You should start your search off for candidates with the recommendations of your friends, family, and colleagues, in particular, anyone who has been married recently, or has been involved in a wedding to some degree. You will want to discuss with a venue coordinator their recommendations the job, because they may produce a list of preferred or exclusive vendors in which you may be required to make your selections from. Another great resource is online wedding directories or guide websites as they provide great informational sources on wedding vendors including details on pricing, bridal testimonials, reviews, pictures, videos, etc.! It helps to focus on professionals who specialize in weddings and boast their experience. Call each candidate up, and ask of their availability on the date of your wedding—booking appointments with those that are not yet accounted for.
The next step is to start the interview process off with each candidate. You will want to ask each prospective disc-jockey plenty of questions, and you need to share your vision of the wedding music with them. You will want to ask them of their experience in the field, and how many weddings they perform for on a yearly average. You should ask for a video of them demonstrating their abilities at a previous wedding, most professionls are more than willing to comply with this request. Go over song list details, guest song requests, and more crucially, their microphone or emcee style. Be sure to deliver your expectations to them verbally, and be certain they understand this. If you foresee yourself being comfortable with this person, exchange personal information, and discuss the costs of their services. It is wise to ask for a sample invoice from each candidate so you can determine who is going to deliver the most bang for your buck by comparing each prospective disc-jockey side-by-side.
Take some time to deliberate which candidate is right for you, but trust your instincts, and remember to be diligent. As long as you do these things, you should feel pretty comfortable with a particular disc-jockey. Once this happens, you ought to sign a contract right away with them, and place a deposit to ensure their services. Now that all the details are handled, you can let your disc-jockey take you away to Funkytown on the day of your wedding!