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FAQs and expert advice about djs

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North West Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yournorthwest.wedding

Dance The Night Away

Dance The Night Away

Q We're looking for a DJ for our upcoming wedding; how can we narrow down our decision?
A Chris Guttridge says: Start by determining how much you're willing to spend on a DJ. This will immediately eliminate some options and focus your search.

Seek recommendations from friends, family, or your wedding planner. Personal referrals can be the most valuable.

Look for DJs with experience in wedding entertainment and remember weddings require a different skill set than club DJing.

Schedule meetings with potential DJs to discuss your vision. Here at DJ CHRIS G, we will insist on a one-to-one meeting to ensure you get the perfect entertainment package.

Read reviews and testimonials from previous clients. This can provide insights into their professionalism and performance. For example, you can see what my happy wedding clients had to say on my website.

Ensure the DJ can accommodate your musical tastes and any special song requests.

Inquire about the DJ's equipment and setup. They should have quality sound and lighting equipment suitable for your venue. Here at DJ Chris G, we are able to provide you with the very best equipment. From lighting and music to indoor-safe special effects, we've got you covered.

Review the contract thoroughly. Ensure it covers the agreed-upon services, timeline, payment schedule, and any additional costs.

Confirm their availability for your wedding date and the hours they will be playing. If possible, see the DJ perform at another event to assess their skills and interaction with the crowd.

Trust your instincts. Choose a DJ who not only meets your criteria but also makes you feel comfortable and confident in their abilities.

Book your DJ well in advance, as popular ones tend to get booked quickly, especially during the wedding season.

Chris Guttridge, DJ Chris G

It's party time

It's party time

Q I'm overwhelmed by the number of DJs available. What questions should we ask a supplier to help narrow down our search?
A Mick Yeadon says: Before booking, ask yourself are they reliable? Have they ever failed to turn up or cancelled on anyone?

Will they personalise your show to suit your requirements? It's your wedding, and your supplier should be there to support you. They will advise you, and nothing should be too much trouble for them.

What equipment do they provide for a full set up and are they insured? Their equipment should regularly be added to and updated. Ours includes a full sound system, laser lights, LEDs, uplighting and a smoke machine. It needs to be PAT tested yearly by qualified electricians who can provide a copy of the certificate if needed.

What music do they provide? We have 1000s of digital tracks from as far back as the 1950s until the present day. Your DJ should cover a wide range of genres and provide a playlist that can be downloaded in advance. Will they be dressed appropriately? They should dress smartly after all your guests make an effort, so why shouldn't they?

Mick Yeadon, Micks Disco Fever

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