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  • Your wedding will most likely require music to satisfy all ages and musical tastes so ask about variety and the policy on requests.
  • Find out about equipment. A DJ should have professional sound equipment - not "home consumer" gear.
  • If lighting is important to you, ask about special effects.
  • A good DJ will take the time to explain how they will handle the details of the introductions, first dance, toast, blessing, cake cutting, bouquet & garter and special requested dances.
  • They should be able to communicate well with you and should be willing to listen to your ideas and meet any special needs.
  • Your DJ should be familiar with most of the music you want and should know how to organize the reception within your guidelines.
  • Try to determine if your DJ has the ability and willingness to "read" and motivate the crowd.
  • Most reputable DJ's will provide you with song lists and an informational planning sheet.
  • Does he/she have the ethnic or “special” songs that you want played?
  • Will he/she buy music for you or will you supply him/her with the sound tracks?
  • When dealing with large companies meet with the DJ that will be performing at your reception.
  • Ask if there is videotape of your DJ at a wedding that you can see.
  • Ask if there are any references or thank you cards that you can see.
  • Ask your DJ if he performs at a bar/nightclub so that you can see him in action.

Food and music are the biggest and most important elements of a successful reception.

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