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How to Pick a Wedding DJ?

Music is an integral part of any celebration, especially your wedding! From the ceremony to the reception, music serves as a major part of the festivities, making finding a great DJ crucial. You know you need a good DJ, but you may be wondering what to look for in a good DJ. 
At Entertainment Unlimited, we have put together a few tips on how you can choose the best wedding DJ for your special day! 

Find a DJ Who Specializes in Weddings 

Mic on DJ BoardFor most couples, choosing a DJ who primarily does weddings is the best option. They will have the knowledge of the ins and outs of wedding ceremonies and receptions and will likely have the experience needed to make the announcements. You can usually find wedding DJs through an online search. You can also check with your other wedding vendors to see if they have recommendations of DJs they have worked with before. 
If you’re more focused on great music, a DJ from the local Pittsburgh club scene may be a better fit for you. A DJ in this arena may charge lower rates, but keep in mind, they may not have a lot of wedding experience. You can start calling around to local clubs and ask for DJ recommendations if you decide to go that route. 
If you are looking for show-stopping music that will awe your guests, then consider finding an experienced wedding DJ who is well-known for their amazing music. You may also consider a club DJ who has extensive wedding experience. Expect the price tag for this type of DJ to be a bit higher. 

Listen to Samples of Their Work

Now that you’ve had a chance to chat with a few DJs and you can pick a few that you are comfortable with and ask them to provide you with samples of their work. Whether it is a video of a performance, a few sample playlists, or a mixtape, their samples can help you learn more about them and begin narrowing down your choice. 
If quality music is a priority for you, be sure to listen to as much of their work as you can to get a complete idea of what they can do. 
Learn About Their Personality and Crowd Engagement Techniques
For couples looking to have their DJ more involved in the fun of the reception, you will want to make sure you get a good feel for their personality and ask them a variety of questions on how they interact with the crowd. 
Ask them how they get the reluctant people out on the dance floor. You will also want to know if they will take song requests and if they can help you with emceeing and making the necessary announcements. You may also want to see if they would be available to play your ceremony music and cocktail hour tunes. 

Put Together a “Do Not Play List” for Your DJ

If you have a playlist for your reception in mind, make sure you present it to your DJ and see if they are willing to follow it. You will also want to make sure you provide them with a do not playlist of the songs you want to avoid. This will help you prevent any unwanted song surprises at the reception. 

Get It All in Writing

With any of your wedding vendors, you should have a contract for their services. This protects the investment you are making. Never work with a vendor who won’t provide you with a written agreement for their services. 

Pittsburgh Wedding DJ Services

At Entertainment Unlimited, we offer a wide range of wedding DJs with their own unique styles and personalities to bring a special touch to your wedding day! If you are looking for a wedding DJ in Pittsburgh, look no further. Our DJs are fully vetted and highly experienced to play the soundtrack this special moment in your life. Contact us today to learn more!