Frequently Asked Questions
It's a good idea to have some questions ready to ask a DJ before deciding. There's a few standard lists available online, but most of them neglect what should be the most important question to ask. The first question you should be asking is by far the most important.
What is the name of the DJ for your wedding?
You can't read reviews of your DJ or know their experience without knowing their name. Most companies will talk about years of experience in terms of the company, but only a few will tell you name of the DJ your booking. Every year as many as half of all DJs are new or have very limited working experience so I would highly recommending finding out their name so you can research and make an informed decision.
What is the Average Price for DJ?
The BBB published an article in 2019 with average wedding costs for SW Ontario. Weddings on average were $30, 717 and the DJ cost was $1442 just to give you a baseline. This aligns with the majority of budgeting references given in wedding publications and by planners of 5% - 10% of the total wedding cost.
How is your Boutique DJ Service different from other DJ Services?
To answer this you have to understand two definitions; a single-op DJ service and a multi-op DJ service. A single-op means the owner is the DJ. While a multi-ops may or may not have an owner is a DJ then subcontract to other DJs to perform the work from taking additional bookings. Those DJs are really independent contractors that the multi-ops hires for the wedding.
We're a hybrid of both so we can give couples the best of both worlds. We have all the backups and additional resources of a multi-op without the subcontracting. We also have the personalization that a single-op offers. We'll only work with 30-40 couples max in a year which gives us time to focus on each wedding. While multi-op DJ companies will frequently do more than 200 weddings in a year using different DJs. Scaling back on number of weddings allows us to support you every step of the way because you work with your DJs from the start.
What is the Most Important Thing to Consider When Hiring a DJ?
See question one...What is the name of the DJ for your wedding? (Not just the company name, but the DJ)
What Equipment Do You Use?
This is a loaded question because pretty much every DJ claims state-of-the-art, the best equipment or professional grade. The fact is most couples do know enough about equipment to pass judgment. Still this matters to certain extent, because having low quality or dated equipment can ruin a wedding. As DJ, but also an Electronics Engineering Tech I made the choice to use very high-end, we certainly talk and I can offer some tips on how to compare equipment if you want to have that discussion.
Should Or Do I Need a Contract?
Absolutely, do not do business with anyone that cannot provide you with a contract. The basic details such as; time, date, what is included, and the costs should be written into the agreement. No legitimate DJ business should be operating without a contract.
What Goes into DJing A Reception Besides Playing Music?
We plan as many details as possible. A good plan helps ease any stress and allows for a seamless flow throughout the evening. On average a simple wedding requires 25 hours while more complex weddings could need 40 hours or more. The image below graphically represents this in more detail.