10 Questions You Should Ask Your DJ/MC Before Hiring
A helpful guide to aid you in selecting the right DJ/MC for your wedding.
1. Are we guaranteed the entertainer of our choice on the day of our event?
Some Mobile DJ companies have more than one DJ/MC on staff. A good company should be able to guarantee in writing that the DJ/MC you select is the one that will perform at your event. Ask what happens if that DJ/MC is NOT the person that shows up. A good follow up would be "can we see a video of that DJ/MC?'" If they don't have one, how are you sure that is the DJ/MC you want?
2. How many years of experience do you have?
Levels of experience can vary from company to company, DJ/MC to DJ/MC. A good follow up question to ask would be "How do you keep up with latest trends in wedding entertainment?"
3. How many hours do you charge for your services?
Before you ask this question ask yourself how many hours did YOU plan for. Most DJ/MC's will say 4 hours. On average, most weddings last 5 hours or more. Then ask "Why just 4 hours?" (Welcome to the world of "Overtime Fees!")
4. Are you insured?
Insurance is a big part of any legitimate business. Liability and casualty policies protect YOU, your guests, and the company you choose. If they don't have insurance, ask why? (You might be surprised by the answer)
5. Do you belong to any professional associations for Mobile DJ/MC's?
Quality Mobile DJ/MC's will be a part of a professional association. Why? Because professional associations have Codes of Conduct and Ethics that they must adhere to. There are organizations that cater to the wedding industry (NACE, ABC, WEVA, etc.) that allow Mobile DJ/MC's to participate as members, but ask yourself why a Mobile DJ would NOT want to be a part of an association within their own industry. (You might be surprised by that answer as well)
6. Will you allow requests?
Remember, it's your day. If you want your guests to feel at home and participate in your special day will the DJ/MC you hire take requests? If they don't allow for requests, ask "why not?"
7. How early will you be there to set up? (And are there any additional fees for set-up?)
Depending on the amount of equipment and venue regulations an average of 1 hour should allow for set up and sound check. Depending on the type of service you select, that time may increase to almost 2 hours.
8. Will you provide an emergency back-up equipment at our event?
Weddings are a "once-in-a-lifetime" event. Electronics (no matter how new or state of the art) are electronics, plain and simple. Want to trust your "once-in-a-lifetime" event to a Mobile DJ who doesn't have back-up systems? Your wedding is an investment, so have your DJ/MC protect it.
9. How much time will you spend working and planning our event?
The time spent on preparing and planning your event depends on the type of service you select. This can average anywhere between 18 to 40 hours depending on the services you choose. (Want to hear some dead silence on the phone? Ask your prospective Mobile DJ how they came up with their pricing structure)
10. How will you be dressed?
This may sound like a simple question, but then you might be surprised by the answer. It's your day, so don't you think you should determine how your Mobile DJ/MC is attired for your event?