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S3, EP4: How to find a great wedding DJ for the best party

CategoriesWedding tips.
19 Oct, 2022

On this episode of Project Engaged, Eddy and Aleks discuss how to find a great wedding DJ for an epic party!

If you’re a couple who loves music and wants a great party for their wedding, you’ll want to make sure you find an experienced wedding DJ who knows how to help you achieve the dance floor of your dreams (and build up to it throughout the night)!

You can check out the blog for this podcast here.


Full episode transcription

Eddy: Welcome to Project Engaged, a podcast for fun loving couples planning their non traditional wedding.

Aleks: We’re wedding DJs Aleks and Eddy Mac from Melbourne. We run a business called One More Song, and our tagline is No More Nutbush.

Eddy: In this podcast, we’ll share our wedding experiences and chat to some of our past couples.

Aleks: We’ll also interview bold wedding suppliers who share our philosophy of your wedding being a celebration of you as a couple and one epic party.

Eddy: Let’s get into today’s episode. Welcome back to Project Engaged. As ever, I am Eddy Mac.

Aleks: And I’m Aleks.

Eddy: How are you, Aleks?

Aleks: Max Mac. Great. I’m great. I’m jacked up on coffee. I think I say that every time, but I really am today. How about you?

Eddy: Not as jacked up. I think I probably drink half the amount of caffeine that you do daily.

Aleks: I know I had a strategic decaf at one point and then I thought, I’ll go back to caffeine.

Eddy: It’s funny how every podcast we talk about coffee, but it’s such a big thing in Melbourne. And I know a lot of DJs do drink a lot of coffee to get through those big days and big nights, and we’re absolutely no different. But today’s podcast, I think, is quite an interesting one because it’s just you and I having a bit of a yarn.

Aleks: Yes.

Eddy: And we’re talking about, really, the search for an excellent wedding DJ. Because I know that speaking to a lot of couples around Melbourne, it is hard to find a really good wedding DJ, would you say?

Aleks: Yeah. And we’re going to specifically focus on, you know, finding the best wedding DJ for a great party. Because if you have made the decision to book a DJ for your wedding, chances are you are after a really good night, really fun night, really good dance floor. Otherwise you’d just have a Spotify playlist, wouldn’t you? So I think, you know, that’s kind of the focus of it, is how do you find someone that will guarantee you an awesome party?

Eddy: That’s right. And there are different types of DJ’s in the market, I would say there are DJ’s that are like us that are all about the party. The party vibes from the get go all the way through to the dance floor. And there are others that may act more like a host for the evening and do the emceeing. Obviously the music is a big part of it, but perhaps the emphasis is more on running the night.

Aleks: Yeah. And I think that’s for weddings that we don’t really cover on this podcast, which are more traditional, more formal, more structured weddings, whereas we’re really focused on couples who are planning a non traditional, fun, you know, party type wedding, and they’re really just waiting for that dance floor to kick off. So, yeah, you’re right. There are some DJs out there that don’t have that focus, but we’re. Yeah, we’re not one of them. Two of them.

Eddy: Yeah, well, that’s right. You know, we do tend to attract clients that are, after a big party, more relaxed, as you said, less traditional. And that really suits us and our personalities, too, definitely.

Aleks: So we’re gonna go into some of our hot tips for finding the best wedding DJ for your wedding. You want to kick things off?

Eddy: Yes. Okay, so rule number one, if you can call it such a thing, is to book in your wedding DJ as early as you possibly can.

Aleks: Yeah. And this sounds a bit obvious, but, you know, if you think about kind of the main things or vendors, I should say that people book in tends to be venue, obviously. Yes. And then you might look at your celebrant, photographer, et cetera.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: Now, for people for whom music is a big ticket item, that is really important. It’s a priority for their wedding. The DJ should be at the top of that list, I would say, with a photographer.

Eddy: Yeah, that’s right. Absolutely.

Aleks: And celebrant.

Eddy: Yeah, I think they’re the big three. Obviously, as you mentioned, the venue is huge as well. And usually couples start with the venue for that aesthetic part of the equation, photography, celebrant, DJ. Huge deals. Yeah, huge deals. Yeah.

