How Much? - Put Asking About Price On Hold When Looking For A DJ
January 14, 2015
I can't speak for every DJ or wedding/event service vendor, but I'm willing to bet it is common for potential clients to ask them about their pricing prior to considering the quality of their service. In fact, I am asked about pricing before anything else about 90% of the time when customers contact me. It's not unusual for me to be asked "How much do you charge?" or "Can you give me a quote?" through an email or over the phone before I have any information concerning their event.
My advice is to refrain from asking a DJ (or any other event service) about their price first when you contact them. If quality is of importance and you need a DJ who can handle various tasks, you may not find what you are looking for by simply calling around and comparing numbers. The DJ field is saturated with hobbyists and professionals alike. Asking about pricing first may lead you in the wrong direction while questions concerning a DJ's background and experience will give you the best platform to compare anyone you contact. Inquiring about the skill level a person has a DJ and the reliability of the equipment used in their setup should also be a priority. By holding off on asking about price first, you will have a better idea of who you are working with and the quality of service they provide as a DJ.
I understand there are people who are working with a set budget and cannot spend over X-amount; however, if you have some flexibility, I encourage you to take advantage of your options. First, spend some time researching local DJs online by looking at their website and social media pages. Read any testimonials or referrals if available, too. Next, determine what kind of DJ will make your event or wedding a success. In other words, will you require more than just a warm body pushing "Play" on a DJ device? Finally, set expectations your DJ must accommodate and be ready to ask questions that reflect those desires. Don't forget to make note of specific equipment extras you will need like lights, wireless mics, multiple sound systems, etc.
I believe a good DJ must have the ability to emcee and coordinate any engagement with confidence and professionalism. They should be strong in their music programming skills and must devote time to preparing for your event's success. Instead of asking for a quote right off the bat, see if the DJ would be willing to meet with you and be interviewed first. During the meeting, find out if he/she is the right fit for your party by asking direct questions such as "Do you emcee?" and "What experience do you have with weddings (or sweet 16's, anniversary parties, etc.)?".
Once you have narrowed your choices down, or feel you have found the perfect DJ, proceed to asking about price. The quote given will ensure the quality of service you can expect from your DJ and cover the equipment needed for your event including extra items requested.
HINT: Ask for a quote that includes everything you want for your event, but if there is a detail you can do without (ex. Lights), ask for an adjusted quote for comparison.