Hiring a wedding DJ can be tricky! The two main deciding factors when Booking A DJ are Price and Reputation. Book That DJ definitely stands out on BOTH! We not only have comparable pricing to other legitimate companies in the area, our clients will attest that we are among the best around! With an average of 200 weddings a year and a 5 star rating on Wedding Wire, we are a definite option for your wedding needs.
POINTS TO REMEMBER: DON’T HIRE A DJ BASED ON PRICE! and DON’T HIRE A DJ WITHOUT RESEARCHING THEIR BACKGROUND!!!
#1 Reason why you don’t want to hire a DJ based on price is because you get what you pay for! READ our article on why a Cheap DJ is like a Roach Motel HERE.
#1 Reasons why you want to research your DJ’s Background is so you understand where they come from, what their relationships are like with other professionals, if they’ve been fired from other companies, black listed, or even built a poor reputation for unreliability. Don’t fall for the sales pitch. Understand what you are getting yourself in to for your BIG DAY!!!
HERE ARE OUR ANSWERS TO THE TOP 40 Questions to ask your Wedding DJ!
1. Do you offer a written contract?
YES! We have a very thorough contract that outlines everything you will expect from our company as well as what our prices are for each service we provide. A written, legal contract is one of the first indicators of whether a DJ is professional and reliable. A written contract is absolutely essential and any DJ not using a written contract should not, in our opinion, be considered for a wedding reception.
2. Will you be the DJ at our wedding?
We ensure that all of our clients meet their DJ and get to know them before their big day! Most importantly we want our DJs to get to know our clients before performing at their wedding. We get to know your likes, dislikes, and what you expect for your big day! We here at Book That DJ uphold a very high standard of customer service on top of being amazing wedding DJs.
3. May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract?
YES ABSOLUTELY! We have several banquet halls and a main office that we meet our clients at on a regular basis. Where we meet is determined on where is most convenient for our clients.
Many wedding DJs attempt to conduct their interviews over the telephone and through email instead of meeting face-to-face with prospective clients. In our experience, there are two reasons a disc jockey would do this – either they don’t feel you are worth their time, or they have something to hide. Some deejays are very different in person than on the telephone and what is presented on their website, and you should insist on meeting in face-to-face so you can judge for yourself whether they are a good match for you and your wedding. Your “gut” feeling is very important in selecting the right disc jockey, and it’s practically impossible to make this evaluation unless you are together in person.
4. How long will you hold our date for us?
Our deposit ensures that we Save the Date for you and we will be your DJ Service on your BIG DAY! However, we understand that there are times where you have to “shop around”, or have a conversation with each other or even parents. We do not push anyone in to booking with our services right away. When we meet with clients that do not decide to book us in the initial meeting, we offer to pencil them in for the next week in order for them to make their decision without being rushed.
5. Do you work exclusively for this company?
Our DJs work exclusively for Book That DJ. However, we have several companies that we work very closely with and fill in dates for them when they need our assistance and we have DJs available.
6. How long have you been a DJ and how many weddings have you done?
This answer differs for each member of our team. Each Wedding DJ on our team has a different number of weddings performed. Our training process is very extensive. Even for the DJs that come on board with previous experience. We ensure that our DJs have the best quality training and experience.
7. How many weddings do you do each year?
Just like the previous question, the answer to this one differs from DJ to DJ. We have some DJs that only want to have every third Saturday off to spend with family and some that do Friday and Saturday weddings every week. On average, our company does approximately 20o weddings a year and we are still growing.
8. How many other types of events do you do per year?
Although our primary focus is in the Wedding Industry, our company also Plans our own Annual events and parties. We also do a lot of private parties annually as they come to us, such as: Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s, Sweet 16’s, Retirement Parties, Holiday Parties, Corporate Meetings, Pool Parties, and so much more! However, when we have a client booked for a certain date, we do not over book and cancel on any of our clients EVER! We have a very detail oriented staff that ensures our accountability.
