Avoid the cowboys, how to identify a professional entertainment company

Okay so i decided to write a little blog this morning simply as a result of continued and shocking reports of people just like you getting let down by your DJ's, events company or any vendor for that matter.

There was two big stories from this weekend alone and both were as a result of the DJ simply not turning up to the event, not answering calls, Texts or providing cover support if there was a genuine reason he could not attend (Car crash, sick etc i am not aware of the actual reason).

It is a very sad state of affairs these days that some (This does not include professional DJ's, companies etc) so called DJ's/companies will simply take a booking from you most times with a deposit required and on many occassions it's forgotten about for a period of time as the event is not for another couple of months, however you as the client are confident the booking is confirmed as your deposit is paid and the DJ is on top of it and will get in contact as the date draws near. Problem here is there are 10's of hundreds of companies, DJ's, so called professionals out there happy to take your booking and deposit and mark it on a piece of paper, back of a tissue (i'm sure you get my meaning). Now while you think you are all set with the entertainment booked (normally at an extremly low price) and get on with managing all the other hundreds of tasks & todo's needed to put the entire wedding or event together so everything turns out to be a great success.

The big day arrives and well to keep it simple your Entertainment/DJ simply doesn't turn up, no calls, no texts, not even an email, most likely reason for this will be he/she had a last minute booking that paid substantially more then the booking you had agreed with them a couple of months ago when you paid your deposit.

This might sound shocking and quite unbalievable but this is happening week in week out, There has been a large influx of people (we in the industry call them Sids) purchasing a cheap laptop with a basic DJ mixing programme accompanied by sub standard sound and lighting equipment and promoting themselves as a ligitimate Entertainment/DJ company. These guys are not professionals, most have no morals or any idea how to control an event, conduct a wedding, or even read a crowd and thats provided they actually turn up to your event.

The only reason these guys are getting booked at all is because they are advertising themselves for practically nothing, The deal of the centuary, Wedding DJ to play your wedding for 5 hours for 150 Euro "come on?". It's time to face the facts people if you are willing to hire a DJ based on his price or Deal without looking into the 100's of other details that are more important then the price chances are you are going to feel very let down and quite possibly ruin the biggest day of your life.

Here are some examples:

  • The DJ never showed up.
  • We hired a friend of the family really cheap and he canceled a week before because he forgot that he was attending a music festival on my wedding day.
  • The DJ was drunk. The DJ was drunk before the dance started so some members of the wedding  party took over and ran the music.
  • The DJ just stood behind his table and did not say anything all night.
  • The DJ said vulgar and obscene things on the microphone.
  • The DJ was dressed shabbily.
  • The DJ had lots of pretty lights but had no clue about how to connect with my crowd.
  • The DJ gave no direction or made any announcements. No one knew what was coming up next or what was going on.
  • The DJ never met with us beforehand to get to know us or to discuss our wedding details.
  • The DJ thought the wedding was about him with his funny antics and completely forgot that it was about the bride and groom.
  • We requested no cheesy songs and the DJ played a number of cheesy songs.
  • The DJ took a number of smoke breaks outside.
  • The DJ was hitting on the bridesmaids!
  • The DJ played only few of our requested songs.

Ok so that is just a rough idea of some of the horror stories i have heard from people.

Below is just a few items that you should absolutely confirm with your DJ before making a booking and we wonder why so many people don’t take what we do seriously!

Here are some things to consider when hiring your wedding DJ:

Are they a Registered Irish Business?
Does your DJ have references from other wedding vendors, local banquet halls and hotels, from bride and grooms? 

Have others heard about your DJ? If not, why not?
Do they have current reviews online?

Do they offer a consultation before your event?
Will they know how to read a crowd?
Will the DJ have the talent and skills to act as your master of ceremonies & or be able to mix your music?
Do they have a professional looking web site? That is one of their calling cards! Also is it a .ie domain as anyone can purchase a .com
There are many levels of talent in DJ’s. Not all DJ are created equal!
Are they primarily wedding DJs?
Are they insured?
Have they taken performance courses?
Will your guests be entertained?

Will it be FUN at your wedding?

WILL THEY PROVIDE A CONTRACT OF SERVICES? This is very important please insure you get all details in writing from your DJ/company at the time of booking.

So in conclusion, hiring a professional company or DJ is not cheap, why should it be? DJ's work just as hard as everyone else and yes it also takes them years of training to learn their craft. Other factors to consider when looking at costs is Equipment, Professional DJ's and companies have to spend Thosands every year on equipment to stay at the top of their game.

If you are looking for a PROFESSIONAL service you will have to pay a little extra but what you get back in return is the confidence that your wedding or event will be a guaranteed success!

I hope this helps some of you avoid dissapointment.

Kind Regards,

John Doyle


Bold Monkey Entertainment