One of the things in this industry that really bothers me is when wedding professionals try to do more than they can. One of this professionals are DJ’s. – now not all DJ’s, but there are a few out there that I know of that have told my clients that they could have planned their wedding for them.
Well…I’ve been doing this now for 9 years and haven’t meet a DJ yet, that can help a bride and her bridal party get down the aisle during her ceremony, or keep everything rolling perfectly during the reception.
Now let me explain. During your ceremony they are setting up at the reception and during your reception they are playing music. Yes, they can help line up the bridal party for the grand entrance, as they can do that at the beginning of a song – but how are they going to know that the photographer is done and you are ready to enter when they are supposed to be entertaining your guests?
Ok, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest – what about a DJ contract? The things that they should include:
- Company Name
- Assigned DJ
- Address and Phone number
- Website and email address
- Date of the wedding
- Full description of package chosen along with pricing information
- Hours of time, does that include set up time?
- How long will you need for set up?
- Overtime rate and procedure
- What does the bride and groom need to provide? Example, size of table, linen, etc.
- Lighting explanations
- Deposit required
- Date final payment is due/payment schedule
- Cancellation policy
Brides, if you haven’t signed your DJ contract just yet and its missing any of the above information – be sure to call your DJ and have them add it in there. Also NEVER sign a contract with out FULL contact information on it. Happy Planning!
Just think about it, and for those of you that are DJ reading this – I won’t try to spin records if you don’t try to fluff a brides dress for the best photo shots as she’s going down the aisle.