4 Things to Look for in a Wedding DJ

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The entertainment you have at your wedding reception will literally make or break the experience for your guests, and nothing kills the mood more than a horrible DJ. That said, when you’re interviewing DJs, there are a few key things to look for (courtesy of our friends at Scratch Weddings)

1. The Interactive Element

It’s the DJ’s job to MC the reception, so it’s important to make sure he or she knows how to control the crowd and keep up the energy with a carefully selected playlist. He/she should provide entertainment on the microphone that keeps the guests engaged, but also know when it’s time to keep quiet and play the music.

2. The Element of Surprise

This isn’t necessarily a must-have, but if you’re looking for something a little bit out of the box, find a DJ that does things just a little bit differently. For example, Scratch Weddings recently introduced a Musician + DJ Program where one of their marquee DJ’s is paired with a musician ranging from guitarists to percussionists and violinists for the ultimate surprise and unexpected music entertainment that wedding guests will never forget.

3. Personalization

From top 40, classics and oldies to music from various different cultures, it’s important to find a DJ that fits your specific style and taste. One size does not fit all. Your wedding is unique, and the wedding DJ you choose to play at your reception should capture the essence of your musical taste, personality and style.

4. Professionalism

Remember YouTube’s Worst Wedding DJ Ever? Don’t let that be your wedding DJ! Find a DJ that’s highly skilled, highly professional and loves to spin weddings. Look for online reviews, and ask potential DJs for client testimonials and references to ensure you’re picking the right match.

About Nicole Denton

With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and former editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.

1 Comment on 4 Things to Look for in a Wedding DJ

  1. Jay
    March 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm (2 years ago)

    i would also add to make sure the dj has the equipment your party will need. You need lights? Wireless mic? Expecting a lot of people? Make sure the dj you choose can handle all of this.


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