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How to Become a Wedding DJ  

Part 1 - Preparing your new Business

 September 29, 2020
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Shadow a wedding DJ before taking the plunge. Audio equipment is expensive, so ask to observe a wedding DJ in action (with approval from the bride and groom, of course) before investing time and money in equipment and classes. Make sure that the high-pressure culture of weddings is appealing to you since you only get one shot to help make that couple’s day perfect!


Take classes on audio mixing. Expert-level DJ skills are a must for any successful wedding DJ. Take classes online or at your local community college so that you know how to mix, edit, and match songs flawlessly. DJing a wedding is not for amateurs, since you don’t get a do-over.


Make a business plan. If you plan on making wedding DJing a large part of your income, writing out a business plan is essential. If you plan on being more of a hobbyist, you won’t necessarily need an official business plan - but make sure wedding DJing is right for you since it can be a stressful job.


Buy or Rent/borrow gear. You will need a laptop with good mixing software, an outside controller, headphones, and a speaker system. Have backups of cables, speakers, laptop batteries, and other essential parts.

- Feel free to buy used gear as it is cheaper, but make sure it works well before using it for a wedding. You can find used gear on Craigslist and going-out-of-business sales for clubs and restaurants.
- Some venues have their own PA systems. Verify with the venue what equipment you will need to bring to hook up your DJ software to their speakers.


Set your rates. A wedding DJ is usually hired for four hours. Beginner or part-time DJs typically charge R100-300 per hour, and intermediate DJs with at least a handful of weddings under their belt can charge R300-600. Professional and full-time DJs can charge R700-2,000 or more. Increase your rates slowly as you gain more experience.


Write up a contract/agreement. You can download one from the internet, but make sure you are covered in case of cancellation of the wedding or loss of equipment. Put the contract (with personal details redacted) on your website so couples can see what their obligations are to you before they book with you.





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