Anyone getting married would want a wedding that will be remembered forever by all of their guests. One of the most integral parts of your wedding is the music playing before, during, and after the wedding. An unforgettable moment in your wedding is dancing with your mom or dad to their favorite song on the dance floor as everyone joyously watches them.
Another unforgettable moment in your wedding is being serenaded by a live band during your first dance as a married couple. One epic way to do that is to hire a top-quality Vancouver wedding DJ or disc jockey.
As someone who has been providing couples with music for their wedding for more than a decade, I can offer some useful advice:
Finding the Perfect Vancouver Wedding DJ
There are a lot of things to factor in when looking for the perfect wedding DJ. First, the wedding DJ should have everyone dancing and producing memorable moments. Other things to consider are a wedding DJ’s pricing, reviews, your personal preferences, and how well your personalities match up.
If the wedding is an important and memorable event in your life, engage the most skilled, professional, experienced, and reliable Dj. These people can be hard to find but are definitely worth the effort.
The first step in this journey is to search online or in magazines for the most recommended wedding DJs in your particular state, area, or city. Also, be sure to read about and get in contact with any DJs who have earned awards for their achievements in the field, as this shows that they stay up-to-date with current technology, which is a good sign that they will be able to provide customers with a positive experience.
Most wedding DJs will give you packages that they have already created with a collection of songs for an affordable price. While these packages often come with rules and regulations, you can sometimes negotiate with wedding DJs to create your own packages if you desire more say in what will be played at the wedding.
Finally, you may be able to find reviews of potential wedding DJs online written by past clients. These can give you a good indication of their personalities and capabilities, as well as how well they are liked by a wide audience.
Your Personal Preferences
One of the most important things to think about is your own personal music preferences. Think about the songs you want played at your wedding to help you choose a DJ. Remember, the most popular songs are not always the best songs. You can get the ideal music for your occasion by considering your personal musical preferences. Does the potential Vancouver wedding DJ have experience with the musical preferences of people from your culture or background? If not, they may not know what music will get people dancing.
Second, Only vocals can determine a song’s wedding reception suitability. Some songs with explicit lyrics about drugs and parties are improper for weddings. Others may not be appropriate, such as music with harsh language or “children’s” tunes (“The Candy Man”). If you like classical music, be sure your wedding DJ has experience with it so your guests won’t be disappointed.
One very important thing to keep in mind is how well you get along with a potential wedding DJ. If you feel like you can’t communicate well with them or that they are too busy to answer your questions, you probably won’t be happy with the results. Also, make sure you feel comfortable with their personality. An introverted wedding DJ may not command a large audience, which could be disastrous. If they are excessively extroverted, they may be more concerned with having others like them than making a playlist that pleases everyone.
Check their reputation online
While it isn’t always true, a good way to judge how good someone is at what they do is by checking to see what other people think of them. Social media, especially, can give you valuable insight about a wedding DJ before you even meet them. Sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn offer reviews and allow users to rate the quality of services offered by certain companies or individuals.
Below are a few tips on using these resources to help you choose the best Vancouver wedding DJ
Use specific search terms.
When looking online for famous wedding DJs in your area, consider keywords. When linked to a company or person’s name, “A+ rated,” “reviewed,” or “rated” frequently generate positive results.
Check out their social media page
This is one of the best ways to get an idea of what a potential wedding DJ is really like. Do they have a Facebook page, Instagram account, or YouTube channel? If so, take a look at what they post on a regular basis. Are they updating it on a regular basis or is it neglected? This can be a good indicator of how much they care about their profession and if they will be a good fit for you.
Check to see if there are previous brides or grooms who have posted about them.
Just like with other businesses, online reviews can be really helpful when choosing the right professional for you. Take a look at the website WeddingWire.com to see if any past brides have left reviews about their DJs. While one or two reviews probably aren’t enough to make a decision on, a handful of positive feedback can definitely help your choice.
What’s a good price for a wedding DJ?
You may be wondering how much you should be spending on a wedding DJ. In the grand scheme of things, it isn’t that much considering the amount of time and money that you will most likely be putting into other aspects of your wedding. On top of that, it is essential to ensure the overall enjoyment for everyone at your wedding reception.
Most local professional DJs charge $750 to $3000 or more. This might be tough for most couples, but breaking it down makes it more accessible. A DJ charging $2000 would make $100 per hour. You shouldn’t have to spend more than $35 per person for him to be your wedding DJ. Does this also mean that cheaper DJs are less talented? Not necessarily.
It’s possible to find less expensive options but you will have to do a little more leg work.
If you are an exceptionally charismatic person with the ability to talk to anyone, you may even be able to do this yourself. Otherwise, you can recruit a friend that has these same traits or get someone that you know within the industry.
Another way to keep costs low is by providing or creating your own music for your wedding. There are many great websites out there that give you the option to download free music for ceremonies and receptions. These songs may not be perfect for you, but they will offer you a starting point.
Alternatively, there are businesses based in your area that rent out equipment or even sell it at an affordable price. For example, you could go to a music store and rent out a PA system, an iPod dock, or microphones for a much cheaper price than hiring a professional. This equipment may not look as fancy as what the professionals have but for most occasions, it will serve its purpose.
If you aren’t exactly musically inclined or creative, it might be a good idea to hire someone who is. This option will definitely increase your budget but sometimes, it is worth it to make sure that everything goes smoothly on the wedding day.