Aleks: And look, dates are limited, even though we’re seeing, you know, a trend towards Thursday weddings and that sort of thing, people still generally are choosing, you know, Friday Saturdays for their weddings, and there’s only a few of those a month. So particularly in the busy months, you know, you’re looking at November and March, which are kind of the peak wedding months. People get snapped up really quickly.

Eddy: Yeah. I mean, look, having said that, and I don’t know whether this is a result of the last couple of years or three years now that we’ve, we’ve gone through, but I’m finding that the big months are almost spreading out into the months beside them. So to give you an example for this October that we’re in right now, it’s actually busier for us than November. Yeah. And November was usually the crazy, you know, month leading up to summer. So we may be seeing a slight change in that trend, which is really quite a good thing because it means that clients and couples are more willing to look at opposing months rather than those key March and November months. And not only that, but as you mentioned before, there are weddings on most days of the week this, this time around. So gone are just the Saturday was the peak and the Fridays came in and now it’s, you know, Sundays and you know, I’ve got one on. I mean it’s before the public holiday Tuesday, we’re on a Monday in a couple of weeks time. So this, these things are changing. And what that means for couples is that there’s probably more availability in terms of DJs given that people are a little bit more relaxed on times.

Aleks: Yeah. So I think, yeah, I think definitely if you’re looking at a day of the week that isn’t as popular, then your chances will be increased. But why, why leave it to chance? Like if you have seen someone that you really like and you’re in the process of looking at your main suppliers, you’ve got your venue booked in, you’ve got a date, just don’t delay because, yeah, it could be that person could be booked on that day and then have nothing on the two days, you know, either side. You just don’t know. Like it’s, it’s, it’s random, you know, as you say, it’s, it’s definitely changing in terms of the trends. So you just don’t know. I think you just need to get in there, start researching early and having a look at people that you want to reach out to, to chat to.

Eddy: Exactly. And we’ve probably skipped a step here, but you’ve got to know where to find a good wedding DJ, which is our second point. Know where to find a good wedding DJ. Okay, so let’s say that you weren’t in this industry, Aleks, you were planning a wedding. What’s the first thing that would spring to mind? Where would you look?

Aleks: Probably I would look on Instagram first. But you can get lost down a rabbit hole on Instagram and, you know, end up looking at tiktoks and real cat memes. Why was I on Instagram 3 hours later? You’ve bought some random hair styling tool and you don’t even know what time it is. So I would say Instagram is good. And particularly have a look at, you know, the Instagram accounts of some of the key vendors you’ve already booked, including, you know, looking up things like hashtags for your venue.

Eddy: Yes. And what types of hashtags, given we are in Melbourne, would you be searching.

Aleks: For Melbourne wedding DJ? Is a good one. But, um, just to, again, you know, you can really get lost in it. But I think narrowing it down to your venue as well. Just looking up weddings for your venue, looking up your venue accounts, your celebrant accounts, see who they work with. Yeah, that’s probably a good place. So Instagram can be used to kind of narrow things down. You don’t have to get lost down the rabbit hole.

Eddy: Excellent. Okay, so Instagram’s one. Yeah. I’m gonna throw in wedding directories in Melbourne. Wedding directories. Look, if I was planning a wedding, I’d probably start at wedding directories. Honestly, you know, I find that not only for DJ’s, but for basically every other kind of supply, can get a sense of who’s, who’s out there. Then obviously vibe, check them with the Instagram just to make sure that they’re current, they’re posting the weddings that they’re doing look like the kinds of weddings that you want on a plan. And there’s some great, great directories in Melbourne, including Ivory tribe. There’s hello May, there’s wed. Shed is quite a big one. And there’s some others too, like Theodore dancing with her. Dancing with them. So there are some great, great directories that you can take a look at.

