Choosing the right DJ can seem like a tough decision when you’re new to the wedding planning scene. However, don’t despair—there are several ways to go about finding your DJ!
Whichever method you decide to use, make sure that you eventually talk with him/her on the phone or meet for an in-person consultation. You want to get a feel for the person who will be hosting your event and to be assured that you are dealing with a capable businessperson.
Here are some of the most popular and reliable wedding DJ referral sources:
1) Ask a friend which DJ he/she used for his/her wedding
This method will be extremely easy and reliable as long as you actually liked your friend’s DJ and his/her music. If this is the case, you are likely good to go as long as your friend’s DJ is free on your big day. If your friend’s DJ is fully booked, or does not travel to your venue, read on….
2) Ask a friend how they found their DJ
It never hurts to ask how he/she went about booking his/her DJ. You may find that there are more options or websites available to your as a planner. Online sites are probably the most popular for many reasons…
3) Search online for DJ's in your area (or where your venue is located)
There are a variety of websites and search engines that you can use to find a DJ, such as weddingwire.com, gigmasters.com, thumbtack.com, facebook.com, linkedin.com and google.com (or plus.google.com). If you are searching for a DJ in your area, it’s always best to first try DJ’s who appear on Google. These DJ’s have sites that have been recognized as vendors who service your area.
Often times, the major sites, like Wedding Wire and Thumbtack will appear on the search first on the search engine page, but if you continue to scroll to the third, forth or even fifth page, you will start to see links to the websites of DJ’s in your area. These are the websites you are looking for.
Major sites appear before local DJ’s because they have the resources to boost their SEO and advance in the search rankings. These sites aren’t a waste of time, but should be seen as a sort of “last resort” or “reference source.” This is because wedding planners usually feel confused or frustrated by these sites as they offer an overwhelming amount of options. The most useful thing to do is to find a few DJ’s through a local search on google.com and then reference the major wedding sites as a way to get more information, such as reviews and service options, on these particular DJ’s.
4) Ask your vendors/venues
Venues and vendors often times suggest other vendors, such as DJ’s. Some people like working with these DJ’s; however, DJ’s that work with vendors usually cost more, as they frequently pay an incentive to the vendor for the referral. The best thing to do is to get references and check out these “recommended” DJ’s online before booking. It never hurts to shop around!
5) Attend a bridal show
Bridal shows are great ways to be able to meet your DJ and find out what they have to offer. DJ’s tend to feature specials at shows, so that they can book their calendars for the year. Most bridal shows take place during the winter, before a DJ’s calendar is full for the year. If you book your DJ on the day of the show, you are most likely to reserve your first choice of DJ’s.
In the end, there are many ways to find your DJ. Each DJ referral source has its pros and cons; however, at the end of the day, you want to find the DJ who has the experience to keep your event moving smoothly and you and your guests dancing the night away.