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Why Price Should NEVER Be Your #1 Factor For A Wedding DJ

Why Price Should NEVER Be Your #1 Factor For A Wedding DJ

 

Thanks for taking a moment to read this article. I hope it helps you in determining how you’ll select the best DJ for your wedding.

First, a few stats to consider:. This data comes from The Wedding Report (A national survey conducted with brides each year). The data is also for the local counties we service in MD, WV and PA:

 

  • $593 – DJ Pricing – No Specific Experience in Weddings
  • $1187 – DJ Pricing – Average with experience in weddings
  • $1582 – DJ Pricing – High End With Experience in Weddings

 

One mistake that many people make (whether choosing a wedding DJ or any other type of service)… is to assume the lower price will deliver the same quality and service as the higher price.

It’s a bit ironic. Here’s an example…

Let’s suppose you were shopping for a new TV online. You look on Amazon, Best Buy, Sony, etc. Most places you search, for the same make and model, you’ll find them all to have a similar price tag… give or take a few dollars.

Then, you find the exact same TV on another site for 50% less. What do you immediately think?


“WOW! I lucked out! I found the exact same thing at a much better price!”

 

Nope. Most everyone has been burnt on something like this. The “great price” quickly fades when you realize it wasn’t the exact same product/as good/ the same as what others were offering.

More than likely, your first thoughts are:


“What’s wrong with it? Why is it so cheap?”

 

It’s like the old saying… “Price, Quality, Service – Pick Two.”

The same logic truly applies when you’re looking to choose the DJ for your wedding. When a price is much cheaper than the averages, something has to be sacrificed.

 

A Nightmare Story

I’ll share with you 6 great factors to consider before price, but first I want to show you a recent example of the above. It’s something our DJ service was recently involved in.

I was looking at a recent request I received from a service that provides opportunities to DJ’s (the low-ballers notoriously congregate here.). Take a look at the comment the person submitted:

 

DJ Request - Lowest Bidder Wins

 

I quickly declined the offer to bid on this wedding, and went about life as normal.

2 months passed by, and I was suddenly tagged on a post in Facebook.

When I went to check it out… it was the same person who submitted the quote request above. Here’s what they posted:

 

Trouble Brewing For The Bride & Groom

 

Wow – what a tough spot to be in. I knew we wouldn’t want to be part of this mess (with no time to plan or prepare.) The groom explained that the DJ they hired cancelled on them – the day before their reception. No reason given – just an email.

My guess is either A) The DJ forgot about it, B) had another higher paying gig come up, or C) something else came up that was more important than the couple dollars the DJ would have made. The lower the price, the less important it becomes to the DJ as well. Lesson learned.

Here’s the irony of it all…

Even when the groom was in the worst of spots without many options… he still asked me if I would “Match the $200 price quote from the DJ he originally hired.”

No thanks. I gave him some online references to help planning things on his own, and wished him the best of luck.

 

 

The Reasoning Against Low-Priced DJ’s

At Fired Up! Entertainment, we feel we deliver the best quality, and highest services levels for a wedding DJ (so do others – check out a few of our reviews here). Best of all, we do this at a very fair price.

To do this, we had an initial investment of nearly $10,000. We purchased high-end equipment, music, backups, lighting, etc. This gave us the ability offer great quality.

With the average wedding, we invest an average of 12 hours of our time. This includes the time of the ceremony/reception… as well as the pre-planning time, travel, setup, breakdown, etc. The extra time that we spend in planning/preparation is what gives us the ability to offer great service.

Now, let’s look at the low-end DJ who buys 2 speakers, and steals some low-quality music off of YouTube (or streams it – I’ve actually seen this before. Can you say “buffering” and advertisements?). He’s cheap though – only charges $400.

So let’s think about that. For our company to offer that same type of price for our service, we’d have to:

 

  • DJ 25 weddings – just to cover our initial investment into our business.
  • Give up every one of our weekends, for half of a year.
  • Work 312 hours – for no pay – to do those gigs.

This assumes that we’d get a gig every weekend, obviously that’s unlikely. It also doesn’t account any of our monthly costs for the business itself.

Now, let’s assume we keep getting a wedding gig every weekend of the year (after we’ve paid off our initial investment into the business). What happens then?

