10 Tips When Hiring a DJ for Your Wedding or Event

When hiring a DJ for your wedding or special event, be sure to do your homework.  Ask the right questions and check their references.  If you have the opportunity, attend a public performance or at least check out their video highlights.  Needless to say, the DJ can make, or break your special event, so choose wisely.  Here are some great tips to help you choose the right DJ for your next event.

1.  Planning:  A professional DJ will help plan your wedding or event.  From the timeline toDownload your free copy of the Ultimate Wedding Checklist now! music requests and all of the special moments in between.  Remember the old saying; “Failure to plan is a plan to fail“.  Small items are often overlooked and can cause serious problems later on. Lean on the expert advice of a professional DJ to ensure success.

2.  Experience:  Make sure that he or she is not a “newbie”.  You don’t want your event to  be a training session.  A seasoned professional will have the knowledge and foresight to overcome potential problems and deliver a  memorable performance.

3.  Appearance:  Does the DJ represent your style?  Does he or she match your event?  Appearance & personality are key components to successfully connecting with your guests.

4.  Availability:  In addition to booking the date, a good DJ should give you personalized attention.  Your DJ should be available for consultations and be easy to reach via email, phone, text, etc.

Elan, Jeremy, Amberlie5. Focus:   The focus of your event is you.  Your event is not just another stop on the DJ’s personal world tour.  A professional DJ knows that he or she is not the star of the show, but rather an enhancement to the overall success of the event.  The music should be tailored to you and your guests, not the DJ’s personal favorites.  Be careful, some DJ’s are limelight hogs.  The style, energy, volume and activities should all be customized to your wishes.

6.  Interaction:  A good DJ will know how to read and react to a crowd.  He or she will know when to play the right music to keep your guests dancing and to appropriately interact with your guests.   There is a science to “cooking up” the ideal social atmosphere and a professional DJ will know many different “recipes for fun”.

Jeremy-Microphone-BW-250px7.  Voice:  Make sure your DJ is good on the microphone when making announcements.  He or she should have a clear voice and be able to capture the attention of your guests.  Additionally, their personality should compliment yours.  After all, they are a representation of you during the event.

8.  Equipment:  Ask your DJ about their gear.  Most DJ’s will be eager to brag about the quality of their equipment.  You don’t need to understand all of the technical jargon, but pay attention to the level of passion as they describe their components.  Beware if they don’t seem too proud, it probably means that their gear is inadequate.  You deserve a reliable sound & lighting system for your event.

9.  Volume:  Make sure your DJ understands appropriate volume.  In addition to performing at a level that is comfortable for your guests, there are laws regarding noise.  In San Luis Obispo County the law prohibits noise disturbances between 10pm-7am.  The maximum noise level for short-term operation of mobile equipment is 85dbA at the property line (dbA is a measurement of sound pressure level).  A professional DJ should be aware of these laws and should be able to make suggestions for minimizing potential disturbances while maximizing sound effectiveness.

10.  Licensed & Insured:  Professional DJ companies are licensed and insured.  They will be happy to provide you with copies of their policy (Many venues require this now anyways).  Additionally, you might inquire about any other professional organizations that they belong to.  Memberships in reputable organizations are a good sign that you’ve found a real pro!

Hiring the right DJ can make all the difference.  It could be the single most important aspect in the overall success of your event… and you deserve to have a great celebration!

17 thoughts on “10 Tips When Hiring a DJ for Your Wedding or Event

  1. gloria durst

    I like how you say that you would want to consider what kind of experience a DJ has. It would be good to consider how experienced they are when planning the party. My brother is planning an event, so he’ll have to remember to check the experience of the people he hires.

  2. Theodore Winston

    My sister is getting married this fall and she tasked me with finding a good DJ to play at her wedding reception. I agree that a good DJ is someone that could get his audience involved with his performance and interacts with them. I would also take into consideration the age group of the guests, so for that, I’d have to check with both my mom and my sister. Thanks for the great tips!

  3. My Friend's Wedding

    My friend has a desire to rent a dj for his wedding, I will show him this website, because your writing is very helpful! The DJ is very important… more than just holding music with playlists. It is nice to know that he can customize the style and theme of his wedding. Thank you!

  4. Derek Mcdoogle

    You stated that a seasoned professional will have the knowledge and foresight to overcome potential problems and deliver a memorable performance. Last night my best friend finally proposed to his high school sweetheart and they have asked me to be in charge of providing the music for their wedding. I wonder if most DJs have their own style that they like to incorporate into the event or if they can play the music that you have chosen or prefer.

    1. Jeremy Ryan Post author

      Hey Derek. You’re right. Every DJ certainly has their own style, and that’s a good thing! Professional wedding DJs understand that the DJ is NOT the “star of the show”. The newlyweds are the main attraction, followed by family, friends and guests. A good wedding DJ knows how to make the stars shine. Cater to the couple & their guests and you’ll be a success. Congratulations on your friends engagement. Have fun at the wedding. Cheers! – Jeremy

  5. Annika Larson

    My fiance and I are planning our wedding for this summer and we are looking at hiring a DJ. These are some great things to consider for choosing a good Dj that will entertain. As you said, interaction and a good voice are essential to having a good DJ experience at your wedding. We will be sure to remember these tips to hopefully provide memorable entertainment.

  6. Frank Delaware

    A friend of mine is starting to plan her wedding, but isn’t sure how to choose someone to take care of the music. It makes sense that you would want to look at how the Dj looks. It would be nice to have them dress up and match the style of your wedding, like you said.

  7. olivia nelson

    I like your tip on finding a DJ that represents your style. I would imagine that you would want to hire someone who plays the types of music that you like. My fiancee and I are planning our wedding so when we go to hire a DJ we’ll be sure to find someone who matches the style of our wedding.

    1. Jeremy Ryan Post author

      Hi Olivia! Absolutely. A professional DJ will work with you to program a music playlist that is most appropriate for you & your guests. Remember to include music that caters to your guests tastes as well. After all, the more fun your guests have, the more memorable the event will be for you too! Cheers!!

  8. Sarah Anderson

    Indeed, when doing a wedding, you want to check the experience that they have with it. They don’t need to have to have wedding experience specifically, unless you really want them to, but any sort of DJ jobs they have had should do fine more often than not. More important than that though is probably the style. If they don’t have the same style as you, but a lot of experience, then you should look for someone else.

  9. Gregory Willard

    A good friend of mine is going to be getting married very soon, and they don’t know what to look for in a DJ. I had no idea that how the DJ looks and acts are key components to success with your guests. I will have to send the this article so they know what to look for. Thanks.


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