Finding and Hiring a DJ

Making sure that you have hired a fabulous DJ is a very important wedding aspect. Having a great DJ really helps to set the mood for the party. You want to hire someone that is going to be fun and able to engage with your guests and get everybody up and shakin’ it on the dance floor!

To start the task of choosing a DJ, make a list of DJ’s that spark your interest and get their contact information.If they advertise their pricing make sure you choose DJ’s within your budget range to eliminate wasting time on the ones that are just plain out of budget. When comparing DJ companies you should definitely have a compiled list of questions to ask them such as;

What types of music do you play?
How many songs do you have in your library?
How often are your playlists updated?
Can we provide you with our own playlist?
What type of equipment do you use? 
Do you provide any other services, lighting, fog or special effects?
Can we see some examples of your past work?
Do you have any testimonials from past clients?
How long have you been in business? 
How many weddings have you done in the past? 
How much does your standard wedding package cost? 

Once you have narrowed down your list of your top three favourite DJ’s then schedule an in person meeting with them, You’re going to want a DJ who is friendly, outgoing, and gives off a positive vibe when you’re speaking to them. You now have a new set of questions for these DJ’s to make sure they are the perfect fit for what you are looking for.

Have you worked with our venue before? If not are you willing to do a site visit before the reception? 
Does the venue meet your electrical needs for your equipment? If not, are you able to provide the additional necessary power?
Is it just the one DJ or do you work with a technical crew?
What would you do in the event that your equipment is not working properly? Do you have back ups? 
How will you handle breaks? Can you program your system to run straight through while you’re on break? 
Would anything prevent you from staying longer if needed? 
What would you wear to the reception? 
Can you explain your payment requirements? 

Once you have the answers to all those questions from each of your potential DJ’s you need to choose the one that you like the best to come and handle the task of playing your reception music. When you have decided on the one you like best it is time to sit down and sign the contract. NEVER work with a company without a written contract! This is a huge wedding saver allowing you to exercise your rights in the event you don’t receive your paid services.

Your contract should state the name of the company, name of the DJ assigned to perform, the date and time the DJ will arrive, the amount of hours agreed to work, any overtime fees clearly stated in the event that the event runs longer than expected, a list of the equipment that will be provided. The contract should also note the liability insurance the DJ carries.

Making sure that you have all of these important details covered ensures that you will not have anything to worry about on wedding day, allowing you to get started on your Wedding Day Playlist, so have fun and enjoy!

Cassandra