 

  • Still give up every one of our weekends
  • Earn about $15 per hour.

 

Additionally, this doesn’t factor in equipment replacement costs. If we needed a new set of speakers, for example, we’d have to work for 6 weeks to pay for them. Again, making no money during that time.

Does that sound like the type of business you’d want to start?

 

6 Factors To Focus On Over Price

Price obviously is a factor for most people. However, you shouldn’t expect a Mercedes for the price of a Civic. You’ll be let down more than you’ll want to admit.

Your DJ plays a major part in the success of your evening, regardless of your budget. Instead of price, here are a few factors I’d recommend considering first. I’ve also included what to expect from a low-price DJ if they lack on the factor.

 

#1 – References

Yep, they matter. Look at the references your DJ can provide (view ours here) – but also research them online. Try to find comments on review sites and social media sites. Not able to find anything on them? That may be a warning sign.

What The Low Price DJ Gives You: Anything and everything. Any references will likely be for other things (they’re a great Karaoke DJ at the bar). You’ll basically have to “take their word” that they’ll do what they say, and deliver what you expect.

 

#2 – Planning

Question their process to planning the wedding ceremony and/or reception.

Here’s a great insider tip. If your DJ will be involved in the ceremony, ask what they do if the song runs out before your wedding part completely enters. “It won’t”, or “I’ll play it again” are the answers you do NOT want to hear.

“We’ll rehearse timings with you at your dress rehearsal, to prevent this problem.” is the answer you’re looking for.

What The Low Price DJ Gives You: At best, an online “worksheet” program that lets you fill in some details on songs, but that’s about it. No true planning. Expect your reception to go the way “they do it”… or for the DJ to interrupt your evening to ask if you’re doing a cake cutting, and when?

 

#3 – Music Library

Question how the DJ keeps their music library up to date. You’re looking for an answer that mentions a “music subscription service”. This is what a DJ pays for monthly to have access to new music, as well as specific songs needed for your wedding.

If the DJ says they download music – ALWAYS ask “From where?” Music ripped from YouTube videos, for example, will sound HORRIBLY flat… even through the highest quality speaker system

What The Low Price DJ Gives You: They may not have the music you’re looking for. They may be streaming music from any online service (so buffering is always a concern – especially if your venue doesn’t have a wide-open WIFI connection). Remember, even the subscription-level services on Pandora/Google Play/etc. still have commercials.

 

#4 – Experience/Background

 

Ask your potential DJ the types of events they most often perform at. “Weddings” should be one of the first things they mention. Why? A wedding is simply harder, and more complex, than doing karaoke at a bar, or playing at a party. A DJ who mostly performs at weddings can easily “downgrade” to the level of DJ needed for a party or event. A karaoke DJ cannot “upgrade” their skill levels in the same manner.

What The Low Price DJ Gives You: Many of the local bars/taverns will pay a DJ between $150-300 to perform for an evening. So, to the DJ accustomed to that, $400 seems like a great price for them – and for you. However, as mentioned above, the wedding DJ has a completely different skill set than that of a bar DJ.

 

#5 – Equipment

 

You don’t have to be an audiophile, or tech geek, to know if your potential DJ uses high-quality equipment. The internet helps a ton here. Simply ask the DJ for the manufacturer names of the equipment they use. Then, Google that name along with the word “reviews”. You can find others in the industry who give their insight on the quality of products. As a general rule, “quality” products will be easy to find reviews on, and most always have a 4+ rating.

What The Low Price DJ Gives You: Anything from great equipment, to pawn shop buys. In most cases, they do not understand the logistics behind equipment quality. They’re buying based on their budget. Sometimes, however, they may simply have some money and buy good equipment. It’s a crap shoot, in my experience.

 

#6 – Backup Plans

 

I saved this one for last, for a reason. Backups have absolutely no value to anyone whatsoever… until something goes wrong. Then, they are the most important things your DJ can have for you.

Ask the DJs you interview what backup plans they have if something goes wrong. Surprisingly, 25% of the DJ’s you speak to will not have an answer. Automatically cross them off of your list.

Next, ask what happens if one of their specific backups fail? For example, “What if your backup speaker cable is broke as well?” The best, most prepared DJ will have an answer for that question as well.

