You’ve ordered the flowers. You bough your dress already. The bridesmaids gifts are ordered, and if you’re really on the ball you already know what food you’ll be serving and it’s already ordered. But what, dear bride, about the music?
First things first. Before you even start trying to decide on a DJ, you have to decide what you want out of your reception. Do you want your guests to dance a lot, or do you want a more low-key type of reception where the music is merely background? How much of a presence do you want your DJ to have? Do you want him or her to emcee the reception, announcing your first dance and other events, or do you want him to merely play the music?
Check your local websites – like Google local or Yahoo local to see if there are any reviews of the DJs you find in the phone book or online. Testimonials will go a long way to weeding out the type of DJ you’re NOT looking for, while giving you an idea of who might fit your needs. Once you choose a few options, make your appointments, for it is of the utmost importance to meet with your DJ prior to your reception.
Prior to your meetings, it is important to have an idea of the types of songs you want played at your wedding, as well as your first dance song, your father/daughter dance song, and other important songs. The DJs you meet with will be able to tell you whether or not they have them, and whether or not they’ll need to purchase additional songs.
As important as it is to know what you DO want played, it’s equally important to know what you do NOT want played. If you hate rap, make sure to tell your potential DJ that so that there are no uncomfortable or awkward moments at your reception.
If you have all your ducks in a row, and are able to communicate your needs and wants with your DJ, you ought to be able to find the right fit with a DJ who will make your wedding reception as perfect and magical as it should be.