Tip: These questions can also be adapted to be used when booking any wedding or event professional.
Are you a member of any Professional Associations?
If your DJ is a professional they will be a member of a professional association. Associations like the CPDJA set guidelines and require members to maintain a high professional standard. These associations hold members accountable for their ethical & professional behaviour.
Will I get to personally meet with you prior to signing any contract or agreement?
You should always meet the person who will be responsible for your wedding reception. This lets you build a connection and make sure you’re happy with them, avoiding any surprises and granting the satisfaction of knowing that your wedding entertainment is in good hands.
Do you have a professional license?
Similar to the SOCAN* licensed included in venue cost, the CONNECT Music Licensing** license is paid by the DJ and is required by law to perform any copyrighted music in public. If a DJ can show you their numbered Connect Music Licensing card, this should speak volumes about their professionalism.
*Society of Composers Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, **To read more about CONNECT Music Licensing go to http://www.cpdja.ca/consumer_section/licenses.php?type=avla
How long have you been a wedding DJ?
This will provide you with an idea of the DJ’s experience. Weddings involve more than just playing music. It is important to have a DJ who understands all about programming music, wedding etiquette and is capable of coordinating your event.
Do you have Backup Equipment and DJ's?
The DJ should carry backup gear in case of any equipment failure. After all, you don’t want your big day to be ruined by an under-equipped DJ. Also be sure you DJ has a backup available should an emergency or illness occur.
Do you provide a written agreement for your services?
It’s very important that any vendor provides you with a written agreement or contract. This is their commitment to providing service and your proof of arrangements and terms. Make sure that the terms of this investment are clearly stated.
How much do you charge? Are there any extra fees?
Online wedding planning guides suggest at least 10% of your total budget should be allocated for entertainment. Prices can vary, however, consider how much a great DJ will contribute to the success of your wedding day. Any extra charges for travel extended hours and equipment should be clearly stated in the agreement or contract.
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Do you have any references or testimonials?
Look for referrals and ask for references. Professionals will always provide easy access to their best references. A little homework goes a long way, ask around and research online.
Do you carry liability insurance?
The answer you’re looking for here is Yes. This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur to my equipment or caused by my equipment. It’s also a sign of a reputable business and not a “fly by night” operation.
Will you listen to my music suggestions and concerns?
This is your wedding day, not theirs. Any good vendor or event planner will insist on your input and give feedback.
Your DJ host should be interactive, know the music and observes the crowd and play your guests’ requests whenever appropriate. A DJ should know how to cater to the entire audience.
A full-service entertainment company will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to plan your special event. Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, recommendations, certifications and other business related experience all add up to the overall success of your special occasion.