So, you already have a wedding date and you want a DJ because you know their presence would make a huge difference at your wedding, right? But when are you supposed to book one? How far in advance should you book one without the risk of losing your ideal DJ to another wedding? Below are things to consider to help you through the booking process.
- How Popular is Your Wedding Date?
There are some months (E.g. June, August, September, October) and days (E.g. Fridays, Saturdays) where weddings are popular. These days are usually different by region, and heavily weather dependent. These popular dates will have vendors including DJs in high demand. If your wedding is on a popular date, then you want to book as soon as possible before someone books your ideal DJ.
- How In-Demand or Popular Is The DJ?
The more a DJ is in-demand, the more you’re likely to lose him or her to another couple if you don’t book in advance. There are some DJs that get booked very far out (up to 2.5 years out!) , so don’t sleep on booking your ideal DJ if this is the case.
- Do You Have A Specific Vision for Your Wedding?
Some couples leave their wedding playlist completely at the hands of the DJ while some have ideas, specific arrangement, and playlist ideas for their reception.
If the latter is the case, you will definitely need to make sure you’re on the same page as your DJ to get the results you want. This means it’s a great idea to book a DJ as soon as you can because they will need time to put your vision together.
- When Exactly Is the Right Time?
There’s really no particular way for you to know how far in advance you should book a DJ. However, it is recommended you book a DJ at least 6 months in advance.
Depending on the factors above – like availability and popularity – you may even want to book earlier than 6 months. Get in touch with your DJ of choice as soon as possible to secure a spot. At Paul Michaels Events, we usually book weddings about 13 months in advance, up to 2 years.
Need a great DJ for a wedding in Chicago or its surrounding areas? Secure the services of Paul Michaels Events for amazing DJ and wedding entertainment! We work together with couples to bring their wedding vision alive.