Choosing the right DJ for your wedding can be a daunting task, especially if you are in an area where there are hundreds of DJs and companies to choose from. So how do you pick the right one for you, to match the atmosphere, energy, interaction, and most importantly budget that you are looking for?
First off, beware of any “great” deals that you may come across online, in person, or at bridal shows. If someone is offering their services for “half off” or something crazy like that, there are generally two reasons. 1 – they have inflated their prices so much that the major discount or deal is still bringing them down to where they would usually be, or 2 – they have to make cuts somewhere in their services, whether it be personnel or equipment. Let’s face it, every DJ out there is ultimately in the business to make money, so no one will just give away their services or lose money just to get a booking. It doesn’t make business sense. If they are, they will not be around very long. If you come across an incentive, such as a 10-30% off services, or free extra hour, or something similar, these things are more reasonable, because a business can still cut their price down some in exchange for an increase in the number of bookings.
Second off, watch out for anyone that claims to be the “greatest” and “best ever” DJ, so they have to charge $1500+ for a 4 hour wedding. Read the reviews, do some research on what they have done before and where they have performed, and ultimately you be the judge on whether this DJ is the “best ever” and worth the money they are charging. If they are charging that kind of money because they have the “best equipment” out there, you may want to just walk the other way. Sure, you want to make sure the equipment is good quality and that it will fit your wedding size, however, just because that particular DJ followed the crowd and bought $1000 speakers and a $2000 laptop, it does not make them the “best DJ”. Most of your guests will care less what “brand” of equipment your DJ uses, as long as it is professional, it looks professional, and performs up to par without glitches. Most DJ set ups can be made up of 2 speakers, 1 laptop or CD player, a microphone (wireless preferred), and possibly some lighting. Most of this entire set up can be purchased for around $1500 total and work without a hitch. We know this personally, we own this type of set up.
Third, keep in mind that just as with anything else in life, you get what you pay for when you try to cut corners. If you are looking to find a DJ for a wedding for 4 hours at around a $300-$400 price, there are a few factors that go into the price for a DJ. Experience, equipment, whether they work by themselves or through a company, location of your wedding in relation to where they are coming from, what is included in their price, etc. There are many DJs out there for one simple reason: not everyone is looking for the same type of DJ for their wedding. You may want a laid back DJ, not much talking at all on the microphone, basic set up, no lighting and that is all. Someone else may want “the works”, not just a DJ to play music, but an Emcee to lead the wedding, interact with guests, lights for the dancefloor to add to the atmosphere, and an upbeat “party” for their wedding. The beauty of the DJ market is that you can decide which type of DJ you want, as long as you are willing to pay for what you want. You can’t get a room at the Ritz Carlton for a Motel 6 rate, because ultimately, the entire experience is different, and what goes into that experience is what makes up the price.
Nobody has tons of money to just blow away so naturally budgeting for a DJ is important. The main thing when deciding on a budget is to make sure that who you get as a DJ fits with your wedding atmosphere. A mostly club DJ may not have the professionalism to take care of the formal parts of a wedding, and just because a DJ is backed by a large company, it does not necessarily make them better, only means that if something goes wrong, you can blame the company. Look for the basics, good reviews, are they insured (in case something DOES go wrong), is their equipment professional (both looking and sounding), and does their personality match what you want in your wedding. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it is the only way to get all the information that you need. Not sure about what you need for your wedding? E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (770-540-7205) and we can gladly discuss things with you and give you some input, free of charge and no strings attached.