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10 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN BOOKING A DJ

10 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN BOOKING A DJ

Booking the right DJ for your wedding, event or party is one of the most important things you need to do to ensure everyone has a fantastic time, including you!

Here’s our quick guide of mistakes to avoid in the process!

1 LEAVING IT TOO LATE
Good DJs are booked out in advance so don’t leave it to the last minute as the best ones will already be booked! Think 9 - 12 months ahead.


2) CHOOSING THE WRONG DJ
There are great DJs and there are terrible ones! Search out a professional DJ / company by reputation, reviews, testimonials and especially by recommendation from your trusted venue and friends who’ve booked before.

3) NOT ASKING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE
Find out about their DJing history, the venues they are recommended by and look online to check out what they are up to!


4) NOT CHECKING WHAT THEY PROVIDE
Do they have their own (high quality) PA, lights and DJ Booth? Do they offer a personalised planning service to hear your ideas before the event? Do they work with other musicians such as live saxophonists to enhance their set?

5) NOT CHECKING THE LEGAL STUFF
Do they possess the correct licenses and insurance? What are their Ts & Cs?


6) NOT ALLOWING ENOUGH BUDGET
You get what you pay for. Your answers to point 4) may influence the pricing so decide on what is needed and wanted, and allow accordingly.

7) NOT CONSIDERING YOUR VENUE SPACE
Where will the dance floor be positioned? Is there enough space and power for the DJ, booth and lights? Are there sound limiters in the venue? Is there seating near the speakers?


8) NOT DISCUSSING THE DETAILS
Discuss your requirements and check for any additional costs before agreeing on the contract. Do you have special song requests? A First Dance? What timings are required for set-up? Is food & drink needed? Are you expecting them to make announcements or interact over the mic?

9) BEING UNPREPARED
Remembered your end of the bargain? Check the contracts well in advance of your booking so that everyone’s expectations match.


10) FORGETTING WHO YOUR GUESTS ARE
Consider your guests young and old.  A great DJ will cater for everyone including you, so let them be the judge of the track selection - it is their job!

For info about booking one of our Toast DJs or our Toast DJs Amplified packages, email us at info@toastfunctions.com or call on 01243 937 138.



Posted 13 June 2019 by Nathan Evans

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