It seems that in today’s wedding market, there are people everywhere you turn that are eager and willing to provide DJ services for you and your partner’s big day. This competition has caused some DJs to lower their rates astronomically; and while the price may look good on paper, are you sure you’re making the right investment? Weddings can be very expensive events, but cutting corners on your entertainment don’t find the solution to a budget problem. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for”… and wedding DJs are not exempt from this old adage. If your spending $20,000.00 or more for your wedding day, this article is a MUST READ!
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when booking a cheap DJ for your wedding.
Do They Promise DJ Insurance?
Your DJ is a major working component of your wedding day, which is why it is so important that they are able to guarantee you their services no matter what! When you book a DJ for a cheap rate, there is a good chance that they will be working the wedding alone and not with a partner. MC/DJ pairs work very well together for weddings, because it allows one person to focus solely on music and keeping the dance floor packed, and the other to focus on facilitating the events and speaking on the mic. With only one person independently handling all the responsibilities, there are many risks to consider. What happens if your DJ gets sick before your wedding? If their equipment breaks, do they have backup setups to ensure you at least have sound at your wedding? Frankly, if your DJ doesn’t offer any insurance, can you be sure they’ll even show up to the reception?
Is if the DJ is properly trained and equipped to tackle the variety of surprises that weddings tend to bring? With guests of all ages in attendance, it’s crucial that your DJ is able to read a crowd and play the songs that all your guests will want to hear. With cheap DJs, you run the risk of a limited music library, potentially filled with illegally downloaded music, as well as sloppy mixing and inappropriate songs being played. You always want to be sure that your wedding DJ’s music selection is digital, non suggested, and clean edited, so you won’t ever have to worry about any F-Bombs hitting grandma while she’s on the dance floor.
Are They Professional?
Besides the bride, groom, and most of the wedding party, there’s not one person your guests will see more throughout the night than your DJ. This is just one of the reasons why you need to be sure your wedding DJ is completely professional in the way they present themselves. This includes the way they speak, the way they interact, and the way they dress. We at Selective Sound have heard many wedding horror stories about an unkempt DJ that drank to an extent where they became unable to properly do their job, but you can be sure that these stories have NEVER been about one of our DJs.
A proper DJ/MC should be dressed to the nines, and always practicing courteous behavior. They should also be clear, formal, and well spoken on the microphone. After all, they will be making all of the important announcements throughout the entire evening, and you don’t want your guests to be confused! The professional presentation doesn’t end at the DJ’s wardrobe either, but also extends to include the look and quality of their equipment. Both your DJ and their equipment need to look fresh, sleek, and clean; not like an eyesore when you look back at your beautiful wedding photos.
Are They Experienced?
It’s a fun idea to think that a person could just go online, spend $2,000 on a basic DJ setup, and walk away as a wedding DJ, but it doesn’t quite work that way. As a DJ, experience can’t be bought, and we cannot stress the potential costs of hiring an amateur enough. Being seasoned experts in this industry, Selective Sound Entertainment,understands the planning process and structure of weddings, ensuring that your formalities stay on schedule the entire night! Also, keep in mind that your DJ works with all of the other vendors at your wedding as well, and may need to make special accommodations for each venue. Inexperienced Cleveland wedding DJs are likely to have a small network, which can make working with planners difficult, and can be detrimental if they are unfamiliar with your venue of choice.
We mean no offense in our comments regarding inexperienced DJs, but the reality is that weddings can be very complex events. Selective Sound Entertainment strives to make our weddings the very best they can be, and even inspires our couples to think outside of the box. Since planning and implementing weddings is our full-time job, there are no limits to what options we can bring to fruition. With all that considered, you run the risk of limited creative options when booking a cheap DJ. Does your wedding DJ have the lighting and production capabilities to make your dream wedding come true?
After you’re well on your way to happily ever after and you look back on the day you tied the knot, you’ll most likely find that your memories on the dance floor will surpass what you ate, what vehicle you came in, or any other detail of the day. While wedding magazines and online planning guides may be helpful tools, working with an experienced professional for each step of the planning process is unmatched. You don’t want to leave the most important day of your life in the hands of a person with little experience and referral, so trust a source you know is reliable; One with a good track record and proven reputation.
Don’t settle for anything less than your dream-wedding day! Click here to contact Selective Sound‘s award-winning team of wedding aficionados today! Photos courtesy of Making The Moment Photography, Google Images, and the Rock The House Photo Archive.