Wedding Tip Wednesdays

Information Your DJ Needs To Start A Contract

You’re getting married, and you’ve decided to hire a DJ for your wedding. Great choice. Before you contact your DJ, there are a few important things you’ll want to have squared away.

Hey friends it’s Franco here with Show Me Sound bringing you another episode of Wedding Tip Wednesdays. 

I got to DJ Joel and Ashley’s wedding over the weekend, and it was a blast, thanks again for letting me be a part of your big day.

Today we are breaking down a few key pieces of information you will want to have squared away before you hire your wedding DJ.

Wedding Date

This first one might be obvious, but having a wedding date in mind is super important to getting your DJ under contract.

Until I figure out how to use my time machine, I’m afraid I can only DJ at one wedding per night. 

That being said, if someone wants to hire me, the first question I need answered is what date they plan on having their wedding.

Once I know the date, I can check my calendar to make sure there aren’t any other weddings booked on that same date. 

If we are in the clear on your chosen date, we move on to the next crucial bit of info.

Wedding Venue

Where you’re getting married is super important, not only so the DJ knows where to go on your wedding day, but so they have an idea of where they will be setting up.

If your venue is outdoors, your DJ need to make sure they bring enough extension cables to run the power out to wherever they plan to set up.

It’s also helpful if your DJ has already done a wedding at your chosen venue, as they will be familiar with the room layout and have a good idea of where they should set up.

Some DJs will also incorporate travel fees if the wedding is further outside of their service area than they are used to.

Wedding DJ Hours

Finally, to give you an accurate quote for services, most DJs will need to know how many hours of music they will be providing.

There are a few DJs that won’t bill by the hour, but the vast majority have a price per hour billing structure, so having an idea of how long you’d like them there will help them give you an accurate price quote.

That being said, I’ve personally started contracts that have added additional time later as the planning develops. 

If you’re still planning out your timeline it’s a good idea to ask your DJ how flexible they are on adding time a few months after the original contract is signed, and if they have a cutoff date for any final adjustments.

These are the three biggest pieces of information your DJ will typically need to give you an accurate price quote and start a contract with you. 

There are a few other things that might be variables to consider, such as variations in equipment provided, or different wedding packages offered, but for the most part these three areas are the biggest details to bring with you to get a quote for services and ultimately hire your DJ of choice.

Hopefully you have found this video helpful, if you have any questions you’d like featured in a future video please drop them in the comments below.

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Thank you so much for watching, I’ll see you next week!

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