The Top 10 Tips for Hiring the Right Charleston DJ
Finding the perfect Charleston Event DJ can be a daunting task. With so many options available, how can you be sure that you are making the right choice? Well, don't worry, we are here to help! In this blog post, we will provide 10 tips to help you find the perfect DJ for your event. So, whether you are looking for a Charleston DJ for your wedding, corporate event, or birthday party, read on for some great advice!
1. Start looking ASAP
The COVID-19 pandemic forced a lot of Americans to reschedule big events like weddings. As a result, an estimated 2.5 million weddings are anticipated in 2022. Most brides are now looking at 2023 because venues, caterers, photographers, and event DJs are booked.
If you need an entertainer for your Charleston event, look as early as possible. Top-rated DJs are likely to have quite a few weekends booked already for the end of the year. If you want to snag one, you shouldn’t wait.
2. Research your options
Search for the best DJs in Charleston on Google. Performing a quick search can provide you with plenty of the top names along with websites and reviews to hunt through until you’ve found your perfect match.
Even if you get a name from someone you know (see below) and decide to go that route, always search for more information. You can learn a lot about the information entertainers put on the internet, and you can get any initial questions out of the way early on.
3. Ask for references
The best DJs are often the ones that are referred to you by someone you trust. This doesn’t mean that you should automatically go with someone you know (like a friend, cousin, or acquaintance), but it does mean you should use your network to find a DJ in Charleston.
Here’s a list of people you should consider asking for a recommendation.
• Family members
• Friends (especially those who have just had events)
• Your venue
• Your wedding planner (if applicable)
• Anyone else in your life who commonly throws parties, events, or weddings
This is an easy way to get a list of DJs to start with — then all you must do is narrow it down!
4. Define your budget
Budgeting for an event can be challenging. That said, how much you’re willing to spend can quickly disqualify certain entertainers. Try to define your budget before you start your Google search (and especially before you meet with anyone). This will make the process less frustrating overall if you know what you’re willing to spend.
If you’re struggling to come up with a number, search for a basic budget for your event type. For example, 10 to 15 percent of wedding budgets typically get spent on entertainment.
5. Consider your event type and size
Not all events are suitable for all types of entertainment. Some events thrive with a DJ while others are better suited to a band. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of event types when you may consider the DJ route.
• Holiday party
• In-store event
• Birthday party
• House party
• New Year’s Eve celebrations
• Graduation party
• Late-night corporate drinks
6. Communicate your vision
Event DJs wear many hats, and as a result, they must actively plan with you. They’re part of your team and want to be able to follow your vision — they just have to know it first. During your event, your DJ will be responsible for playing all music associated with the ceremony, helping with audio for live performances, making announcements, and so much more. Collaborating with them can help establish the correct flow of your event as well as the more intimate details (like the correct pronunciations of names!).
7. Meet in person (if possible)
Not all circumstances allow in-person meetings, but if they do, it will enable you to check the vibe of the DJ. Most DJs will be responsible for the longest portion of your event. Meeting them in person can help you get a sense of whether they’re the correct person to do this. Additionally, it can allow them to get to know you, your interests, and your priorities if you’re hiring them for a personal event like a wedding or birthday party.
8. Read the contract carefully
You should have a contract with all vendors for your event. People most often make this mistake in two circumstances.
• They’re not using someone professional
Contracts are critical when you’re working with someone for your event. A contract provides a clear and concise outline of what’s expected of your DJ. It helps to hold them accountable in the event of an issue. If someone refuses to provide a contract, this is a red flag. You shouldn’t work with someone who isn’t being straightforward with you and won’t put their promises in writing.
• They’re someone they know who’s just helping out
Contracts often get neglected when two people who already know each other are working together. For example, if your best friend recommends her DJ cousin for your event, then you may think you can forego the contract and keep it “casual.”
However, this can put you in a difficult situation if something goes wrong. If you decide to go with someone you know, remain professional and create a contract that spells out your obligations.
9. Read reviews
Psychologists agree that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. If you want to know how a DJ will perform at your event, ask a previous client…or better yet read the reviews. Reviews are often readily available online, and they can speak to how a DJ performs under pressure. Having a few hundred people to back up your decision can help you feel comfortable taking the leap!
10. Trust your gut
After doing your research and meeting your potential DJ in person, what do you think? Do you get great energy when they’re in the room? Do you as though they’ll be able to get a party started or stay on schedule when they’re announcing the entrance of the bridal party? Only you can get a true sense of this and decide whether you feel good about them being part of your big day.
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