These days it seems almost anyone can DJ but when it comes to one of the most important days of your life do you really want to have your trust in an amateur?
1. Reputation – A professional DJ company needs to up hold a high quality in both sound and service to stay in business. If he has great equipment but lacks personal skills (such as being “cold” or unapproachable) his customers most likely wont recommend him.
2. Equipment – Just because “johnny” has an awesome home sound system doesn’t mean the system will be great in your hall that seats 200 people. A DJ will have equipment that is suited for larger rooms and therefor give you good sound.
3. Dependability – yeah its great to ask a friend, neighbor and give them a few bucks for doing so but remember your booking someone for what is one of the most important days of your life, booking something usually 6-12months in advance so although “Johnny” is keen now by the time your wedding rolls in will he still be as keen.
4. Presentation – As a hire professional your DJ should come both dressed and prepared for your . This would mean dressing appropriately, he should not come in jeans and ripped t-shirt for your cocktail event. His equipment should be clean and set up neatly with plenty of time to spare.
5. Reading the crowd – A truly professional DJ should be able to be given a brief of the wedding then use that and his skills and knowledge of crowd reading to make a playlist that suits the mood/atmosphere of those at the event.
This even happens at the calmer parts of a wedding, such as meal times, this is where a club DJ may not live up to your needs.
6. Back up – Great DJ’s will have a back up option for possible unexpected errors. Equipment failure or malfunction can’t always be prevented but with a professional he will regularly maintain his equipment helping to prevent the possibility of no music at your wedding. He should also know how to fix slight errors without you even noticing.
7. Variety – Marking your own playlists into an ipod has become popular, its great if you have all the songs and know what your doing but if not it can be a long and costly need that could have been avoided. DJ’s will have access to the same music you do but they over time have a large variety of this already sorted and designed in a way that works for them to quickly find and organise music for your day.
8. Handling Requests – A professional DJ should be able to put his tastes in music aside and focus purely on your tastes and the atmosphere for the evening. He will know is certain song requests are inappropriate (due to language or content) or if they will destroy the atmosphere (meaning clear the dance floor) without having to play the song.
Once you’ve decided a professional is the way to go, call or meet a few and find out what they do or don’t do for their money but most importantly how you feel about them and their style (both personal and musical).