Listed below are four important questions to ask your DJ before you hire them. My answer to all of them is YES, and if you find another DJ who also does, and has provided you with a signed written contract, agreement, or reservation form to back it up, I will match their price.
1. Will you provide a written contract to review BEFORE I hire you?…. Many DJ contracts protect only the company and do little to protect the client. Read the fine print. A fair contract should equally protect the client and the company. Before hiring any wedding vendor, make sure you receive a written agreement so you can review pricing, packages, and services before hiring the company or 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 of their policy before wedding day.
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. These include rehearsing processionals and recessionals, music cues, as well as meeting and reviewing details with the officiant. In addition, two sound systems should be used 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. Will YOU be the DJ at my wedding?…. 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. Your DJ’s name should be on your contract agreement as your DJ. Otherwise the company can legally substitute or subcontract anyone they choose, and there should be some sort of money-back guarantee if that person does not show up. Many of these “bait and switch” DJs are also DJing part-time. FACT: Less than 20% of all wedding DJs do this as a full-time career.
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. Make sure they are able to “run the reception” and are willing to e-mail a schedule to your Wedding Party, Parents, and your Wedding Team so everyone knows what to expect on wedding day. 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.