16 Questions To Ask Your Wedding DJ

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We found this article online that asked many of the questions we suggest our customers to ask prospective djs. These question can help you to understand the level of professionalism and how easy the DJ will be to work with. Please see if you agree with these questions, and leave a comment below if would change anything on this list.

Here are 16 questions you might want to keep in mind when interviewing your wedding DJ:  (Source: Brideways.com)

  1. How long have you been a DJ (click here – for New York DJs) and how many weddings have you done?
  2. Will you have multiple gigs on my wedding day?
  3. What makes you different from your competitors?
  4. Have you played at the reception site already?
  5. Will you serve as an emcee during the reception?
  6. Can I provide you with list of “Do Not Play” songs?
  7. Do you take requests from guests?
  8. How often do you take breaks?
  9. Do you bring all of your own sound, wiring and lighting equipment?
  10. What will you wear at the wedding?
  11. Do you have any references?
  12. Are you insured?
  13. What is the back up plan if you are ill or there is an emergency on my wedding day?
  14. What is the deposit required to reserve you for my wedding date?
  15. When is the final balance due?
  16. What is your cancellation policy?

Being informed and having good communication with your wedding dj (click here for our national DJ services) ahead of time can save you a lot of headaches and worries.  We would love to hear from you.

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Real DJs: Most Requested Party Songs

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The variety of music requests a mobile gets its unreal. From old to new from country to Dance, our djs get asked to play everything.

The Summer of 2016 has been a fun year for making a mix for the dance floor.

Here are some of the top 5’s from a recent Billboard article online.

DJ Blair, Nashville Party Authority
50 Cent, The Clash, and Louis Armstrong make strange bedfellows in this eclectic grab-bag of sounds.

50 Cent, “In Da Club”
The Clash, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
Louis Armstrong, “La Vie en rose”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Elton John, “Tiny Dancer”

Jimmy Harris, DeepBlu Entertainment
’80’s classics and viral hits “Watch Me” and “Hit the Quan” are the standouts from the Nashville wedding DJ’s most requested tracks.

iHeartMemphis, “Hit The Quan”
Cyndi Lauper, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
The B-52s, “Love Shack”
Silento, “Watch Me”
Queen, “Another One Bites the Dust”

DJ Mike Walsh, Amp’d Entertainment

The Atlanta spinner specializes in mash-ups that throw seemingly divergent songs into a sonic blender for dancefloor-filling results.

50 Cent vs. Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive In da Club”
Taylor Swift vs. Nelly, “Shake Off The Country”
Pharrell Williams vs. Little Richard, “Happy Tutti Frutti (DJ Palermo Mashup)”
OutKast vs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Atlanta”
Taylor Swift vs. Notorious B.I.G., “B.I.G. Blood (DJ Bigg H’s Maniac Mix)”

Chad Oates, The TC Show

Stars of eras past dominate the most requested songs on Oates’ list.

Neil Diamond, “Sweet Caroline”
Bob Seger, “Old Time Rock & Roll”
Elvis Presley, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
Marvin Gaye, “Let’s Get It On”
Ben E. King, “Stand By Me”

DJ Joel Rabe, Lethal Rhythms
Rabe’s most requested songs veer away from typical fist-pumpers and straight into touching love song territory.

John Legend, “All of Me”
Etta James, “At Last”
Ray LaMontagne, “You Are the Best Thing”
Adele, “Make You Feel My Love”
Eric Clapton, “Wonderful Tonight”

Billboard reached out to 37 top wedding DJs across 13 American cities, from the Deep South to Cali, to find the country’s most requested wedding party songs.

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Wedding Expos and Bridal Fairs: Finding the Best Vendors

Planning ahead helps your dj or vendor make your party great!

For many couples, attending a wedding expo or bridal fair can be daunting.  With so many exhibitors, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  But don’t let the amount of choices intimidate you.  If you and your partner are planning to attend one of these events in the near future, here are some tips to help you stay focused and find the best vendors.

 

Tip #1 – Know What You Are Looking For – Like most couples, you probably have a vague idea of what you want your wedding to look like, even if it’s just an idea for a theme or a few colors you’d like to incorporate.  Write down anything you already know you can’t live without and anything else you think you might like.  It could be as simple as the type of flowers you want or your preference for a tasty cake over an overly ornate one.   Whatever it is, write it down.  No detail is insignificant and your list will help you tremendously when chatting with vendors.  

 

Tip #2 – Know Your Budget – Before heading out to any event where you could end up spending lots of money, it’s important to establish your budget and stick to it.  First, decide how much you can afford to spend overall.  Consider the fact that most Americans spend about $20,000 in total on their wedding, with roughly half of that amount going toward the reception’s catering, decorations and rental fees.   Another 30% goes to the photography and DJ or Band entertainment, while the remaining 20% pays for the invitations, the gown, the tuxedo, the limo, the hotel, gifts for the bridal party, etc.  Separate all of the expenses you think you might incur and decide where you would like to prioritize your funds.  If it’s the menu you’re most concerned with, allow for more money to be spent on the catering.  Once you arrive at the event, consider your budget and focus on the products and services you’ve prioritized.  

 

Tip #3  – Know The Event – Most Wedding Expos and Bridal Fairs have websites that let you know which vendors will be exhibiting at the event.  Scan the list and Google any vendors that pique your curiosity.  Note which vendors capture your strongest interest and research a few of their past client’s reviews.  Once you think you’ve found some reputable companies, write down any questions you may have for them.  Your questions may be as broad as what’s trending lately among other couples using their product or service, or more specific to the product or service itself.  Write down anything you can think of.  The more questions you can come up with ahead of time, the better prepared you will be to assess the quality of the products and services on exhibit.  Also, check the event’s website the night before as some will post a map.  If they do, print it out and give it a quick study so you’ll know exactly how to navigate the moment you arrive and you won’t waste time on vendors that don’t fit your priorities.  

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As you can see, the key to finding the best vendors is preparation.  The more you know ahead of time, the more likely you’ll find what you want at a price you can afford.