Questions to ask a DJ
by Superior Sound Entertainment Disc Jockey Service
Do you provide a written contract for your services?
a. This should be YES without exception!
Never take their word for it. Get it in writing!
2. How many wedding receptions have you performed
a. Generally speaking, the more experience,
the more money a Disc Jockey is worth. You should
DJs that have performed at more than 60 weddings as a starting
point (takes into account at least 3 years experience at
20 weddings per year)
May I see you perform at a wedding reception?
a. This answer should be NO. Should
your DJ allow a stranger to "pop-in" and watch
even a few minutes of your big day and give the impression
that they care more about the "next sale" rather
than the party in front of them? Superior Sound
strictly follows this policy.
How much do you charge?
a. Looking for value is not always
the best coarse of action. As a rule you normally get what
you pay for. The one thing people always remember for years
after the wedding is how much fun they had at the reception
dance. Experience, Professionalism & High Grade Equipment
are your best value. You should be willing to spend at a
minimum of $ 700.00 & a maximum of $1000.00.
Are you limited to only 4 or 5 Hours because you have another
a. In most cases this should be NO!
The Bride & Groom dictate the number of hours at a
as is stipulated in the contract.
How early do you arrive prior to a wedding reception?
a. Arrival time is generally 60-120
minutes prior and setup is complete before stated contract
time. See our Timeline for a
list of reminders.
What do you wear to a wedding reception?
a. The DJ should always dress in appropriate
attire according to the event and the wishes of the client.
Tuxedo for formal engagements.
I've heard horror stories of drunk DJs. Do you do drink on
a. This should be an ABSOLUTE NO!
Professionals do their job. They don't drink on the job.
Superior Sound Entertainment DJ Service strictly follows this policy.
Will the DJ act as a master of ceremony(emcee)?
a. This depends on the style of services
the client wishes to have.
Are you able to play continuous music?
a. Yes...the music never stops.
How much music you have?
a. This should be a significant amount
with over 8,000 songs.
Roughly you can fit 70 songs into
a 4 Hour time frame.
Do you use any theatrical lighting?
a. Depends again on the client's wishes.
Superior Sound Entertainment DJ Service never charges extra for
Are there any special needs for your equipment?
a. Other than the normal precautions
for any electrical equipment, no.
How many breaks will you take, how often, and for how long?
a. I do not take breaks during your
reception as the music remains continuous.
15. What is the payment schedule?
a. Find out when
payments are due including the procedure for cancellations.
16. What happens if you
get sick or some tragic event happens in your life, do we
have a backup?
Good Disc Jockey services ALWAYS have a backup plan or two.
The BEST DJ services have this pointed out in their contracts.
17. Do you Sub-Contract your
a. You want to
make sure which Disc Jockey you are paying to have service
your wedding reception - This should be NO!
18. Do you need to be
fed at my wedding reception?
a. This should
never be required by your DJ professional, however it is
always a nice gesture to make sure your DJ is fed, so they
can give the best performance possible. A DJs normal day,
given a 5 hour wedding reception with setup and travel time if roughly
19. Why is your price higher
to play on an island?
a. Any island
that is not connected directly to the mainland takes a lot
of extra time to prepare for and is costly to service. The
price should include transportation to the wedding and any
incidentals associated with that. (Example: Washington
20. What does your equipment
Disc Jockey Equipment. Names include JBL, Crown, Numark, Toshiba,
Chauvet, BBE, American DJ, AKG.
A Band or a Great DJ.
By: Bronson Smith, Superior Sound Entertainment DJ Service, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
on your engagement, you have decided to take the big step,
but now there is so much to do & so little time. First
things first. choose a date, find the perfect banquet hall
& then being looking for your Reception Entertainment.
Ok, do we go with a Band or a DJ?
? It's up to the couple. Some people like
but some people donít. The Proís & Cons... Bands
are live, the music is loud, everyoneís having a great time,
well almost everyone, Grandma & Grandpa are sitting
over in the corner with her hands over her ears & Grandpa
is putting on his jacket, they canít wait to leave
& the wedding reception just started, all they wanted was a
few big band songs & maybe a polka or two early in the
evening then they would have been happy & this is the
feeling with a majority of the older guests, its too loud
& they not playing anything for us to dance to. We should
leave. & then it happens... the older guests that you invited,
that possibly traveled for hours, leave & leave very
unhappy. Why, did they leave after 45 minutes?
you did not think of them when looking for your entertainment.
Remember its not just about what you want to hear on your
wedding night, you have invited many guests that have traveled
considerable distances to attend, your guest want to hear
a little of everything, so you need to take into consideration
that maybe a band, that is only able to play a select few
songs on a play list, bands take breaks every hour or so,
they travel with a PA system that belongs on a stage in
a auditorium, so maybe a band might not be the correct decision.
Proís & Conís... OK, You gave
it some thought & came to the conclusion that maybe
a band might not be the correct alternative. So now what?
Well you can do what most brides and grooms have been
doing for the past 25 years or so, open up a phone book or
more recently, go to the internet or you can
you know who they had DJ at their wedding & did they
do a good job, did they keep the dance floor full. The one
investment that means the most at a wedding reception is
the DJ/Entertainer. Most people have no problems paying
big money to a Photographer, a Cake maker, & the Banquet
Hall, but when it comes to a DJ they tend to try & cut
costs. Does a Photographer travel with possibly $ 10,000
- 20,000 dollars or more worth of equipment?;Will you remember
the name of the company that made your cake?;or What you
had to eat at the dinner 10 years down the road? No!, but you
will remember the DJ & the great time you had.
