1. Do you have a contract?
Look it over. If there is anything you do not agree with, talk to them about it. Don't feel like you need to sign anything that you are uncomfortable with.
2. Do I get to meet my DJ face to face before our event?
If you are wanting to meet your DJ to ask him/her any questions you should be able to do so. Make sure you have the right fit for your event.
3. Do you have Back-Up Equipment?
If the answer you get is No, you should look elsewhere. The DJ should always be able to have access to back up equipment. That's not only speakers and lighting but computer, hard drives and devices as well.
4. Do you have back up DJ's?
If you DJ were to get sick or into a car accident and can not make it, the last thing you want to have to do is spend the hours before you wedding or event looking for a replacement DJ.
5. Will your DJ be dressed appropriately and will you you put up banners or signs?
For weddings the DJ should be dressed in a suit, unless the Bride & Groom have a themed wedding and would like the DJ to take part. The last thing you want to see is your DJ at your wedding wearing a T-Shirt & Shorts. The simple answer for banners or signs is NO! Banners and signs at a wedding reception is tacky, especially if you are trying to create an elegant atmosphere, signs and banners are a big distraction.
1: When doing seating
arrangements, try not to place your elderly guests in front of the
speakers. Your older guests usually want to chat. Even at lower
dinner music volumes, they may have a hard time doing so. The most
ideal spot for Grandma would be as far away from the DJ as possible.
Typically, your younger guests should have no problem hearing &
engaging in conversation at those tables closest to the sound
2: When making your floor plan, let your DJ help. Catering and wedding planners can put together some beautiful floor plans that work well for food & beverage. However, an experienced DJ will be able to give you some great tips on arranging a room to maximize the overall success for the entertainment portion of the evening.
3: Have a flow chart for the evening. Flow charts are the best way to organize everything from cocktails & dinner to cake cutting & dancing. Your DJ can help make a flow chart that works for you. The specific times you outline may not actually work out to-the-minute, but it will for sure make the evening flow smoother without accidently leaving anything out.
4: If you have a wedding planner, don't forget to connect them with the DJ. This is overlooked more often than you would think. When it comes to a well planned reception, it's always best when all of your venders are on the same page.
5: Hire a DJ you trust. This person will play a big part in the most important day of your life. Regardless of price, make sure it's someone you like, understands what you want & don't want, and can Help Make Your Reception As Successful As Possible.