Aleks: There are some great directories and there are some not so great directories. So I think it is very important, again, to see where your vendors and venue is listed. You know, just have a look around the directory. Have a look at some of the real weddings. You know, if you, if you go on a directory and there are 500 DJ’s listed on there, you know, every man or woman and his dog, her dog has the potential to be listed on there. I would be a little bit sus. It’s not very helpful either, because you want to kind of have that initial shortlist. Right.

Eddy: Well, that’s. Yeah, that’s a really good point. And I know you can pay on some of these directories to get featured, so that may muddy the waters as well. So those that are coming up on the top of the list are the ones that have paid extra to be featured. Yeah.

Aleks: And I think it’s important to note that, you know, to list on directory vendors do pay, so we do pay to list. You know, we pay an annual fee, however, for the directories, a little bit more discerning. So where you’ll see a lower number of DJ’s listed, they, they actually have to accept you. So they have to, you know, have a look at all of your social they’ve almost done that. Some of the background work for you.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: Because they’ve gone, yep. This, you know, this company looks reputable. They kind of fit in with the aesthetic and the vibe that we’re, you know, our couples are expecting from our directory and that sort of thing. So, yeah, I think just be careful with those directories where there’s 500 people listed.

Eddy: Yeah, yeah, absolutely. And I would also throw into to the mix supplier vendor recommendations. So, you know, asking your celebrant, asking your photographer, you know, do you know of a really good wedding DJ that you can recommend?

Aleks: Yeah. Also, your venue is included in that because a lot of venues do have recommended suppliers. And it makes such a difference to have someone who’s played in the space before as well.

Eddy: Massive. Yeah, that is huge. Sorry.

Aleks: Yeah, I was gonna say, you know, just understanding, like, the sound requirements, knowing the staff, knowing how things work, bump in, etcetera. They can also kind of provide a lot more advice on, you know, I don’t know, positioning of their setup or, you know, of the dance floor and that sort of thing. So I think you get a little bit more out of that if you go with someone who’s played in the venue before.

Eddy: Oh, absolutely. I agree with that. And a lot of these venues will have lists of recommended supplies that they’ll actually send out once you’ve booked that particular venue so you can have a look. And, you know, this happens quite a lot. We play a lot of weddings at Rupert, and we tend to bump into many of the same vendors because happily, happily and happily, of course, because they’re obviously on those same list.

Aleks: Yeah. Yeah. I think the other good thing is, you know, your venue. Obviously, they see loads of weddings all the time, so they know what to look for in a supplier. They’ll only list someone on their list if they’re reliable, you know, punctual, professional, good to communicate with. So, again, they’ve done the groundwork for you, so definitely check it out and also ask your venue if they don’t have a recommended suppliers, please ask them who they recommend as well. They might just not have something, you know, that they can send you, but it’s good to ask for that. I just want to go back to Instagram as well. You know, Instagram, I think, can also be used not just for the initial research, and we’ll probably get into this in a bit, but as a validation tool, you know. So if you see someone’s directory listing, for example, if you have a look on their website, does it match you know, does the wording match? Do the photos match? Is the branding kind of consistent, just really to validate? Yep. These are the people who they say they are and they’re. And they’re consistent. They’re active and that sort of thing. Yeah, that’s important.

Eddy: Yeah. And that’s sort of what I was alluding to before, actually. And maybe I didn’t explain it well enough, but yet, no, I. I could not agree more. I think that nine times out of ten, when we are chatting to particularly our clients, they’re checking us out on Instagram. Yeah. Not so much TikTok at this point. That may change down the track. I don’t really want to start dancing in front of, you know, maybe behind the decks will be cool. But Instagram is. Is just huge.

Aleks: Yeah.

Eddy: You know, a lot of couples are shopping via Instagram.

Aleks: Yeah. I mean, you’ve got the whole wedding ecosystem there, right. So you can kind of see how people are connected to each other as well.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: You know, it. If someone says they work with this particular celebrant, you can see if that’s true.

Eddy: Yeah, exactly.

Aleks: So, yeah, very important.

Eddy: And it’s another. Just to push this point a little bit further, you know, it’s another great way along the way. Say, if you have booked your DJ, we often chat to our couples via Instagram the lead up. Because it’s very easy.

