Music can really set the tone for your wedding day. That’s why finding the right wedding DJ is such a big deal. You’ll want to find a wedding DJ who has great musical taste and can fill up your dance floor! The best way...Read more to find a great wedding DJ is to read reviews from past clients and select a few pros to interview.
Because of a legal quirk, there are only a few wineries in Napa Valley that can host weddings on their grounds. However, there are plenty of wedding venues in Napa Valley (including vineyards) that can host receptions. So if you've always dreamed of celebrating your marriage in view of rolling hills of lush grape vines, you certainly can.
September and October are the busiest months in wine country because of the harvest, but springtime weddings in Napa are just as romantic without the hustle and bustle. As an added bonus, you may have an easier time finding Napa Valley DJs in springtime because there are fewer couples celebrating their vows.
As you'll soon discover, most wedding vendors in the Napa area will charge more than the national average and the wedding DJs are no exception. Make sure your wedding budget reflects the higher prices in California, so you aren't surprised by the estimates you receive. Regardless of budget constraints, always look for Napa Valley DJs who are professional, enthusiastic, and experienced.
Paying a little more for a DJ might seem silly until you realize that Napa Valley wedding DJ services do more than just play music. They typically serve as MC, keep your reception on track, set the mood, and (less commonly) provide extras like lighting design and multimedia presentations. In some cases, couples will hire a DJ plus a wedding band so the DJ can handle the MC duties and keep the music playing during set breaks.
Wedding vendor interviews can be stressful. There's so much to ask, so much remember, and you may not be a big fan of interviewing people. You can make the process easier by keeping track of potential vendors with a wedding vendor manager and by making question lists for each vendor type. When you talk to potential wedding DJs in Napa Valley, you'll want to ask about pricing, availability, performance style, experience, and their familiarity with your wedding venue. And of course, always ask for references!
As part of wedding planning, create a reception timeline you can share with your Napa Valley wedding DJ. That way, they can help you or your wedding coordinator keep your reception flowing smoothly from beginning to end. Your wedding DJ will have everything they need to not only pack the dance floor, but also make announcements, alert guests to showcase moments, introduce you, and help wind the evening down when you're getting close to the last dance.
Just make sure you tell your wedding DJ what your expectations are beyond music before you sign a contract. Ask about add-ons, too, and how much any additional services (like bringing a photobooth) will cost.
Ready to start planning your Napa Valley wedding? Make your first step reviewing our comprehensive wedding checklists, which cover everything you'll need to plan the ceremony and reception of your dreams.