How to Choose the Best DJ for Your Wedding Day

Engaged couples have a lot of decisions to make when planning their wedding. After the big choices like the date, venue, and the guest list are made, your next step is choosing your wedding DJ – the person or team who will set the tone for your wedding day and make sure your guests are having a great time.

It's easy to treat wedding entertainment as a throwaway decision, but the quality of your DJ can make or break your reception. A good DJ and MC team keeps the event flowing seamlessly with a great playlist and an upbeat atmosphere; guests can't help but get up and dance. A mediocre team can barely keep people on the dance floor, and when wedding guests are more interested in their conversations than the music, the MC's announcements feel like an annoying interruption. That's why it's crucial to hire a reputable company that can deliver the wedding experience you want for yourselves and your guests.

5 questions to ask when choosing your wedding DJ

Whether you're just beginning your DJ search or trying to decide between vendors, be sure to consider the following factors before signing a contract:

1. How responsive, communicative and focused are they?

Some DJs provide entertainment services as a side gig, while others make it their full-time job. It's best to go with a vendor whose time is devoted to their business, so you can be sure that they'll respond to you in a timely manner when you have questions.

How long did it take them to get back to you when you requested a quote? If they left you waiting for more than a few days, they may show the same level of communication throughout the process, which doesn't bode well for any last-minute plan changes that may arise. Look for a company that makes its clients a priority and responds to emails and phone calls within one or two business days.

2. What is their planning process like?

If you've hired a DJ for a past event, you know how much granular detail goes into planning your music and announcements. Every DJ will ask you for a list of preferred genres, special requests and "do not play" songs to make sure they're playing what you want to hear, but consider their process for collecting that information. Do they scribble notes on a piece of paper during your consultation? Ask you for an emailed list before your wedding date? Provide a centralized online platform to track everything as you plan?

Organization is key, and should be your DJ's top priority when helping you select your music. The vendor you choose should also provide guidance in terms of announcements, wedding traditions (parent dances, bouquet toss, etc.) and overall event timeline.

3. Do they understand our wedding details and timeline?

No two weddings are exactly alike, and it's important to find a vendor that understands every detail of your wedding day, from your ceremony and reception entrance, to your last dance of the night. The more experience your wedding DJ company has, the more likely it is that they'll be able to stick to your plan and keep things on schedule throughout the event.

Your MC should also go over the people involved in your wedding, including their role (mother of the bride, maid of honor, best man, etc.), name pronunciations, and any special music you want played for each person.

4. What types of payment plans and methods do they offer?

In terms of cost, wedding entertainment is right up there with photography and videography, so it's important to understand the payment structure your wedding DJ offers. The best companies allow you to pay in installments after your initial deposit, and accept a variety of payment methods, including credit cards and PayPal.

5. How confident do we feel that this company will make our wedding day special?

Whenever you meet or speak with your wedding DJ, you should feel like you're receiving white-glove service. Do they know who you are when you call, or do you have to remind them of your name and wedding date? Are they making helpful suggestions to you and your fiancé when you're stuck on a decision? Do you feel like they're trying to shoehorn you into another cookie-cutter wedding, or do they approach your big day like it's the only one they're focused on? If your DJ makes you feel special and unique during the planning process, it's a safe bet that they'll bring that same energy to your wedding.

With more than a decade of providing wedding sound and entertainment services to tri-state area couples, Hurricane Productions takes its role as a professional wedding entertainment company very seriously. We understand that choosing your wedding DJ can be a very personal decision based on your tastes and preferences, so we'll work with you on a customized plan to create an unforgettable event. Our secure online planning and payment portal allow you to build and pay for your dream wedding entertainment experience at your convenience, and our full-time dedicated support staff is there to help you every step of the way.

To learn more about our wedding packages, including photography and videography services, request a quote or visit our pricing page.

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5 Waterfront Jersey Shore Wedding Venues We Love

Hurricane Productions provides photography, videography and entertainment services for events all over the tri-state area, but we absolutely love working at local Jersey Shore wedding venues close to our Monmouth County offices.

Over the years, we've had the opportunity to shoot countless weddings at many of the gorgeous waterfront venues at the nearby Jersey Shore. If your idea of a perfect wedding day includes a sunset beach ceremony, a photoshoot on the pier, or simply a beautiful ocean view as your backdrop, you'll fall in love with these event spaces and restaurants just like we did.

