1. Are you licensed and insured? Can you supply me with proof of liability?
Responsible business owners carry liability insurance to protect their businesses and the consumer. Many locations are beginning to require proof of liability. I carry a $1 million liability policy per event with a $2 million liability coverage for persons. I will show you my Certificate of Liability Insurance during our initial consultation. I am a licensed Professional Mobile Entertainer in the state of Washington and in the counties of King, Pierce, Snohomish and Skagit counties.
2. Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?
A versatile Disc Jockey is willing to listen to your suggestions, give you feedback and play from your desired song list. I will also accept the fact you may not want certain songs played. I cannot know everything about your musical preferences and entertainment needs without communication. That begins with our consultations and continues through your access to the online planning forms for you and your guests.
3. Do you use Professional Equipment?
Your event is critical to you, and I completely understand that. My reputation is built largely on referrals. The gear I use is leading-edge, professional DJ, audio, lighting, and video equipment. The products I use and endorse are industry-standard, trend-setting, professional-grade equipment that is as functional as it is attractive. Check out my Equipment Link on this website for more information about the gear I will bring to your event to make it exceptional.
4. Do you provide backup equipment at my event?
Although equipment failure is rare, I bring to every venue a complete backup sound system, backup microphones, and redundant programs for my lighting, music, and video segments on all 3 laptops I run at your event.
5. Do you belong to a professional organization or trade group?
Booking a reliable Disc Jockey is a very important decision for the success of your party. Selecting a Disc Jockey who is an active member of the American Disc Jockey Association will provide you with the confidence that you have selected a trained professional. I am a continuing member of the American Disc Jockey Association and abide by the code of ethics within the charter of this fine organization
6. How much time do you allow for set-up?
Punctuality is a necessity! I arrive well in advance of your event and NEVER book more than one event per day. My general rule of thumb is to be completely set up, sound and cross checked at least one hour before your guests begin to arrive. This means I will be at your venue a minimum of 2 hours for the Classic Package and up to 7 hours prior to your event if you have chosen the Prestige or Ultimate Packages.
7. Do you provide a written contract?
It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing. I will provide you with a written contract upon receipt of your initial retainer (30% non-refundable deposit to secure your date) that outlines my services, price, date, and package(s) selection.
8. Will you be suitably dressed for our occasion?
While formal attire or coat & tie are the most popular forms of attire ,if you are having a "themed" event, I will ensure to happily comply and be appropriately dressed for your event.
9. Other Items to Note
Disc Jockey rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality. Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to over $5,000.00 with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking. The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight.
I will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only paying for "4 hours". Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, set-up and tear-down, education and other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special occasion.
Interesting Wedding Statistics
*AFTER THE VOWS...
- 72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
- Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
- During wedding planning, brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer - reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
- When asked, 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
- 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding said if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey.
*These statistics were published in St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine in 2003. Sources include: Simmons, 2001; USA Today, 2002; National Bridal Service, 2001; The Knot, 2002; Brides Magazine, 2001.