Aleks: Yes, we do.

Eddy: So, you know, so it’s not just that validation tool. We find it extremely useful in the lead up and we’ll, you know, provide them with ideas and different types of music. And, you know, some clients you’ve had, one in particular, Claire had. You had a lot of conversations. And look, by the time you got to the wedding, I felt like you knew her better than most.

Aleks: I know, but it took so long to scroll through all the messages, all the reactions to the stories and find out all the.

Eddy: But we love that, though. Connecting is it way that we weren’t. When I first started deejaying that, you know, Instagram was really only. I wasn’t even around old man, so, yeah, I was trying to say it in a way that didn’t make me sound like an old man, but, you know, I found that I’m so much more connected to my couples now.

Aleks: Yeah, yeah. And the vendors as well. And it’s also a really good way to see, you know, what the DJ’s personality and kind of style is like as well. So if it’s really important to you that you get to work with your wedding DJ in lead up to your wedding and that you have, you know, close relationship, they’re on call if you’ve got any questions etc. Then.

Eddy: Exactly.

Aleks: You will want to see their face on their Instagram account, you know.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: There are some agencies out there which have a number of DJ’s that they work with and you might not necessarily get to spend time with them in lead up. So if that’s important to you, just make sure that you can see that on Instagram, that you can see who your DJ will be, what they look like behind the decks, you know, any kind of behind the scenes stuff.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: And just get a sense of their vibe. My favourite word ever.

Eddy: Well, this is, you know, a great segue into our next major point in this podcast in what to look for in a wedding DJ.

Aleks: Yes. Yeah.

Eddy: So there are a few sort of key things to consider when looking for your ideal wedding DJ, which include take it away, Aleks.

Aleks: Well, the first one is super important and that is the DJ’s experience in playing weddings.

Eddy: I mean, this should be pretty obvious. But you know, there are stories of couples booking, booking DJ’s that aren’t particularly, you know, privy to weddings. They might be a club DJ or a bar DJ. A wedding DJ is a very specific breed of DJ.

Aleks: Yes, that’s right. God, that makes us sound scary. But I think it is important. And look, I’ve shared some horror stories with you where, you know, some friends who booked a DJ, who was a club DJ. And just as an example, you know, for the dance floor would play one banger. Let’s say, you know that dreams. Is it dreams? Dreams. Dreams remix. Yep, that’s right.

Eddy: Song.

Aleks: Yeah, great song. So everyone would be up and dancing, loving it. Or maybe it was Rasputin. Anyway, that vibe.

Eddy: Also good song.

Aleks: Also good song. Yes. And then just play a ballad. Everyone would sit down and then play a banger and then play a ballad.

Eddy: So sort of musical chairs.

Aleks: Yeah, it just. Just doesn’t work. You really have to, you know, being experienced in weddings means you understand the flow of the night, how to build that energy towards the dance floor.

Eddy: And also one of the biggest things is, you know, how to deal with a variety of people.

Aleks: Yes.

Eddy: From different age groups, from different walks of life. And that’s something that you’ve really got to learn over time. You know, you might be playing to a group that’s over 60 and all of a sudden, you know, a flock of 20 year olds comes onto the dance floor and what do you do in that situation? So that’s a major deal for wedding DJs. That perhaps a bar and club and other sorts of function DJ’s potentially wouldn’t be used to.

Aleks: Yeah, that’s true. And if you think about like a club DJ, they would have their sets pretty well planned out. They’re playing for a shorter amount of time generally. Like if you’re talking about a club.

Eddy: And actually, another good point is they may not have the types of expansive libraries, music libraries that a wedding DJ would have if they’re a club DJ, they may only have a certain amount of eighties or seventies, or they might not have that much funk or soul. And that becomes a problem when, you know, you’ve got a dance floor. Even before the dance floor you’re playing over dinner or in a cocktail setting. Just keeping that vibe going. Without running out of tunes.

Aleks: Yeah, without running out of tunes. Also keeping things varied and keeping things within the couple’s brief. There’s a lot of different factors that go into it.