9. Do you perform for more than one event in a day?
Sometimes we do, but not when we are scheduled for a Wedding! When our clients decide to Book That DJ for their big day, we ensure that entire day goes in to their wedding. From getting enough rest, to planning our play list and confirming timelines. Our Wedding DJs come prepared and focused in order for each wedding party to get the best experience possible from our DJs.
10. What makes you different from your competitors?
We would much rather tell you what makes us awesome and you can decide if it is different from our “Competitors”. #1 is our Personalities! But also: Our attention to detail, our pride in customer service, our energy levels, and so much more.
Some DJs will take this opportunity to “bash” their competition and say negative things about specific DJs or agencies. We consider this type of behavior unprofessional (in fact, doing this is strictly forbidden for members of the American Disc Jockey Association), and is a poor reflection on them. In fact, you may want to consider making it a point to meet any DJ that they say something bad about – DJs that engage in this type of thing will often target the DJs they’re afraid you’ll book instead of them, and they’re probably right!
11. Have you played at our reception site before?
Our DJ team has played at most banquet venues in the area and are very aware of how to set up our equipment in order to get the best sound out of the room! However, there are times when we have not DJ’d at a certain venue. When this happens, we make sure we come extra early or even visit the site before the day of in order for us to “walk the room” and get a feel for the acoustics, the layout, and the space available.
12. Do you act as the “emcee” and make all of the announcements?
YES! We make sure that all of your guests are fully aware of what is going on throughout the night. We put extra effort in our sound check process and our equipment set up in order to ensure the best sound quality of our microphones. 7 out of 10 wedding receptions aren’t as fun as they should be due to the guests being unable to hear the DJ Announcements.
13. How would you define your “style” when making announcements?
Informative, enunciated, professional, energetic, and natural. We do not read from a script and we make sure everyone’s attention is grabbed before we make the important announcements. We do not talk over the music or commentate throughout the night.
14. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?
Depending on the crowd we are engaging, we usually create energy through our microphone and encourage people to come on out to the dance floor, or create some sort of event out of bringing people out (like having two people come out, then they have to select two more, then so on and so on) or simply careful song selections. Sometimes even a slow song works to get people out then playing a classic song with energy that many people love!
15. What if something happens to you and you can’t make it to the wedding?
Despite our meticulous planning and preparation, accidents do happen. If your DJ is injured or otherwise unable to perform on your wedding day, we have a backup plan? We work with several other professional DJ companies in the area and ensure that we always have extra options on call for big days when all of our staff is out.
16. Will we meet again before the wedding?
YES! When and how often is totally up to you. Sometimes our clients want to meet with us often to answer their questions. Other times our clients don’t necessarily feel the need to meet with us until the final week of the wedding. Either way, in the final week of the wedding planning process, we meet with you to go over every aspect of the wedding in great detail.
17. Can we visit you at a performance?
Unfortunately, we do not allow clients to visit us at a wedding. We’re sure that you wouldn’t appreciate the DJ inviting prospective clients to your wedding to see him in action. We don’t want any distractions to our performance. We hope you understand.
18. May we speak to your references?
OF COURSE! We encourage this very much! We can say how awesome we are, but we would much rather our clients say it for us. You can either read our professional reviews, or simply ask for as many references as you would like. Speaking to a wedding DJ’s former clients is a great way to get a feel for what it is like to work with them, and any DJ should be ready and willing to allow you to speak with their references. He/she should also be willing to contact several of these references in advance of providing you with their information, so that they have his permission and so you feel comfortable calling them.
19. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?
We subscribe to several major music update services in order to keep their collections up-to-date. These services provide our DJs with new, radio edited music, often before it is even playing on the radio.
20. How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
Our online planning area is very helpful in selecting the music played for your event. Our biggest factor we stress is the DO NOT PLAY List! We can play so much great music, and we will play a play list you create for us in a way that it will flow smoothly, but the most important aspect is what you do not want to hear.
