WeddingWire – the blog: 10 Questions to ask your Wedding DJ
I was reading Wedding Wire’s blog posting recently about questions to ask your DJ before hiring them for your wedding or event. I thought my potential clients would appreciate me answering this questions for them. See my answers below
- WW: How would you describe your style? Is he the type who likes to talk and engage the crowd a lot? Is he very formal, more laid back, or super energetic? It’s important to get a sense of whether his tone is going to match the vibe you’re going for.
DANCE DOCTORS: While engaging the crowd is a “must” over-engaging the crowd can be a turnoff. We are more of a laid back, have a good time, party style of DJ service. We have found many brides are moving away from the “traditional” flow of weddings.
- WW: How do you work with couples to determine a playlist? Find out whether he has some basic strategies for feeling out his clients’ specific styles and preferences and how he helps customize their experiences.
DANCE DOCTORS: We send a questionnaire to our clients to “custom” build a playlist based on how “they” want the evening to flow. We email the client a list of popular wedding songs to help them select song. When permissible we arrange a face-to-face consultation after the questionnaire is completed. We offer suggestions in all areas of the planning stages, but ultimately we do what the bride wants us to do
- WW: What are your favorite first dance songs? This will give you a good sense of his style and taste and help you determine whether you might mesh well together. If his are all top 10 hits and you’re thinking classics and oldies, for example, it may not be the best fit.
DANCE DOCTORS: We do not have any favorite first dance songs. We comprise a list of songs we suggest based off of previous clients, industry popular songs, and current trending first songs. We offer this list as a guide. What we have found out is the bride and groom usually provide great direction with structured dance song selections
- WW: Have you ever played at my reception venue before? If your DJ has experience with your venue, that’s a plus. If not, it’s not a deal breaker, but it is important that you set up an appointment to walk through the space together. You want to make sure your DJ knows the layout, is familiar with the acoustics of the space, and is acquainted with a staff member or coordinator, if possible.
DANCE DOCTORS: If we have played at the prospective client’s venue before we offer suggestions of what worked well. In Charleston, SC there are so many venues and they are all different. We have a pool of DJ friends that offer tips to other DJs about venues they have played. We make it a point to visit the venue prior to the event and speak with the planners if it is somewhere we have not played yet. This helps us get familiar with the venue prior to the wedding. Also it help us forge the relationship with the planners
- WW: How extensive is your music library? This one speaks for itself. You want a wide selection!
DANCE DOCTORS: We love answering this question. To date we currently boast a robust musical library of over 130,000 songs and 4000 music videos. Since we do many multi-cultural weddings we offer many genres of music our competition does not offer. We have a strong latin library or Bachata, Balada, Reggaeton, Salsa, Merengue and also Brazilian music titles. We also have a huge amount of Reggae music. We offer Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Riddims and Dancehall. We also offer Arabic and Indian music from Bollywood, belly dancing and traditional to club style. We have an extensive Country, Rock n Roll, Big Band, Rhythm and Blues, Alternative, Mainstream, Top 40, Hip Hop and Kid-friendly library. We are designed to handle all types of events. Also we have the ability to run music videos, this sets us a step above our local competitors.
- WW: What type of equipment do you use? This will not only give you further insight to his level of experience and skill, but is important to know from an aesthetic and logistical standpoint. What does it look like and how much space does it take up? Does it require special electrical outlets?
DANCE DOCTORS: WE USE NOTHING BUT THE BEST OF THE BEST. MANY PEOPLE SAY THIS BUT WE PROVE IT!!! Our philosophy is: “invest in the best, don’t settle”. Our speakers are professional-grade QSC audio. QSC is the industry leader in pro audio equipment, there is no parallel to their sound quality and craftsmanship. We use “ONLY” Apple MacBook Pros, hands down nothing beats a MAC when it comes to performing arts. We use Yamaha mixers, and Chauvet LED lighting. All of our microphone are made by Shure, the industry leader. We use the top of the line Epson projectors
- WW: What does setup and breakdown entail? It’s important to have a basic understanding of this to properly plan in terms of timing and communicating any specific needs or concerns to your venue.
DANCE DOCTORS: For our most popular packages setup is 1 ½ hours and breakdown is 1 hour. For our most elaborate setup up to 3 hours and breakdown is 2 hours. We have simple, clean setup every time.
- WW: Do you have a demo or a recording of a wedding you’ve done in the past that I can see? Watching your DJ in his element will really give you the best sense of his interaction with the crowd, his energy, pacing, personality, style and level of professionalism.
DANCE DOCTORS: We offer videos through our YouTube Channel on our website www.thedancedoctors.com . Also we post the videos to our facebook page : www.facebook.com/scdancedoctors . Since the music is such a crucial part of what we do we offer an online link to listen to our musical samples and genre mixes on www.mixcloud.com just search “Dance Doctors”
- WW: Do you work with an assistant or second DJ? Depending on the size of your wedding, having an extra set of hands can be well worth it. This will help everything from setup to song requests run a lot more smoothly.
DANCE DOCTORS: Depending on the load-in and load-out of a venue we bring an assistant. Equipment can give you a serious workout. In our local area there are a lot of beach weddings, plantation weddings, difficult loads into historical downtown locations. The Dance Doctors are apart of the CDJA
- WW: Do you offer any other services? Some DJs offer packages with additional services like video screens and lighting. Depending on the experience you’re going for, having these options available from a single source could be beneficial.
DANCE DOCTORS: Easiest answer to this YES and copy paste our packages into here:
The Dance Doctors Wedding Services and Event Add-ons
Post Booking consulting
Ceremony audio service DJ / MC
Reception audio service DJ / VJ / MC
Additional hours of DJ services (fee per additional hours)
Ceremony at same location of reception (lapel wireless mic available)
Ceremony at separate location of reception (lapel wireless mic available)
Professional grade Pro Audio
Professional concert grade wireless and lapel microphones
add dual Bass Subs (usually needed for big rooms or 200+ people)
add dual Bass subs and two additional PA Speakers (equaling 4 PAs and 2 Subs)
Lighting included in package:
LED Cake Spot lighting
LED Dance floor lighting (motion party lighting)
Fog Machine (must check with venue about sprinkler system)
H20 water simulation LED wash lighting
LED Wireless Up Lighting placed around perimeter of your venue
Entertainment: (all images and logos provided by the clients)
Dual LED TV video screens (use for music videos, slide show, digital monogram or logos)
High Definition Projector and 100” screen (music videos, slide shows, presentations)
Custom wedding monogram or event logos (projected onto the wall or dance floor)