A controversial topic that should be addressed. When googling How to hire a wedding DJ often times couples are given silly questions to ask a DJ. Questions about equipment, insurance, etc. which doesn't really get to the core of hiring a wedding DJ. If you are asking your wedding DJ what speakers they have or how many songs they have you are asking the wrong questions.
What you should be asking is how you help plan and create an agenda for the wedding.
Why is this important? Well when you really think about the job of the day of coordinator they are coordinating the day of your wedding. They are making sure place settings are correct, they are making sure your guests and you have the correct meals, that you are served your favorite beverage, and they are making sure everyone in the background (staff) is doing their jobs. So why should your DJ help create your day of FLOW? So the coordinator can do their job. The DJ/MC is hired to facilitate the entertainment of your wedding. So why would you let the coordinator who has no MC skills, no DJ skills, and no real idea of how to entertain your guests run the show?
A great wedding DJ can create an itinerary with you. Giving you advice of when to do formalities at your reception and when typically not to do them. Great wedding DJ's can give lots of honest advice of what works and what does not. It is also very common for weddings to look similar at venues because coordinators get into routines of 'this is how we do things.' However, that doesn't always mean it is the best thing for you and your guests.
So when looking for a wedding be sure to ask how they are going to help assist you and aide in the planning process.
Written by: Justin Gilbert
Wedding DJ for over 10 years