Tips for Hiring a Wedding DJ

January 12, 2022 | 8 Comments

Wedding Planning Tips | Boston Wedding DJ


Choosing your wedding DJ is one of the most important parts of wedding planning. While people may not remember every detail of your event, they’ll definitely remember if they were on the dance floor having the time of their life. With the number of wedding vendors out there, we know that choosing a DJ can be overwhelming! Here are our top tips on how to pick a DJ for your wedding day.



How Much to Budget for a DJ

Your wedding day will hopefully be one of the most special days of your life, but it will also probably be one of the most expensive. We know every couple has a budget, but sometimes it’s hard to decide how to split that budget up between your vendors. The most common recommendation is to spend about 10% of your wedding budget on music. That means if you’re looking to spend around $20,000 total on your wedding, you should expect to spend around $2,000+ on a good DJ.


What Music Genre Are You Looking For?

While most DJs have access to pretty much any song you could ever think of, they generally have a handful of styles that they specialize in. One of the benefits of working with a company like BEG is that we have a variety of DJs so we can connect you with the perfect one! Whether you and your spouse love EDM, oldies, or pop-punk, we can find the perfect person for your event.


Why Finding a DJ with Wedding Experience is Important

DJing a wedding is so much more than putting together a playlist and pressing play. From ceremony music to introductions and first dances, there are so many moving parts to a wedding! While you could probably save a few bucks by hiring your friend’s cousin who DJ’ed his bar mitzvah, your wedding day is not the time you want to take that risk. Finding a DJ who has wedding-specific experience will save you a lot of stress on your special day.


Check Reviews from Couples and Other Vendors

If you’re looking at wedding vendors, you’re probably familiar with sites like The Knot and WeddingWire. Those are awesome resources for reviews from other couples and should definitely be used in your search! However, did you also know that you can find reviews from other vendors? Zola and Google My Business are great places to find these. While it’s incredibly important to find out what past couples thought about a DJ, vendor reviews can also be a great opportunity to see if they are nice people to work with and if they do good work behind the scenes.


Communication is Key When Hiring Vendors for Your Big Day

Wedding planning can feel like a full-time job. In fact, the average couple spends 200-300 hours planning their wedding day. A vendor who has poor communication will only make that job harder. While you may not think that a DJ does a lot of work outside of your actual wedding day, they are a big part of the planning process, and it’s important to find someone who is communicative! If you’re waiting weeks to hear back about a DJ’s availability, they’re probably going to be generally difficult to get a hold of.



Finding the perfect wedding DJ can be tricky, especially since they don’t have a physical portfolio like photographers or videographers. Following our tips on how to hire a wedding DJ can help simplify the process and help you find your ideal vendor!


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If you’re planning your special day and looking for a DJ that will keep your guests on their feet, we’d love to be a part of it! Contact us to learn about our wedding packages.


Photos Courtesy of Kerri McWade Photography and used with permission.

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