• Ajay Manaktala

Indian Wedding DJ | How to Pick | Ultimate Guide (2019)

Updated: Aug 13, 2019

Looking for an Indian wedding DJ in North America in 2019? Everything you need to know is below and sample prices are here. Before you ask them for a price, please ask them about the points we listed below, as you will save money and they will know you mean business!

Weddings are an exciting time, and big fat Indian weddings are a class apart. There is food, fashion, hotels, decorators, designs, mood boards, family fun (and drama), sangeets, Sabyasachi, social media, hashtags...and of course, it all comes together...with your DJ?


Why Your DJ is More Important Than You Think

A lot of couples spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on flowers, Ritz Carlton ballrooms overlooking the ocean, fancy outfits and sushi but then make a lot of mistakes that actually take away from the warmth and joy of the celebration. These mistakes include:

  • Disappearing for 40 minutes of a 3 hour reception (when family from across the world are there, for you!) to have a photoshoot.

  • Going crazy on canapes and fancy european appetizers even though auntie just wants her samosa and chai.

  • Entering the venue too late because the makeup artist spent another 20 minutes taking photos for his/her instagram of the bride, rather than the 300 peole who are waiting for their grand entrance.

In reality however, It's the big day. 200 to 400 of your friends and family are here FOR YOU. The dinner is served, the drinks are flowing. Now how do you tie it all together? Time to party! DJ drop that beat! DJ!?!?

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This picture is not just the DJ. It's the lighting, your outfits, all the planning and wedding coming together!

Types of DJ's you Will Contact

1. Beginner: You may hear of a DJ through a relative or family friend or that person from college. You don't really see their work active on Instagram or a website, but you know they've played at some parties. If you're having a small 50 person wedding, it might make sense. Otherwise, SKIP!

2. Indian DJ: You've seen him or her at desi events. You know they DJ but also are an accountant, or own a store, or have a full-time job. They don't exactly come in a truck with a full team, but they know the same Daler Mehndi tracks and whatever is hot from Bollywood. Probably not amazing at mixing, but they can rock a party if needed. If you have a wedding with 75 to 150 people, this could make sense if your crowd isn't too fussed about music.

3. South Asian Wedding DJ Professional: They're full time into events. Weddings, Websites, corporate events and a fully licensed team. That's us and probably most of our competitors in the big fat wedding space. They work with decorators, they'll ask you to meet a few times to understand your crowd, and yes, they're much more expensive than the previous two.

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That's what we wanna see!

Things to Consider When Hiring a Wedding DJ

When contacting Indian wedding DJs for quotes, here are six things you need to know or ask when looking for a great DJ for your big fat wedding day. AGAIN PLEASE READ THESE BEFORE YOU CONTACT THEM!

1. What Do You Do When People Don't Dance?

Often times it takes people time to warm up. You should ask your specific DJ how they plan to tackle this all too common problem.