Hiring A Wedding DJ Do's and Don'ts

 

Here is a quick list of do and don't items to consider before you hire your Wedding DJ.

 

Do's:

  • Do plan on booking your DJ at least 8 months to 1 year prior to your Wedding Reception. Remember good DJ's are in high demand, so you'll want to book as early as possible to insure you get the DJ you want.

  • Do ask what training and experience the DJ has.

  • Do ask how many songs the DJ has in his collection and how many he usually brings to an event.

  • Do ask the DJ for suggestions on music. Your DJ should have vast music knowledge.

  • Do consider hiring someone who specializes in weddings.

  • Do get a list of the equipment they use and perhaps even ask to see it. He should use professional-grade equipment.

  • Do check your local Better Business Bureau for complaints. If there have been complaints, consider the nature of the complaint and how it was solved.

  • Do insist that the DJ has liability insurance.

  • Do ask if the DJ is familiar with the venue and has been there in the past. If the DJ has not performed at your chosen venue, ask if the DJ will visit the venue at least one week prior to your reception. He should be familiar with his work space well before the event.

  • Do ask how many hours (including prep time leading up to the wedding, set-up, day of the event, etc) the DJ will be working on your event.

 

Don'ts:

  • Don't hire a friend who dabbles in disk jockeying or would like to try it out for your wedding just because hes a music freak. Only a trained professional with years of experience should be considered to handle the entertainment on one of the most important days in your life!

  • Don't book a DJ without having a written contract. A contract protects both parties. Don't accept verbal promises. Assume that if its not in the contract, its not going to happen.

  • Don't expect the DJ to read your mind. Discuss in detail how you both envision the day unfolding.

  • Don't ask to attend a private event to watch the DJ work. Ask for a video of his work or get references.

  • Don't select your DJ on price alone. Consider experience, availability, prep time, and any extras provided.

  • Don't choose someone you arent comfortable with during your initial meeting. If the DJ is dismissive or harried, move on.

  • Don't wait until the last minute to hire a DJ.  Some of the best wedding DJS can be booked a year in advance. Don't try to get an unrealistic bargain. Its good to shop around, but plan on spending 8 to 12 percent of your wedding budget on entertainment.

  • Don't hire a DJ you initially have a hard time getting in touch with. If he/she is not returning calls when youre thinking of hiring them, it might get worse once youve hired them. 

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