11 Signs of a Reputable DJ
A DJ does more than just play music.
Don’t just hire anyone to DJ your wedding.
You wouldn’t hire just anyone to cater your wedding dinner or take your wedding photos. You likely want to be personally familiar with their work or least read through their customer reviews!
Same goes for wedding entertainment! Up front you know that your wedding DJ will impact your entire reception, that’s why it’s even more important to hire a company with a proven track record. Since your DJ is responsible for providing the fun (and keeping the night on time), it makes sense to hire a company you can trust.
As you begin your search for a reputable and experienced wedding DJ, follow this 11-point checklist to help you make your decision:
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1. Hire a DJ from a full-time company with a full-time staff.
Professional companies will answer the phone when you call and will be there to guide you through your entire planning process. That way, you’re never left in the dark.
2. Office Location
Hire a company that has a physical office location. There are a lot of “basement DJs” that are “here today and gone tomorrow” (often with your deposit in hand!). The Better Business Bureau suggests that you should only hire companies with a physical office presence. That’s good advice.
4. Preferred Vendor
Wedding professionals regularly see DJs in action and they know who the best company’s are. Ask them who they would endorse.
5. Hire an established company with a successful track record.
Find out how long the company has been in business. Most new companies fold in the first two years. A DJ should have a minimum of three to five years of wedding experience. Check to see if his company has a professional website with meaningful content that is intended to educate visitors about their services. Also, make sure the company hold any necessary business licenses, is fully insured and offers a written contract.
6. They aren’t desperate for business.
Signs of desperation include using high-pressure sales tactics, “trash talking” other DJ companies or dropping prices on a whim. Great DJs are booked and prefer to work with clients who want to work with them. They will answer all of your questions, trust you to make up your own mind and respect your decision.
7. They talk about their talent, not their gear.
If a DJ is showering you with information about his exceptional sound system and fabulous lighting, he’s missing the point. A DJ’s job is to service his client. He’s has experience reading the crowd and spinning songs that make guests dance, and is skilled at coordinating the night’s events. He has a caring attitude — evidenced by the amount of time he spends asking you questions, not talking about his high-tech gadgetry.
8. Back-up DJs and equipment.
A conscientious DJ service is prepared for life’s curveballs. People fall ill and equipment breaks down. The savvy company will provide a plan for such contingencies in its contract with you. Stand-by equipment will be tested and ready to go at the site, not packed in the van; and on-call DJs will be ready to go in a flash.
9. You get what you pay for.
The cheapest DJ will almost ALWAYS be the worst, but the most expensive isn’t always the best. Price is important, but you should be more concerned with getting a lot for your money, rather than getting the cheapest you can find. Many couples spend thousands of dollars on hall rental, decor and meals and fail to budget properly for the most important element – FUN! (or how their guests will be entertained). Hiring a DJ with budget leftovers will usually result in a crummy DJ, a boring party and a premature ending — because people will leave. Prioritize your wedding entertainment, because your guests will!
10. They accept major credit cards.
A professional DJ service will offer the convenience of a variety of payment methods, including the ability to accept major credit cards. Doing so shows the company is serious about its business and is willing to accept some recovery risk.
11. They offer a money back guarantee.
Most importantly, only consider a company that will stand behind its promises by offering a money-back guarantee. DJs can talk a great game – that’s what they do – a professional that you can trust will be able to back up his word and shouldn’t feel apprehensive about doing so. Do not hire a DJ company that does not offer a money back guarantee!
Why Mike Staff Productions?
We’ve created a crazy-effective team approach to save you time, money and stress.
When you hire our team, you get:
We understand most couples don’t have a sky’s-the-limit budget. And we don’t think that should get in the way of your perfect day.
Have the wedding you want,without blowing your budget.
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Your wedding day should feel like you—so we’ll help you choose a DJ who can bring your vision to life.
Feel comfortable with a DJ who perfectly matches your style and personality.
Peace of Mind
We relentlessly qualify every DJ, and we put an equally talented professional on backup for your wedding—just in case.
Let us sweat the details so you can relax and enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime day.
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