Different events require different attire. A formal wedding will require
something completely different than a backyard luau will. If you want them
in a tuxedo, make sure you tell them that before the day of the event, the same
goes for any type of theme dressing (i.e. western, luau, etc.) Make sure
you know whether there is an additional charge!
Your DJ service should allow you to schedule a personal, one-on-one consultation
to plan your event. At that time, you can also discuss your event's music
preferences, the order of events, view a sound system and learn more about their
Always start your conversation by indicating the type, date, times and location
of your event.
Whether they call it a contract, a service agreement or an invoice for services,
it is very important. Make certain your DJ service has one and that
everything you expect of them is in writing. Have them list all the costs
for your event, including the agreed upon overtime price and any 'extras' that
you wish to have available. Make sure all the correct dates, times,
addresses, phone numbers and deposits are listed. Also, if you plan to
move before your event, make sure they get your new address and phone numbers.
You will find that prices vary in this entertainment field. The
professional disc jockey will charge more than the part-timer who is just
looking to make a few extra bucks on the weekend. Avoid looking at how
much they charge right off...compare what you will receive. Ask more in
depth questions than 'How much do you cost?' Question anyone who is
extremely low in cost, you risk hiring a less experienced DJ just to save
a few bucks. Ask a higher priced service to justify their cost,
they may have extras that are worth the extra money.
Verify the total fee, overtime charges and the due dates for deposits and
balances due, and times for arrival. The quality of your entertainment will
definitely have an impact on your event. "You get what you pay for!"
is a true statement. Is a bargain DJ really a bargain if you are not satisfied
with the outcome of your event?
Full Time DJ
A service that works full time at providing entertainment will usually have a
lot more to offer than the part-time weekender. They have put their livelihood
on the line to provide you with their best. They are usually more flexible
with times and dates than the person who works a 40-hour a week job plus the
weekend DJ jobs.
Licensed and Insured
A disc jockey who has taken the time to acquire the required licenses and insurance
demonstrates commitment to their business and to you.
Music Selection and Requests
You should find someone that asks you what YOU want, has a huge music selection
and a willingness to play requests. Also, ask them what their format for
taking requests is. There is the clipboard method, which works, but is not
too attractive, not to mention that only one guest at a time can be making a
request. A better way is to have small request cards placed on each table
with writing utensils so that your guests can make requests right from their tables.
Professional references should include banquet halls, photographers, caterers, and coordinators. Remember, if you receive references from anyone, they are going to be only the best ones. Do you really think they would give
you a bad reference?
Many people still like the old fashioned charm of having a live band perform
at their parties or weddings. Bands are great! And if you can
find one who knows their stuff, all the better! But consider the
differences carefully before booking a band for your next event.
A DJ can provide the ORIGINAL MUSIC. Some bands are good at imitating the
originals, but they just can't compare to the real thing!
DJ Plays Nonstop
A Band takes breaks (usually 15 minutes for every hour) and that may lose the mood for
your crowd. A DJ PLAYS NONSTOP throughout the event.
The QUALITY of the music with a DJ is better also. Because the music is the ORIGINAL.
You don't have to worry about what variation the band might take on
a favorite tune.
A DJ will take REQUESTS more readily than the band can. Having thousands of
music selections on hand makes the difference. Even the best band
cannot lean that many selections from various eras and styles.
Dependability is an issue with a band. You will have to count on three to four, sometimes
even more, people to show up, on time, with their equipment to your event.
A DJ is one person, sometimes two people, with the equipment. There is less
chance of something going wrong to ruin your event.
A DJ is more versitile than a band is. If you need Ceremony music, background music, and dancing
music, the DJ will be more likely to provide all different types and styles.
Another thing to consider is the SPACE that you have available for use. A band
has many different types and sizes of equipment that may take up a good
portion of your dance floor. A DJ is more COMPACT in setup and can
use a very little space.
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