What The Low Price DJ Gives You: Really? You expect them to have backup plans?

 

In Closing…

I hope this article has been helpful and informative. Price certainly is a factor with most everyone. In the end, I hope you’ll remember this one important quote. Price, Quality, Service – choose one.

Cheers!

– DJ Salty D

 

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10 Essential Reasons: Wedding DJ Vs. iPod For Wedding Music

10 Essential Reasons: Wedding DJ Vs. iPod For Wedding Music

 

Over the past decade, the ability to acquire & play music has skyrocketed. First came the Peer-to-Peer sharing sites (remember Napster?). Next came the portable devices most everyone has (iPod, cell phone, etc.). More recently, online music streaming services have become extremely popular (Spotify, Google Play, Pandora, etc.).

So, with all of these options readily available to you, why wouldn’t you DJ your own wedding?

The “iPod Wedding” concept has become popular in recent years because of this. Scour any online wedding forum and you’ll find plenty of posts about this concept. People talking about their plans to DJ their own wedding music to save money. More people thinking a DJ is an “extra” cost that can be cut from the budget. You get the idea.

There certainly are situations where you can handle the music yourself. (Check out this in-depth post I wrote last month – reviewing the pros and cons of the iPod wedding, as well as using a wedding DJ).

 

Ironically, I found very few comments from guests, or wedding couples, about their happiness with choosing the DIY approach.

 

Why would that be? It’s just not as easy to do as you’d expect. Additionally, there are lots of mistakes and failures that can happen, leading to a less-than-impressive wedding reception and/or ceremony.

So, I’d like to share my 10 essential reasons… for using a wedding DJ instead of the DIY iPod wedding approach.

 

Reason #1 – Selection of Music

 

A professional DJ will have a huge selection of music at their fingertips, spanning all genres and time frames (We have over 80,000 songs in our database, updated each week).

Obviously, all of those songs aren’t played at a wedding, but that’s not the point.

A professional DJ’s job is to read your crows, and keep them dancing and/or enjoying the atmosphere of your wedding. When you plan out 2 hours of classic rock, and find out your guests are more of a Katy Perry crowd, you come to appreciate this. By having a large selection of music available, the wedding DJ can shift gears as needed. That’s something an iPod doesn’t do so well.

 

Reason #2 – Experience

In many of the local weddings in this area, your wedding DJ ends up becoming your wedding planner as well.(around 75% of weddings do not utilize a planning service.). Why does it fall into the lap of the DJ? They have experience. They’re involved with most every aspect of your wedding reception. This includes keeping a “timeline of events” flowing, lighting, and (of course) sound.

Many local couples rely on their wedding DJ to give advice on the flow of music and events, to ensure the reception is a hit with everyone in attendance.

From another angle, the wedding DJ’s experience is crucial when trouble arises. Imagine this scenario. Midway through your reception, the music cuts out. Complete silence.

Will your brother (or whoever is manning your iPod) know what’s wrong? Will they be able to determine if it’s a power issue, a broken cord, broken equipment, a breaker that flipped, etc.? With a professional wedding DJ, you rely on them for this expertise, should any issues arise. That’s part of their job.

 

Reason #3 – Coordination

Continue from the notes above, coordinating the night is crucial, if you expect your wedding reception to run smoothly. An iPod/laptop doesn’t know your “schedule”. It doesn’t know that your dinner took longer than expected and you need more music than planned.

It doesn’t know to lower/stop music when you want to make an announcement… so that your guests can hear you clearly.

You get the idea.

You certainly can build playlists for different parts of your evening. That can help a bit. However, the flexibility factor simply isn’t there when you’re doing the music yourself. The wedding DJ is used to these types of adjustments that need to be made “on the fly”. That, again, is part of what they do.

 

Reason #4 – Hassle

When you consider the DIY wedding music approach, you must consider the upfront work involved to deliver the music at your reception and/or ceremony.

First, the time (and monetary) investment to put your playlists together. That alone can be enough to deter you.

Second, is the process of renting, pickup, setup, operation, breakdown, and returning of the sound system. Hopefully, you’ve got someone that knows how to set everything up.

