Ah the holidays. Carols, gifts, parties and possibly a marriage proposal? It is the time of year when more couples are engaged than any other time, except maybe Valentines. So he popped the question and the planning begins.
When should I book my DJ?
You want to allow enough time to interview several wedding DJ’s before reserving one for your wedding. This could take a couple of weeks so be sure to start well in advance of the actual wedding day. Never be pressured into reserving a DJ because they say your are the last opening for that day or because they are offering a special discount at a wedding show. Look for a DJ like Hubbell Entertainment that has experience (over 1,000 weddings and counting) and takes the time to truly understand your concept for your dream day. Book the selected DJ when you have completed your interviews and are sure of your decision.
Most DJ’s will have openings six to eight months out for prime dates such as Saturday nights in the summer months of May and June and again in the fall for September through October. You need to book your music sooner rather than later if you have decided on a wedding during these prime times.
In some instances where a large service is planned, you may need to book as far in advance as a year. This is true of big wedding dates such any Saturday in June or as the first Saturday in October. For some local popular wedding DJ’s you may need to book as far as 18 months in advance.
What should you expect for a deposit and payment schedule?
This actually differs from being as little as a 10% deposit to as much as 50% of the contract overall. As a rule of thumb, the larger Myrtle Beach wedding DJ companies will have lower deposit requirements while the independent DJs may require a bigger deposit as they are reserving a day just for you and will turn down other requests for the same time period.
Discuss with your DJ whether the deposit amount is refundable or not and under what circumstances would it be considered refundable? If you are planning a wedding in Myrtle Beach during hurricane season, you are taking a certain amount of risk you’re your wedding venue may be washed away. Other scenarios where a refund may apply are for military release or extremely unfortunate scenarios such as death. As far as the balance payment, again this varies. Some services desire last payment a month, two weeks or week in advance of the date and others will accept it the night of the occasion. Hubbell Entertainment is very flexible. Be sure and discuss your budget with us and we will work to make your day a success.
Should I consider paying the balance far beforehand or making DJ payments?
This is OKAY as long as you fully comprehend the business policy on reimbursing payments above and beyond the deposit quantity. Exactly what takes place in the case of the unpredicted? Let’s say you paid an extra $250 in advance but one month before your wedding event such as a hurricane puts your reception facility out of capacity. Now you potentially have to alter the date however your DJ is not available for your new date, do you get your $250 back? Will the DJ transfer your deposit to the new day if they are available? There are all kinds of unforeseeable circumstances that cannot be anticipated. Be sure to discuss what happens in the event of an unforeseen event.
Congratulations if he pops the big question this holiday season. Enjoy the moment and then give Hubbell Entertainment to start the wedding planning process. It is never too early to book your big day. We can provide you with several tips to make your day a success.
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