The wedding party date is set, ceremony location and dance hall are reserved, in addition to many of your other wedding vendors. Congratulations, you think most of your wedding decisions are set right? Well, not really! Anyone could think that picking the right DJ for your wedding will probably be as easy as checking a search engine, asking two or three friends and searching a few DJ websites. All things considered, most DJs would do a fine job for the wedding right? Think again! There is an important distinction between wedding disc jockeys and DJ companies. Definitely not just on the cost of the DJ service, but also in the quality. |
So how can you decide what DJ to pick? We’ve taken our many years of experience to compile the best questions you should ask a DJ company. We think most of these questions are particularly significant and in some cases overlooked. Getting the answers to these questions will reveal the variations in the caliber of DJs you are thinking about for the wedding.
1. Can they be insured for both liability and theft coverage? Our staff members estimate that a lot of DJs are not properly insured! In addition, some venues are requiring a copy of the insurance from a DJ.
2. Just how long has the wedding disc jockey company been around?
3. Does the potential disc jockey use a professional contract? Will the the agreement be worded fairly for both you and the DJ? Note: A DJ contract must have simple, relatively easy to understand language and should be no more than a couple pages. If it appears like you're purchasing a house with a long, confusing contract, we advise looking for a different disc jockey.
4. Can they organize and announce your wedding events, money dance, etc.? Can they work as an announcer for your wedding as well?
5. Can they perform games and special dances with you and your guests if you want that? Are these events and interactions current? In case they mention bunny hop, hokey pokey or Macarena…just keep looking for another DJ!
6. What precisely makes them the best DJ for your wedding?
7. In cases where the DJ becomes ill, has a vehicle issue, a personal emergency or for any reason can't arrive at the wedding, is there a plan B? Is there a knowledgeable DJ ready to make sure your wedding goes as planned?
8. Are they experienced? What number of wedding receptions did they play at in the past?
9. In the event that there is an equipment breakdown, will they have spare equipment located on site?
10. Could they offer you plenty of references with names and all contact information of previous clients?
All of these questions or concerns really need to be addressed by the potential disc jockey. Once you settle on the DJ you want for your wedding dance and reception, you need to reserve them immediately. Why? Because some of the most popular wedding DJ's are booked up earlier, sometimes by a year or even more. If you wait too long, you may have to be happy with your next choice. Best of luck on your search for the best DJ for you and congratulations on your big day!
By Thomas Kenemore, Pro Sound & Light Show Disc Jockeys & Uplighting, Duluth, Minnesota.
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