WE SHOULD HAVE DONE IT DIFFERENTLY!
There's so many times this has been
said over the years but avoidable mistakes keep coming
up. We've compiled a few of the things that might go
wrong & some of the things you should do to prevent those
ever-embarrassing mistakes. Remember we are a music
service so we won't bore you with things like Limousine or
wedding cake advice. (We don't know about those things)
Consult with the DJ prior to the wedding. A good DJ
will encourage a meeting prior. This could be done
over the phone, at a place of mutual agreement, your
place or the office of the DJ. Any of these are ok
as long as there is good communication. If the DJ wants
to charge you for the consultation...RUN AWAY!! You
wouldn't pay to take a new car for a test drive would
Book the DJ with the "Hard-Sell"
attitude. If they are professional and confident,
you'll certainly know it right away. It pays to
Go with a DJ service you feel comfortable with.
Meet the actual DJ if this is possible. Sometimes
the DJ isn't available for the consultation. This
is ok provided that you get friendly thorough service
from whomever you meet with.
Pay for the full value of the music in advance.
Most reputable companies will either invoice you after
the wedding or will accept payment on the evening of the
event. Credit cards are the best way to pay.
No good service would ask to be paid full price up
front. Think of it this way...Would you pay for
your groceries then go shopping?
Make sure the DJ has back-up equipment and staff just in
case something may happen (and it often does)
Pre-program the night by giving the DJ 6245
requests. An average song is about 4 minutes
long. That works out to roughly 15 songs per
hour. If there is 5 hours of dancing, that's only
Make sure the DJ has your special first few songs.
(These would usually have been picked at the
consultation) Most DJ's would have no problem with
you providing the music for these songs but it's always
better if the DJ brings it too. You'll have way too
much on your mind to be thinking about every tiny detail
on your wedding day.
Be afraid to ask lots of questions. The only bad
question is the one that was never asked.
Make sure your DJ takes requests and has a book for you
or your guests to look through
Book the DJ who always brags about their success and
accomplishments. If everyone is the best then which
one is really telling you the truth?
Trust your instinct when you go to book the Music.
If you don't trust your instinct, trust your friends,
trust your co-workers, trust your mother-in-law if you
have to. If that doesn't satisfy you, trust the
references that any good DJ service would provide when
you request them.
Book a DJ just because "They were the
cheapest" . You may get exactly what you
Make sure that a public address system is provided by the
DJ if you require it. There shouldn't be any
additional charge for this but circumstances may
determine if there is or is not a specific charge for this service.
Play too many slow songs at the beginning of the dance
portion of the evening. People have probably just
eaten and will certainly fall asleep.
Make sure you have a number where you can reach the
DJ anytime. The best ideas come to you while you
sleep so every time you have one of those terrific ideas,
phone your DJ at 3:30am and tell them. Ok, maybe
it's just as good if you write it down and phone later in
Book the DJ with the Led Zeppelin light show. The
wedding couple should be the star attraction (not the
billion watt bulbs)
Communicate with the DJ. Most are happy to receive
a bit of constructive criticism. Tell them if it's
a bit too loud or not loud enough. They'll
appreciate it and you'll be much happier.
Try to squeeze too much into one evening. If you
have booked all of the following services to entertain at
your wedding....shame on you! 2 bands, 1 magician,
1 DJ (of course), 12 skits, 14 course dinner, 3 servings
of desert, 1 hour of Mother-In-Law stories, 4 dress
changes, fireworks, 27 minutes of dancing & no time
to have fun.
Make sure you inform your DJ of any changes regarding the
music. Even the smallest detail may be
important. If you meet with you DJ prior to the
wedding date, ask them to give you a copy of the notes
that they take. This is sure to prevent confusion.
Hire the DJ with "One Price Fits All"
policy. Every wedding is different and unique and
should be treated as such. This is why we custom
create every package to suit your exact
Enjoy every minute of your special day. It's
supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience.
(unless you're Elizabeth Taylor or Britney Spears)
Wait until the last week of preparation to book the
music. The more notice anyone gets the better
prepared they will be to meet your needs.
Make sure your DJ shows up dressed appropriately for your
wedding. You are the boss and your wishes mean
everything. At Magic Star we adhere to strict
compliance dress codes and even carry a multiple colored
stock of tuxedos just in case formal suits the occasion.
Let the DJ tell you what he or she is going to play at
your wedding. You should be telling the DJ what
your requirements are and feel free to set
parameters such as: No Rap, No Heavy Metal but Play
at least 2 songs by the Beatles.
Make sure you tell your partner if you have booked a
DJ. In our 22 years of business we've seen 3
occasions where 2 DJ's were booked. This would be
completely avoidable if each person had told the other
what they were doing. It's always a good idea to
get some kind of written confirmation from the DJ.
If they won't put it in writing...keep shopping.
If you have a suggestion, horror story, word of praise or
another DO or DON'T tip, please tell us here
& we might publish your story.
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