Every wedding day has a soundtrack of its own. From the walk down the aisle to the first dance, the bouquet toss to your final farewell, music helps set the tone for the entire day—which is why your Dj or Band has such an important role.
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First things first: You’ve got to figure out the basics. Is the DJ or band even available on your desired date? How many events will they be performing at on my wedding day? The answers to the following questions will help you get a sense of how experienced the candidates are and whether or not they’re the right fit for your needs.
Is my wedding date available?
It seems obvious, but the very first thing you should ask if the band or DJ is available to perform on your wedding date; if you’re talking to a company that manages a number of different performers, ask for a list of everyone who is currently unbooked on your selected date. It’s not worth engaging in any other conversations until you know, without question, that they’re available.
How long have you been doing this professionally?
Obviously, there’s a difference between volunteer gigs and legit, paid performances. Make sure your candidates are seasoned so there are no hiccups on the most important day of your life. There’s no set amount of a time a band or DJ needs to be in business, but you should feel comfortable with the answer they give you.
How many weddings have you played?
A band or DJ may have a decade of paid performances under their belts, but birthdays and proms are very different than weddings. Ask specifically about the number of weddings they’ve played in total, and how many of those have been held in the last year.
How long have you been performing together?
This is an important one to ask if you’re considering bands or DJ companies comprised of multiple performers. If you’ve already listened to samples of a band’s past performances and fell in love with their sound, you want to be sure the people you’re hiring are the actual group you’re interested in.
How many weddings do you do on an average weekend?
If the band or DJ is playing ’round the clock all weekend, their performance might suffer. If they’re going to be running on empty by the time they arrive at your reception, you might want to rethink booking them.
Do you perform at more than one event in a day?
It might not sound like a dealbreaker, but a band or DJ that needs to rush from one event—whether it’s a wedding or something else entirely—to another can be cause for concern. What if the first event goes long or they hit traffic on the way to your venue?