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Step Four: Verify Their Willingness to Help & Their Credentials
Regardless of what DJ you choose, please ensure they truly want to help you; not just get a contract or a deposit. Don't let a sales pitch drive your decision; ask to see the contract first! Here are some other important things to consider:
Step Two: Be Cautious and Don't Be Afraid To Ask Questions
For many, their DJ is often a last consideration; but in almost all cases, will have the greatest impact. Ask about their style; are they more about "look-at-me" or about keeping the newlyweds in the spotlight, after it's your special day... not theirs. Also ask about their attire, whether they take breaks, and if they will actually play your guests song requests, etc.
The Bottom Line:
A Bad DJ will be remembered... by everyone
There are real risks when using friends, in-experienced or unlicensed DJs to perform on such an important day. They may save you money but in return they may also have low-end or unreliable equipment; no back-up gear on hand in case something goes wrong; or they may just lack the needed experience or specialized skills, which can result in an embarrassing or disastrous event outcome. Regardless of the DJ you are considering always verify their experience and read their on-line reviews!
USING CRAIG'S LIST AND THUMBTACK:
If Craig's List or Thumbtack is your primary source for finding a DJ, please be cautious! They are great resources for many things and are also filled with ton's of offers for cheap unlicensed DJs. That's why its important to note that the DJ Industry is unregulated; adds on these sites are free. There's also no scrutiny or validation over the advertiser, so anyone can proclaim themselves a "Pro-DJ." The real proof will be seen in their reviews and from the references from recent event they've performed at that you speak to.
Now, not all DJs using these resources are sketchy, in fact some may be very good, but you must really do some research to find them. Please... be wary of ads offering exceptionally low pricing, and regardless of where you look for your next DJ... ALWAYS verify their credentials, capabilities, and references. Please make sure they would have back-up gear at your event and that they will provide a written contract in advance of your first meeting that serves your best interests.
Finding just the right DJ for your special day can be very challenging. First, there are so many out there, and second, the DJ industry is largely unregulated. So where do you start and how can you avoid any associated risks? Well, here are five easy steps to help you do just that:
The DJ's in the highest demand are generally booked 12 - 18 months in advance, so please start as early as possible. If you don't you may find yourself in a last minute scramble with few choices remaining. Also, establishing your budget up-front is super-important. This will help set realistic expectations on what is available to you and what your options are. Its also important to know that prices can differ dramatically (over $500) between DJ's for the very same service, so it pays to shop around!
Please keep in mind... If the primary objective is to hire the cheapest DJ possible, then don't be surprised if you get exactly what you paid for.
That bargain may turn into an event disaster. Seek out affordable DJ's.... not cheap DJ's, there's a real difference!
Another fact... Professional Wedding DJ's charge more. That's because they are experienced specialists, with a unique set of skills and capabilities well-beyond just selecting songs and talking on a microphone. They are subject matter experts and experienced event planners. Professional Wedding DJ's must also bring additional resources, capabilities, and very expensive equipment, as well as commit a significant amount of time make sure that nothing is missed.
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Step Three: Do They Provide a "Real" Guarantee?
Will your DJ guarantee their performance and your satisfaction in writing? If not, avoid them at all costs. Make sure any guarantee offered covers all aspects of the event. There are many DJ's that will offer a guarantee if their equipment fails, but what if they fail to live up to your expectations? The real measure of success should be your happiness with the performance and nothing less!
Step Five: Are They A Right Fit For You
Before making your final decision, ensure the DJ Service you choose is the right fit for your unique event. Here are some factors worth considering:
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