How to Hire a Karaoke DJ for a Wedding
Look for experience and a crowd-pleasing attitude
By Trisha Berendt
Karaoke DJs are a fun option for casual or semi-formal wedding receptions. When you're looking to have a memorable and entertaining reception, these DJs are experienced in working up the crowd. Since many people like to show their talent singing karaoke, this option is bound to be a hit. Karaoke DJs combine regular music with sing-along music. When guests are too busy to sing, you'll still get quality songs to dance to.Hiring a Karaoke DJ
Start the search for DJs in your area three to six months in advance. Their websites may list what they provide and whether they can include karaoke in their performance.
Call three to five of your favorite karaoke DJs. Ask about their prices and confirm that they can do karaoke. Check their references to make sure they have done this before. Also ask about their availability for your wedding date. Set up an interview with your two favorite karaoke DJs.
Ask the DJ questions about the services he provides. Will he play other songs in between the karaoke sessions? Does he interact with the guests at the reception? How big is his song library? Does he provide the words to the songs on a screen? Does he have songs for a group sing-along? Provide him with a list of songs that you want to hear at your wedding reception. If you give him enough time, he can add it to his library. Duets are great karaoke songs for weddings so couples can express their love together.
Provide a "Do Not Play" list to the DJ you hire. Give this to him at least a week before the wedding. List specific songs that you see in his library or give him instructions on the types of songs that you feel are inappropriate for your wedding. This would include songs about breakups and divorce and songs with expletives that may be inappropriate for some guests.
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Trisha Berendt is a freelance writer and professional wedding photographer.
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