Are you insured? Can you supply me with proof of liability?
Many responsible business owners carry liability insurance to
protect their businesses and the consumer. Many locations are
beginning to require proof of liability. Ask for proof of
liability insurance. Disc Jockey's receive a Certificate of
Liability which can be used as proof. Yes, Purrfect
Occassions carries liability insurance.
2. Will you be willing to play
requests and discuss music ahead of time?
A versatile Disc Jockey is willing to listen to your
suggestions, give you feedback and play from your desired song
list. A professional Disc Jockey will also accept the fact you
may not want certain songs played. A professional Disc Jockey
cannot know everything about your musical preferences and
entertainment needs without communication. Visit our
website planning tools to the left to choose your music for your
3. Do you use Professional
Ask whether your prospective Disc Jockey works with professional
audio equipment. If you are not sure, ask for their equipment
list and check with a local music dealer or the A.D.J.A. to
verify they are using professional-grade sound gear. Remember
that professional gear does not guarantee an entertainer's
talent or service level, but is simply a tool for building an
exceptional event. Purrfect Occassions uses Rane,
Crown, EV, and Mackie.
4. Do you provide backup
equipment at my event?
Although equipment failure is rare, do you really want your
special occasion ruined because your Disc Jockey did not come
prepared? It is also important to know if your Disc Jockey has a
back-up plan in case of illness or an accident. Members of the
A.D.J.A. have many resources available to them in case of an
emergency. You may also reach our Hotline number to get a Disc
Jockey when you have an emergency. The toll-free number is
888-723-5776. Purrfect Occassions has one
entertainer "on-call" just for such situations. We
guarantee to be there and be ready to start your event on time,
or your money back, no questions asked!
5. Booking a reliable Disc
Jockey is a very important decision for the success of your
party. Selecting a Disc Jockey who is an active
member of the American Disc Jockey Association will provide you
with the confidence that you have selected a trained
professional. A.D.J.A. members are more likely to be involved
with other Disc Jockey's who can help them out with an
6. Does the Disc Jockey know
the proper etiquette for your type of party?
A professional Disc Jockey will assist you with the planning of
your special day. Most professional entertainers will
coordinate, emcee and provide the music that you desire. Ask if
they have experience with your type of event.
7. How much time do you allow
Punctuality is a necessity. Most Disc Jockey's arrive at least
one hour prior to the start time you've given them. Your
entertainer should ideally be setup and in-place before your
first guest walks through the door.
8. Do you provide a written
It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in
writing. Ask for a written agreement, especially if you are
paying an initial retainer. The standard initial payment for
entertainment services is 50%. If you are expecting a specific
entertainer, make sure you get it in writing as well.
While the standard deposit is 50%, Purrfect Occassions only asks
for $100 down as a reservation fee. The reservation fee,
as well as any prepayments are applied to your contract balance.
9. Will you be suitably
dressed for our occasion?
Specify the type of apparel that your Disc Jockey is expected to
wear for your occasion. Formal attire or coat & tie are the most
popular forms of attire. If you are having a "themed" event,
make sure your entertainer is informed.
10. Do you belong to a
professional organization or trade group?
Although belonging to an organization or trade
group does not guarantee the talent or professionalism of a disc
jockey, it may indicate the companies willingness to network,
learn and grow. Disc jockeys can learn through local chapter
meetings, national DJ conventions and seminars geared toward the
entertainment professional. Purrfect Occassions
belongs to the American Disc Jockey Association and the local
Chamber of Commerce of St Joseph County. The information
presented here are some typical questions asked, and is used in
our website with permission from the American Disc Jockey
11. Do you use an IPOD during a performance?
This may sound like a great idea, but NO! I encourage you
to check out the link on our site about IPOD weddings.
Granted, not every wedding utilizing the technology of an IPOD
will end up like the wedding illustrated through the American
Disc Jockey Association. The lack of knowledge and proper
training was the demise. An IPOD can be a suitable
"backup" when in a pinch. After all, you want the music to
continue, not to stop. Proper training as a Wedding
Planning Specialist, will make the difference.
Other Items to Note
Disc Jockey rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee
ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music
knowledge, mixing ability and personality.
Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to
$3,500.00 with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking. The
best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are
planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that
nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their
entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight.
A full-service disc jockey company will normally invest 12 to 30
hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only
paying for "4 hours". Consultations, music purchasing & editing,
preparation, set-up and tear-down, education and other business
related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special