Your wedding reception date is locked in, the ceremony location and dance hall are reserved, and a few of your other wedding vendors. Congratulations, you believe your major wedding decisions are already made right? Well, not quite! You could think that selecting a great DJ for a wedding will be as easy as a Google search, asking just a few friends and checking some DJ websites. All things considered, most disc jockey would be acceptable for your wedding reception right? Consider this. There is a large difference between disc jockeys and DJ companies. Certainly not just in the price of the DJ service, but also in the quality.
How do we figure out what DJ to decide on? We’ve taken our years of experience to compile a listing of some of the best 10 questions to ask a DJ company. We feel these questions are especially vital and frequently overlooked. Getting answers to these questions will advise you on the variations in the level of DJ’s you are considering for your wedding.
1. Are they insured fully for both liability and theft coverage? We estimate that most DJ’s are not properly insured with a business insurance policy! In addition, a large number of wedding reception locations are requiring evidence of insurance from the DJ.
2. Exactly how long has the wedding disc jockey company been in business?
3. The potential DJ should have a written contract for you to sign. Will it be worded fairly for both parties? Note: A DJ performance agreement needs to have simple, clear and understandable language and be no longer than a few pages. If it seems like you are buying a house with a long, hard to understand contract, we advise getting a different DJ.
4. Will they organize and announce the special events, dollar dance, etc.? Will they function as the MC for your entire reception?
5. Will they get your guests involved in special dances and game if you wish? Are these games and interactions contemporary? In the event that they mention the hokey pokey or Macarenakeep looking!
6. What makes them better or totally different from other wedding DJ companies?
7. If the DJ becomes ill, has a vehicle breakdown, a child’s emergency or for whatever reason can’t get to the wedding, what’s the back-up plan? Is there an experienced DJ to take their place in a moments notice?
8. Are they experienced? Exactly how many wedding dances have they done?
9. If there is an equipment failure, are they going to have spare equipment positioned on site to keep your party going?
10. Can they provide you with complete and recent references: names, contact specifics, numbers, etc. of previous wedding clients?
All your questions must be addressed by the potential DJ company. When you make a decision on the person or company you want for your wedding entertainment, it’s important to reserve that date right away. Why? Because some of the popular disc jockeys are booked well in advance on busy wedding dates, sometimes with a year or even more. If you wait, you may have to be happy with your next choice. Best of luck on your hunt for the perfect DJ and congratulations!
By Tom Kenemore, Pro Sound & Light Show Disc Jockeys & Uplighting, St Paul, Minnesota. For more advice and tips on wedding planning, check out Wedding DJ Minnesota. Pro Sound & Light Show DJ’s & Uplighting provide award winning Minnesota Wedding DJs as well as wedding DJ’s and Uplighting in Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan.