If you’re like most newly engaged couples you’re probably thinking “how hard could it be”? I’ll just Google “DJ in my area” and I’ll hire someone.
It’s way too easy for anyone to put up a website using stock photos, a few clicks create a Facebook page or Instagram account and they claim to be in business for 8-10 years. It’s unfortunate, but you can be whoever you want to be on the internet.
Finding a reputable company with experienced that fits your needs might seem daunting but if you follow these steps it should be fun and rewarding.
- Ask friends and family for a referral first. This kind of goes without saying but getting a referral from someone that has already used a reputable company is your best bet. You have an unbiased opinion from someone you know.
- Use search wedding websites, but use caution. Companies can buy rankings. Just because they are in the number one position on a page doesn’t mean anything. Try to use the unpaid (organic) listings, which are under the paid listings. Companies are in this position due to longevity, reviews, and activity.
- Read reviews from past clients. How many reviews across different platforms does the company have? How are they rated? What clients say in reviews is really important.
- Get estimates. How easy is it to get an accurate quote from the company? Do they make you come in for an appointment to get a quote and the BEST price like a “used car salesman” or are they transparent with their pricing and availability.
- Check for insurance. This may seem like a no brainer but we get calls 30 days before events from clients saying they hire someone without insurance. Now they are now scrambling for entertainment. Most venues in NJ require a minimum, $1,000,000 insurance policy to even walk through the door.
- When comparing estimates take value into consideration. What does value mean? Look at it this way. If you hire the cheapest company they usually can’t provide value like answering the phone live, meeting with you, showing up on time, constant communication from our team, and having top-notch equipment. In some cases, the cheapest company can’t even provide the full service you need. Value is all the little things that add up to a wonderful experience.