This is a question that many people ask about all their vendors and it can be stressful. It shouldn’t be, though. The answer to this question is so simple that many people are underwhelmed when I give it to them and then immediately put at ease.
Answer: You should book your DJ when you find the DJ you connect with on all your key wants.
So, really the deciding factor is then what are your key wants. These are the top three biggest items that you want your DJ to do. They can be detailed as in you want the DJ to mix early 2000’s Hip Hop, he or she uses line array speakers, or you want someone that speaks Spanish. Your key wants can also be general as in you don’t want the DJ to speak outside of key announcements, experience at your venue is preferred, or the DJ is priced below your 10% budget.
The most important thing to remember when booking a DJ is to listen before speaking specifics. DJs, especially wedding DJs, are trained to let you tell them what you want them to say. If you are speaking first, then many times you will let them know the key things you want. It’s not a big deal, but understand that many DJs will act how you want them to act just so they can book your wedding. Essentially, it’s like telling someone you want to date all the things you are looking for in a relationship before they even say yes to the date.
Sit down for 60 seconds and come up with a simple list of things you like in a DJ. Narrow your list to your top three most important qualities and then interview DJs. Let them tell you about themselves and, if they fit the criteria, feel free to book them. Simple.