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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...

The internet is great.  It’s full of some useful, and some 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.

One of the most popular questions I see on Facebook is When should you book your wedding DJ?

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.

But 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 in the distance it is.

To get a pick of the best DJ’s 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 and so far I’ve had around half that for weddings this year, 2020 and 2021.  It is inevitable that i’m going to have to reply with “sorry, i’m not available” to a huge number of people.  So much so, 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 who honestly think that quality DJ’s will be available to DJ at their wedding, in the height of summer, with less than a month to go to their big day.

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 2018 with any loose dates being picked up later in the year.  Occasionally I’ll get an odd date and someone will get lucky, but it’s very rare that 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.  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 to 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 call me on 07799 782764, fill in my contact form or you can also email me directly at  I look forward to speaking with you 🙂


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My name’s Ian and i’m the owner of Disco Fever.  I’ve been a DJ for over 25 years and have DJ’d at thousands of parties picking up a wealth of experience in event planning and making people dance along the way!

Previously I’ve been chairman of SEDA, the South Eastern DJ Association (twice!) and now sit on the Committee of NADJ; the National Association of DJs.

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