Finding the right wedding DJ in Scottsdale may very well be one of the most important decisions you can make for your big day. The DJ for a wedding does a lot more than just play great tunes – though that is a very important job all by itself! Your DJ will also be the MC at your reception, introducing you and your bridal party when you arrive, letting everyone know that it’s time to listen up for a toast, calling out the bouquet and garter toss, and announcing your big send off at the end of the night. Your DJ will also know when to play just the right music to get folks moving if things seem to be at a lull.
To do all this well, your wedding DJ needs to be skilled and professional, but also needs to have a good rapport with you. The interview process can tell you a lot about whether the DJ is the right fit. Here are five questions you MUST ask when interviewing a DJ for your wedding in Arizona:
How Do You Decide What to Play?
This question really encompasses several questions in one, including how the DJ will customize the music to you and your betrothed, how the DJ gets the crowd pumped out, and how the DJ handles song requests. Ideally, your wedding DJ should take time to get to know what music you like and don’t like, including some specific artists. Your DJ may allow you to submit a few tracks you want to have played, but most won’t want you to hand over an entire playlist – otherwise, what’s the point of hiring a professional?
Your DJ may use specific music to get the crowd going or may use calls to action, like asking the crowd to join the couple for a “lucky dance.” The best DJs are able to read the crowd and see what kind of music they are responding to in order to choose others that will get a good response. Most DJs will also accept song requests so long as they don’t oppose any directives from the couple.
What Equipment Do You Use?
Your wedding DJ isn’t likely going to be scratching records and creating custom mixes, but he should still have a turntable on hand to do things like changing the sound quality or the speed of the music. Your DJ should also have a system that will work with the venue, as well as speakers that will provide great sound quality and volume to every inch of the venue. You don’t want any guests to feel left out!
Most importantly, your DJ should have backup equipment in case anything goes wrong. You don’t want to be stuck with a roomful of people with no entertainment.
What Other Services Do You Offer?
A lot of wedding DJs do much more than play music. Some set up special dance floors (or even dance cages, if you’re daring) or special lighting. Some even provide unique features like lighted columns of water.
Ask the DJ what other services are provided to know what’s possible. You may learn about something you didn’t even know you’d want at your wedding.
Have You Played Our Venue Before?
Most professional DJs will have played the popular wedding venues in Arizona and will know where equipment can be set up, plugged in, and so on. But you might have a unique venue, or the DJ just may not have had a chance to play your venue. It’s important to ask beforehand instead of assuming. Otherwise, the DJ could be in for a nasty surprise on your wedding day, like that there are no outlets near your dance floor on the lawn.
If the DJ hasn’t played your venue, ask if he would be willing to make a site visit before the wedding. That way, you can figure out together if there are any special needs for the equipment and make the appropriate accommodations in time.
Will You be the One to Play Our Wedding?
When you hire a DJ, you aren’t always hiring a person; often, you are hiring a company. You may not even meet the DJ who will play your wedding until the big day itself.
Instead of being surprised, make sure you ask during the interview if the DJ you are talking to is the one who will actually be playing the wedding. If not, you need to ask to meet that person and interview them. Good chemistry is everything when it comes to hiring a Scottsdale DJ for a wedding.
There are many more questions you’ll want to ask prospective DJs, most notably of which is “Are you free on our wedding date?” However, the answers to these questions will help you understand if this DJ has the chops for the job and is the right match for you.
If you are looking for a DJ for wedding in Arizona, Citron Sound Services is ready to help you. We have some of the most popular DJs in Arizona, and we have played thousands of weddings across the state. Our DJs get to know you as a couple to understand exactly what you want and need from your reception. We have some of the best equipment available today, and we always arrive with backups for everything. We’re familiar with all the popular wedding locales, but we’ll do a site visit if you are getting at a place that’s new to us. Give us a call today to talk with a wedding DJ and start planning for your dream reception!