How to Become a Wedding DJ: Starting a Wedding DJ Business

Wedding DJBecoming a wedding DJ is much more than playing music or song selection; it’s about personality and the ability to motivate a crowd.  So if you’ve got the personality, then you’re already one step ahead of the rest – and you can’t buy personality.   Beyond the obvious, to become a wedding DJ, you’ll need to take a look at developing the following:

Build A Diverse Music Selection

Weddings involve people from all heritages and all cultures with varying likes and tastes in music, so having a diverse music collection is a must for any wedding DJ.  Work on building your music collection and knowledge, so that you can DJ any wedding, anywhere, and for any culture. Understanding the difference in a foxtrot, a cha-cha-cha, a tango, and a waltz can be the defining factor in a mediocre DJ and a master DJ.

Educate Yourself on Traditional Wedding Songs and Dances

Familiarizing yourself with traditional wedding songs and dances from all cultures will enhance the entertainment experience of your clients and their guests.  By educating yourself on these traditions, you will ensure memories are made, expectations are met and the guests are entertained.

Learn Interactive Dances and Games

The ability of a DJ to ‘get the crowd’ moving is as important as the song selections.  By learning and incorporating interactive dances and games into your wedding entertainment packages, you can encourage the guests to become a part of the wedding and not just sit on the sidelines.

Take Courses

Believe it or not, there are courses available which can educate you on DJ skill sets or radio production and more.  Taking courses such as these can teach you the technical side of DJ’ing, such as lights, fading, and mixing techniques. Also, being an assistant to a prominent Wedding DJ is a great way to learn from the best.

Invest in DJ Equipment

Starting with used equipment can be a low barrier to entry for wedding DJ’s with a limited budget.  You’ll need CD players, headsets, turntables, speakers, disco balls, and lights to name a few.  Oftentimes, wedding venues and reception halls will have their own lighting and sound systems.  Once you have sufficient cash flow, upgrade your equipment  to the latest and greatest.

About Aimee Lancaster

Born and raised in New York Aimee works as a freelance author and contributes to multiple publications and blogs around the world.