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7 Questions to Ask a Potential DJ
Written by Michael Liedtke on October 25th, 2018
Many engaged couples make this mistake when searching for a DJ.

They reach out to a DJ, ask about price and availability, and then they choose to go with the cheapest option. Why is this bad?

There are so many different things that a DJ is responsible for during the wedding. They are responsible for keeping things moving, playing the right music, making sure that all of your guests have a great time, and so much more.

If you hire a bad DJ, this is what happens...
Video credit goes to: Karl Detken
Imagine being so excited to finally reach your wedding day, and the DJ just completely drops the ball and ruins your wedding. 

The problem is that most people don't know what to ask because they have never hired a DJ before, let alone for a wedding.

Well, here is some good news!

This can totally be avoided just by asking the right questions so you know what to expect.

I’m going to share some questions with you to ask, and I'll also provide you with a free guide that will discuss this topic even further and provide you with a form to use when asking potential DJs these questions. 

These questions are important to figuring out if your DJ really warrants the price, and I will explain exactly how each question is important. 

If you end up speaking with an assistant, owner, or associate of a company that has multiple DJs, ask some of these questions that the person can answer, then ask to set up a meeting with the DJ who would handle your event. 

I would also HIGHLY recommend meeting the DJ in person so it doesn't feel like a blind date when they show up to your wedding.

Once you are talking to the right person, then you can ask the questions below.
Question 1: How much experience do you have?
This should be the first question, and the first tip I give you will tell you exactly why you need to ask this question. 

For now, this question will allow the DJ to tell you how long they have been a professional DJ for, and will also give them a chance to speak about themselves, which will allow you to see if you like their overall attitude and if you can ‘vibe’ with them.

I would suggest hiring a DJ with AT LEAST 3 years of professional experience as a Wedding DJ. 

Anything above that is a bonus.
If you want to take it a step further, ask what types of events they have experience being a DJ for. 

If you find someone who has been a club DJ for 3 years, but has only been DJing weddings for 6 months, you may want to consider going a different route. 

Club DJs and Wedding DJs are two totally different styles that play different types of music and read different types of crowds.
[If you're currently searching for a DJ for your wedding, click here.]
Question 2: Will you also MC our wedding?
An MC (Master of Ceremonies) is someone who makes announcements, ensures a smooth flow of the timeline, and interacts with the crowd.

This question is important to ask because there are DJs out there who do not like to MC, or would rather focus on being the DJ.

If the DJ will not MC your wedding, you will need to find a separate MC, which will be an additional cost.

If you're trying to save more money, then make sure to hire someone who will be the DJ AND MC. There is a benefit to having one person focus on being a DJ and another one focus on being an MC, though. 

Each person will be able to focus fully on their own task without having to do both at the same time. 

Our DJs have an assistant attend each wedding who also can handle the music while the main DJ will go out and make announcements and hype up the crowd. This way, you can still save money by hiring a DJ and MC in one, but receive the quality of the MC being able to focus on making their announcements.
Question 3: How interactive are you with the crowd?
Nobody likes a DJ/MC who just stays behind the booth the whole time. 

Asking this question will hopefully allow you to see how the potential DJ will keep the crowd entertained. 

It's not enough to just make announcements from behind the booth. They should be coming out, asking simple questions to the crowd to get them excited, and acting like another friend who you invited to the party. 

If the DJ is in a bad mood or quiet, I can guarantee the crowd will act the same way. 

Whenever I go out to interact with the crowd, I always have a huge smile on my face, I speak loudly and clearly enough for people to understand me fully, and I even go out on the dance floor to show off my dance moves.

People are usually impressed by my dance moves ;) 

I've seen other MCs interact with the crowd by having them stand up and do some certain movements to help loosen them up. 

These are all just a few things that your DJ should be able to do. Maybe not everything that I mentioned, but they should at least be coming out from behind the booth and acknowledging all the guests.
Question 4: What other services do you offer?
Surprisingly, many people think that a DJ is just a DJ and offers no other service, when that's actually far from the truth. 

If a DJ offers other services like lighting, live bands, photo booths, photography, videography, or anything else, you will be able to save time AND money by booking a large bundle. 

This is usually more common with larger businesses.

We offer DJ and MC services, lighting, photography, videography, live music acts, photo booths, and are even working on adding bartenders and day-of coordinators. 

Another company we worked with in the past offers even more than what we offer. 

Wouldn't it be great to have a one-stop shop for all of your needs?

Talk about convenience. 
Question 5: How early would you get there to setup?
This one may not seem that important, but it actually is. 

Asking this question will allow you to see if they are the type of DJ who waits until the last minute to setup, without having to sit around waiting for the wedding to start.

We like to arrive between 1.5 to 3 hours early, depending on the setup we have to bring. 

Usually, it takes us half that amount of time to setup, but we like to leave room for unexpected traffic or mishaps before the start time. I'd rather finish setting up early and sit around or help out with something else than possibly end up not starting on time.

Many professional DJ services are the same way, actually.

I hope you can now see how important it is to ask this now!
Question 6: What is your price?
Notice how I'm mentioning this question pretty late. 

It is a great idea to at least figure out the answers to all prior questions so you better understand why they charge what they charge.

If you hire a DJ solely based on price because you think it's a good deal, you may be in for a very unpleasant surprise. 

When you ask this question, make sure that they mention EXACTLY what is included. 

You can also ask if they have any specials. 

They may have specials based on the time of the year your wedding will take place, or may offer a discount if you book out far enough in advance. 
Question 7: What is your booking process?
This question is good to ask so you know what exactly you'd have to do if you decide to book with the DJ.

If you are speaking with a highly sought-after DJ, it's very possible that they could receive a request for the same date as your wedding, so you'd want to move quickly to make sure you can lock in that DJ. 

Knowing what the next steps are will allow you to prepare before you say "I want to book you."

DJs USUALLY require a contract to be signed and a deposit to be paid.

If the DJ doesn't want to sign a contract but have you pay a deposit, that is obviously a major red flag. It could mean that the DJ is very inexperienced, unprofessional, or even a scam.

Always review and sign a contract before you pay the deposit. 
In Conclusion
I hope these questions will help you make a confident decision in who you'd like to hire for your big day. 

You can never be too careful, so if you have more questions that you'd like to ask your DJ, you can and should always do so!

If the DJ starts to get annoyed with all of the questions you're asking, odds are you don't want to work with them. There are other things that will require more patience, like actually DJing your wedding. 

I have spoken with many previous clients who asked plenty of questions before they could make a decision. 

It's totally normal, and it's our job to answer each and every question you may have.

Your wedding is a very important day, so you don't have to worry about asking too many questions because the DJ should understand that you're just trying to be as well prepared for your wedding as possible. 

Remember to also setup a time to meet with the potential DJ in person, if possible!

I also want to give you a free guide that I wrote that goes further into detail about what to look for in a potential DJ. Click here or click on the link below to be taken to where you can request the free guide.


Anyways, that's it for now, and best of luck in your search! :)

- Michael Liedtke

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