(Closed) DJ dilemma

posted 10 years ago in Music
Post # 3
6 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

I just wanted to say that the reason your venue wants a certificate of insurance from the DJ is so that if someone gets hurt or something because of something he does, his insurance will cover it. If he doesn’t have insurance (the certificate proves that he has it), then it would fall back on the venue’s insurance. They are just trying to protect themselves, and it is a totally reasonable request. You are probably having problems finding DJs with insurance because it’s not required by most places and small businesses like that don’t like to pay for insurance if it isn’t required.

Anyway, I think that for what you want you might be better off having a friend of a friend do your intros. They will know you as well as any DJ would (or better), and that way you don’t have to worry about the insurance stuff. 🙂

Good luck!

Post # 4
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I think you are better off getting a friend or aquaintance to do this for you.  We are having a similar type wedding, small, not too formal, and we are not hiring a DJ.  And we are also going to do iPOD (or laptop) music, and we will have someone who can make the few announcements that we are going to do, like toasts and first dance.  I am lucky that I have several friends who I know will be able to do this. We also do not want to hire an officiant, but a friend is going to do our ceremony for us (he is not ordained or anything, so we will have an official signing of the marriage liscence at the courthouse before hand).   It is possible that things might not go as smoothly as if we had a professional running the show, but in the end as long as it gets done, that is fine.  I have been to other weddings like this and everything worked out really well.

Post # 5
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I have read on here about brides that had to get insurance for their vendors to satisfy their venues.  I don’t remember how much it was, but I have heard of it before.  If you really want the DJ, perhaps look into the insurance?

Post # 6
19 posts
  • Wedding: October 2008

Yes, your venue might allow a non-insured DJ if you took out your own event insurance instead.  I have to do this for my venue, and I don’t think it’s a lot of money (a few hundred dollars, maybe). 

I’m in a similar position with regard to the DJ.  Originally I didn’t want one at all (I have an intense dislike for most DJs and have been to a few weddings with really awful ones).  But, my parents keep saying we "need" one, and I do worry a bit about announcements and who will make sure the music is working if we do an iPod.  Our other issue is that our venue is fairly strict about volume, so if we go with a DJ I want one that is willing to keep the music to a tolerable level. 

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