Ten Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Disc Jockey
By shenandoahweddi731, Nov 14 2018 03:10PM
You want an epic wedding reception, right? You want to have fun, dance to your favorite songs and have your name and everyone in your bridal party's names pronounced correctly. You want your musical entertainment to be professional, with no crackling speakers, broken microphones or inappropriate song lyrics.
Take the advice of DJ Jeff Baker, owner of Let the Good Times Roll DJ service, in business since 1996, and ask these 10 questions to those DJ's you meet with BEFORE you make the decision on who to hire to handle your wedding reception entertainment.
1) Are we guaranteed the DJ of our choice on the day of our event?
A written contract with your specific DJ protects you from unscrupulous operators.
2) How many years of experience do you have?
Experience brings knowledge of common problems and situations. Be sure your DJ has experience with your type of event.
3) May we contact your references?
References are a major part of the entertainment business.
4) Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?
An involved business person shows a willingness to learn, network and share ideas. Belonging to a professional trade group reflects a caring attitude.
5) Will you allow requests?
Requests should be welcome. If a song seems inappropriate, a good DJ will explain the reason and ask for an alternative selection. Professional DJ's use clean edits of any musical requests.
6) How early will you be there to set up your equipment?
An average of 60 minutes should be allowed for set up and sound check. Normally there is no additional charge for this service.
7) How will you be dressed?
Proper attire reflects a positive image to your guests.
8) Are you insured?
Insurance is a part of any legitimate business. Liability and casualty policies protect your guests and the DJ company.
9) Do you use professional gear?
Using professional sound equipment helps ensure reliable service and quality presentations.
10) Will you provide an emergency back-up system at our event?
Weddings and special events are often a once in a lifetime opportunity. A back-up system will protect your investment.