make sure he or she has the necessary equipment required to fill your event space with sound. Each of these extras can add up quickly. Your event space may already have them available, but it's good to have backups in case of equipment failure.
  • What do you do if nobody is dancing?
    If for any reason your guests aren't feeling the musical selections, how does the DJ handle it?
  • How current is your music collection? 
    Does he or she have access to the newest music? Do you want the newest pop hit played at your reception or do you just want to stick to your old favorites? 
  • What if we really want to hear songs that aren’t in your music collection?
    If for some reason the DJ doesn't have some music or songs that you really love, will he be able to acquire it or is that not possible?
  • Will you advertise your services to our guests? Will you be discrete?
    Your wedding is a job, not a networking opportunity. You want to make sure the DJ you're working with doesn't seem sleazy or slimy, or like he'll be looking for his next job while in the middle of working your wedding.
  • What do you wear as a wedding DJ?
    You'll want to ensure that your wedding DJ is dressed appropriately for the formality of your big day. No blue jeans or Hawaiian T-shirts, right?
  • Can I see a video of you playing at a wedding?
    Ask to see footage of your DJ working at a wedding so you can get a feel for his or her style, personality, and character. 

Booking Your Wedding DJ? Questions To ASK!

1. Is this your full-time business? Are weddings your primary focus? What clubs, lounges, and corporate clients have you performed for in addition to weddings?

Determine whether they are a well-rounded, successful entertainer who can bring a level of expertise and versatility to your event. "You want to ensure that your DJ isn't a one-dimensional part-timer, but a true performer whose had varied and extensive experience performing in front of different (and tough) audiences," said DJ Kev Sakoda. It's fine if your prospective DJ mainly focuses on weddings—DJ Vito Namio performs at well over 100 per year—as long as they squeeze in some time for other types of parties as well. 

Beware if a potential DJ bad-mouths former clients (whether they're corporations or individual brides) or their competitors. My fiancé Jason and I once met with a vendor who told us about an event that "wasn't his best work" because the client was a huge bridezilla! This made us wonder: Who's not to say he wouldn't whisper about that crazy-demanding web editor from Bridal Guide afterwards?

2. How do you customize the music experience for each couple? Can you help with song lists and providing suggestions?

Find a DJ who will create a soundtrack for your wedding that is based on your style, taste, and vision for that day. "One size does not fit all—if your desire is to have a mosh pit at your wedding, then you will need to deliver that and anything else you want, for that matter," said Sakoda.

A skilled DJ will gladly accept your must-play and do-not-play lists, no matter how short or long. Namio tells his brides upfront that they are in control of the music that will be played and they need to allocate time to work with him to ensure smooth timing for their event.

"All of the aforementioned can only be achieved with an entertainer who is flexible and willing to listen. It's easy to come up with lists of songs to play—determining the placement of the music (e.g. cake-cutting and bouquet toss) and how it fits into unique themes is the real challenge," said Namio. 

3. How do you get the crowd pumped?

There are all kinds of incentives that DJs use to encourage guests to storm the dance floor, whether it's asking couples to join the newlyweds for a good-luck dance or playing a meaningful throwback song from the bridesmaids' college days.

Ask them how to get the crowd pumped, but, more importantly, listen to their music demos or watch wedding performances to get a sense of how they will interact with your guests in person. Interviewing prospective DJs is certainly helpful, but hearing them in action will really seal the deal.

"You want to make sure your DJ understands how to read a crowd, build up the energy and then keep it up. There should never be a lull—your DJ needs to have the ability to blend all sorts of genres to accomodate everyone and keep them on the dance floor," said Sakoda.

4. How do you handle song requests?

"There could be instances where the client directives are diametrically opposed to the guest requests. How a DJ strikes a balance to deliver on the couple's desires—while still satisfying the guests' requests—determines the skill and experience of the DJ," said Sakoda.

Some DJs (with the permission of the newlyweds) may tell partygoers that they need to stick to their playlist, but they'll do their best to fit in their song, while others will appoint a bridesmaid or relative to screen particular requests (so that the DJ doesn't need to interrupt the new Mr. and Mrs. mid-dance).

5. Can I hear some examples of mixing and blending different tracks?

When mixing is done correctly, you probably aren't even aware of it. The DJ should be able to blend between songs seamlessly; you don't want guests to become bored by a ten-minute long Queen rendition! However, when this technique is performed incorrectly, you'll be able to discern it instantly: "When there is no mixing or blending, there is awkward silence between songs (it's the same thing as your iPod)," said Sakoda.

6. What sound equipment do you utilize? Do you have back-up equipment?

DJ equipment is just as important as musical instruments. "Turntables allow the DJ to have hands-on control of the music and the ability to manipulate it instantly. A simple touch can change the sound, speed, and tone," said Sakoda.

Ask if your DJ is certified and knows all of the ins and outs of connecting a system. "We allow our equipment to operate without overdriving it, which is when guests start to complain about it being too loud (sometimes referred to as 'muffled' sound). When I play at a wedding, you will hear every word, nice and crisp, at a moderate level; I guarantee guests will still be able to talk at their tables while others are showing off their latest moves on the dance floor," said Namio.

Backup equipment is also essential: DJs should always have the equivalent of a "flat spare" on hand, whether it be a microphone, computer, mixer, etc. Don't forget to ask how soon before the reception they plan to arrive and how long it will take for them to set up.

7. Have you played at our chosen wedding venue before? If not, can you make a site visit beforehand?

The sound varies drastically depending on the room where your reception will be held. Don't underestimate the importance of a site visit: The lighting technician at my wedding reception told me that they've had crises with brides who chose DJs that didn't know how to work the room's acoustics. The sound on the microphones was so poor that the tech couldn't understand the garbled instructions through his earpiece!

Namio recommends that brides ask prospective DJs if they can set up appointments to visit such locations. "This allows us to become acquainted with new staff members, learn their rules for vendors, and plan correctly for providing the correct equipment for acoustics and lighting design. At the same time, we offer to provide these establishments with insurance certificates and updated company information. With these steps, they know we mean business," said Namio.

8. Do we have our choice of DJs to select from, or is one automatically assigned to us depending on date availability? What happens in case of an emergency?

"We believe choice is important: No two weddings are alike! You should have a choice of top DJs that fit your style and personality, and have the proper experience and skill for your wedding," said Sakoda.

Namio agrees: "I personally spend quite some time with my clients to answer their concerns in detail and make suggestions when called upon. In turn, they learn more about my experience and everything I bring to the table. Now, imagine investing all of this time and not being their MC/DJ on their wedding day!" he said.

It happens more often than you'd think: At one meeting, a sales rep tried to us to sign a contract before we even met with our prospective DJ! He happened to be in the building that day, so Jason and I got to say hello briefly, but the company's impersonality still rubbed us the wrong way.

9. What other services do you offer (e.g. lighting, HD video screens)?

Some DJ packages come with extra services such as intelligent lighting and video screens. "Next to lighting, video screens are our most requested option. I like to explain it as personalizing your day: Imagine watching memories roll by on the screens while you're sharing that first dance. Then, you can add a few photos to enhance the parent dances as well," said Namio.

Remember to get any details clearly outlined in your contract. Also don't feel pressured into signing up for extra amenities if you don't need them. When I told one DJ that my venue came equipped with intelligent lighting, he told us their lighting was still necessary for a true "club-like" experience. Next!

10. Why should I choose you as my wedding DJ?

I always like to throw in a curveball to see what they consider to be their best attribute: Is it their amazing sound equipment? Their can-do-anything personality? Or is it their professionalism and dedication towards making your wedding a success? Hopefully, all of the above! 

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