The DJ is debatably the most important part to any smooth wedding, or the reception at least. One of the main reason is that typically the DJ you hire is your MC too (Master of Ceremonies) and it is the MC’s job to keep the reception flowing and on time. If you don’t have experience being an MC, especially at a wedding, it could be difficult to work with so many moving parts.
The first thing you want to look for in a wedding DJ is experience. Ask him, or her how long they have been doing this for, how many events they have done, what sets them apart from all the other weddings DJ’s? If they can’t answer these simple questions, it might be time to look for someone who is better prepared for the job. It also wouldn’t hurt to try and get in touch with a few couples who hired the DJ you are looking into.
One of the main things you should look for is also his, or her ability to perform. Ask when the DJ will be performing next and go watch them do their thing. Do they get the crowd pumped up? Are they mixing the songs well and blending in and out of songs seamlessly? What kind of equipment are they utilizing? Is it enough power to fill the venue that you want to hire them for? All of these may seem like obvious questions, but you want to cover all your bases before you pay someone a large amount of money to come DJ the most important day of your life.
Ultimately, you want to know that this is something they do, take seriously and do well. It will be evident if the DJ you are speaking with is the right person for the job. If you are second guessing yourself on someone in particular, do some more shopping around until you find someone that you feel like you connect with and will do your event justice.