How to choose the best DJ for your wedding

Updated: Mar 14, 2019

5 Levels of DJs


Level 1 DJ

*Someone who thinks they are a DJ when they are really only a playlist maker.

*Songs mash up and don't blend well.

*No second system for ceremony, no back up computer (if the computer crashes, your wedding is over).

*They don't own a sound system and don't know how to set their gear up.

*They don't have a professional controller (professional gear used to control DJ software and get the sound to the system professionally with mic input and separate line out).

*They don't know how to beat match or read a floor.

*Usually uses lower quality free downloads instead of buying their music or streams the music (bad idea due to songs stopping sometimes when buffering and also the low quality).

*Little experience but think they're good.

*Usually a friend or family member.

*Says things like "I have 500,000 songs" (that's half a million dollars! LOL think a DJ can afford that)?! If they did not buy the music, the quality is most likely low!

*Your wedding is at serious risk of sucking!!!

*Usually charge $500 - $800 a wedding.



Level 2 DJ

*Someone who thinks they are a DJ but still does not know how to beat match, read a floor, or use a professional controller.

*Songs mash up and don't blend well.

*They have a sound system (usually not a good one) and lights (same) and know how to set it up.

*No second system for ceremony, no back up computer (if the computer crashes, your wedding is over).

*Usually have a wired mic (not as versatile as a wireless mic).

*Little to a lot of experience but not as a real DJ.

*May or may not be good at keeping and understanding time-lines at weddings.

*Usually uses lower quality free downloads instead of buying their music or streams the music (bad idea due to songs stopping sometimes when buffering and also the low quality).

*Says things like "I have 500,000 songs" (that's half a million dollars! LOL think a DJ can afford that)?! If they did not buy the music, the quality is most likely low!

*Large DJ companies tend to hire these guys and pay them little to DJ your wedding (BEWARE)!

*Your wedding is at high risk of sucking (you're rolling the dice)!!!

*Usually charge $500 - $1100 a wedding.



Level 3 DJ

*Someone who might have a professional, high quality sound system and knows how to set it up properly.

*No second system for ceremony, no back up computer.

*Someone who has access to professional DJ lighting.

*Someone who has access to a wireless mic.

*Someone who has a professional controller or CDJs with a high quality sound card.

*Someone who can beat match (blend the songs based upon tempo and makes intelligent song choices that create a consistent vibe on the dance floor).

*Someone who has DJ'd clubs but not weddings (they are limited in their experience and the ego is too large to play what is considered all age music).

*Usually not comfortable on a mic.

*Not experienced with time-lines of weddings.

*Good DJ for clubs but would not be best for a wedding.

*Typically buys half of what they need and gets lower quality or streaming music that is lower quality.

*Wants to charge a lot because they are a good DJ for a club but have no wedding experience.

*Your wedding is at high risk of sucking (you're rolling the dice)!!!



Level 4 DJ

*Someone who has a professional, high quality sound system and knows how to set it up properly (usually only one system).

*Someone who has professional DJ lighting.

*Someone who has a professional wireless mic.

*Someone who has a professional controller or CDJs with a high quality sound card.

*Someone who can beat match (blend the songs based upon tempo and makes intelligent song choices that create a consistent vibe on the dance floor).

*Someone who has DJ'd clubs and some weddings (they still have to refine their playlists and learn to work professionally with the clients and the vendors).

*Somewhat experienced with time-lines of weddings.

*Someone who buys 99% of their music so it's high quality and not streaming (streaming should be only used in emergencies).

*You'll probably be ok with this DJ but who knows because they are under the five year mark with weddings.

*Usually a sub-contracting DJ that gets paid fairly well.

*Usually shows up about an hour early to set up and if there's a problem, well....

*Charges a minimum of $200 an hour, typically $250 an hour.



Level 5 DJ

*YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR>THIS IS THE BEST DJ!

**This DJ has a back-up computer in case the main one dies and back up cables.

*Someone who has a professional, high quality sound system and knows how to set it up properly.

*Someone who has a second sound system for the ceremony.

*Someone who brings a set of subs for the larger weddings.

*Someone who has professional DJ lighting.

*Someone who has a professional wireless mic.

*Someone who has a professional controller or CDJs with a high quality sound card.

*Someone who can beat match (blend the songs based upon tempo and makes intelligent song choices that create a consistent vibe on the dance floor).

*Someone who buys 99% of their music so it's high quality and not streaming (streaming should be only used in emergencies).

*Someone who has DJ'd clubs, corporate events, festivals, private parties, and weddings.

*This DJ arrives an hour and a half early to set up and make sure everything works.

*This DJ has their wedding playlists dialed in as well as making your custom playlists.

*Very experienced with time-lines of weddings.

*This DJ will work with you and your vendors to make sure your wedding is amazing!

*Usually an owner of their own company with great reviews.

*Has DJ'd weddings more than five years and seen it all.

*Knows how to help you with your time-line based on years of experience.

*Understands the vibe to create a successful night.

**Pricing starting at $250 an hour up to $400 an hour depending upon several factors.




You get what you pay for!

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