INTERVIEW Part 3: Selective Sound Wedding Information
Once a bride books you, what happens next?
Our clients automatically have access to start their online wedding planning. About 8-10 weeks before the big day, we send some helpful tools to help aid them in their planning. About 4 weeks before the wedding, we set up a meeting with their DJ/MC to go over the planning and details. Post-meeting, we are in contact as many times as it takes to handle all details, changes, music choices, etc.
What is one thing you wish brides and grooms knew about hiring DJs?
The talent and experience level of whom they are hiring. They aren’t buying a camera or some tangible item on EBay that they can return if they don’t like it. Entertainment is a once in a lifetime choice and cannot be taken back during or after the event. Spending the extra time and research along with spending a little extra money will bring out an amazing evening of entertainment at a once in a lifetime affair. That is surely to keep their guests remembering their wedding over their friends for years to come.
How can brides and grooms make your job easier?
Reading the material we send them with ideas on music and planning, as well as listening to our ideas and taking our expertise in account. We are not asking them to follow or use all of our ideas; however we do know what works.
What do you wish brides and grooms asked you or remembered to tell you?
I wish brides and grooms asked me for advice about anything including vendors for their weddings. We have worked with some of the best vendors for over 20 years. We meet new and young extremely talented vendors, who are absolutely amazing at what they do, and we love to recommend. In some cases, we can save a bride and groom enough money to pay for our services. We also wish they asked us for advice on planning.
Why you and not another DJ company with similar experience locally?
After initially meeting with a bride and groom, we get an idea of their vision for the reception and which of our DJs will best suits their needs. While we all are trained the same way, each of us has unique. Our DJs vary in age from mid-twenties to early forties, who all differ in personality, energy and style. Once we match them up with the best available person, meetings are set up with their particular DJ for all the pre-planning meetings a few weeks before the big day!
Tell me about a time when you had to change something in your services in order to get the job done at a wedding:
There are countless stories about wedding plans that had to change on the fly, but a perfect example is when a DJ’s wife went into labor a couple of days before a bride and groom’s wedding and we had to change their day-of DJ. The new DJ was able to meet with them and get all caught up to speed on the plans and everything went off without a hitch!
Do the bride and groom have to feed you?
No, it is not required. However if not, we would need a short break to eat something. Most brides and grooms prefer us to be in the room or nearby in case someone wants to make a toast, use the microphone or change the music. Most venues will offer discount rates for vendors, as we surely are not drinking alcohol that night.
My dad likes to talk too much; can you make sure his toast isn’t 15 minutes long? We’ll interview him beforehand and ask him how long he anticipates his toast to be. If he says 15 minutes, you may decide to have him do his toast after salads are served and before dinner, where there is more time. We’ll remind him that the food is very hot and being plated and will be served immediately following toasts. Therefore, while we want him to take the time he needs for his toast, you also want the food to be served properly and not dried out or cold.
I have a day of coordinator/wedding planner, is that okay with you?
Sure is, as long as they have experience in more than 2 to 3 weddings per year and this person is willing to speak to us before the reception. We need to have constant contact with the coordinator to ensure we are both on the same page for the evening’s events.
My venue echoes, can you help?
There are a few places we play which requires us to bring special sound equipment. If your DJ/MC has the right knowledge and equipment, the sound will be perfect. All of our equipment has built in compressors, limiters and eq’s for perfect crystal clear sound quality.
What other services do you provide other than DJing?
Officiating weddings, plighting, custom monograms, Master of Ceremonies services, Game shows and wedding consulting.