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10 Tips in Your Search for a Wedding DJ All Events General Party Tips
10 Tips in Your Wedding DJ Search
1.Start your search early. Many brides leave the DJ as one of the last vendors they book. This can
be a challenging task as experience and professionalism vary highly across the industry. This can pose a problem as the higher quality wedding DJ's will get booked up to a year in advance.
2)Just like most services, quality and price go hand in hand. There has become a very wide range of pricing, however keep in mind that in this industry, quality and price go hand-in-hand. Expect to pay no less than $500 on a high quality and professional wedding DJ.
3)Meet face-to-face with your “actual” performing DJ. It is a common practice in the DJ industry for companies to sub-contract events to other companies and/or individuals. Thus, it is important to meet face-to-face with your actual DJ as you will want to be completely confident in the person you have hired come wedding day. Your DJ should also present you with a working knowledge of wedding/reception formalities.
4)Make sure your DJ is a true “Professional.” Since there is little industry oversight, many DJ companies and/or individuals are not actually legal entities. You don't want a DJ that is operating illegally and uninsured involved in such an important occasion. Legitimate companies should have no problem providing official documentation.
5)Determine your reception style. Just like experience, style and charisma vary highly from one DJ to the next. Some DJ's are boisterous and theatrical, others will virtually be heard, but not seen. Be sure to determine whether or not you want your DJ to serve as the Master of Ceremonies as well. Many DJ's will offer to do both, but will depend on the DJ.
6)Ask around. The referral is the most powerful tool for both the DJ and the bride. Referrals are so highly valued in ascertaining the quality of services you are purchasing. These people will usually have great DJ recommendations: friends/family, wedding venues, photographers, bridal publications and wedding/event websites.
7)Watch your DJ perform. Many DJ's also work in other venues during the off season when you would typically be booking them. Though weddings are a unique environment, his can be a great opportunity to preview your DJ's style and crowd interaction.
8)Ask about sound equipment, wireless microphone and set-up presentation. Make sure the sound system your DJ is offering is adequate for your venue and number of guests. A wireless microphone will make for better pictures. For example, your guests giving the toasts can stand in front of your wedding cake as opposed to a DJ and dance lights. The equipment should have a sleek appearance and your DJ should make an effort to conceal all cords, bags, extra equipment, etc...
9)Prepare for your DJ. Most DJ's will ask for a 6-8 foot table in the entertainment contract. This is standard and should not be forgotten. If your venue typically hosts DJ's than they will probably provide a table without anyone asking. However, DJ's often show up to venues/events that have prepared everything but room for the DJ. This creates a delay in set-up time, and creates stress for both you and your DJ. A simple phone call to your venue is usually enough. *Don't forget the linens!*
10) When booking your DJ, make sure to you and the company sign an official contract, listing your final price, event location, event date and DJ start time. Also, make sure you have the option of going over your contracted DJ stop time and the day of your wedding. The last thing we all want is for the DJ to turn off the music in the middle of a great celebration!
Written by Paradox Productions of Portland, OR
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