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Selecting the ‘Right’ vendor for your dream event can be a daunting task. These days, there is a plethora of information online and many clients find their entertainment vendor through online searches – but it is a very confusing and stressful process.
Most DJ and Event Production company sites use the same buzzwords and statements like “Top rated”, ‘Voted Best”, ‘Service focused”, "Professional", "State of the Art Equipment", "Our clients loved our work, and you will too!", etc. They all sound great and sometimes appear as equals.
So what can you do to find out the differentiators and ensure that you can confidently make a sound decision that puts you at ease that you hired the best DJ for your specific needs?
Here are some pointers and ideas (Real and un-biased advice from us at MMM Entertainment)
1. Do your Homework
All DJs are not the same. Standards differ. Don’t believe all you see on the Websites or Social Media pages. Doing your due diligence will pay off. Simple steps like asking for referrals, asking other vendors, looking at industry awards, info about Insurance coverage, proper contract docs, equipment grade etc. etc. will help a lot.
2. Go beyond just Price
Cheaper is definitely not better. What good is a great price if the DJ does not show up or come late or the equipment fails? While financial considerations play a very important part - it should not be the only one.
It is very common to make ‘Price’ the primary filter. Reconsider your core filters. Make ‘Value’, ‘Reliability’, and ‘Professionalism’ etc. the most important filters…
3. Prepare and ask Questions!
For many of our clients it may be the first big event they are hosting. The best way to understand if the DJ (or any vendor) meets your need is to come up with the right criteria.
Take time to prepare the right questions based on what is most important to you. (See the blogpost on questions to ask…)
4. Style and Professional demeanor
Try to understand the style of the vendor to ensure it matches your needs. A club-style DJ may not work well for a formal wedding…. Find out how they interact and engage the guests? Are they good on the Microphone? Can they help make the event more fun? How professional is their communication and dealings? Ask to see photos of their DJ setup – Does it look clean and professional or poor equipment and a messy setup with wires all around?
Many vendors promise more that they can deliver. Developing a great reputation takes a lot of hard work and a very long time. Pay attention to this factor, as there are many vendors in the business with poor or no reputation. Look at ratings on industry sites, social media sites, find out from referrals etc. Also ask questions about timekeeping, understand if they have backup equipment etc.
• How long have you been a DJ and how many weddings have you done?
• Have you played at our reception site before?
• How long will you hold our date for us?
• What makes you different from your competitors?
• Do you offer a written contract?
• May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract?
• How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
• Do you act as the "emcee" and make all of the announcements?
• What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?
• Can we visit you at a performance?
• May we speak to your references?
• Will we meet again before the wedding?
• When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?
• Do you take requests from our guests?
• Can we submit a "Do Not Play" list?
• When do you arrive to set up for our wedding?
• What is the amount of money you need as an advance deposit is required to secure our date?
• What is included in the cost of my event?
• How much would you charge for overtime?
• What do you require from us?
• What is your policy on alcohol during the wedding?
• What type of equipment do you use? Will you have a wireless microphone?
• Do you bring backup equipment with you to the wedding?
• When do we have to pay the balance payment and the mode?