6 Tips to Hire a DJ for your Event
Author of Post: Clarissa Fonseca
Interviewing potential vendors is one the most daunting tasks for soon-to-be brides and grooms. However, things get particularly tricky when it comes to booking a DJ or band for the event. Besides looking for your DJ to have a certain “je ne sais quoi” that clicks with you, the following tips are good metrics to ensure you narrow down your interviewee list to good-quality professionals.
Do a little research and compile your list of potential DJs. Nowadays, most will have a website with their business information and resume. Start filtering out by experience. You want to make sure you take out those who moonlight as DJs and have not made a profession out of it with years of experience and many events under their belts. You want to make sure you have the best entertainment that fits your budget.
Ask your DJ about their gear and equipment. Most professionals will be happy to talk, and even brag, about their high-quality gear. Watch out if their list comprises of only a laptop and some sound equipment. You don’t necessarily need to know all the technical stuff but If you would like to become more familiar with DJ equipment, most setups should (at the very least) have a good DJ audio interface and turntables.
A professional DJ will sit and plan your timeline with you. Are there specific songs you want to play at certain times? Will your DJ also act as master of ceremonies? Try and give your DJ as much detail as you can so small details are not overlooked that can later cause big problems.
4. Insurance & Licenses
Ask to see copies of their licenses and insurance. Your DJ should have insurance in case of any accidents or equipment mishaps. There should also be a contingency plan if your DJ becomes suddenly ill or is running late. If there is a backup DJ, make sure you can meet before you sign your contract to ensure you get the best service.
5. Playlist & Requests
Be clear about what you expect from your playlist and what songs you do not want to be played. Let your DJ know if he/she will be taking requests (or not) before your wedding party. A pro will accommodate and make sure that any unwanted requests will be deflected as politely as possible.
Sometimes you can gauge this from their website. Other times you have to wait until you meet your candidates to truly gauge if their personality is a fit with yours and for your wedding.
There will always be other items to look out for that are standard to other vendors as well, such as making sure to revise the contract and making any amendments before signing. However, with these easy tips, you can ensure that you get a nice pool of candidates to choose from for your wedding!
Clarissa Fonseca enjoys music and traveling. Clarissa works for Equipboard.