How to Find the Right DJ

by Marcel Lanoux | Nightshift Sounds Entertainment

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime day, and finding the right DJ is essential to having a great wedding reception. Hire the wrong one and it can ruin your whole day, so this really is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during the planning process. It’s definitely not a time for amateurs!

Marcel Lanoux, Nightshift Sounds Entertainment



The single most determining factor in hiring a DJ should be experience. You should always opt for a DJ with years of proven experience, specifically wedding reception experience.

There is a particular flow to wedding receptions and a professional, experienced wedding DJ will know how to execute your timeline and keep your reception moving along seamlessly. There also is nobody that can save your reception faster when something goes wrong. If dinner service is delayed or other glitches happen, a really experienced wedding DJ can save the day. Most of the time your guests will never know there was a problem if the DJ has kept them entertained while the problem was fixed.



Ask your photographer, venue manager and vendors who they would recommend. Here on the Gulf Coast, many vendors frequently see different DJ’s. They will know the best ones, as well as those to avoid. Recently married friends are a great resource too. If their DJ did an awesome job, ask how they found him and if they were happy with their overall experience.

Most importantly, read reviews! See what other couples have to say about their experience. The Knot and Wedding Wire are two of the biggest online resources where you can find vendors and see reviews from recent newlyweds. Both quality and quantity of reviews are a great indicator of a DJ’s professionalism and consistency.



If possible, you should have a face-to-face meeting with your prospective DJ. Remember, the DJ is the face and voice of your reception, so you need to be comfortable and confident in his personality and ability. Is he willing to listen to your ideas and work within your style and taste? Is he friendly and someone you feel will go the extra lengths to make your reception a success? If a personal meeting isn’t possible, then have a phone call at the very least.



Be clear about everything before you make your final decision. Insist on a contract and ask to see a sample. Know what is included in the DJ’s services — travel and set up time, lighting, etc. Ask about backup equipment and what happens in case of an emergency. What is his attire at a wedding? How does he handle guest requests, and what is his formula and approach to mixing music? Ask why he should be the DJ for your wedding.

Congratulations on your engagement and have fun dancing the night away at your wedding!

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