21. When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?
Preferably the week before the wedding in order to allow us to properly prepare for your big day. However, if you forget to submit your information, we still go to the online planning area and retrieve it before the big day. Also, we confirm and communicate about all of the details about your wedding in our final meeting. Including song selections.
22. Do you take requests from our guests?
This is completely up to you. We always ask two questions: 1. Do you want us to take requests? and 2. Can we use our professional judgement?
23. Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?
24. When do you arrive to set up for our wedding?
Our DJs will always arrive at least a full hour before their scheduled start time in order to have adequate time to set up and get organized before the wedding. We do not charge extra for set up time.
25. What will you wear to our wedding?
Our DJs dress fully formal for weddings! Even when our clients say that it is ok for us to wear jeans and sneakers or shorts. We make sure our appearance is completely professional. We don’t wear sneakers or jeans to weddings, because we feel that we are representing a professional service. Unless our clients absolutely demand it without any room for negotiating.
26. What will you wear when you set up and break down your equipment?
Typically we wear our dress shirt and slacks to set up and tear down. However, some times we wear our Book That DJ T-Shirts or Hoodies. Depending on how much equipment we have to set up. We don’t want to sweat in our formal attire before the wedding even starts. But we definitely make sure we are neat and clean in appearance. Most importantly, we ensure that we are always set up before any guests arrive.
27. How much of a deposit is required to secure our date?
Our Deposit is $200 to save the date. However, sometimes we run specials and only require a $100 deposit to save the date. This deposit is applied towards the balance.
28. Have you ever worked for another DJ company? May we contact that other company and ask about your performance?
Sometimes our DJs have previous experience from other DJ Companies. We ensure that our DJs have very high reputations amongst other professionals in the wedding community.
29. How much would you charge for overtime?
Our prices are gone over in great detail with each client. We have an hourly rate that can be paid to your DJ the night of the wedding if you would like them to stay for an extra hour or two.
30. What do you require from us?
Adequate shelter, electricity, and to have fun!
31. Do you require a meal?
This is not required. If you would like to offer a meal to your DJ, you may do so. However, this is not a requirement for our company. Most catering companies and banquet facilities take care of us because they love when we work with them. So this is completely up to you and each situation is different.
32. Are you insured?
YES!! It is absolutely essential that any DJ you consider carries a full liability insurance policy. Some reception sites have even taken the step of requiring all vendors working at their facility to provide proof of insurance before the wedding. Liability insurance protects you and the reception site in the unlikely event that your DJ injures one of your guests or burns your reception site to the ground.
33. Do you take any breaks?
No, we do not. We also make sure we do not sit down while DJing. Other than during dinner time.
34. What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the wedding?
Our DJs will never take cigarette breaks during your wedding. We also make sure that we do not drink at any weddings. If the bride and groom insist on us having a drink with them, we make sure to tell them that it has to be in the last hour of the wedding so we can focus on our job (the last hour is always the funnest).
35. What kind of equipment do you use?
We use powered speakers, concert performance microphones, state of the art/sound activated LED lighting, and much more. If our clients ask for an equipment list, we provide them with one.
36. Do you bring backup equipment with you to the wedding?
YES! All of our DJs practice a method we like to call “The ABES Method”. Meaning Always Bring Extra Stuff.
37. Do you have a wireless microphone?
Yes and a very good one! We also make sure that our wireless microphones have fresh batteries before each wedding. Even if it was barely used at the wedding prior, we do not allow for our wireless microphones to cut out during speeches and toasts.
38. Do you have a “light show”?
Yes we do. We have packages that include lighting options. It all depends on what you imagine for your big day.
39. Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?
Definitely not. We do not do any shameless self promoting during your big day. Our performance is our best form of promotion we could ever have. We carry business cards and marketing materials in case anyone asks for any. Or we may put some business cards at the bar. But we do not bring out any banners or signs.
40. Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?
Yes, our owner is registered with ASCAP as well as the American Disc Jockey Association. We are all trained to uphold a very high standard of excellence.