Why Are Wedding Djs So Expensive?
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Planning Is Crucial
Usually, it is around the 14 day mark I ask the couple to lock in their special songs. As it may be somewhat challenging to come up with more obscure titles, and it may take a while to procure special requested titles that can’t be found on iTunes or Amazon.
The Day Before Your Big Day!!
I want to make sure that your day is as stress-free, and as fun as possible!
Typically a few days prior to your wedding I begin to set plans in motion, and I begin to sort out your special songs, and guest request. I do this so I am 100% fully prepared for your big day. I go over the submitted forms several times to insure that nothing was missed! I then place all your requested and special songs in several specific “crates” of music, just so I’m ready for all of your special moments. As a back up I will have your music downloaded to my phone ready to play just in case something goes wrong (Fun note, I use all top of the line industry standard gear, so that’s NEVER been that case).
I go over all cables, adapters and package all my gear to help ensure nothing is missing. Typically this process usually take around 5 – 8 hrs of time and work before anything even gets loaded into my truck/van
Your Wedding Day Is Here!!
It’s here!!! After months of planning, and preparation YOUR WEDDING is here!!
On the big day I usually start getting things ready and prepped in the morning, and i’m at your venue well before your guest arrive. As a solo-run DJ business i’m in charge of all aspects of getting my equipment up, running, programmed, and tested well before your Cocktail hour (Or Ceremony) begins.
After we’re up and running all the fun begins!! It is now my job to flawlessly execute all of the requests and playlists that was previously provided. In addition to this, I believe it is my responsibility to read the crowd and get a good feel for when your guest want me to play more of the same genre, or move to another type of music. Perhaps your guest only want to hear a certain part of a song, then move to another song. Or play out the song in its entirety. Being able to read a crowd only comes with great experience and time.
Most wedding receptions have guests of all age groups and taste. This means different genres and styles should be played to make sure everyone is having a great time. I take a lot of pride in my vast knowledge of many different types of music and my ability to mix as a “Club Style” dj when needed, and play songs from begging to end when that is called for as well.
I also believe that YOU and your guest are the star at your wedding. Thus there is no room for ultra cool DJ ego’s. I maintain a fun and welcoming demeanour for your guest, as all request are welcome (Unless of course that request is on your “Do Not Play” list)! When requests are given I do my absolute best to fit it into the party and flow of the music as soon as possible.
I also do my best to work with your other vendors to help things go as smoothly as possible.
Once your reception is over, I usually spend another hour or so after the party tearing down my equipment and loading the van.
I hope that you have a better understanding of why a Professional Full time dj may be perceived as “so expensive”. In short, you’re usually paying for much more than 8 hours of someone hitting a few buttons. There is a lot of pre work leading up to your wedding.
Also, having a “Club Style” dj at your wedding can make all the difference! The atmosphere of your reception and overall vibe is will be different. The know how of building up a crowd may be very important to your receptions success, others may want to just get down and boogie.
Reading a crowd, and having an eclectic music background is an absolute must! In a single night, your wedding DJ could go from Top 40 hits, to country, to EDM, to club bangers, and House, with everything else mixed in between. Your Wedding DJ must have to have a vast knowledge of different types of music. This is usually knowledge that the Club DJ, or low cost amateur dj generally doesn’t have.
When you have all things in place, you usually get results like the one shown below… 🙂