Hiring a professional DJ for your wedding....the basics
|SN DJ Entertainment
"Providing The Soundtrack To Life's Most Memorable Moments."
Your DJ is the one vendor your guests will remember most about your reception.
Did you know that your guests will remember your DJ more than any other aspect of your wedding reception? It's true. Six months after your wedding your
guests will remember how much they partied, danced, how the DJ played their favorite song, and will base the success of your reception on the entertainment
and how the DJ performed. That's why we always encourage brides and grooms to choose a DJ service that will offer the "best service". After all, the person
you choose will be representing you so you want to make sure you hire an experienced, professional, DJ (and Master of Ceremonies) who will make your
reception successful The goal is to make sure you have an organized, fun, stress-free, wedding reception that you and your guests will look back on with fond
memories for many, many, years to come. We've included some tips in this section to help you when shopping for a professional wedding DJ.
Getting the best deal
When hiring a professional wedding DJ (or any other wedding vendor), the first aspect to realize is "getting the best deal" doesn't mean the "cheapest price".
What you don't want to do is call a bunch of DJ's (or look up a bunch of DJ's online), look at prices, then hire the one that quotes you the "cheapest" price. It's
like anything else in life. You wouldn't want to hire the "cheapest" lawyer, the "cheapest" doctor, or someone to do contract work at your house simply because
they quoted a "cheaper" price..You would want to hire the person who offers the "best service" for you with the best end result. It's the same concept with hiring
a DJ for your wedding. As with any other service or product, the saying "You get what you pay for" is certainly true.
The next question you may have is "How much can I expect to pay for a professional wedding DJ in Pensacola and along the Gulf Coast?" In our area a
professional wedding DJ will cost anywhere from $800 to $1500 depending on the services. (There are more expensive DJ's as well as "cheaper" DJ's, but
around $1,000 is what you can generally expect to pay for a professional in our area.) At SN DJ Entertainment, we aren't the "most expensive" nor are we the
"cheapest" DJ service around, but what we can promise is you will receive professional service when you hire us for your wedding. We work with many brides
every year who still contact us today telling us how we made their wedding day "special", "stress-free", and how everyone had fun!
We realize for most of you, this is probably the first time you've ever hired a professional wedding DJ, and you may be asking "How can I tell if a DJ is
"professional" or not? Here are some tips to consider.
Tip #1 - Schedule a consultation
We highly recommend scheduling a consultation, even if you have received a price quote and think the DJ may be out of your price range. Once you meet with
him you may find he or she is the right DJ for you. You'll be able to tell a lot about them at the consultation, how organized are they? Ask questions like how long
has he been in business, ask to see sample planners from some of his former brides and grooms, and maybe ask to see videos and pictures of his setup. If the
DJ won't schedule a consultation with you or gives you the run around, then it's probably best to move on to someone else. A true professional will always take
the time to meet with you whether it's in person or in a video consultation.
Tip #2 - Make sure they have a valid contract
This is really important for all of your vendors, not just your DJ. Anytime you hire a vendor for your wedding, make sure they have a valid contract and that you
completely understand the terms and conditions before you sign it. A valid contract protects both parties in the event of a misunderstanding. The contract
should clearly state the DJ's terms of service as well as what they will need from you. (For example it should have information about payment, when your final
balance is due, how many performance hours, how far in advance should you return your information form / song list, etc.) Also, check to make sure there is a
clause in there about what happens in the event you have to cancel or what happens if the DJ can't make it to your wedding because of an emergency, does he
have a back up plan? If the DJ service (or any wedding vendor) doesn't require a contract, that is a major red flag and you could be setting yourself up for a
"no-show" vendor. Remember, unless you have it in writing, you don't have anything and you could be out some money if he doesn't show up.
Tip #3 - Ask to see copies of wedding reception planners from past clients. photos / video, and ask for references
A professional wedding DJ service will always be able to show examples of their past work. Look at the planners, see how organized they are, how do they set
things up? Look at photos and video from other weddings they have done, are people having fun? Is his set up "clean" and "neat" looking or are there wires
hanging down all over the place with beat up speakers? Also, you may want to ask for references and contact some of his past brides to get their opinion and
how they liked the DJ. You may also ask for references...ask if you can contact some of his past brides and grooms to get their feedback.
Tip #4 - Don't automatically "dismiss" a DJ service because you think their prices may be "too high"
As we mentioned before, you want to make sure you hire the DJ service who will "best" meet your needs (and not one that just offers the "cheapest" price.) We
highly recommend scheduling a consultation and really researching and seeing what all a DJ service has to offer before you "dismiss" them, even if you feel
they may be out of your price range. You may find that DJ service may be the best fit for your needs. In that case, we would recommend making a list of vendors
and items for your reception and then eliminate ones you don't really "need" to make your reception successful, then you can use the extra money to hire a
professional DJ service who will leave you with lasting memories to come! Remember six months after your reception your guests will remember the
entertainment more than any other aspect of your reception, and they will base the success of your reception based on how your DJ performed!
Tip #5 - Remember, if it doesn't feel right, it usually isn't
Trust your instincts. If you have a "bad" feeling after you have checked the DJ out, had your consultation, and something doesn't seem "right", then usually your
gut instinct is right!
Contact us today and we will make sure you have our "Wedding Information Packet" which contains more tips, suggestions, and more details about what SN DJ
Entertainment has to offer!
|SN DJ Entertainment
"We've Got Your Wedding Covered!!"