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43 Questions to Ask Wedding DJs and Bands

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Every wedding day has a soundtrack of its own—from the walk down the aisle to the first dance, music helps set the tone for the entire day … which is why your DJ or band has such an important role. To help you better vet the candidates, we’ve compiled this master list of questions to ask wedding DJs and band.

  1. Is my wedding date available?
  2. How long have you been doing this professionally?
  3. How many weddings have you played?
  4. How long have you been performing together (if you’re interviewing a band)?
  5. Do you perform at more than one event in a day?
  6. Will you be the DJ/bandleader personally be playing at our wedding? Which band members should we expect?
  7. What sets you apart from your competition?
  8. Can you describe your style?
  9. Are there any other services that you provide, such as lighting design or a photo booth?
  10. Can you provide me with recent couples that I can contact for references?
  11. Do you have a CD of your music or a video from a prior wedding where you performed?
  12. Can you help me choose the music for my processional, recessional, etc.?
  13. How extensive is your music library or song list? What genres can you cover?
  14. Do you have a go-to list of wedding songs you play or perform for weddings?
  15. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?
  16. If the DJ or one of the band members scheduled for my event is unable to perform for some reason, do you have a backup replacement ready to go?
  17. Do you take any breaks? How many and when?
  18. What music will be provided during the breaks?
  19. How many band members will perform that day?
  20. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?
  21. Do you take requests from our guests?
  22. Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?
  23. What’s your rate?
  24. How much would you charge for overtime?
  25. Are there any additional fees that could accrue that I am not taking into account, like travel expenses or charges for special musical requests?
  26. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?
  27. What is your refund/cancellation policy?
  28. How far in advance do I need to book you for my wedding?
  29. What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
  30. Are you insured?
  31. Can you provide wireless mics for the wedding ceremony?
  32. Does any of your equipment require special electrical outlets that I need to inform my wedding site about?
  33. Do you bring backup equipment?
  34. What kind of space or stage do you require for the DJ or band? If my site doesn’t provide what you need, will you make arrangements for the stage or am I responsible for renting it?
  35. Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?
  36. How much time will you need for setup, sound check and breakdown on the day of the event?
  37. Will we meet again before the wedding?
  38. When is our deadline for submitting our music requests and event details?
  39. What will you wear to our wedding?
  40. Do you (and each band member, if you’re booking a band) require a meal?
  41. What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the wedding?
  42. Is there anything we should know about your services that we haven’t talked about?
  43. Do you have any questions for us?

Now you’re Ready to Choose Your Wedding DJ or Band

After wrapping up these questions to ask wedding DJs and bands, you’ll know everything there is to know about how your candidates work and perform. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you’ll be to make the right decision and find the one for your wedding!