How far in advance should you book your DJ?
So you are planning your wedding and you’re trying to prioritize to make sure you schedule your flourist, get your dress on time, get the groom-to-be’s suits/tuxes ordered, and now you need to book your wedding dj. You know you need to start to investigate and lock in your vendors but the question is just how far back should you plan to hire? When should you hire a wedding DJ? Well, the advice you read online can often be daunting, and the honest answer is that it depends. If you look at trusted wedding sources, you’ll see a wide range of differences as to when you should book your DJ:
- Brides.com says 6 months
- The Knot says at 9-11 months
- WeddingWire says 9 months
Of course, with a little luck, you can still find a great DJ as the date gets closer and closer but it’s best not to wait ’til the last minute. But that could result in not getting your first or even second choice.
For 2017, my average booking date out was 255 days (8.5 months). Some clients were booked 17+ months out, which meant I had to turn quite a few couples away that waited ’til the last minute.
As a rule of thumb, when you’ve secured your venue, you need to be ready to interview DJs and ask the right questions. And if you have a DJ (or another vendor) who you absolutely cannot go on without, then it would be best to secure their services first, then work with the other vendors and the venue.
The simple and best answer is that you have a venue then you should hire a wedding DJ now! Don’t delay!