What You Should Know When Hiring A DJ!
Deciding on what type of music for your wedding reception can be difficult. Between deciding the menu, hall, flowers, etc., you'll need to choose the perfect music. After the reception is over, most guests will comment on the time they had, not on the flowers or the food they ate. Entertainment can make or break your event. Many couples struggle with their own personal tastes, family pressures, budgets and the like. But remember there are criteria that your disc jockey should meet before you hire them.
First, decide on your budget. If you're very limited, say $200 or less, you may find someone who would DJ your event, but they won't be the professionals you would like them to be. Remember when it comes to DJ's, pricing generally indicates experience. Disc Jockeys who command higher rates probably have the experience you're looking for. NOT ALL D.J.'S ARE GOOD ONES!! Anyone can put together a sound system, use their personal music, and call them self a DJ. It takes years of training and polishing to make the best entertainer possible. The more shows your DJ has done, the better he/she will be. Be sure to ask them how many weddings they've done, not just shows. Most companies in your area that are reputable will charge around the same amount of money. Beware of those who will cut you a "deal" that seems too good to be true. As the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for".
Second, look at the package you're buying. Some companies will include all services with the price of the show; others will charge extra to use cordless mic’s, lights formal attire for the DJ etc. A good company will include all amenities at no extra charge. You have enough to worry about in planning your day, and you shouldn't have to try to figure out what lights or sound system you'll need. That's what you're paying the professional to decide! Does the DJ know music well? Can they lead your guests in special dances? Are they interactive with the crowd? Do they have references? These are all questions you should be asking.
Finally, choosing the types of music to have played at your event can be overwhelming. Sure, this is your day, and you are entitled to hear the music you love. But remember, your guests are important too. Be sure to take into account the styles and tastes of your guests, and relate that info to your DJ Most experienced DJ’s can "read" a crowd by taking requests. They can get a feel for what they need to play to keep everyone happy. Again, you're paying a professional to do the work. Some company's tout they have thousands of songs available and it's important to have a good selection. But there will only be time to play so many songs at your event, so what is really more important is the DJ and how they interact with your guests. Disc jockeys aren't just about playing songs; they're about entertaining on every level!
In conclusion here is something to think about. Most people spend more money on their vegetable platter than they spend on there DJ! Which one of these items will your guests remember? Good luck with one of the most important decisions you'll make regarding your special day!
Todd Davis: Owner
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