Tips On Booking The Right DJ For Your Wedding.
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 of 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.
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- Martha Stewart
Make sure your DJ Entertainment have great customer reviews.
"DJ Barnett was the perfect DJ! Troy did an outstanding job from my daughters wedding ceremony to the reception party!! All of our guest dancers the night away and commented later on how good of job he did!"
April Mossman- Mother of the Bride
Vizcaya Pavilion & Mansion- Sacramento, California
April 17, 2016
We could not have had a better DJ. Troy is amazing and extremely easy to work with when you are making all your busy plans and trying to tie up lose ends. He responds quickly when you have questions and follows up with you to make sure things are going smoothly. On our wedding day he had everybody up and dancing when it was 100+ degrees. If a DJ can get people dancing at that climate then that has to say something! He is not only a sweet man but very professional. He caters to your needs and makes the night a blast. I was really picky about music and he went with my requests and my guests. We were thrilled to have him part of our team that day! Thank You Troy for being the amazing person you are and getting our wedding guests up and out of their seats!!
Nicole & Andrew Leach
Taber Ranch Capay Valley
June 5th, 2016
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 get's 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 1 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?"
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, or 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. Our professional team is there for you 24/7. 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:)