Eddy: Yeah, we’re really opening a can of worms.

Aleks: Yeah, I know this is like a.

Eddy: Whole other podcast, like an inception podcast within a podcast type of situation, but we’ll claw our way back to what we were speaking about.

Aleks: So I do want to raise one thing, and that’s what, you know, you mentioned about the library as well. So wedding DJs are essentially open format DJ’s.

Eddy: So what does that mean?

Aleks: So that means we play a variety of genres. We basically play to our couples brief. So, you know, on any given day when we’re doing weddings, we could be playing one wedding that’s full of, you know, electronic dance music and house. And then the next wedding might be more motown, soul, funk, disco, like, it just really varies. So we play a variety of genres and we’re able to transition between those seamlessly and. Yeah, that’s, that’s, that’s. I think that’s a major difference between.

Eddy: Yeah, and if I can add to that too, we’re also balancing what’s in front of us in terms of crowd dancing at that particular time with the brief from our couples.

Aleks: Yes.

Eddy: So that can be quite, quite an interesting task in and of itself.

Aleks: Yeah, there’s a lot going on anyway, so.

Eddy: Okay, so in a nutshell. Yeah. Ask the DJ how experienced they are in playing weddings.

Aleks: Yeah, absolutely. The next one is your wedding budget.

Eddy: Yes.

Aleks: And we sort of covered this where we talked about the fact that you should reach out, you know, to your DJ early on if they are. If music is something that’s really important to your wedding, but if it is, the same thing goes with budget so if music is super important, your DJ should be sitting at the top of your budget with the other high priority suppliers. Yes, I think this is really important. Rather than just like going out there and thinking, oh, I’ll just collect a bunch of quotes like have in your mind, okay, what are the priorities where we’re going to allocate, you know, a large chunk of our budget.

Eddy: Yeah. And so we’ve written a blog about this very topic in, you know, in terms of what DJ’s charge. So. And it changes all the time, obviously. But in terms of a ballpark figure, Aleks, what would you say?

Aleks: I would say anywhere from 1800 to 3000 plus.

Eddy: I’d agree with that.

Aleks: Yeah. And, you know, if you think about photographers, and I always say this, you could hire a photographer for $400 for the whole day. You could hire a wedding photographer for $10,000 for the whole day. So again, I mean, it does vary and there’s many, many factors, but this is why it’s even more important that you have an idea of, you know, what the ballpark is and how important it is to you and what you’re going to allocate.

Eddy: Yeah, and those figures that you’ve mentioned, that’s usually the starting point. Figures.

Aleks: Yeah, for like a standard 500 plus.

Eddy: And, you know, 3000 plus if you want a longer reception, if you want to add things like lights and perhaps you want an MC service on top of that because I know that a lot of the DJ’s around. They do charge extra for those types of things.

Aleks: Yeah. And I think that’s an important point as well. If we’re talking about budget is make sure you have a conversation with your DJ and they’re transparent about any other costs that might come up. So for us, you know, we, any couple before they book us, have to have a meeting with us so we can scope things out properly because it might be that you haven’t got anything going on for music, for your ceremony, cocktail hour, etcetera. That’s something we can, you know, provide. We can provide that service, but obviously there’ll be an additional cost and we’re very upfront about that so you can make a decision. So it is important to ask about what’s involved and provide a very, you know, detailed scope.

Eddy: That’s right.

Aleks: If you want cost certainty at the beginning.

Eddy: Yeah, absolutely. So, no, look, I’m, I think we’ve covered that quite nicely. So thirdly, how the DJ sounds. And now what do we mean by that? Well, do you have any mixes from the DJ? Do they curate any playlists on Spotify or apple music, what. What do they like to play? And how flexible are they with playing what you would like them to play as well?

Aleks: Yeah. And again, it’s going back to that balance. But I think when you say, what do they like to play? It’s not, oh, I love house music, so I’m only gonna play house music within these particular genres. These are the types of tunes that we will always choose.

