What to ask the Band or DJ Before Hiring for Your Wedding

Selecting music for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you have to make in the planning process.

From the style of music you want to find that perfect first dance song, this is a time-consuming process many couples underestimate.

The decision between a live band and DJ is one of the more difficult ones, but you can help yourself narrow it down by asking each one some important questions before booking.

Questions to Ask the Live Band or DJ

Can we see you perform at a wedding first?

This is a very important one all prospective couples should take advantage of. You want to know what you are getting yourself into and what kind of vibe the band or DJ is going to bring to the wedding. If you don’t like what you see, you save the headache of being disappointed on your own wedding day.

What is your style of music?

This one applies more to the live band as the DJ will have a wider range of options. This is a crucial one if you are set on a live band, though, especially if you have a particular style in mind. If you are looking for a slowed down, alternative style, a heavy rock-n-roll themed band might not be your best option.

Do you provide all the necessary equipment?

While it may seem like a no-brainer for many musicians and DJ’s, you don’t want to be working with a smaller group or agency only to have them to show up thinking you were bringing a microphone. Make sure all the details are worked out long before the big day.

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How many hours will they play?

This is an important one to figure out when you are trying to balance your budget. Many live bands and DJ’s will have a contract of roughly four or five hours in their wedding package. Anything more and they will usually charge for a more expensive package or call for overtime pay.

Can they handle song requests?

If you hire a DJ, this shouldn’t be a problem as they should have a large database you can look at beforehand. As far as the live band is concerned, their range will be far more limited so figuring out what they can play and what they can’t is key for your expectations for the night.

How can they get a crowd involved?

Do they have a go-to song that is sure to get people on the dance floor? Are they more interactive on the microphone to get the crowd going? Find out what their strategy is so you can see if it is the right method for you and your style.

As these questions and more before you officially book your music for the big day.