Wedding receptions are expensive! When it comes to planning a reception,
the most common concern is slimming down the budget. A trend that’s becoming
more common as a way to save some money, is to use an iPod for the dance,
rather than hiring a DJ service. Though it will save money, here’s a few
questions to consider:
1.) Who will make announcements throughout the reception to keep the night moving, and guests informed?
2.) If a song clears everyone off the dance floor, who will read the crowd to bring them back?
3.) If the iPod fails, what is the backup?
4.) You have the music, but what will you use for dance floor lighting?
5.) You might have the music, but who’s providing the sound system?
6.) If a guest doesn’t know how to use the microphone for a toast, who will assist them?
7.) Who’s stopping a rogue guest from changing songs on your iPod?
8.) What is the one thing everyone talks about a remembers from a reception? The Dance!
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Trust a professional to make sure it goes flawlessly!
A wedding DJ is the one and only vendor that can truly make or break your wedding reception.
They’re also one of the the only vendors that will be speaking directly with any of your guests.
When searching for a wedding DJ, there are some very important questions you should be asking:
1.) Is their package for unlimited reception time? Our package is for unlimited cocktail, dinner and dance music. If it’s for a certain number of hours, keep in mind that most venues do not allow a DJ to set up once the guests have arrived. Also, if you go over your time, you’ll see some major charges the next day ($150-$200 per hour!)
2.) Do you have complete control over your reception? With our online event planning software, you’ll be able to customize every detail of your night from start to finish. No DJ should ever force you to play music that you don’t want played, or do things you don’t want to. If they have an event planning tool, make sure that they follow it closely, and not take it as just a “suggestion tool”.
3.) How far in advance do you get to speak to your DJ? You’ll speak with your Instant Request DJ 2 or 3 weeks before your reception. Keep in mind that speaking to your DJ that week of the wedding will be both difficult to arrange, and in the midst of an incredibly busy week. Make sure you have the ability to speak with your DJ early enough.
4.) Can you see a picture of your DJ? When your Instant Request DJ is assigned, we’ll send you a photo, bio, and all of their contact information. Some companies are notorious for actually contacting Craigslist DJs to do weddings for them on busy dates. That means they don’t even know who your DJ is! When you get your DJ assigned, make sure you can see who they are, and that they work for the company you hired.
5.) Are there any hidden fees? Our service includes everything you need for the entire reception; lighting for the dance floor, a wireless microphone, unlimited time, and online event software. These should never be “add-ons”. Make sure that everything you need for your night is included, so you don’t end up learning you need to pay more for something that should be included.