There are rental companies that will set the equipment up and show you how to use it. However, the price difference between renting equipment and using a wedding DJ likely isn’t drastically different.

Here’s one you may not be aware of. If you need to call the rental company to help you with setup or operation, expect to be hit with a “service call” fee. Many rental companies make a nice portion of their revenue from this.

 

Reason #5 – Backup Equipment

Most sound system you rent do not come with any type of backup gear. If one cable in the system stops working, you’ll be left with dead silence at your reception. Is it worth it? Is it worth renting extra cables and equipment to make sure this problem doesn’t happen at your reception?

A professional DJ will have backups for ALL of their equipment, cables, and hardware. You’re paying the DJ to provide you with a service, and they are responsible to deliver that service. Even if a technical issue arises.

 

Reason #6 – Sound Quality Of Music Files

MP3/AAC are common formats for music stored on your iPod or other device. When listening through ear buds or desktop speakers, they sound fairly good.

When played through a larger sound system (like you would use at a wedding venue), you’ll notice an extreme difference. The music will sound very flat. Not as flat as listening to an AM radio station, but you’ll notice a big difference.

The reason being, these file formats aren’t designed to be played through higher-end sound systems. These systems typically play a larger frequency of sound… that has been removed in an MP3 or AAC file. That’s why you can fit so many songs on an iPod – they’re slimmed-down version of the original song file.

For example, one minute of a decent-sounding MP3 file typically takes up 2 MB of space. For a CD quality song file (which your wedding DJ would use) – it’s around 10 MB of storage space. The extra file size comes from the parts of music that were removed in an MP3.

Have headphones or speakers? Take a look at this YouTube video, to see a side-by-side comparison of the difference.

 

Reason #7 – Empty Dance Floors

One common complaint I’ve read on various wedding forums is this. People spent more time hovering over an iPod/laptop trying to figure out what song they wanted to play next, than they did on the dance floor!

There are so many things wrong with that statement above…

First, I would STRONGLY recommend that you do not let your guest pick the music freely. Your cousin may love Pantera, but your grandparents likely wont.

Secondly, expect songs to be cut off before they have ended. Why? Guests tend to “skip” to the song they want played, instead of waiting until a song ends.

All of this leads to an empty dance floor. Nothing is worse than getting a crowd dancing to music, and having them sit down because of a pause in music, or the wrong next song playing.

 

Reason #8 – Announcements

Your device cannot act as your Master of Ceremonies, making any of the required announcements for your reception. Does that really matter?

Well, if you want any type of flow or organization to your reception, it certainly does!

Here’s an example. Before the bridal party arrives to the reception, your guests will be up and about mingling, talking, etc. Your wedding DJ typically gets your guests seated, and preps them on the planned entrances. How bad would it be to walk into your reception as a newly married couple, and not be recognized because guests were caught up in conversation?

Before I entered the DJ business, I had been to 2 weddings where I missed the cake cutting ceremony. Why? No one announced it! Or, if they did, I didn’t hear it. Using a wedding DJ to make your announcements will ensure all of your guests are aware of what’s going on, and can hear what is being said.

Oh, by the way, you’ll also need to rent a microphone to do announcements. Add that cost into your budget. It’s something that most any DJ includes with their service.

 

Reason #9 – Guest Appreciation

This may be one you haven’t thought about…

The purpose of a reception is, in part, to show appreciation to your guests. To show gratitude to the ones that have traveled to see your wedding. For giving up their time. For bringing you a gift.

Considering these things, do you think your guests will be pleased, or possibly disappointed, in your choice of entertainment? I’m sure most will be OK with the DIY wedding music approach, but some likely will be let down…

… and guess which of these two ends up talking about the reception more?

 

Reason #10 – You Might Not Be Allowed To

Believe it or not, you need to check with your venue to confirm they’ll allow you to do an iPod wedding.

An unsuccessful reception reflects on the venue as well. With the less-than-stellar approach that many iPod weddings turn into, many venues no longer allow them.

Here’s a great quote I found online, from a venue manager. He enacted the “No iPod Wedding” rule after having 3 different couples try to do it themselves:

“I had more fun at the last 3 memorial services I attended than the guests had at those weddings. At the last one, people started leaving two hours early.”

