When should you book your wedding DJ?

This is an all too common question seen on the internet. Everyone has their own idea, but what's the truth? A real wedding DJ reveals all...

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The internet is great. It’s full of some useful, and lots of not-so-useful information.

When you’re planning a wedding, the internet is going to be the first place you go to start your research. There are many websites offering planning tools, timelines, ideas and other golden nuggets of information that you may or may not have already thought of.

When should you start looking?

It’s a great question and there are plenty of websites ready to offer you the answer.

Hitched, for example, a HUGE website dedicated to weddings advises 6 months.

BrideBook, another huge wedding site and directory reckons 6 to 9 months.

Wedding Wire, probably the biggest wedding website in the world also suggests 9 months.

What’s the real truth?

My suggestion is simple…as soon as possible. As soon as you’ve chosen a date, no matter how far away in the distance it is, even if you haven’t yet chosen a venue.

To get a pick of the best DJs in your area, you need to start straight away, as a matter of urgency because popular dates can be snapped up, especially during the summer months, very quickly.

I average around 400 enquiries each year. Inevitably I’m going to have to reply with “Sorry, I’m not available” to a huge number of people. So much so that I have an email template set up purely for that purpose. It’s not an email I enjoy sending if I’m honest, I’d love to be able to DJ at everyone’s wedding but it’s just not possible.

The number of enquiries I get for last-minute weddings is astounding. Couples hope that a quality DJ will be available for their wedding, in the height of summer, with less than a month to go to their big day.

When is the busiest time?

There are two periods during the year when I get the most enquiries and these are October to late November and January to March. You’ll also find that there are tons of wedding fayres across the country during these two periods.

I tend to work a year ahead. So for weddings this year, they would normally be booked during the first few months of the previous year with any loose dates being picked up later in the year. Occasionally I’ll get an odd date and someone will get lucky, but that rarely happens.

It’s easy to put entertainment low on your priority list when there are so many other important things to think about. I get that.

It’s all about priorities…

At the risk of blowing my own trumpet, a DJ needs to be much higher up your list than you probably realise. There’s only one of me, therefore, I’m restricted to being able to do just one event per day, unlike a florist, or a cake maker for example, who can probably handle two or three. So that kind of makes me exclusive, and I like the sound of that!

By all means, use the big wedding websites to help you build a timeline for your big day but the best advice I can offer is that you start by ringing around all of the different suppliers you’re going to need and ask them how far ahead you should be looking. Armed with this information. you’ll find that your timeline will look completely different and will allow you to plan your wedding like a boss!

If you’re looking for a great DJ for your wedding or event, then all you need to do is fill in my short contact form.  You can also email me directly at hello@ianforest.com or call/text or WhatsApp me at 07799 782764!

Take care x