DJ Booking Advice
Handy Tips for Choosing a Wedding DJ
Most people don't book DJs that often so here's some tips on what to
ask.1. Are they available for your date?
your phone call by indicating the date, time, and location of your
event. If they're unavailable thereís not much point prolonging the
call but you could ask them to recommend other DJs.2. How
long have they been a DJ & how many events have they performed?
A professional, experienced Disc Jockey will be able to plan &
smoothly guide your celebration from start to finish allowing you to
relax and enjoy the party.3. What type of music do they
provide and will they play requests?
It's your party! You
want someone who takes an interest in what YOU want. You want a DJ
who is flexible so that any request from your guests can be
fulfilled, providing it meets your acceptable music criteria. A
professional will concentrate on quality of the sound, not quantity
and will spend time on the night ensuring that your seated guests
can talk comfortably while others are dancing.4. What is
their appearance like?
Will they wear a formal dinner suit
(tuxedo), tidy-casual, or a T-shirt, jeans and trainers? Find out
ahead of time and make your preferences known! Different events
command different attire.5. What kind of equipment do
they use & what is their technical expertise?
You are paying
money for a professional and they should have brand-new-looking,
quality equipment and know how it operates. Make sure it's all
professional equipment, not home stereo or consumer grade. There is
a difference! 6. Do they have Public Liability Insurance?
Many venues now insist that all entertainers have their own
insurance. Accidents are extremely rare but for peace of mind itís
worth checking that the entertainment you book does have the
necessary cover - or you could be liable if damage or injury is
caused by the DJ you have hired. Many hotels now have a policy of
refusing entertainment if they cannot produce evidence of suitable
insurance (check the small print of your venue hire documents).
7. Do they have back-up equipment on hand in case of an
Even professional equipment can fail on occasion.
Usually, only the top-notch pros invest the extra money to ensure
that everything works and backup systems are in place. Booking a
reliable Disc Jockey is a very important decision for the success of
your event.8. Will they personally be the DJ for your
Some DJ's will book your event and then pass it on
to another DJ to play your night. Some (almost always the cheap
ones) don't even bother to turn up if a more lucrative booking comes
along*! Make sure you get what you are paying for.
*Want to go for the cheapest DJ you can
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I would like to thank an
esteemed colleague, Richard Mills in New Zealand, www.disco.co.nz
for his help with compiling this advice which is applicable