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 you may wish to consider:
(You are paying your DJ a lot of money to perform and make sure nothing is missed and that's exactly what they should be doing!)
Step Two: Be Cautious and Don't Be Afraid To Ask Questions
For many, the venue has been booked, caterer selected, the cake and the dress has bought before any consideration has been given to the entertainment; and in almost all cases, the DJ have the greatest impact at your reception. Ask about their style; are they more about "look-at-me" or about keeping the focus on you, after all 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 Wedding DJ will always 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 similar outlets are your primary source for finding a DJ, please be very cautious! They are great resources for many things and are also filled with ton's of offers for cheap DJs. In fact, adds on these sites are free and the credentials of the advertiser are not verified, so anyone can proclaim themselves a "Pro-DJ." The real proof will be seen in their reviews and from the references from recent events that you contact.
Now, not all DJs using Craigslist are sketchy, in fact some may be very good, but you must really do some research to find them. Always be wary of ads offering unbelievably low prices.
Finding 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 there are 100's of DJ's in the region that profess to be professional, yet only do this occasionally or as a side-gig. 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 (This sounds a little preachy, but that's not our intention):
(So... Why do Professional Wedding DJ's charge so much? It's not because the word "Wedding" is involved, but because they operate a legal, bona fide, business and the cost to provide this service is very expensive. They must also bring far more to the table than just a laptop, itunes and a microphone. These are experienced specialists, with a unique set of skills and capabilities well-beyond just playing music. They are subject matter experts and experienced event planners. They can read a room and know intuitively when things are working well and more importanlty, when its not. Professional Wedding DJ's must also bring very expensive performance equipment and lights (and back-up gear) and commit a significant amount of time to ensure that nothing is missed.)
(Here's an Industry Secret: Prices can differ dramatically between DJ's for the same level of service, time, equipment, lights, and skill...literally over $600. So, it pays to shop around (always ask about any up-charges or additional fees and to see the contract in advance of any decisions).
If your primary objective is to hire the cheapest DJ possible, then don't be surprised when you get exactly what you paid for...
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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!
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Step Five: Are They The Right Fit... For You
Before making your final decision, ensure you are comfortable and trust the DJ Service you choose and ask yourself, are they the right fit for your special event? Here are some other factors you may wish to consider:
We hope this information was helpful and that you will consider us as you begin your search for the right DJ for your special day. Congratulations on your Engagement and Best Wishes!