When it comes to hiring a DJ for your wedding, you want to make sure you get the right one. He or she must have experience, have the songs that you already know you want played and be charismatic enough to get the crowd in a party mood. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some handy questions to ask before you hire a DJ:
- How many weddings has the DJ performed at?
Ideally, an experienced DJ will have attended around 30 weddings or events every year. The majority of these will be probably be weddings, especially if they advertise themselves as a wedding DJ.
- Have they performed at your venue before?
This isn’t essential, but it can be reassuring to know that they are familiar with the location and set-up. Things will go much smoother if the DJ has a working relationship already with your chosen venue.
- Can you see their references?
When hiring any service, it’s important to hear from previous clients. A professional and experienced DJ should have plenty of glowing reviews to proudly share with you. If not, you might want to question why. Just ask Wedding DJ Gloucestershire company.
- Do they have the right insurance?
Insurance is essential, and venues will want to see that documentation before allowing your DJ to perform.
- What about a deposit?
This is normally expected as a way of securing a binding agreement between you and the DJ and reserving that date.
- When is the balance due?
Make sure you know when you need to make payment. This will vary between DJs with some wanting it in instalments before the event and others happy to settle the remaining balance on the day of the event.
- Is there back up equipment available?
You want to know that there will be music and dancing whatever happens. In the unlikely event that something goes wrong with a piece of equipment, will the DJ have a spare on site?
- Have much music can you choose?
A professional DJ will have a huge library of music for you to explore and will also happily accept your own music to be played whether on CD or mp3 for example. This should never be an issue.
- Will they be suitably attired?
If this is important to you, it’s ok to request that they fit in with your style. If you want them to wear a tux then make this clear on booking. Alternatively, if it’s important that they wear something themed, be sure to let them know well in advance and they should be happy to oblige.
- Will they expect food/drink or a tip?
A professional DJ should not expect to be fed while they are at work. You might want to invite them to share in a buffet as a nice gesture, but you don’t have to. Your DJ should also not be consuming alcohol before or during their performing time. If they did a fantastic job, then you can tip if you feel like it. It’s a nice gesture but by no means compulsory.