You’re getting married, CONGRATULATIONS! Now starts the big task of planning a wedding. You have probably been to a few weddings, and have some great ideas in mind. You have also found a lot of ‘useful’ advice online for planning the perfect, stress free wedding day. Great! But, is it all good?
Well, I regularly see one bit of poor planning advice, and it seems to be a universally peddled by many sources! Bridal blogs, bridal magazines, wedding websites, venues, some photographers and wedding planners all seem to quote this, and I think they are wrong.
The advice in question is “When should you book your wedding DJ ?”
Here are some typical examples of what they suggest:
“With nine months to go, it’s time to check out your entertainment options.
A photographer’s website
“For weddings it is probably best to have the DJ booked in 6-9 months ahead of the big day”
Another DJ’s website
YOU MUST BE KIDDING! 😲
With six or nine months to go, is absolutely NOT the best time to start your search for a DJ! I typically get between 350 and 400 enquiries a year. Many of these enquiries are for a wedding happening in 6 to 9 months time. So unfortunately, my all to regular reply is “so sorry, I am already booked on this date” which is a real disappointment.
“Generally you should aim to book your entertainment 12-18 months prior to your big day”
A wedding website
The advice above is better, obviously assuming you haven’t decided to get married in a few months! I have a much simpler way of thinking….
When you should actually find your wedding DJ?
In my mind, you will want the best people on your wedding supplier team. So, to ensure this, as soon as you have your dream venue booked, you should start your search for your wedding DJ. This is time sensitive, and searching for the ideal DJ, Photographer, celebrant etc, should be high priority. Incidentally, this also goes for other key suppliers such as photographers, celebrants etc.., who provide a personal service. If you want to know who I recommend, have a look at my little gold book of trusted wedding experts – they are all awesome! Also, if you are still searching for the perfect venue, do have a look at my venues guide pages for inspiration.
Don’t leave it to the last minute
You should not leave it to the last minute for obvious reasons, nor should you leave it to a few months before. The danger is that your ideal wedding DJ could already be booked by the time you enquire, and your choices will then become very limited. The best wedding professionals are very much in demand and get booked well in advance.
The advantage of booking your wedding DJ early
The advantage of booking your first choice sooner rather than later, is that you can guarantee they will be there and provide you with a first class service. You will have booked someone professional who you can trust basically. You may even find that they are a little cheaper as any annual price increases haven’t kicked in.
Once this is booked, you will have time to plan the finer details of your big day with much less stress, and we all need less stress in our lives!