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How to Book a DJ for an Event

Follow these tips for a stress-free event!

Brittany Loggins


It can be hard to know how to find a good DJ — let alone how much you should expect to pay and how early you should have them booked. Especially if the DJ is for a wedding — you know, just the most important day — you need to make sure everything goes just as you are picturing it. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure that the entire process of choosing a DJ goes smoothly. The Bash has lots of DJs who have performed all kinds of events — from corporate parties to huge weddings. 

In addition to having a huge database of the best, most highly reviewed DJs available, we’re going to help you by laying out some important questions that you should ask before booking your DJ. We will also discuss general costs, as well as the booking timeline so that you can make sure you are never running behind. All of this will help you be more prepared for your event, while making that prep much more enjoyable and relaxing. 

How to Find a Good DJ: 

Luckily, The Bash has this aspect of the booking process completely under control for you. You can simply go to their site and let it know what you are searching for. While you can start by typing in “wedding DJ” or “bar mitzvah” DJ, if you want to widen the pool you can always just search the entire database. From there, fill in the place where your party will be happening. 

Immediately, you will be presented with a list of very qualified performers — and you will be able to see lots of stats that will help you feel confident in booking them. The site lists how many bookings they have fulfilled, as well as they timeline on those bookings. It also lists customer reviews, which it summarizes in a star rating.  

The best part is definitely the portfolio. The artists can upload photos, videos and sound clips, which are especially helpful if you are booking a DJ or live band. Definitely do not sleep on the video portion — even if you are booking a DJ. This is an important component that lets you see how they present themselves and if it aligns with your vision for your event. 

How Early You Should Book a DJ: 

A good rule of thumb to follow in terms of timelines is six months out, but I would argue that you can start calling and lining up options as soon as you know what type of performer you want. Even if it’s a year out, you can definitely start calling companies or individuals to see if their parameters meet yours. 

How Much Should a DJ Cost?: 

This can be a tough question, but the answer is necessary. It is also a question that should be posed before you start arranging any other details of your event with your chosen performer. Luckily, The Bash gives you a very helpful dollar range — and this is totally a benefit that you should take advantage of. 

When you call or email your DJ, make sure you know how long your event is going to last (base this off of the time limit you have been given at your venue), what kind of music you are hoping to hear and what kind of space you are expecting to have for the performer. That last one is super helpful because it will let them know how much equipment they can bring — think speakers, sound boards, etc. 

From there, they should be able to give you an estimate, however if you have a strict budget, now is the time to let them know.  

Questions You Should Ask Your DJ: 

While this is an easy portion to overlook, asking these questions before your big event will not only bring you a lot of comfort, it will make sure that the entire event is more organized. It will also confirm that you and your DJ are on the same page.

Can I send you song requests before the event? 

-This is primarily for wedding reception, however it could also be a good idea for company parties. Think through all of the songs you love dancing to with your significant other, friends or coworkers.  

Can I send you a list of songs that you should avoid? 

-Especially for weddings, think through any songs that you know you do not like or that really grate on your nerves.  

Do you have a timeline of when songs should be played?

-For this, think about your first dance song, the song you want played during a father-daughter dance, during your bouquet toss, etc.  

Can I provide you with a list of names and things I would like mentioned during introductions? 

-While this is a big one for wedding receptions, this can also be important if you are hosting a corporate event with speeches. Make sure the DJ is comfortable introducing people and speaking. 

Now that you're ready to find the perfect DJ, browse our extensive list of DJs in your area!

Published on 1/08/2020