At your wedding, people will talk. What will they say about the music?
These days, every one's a DJ! And everyone knows someone who knows someone that's a DJ. And just like friends shouldn't let friends move them, friends shouldn't let their friends DJ their wedding. It is true what they say about the entertainment at any event, it is one of the key components to a great time. It is no secret that the market is saturated with DJs, so how do you hire the right DJ for your budget?
7 Tips on how to hire the right DJ Service
Compile a list of DJs: Ask friends for referrals and ask your vendors to recommend their "preferred DJ's.
Don't make the price the deciding factor: Pricing is one thing-quality is another. DJ's are not created equal and equipment, experience and level of service all come into play. $800-$1200 is the average. The difference between a bad experience and a great experience can be $200.
A DJ service is generally priced higher than just hiring a DJ: The benefits of hiring a DJ service? Most are full time and offer liability insurance. If the DJ gets sick, they'll have a suitable replacement.
How quickly do they return your call or email? We once booked a client within 60 seconds of answering their call just because we answered our phone!
Does it look like they invest in their business? How's their website? Can you view their music selection on line? Do they offer lighting? Are they a member of the BBB? Do they have an online inquiry form?
Get it in writing: You should always have a Service Agreement that requires your signature and outlines the terms and conditions, form of payment and cancellation policy.
The music: A great DJ will stand up all night and read the crowd. A Lazy DJ will just press play and take a seat. If you've spent months striving to create the perfect night, then don't settle for just a DJ. Will they have the type of music your group is into? Will it be radio edited or full of 'f' bombs? Will they take direction from you and your wedding planner? Are they living for the moment? Or do they want to get an A on their report card so that they may get future bookings from your guests?
No DJ or DJ Company needs to have backup equipment in their car, unless of course they use shoddy equipment! They should however, have systems in place and back up plans.
Do you drink on the job? If you answered no, then neither should your DJ. They are not one of your guests; they are the "hired" entertainment. Discuss the 'drinking' policy in advance. A bartender once reported that at a wedding, between the photographer and DJ, 52 shots were consumed!
About Hot Wax Entertainment:
Music is the essential element in creating the feeling & environment you've been dreaming of. Allow the Hot Wax team's experience in the entertainment industry be one less thing for you to worry about. We know exactly how to position the speakers during outdoor ceremonies so that it captures your wedding vows when they are spoken in a whispered tone. We know exactly which way to display our interior set up so that it compliments your layout and vision. Our equipment is state of the art with the latest in technology thus matching your venue's intentions so that the flow of sound is seamless and the look is modern and slick. You'll melt in each other's arms when you hear your first song on our system. Enjoy the online communications with us as we guide you throughout the process of designing your program. Planning a slide presentation? We offer LCD projectors and screens, and we'll bring the right cords so we can connect your computer to our system and that's one more thing for you to scratch off your list of things to do. And when it comes to the sights to behold during the dancing hour, we will enhance your sophisticated soiree with our lighting, as the sparkles gently glide over & reflect off walls and onto the dance floor creating fantasy and romance for you and your guests. And while you're getting your photos done, why not entertain your guests with the Hot Wax Photo Booth? It's modern, slick and affordable fun.
Get the wedding music you dream of; Hot Wax bring your vision to life!
Written by Ozzie Kipnes, Hot Wax Entertainment