 

So, there’s my take on the topic. Have you ever been to a wedding reception where an iPod or laptop was used for music? What were your thoughts on it? Share them below!

 

Posted by DJ Salty D in Weddings, 0 comments
Do I Need A DJ For My Wedding Ceremony?

Do I Need A DJ For My Wedding Ceremony?

 

In most cases, music is a natural component of the wedding ceremony. Whether it’s in the form of live musicians, or a DJ, the ceremony music adds to the ambiance of your ceremony.

I was scouring over various wedding forums and found a few interesting questions and comments in regards to the ceremony music. Specifically, if a DJ was needed for the ceremony?

So, let’s take a fair look at that question…

Do you REALLY need a DJ to perform at your wedding ceremony?

 

When To Use A DJ For Your Wedding Ceremony Music

  • An adequate sound system isn’t available in the location of your ceremony – Your guests certainly won’t music coming out of your iPod – you need a sound system to disburse the music to them!
  • Wireless microphones aren’t available – Regardless of how “cozy” and “quaint” the ceremony may be, your guests will still need to hear the officiant. This is especially true for a ceremony held outdoors. A small amount of wind can make it hard for your guests to hear.
  • Entrances for the bridal party require specific timings – This one is easy to overlook. Suppose your bridal party make their entrance as a song is played. What happens when they take longer to come out than the song plays for? Silence? The song is played again? Or (worse yet) – the next song in a playlist starts playing and messes up the bride’s entrance. For this fact alone, a wedding DJ will be a great resource to use. The professional DJ will pre-plan for this, and have the ability to loop the song (or a portion of it) as necessary, or make plans for a secondary song to play if the bridal party entrances extend past the song duration.
  • Song Queuing – The processional song you choose may have an intro. Or, you may have a specific part of the song that you want playing as you enter. How would this be handled without a DJ?

 

Other Benefits A DJ Provides At Your Ceremony

  • Wireless Microphones – to ensure your guests can hear the ceremony.
  • Orchestrated Timings – of entrances, precession, recession.
  • Pre-Ceremony Music – Music playing prior to the ceremony, as your guests arrive.
  • One point of Contact – . With so many working parts involved in making your wedding day a success, sometimes it’s simply worth investing into a DJ to you’re your ceremony music, and to avoid multiple people doing different parts.

 

When You Don’t Need A DJ For Your Ceremony

  • Your ceremony is in a church, that will be playing music through an organ.
  • The venue has a speaker system (designed for music (not just spoken dialogue), and is capable to handle your needs), and offers someone to man a device to play your ceremony music at the proper times

 

Other Options For Your Wedding Ceremony Music

  • A Musician (flute/ violin/guitar) or a Trio/Quartet of musicians
  • Do It Yourself – renting equipment and/or playing through a device (likely more expensive than a DJ)
  • No Music At All (not recommended)

 

How do you plan to handle the music during your wedding ceremony? Leave your comments below!

 

 

Posted by DJ Salty D in FAQ, Weddings, 0 comments
Is It Rude To Have A “Do Not Play” List For My Wedding DJ?

Is It Rude To Have A “Do Not Play” List For My Wedding DJ?

 

So there you are, loving every second of your reception. Great times with family and friends, and the love of your life.

The atmosphere is wonderful. Billy Joel plays across the speakers, and smoothly transitions into Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. You close your eyes and image dancing in the video itself. Everything is perfect.

Just when you think things couldn’t be any better… someone requests a song…

 

 

FML…

No matter how much planning you put in with your wedding DJ on the music that will be placed at your reception, leave it up to someone to play the worst possible song at the worst possible time.

Knowing this, having a “Do Not Play” list outlined with your wedding DJ is something you certainly should have. Any legitimate professional DJ will likely bring it up to you first (during the planning process prior to your reception.)

But, is it considered rude to do this? How should song requests be handled, that you do not want played at your reception? Should the DJ even take requests?

 

The Easy Solution – The DJ Does Not Take Song Requests

Having a “Do Not Play” list is certainly not considered “rude”. It is, after all, your wedding. Your wedding DJ should be accustomed to having this list.

