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Article Summary: Embarking on the journey to select the perfect wedding DJ or band in Philadelphia can be a pivotal element in crafting the ambiance of your special day. As someone deeply embedded in the heart of Philly’s entertainment scene, I’ve curated a list of essential preliminary questions to guide you through your initial meetings with potential wedding entertainers. These queries aim to ensure that your wedding reception resonates with the joy and personality you envision, keeping your guests on the dance floor all night long.

Preliminary Questions to Kickstart Your Search

Choosing the right wedding DJ or band in Philly is more than just finding someone to play music; it’s about creating an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Here’s where to start:

  • Is my wedding date available?
  • How long have you been performing at weddings, and how many have you done?
  • For bands: How long have you been performing together?
  • What’s the average number of weddings you play during a weekend or wedding season?
  • Do you handle more than one wedding in a day?
  • Will you be the actual DJ or bandleader at my wedding, or will someone else?
  • Have you previously worked at my wedding venue?
  • Aside from music, do you offer any other services, like uplighting or photo booths?

In my 14-plus years co-owning EBE Talent and navigating the vibrant Philadelphia wedding scene, I’ve learned the importance of these initial questions. They not only help in narrowing down your options but also in building a rapport with the person or group that will play a pivotal role in your celebration.

  • Begin your search by confirming availability and experience to ensure they’re a fit for your special day.
  • Understanding the range of services offered can help you streamline your wedding planning process.
  • It’s crucial to establish a personal connection with your DJ or band early on to ensure your vision is understood and executed flawlessly.

Wedding Music Essentials

Music sets the tone for your wedding, so getting it right is non-negotiable. Consider these questions to ensure your chosen entertainers align with your musical preferences:

  • Can you assist in selecting music for key moments like the ceremony and father-daughter dance?
  • How extensive and current is your music library or song list?
  • Do you have a standard set of wedding songs you play or perform? Can we customize this list?
  • Can we provide a “Do Not Play” list? How do you handle guest requests?
  • Do you take breaks? If so, how many and will music still be played?
  • For bands: How many members will perform at our wedding?
  • Will you handle all announcements during our event?
  • How do you engage the crowd if the dance floor is empty?
  • What’s the backup plan if you or a key member can’t perform on the day?

From personal experience, I can’t stress enough the importance of clarity around musical selections and performance logistics. These questions not only ensure that you’re aligned but also help mitigate any potential day-of surprises.

  • Music selection and performer engagement are key to creating an energetic and memorable reception.
  • Clarifying the handling of breaks and requests can prevent any unexpected silence or unsuitable tracks.
  • Understanding the contingency plans for unforeseen circumstances offers peace of mind.


As we delve into the search for the perfect wedding DJ or band in Philadelphia, remember, the right questions can illuminate your path to an unforgettable reception. With these preliminary inquiries, you’re not just hiring a service but partnering with a professional dedicated to bringing your wedding vision to life. Stay tuned for Part 2, where we’ll explore questions focused on pricing, inclusions, and logistics, further demystifying the process of selecting your wedding entertainment. For more comprehensive advice on hiring a wedding band, you can check out this guide and part 2 of the series.

Key Take-Aways

  • Starting with preliminary questions helps in narrowing down your search for the perfect wedding DJ or band in Philadelphia.
  • Understanding the range of services and music selection process is crucial for a tailored entertainment experience.
  • Establishing a personal connection with your DJ or band early in the planning process ensures your vision is clearly communicated and executed.
  • Questions about performance logistics and contingency plans provide clarity and peace of mind.
  • Stay tuned for the next parts of this series to cover all aspects of selecting your wedding entertainment.



Stephanie Fitzpatrick, Managing Partner & Wedding Entertainment Expert

Stephanie Fitzpatrick

Managing Partner

About the Author

Stephanie Fitzpatrick, co-owner of EBE Talent, brings over two decades of industry expertise to the forefront of event entertainment. With a deep-seated passion for crafting unforgettable experiences, her journey from Talent Director to leadership exemplifies innovation and excellence. At EBE Talent, Stephanie’s vision and dedication continue to set new standards, ensuring each event is uniquely memorable.

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