DJ vs. Ipod – excellent question!

I asked Josh Cazier, owner of Park City Wedding DJ, for a bit of advice when choosing a DJ for your wedding.  He is a great guy, fantastic DJ, and I highly recommend him for your next event.  He really keeps the party moving.  The truth is, an iPod will keep your guests dancing for 15 minutes – tops.  A great DJ will keep the party moving until you are danced out and ready to leave.

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In Josh’s words:

About a year ago I was on a morning show. The host asked me what the best way to find a DJ for a wedding is, and asked if I allow potential clients to go to weddings to “see me in action.” I’m still not sure if he was kidding or not, but he brings up a great point. Without being able to see someone in action, how do you choose? Window shopping doesn’t really exist, and that is one reason why I always insist in meeting people who I will be working with. This coming week, while I will be in the Bay Area, I will be meeting with some people who I will be working with later this year. Most often, for me the first meeting isn’t just about planning, its main purpose is to get to know each other and make sure that everyone is on the same page. The most important thing your DJ needs to know what you want. To do that, he needs to know you. Hopefully this helps to put things into perspective. Think about the qualities that your maid of honor has. Regardless of if she is a good friend or relative, she definitely knows you extremely well, she is the person who has all kinds of stories about you that she could share for the toast, and you may even be a little nervous about which ones she may choose. Your DJ doesn’t have the years to get to know you like your maid of honor has, but still needs to be able to also know exactly what your dreams for your wedding day are. On that day, your DJ is your personal representative. They will be talking on the microphone in front of your guests,  and by that time, you need to have 100% confidence in them. Their sole goal should be about you and your new spouse. With the effort they put into getting to know you, they will know what kind of music you like. By knowing the atmosphere that you want at your wedding, they will also be able to work with you to pick the style of music throughout the night.

When you choose your DJ, you need to make sure that the person you meet with is the person you want in front of your guests. Ask them about what they will wear. Listen to their voice, does their experience show in how they speak? Is their voice one that you like, and a voice that you want to listen to? Your wedding will have the people in attendance who are the closest of your friends and family.  So remember this, your DJ doesn’t just play music, they are the host to the biggest day of your life.