Eddy: That’s right. And so coming back to the whole notion of the open format DJ, the wedding DJ, being an open format DJ, they will play across a variety of genres, decades, etc. They’ll have their favourites within that, that sort of mirror their style, so to speak. So if you were to ask us, what’s your style? We’re very upbeat. You don’t play cringy stuff. We play a wide variety of great tunes that are gonna get people on the dance floor.

Aleks: Yeah. We tend to say more classy, obviously, that, you know, it’s a bit non cringe. Yeah, non cringe.

Eddy: We’re not playing the chicken dance, obviously, you know.

Aleks: Yeah. I mean. Yeah. But even within that, obviously there’s more granular. So, you know, with eighties, like, there’s certain tunes I won’t play from the eighties and there’s others I’ll play in. In place because they’re just cooler. I don’t know how to describe it.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: But that’s why we have our Spotify playlist. That’s why we have sample mixes that we’ve put together for different genres. We’ve also got recordings of actual weddings that we play, so the live recordings, so you can kind of hear within a particular brief what we’ve chosen as tunes for that couple.

Eddy: Exactly, yeah. So we’re just educating as much as we possibly can so that by the time you are ready to have a conversation with us, you know, you’re feeling comfortable to do so. And that should be the same of all wedding DJ’s, really.

Aleks: It’s pretty rare. Yeah. You don’t always get to see hear mixes, which is like a photographer not putting up their photos.

Eddy: Yeah, I’ve never really understood that. So I’d be pushing. I’d be pushing your prospective wedding DJ for anything.

Aleks: Sample, set, list, even just like a, you know, PDF with. With tunes they played at a recent wedding.

Eddy: Yeah. I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. It’s very easy to record a set, so even if your DJ doesn’t have anything, you could kindly request them to record wedding that they’re doing. On the week, on the weekend, it. You know, if they’re using the main pieces of software, which I presume there would be. It’s just one or two buttons.

Aleks: Yeah, it’s. It’s very easy. And I think as well as the tunes, just to hear how they transition, you know, between songs. Also, do they play a lot of weird remixes or speed songs up or slow them down to match the tempo so they can do these, you know, cool, sick, long mixes? You know how I feel about that at a wedding and just listening, you know, oh, you know, have a couple glass wine, listen to the dance floor section of a wedding recording and see how you feel. Like, how does the vibe feel? Is it moving at a good pace? Are you enjoying it? Yeah, that sort of thing.

Eddy: Absolutely.

Aleks: That’s getting really in depth. But if you can’t be bothered listening to a whole wedding set, we do a little kind of top ten, top five Spotify playlist. So, like, for example, our top ten disco tunes or new bangers that we’re enjoying that sort of thing.

Eddy: I mean, and we don’t. I don’t want to make this about us too much, but we do have sample mixes as well, which are like 20 minutes, 30 minutes of different genres. Of different genres, sort of taste testers, if you like. So there are just. Just ideas that you could potentially ask your prospective wedding DJ to see if they’ve got anything they can send through to you. And lastly, I love this one. Proof of their claims of greatness being in this industry. We’ve heard a lot. I’m Melbourne’s number one, you know, finest DJ out there and, you know, all the rest of it. But, you know, let them prove that. How, you know. So how would you. How would you prove that? You know, how would you prove it?

Aleks: Well, you got to do a bit of stalking. Check out their claims. First of all, be wary if anyone says that leading or the number one anything, because who judges that? Yeah, it’s a bit ridiculous, but anyway. But yeah, go, go and Check them out. Check out their claims. And there’s a number of ways you can do this. Check out their Google reviews.

Eddy: That’s the biggest one.

Aleks: Straight from the client’s mouths.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: You know, if there’s a couple of bad reviews, maybe have a read about you, see what the comments were and what, you know, have a look at the common themes that are coming through for the clients as well. Do they talk about, you know, party vibe? You know, easy to work with, think about the things that are important to you and whether that’s reflected in what the clients have to say about the DJ. Also, and we kind of mentioned this earlier, find out about real weddings they’ve played as well. So do they have a blog where they, you know, showcase some real weddings? Are they featured on any wedding directories? Check out their socials? Have they got, you know, reels, videos, etcetera, photos from weddings they’ve played? And as you mentioned earlier, check that. It’s the kind of, kind of wedding that you see, you know, yours to be.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: Just to make sure it’s a good fit.

