How Important Is Your Wedding DJ?

August 16, 2007

The Entertainment

What is a wedding reception? By definition, it is an Entertainment function. What do you remember about the last wedding you attended (good or bad)? Was it the…food? Maybe. Was it the atmosphere? Could be. Or maybe it was the Entertainment. Whether good or bad, the entertainment is what will make or break your wedding day.

What is your purpose for inviting guests? To feed them? Of course, but the main reason is to celebrate with you and how do we do that? Entertainment.

Usually the entertainment is treated like the red-headed step child. Always last on the list of things to do and least budgeted for or you’ve run out of money.

Maybe it’s time to re-prioritize.

What’s really important to you? Let’s make a list:

1. The Venue/Catering- Gotta feed and put a roof over their heads. $75-$150 a head (do the math)

2. Your Wedding/Engagement ring, you probably bought that awhile ago, but still part of the budget. $3000-$15,000

3. Your Wedding Gown- Yikes! Pretty pricey unless it’s a hand-me-down. $0-$5000

4. Your Photographer/Videographer- Need them soon for engagement shots. $3000-$10,000

5. Your Honeymoon- Unless you are headed to Blythe or Beayef Egypt, this will set you back a few bucks. $3600.00

6. Invitations- Have you priced these lately? Holy Cow!

7. Gotta have those little candy coated chocolates with your names and wedding date on them. $475.00

8. How ’bout those cute little bells for guests to ring. $275.00

9. Venue says that if you’re going to do it right you’ll need another pan of those Swedish Meatballs, oh, and one more veggie tray. $480.00 (tax & gratuity added)

10. Hey let’s not forget the rehearsal dinner, and tux rental, limo, officiant, center pieces. $3000-$9000

All right! You’ve got everything in order and you came in on budget! Oops! Forgot the entertainment…

You might have read wedding guides that discuss ways to save money by using an mp3 player or boom box for your reception. Bad idea.

Want to know why?

Here are some of the services a a DJ who specializes in weddings can offer:

* The music- Ceremony and Reception
* Ceremony and Reception planning and execution
* Master of Ceremonies- Directing and motivating your guests.
* Event Planner- Creating the itinerary and developing a timeline of events.
* Counselor- Offering advice and tips
* Coordination- Implementing and execution of the timeline. Communicating with all vendors and reception staff and informing them of the days events.

A DJ who specializes in wedding receptions will be 80% responsible for the success of your wedding ceremony and reception. This is a production and should be treated that way. You’ve got one shot at one of the most important days in your life. Do you want an mp3 player controlling your big day? Do you want an inexperienced DJ who is a friend of your fiances roommate?.

Hire an “Owner/Operator”.

They are passionate about each and every wedding and customise and personalize each wedding.

When calling on a DJ, do not ask for prices. Meet with that individual and inquire about their services, because you will get what you pay for.
Remember…A DJ is a personalized service, not a commodity. If a DJ gives you a price over the phone, they are “cookie-cutting” every wedding which means your wedding will be no different than the previous or future weddings.

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Anton is a DJ and Master of Ceremonies who specializes in Wedding Receptions and Ceremonies. He has performed hundreds of weddings and has authored a comprehensive guide to planning a wedding.


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