Having a good DJ for your event can mean the difference between hosting an OK event or a ‘Great’ celebration.
If you look at a typical banquet; it would approximately have one hour of Cocktails, One to Two hours of Dinner and approximately Four hours of Dancing. So dancing would essentially be half the time of your event and most probably the only form of entertainment for you and your guests for the evening. So having the Best Toronto DJ service for your event is extremely important.
Having a good strategy to identify and hire the Best Toronto DJ should be your TOP priority.
Here are some important ‘Do’s & Don’ts’ that will help you in making your decision
Do’s When Hiring a Toronto Wedding DJ
Do your research, shortlist at least three Toronto DJ companies to be interviewed, preferably in person
Do consider someone who is experienced in the type of event you’re planning. If you are planning a Wedding then consider a DJ Service that specializes in Weddings. If you are planning a School event then consider a DJ who has performed in your school district
Do ask if the DJ Service is Licensed and Registered. You can double check this information by visiting avla.ca or cpdja.ca
Do ask the DJ what their favorite type of music is. This is a good indication of his / her taste profile
Do ask what type of genres the DJ specializes in. If you are looking for a Toronto Wedding DJ then it is best that the DJ Specializes in multiple Genres so that the music is suitable for guests of all ages and backgrounds. If the DJ is for a School Dance then check if the DJ has a good collection of up to date Top 40, House, Hip-Hop, Dubstep
Do ask the DJ how many songs are in his / her collection and how up dated it is. It’s important that the DJ’s music data base is diverse and has the latest music (especially if you are looking for a Prom / Semi-Formal SJ Service)
Do request him / her to name the Top 05 songs in the current charts. If he / she cannot name them then it’s a red flag!
Do get him / her to show you pictures of the equipment they will use at your event and perhaps even ask to see it. The DJ should use professional grade equipment that they OWN and NOT rentals
Do make sure the DJ has liability insurance. Ask him to provide you a copy of the insurance certificate along with the contract. This is important to ensure both you and the DJ is covered for equipment damage, and third party liability. Also note that increasingly many Banquet Venues in Toronto now insists you to obtain the insurance certificate from the Toronto Wedding DJ Service you are hiring
Do check for online reviews and also ask the DJ to provide you 02 references of a recent event. Don’t always check for the 5 Star review comments but also see if there is any negative feedback about their service
Do ask if the DJ if he or she is familiar with the banquet venue or the hall. If not, then you should meet with him / her at the venue before the event to discuss the floor plan, check for power requirements and review the lighting set-up
Do ask for a copy of the contract and make sure all pricing information if clearly noted and the DJ provides all lighting, sound equipment with no extra cost and that the set-up and take down time is part of the service fee you are paying him / her
Do check if they carry back-up plan in case of equipment failure or of the assigned DJ is unable to make it for your event in case if sickness etc.,
Don’ts When Hiring a Toronto Wedding DJ
Don’t hire a friend as a DJ for your event as it can only end up badly, an embarrassing experience for both parties and potentially a lost friend
Don’t wait until the last minute to hire a Toronto DJ. The best DJ Services in Toronto usually gets reserved approximately an year in advance. If you wait till the last moment then you will not have much choice, may have to settle for whoever is available and potentially pay a higher cost
Don’t select someone you are not comfortable with during your initial meeting. Sometimes it can be a good Toronto DJ but he or she may not be the best DJ for your event
Don’t book the DJ without signing a written contract. Make sure you read though all the terms of the contract and the rights of both the DJ and your are protected in it
Don’t accept any verbal promises or commitment. If it’s not detailed on the contract then it’s not going to happen!
Don’t select your Toronto DJ on price alone. Consider availability, experience managing similar events, customer reviews and how well he / she respond to your emails and calls before signing the contract. If they don’t promptly respond to your requests before signing the contract then they sure are not going to respond promptly to your requests after the contract is signed
Don’t expect the DJ to read your mind. Discuss all your requirements in detail including a full review of the agenda to make sure he or she is on the same page as you are. Also include your MC as part of this discussion. It’s important to make sure all key players for your event works together and understands your requirements
Don’t ask to see the Toronto DJ performances in a private event. If the DJ offers that option then you know that he will do that during your event as well. Feel free to ask for videos of his / her work
Don’t try to get an unrealistic bargain. Most often ‘you get what you pay for‘… So it’s good to shop around, but plan on spending 10 to 12 percent of your budget on the DJ Service
If you are looking for the best Professional Toronto Wedding DJ service with excellent value and very competitive pricing. Contact Us today and we will be happy to discuss your wedding music requirements to ensure your special day is fund and super memorable!