THE KNAVE'S WEDDING BLOG
Handy Tips for booking a Wedding DJ in Melbourne.
What to look for, what to ask & what you need to know
So you've said YES and the planning for the big day is underway! With so many things to consider, it's easy to get overwhelmed - the wedding cake, guest list, wedding photographer and the list goes on... Luckily, having a few of these pointers at hand can save you time and enable you to find the Wedding DJ & MC that's right for you!
These are helpful tips and experienced observations from The Knave - a Melbourne Vinyl DJ, professional Wedding DJ and Event Consultant.
First things to consider when booking a Wedding DJ and getting organised.
Music is an important element in setting the mood at any social occasion and generally a major part of wedding celebrations. Ironically, it's also often left until the last minute. Don't let this be you! Getting your Wedding entertainment organised and booked in advance can give you a better chance of securing a booking with an experienced Wedding DJ who plays the music you like and allow you plenty of time to think over special songs and music requests.
From the moment guests arrive to the time they leave, the music plays it's part, so a little thought into the types of music you like and demographic of your guests is well worth considering before you start looking. A good Wedding DJ should ask you questions relating to these, so you'll save time by having a rough idea of this before you start your DJ search. I always recommend spending a session with your partner discussing your wedding music and few particular artists, songs or styles that you really like. Making a short playlist of around 10-20 songs that you can give to your DJ as an example of what you have in mind can be really helpful!
Wedding DJ prices in Melbourne
Rates for DJ hire in Melbourne vary - It will depend on a few factors including their experience, booking time, travel costs and the extras they might offer such as Wedding MC services, PA system hire and DJ Lighting. The trick is finding balance of your budget and what kind of DJ is musically best for you. Many offer great DJ packages for weddings too, but a word of advice here is - never compromise the on the music or professionalism ie: Don't hire a wedding DJ simply because they are cheap and come with some flashy lights. Just like a tattoo, you get what you pay for. It's certainly better to pay a little more for a performer you are confident in, whose musical style you love and who gives you a sense that they are genuinely looking forward to entertaining and adding something to your wedding reception.
When getting a quote for a Wedding and Event DJ, they will be putting in preparation time and it can also be a really long day once you factor in travel time, set up and pack down, playing time and the trip home - especially for some of the beautiful wedding venues in regional Victoria such as the Yarra Valley, Taradale, Macedon and Mornington Peninsula.
Due to so many variables in locations for Melbourne wedding venues, wedding formats, playing times and Mobile DJ equipment - A professional level Wedding DJ in Melbourne might cost around $1200 - $1800 depending on the specifics. Taking the above factors into consideration should help you on what pricing is reasonable for a quality Wedding DJ for your event.
What style of Wedding DJ to hire & Music selections
Generally, Weddings are suited to having a range of tunes to not only complement the demographic, but also the different stages of your wedding day. The reception music should reflect you and your tastes, so this is where you example playlist will come in handy!
While it's a great idea to compile a short list of "Must Play" and "Wish List" dance floor songs, be careful not to make these so long that your DJ has no space left to play to the room and do their thing - That's what you've hired them for in the first place! Considering an average dance floor section of a wedding is around 2 - 3 hours, 5 "Must Play"songs or so will be plenty and your DJ should be able to comfortably do their thing and play to the feel of the room in step with your musical brief.
Consider also how appropriate these choices are too - That new R&B banger about "tappin that booty" is highly likely to be awkward around certain guests and that long 8 minute epic might rock your world but will probably clear your dance floor. Having a good discussion with your DJ on their thoughts around these is a good idea as they may have suggestions.