Don’t open with “How much for…?” Is price all that really matters? Isn’t it more important that you and your guests have a good time? Why are they expensive? Like everything, you get what you pay for.
Expensive DJ’s tend to be full time i.e. They treat being a DJ as a real career, not just some bonus money. That means they have the time and energy to devote to you and your wedding. They’ve got to be good or they wouldn’t be still doing it. Things that matter to YOU. Will they play your and your guests requests? It’s easy to say yes, but dig deeper, how are they going to ensure that? What about introductions? Experience. Have they been to your venue? How many weddings do they play at a year? Have they done any wedding relevant training?
Follow up. Look at reviews, no, I mean really look at reviews… are they regular? Are they similar? Does the reviewer talk about things that matter to you? Look at photos… does the set up look nice? Are there photos of people smiling and having a good time? Are they mixed age groups?
Finally… don’t just rely on an email… speak to the DJ (yes, the actual DJ*) and get a feel for whether they are someone that can help you. Make an appointment (same as you do for your other wedding suppliers) and go and speak to your chosen DJ. Get a feel for what he can do for you, discuss your plans, find out if you’re a good match. I’m not the cheapest DJ around (cheap and wedding don’t really go together!) but, all of the brides who have booked me in the past knew they could get cheaper, but, after meeting with me, went on to book me. Do you really want cheap for your wedding? Wouldn’t you rather have someone prepared to help you have the celebration of your dreams?
To make an appointment to talk to me, drop me an email or give me a call!
Stephen Oxfordshire Wedding Entertainment
01235 426 333 or 07870 134 826
* some DJ’s have a nasty habit of taking your booking and then farming the job out to whoever is willing to take it, often deducting a “cut” for themselves. Ask the question “Will you be the DJ on the night?”