When should I book my DJ?
Potential clients frequently ask me ‘how far in advance do I need to book a DJ‘? Seems like a straightforward question with an easy answer, but it’s is not so simple. The answer to that question depends on the number of guests you are expecting or rather, the amount of equipment that is required, the type of event you are planning and time of year the event is taking place.
The number one consideration is whether you have a particular Disc Jockey in mind. If you’ve seen a DJ at a previous event and liked his work or you’ve been referred by a friend who saw a particular DJ you would want to book him ASAP to ensure he is not already booked on your day. Once you have chosen a day it is wise to contact the company and reserve the particular DJ you want.
In addition, if your planning a Wedding during the busy Wedding months it is a good idea to sign on with a DJ company as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. Saturday’s in May, June, July and August are particularly busy. Also mid November to the week before Christmas is very busy with Holiday parties so it’s a good idea to book your DJ during all those months ASAP. Generally though, most clients book the DJ between 4 and 8 months before their event. However, it is not uncommon to have people book 1 to 2 years in advance!
For school events that fall on Halloween, Valentines Day, the last day of school before the Winter break, Graduation or New Years Eve parties most DJ companies will be fully booked. So to avoid disappointment it is a good idea to secure those dates well in advance. Many schools and clients that are repeat will reserve those dates nearly a year in advance.
For parties that don’t fall into those busy months or days you can generally leave it to a month or two before the event before booking, although it is always a good idea to book a Disc Jockey as far in advance as possible. You will generally receive a favourable rate for those days as well!!!