How To Hire a DJ/ Entertainer

It’s not every day that you hire a DJ, so do you really know what questions to ask? There are so many questions to ask, and you want to make sure you have the very best on the biggest day of your life. Below is a typical check list of questions.

Do You Provide A Written Agreement?

It is very important to confirm your booking in writing. Terms should be clearly defined to avoid future problems.

How Much do you charge?

Your DJ/Entertainer should be at least 10% of your budget, considering they take care of 90% of your day. You can get a bargain DJ at 300$ but remember, at the end of the day you have a 300$ DJ. Your DJ should charge accordingly to what they are offering. typically prices range from 600$ to 2500$.

Are You Insured?

Be confident that the DJ you hire will show up for your wedding! Insurance will give security & protection to you and your guests, as well as the DJ and his expensive gear! Some venues require the DJ to have current up to date Liability insurance in place.

Are you in any associations?

If your DJ is a professional they will be a member of an association. Being part of an association like the CPDJA ( Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association) means that your DJ has certain guidelines to meet to be considered a member. for more information please visit

Do You Have Backup Equipment and DJ’s?

Even professional audio equipment can fail on occasion, don’t let this put an early end to your affair. Make sure there is backup equipment and be sure there is a back-up DJ should an emergency or case of illness occur.

Is Your Equipment of Professional Quality?

There is a difference between home audio and professional road-worthy equipment. The equipment a DJ uses should be built to go on the road each and every day!

Do you have an AVLA License?

This License is require to playback any Copyrighted music for public performance. If your DJ cannot show you their AVLA License, then you have some reason to question just how professional that DJ actually is.

Will You Listen To My Music Suggestions?

Many DJ’s are of the opinion that they know what music is best for their audience and won’t take requests. The DJ should listen to requests and play them whenever appropriate.

Will You Dress Appropriately at My Affair?

It is important that your entertainer look the part by dressing formal or semi-formal, according to your preference. Themed events and picnics require different attire.

Will You Play The Music At An Appropriate Level?

The biggest concern voiced by prospective clients is the volume level of the music. A professional DJ knows to keep the volume at a level appropriate for the guests, especially during cocktails and the dinner hour.

Do You Do More Than Just Play Music at the Affair?

Most affairs involve more than playing music. It is important to have a DJ who is capable of playing the music, handling all of the announcements and helps to coordinate the affair.

Will You Listen to My Concerns and Input?

A professional DJ is aware that they can’t possibly know every aspect of music and entertainment. Your input and suggestions should be welcome!

It is important to find a DJ company that says yes to the above questions. Experience & quality are the most important factors in hiring your entertainment. You will never be sorry when you invest in quality.

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