DJ/Entertainers are like most any other type of service
company you hire, you get what you pay for, in most respects.
& Professionalism are worth their weight in gold,
even more so when we are talking about your wedding reception.
It has to be perfect and you only get one shot at it...
so make a plan.
an example -
take your new sports car to some inexperienced back yard
mechanic that lacks the know how & equipment to properly
fix a very expensive investment? No!, you would not, so,
why would you want to cut costs & hire some less than
professional DJ to run the wedding reception? A
can make your event a smashing success. Please donít entrust
your wedding night to the unknown cheap DJ; you will be
taking a huge gamble. Remember a great DJ is priceless &
the memories of your wedding reception are forever.
whatís so great about a DJ?
DJ/Entertainers are able to do things bands can not.
Like, Play Cocktail hour music or soft romantic dinner music.
Bands, for the most part, donít have a clue how to coordinate
the grand march, the Bouquet toss & the Garter removal.
They canít play polkaís or Big Band music & further
more, they are unable to play at a moments-notice your favorite
song & your guestís requests. DJís can & will.
Most Good DJís now have either gone over too or are in the
process of switching to a computerized digital music library
on a laptop computer. Computers are able to hold
Thousands of songs of digital quality sound & most good
DJís travel with a state-of-the-art
sound & lighting
display which enhances the look & feel of your event; bringing you a club lighting & sound experience. A
good DJ/Entertainer is in his or her element when, at a wedding
reception or any other type of event, DJís like to have
fun & be creative, every event is unique.
what do I look for in a Great DJ/Entertainer?
is number one, a good DJ takes his or her job seriously
& will stop at nothing to deliver a great service.
I'm thinking of one right now....:-)
DJ will have extensive customer service experience; pleasing
the customer should be the first order of business.
DJ will have many years of experience & countless events
under his or her belt.
DJ will hopefully be responsible & carry liability insurance
as well as have back up equipment on hand, in the event of
an unforeseen equipment failure.
DJ will be a great listener & love to talk.. Listening
to the customer & finding out their wants & needs
is very important for the success of the event. A good DJís
should be great oratorís, the ability to communicate to
the customer & guest in a manner that is friendly. I know a DJ that stutters on the
phone, but give him a microphone & he could address
80 thousand people at a stadium & not miss a beat, try
not to judge people, they would not be a good DJ very long
if they did not do a great job.
DJ will have great equipment. Professionals use
equipment. Enough said.
DJ, wonít invite a perspective client to a paying customers
event. Many DJís have no problem inviting future clients
to stop in and watch them in action. A good DJ would not
invite people whom the bride & groom did not invite
themselves. Would you want a dozen strangers at your reception
consuming your open bar beverages, that could get costly
& it's so unprofessional for a DJ that you hired to worry
more about his or her future clients than to take care of
the job at hand.
DJ, Will bend over backwards to make his or her
DJ, Will inform potential clients about the dangers of a
strict do-not-play-list that includes every good dance song.
You might not like certain songs, in fact, you might hate
them, but is that to say the people you invited to share
in your special day? They might like those songs. Remember,
the wedding reception dance is only 4 -5 hours long.
Do you really want to tell your guest with various musical
tastes that they wonít be able to listen to a favorite song,
because you donít want to hear it? No! Of course
not, that would be disrespectful.
needs to be given a certain amount of latitude during the
course of the event. Most DJís are able to read the crowd
& know to a degree a certainty what songs will get your
guests out on the dance floor, & thatís what it is all
about anyway, right ? Having a great time. Some of the songs
I am referring to are the, "Hokie Pokie", "Chicken Dance",
"YMCA" & the "Cha Cha Slide" - to name a few. Putting these
songs on a do-not-play-list will affect your event, since
"crowd participation songs" get the people dancing & having
decide to put these & other good dance songs on a do-not-play-list, DO NOT blame the DJ, When your event lacks
energy or is just plain boring. I guess what I am trying
to say is, do-not-play-listís are bad, but, the customer
is king & most good DJís will pass the blame off where
it deserves to be, after all, it was your choice to have
DJ, Looks the part & dresses for success. Formal Attire
(Tuxedo) at formal events, less than formal, but always
proper attire at less than formal events, most good DJís
will ask what the Attire will be for the evening.
DJ, Will, to an extent, Advertise. Word-of-mouth is a great
form of advertising , but itís not enough. Some DJís spend
a small fortune & some DJís donít. A professional DJ/Entertainer
will at least advertise in a Phone Book or Two, will have
business cards, should have a
professionally created Web
Site & should have a dedicated
phone line for business
DJ, will be willing to meet the customer with, a no obligation,
free consultation. A good DJ, will not pressure the customer
into signing on the dotted line.
DJ, will try new things to keep the festive party energy
going. A hoola-hoop contest, the limbo & maybe even
80ís music trivia are all tricks a good DJ will have up
his or her sleeve to keep the party hopping.
& or Great DJ, Should be many things & do many things.
I could go on & on, but I think I have outlined the
important items here. Now, start your search & keep
some of these things in mind, Good Luck!