Thanks for dropping in!
If you're here it's either because my rates are higher then you want to spend on a DJ, or simply looking for some helpful insight.
For some music programming isn't that important, and that's fine. They'll be content with whatever comes of it.
For others it's a big deal. They want a DJ with experience, a proven track record, who reads the floor well, is amiable to song requests, professional in presentation, appearance and more. They're looking for a DJ who will help make their celebration the best it can be so all have a great and memorable experience.
No doubt you're investing quite a bit to host your wedding. And as such you figure a good place to save a few dollars is with your DJ. Well if you can see your way to meeting my rates the return will only complement your celebration and that one-time investment (and biggest party you'll be hosting for quite some time).
And what of your many invited guests. Folks who have made time, spent good money and possibly traveled great distances to help you celebrate here in Banff, Canmore and area. Over and above a good meal and the opportunity to wish you well what's the next thing you can offer them for their time and effort made.... ?
And this brings us to DJs, Apples and Sports Cars.
To buy a sports car and go with used tires to save a few dollars reduces the performance of that sports car, and thus the full potential of the experience (see where I'm going with this?).
Having fielded hundreds of inquiries over the years I've come to find many couples look at DJs' like a basket of apples in that they're all the same on top, so why pay more for a different basket.
Well the apples on top (on the surface) may look good, but what about the apples you can't see or choose not to have a closer look at. Fortunately you can always return a basket of apples, not so with your wedding day.
Or how about this, and I know we've all been there.
You're at a big chain store looking for a hose nozzle. You have choices, one that sells for $9.99, another for $14.99 and the last for $19.99. Hey it's only a hose nozzle so you go with the $9.99. Only to discover when you get home and go to use it that there are deficiencies which prove annoying. For a few more dollars you could of saved yourself time and grief.
And so it is with DJ's
We're not all equal. There are good DJ's and there are not so good DJs, there are DJ's in it to make a few extra dollars on the weekend and there are DJ's who subscribe to offering a great and multi-tiered product. DJ's who genuinely want to deliver the goods to the best of their abilities. Who maintain their equipment and seek to improve with time. Chances are these folks have put a value on what they provide.
So if you're planning to find and hire a DJ for under a $1000 , be sure to look a little deeper to ensure you know what you are, and are not getting. (this value is based on a full event reception or 6 to 8 hour performance time)
Or to put it another way.
You don't know what you don't know until it's too late, and at that point you've entered the realm of hindsight.
Do your research, learn what the important questions are for you . And in so doing you, and your many guests can look forward to super tasty apples while ripping about in that sports car with the high performance tires.
Livin' & Dancin' with DJ Ben offers clients a premium service at competitive rates in helping you make the most of your wedding day.
Thanks for your time.
The Sound of Music... and Voice at your Wedding Ceremony
Music and Voice to Move Mountains
Audio entails music and voice, an officiant reciting your vows, reading personally prepared vows, a family member presenting a poem, music for the processional, signing of the register and recessional. Maybe pre ceremony music to set the mood before your ceremony begins.
Ambient noise can rob your guests of what’s being said, or maybe a reader is soft spoken and not accustomed to speaking before a large gathering. For the officiant, a mic allows for vocal inflections and tonal gesturing. Imagine your officiant SPEAKING LOUDILY SO EVERYONE CAN HEAR… NOT VERY ROMANTIC, nor moving.
The Importance of Sound… Before the Dance!
When I first started as a mobile disc jockey, I researched the type of equipment I would require. Included of course were two speakers to pump out the dance music. In my mind’s eye I saw two speakers on either side of the DJ table.
And so it was that I, as do many, followed the “two speakers beside the dj table” configuration. This worked for a while... until I recognized with a large room and a 100+ guests, two speakers on either side of the dj table was falling short on a few fronts…. I could offer better, thus ensuring my clients got what they really needed.
DJ Ben is a professional full-time mobile disc jockey and owner operator of Livin’ & Dancin’ DJ Services located in Canmore, Alberta in the spectacular Canadian Rockies. He brings to his blogs insights and helpful advice for couples looking to make the most of their wedding day when it comes to audio and visual planning.