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  1. Do you provide a written contract for your services?
    This should be YES without exception! Never take their word for it. Get it in writing! We at PartyDJs4u DJs are REQUIRED to do this.
  2. How many wedding receptions have you performed at?
    This depends on whether the Disc Jockey does "doubles", or two events in a day. Generally speaking, the more experience, the more money a Disc Jockey is worth. You should look for DJs that have performed at more than 75 weddings as a starting point (takes into account at least 3 years experience at 25 weddings per year).
  3. May I see you perform at a wedding reception?
    This answer should be NO. Should your DJ allow a stranger to "pop-in" and watch even a few minutes of your big day and give the impression that they care more about the "next sale" rather than the party in front of them?
  4. How much do you charge?
    Look for value for your entertainment dollar. Human jukeboxes will always charge less than Entertainers and/or helpful planners. In San Diego, prices range from $450 for "human jukeboxes" to $1,200 and higher for the cream of the crop Entertainers.
  5. Are you limited to only 4 or 5 hours because you have another wedding?
    In most cases this should be NO! The venue usually dictates the number of hours at a reception.
  6. How early do you arrive prior to a wedding reception?
    Arrival time is generally 60-120 minutes prior and setup is complete before stated contract time.
  7. What do you wear to a the event?
    The DJ should always dress in appropriate attire according to the event and the wishes of the client.
  8. I've heard horror stories of drunk DJs, DJs that smoke like a chimney. Do you do either of those?
    This should be an ABSOLUTELY NOT! Professionals do their job. They don't smoke and drink.
  9. Will the DJ act as a master of Ceremony?
    This depends on the style of services the client wishes to have.
  10. Are you able to play continuous music?
    Yes...the music never stops.
  11. How much music do you have?
    This should be a significant amount with over 5,000 songs as a starting point.
  12. Do you use any theatrical lighting?
    Depends again on the client's wishes. You may get charged extra, you may not.
  13. Are there any special needs for your equipment?
    Other than the normal precautions for any electrical equipment, no.
  14. How many breaks will you take, how often, and for how long?
    I do not break during your reception as the music remains continuous.
  15. What is the payment schedule?
    Find out when payments are due including the procedure for late fees and cancellation.
  16. What happens if you get sick or some tragic event happens in your life, do we have a backup?
    Good Disc Jockey services ALWAYS have a backup plan or two. The BEST DJ services have this pointed out in their contracts.
  17. Do you Sub-Contract your work out?
    You want to make sure which Disc Jockey you are paying to have service your wedding reception - This should be NO!
  18. Do you need to be fed at my wedding reception?
    This should never be required by your DJ professional, however it is always a nice gesture to make sure your DJ is fed so they can give the best performance possible. A DJs normal day, given a 5 hour reception with setup and travel time it is roughly 7-9 hours.
  19. Why is your price higher to play on an island?
    Any island that is not connected directly to the mainland takes a lot of extra time to prepare for and is costly to service. The price should include transportation to the wedding and any incidentals associated with that.
  20. What does your equipment consist of?
    Only professional Disc Jockey Equipment. Names include JBL, Rane, Shure and more …