Eddy: Yeah. So, I mean, that’s, that’s everything, I think.

Aleks: Oh, I had a few more.

Eddy: You have a few more. Let’s rewind then. Let’s. Let’s not be too hasty here. No, look, go for it.

Aleks: No, I know. Actually, I’m almost at the end of it and it’s very similar. Anyway, I was going to say just this is a big one. Check out the blog. And if I don’t have a blog, well, so be it. For insights, for expertise. You know, you want to, you want to book someone who’s going to be able to help you throughout the process, I think, and who is very experienced at the whole wedding game because it is very different to other types of deejaying. So.

Eddy: Definitely, and I’m glad you mentioned that, actually. And I’m glad I didn’t wind up before. We should have. You know, when I’m speaking to my clients that haven’t quite booked me yet, I let them know that I’m a resource for them long the journey. Yeah. And that is not just about the music, to be honest. A huge part of it is obviously.

Aleks: I mean, we help out with the run sheet.

Eddy: Well, that’s right. Yeah, exactly. So it’s run sheet, it’s floor plan, it’s things that are, for us, are conducive to a great party. And obviously you’d have your venue talking about food service, you have your photographer talking about the best places for shots, sunset, all that stuff. But we are 100% that resource for that party atmosphere and that, that whole vibe. So that’s, that’s definitely something that you should ask your DJ. How, how will you be able to help me in the lead up? Should I have questions along the way, not just for music, but for the overall experience in, in your sphere?

Aleks: Yeah. Yeah. Just to understand what the process is.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: You know, is it like you’re booked in and that’s he. You don’t hear from them until the final invoice. You don’t want that.

Eddy: Yeah.

Aleks: Music is important to you. You want someone who’s available who will guide you through it. So, yeah, definitely, you know, check out their blog. Check out all the resources they’ve put together and if they haven’t put any together, you know, that’s probably a little bit of a red flag or at least requires probably a bit more of an in depth discussion, meeting, etc. With their DJ so you can kind of suss them out. And I think another good one is check out on their socials. Actually, have a look at the comments that people have made as well. Often clients will comment. Might not leave a Google review necessarily, but might comment on the day as well. And you’ll see other vendors and venues and other people comment on, you know, how great the day was, how great the music was. What a great party vibe.

Eddy: Yeah, that’s a really good point.

Aleks: Worth looking at that as well.

Eddy: That’s a really good point.

Aleks: Yeah, I think we’ve covered it all now. Thank you for allowing me.

Eddy: We’re done now. No, that was. That was awesome. And it’s always great to chat about this, you know, because I do find that there are plenty of couples out there that are super overwhelmed because it’s just, there is. There are a lot of DJ’s in the. In the market, a lot of wedding DJ’s floating around. But how do you know which one’s for you?

Aleks: Yeah, there’s a lot of suppliers. Full stop. So definitely giving yourself, you know, arming yourself with some places to go where, you know, someone else has done the research and shortlisted, at least, you know, an initial list of names is super helpful.

Eddy: It definitely is. And by the way, we’ve actually written a blog on this very topic. If you did want to have a read, send it to your partner, etcetera. We’re going to put a link to this on the show notes for you.

Aleks: Yeah, we could have saved you having to listen to this whole podcast, but that’s okay.

Eddy: But some people like listening rather than reading, so this is why we do it.

Aleks: Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it. Thank you.

Eddy: Thank you.

Aleks: See you next time.

Eddy: Bye.

Aleks: Thanks for tuning in. If you’re enjoying project engaged, please hit the subscribe button on your fave podcast app.

Eddy: You can also follow us on Instagram, @projectengaged, and @onemoresongdjs.

Aleks: We’ll see you next time. And until then, have fun out there.

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