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Tip On Booking The "RIGHT" Wedding DJ

Tip On Booking The "RIGHT" Wedding DJ | Wedding planning | Scoop.it

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  Tips On Booking The "RIGHT" Wedding DJ"One Class Act After Another" ~ Bob Palio (CEO) 

Believe it or not, if the Bride & Groom would have a 2nd chance to do their wedding reception over again, over 70% of Brides & Grooms said they would have not skimped on the DJ, that's 7 out of 10. It seems like everyone is just looking for a price and not putting the value of having a great DJ at your wedding reception. Below are a few considerations when pricing and booking a DJ.

 


"The Entertainment You Choose For Your Wedding Is Responsible For 80% Of Your Events Success."- Martha Stewart


 

 

Back-up: Does your DJ have a back-up DJ in place and can be reached 24/7. We have a back-up DJ on call through our 24 hour answering service that can be activated through your venue or yourself. What if the DJ moves out of the area in next few months or gets sick, has a family emergency, car breaks down, has a car accident on the way to your wedding or may be sick or injured and may require a hospital stay? Murphy's Law: "everything that can go wrong, may go wrong", so what is your back-up plan?



Insurance: Most, if not all reputable venues require a 2 million dollar liability policy which can name them and you with the protected liability insurance. If your DJ doesn't have insurance, you probably will be required to provide a "wedding vendor insurance policy" to protect the hall from liability and damages" and that cost will come from you or the vendor and chances are the vendor won't pay it. The policies can range from $250-$500 per policy, per vendor. So you may initially save on the DJ at first, but will have to pay for a policy costing you more than your allotted budget. "Just like a warranty, better safe than sorry, what is this type of service worth to you?"


 

 

Familiarity: Does the DJ know the venue?  Do they know the routine of how they do things, the acoustics of the room? All weddings have a tight agenda and must be coordinated and communicated with the caterer in charge. So any delays or miscues can cause missed pictures or video, overcooked food, poor communication with other vendors, acoustics of the room (proper sound system with upper full range and lower subs for a beautiful sound) etc... "We recommend asking your venue about who may be the best DJ for your needs, get references or look on-line to see your DJ's reviews from other brides."




Quality: I know most of our customers don't ask about what type of DJ equipment is used or even if the DJ has knowledge of the wedding industry and traditions, but they should and here's why. A DJ is performing around 4 to 6 hours continuous throughout the night with really no breaks, so if he is a bad DJ or has a bad audio system with mics cutting out, speaker distortion, sound not properly set-up for that room "you may have a very long night". "According to "theknot.com" and other wedding review sites, over 75% of brides are unhappy with their entertainment choice and wish they could do it all over again."



Forms, music choices, ceremony music, etc.: Does your DJ have the proper forms, music lists, tools, a website, an office or office staff with knowledge to help you plan your perfect day? We will break your wedding reception into a wedding time-line program with exact times for each event to assure you a smooth running affair with no worries. "Before booking a DJ, ask the DJ to send you their forms, music lists, etc., if he has none, then he is not a DJ who does weddings."




Budgets: I know weddings can be expensive, so why would a bride & groom have a beautiful wedding and spend $10,000 to $100,000 on their big day and hire the $500 DJ that could be a total embarrassment to you and your guests. Not to take away from all the other things that go into a wedding, but I always constantly hear, "we had a great time at your reception, we danced all night, the food was great, congratulations" Let's face it, at the end the day, we really only have the memories, so make your choice the right one. 

 



Time Invested: We hear that some vendors do not do this full time and are tough to reach. We have 2 offices, 2 faxes, many e-mail's, and a 24 hour answering service for your convenience to always have a way to contact us. Plus we have an office staff fielding calls and appointments 40 hours per week. The time invested with a DJ is about 10+ hours, it is the initial consultation with many calls throughout the year to discuss the agenda of your wedding, our load ins, set-up, breakdowns, load outs, travel time and of course the time entertaining at your wedding, not to mention the investment of equipment and music. Well, you've heard, "buyer beware," you always get what you pay for", so if they seem to be too good to be true, they probably are.

 

Paula Steger, www.alplaser.com's insight:

Eric is a true professional. We have worked at events that have used everything from an iPod patched into the main sound system (disaster!) to professionals like Eric. Everything he says in this article is very, very true. Remember the old adage - "you get what you pay for".

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There are some excellent DONT'S in this article!
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