8 questions You MUST ask
before hiring your Sacramento wedding DJ
Every wedding needs music. But how do you find the best DJ? Start by asking these important questions when considering a DJ service.
It's obviously important to know if you are dealing with a fly-by-night operation or an established outfit. In most cases you will be booking anywhere from 6 months to a year and leaving a deposit; make sure your DJ will still be there a year from now.
Any DJ service will tell you how wonderful their services are. Ask former clients as well as other wedding professionals such as photographers, caterers, and facilities managers about the DJ you're considering. Asking both clients and wedding professionals gives you not only a review of performance but also an idea of how well your DJs will work with the other wedding vendors you hire. Wedding professionals see the good, bad, and ugly of the DJ world; use their experience to your advantage.
This is a question you might not think of, however, it is important. Most facilities require $1,000,000 liability insurance.
Shopping many DJs for price will give you an idea of what the standard rate is. If a particular DJ is offering his services below or above the standard rate, find out why.
Another way to ask this question is: "What do I get for my money?" Some DJs offer an hourly rate, others package their services. When you buy a package, you are usually able to add on additional services, but you may not need (or want) all the services offered in the package presented to you. Hiring a DJ on an hourly rate allows you to add additional services you truly want and need, instead of paying for a package that may include services you don't want.
The Mobile Entertainment Industry has come a long way. In the past, when you wanted to hire a DJ, you were forced to deal with a single operator who worked from his/her home, car, apartment, etc. Of course those DJs are still out there, but now you have the option of booking with a Mobile DJ company. Meeting at the office lets you see what kind of company you will be working with. A company brings stability to your DJ service and provides trained staff, back up equipment, and customer support. You will realize the importance of customer support after the fifth time you get your DJ's voice mail and no return call.
This will give you an idea of services you might be able to incorporate into your DJ package. These service could include props, lighting, video projection, and ceremony sound systems.
Although it doesn't happen often, electrical equipment can fail. DJs can get sick or injured. Make sure your DJ service have a backup plan to keep your party going as scheduled.
© 2000, Rick Jenkins
The Entertainment Team
1 (800) 696-DJAY
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