How do you find outstanding entertainment for your special day? What questions should you ask? How much should you invest?
With all the planning that goes into a wedding, it seems almost certain to overlook certain things;
You have the best hall reserved. You’ve secured a great photographer. You’ve chosen a beautiful wedding dress and picked out the finest tuxedos. What did you forget? THE ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE RECEPTION!
What you and your guest really remember is the reception, and a good reception guarantees people will look back on the day and say “Wow, what a fantastic wedding."
Follow the recommendations below and you should have no problem finding a great DJ for your big day.
Don’t Book Based on Price:
The best way to have a horrible reception is to call every DJ/MC on the internet, ask their price, and hire the cheapest. This happens more than it should, and a newlywed's special day is ruined because they spent more on their cake than their entertainment. It has been said that your entertainment is responsible for over 80% of the success of your entire wedding day. It has been our experience that a majority of our referral business comes from people that have been burned in the past by a discount DJ service.
Ask Friends or Family:
There are a number of ways to find quality entertainment. One of the best ways is to hire someone you have seen at another reception where you were a guest. If the DJ did a great job, ask for their business card and hire them. The second is to ask friends or family members that have had great entertainment for their event. The third way is to call various Entertainment companies, or DJ companies, and find out which will do the best job for YOU! You want to find the right person, not the right price. Remember, there is a reason why QUALITY DJ’s charge more than AMATEUR DJ’s. Again, with these questions to ask, you should have no problems finding the best DJ for your reception.
Be Sure He/She is a Professional Wedding DJ:
Your DJ/MC should have performed at previous receptions and know the sequence of events. Some multi-system companies may be cheaper, but may not always provide the best DJ/MC to entertain your event. You may plan everything with the owner, and then finally meet YOUR DJ on the day of your event (bait and switch). If this DJ works mainly in a club, or does mostly other events (bowling alleys, birthdays, etc.), then they may not be the best choice for you.
Will The DJ Be Dressed Appropriately?
A professional DJ/MC will dress appropriately for your reception, and that means wearing formal attire if necessary. A DJ/MC who does not wear appropriate attire does not care about making a good impression to you or your guests. Remember, the DJ is representing YOU at the reception!
Do They Have References?
A professional DJ will supply you with recent references to contact. This will usually be the best way of giving you the confidence that this DJ will do an outstanding job. Also, if a venue or other wedding professional recommends a specific DJ, find out what they did that made them stand apart.
How Much Do They Charge For An Event?
Some DJ’s have a flat rate for their service, while others have packages with lighting, extra microphones, and other options. The most important item a DJ will offer is professional service, a full light show, and a professional sound system. They will also know how to read your crowd to make your party a success!
What’s Your Budget?
To have an OUTSTANDING reception, plan on budgeting at least $600 - $1,500. A low priced DJ is probably cheap because they do not provide the level of service you would expect from an experienced DJ. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run (including that they may cancel your wedding to take a higher paying gig at the last moment). This typically ends with you scrambling to find someone better (or wishing you had done so in the beginning).
REMEMBER - YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!
Follow these recommendations and this should put you in position to have the most talked about event of the year!