What to Look For in a DJ When Planning Your Wedding or Event

I’m sure most people have heard that a good or bad Disc Jockey can make or break (as in ruin) just about any event. So it really pays to do your homework and know what to look for when you go shopping around for a DJ for your special event.It never ceases to amaze me that most folks will pay more attention to, and be willing to spend more money on, other aspects of atypical event; such as catering, photographers, venues…etc. But when it comes to the DJ;the source of entertainment; the person that is going to be responsible for all the announcements, introductions, and overall tempo of the event; becomes almost anafter thought. A vendor that some people will try to save money on; after already spending so much on the catering and the photographers.BIG MISTAKE!!!

After all when it’s all said and done just what do you think most people are going to remember the most about the wedding, anniversary, birthday or whatever event it was that they attended? Sure they’ll remember how beautiful the bride looked and how nice the ceremony was. But will they really remember and think fondly about the food that was served(well maybe, if it’s that good:) or the photographer that was taking pictures? I don’t think so.
What they will remember, is the good time they had dancing to all their favorite tunes.They will remember that the DJ created a fun, festive atmosphere;and they were compelled to dance to the great music that he or she played.They’ll remember that this DJ welcomed and actually played their request.That he/she was all over the place interacting with the guest; making them feel important by including the min the festivities, and making him or herself accessible to them.
These attributes (and more) are all important aspects of being a good DJ and entertainer. So what does it take to find the right DJ for your important event? It takes knowledge and understanding of just what a DJ does,or better yet, should do in order to make any event a fun & memorable experience for all those in attendance.

You should always ask for, and check references (word of mouth is also good). And more importantly personally interview and get a feel for the person that is going to act as DJ/Emcee for your event. Do not shop or hire a DJ solely on the basis of price. I know it’s so cliche` to say this, but in this business,as is true for most products & services…..YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!Another important thing that a good DJ should do for you, is help you plan and organize your event. For example,the planning for any announcements,introductions, and most importantly the timing of all the above.

The DJ should provide you with either paperwork or online tools for making a outline of the chain of events that happens at most functions.Sort of a guideline for the DJ to follow;as well as to communicate any needed instructions to the caterers or staff at the venue. He should also be able to share any unique knowledge and creative ideas he has with you based on his years of experience.If he’s been in this business for a while,and done many different types of events,then he should have all kinds of thoughts on this matter; and be willing to share them with you.
An event such as wedding is just too important to cut corners when it comes to an area where most of the focus(aside from the Bride & Groom) is going to be directed to. On that same note,a good wedding DJ should control &direct most of that focus not at himself,but towards the Bride & Groom.

After all, it is their day and the very reason why everyone is there to begin with; therefore they should be the focus of all the attention .So do yourself a favor do your homework and know exactly what it is your looking for in a Disc Jockey for your special event.Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any help in advising or planning for your event. Whether your looking to hire me or not;I will be glad to advise and help you in any way that I can.Here’s some interesting statistics to consider:

The following was compiled by USA Today from several national sources:

72% of all brides say they wished they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.

Almost 100% say they regretted not spending more on their wedding reception entertainment.

During wedding planning, brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer –

reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities.

Yet, within one week after their reception, 78% say they regretnot making the entertainment their highest priority.

When asked, 81% of guest say that the entertainment is what they
remembered most about the reception they attended.If you’re going to pinch pennies for your reception; the ENTERTAINMENT is the one thing you should NOT skimp on!!!
Jaime Z. (aka DJ Z-BOP:-)

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