Good Time Entertainment bases 56% of its annual clientele in the Wedding industry. When you’re shopping around for a wedding and/or reception DJ, ask for the following information:
A list of references (preferably halls or reception sites).
These people see entertainers every weekend, and have no vested interest in recommending one over the other. A good list will have at least 5 separate references. Keep in mind that your facility of choice will reccommend a firm that they would choose for their own event – one that won’t ‘no-show’ or cause other duress to their clients. If you have more than one suggested firm, ask facility coordinators about the whole list and base your evaluations on the responses as a whole.
License and Insurance.
What protects you in the remote chance that things get out of hand? Many facilities now require insurance from their performers, and it lends credibility to the firm in question (i.e. are they permanent enough to invest in insurance?).
What type of equipment do they have?
(You may not know a Dennon dual CD player from a fan belt, but this will tell you whether or not they have invested in performing well for their clients.)
A reasonable list of equipment will include:
- Dual CD Player
- Smoke Machine
- At least 1000 watts of power
- Cordless/corded or lapel microphones throughout
Can they provide services for the wedding and reception?
A reputable company will be able to provide ceremony services (should you wish) including background music, processional, recessional, etc. The company may be able to complement the event with lapel microphones for the officiant or cordless microphones for the soloists.
Are there extra charges for lights, traveling, early set-up, upstairs rooms, or ANYTHING else?
What kind of music selection do they have?
A good company will give you a diverse answer to this question. For example, a good company may be great at country music: but if you suggest Garth Brooks, they should bring up the option of a variety of music; i.e., ‘switching up’ every 2-3 songs within your selected formats. The goal here is to make sure that everyone stays entertained – from your Grandma to your neices.
When do they want to meet with you to go over the agenda?
A reputable company will have a worksheet to go over selections for first dance, father/daughter and/or mother/son dances; money dance, etc.
Do they want you to buy anything?
Note: Asking if you have a particular selection is not necessarily a ‘warning sign’ in the case of specialty songs – they may just want to be sure they have the exact one you choose. However, if they want you to purchase and bring it on the day of — LOOK OUT! They should be able to acquire your selection given enough information.)
How will they keep the crowd going?
Some DJ’s are more interactive than others – ask the company about the types of games and activities they will use to keep that party going! (Keep in mind that you’ll just be glad you’re finally MARRIED. You might need some time out of the spotlight for pictures, family, or even just for yourselves. Leave it to the professionals to make sure the guests have a good time – it’s their job!)
*DJ Conduct. A great DJ is a window to your preferences, both musically and professionally. They should be working at your event. Do not tolerate drinking, smoking, or foul language on the part of your hired entertainment. This could reflect negatively on you and/or your family.
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