Jon Simon, aka DJ Gatsby, is one of our favorite DJ’s to work with. He has a unique style, is a pleasure to be around and has a knowledge of all musical genres.
We’re excited to offer you his tips below on how to choose your wedding DJ.
How to Choose Your Wedding DJ Wisely:
You’re about to marry the love of your life, but could do without his musical tastes. He’s a country bumpkin from Montana who also digs hip-hop, while you’re a city girl from the Northeast who can’t do without your ‘80s jams. Who do you go with to bridge your disparate musical tastes in a thoughtful manner on your special day? Of all the DJs out there, how do you differentiate one between the other? A poll conducted by Bridge & Groom Magazine a few years ago asked guests the #1 thing they remembered the most, and 80% answered the entertainment.
Besides their rates, you can pick the right DJ for you by keeping these questions in mind:
- Is the DJ a full or part-timer? 64% of DJs work on a part-time basis, and because of this their experience and qualifications should be questioned. How many affairs do they have under their belt if it’s not their full-time gig? Do you also feel that they would be able to answer your questions in a timely manner or work meetings around your schedule if they have a day job?
- What’s their DJ background? If they don’t have any or much club DJ experience, they may be lacking the instinctual ability to get the dancefloor packed and keeping them there as well as the important skill of blending the music aligning the tempos together.
- Are they part of a DJ company or on their own? DJ companies tend to operate like wedding factories because they do the same dog and pont show most weekends and just swap out the names of the bride and groom. Their DJ sets could sound stale because they do the same routine over and over without creating a custom playlist based on what you particularly like and dislike. Ask them how they can meet your needs specifically. Will the person making the sale also spin your wedding, or will they send someone else out to spin? Because big DJ/Entertainment Companies do so many weddings, they can tend to limit the amount of individual say you can have for your own event. If they don’t respond to your correspondences within 24 hours during the sales/inquiry process, that should be a sign right there that they won’t be the most attentive and get back to you when the date draws near and communication is crucial.
- Have they offered to send you recommendations for their work in the past? A DJ who doesn’t jump on the opportunity to send you references may tell you something about their experience or their job performance.
- How do they run a face-to-face meeting or a phone chat with you? In the end when you choose a wedding DJ, you’re going with whom you trust the most with the level of responsibility. Meetings are crucial for you to see how comfortable you feel about the potential vendor and how they operate. Listen in to see if they seem proactive and genuinely interested in taking care of you and your fiancé and not simply going through the motions.
- What is their philosophy about MCing? If they spin a lot of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs or Sweet 16 parties, I would really be wary. These DJs either out of habit or style get in people’s faces as if they’re teeny boppers and spend too much time on the mic. Most of my clients tell me that they want to avoid the “cheesy DJ” stereotype and love when I tell them that I use the mic solely to direct the flow by make necessary announcements and really allow the music to do the real talking.
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Jon Simon/DJ Gatsby