Listed below are 5 important questions to ask your DJ before you hire them. If you meet with a DJ that can answer YES to all of them and has provided you with the paperwork to prove it, I WILL MATCH THEIR PRICE (copy of contract required).
1. Will you provide a written contract to review BEFORE I hire you?…. Many wedding contracts protect only the company and do little to protect the couple. Read the fine print. Before hiring any wedding vendor, make sure you receive a written agreement so you can review pricing, packages, and services before sending any money. Another document you may want to see is their liability insurance as many wedding venues are now requiring all vendors to submit a copy to them before wedding day. (My liability policy is available upon request, and I can also send it to your venue if required.)
2. Will you attend my ceremony REHEARSAL?…. If your DJ will be providing ceremony services, you may want to consider having them attend the ceremony rehearsal the day before to review details at the ceremony site. These include rehearsing processionals and recessionals, music cues, as well as meeting and reviewing details with the officiant. In addition, The DJ should use two sound systems on wedding day – one for the ceremony, and one for the reception to avoid a lengthy transfer and set up of equipment at the reception site.
3. Are YOU guaranteed to be my DJ ?…. Make sure the DJ you have met with at your initial consultation is guaranteed to be the same DJ who shows up on wedding day. Many DJ companies in the state have multiple DJs on staff or subcontracted DJs on call when they overbook dates. Your DJ’s name should be on your contract agreement, and listed as not only the one that shows up on wedding day, but also the one that will be working and planning with you between now and then. If not, the company can legally substitute or subcontract anyone they choose under their company name.
4. Will you send everyone a TIMELINE before the wedding ?…. If you want your wedding reception to flow smoothly, then it is imperative to find a DJ that does more than just play music. Will they be willing to “run the reception” and will they e-mail a reception schedule to your Wedding Party, Parents, and your entire Wedding Team so everyone knows what to expect? Whoever you hire as your DJ will also be your spokesperson and Master Of Ceremonies (MC) for the most important day of your lives, so choose wisely.
5. Is this your FULL-TIME career? Less than 20% of wedding DJs in Colorado do this full-time. This may not be a deal-killer for most couples, but if it’s important to you that you receive quick responses to your e-mails and calls, the availability to meet during regular business hours, and an “all-in” attitude, consider one of the dozen or so full-time wedding DJ professionals in the state.
Let me know if you have questions regarding anything above. Contact me for creative tips to save money on your overall budget, or check out my blog post on BUDGETING.