Choosing Your DJ

Did you realize that the entertainment you choose for your wedding or special event is responsible for 80% of the event’s success and the memories you will have for the rest of your life?  Yet, it is the least expensive part of your special day.

1.  Does your DJ have experience?
With experience comes confidence and knowledge. Many things can happen during an event, both expected and unexpected.  A DJ’s ability to handle any situation that could arise has a profound effect on the success of an event.

2.  Does your DJ have an adequate music selection?
Does the DJ have the music knowledge and music library to ensure a variety in music selection?  Your DJ should have over 10,000 titles.

3.  Does your DJ have references?
Always ask for references and check them!

4.  Does your DJ use professional grade sound equipment?
Many DJ companies use low end sound equipment.  Only by using good equipment can you be reasonably assured of good sound quality and reliable operation of the equipment.

5.  Will your DJ meet with you for a consultation?
A good DJ is willing to meet with you to go over your event to ensure your event goes as planned.

6.  Does your DJ provide song lists and planning forms?
Reputable DJ’s will be willing to provide a reception planner, vendor worksheet and song list.

7.  Does your DJ return phone calls, faxes or email promptly?
Your DJ should be available to you at anytime.

8.  Is your DJ familiar with the venue?
It is nice to know that your DJ is familiar with the property where your reception or event takes place.  This ensures that the DJ knows where to go as well as the rules of the property.  If the DJ does not know the property, he or she should drop by to talk to the people in charge.

9.  Does your DJ act as Master of Ceremonies?
The DJ should, only if you wish it to be.  Some DJs act like a radio DJ. They should be able to tailor their style to the type of service you want.

10.  Is your DJ accommodating?
The DJ should accommodate your needs.  They should be able to answer your questions and make suggestions.  After all, they should be more experienced and be able to make you feel comfortable.

DJ Facts

You usually get what you pay for.  Most people invest between $13,000 and $30,00 for an average wedding.  In California, a wedding is usually over $20,000.  People commonly spend $5,000 to $10,000 on food, $2,500 for the venue, $2,000 for photos, $1,000 for the cake, and between $3,000 to $10,000 on other items.  Yet, entertainment is responsible for 80% of the success of the event or wedding.

Entertainment can make or break any party or wedding and the memories you will have for the rest of your life.  Saving $200 to $500 is not worth the sacrifice of all of your other investments.  Be  sure to put time and effort into making an educated decision.  Unfortunately, if the party stops being interesting, or looses it’s energy, family and friends are more likely to leave early.

What makes a DJ special is understanding which songs motivate your guests.  Having a natural instinct in reading a crowd is absolutely necessary.  Natural talent includes a sense of timing, style, speaking ability and variations of presentation. 

Always consider experience, qualifications, quality, flexibility, references, and added services.  Comparing DJs is like comparing a grape to a fine wine. If you’re not careful you could pay a “Premium Wine Price” for just a grape.  Anyone can be a DJ, but not everyone does it well.

At LegendMakers, we supply top quality DJs at a fair price.  You can be sure that our DJs possess the talent and knowledge to make your event a success.  Click here to learn more about our staff.