Questions to ask a DJ Before Booking

There are a few questions you will need to find out from a DJ before you book them for your clients (or for your own) wedding.  I have learned that you should never assume something.  It’s always best to ask to ensure everything runs completely smoothly on the wedding day.

Questions to Ask DJs Before Booking

I’ll share a DJ hiccup we experienced at one of our weddings several years ago at the end of this post!

Questions to Ask DJs Before Booking for Weddings

  • How many hours are included?
  • What is your fee?
  • What do you charge for additional time?
  • Do we need to provide a table for you? If yes, size and how many?
  • Do we need to provide table linens?
  • What is the required deposit to book and when is the balance due?
  • Will you act as EMCC?
  • Do you provide a wireless/cordless mic for toasts?
  • Do you take requests from guests?
  • Can the couple submit a “do not play” list?
  • How do you motivate the crowd if they are not dancing?
  • Do you have options for lighting?

Like I said earlier, never assume a DJ is going to everything that other DJs you have worked with do.  We had a wedding in the next state over several years ago and the client hired a DJ they knew from their hometown.  I thought all DJs acted as EMCC throughout the reception by making announcements and keeping the crowd entertained.  Well, this particular DJ said he didn’t make announcements…that wasn’t part of his job.  I asked him if he read the wedding timeline I sent him that specifically stated all the announcements he was to make?  All of his announcements on the timeline stated “DJ please announce” etc., etc.

Now why he couldn’t have told me this before the wedding day was beyond me, BUT it was my responsibility to ask him directly if he would be making all announcements.  I learned really quick to never assume because it will get you in trouble every single time.

Check out our post “Our Process for Booking Bands and DJs” or “Questions Planners Should Ask Bands Before Booking”

xo, Terrica


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