Ask the right questions and see who actually cares about wedding and what they can do to help you.
1. How will the DJ be dressed?
Perhaps it’s just expected that the DJ will put as much effort into their appearance as your guests, but the truth is many DJs think jeans and a t-shirt is suitable attire for your black tie event or wedding. Make sure you are clear of what you’re expecting, and what is acceptable, minimum dress standard.
2. How will the DJ present their set up?
There’s really no need for huge, nightclub style set ups these days -unless that’s the kind of image you’re looking for. Many Djs can set up in an extremely compact manner yet still have all the power you need if you want plenty of volume. Speakers are smaller, cleaner, and less obtrusive. Lighting doesn’t have to be big and flashy. Strobe lights cause medical problems, and smoke machines cause fire alarms to go off. Get photos of their set up presentation.
3. Do you really care what gear they use?
Many DJs like to give you a list of all the brands they use. The truth is that usually only interests other DJs. Denon, Numark or Pioneer CDJ players will make no difference if the dance floor is empty. Pay more attention to the back up they carry - what happens if any of that gear breaks down at your event?
4. Get some sort of contract, or at the very least a confirmation of what they are providing.
Make sure the DJ can supply either a contract, or at least something in writing stating what time they will set up by, what time they start and finish, and any extras they’ve promised such as special lighting, etc. There’s no point trying to convince them on the night of what you thought they said they’d do - get it in writing.
5. Check the little details
Do they know exactly how to find your venue? Are they positive they have the right version of your special song, such as the first dance at a wedding? Email them a map, or have them email you a short sample of the song. Don’t be afraid to call and bug them or send plenty of emails - it’s their job to get things right before they turn up.