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Tips for Hiring

There are many Wisconsin DJs to choose from. Finding the right DJ for your wedding can be a challenge. I promise to make it easy and fun! Here are a few tips and thoughts for hiring the right Madison Disc Jockey for your wedding.


Bridal magazines write; “on average, the DJ is responsible for 78% of the success of your wedding reception.” So, if need to trim costs and the DJ is a high priority, then consider trimming your budget in other places that aren’t as important. Bridal magazines go on to inform us that “72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment. 81% of the guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.”


You have many DJs to choose from so it can become confusing as to which one to hire. Some couples make the mistake of thinking the guy in the club played good music, let’s hire him. Consider this; the club DJ rarely has any microphone skills. A wedding is very different than being at a club and every DJ should have great music. What sets a fantastic wedding DJ apart from the average DJ is their microphone skills. A wedding DJ is your Master of Ceremony, your host, a story teller, and the director and facilitator of events. Your average DJ possesses none of those skills. Those abilities are what sets the few professional wedding DJs apart from the rest and it’s what bridal magazines are writing about when they tell us that brides wish they had spent more time locating that highly skilled professional DJ.


A few questions you might want to ask is; Are you the DJ who will be at my wedding? (if the DJ company has more than one DJ, you are better served by finding someone else who has decided to make weddings their full time vocation and has dedicated themselves to being one of those rare full time single operator DJs. What you get with companies who have more than one DJ is a person who is making extra income on the weekend whose priority is not your wedding; their priority is their full time job.


Calling DJs in the yellow pages because of their display ad will ultimately lead you to make a choice based on price; not quality. A better alternative is to ask your friends and family members who they hired and if they were thrilled with their DJ choice. Ask what they liked about their DJ and if there was anything they didn’t like. Referrals from other wedding professionals such as photographers and the facility you are having your reception at are also good resources. Narrow it down to two or three DJs and set up appointments to meet with them. In the meeting, pay attention to their approach. Are they asking questions about you or do they mostly talk about themselves and their equipment? Quality DJ services will ask questions about you because your wedding is about you and the way to create a personalized wedding is to ask questions. If they’re just going to stand there and play songs, then they want to talk about music and dazzle you with bright shiny objects.


Ask the DJ what their full time occupation is. If the answer is,”I have another full time job doing XYZ”, then you are not their primary focus. Ask if they have more than one DJ. If the answer is “yes”, then the DJ they assign you has a 9 to 5 job and your wedding is merely extra cash on the weekend. It also means the DJ company is dividing their time and resources between your wedding and the other brides that day. You can avoid all that and hire a full time DJ who’s entire focus is on you.
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Ask for recent referrals. Quality wedding DJs can give you then names and phone numbers of the last three weddings they performed.

Ask the following questions:

1. Was ____________(the name of the DJ) your DJ? Would you hire them again?

2. Did the DJ do what you asked them to do?

3. Did the majority of your guests have a fantastic time?

4. If you could do it over again, what would you have the DJ do differently?