What most couples who are planning a wedding don’t know is that saving money by hiring an amateur DJ for your wedding comes with a high price tag. Before you make a decision, you regret, here are some things you need to know.
1. There’s a high probability that a cheap (or free) DJ won’t be in business by the time your wedding arrives.
Many low-priced DJs are not charging enough to support their own businesses for the long haul of business; you’re just financing their hobby. Meanwhile, your wedding is 6-12 months away or more.
I can’t tell you how many times I have picked up the phone from a desperate bride that did not have a DJ because the one she hired a year ago is no longer in business.
Do you want to risk the possibility that the cheapie DJ is bankrupt and out of business before your big day?
2. Amateurs are less invested in their performance than a wedding professional.
The amateur DJ is doing it “for fun,” and if something goes wrong, it’s not a big deal. A wedding professional, on the other hand, risks his entire reputation and livelihood with every performance. One bad review can destroy his business and he knows it.
I have personally seen weddings where a DJ would bring a single computer, 2 speakers, and a single sound board. That’s it! If he cared anything about your special day, he would have been praying to God that nothing happened! If any of those single items went out, your special day would be over!
Would you rather have an entertainer who is 100% invested in his business and performance on your wedding day or someone who does it as a hobby?
3. A wedding is a unique event that requires the skills and experience of a wedding specialist for a smooth, flawless ceremony and reception.
It’s about more than just playing music. Your wedding DJ is responsible for coordinating the timeline, orchestrating the introduction and flow of events, working with your other vendors, managing the guests, reading the crowd and making sure the right song is played at just the right time.
Even a DJ who is quite experienced in the club setting will be at a loss because he/she simply isn’t familiar with the flow of events and how to prevent disasters when something goes wrong.
It only takes one mistake to ruin your special day. Remember, it cannot be repeated.
Are you willing to place the outcome of your wedding in the hands of someone who doesn’t “do” weddings for a living?
4. Your guests won’t dance without an experienced entertainer who can read the crowd and keep the momentum going.
You have to play the right songs at the right time and in the right order to maintain dancing. Wedding DJ’s, unlike club, or social DJ’s cater to several generations at once from children all the way to great grandparents. It’s not like they are in an event center playing one type of music. You have to be able to cater to ANYONE!
Many couples think that providing an amateur with a set list of songs they love will be enough to make a fun wedding. It’s not. An experienced DJ can work with your requests as well as your guests in order to avoid an empty dance floor.
Are you willing to sacrifice the fun at your wedding to save money on a cheaper DJ?
5. An amateur DJ has inadequate or non-existent backup equipment, which means that if something fails you have no music at your wedding.
A fully functional backup system on the premises is essential to making sure you have music at your wedding no matter what. Most amateur DJs won’t have a backup plan if a speaker blows or a laptop crashes.
Ask your Prospective DJ if he has Backup Equipment onsite!
Are you willing to takes your chances without a backup on your wedding day?
6. DJs who charge less invest less into their equipment, which means you have inferior sound and performance at your wedding.
A stereo system that sounds great in your living room doesn’t sound good in a spacious wedding venue. Professional speakers and equipment are necessary for clear sound that has impact at low volumes, so your guests can speak at the tables even while the dance floor is thumping.
If you want your guests to actually hear your exchange of vows at the ceremony, you’ll need professional equipment and an onsite tech to make sure that happens.
7. Does your DJ offer a contract? If he doesn’t run far, far away! A properly written contract not only protects the DJ, but yourself as well! It ensures that he will be at your wedding at the scheduled time and date. Without a contract, your hoping on a person’s word. Unfortunately, in today’s world, someone’s word does not mean as much as it did back in the day.
Your wedding DJ is the most important investment you will make for your special day! Remember, The DJ not only plays music. He facilitates, keeps to time lines, creates the mood. The DJ works with all vendors, and in the end, ensures that all of your guests have a wonderful time at your one day that can’t be redone!
Do you really want to take that type of gamble? Spend that little extra money and Hire a professional! Peace of mind is priceless!