Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tips For Choosing A Great DJ To Make Your Event Memorable

Regardless of whether you are planning a wedding reception, a birthday party, a corporate party, or any other special event, one of the most important things to consider to ensure that your guests enjoying the event is the entertainment. Finding a truly professional DJ who offers several entertainment options can require a bit of work, but you’ll find that it is well-worth the effort.

We have found during our time performing DJ services in the San Antonio area that many people get so overwhelmed when planning their event, that their choice in entertainment often is decided solely by who offers the best price. This can be a big mistake, as the lowest price option may be completely unsuitable for your event. While a fast-talking “go-getter” type may seem like a reasonable choice, it pays to be a bit cautious in who you hire to avoid a situation in which your entertainment is completely inappropriate for your event.

As a part of our San Antonio DJ experiences, we have developed a list of criteria that people should consider when seeking to hire a DJ. The following are some tips for helping to distinguish a true professional, who is likely to do a good job for you and make your event fun and entertaining for your guests, from a “hobbyist” who is more concerned with his or her own entertainment and making a few bucks as a bonus.

The first hallmark of a professional is insurance. The DJ should carry his or her own liability insurance. It is unusual for the insurance to be important in terms of a liability claim arising from a situation at your event, but the fact that the DJ has insurance indicated that he or she is serious about doing business in a professional manner.

Another indicator that a DJ is serious about his or her business is being a member of one or more national and/or regional DJ professional associations. Besides it being an indicator of professionalism, there are potential benefits to you the customer. For instance, in case of an emergency in which he or she is unable to perform at your event the DJ can quickly find good replacement talent to fill in and make sure your event still goes as planned.

Professional equipment is another sign of a good DJ. A serious DJ will be proud of his or her equipment and will be happy to discuss it with you. Besides having good equipment, it is important that your DJ will be bringing backup for all essential components, just in case something stops working.

Lastly, it is important to consider the personality and appearance of a DJ you are considering hiring. If the DJ shows up for your initial meeting without a professional appearance and demeanor, he or she may not be a good choice. Ultimately, one of the most important things to consider is whether or not you feel you have a “meeting of the minds” when interviewing a DJ. It is important to feel confident that the DJ is going to work with you to give you what you want, and not ignore your wishes in favor of “doing their own thing”.

By DJ San Antonio

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