Listed below are some of the questions you should ask the entertainment professional you are considering hiring for your event and our answers! Please feel free to call or email us if you have additional questions!
This is the first question to ask as your are calling to find DJ/Entertainment for your event. When calling indicating the date, time, and location of your event.
The biggest mistake most people make is that this is the ONLY question they ask! The DJ is the most important factor in the success of your event. Price should be your last consideration in looking for a DJ. Find out how good the DJ is, then consider the price. And don’t be fooled... you do "get what you pay for!"
You may not know anything about the equipment, but you can find out if your prospective DJ uses professional equipment with the most up-to-date technology. Do they use all CD players, or are they still using tapes or records? Are they using equipment made for home use, or equipment specifically made for professional applications. Also, find out if they use professional cases to transport their equipment. Professional cases keep the equipment working like new, and keep things looking neat and presentable.
A company that has been in business at least five years is going to have more experience than someone who has just started. Ask what types of events the company has the most experience in: Weddings, Dances, Etc.
Professional DJ's allow extra time in case of problems. A DJ that shows up 20 minutes before start-time to setup is a risk you do not want to take. Also, be sure you are not charged for setup/teardown time.
Great question to ask! Would you expect to see a professional DJ/Entertainer show up wearing a tee shirt to perform in at a wedding or formal affair? It happens! Tuxedoes should always be worn for all weddings and formal affairs.
Find out how the company selects their DJ's. Do they provide comprehensive training to ensure all of their DJ's consistently provide quality entertainment?
There is much more to a wedding reception than just playing music. Make sure your DJ/Entertainer will take the time necessary to sit down with you personally and make up a written order of events about the details of your reception. You want a DJ who is organized, and will take full control of all the details at your reception. Part of this should include announcing and coordinating all of the special events for you. Also, be sure your DJ is flexible enough to handle any changes you would like to make to the order of events.
This is a point often overlooked, even though it is the basic purpose of all DJ's! Many DJ's have a very poor selection of music. Find out what sources your DJ uses to get his music. Does he just buy albums like everyone else? Or does he have specific resources that allow him to be up-to-date and have a wide selection of music. Also, be sure your prospective DJ's use compact discs. After all, should you be paying good money to have a DJ that still uses outdated tapes and 45 r.p.m. records? Ask the potential DJ to send you some type of a song list. Or you could even ask if they have specific songs or artists you like. A DJ with a good selection of music and professional attitude will be happy to oblige!