#1 - Start by finding your venue and wedding coordinator, ask for their preferred vendors and go from there
No one is more familiar with the local talent pool than other wedding vendors. Venue owners, coordinators, photographers, videographers, caterers and photo booth rental companies all see the best (and worst) DJs and musicians at work. Just ask who they recommend and who’s the best fit for your personal style.
#2 - Find a local DJ and musician team with great reviews
Tahoe has a lot of quirky, rugged and logistically demanding outdoor venues. Be sure to hire a wedding professional that is familiar with your venue and works frequently in the Tahoe area. You can browse Wedding Wire as well as The Knot for couple’ reviews, vendor endorsements and more.
#3 - Get in touch with your musical interests but also the interests of your guests
How do you, your friends and family connect with music? Do you like to dance? Would you appreciate a tasteful live acoustic duo or would you love to have both? Find a local company that can arrange for everything from live musicians for your ceremony to a top-notch DJ for your reception and can make sure your party stays energized throughout the evening.
#4 - Take time to meet your DJ in person, on FaceTime, Skype or schedule a conference call
Getting to know your DJ and allowing them to get to know you ensures that your expectations will be communicated, understood and met come your big day. A good DJ can do much more than just facilitate a playlist but they need to know who you are and what you’re looking for in terms of the feel and energy at your wedding.
#5 - Hire a DJ who’s charismatic and has good energy
The DJ that you hire will have the most control over the overall vibe at your wedding. This will effect your wedding photos, videos and overall experience more than any other vendor at your wedding. Be sure that your DJ is personable, willing to work out logistics with your other vendors and engage with your guests, it will make all the difference.
#6 - Hire a vendor team that’s collaborative, intuitive and quick on their feet
Things happen, weather changes, all of your wedding vendors should be creative, flexible and willing to make changes, even at the last minute. This will ensure that your vendors can respond to any changes that pop us and work together to make the best possible experience.
#7 - Hire a professional DJ that’s organized and communicative
There are a ton of little details that go into creating the perfect soundtrack for your big day. Find someone that you feel you can communicate with and has the ability to organize all of these details and keep them straight. Systems are key, your DJ should have the process clearly laid out and follow up in a timely manner throughout the planning process.
#8 - Hire a musician/DJ with a formal background in music
You deserve so much more than someone just pressing play on a playlist at your wedding. You deserve a customized soundtrack with tasteful mixes, your DJs ability to read the dance floor and make changes as needed. This will make all the difference and you’ll be glad you took the time to select the right musicians/DJ for your big day.