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, so why pay more for different basket.
Well the apples on top (on the surface) might 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 chair hardware 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 that are proving annoying. For a few more dollars you'd 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. And 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 you may get what you need but not what you want.
(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 for you are. 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 services at competitive rates (not the cheapest and not the most expensive)
Thanks for your time.
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.