Things You Should Know Before Saying "I Do" to a DJ. March 7, 2018 ~ Shannon Lea

When searching for the right Wedding DJ, you might want to ask yourself, “How involved do I really want to be, in orchestrating the details and the flow, on the day of my wedding?”  

If your answer was, “I  should only worry about saying ‘I Do’, on the day of my wedding”, then you are on the right track!

DJs vs. Wedding DJs

There is a misconception that all types of DJs can work weddings.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Your cousin may spin records in his basement, from time to time, maybe Uncle Jim used to be a ‘KJ’, back in the 90’s, or maybe you have a favorite local club DJ.  While these may be great for a house party, or get together, when planning your wedding, it is best to hire a professional. 

What to Research

Now that we’ve established that you are going to hire an experienced Wedding DJ, which one is the best fit?  Start by looking at reviews, preferably from specific wedding sites.  From there, start making calls!  Emails are fine; however, you really should try and get a little voice action going, so you can tell who sounds clear and confident.  Any candidate, who is trying to sell you on their voice, will most definitely get your attention over the phone.  An email just can’t do that!  Once you narrow it down to a few, ask to meet them in person.  You can tell a lot by a person’s body language, and by the way they dress, or walk into a room.  After all, this could potentially be the person holding the mic and entertaining your guests, the entire night! 

What to Expect From a Wedding DJ

Planning  Believe it or not, your Wedding DJ will play a tremendous role in the success of your big day!  One of the biggest reasons for this success is due to all the planning that takes place, prior to the wedding.  In addition to meeting your DJ in person (if local), for face-to-face consultations, he/she will more than likely provide you with the convenience of online planning, and offer a massive music selection.  You aren’t music savvy?  Not to worry!  You can rest assured that your experienced Wedding Pro will help with suitable music suggestions.

Day-Of Coordination  For a Wedding DJ, seamlessly playing the right music, whether it’s for your Ceremony, Reception, or Dance Party (and everything in between), is just the tip of the iceberg.  In addition to being your MC, many times they will become your onsite event coordinator, keeping the Bride and Groom, Bridal Party, and guests on schedule for all events and announcements, as well as keeping all other vendors informed of what comes next, on the timeline.

Music, Mood, & Memories  Expect your Wedding DJ to have an impeccable sound system; complete with wireless microphones for speeches, toasts, and announcements.  When interviewing, it’s important to make sure to ask your candidates if they bring back-up equipment.  Should you need them for the ceremony, the DJ will also provide your officiant with a proper lavalier mic, usually by request.   Ambiance for dinner and reception, usually involves some sort of lighting or decor.   Sometimes a burst of color, on an otherwise drabby, white wall, can really set the mood for the occasion.  Not all Wedding DJ companies provide this, but most will, as an add-on.  Having a Wedding Pro, who knows the ropes and knows how to keep the guests happy, the bride and groom happy, and can work side-by-side with photographers and other vendors, who help to capture these moments, genuinely makes a world of difference!

Keep it Simple

Lastly, how do you want to remember your Wedding Day? 

If there’s anything sensible to remember, when planning for the most important day of your life, remember this:  You are only allowed this day ONCE, folks- no mulligans, no re-dos on the “I Dos”.

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • We were so happy to work with David from Shindig DJs. We really appreciated how David kept communicating with us leading up to the big day and then worked with our planner to make sure everything was perfect. He was able to find all of the songs we requested and really understood what we were looking for. We were also very impressed with the lighting he set up in the venue.
    - Briley Peters
  • David did our wedding reception and he was phenomenal!! We couldn’t have been happier! Communication leading up to the big day was so helpful! He is so thorough making sure to get exactly what you want (and keeping out what you don’t want!). He’s also amazing at communicating with the other vendors especially photographers and videographers making sure they are ready for each important moment of the night. I seriously couldn’t imagine our night without David as our DJ!
    - Blayne & Antonette Jemelka
  • David goes above and beyond to make your day special and perfect. He is extremely organized, easy to work with, and he will do just about anything to make sure your day goes how you want it to go, without making any of it seem like a big deal or difficult! He offered to help with so much more than just being a DJ, and we had several guests comment on what a great job he did as DJ as well! Recommend him over and over!!!
    - Hannah Perrine
  • David Smith and ShinDig DJs is the best there is out there! Very professional and accommodating. He came up with the best playlist from cocktail hour and dinner to then keeping literally everyone on the dance floor until the end. If you need a DJ to MC your wedding, corporate party or any other event Shindig DJs is the only company to consider. I PROMISE you will not be disappointed!
    - Kelly Evans
  • David was the perfect DJ for our wedding. We are a couple that is passionate about music so we had a lot of requests and he catered to all of our wants and needs! He had great planning forms that allowed us to provide all the pertinent information with everything that was occurring in the wedding and he was very responsive whenever we needed to communicate about anything. Not to mention, he has the perfect DJ voice. We would hire him again without hesitation.
    - Chelsea Todd
  • Shannon was the DJ for our wedding. She was so lovely and made time to meet with us before the wedding in order to talk the whole day over and get to know what our vision for the day was. We had a fairly unconventional ceremony and she was so flexible and came up with creative solutions to help our vision come to life! Shannon was also fantastic during the reception and made sure to include our song requests and keep the event running smoothly!
    - Sara Kinney-Lang
  • David from shindig did such an awesome job for our wedding. He got the room jumping and even was able to add a little unexpected musically flair that made the evening enjoyable for every single guest. Will definitely use again
    - Emily Chin