The ultimate guide to hiring a wedding DJ

When it comes to planning a wedding, one of the most important things to consider is the music. A great wedding DJ can make all the difference between a boring reception and an unforgettable party. But with so many options out there, how do you choose the right one? 

Why a great wedding DJ is important

Music is one of the most important elements of any wedding reception. It sets the tone for the entire event and can make or break the atmosphere. A great wedding DJ knows how to read the crowd and keep everyone dancing all night long. They can also help with the flow of the reception, making sure everything runs smoothly and on schedule.

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Finding the right wedding DJ

Finding the right wedding DJ can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Start by asking friends and family for recommendations. You can also search online for wedding DJs in your area and read reviews from previous clients. Once you've narrowed down your options, schedule consultations with each DJ to see if they're a good fit for your wedding.

What to look for in a wedding DJ

When choosing a DJ, there are a few key things to look for. First and foremost, you want someone who is experienced and professional. They should have a solid understanding of wedding etiquette and be able to read the crowd to keep everyone dancing. You also want someone who has a wide range of music knowledge and can play a variety of genres to please all your guests.

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What to ask your wedding DJ

During your consultation with your potential DJ, make sure to ask them plenty of questions. Some things you might want to know include:

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Planning your wedding reception with your DJ

Once you've chosen your wedding DJ, it's time to start planning the reception. Work with your DJ to create a timeline for the evening and discuss any special requests or songs you want played. Make sure to provide them with a list of must-play songs as well as any songs you absolutely don't want to hear.

How to ensure your reception is a hit

To ensure your wedding reception is a hit, there are a few things you can do. First, make sure your DJ has a clear understanding of your vision for the reception. Work with them to create a playlist that includes a variety of genres and appeals to all your guests. You can also consider adding special touches like a photo booth or a signature cocktail to keep your guests entertained.

What to expect on your wedding day

On your wedding day, your DJ will arrive early to set up their equipment and do a soundcheck. They'll work closely with your wedding coordinator to make sure everything runs smoothly and on schedule. During the reception, they'll keep the music going and make any necessary announcements.

The cost of hiring a wedding DJ

The cost of hiring a wedding DJ can vary depending on a variety of factors, including their experience, equipment, and the length of the reception. On average, you can expect to pay between £500 and £1250 for a professional wedding DJ. Make sure to ask about any additional fees or charges before signing a contract.


Hiring a wedding DJ is an important part of planning your wedding reception. With the right DJ, you can ensure your guests have a night they'll never forget. By following these tips and guidelines, you can find the perfect wedding DJ for your special day and have the reception of your dreams. In the end, the perfect DJ can take your special day to the next level. With careful research, planning, and communication, you can ensure that your wedding reception is a night to remember for years to come.

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How far in advance should I book my wedding DJ?

It's a good idea to book your wedding DJ at least six months in advance, especially if you're getting married during peak wedding season.

Can I request specific songs to be played at my wedding?

Absolutely! Make sure to provide your DJ with a list of must-play songs as well as any songs you don't want to hear.

What kind of equipment should my wedding DJ have?

Your wedding DJ should have professional-grade equipment, including speakers, lighting, a DJ booth a mixer, and a microphone.

Should I provide my wedding DJ with a meal?

Yes, it's a good idea to provide your wedding DJ with a meal. They'll be working hard to keep the music going and ensure the reception runs smoothly, so it's important to make sure they're fed and hydrated.

Can my wedding DJ act as an MC for the reception?

Yes, many wedding DJs are also experienced MCs and can help make announcements and introductions throughout the reception.

How long does the set up and take down take?

Usually artists would like to take 1.5 hours to set up and to do a sound check. The take down is normally a little bit faster and can be done in an hour.

Testimonials of our wedding DJs

What clients say

Read all about the fabulous experiences our previous clients had when booking their entertainment from Sparx Entertainment, such as a wedding DJ, a live musician or maybe even a special act.


Our DJ was fantastic at our wedding - having all our guests dancing all night! She was easy to communicate with, listened to what we wanted and adapted on the night with additional requests and song changes. Thank you for making the latter part of our wedding day so much fun!


Wedding, France

Mr & Mrs Evans

Saira and Adam played at our wedding on the 2nd of August 😁 They were absolutely brilliant! The atmosphere was amazing and all the guests commented on how electric they were 💍💍 You were both fantastic thank you so much. Mr & Mrs Evans

Mr & Mrs Evans

Wedding, UK

Adam & Charlotte

Thank you so much for yesterday, it was amazing and everyone loved it so much. Also thank you for sorting everything for outside as well!

Adam & Charlotte

Wedding, France

Gareth & Jessica

On behalf of me and my wife Jessica, we would like to say a huge thank you for your set. The guests absolutely loved it and the dance floor was packed throughout. Honestly it was so amazing and added so much to our day! We cannot thank you enough.

Gareth & Jessica

Wedding, UK


Chris was the DJ at our wedding and he was absolutely fantastic. The dancefloor was full from start to finish! Chris got in contact with us before the event to get an idea of the type of music we wanted and he certainly didn't disappoint. We would happily recommend Chris to anyone looking for a DJ for a big event.


Wedding, UK