Wedding Planning Guide

What to Ask Your Wedding DJ or Band

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AVAILABILITY & EXPERIENCE

Is my wedding date available?

Do you have other weddings or events on the weekend of my wedding?

How long have you been in business?

How many weddings do you typically do in a year?

How long have you been performing together (if you're interviewing a band)?

How many members are in the band? Are there different options as far as how many musicians/vocalists we can hire?

Will you be the DJ/bandleader at our wedding?

Have you done events at my wedding venue?

Can you provide me with recent couples that I can contact for references?

MUSIC

How would you describe your style?

Do you have a specialty?

How extensive is your music collection?

What genres can you cover?

Do you have recordings from prior weddings that we can listen to?

Can we come listen to you perform?

How do you work with couples to come up with a playlist?

Can you recommend songs for the processional, recessional, father-daughter dance, etc.?

Can you learn specific songs for us (if you're interviewing a band)?

What do you typically do to get guests on their feet if the dance floor is empty?

Can you also act as the emcee and make announcements?

How would you define your emcee style?

How do you handle song requests from guests?

Can we give you a "Do Not Play" list?

LOGISTICS

What type of equipment do you use?

What are your power and amplification requirements?

How much space will you need?

What does setup and breakdown entail?

Which band members will be performing that day?

Do you work with an assistant or second DJ?

What happens if you or one of the band members is unable to perform?

What's your backup plan if there's an equipment malfunction?

What do you typically wear?

How many breaks do you typically require and for how long?

What music will be provided during the breaks?

How many vendor meals will you need?

Do you provide other services such as video projection, lighting, photo booth, etc.?

PRICING & PAYMENT

What's your rate and what does that include?

Does that rate include setup and breakdown between ceremony and reception locations?

What's your rate for overtime, if we go longer than the specified end time?

Are there any additional fees I should know about?

Are you insured?

How far in advance do we need to book?

How much is the deposit? When is it due?

When is the final payment due?

What is your refund policy if we need to cancel?

When should we expect to receive a contract?

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