In alphabetical order, here are some of our favorite Jersey Shore wedding venues located on the water.

Clarks Landing (Point Pleasant)

Clarks Landing overlooks the Manasquan River, offering a stunning backdrop for both your outdoor ceremony and your reception in the second-story Grand Ballroom. The docks are accessible for photo sessions, which make for particularly gorgeous sunset portraits. This venue only hosts one wedding at a time, giving you exclusive access to the estate and grounds during your special day. Clarks Landing also offers a personal attendant for each of the newlyweds.

Crystal Point Yacht Club (Point Pleasant) 

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Also located along the Manasquan River, the Crystal Point Yacht Club offers "sweeping views" of the water from every one of its rooms. Between the docks and the picturesque landscaped grounds, which include an outdoor ceremony space and a gazebo, you're sure to get magazine-worthy photos. Should you and your guests need overnight accommodations, a block of rooms can be reserved at the adjacent Crystal Point Inn.

McLoone's Pier House (Long Branch)

If you've dreamed of getting married on the beach, consider McLoone's Pier House, a popular restaurant and event space nestled in the heart of Pier Village in Long Branch. Your oceanfront ceremony will be set up just outside the building, and when you and your guests come inside for the reception, you'll enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean through McLoone's floor-to-ceiling windows. All wedding packages include a dedicated maître d' for your reception, votive candles on each table, and a custom-made wedding cake.

The Sunset Ballroom at Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty (Point Pleasant)

Renowned seafood restaurant Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty extends out onto a pier on the Manasquan River, giving you an unparalleled on-the-water experience. Weddings are held at The Sunset Ballroom, a recently remodeled five-room venue that accommodates up to 220 guests. The exquisite décor and beautiful river views provide a picture-perfect background for your wedding day.

Windows on the Water at Surfrider Beach Club (Sea Bright)

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Situated between the Shrewsbury River and the Atlantic Ocean, water views are everywhere at Windows on the Water at Surfrider Beach Club. This 7,000-square-foot venue boasts a beachfront terrace and a gazebo on the beach for elegant photos before, during and after your ceremony. During inclement weather and the off season, Windows' open air Atlantic Deck can be enclosed in glass and temperature controlled, so you can have the beach view ceremony and reception you've always wanted.

Honorable Mention: The Columns (Avon by the Sea)

Looking for a more unique wedding venue? The Columns, located on Ocean Avenue just off the Avon Boardwalk, is a seasonal restaurant and club located inside a Victorian mansion. This 135-year-old establishment offers an eclectic menu, as well as an elevated wrap-around porch for a 360-degree view of its surroundings. When you book a wedding package at The Columns, you'll enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic and use of its private oceanfront suite.

Whether you need photography, videography or both, Hurricane Productions can help you capture every moment of your Jersey Shore wedding. Visit our pricing page or request a quote to learn more about our media and entertainment wedding packages.

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Kimberley and Eric - Beauty and the Beast Wedding at Maritime Parc

Kimberley and Eric's Maritime Parc Wedding

It was a tale as old as time: Kimberley and Eric fell in love, got engaged, and then tied the knot.

The couple held their Beauty and the Beast-themed wedding at Jersey City's Maritime Parc, a contemporary waterfront venue nestled in Liberty State Park, with a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. It was the perfect setting for these newlyweds to begin life as Mr. and Mrs. Tengi.

Hurricane Productions' MC Robert Padovano and DJ Alvin Gay provided the evening's entertainment, while Nick Nittoli set up Twin Totem lighting to complement the royal blue color scheme and enhance the atmosphere. The couple's guests also enjoyed using an open-air photo booth set up by Hurricane.

Kimberley and Eric's Maritime Parc wedding package also included six hours of videography services. Corynn Egreczky and Tyler Ajamian captured every detail of the couple's ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, which was edited into a three to five-minute social highlight reel for the newlyweds to share. They also received all the raw footage Corynn and Tyler shot during their event.  Photography services were provided by Limelight Entertainment.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of entertainment and media services for your wedding day. Learn more about our all-inclusive packages on our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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