There are a lot of wedding DJ options and many of these options are very inexpensive. These Craigslist DJs or "friend of a friend" DJs can end up being disasters. Every bride wants their wedding to feel like a fairy tale. They want their friends and family to remember their reception as being amazing and fun. The ceremony is usually over in a moment and the guests will forget the food shortly after eating it. What they will remember for a long time is how beautiful the bride looked and whether or not they were entertained. Having a DJ who knows what goes into a reception and can deliver a classy and elegant affair is crucial to that last part.
In the wedding DJ business, anyone can run to the pawn shop and buy some speakers, plug in his mp3 player and call himself a wedding DJ. But if he does not know what he is doing, you might end up with a DJ that ruins your night. He might walk into your ceremony wearing jeans and a tank top. He might have his chords tangled up and hanging everywhere looking tacky. He might spend more time eating your food and drinking your beer than he spends at the DJ booth. He might just play his standard playlist consisting of music you have never heard of and not try to cater the event to your tastes. He might spend all night promoting his business on the microphone instead of promoting you. He might be hitting on all the bride’s maids. We have actually heard all these disaster stories and more.
I heard a veteran DJ put it best: If you pick an amateur to mow your lawn and he screws it up, it will grow back in a few weeks. If you pick an amateur DJ and he screws up your wedding day, there is no second chance.