Newark Reception DJs Guide

How to Find the Right Music for Your North Jersey Wedding

Finding great music in New Jersey is like finding a tree in a forest: a done deal. In addition to all the rock, jazz, and blues clubs in the Newark area (this is The Boss and Frank Sinatra country, after all), you’ve got a thousand more opportunities across the water in Manhattan. Finding the perfect DJ for your Newark wedding is simply a matter of picking and choosing. Follow these tips, and you’ll be dancing in the light.

Book your Newark DJ about 8 months’ prior to your ceremony, and after you’ve picked your reception site. Prices vary, depending on the size of your wedding, the hours, and the vendors’ experience. An exceptional DJ should have a good 50 weddings under his belt; if your affair is small and casual, you might be able to get away with a less-experienced DJ. Expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $2,000.

When interviewing, ask the DJ for a DVD of a previous wedding gig. If he spins around town, try and see him in person. (But never crash someone else’s wedding party.) When looking, ask friends and relatives, and vendors in the area. Ask the DJ for references, and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints.

As soon as you’re ready to break it down with Newark DJ’s, check the Northern Jersey Local Vendor Section for a regularly updated list of Newark DJ’s, wedding entertainment providers, and more.

Newark DJ’s vary in personality and style; you can find a guy who’s “The Boss” with the one-liners, or cool as a Sinatra breeze. Which type of DJ you choose depends on your tastes and the style of your wedding. Your DJ serves as host of the reception (introducing the couple, dances, toasts), so pick the one you click with best.

When discussing your wedding music, be specific about the songs you want to hear, and make sure he has everything you need in stock. It’s also imperative to let him know what songs you don’t want played, even if guests request them. If the Chicken Dance is a musical no-no, make sure he’s informed.

If your DJ is familiar with your wedding site, he’ll know where to set up and the location of the dance floor. Should your site be unfamiliar to him (your affair is at a private home, for example), take him on a guided tour so everyone knows what goes where, and there are no last-minute gaffs.

Your Newark DJ contract should include such basics as making sure the DJ you interview is the same guy who shows up on the day of your wedding, as well as the name of a substitute in case of an emergency. Find out his hourly or day rate, and the charge for overtime fees. DJ’s are generally tipped 20% if the service is exceptional. You should also provide your DJ with a meal, which he can enjoy during one of his scheduled breaks.

-David Toussaint

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