Post # 1
My wedding is still over a year away, but I’m the type of person who just wants to get everything done so I can relax 🙂 I don’t want to make a mistake and book a dj too early – can dj’s “go out of business”? I’m thinking if I want to book this early, I’ll have to go with a bigger entertainment company, just not a single dj. What do you think?
Post # 3
doesnt hurt to start looking! some vendors wont book that far out but i would def get looking – august is a busy wedding month and the sooner you can book the better! i personally booked mine in November for a February wedding but February is not a very popular wedding month.
Post # 4
Hm, good question. DJs like every other business can go bankrupt. So you may want to wait 6 months out before you book a DJ. But others have booked theirs years in advance and were fine (I think). I think if you find someone you absolutely love then you should book them. But if not, I might wait.
Post # 5
Depending on where you live, DJs can get booked up really early. The REALLY good ones can go up to a year or more in advance. We’re planning our wedding for Atlanta and we booked ours a year in advance and it’s a big company. I would suggest going ahead and meeting with different companies so you can already begin the process and then when you find one you like, go ahead and book it. I mean, why not? That’s the beauty of having the year plus engagement, you can go ahead and get these things done and out of the way.
Do be wary of single DJs and I’ll tell you why. You may save some money if he’s free lance and he may be great but what if he can’t make it to your wedding for whatever reason…who comes in his place? Messing up on your wedding day is something you can’t fix. You may get your money back or by miracle, a backup may show up but once it’s done, it’s done and you can’t redo your wedding day. That was my biggest fear. At least with a bigger company, you may have to go with another DJ if something comes up but at least he shows up and on time. Also, you pick all your sings online and decide on your timeline for the reception so everything is taken care of.
We almost went with a DJ that claimed he was free lance because he wanted to start his own business and he actually came from the company we ended up going with. He was so charming, so nice and very professional. Come to find out, he was FIRED for not showing up to weddings and those brides were out a DJ for hours!
I’m not knocking free lance and definitely not knocking saving money, but that was our experience and it’s just a risk you take. You have time and you’ll have a million things to do later so go ahead!
Post # 6
We booked ours in January for our October wedding. Some vendors won’t book clients until less than a year out from the wedding date so that they can make sure they have their new year pricing in order. It’s never too early to start looking and inquiring, though. If anything, find someone you like and wait till August of this year to put down the deposit.