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. We can't emphasize enough how important it is to verify their credentials; by doing so you will validate their legitimacy, determine if they are truly professionals and to establish their level of experience, personality, and dependability.
Step Two: Be Cautious and Ask Questions
For many, an event 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 keeping the spotlight on you, after it's your special day... not theirs. Also ask about their attire, whether they take breaks, will play your guests requests, etc.
The Bottom Line:
A Bad DJ will always be remembered... by everyone
There are real risks when using friends, amateurs, in-experienced or part-time DJs to entertain on such an important day. They may save you money and in return they may have low-end or unreliable equipment; not have adequate 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 capabilities!
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 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 the right DJ for your special event can be very challenging; especially when there are so many out there to choose from. So where do you start? What are the risks and how can they be avoided? If you've never hired a DJ before here are five easy steps to help you find a great DJ:
The best DJ's are generally booked a year in advance, so please start early or you may find yourself in a last minute scramble. 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 as much as $1000 between DJ's for the very same service, so it pays to shop around.
Please, keep in mind... If your primary motivation is to find the cheapest DJ possible, then don't be surprised if your bargain turns into an event disaster. Seek out affordable DJ's.... not cheap DJ's; there is a huge difference.
Another fact... Experienced Wedding and Special Event DJ's cost more. These types of DJ's are experienced specialists, with a unique set of skills and capabilities well-beyond just selecting and playing good music. They are subject matter experts in this field and should also be experienced event planners. These DJ's must also bring additional resources, capabilities, and expensive equipment to bare as well as commit a significant amount of additional time make these type of celebrations successful.
Step Five: Make Sure They Are The 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:
Step Three: Do They Provide a "Real" Guarantee?
Will your DJ guarantee 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!
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