With engagement season in full swing and bridal show season just around the corner, now might be a good time to talk about what you need to "bring" to any meetings you have planned with potential DJs. We've shared a lot of this advice before but want to make sure you are armed with everything you need to find the perfect DJ for you. The first thing you are going to want to do before you pick up the phone and call a single DJ is print out (or at least leave open on your computer if you are environmentally-conscious) our comprehensive list of 40 questions to ask a DJ. If you come up with any new questions that you think we should add to the list, leave them in the comments!
Oh, and download our free eBook Don't Hire That DJ! while you are at it. You can thank us later.
Now, this next bit of prep work should be the easy part. You need to grab the love of your life by his or her cute little hand, sit yourselves down and decide what you want to hear on your wedding day. Believe it or not, this part can be the hardest part of DJ shopping for some couples! You could have a music library of 50,000 songs and not know where to start or you could be the kind of people who really do like all varieties of music. Even if you want to leave a lot of the music selection up to your DJ, it's important to think about your musical tastes as a couple and what sorts of songs you enjoy.
Maybe you don't have any must-plays in mind but you know for sure you both don't like country music - that's a start. Maybe you love everything Motown but dislike any funk, that's OK too. Any little bit helps, so start thinking about the vision you have for the soundtrack of your special day before you make a single phone call to any DJs you've been scoping out.
We wanted to get our fantastic DJs' input on this all-important part of wedding planning so we grabbed Trevor Blake to see what he had to say. "It's always easier to work with a couple that has at least thought about the type of music they want for cocktails and dinner," he said. "I find that couples always know what they want to dance to but almost never think about the cocktails and dinner music." Great point! Remember that your wedding music is more than just processional, recessional, cake cutting and first/last dance songs!
The last little piece of advice we have is to start DJ shopping NOW for peak 2012 wedding season dates. See our recent post on why you should book your wedding vendors NOW for more details. Basically you're trying to beat the flood of other couples who recently got engaged over the holidays that are starting on their planning as well as the rush of bridal show attendants who will quickly start filling up your desired vendors' calendars once bridal show season kicks off.