Using the “Do Not Take Song Requests” approach eliminates all of the problems with poor song request choices. You’ll rely on your DJ to play music in the genre’s you prefer, or work from your pre-determined playlist of songs.

However, this does hinder any guests that would want to request a song. No one wants to be shot down by the “Song Nazi” DJ who refuses to take requests.

It certainly is an option, but it may not be the best one for everyone’s happiness.

 

Creating A “Do Not Play” List With Your Wedding DJ

In my experience, song requests from guests vary. Sometimes they come up to us to request a song, sometimes they do not. Either way, it’s a factor that you’ll want to consider. A “Do Not Play” list should be created regardless if you expect guests to make song requests or not.

I wouldn’t recommend spending a ton of time on this list, however. Keep it simple. You have plenty of other, more important, concerns to plan out for your reception.

The best advice is to list any specific songs or artists that come to mind immediately. From there, use generalizations if you have certain types of music you do not want played.

For example, you might tell your DJ “no line dances”. That will queue your DJ not to play songs such as the “Cha Cha Slide” or “Macarena”. You may say “No heavy metal”. You’re DJ will know that anything from Pantera won’t be suitable to play.

I did find several posts in forums that offered a unique, but possibly more complex, twist. You could have one list of “absolutely, positively do not play these” songs, and a second list of “only play these songs if someone requests them”. This approach could work well if there are songs you honestly would prefer not to hear, but would be OK with it of one of your guests requested it.

Finally, your wedding DJ should also know your general preferences of music, by genre. For example, look at the image below. It’s from our custom-build planning tool we developed. This information gives our DJ your true tastes in music, and guides them in selecting songs for the reception.  As you can see, we’d know that “Funkytown” wouldn’t be a good song choice to play:

 

 

 

What If Multiple People Request A Song On Your “Do Not Play” List?

Believe it or not, this can happen. From the example above, you may not want to hear the Cha Cha slide, but every one of your guests may request it. So, what now?

This is where an experienced wedding DJ (hint, hint… Fired Up! Entertainment… cough, cough) shows their value to you. During the planning process, we’ll know exactly how adamant you are about specific songs not to be played. If you ranted to us about hating the song, we’re certainly not going to play it. However, our DJ may ask you (or your day-of planner) about the situation to get confirmation. This approach ensures everyone has a wonderful time at your reception!

 

Wrapping Up…

A “Do Not Play” list for your wedding DJ is anything but rude. It’s a proper tool you should utilize to ensure the music played at your reception flows well, keeps everyone entertained, and keep the “dance floor killers” out of the mix.

 

How do you plan on handling song requests at your reception? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY iPod Wedding Music vs. DJ – Your Guide For 2017

DIY iPod Wedding Music vs. DJ – Your Guide For 2017

This guide will help you if you are considering doing an iPod wedding… for your ceremony and/or (especially) your reception.

Obviously, I lean towards hiring a professional DJ for your wedding (shocker, eh?). However, I’ll present both sides with the true benefits, and downfalls, that they can have.

Whether you have an iPod wedding or hire a wedding DJ, the key is to make sure things go smoothly and as you expect!

Speaking of which, let’s look at a few stats. They come from surveys conducted by the National Bridal Service, Brides Magazine, The Knot, USA Today, and Simmons:

 

  • 72% of all brides say they wish they would have dedicated more time in choosing the entertainment for their reception.
  • Nearly 100% of brides stated they would have spent more of their budget on entertainment.
  • During the wedding planning process, the highest priorities for Brides are (in order) attire, the reception venue, and the caterer. Directly after the reception, 78% of brides stated they would have made the reception entertainment their highest priority.
  • In the guest surveys, 81% of guests stated that the most memorable thing about the wedding was the entertainment.

 

Again, the entertainment during your wedding reception plays a key role in the happiness of you, your partner, and your guests!

So, let’s look at some of the benefits the DIY/iPod wedding music provides, and when it can work for you…

 

 

 

There are two main benefits of doing your own music at your ceremony and/or wedding reception. However, they can easily turn into non-benefits.

Benefit Of a DIY iPod Wedding #1 – Cost Savings

The first benefit is saving money. Theoretically, if you do your own wedding music, you can cut out the cost of a DJ, right? Well, sort of.

As long as you have everything necessary, the answer certainly is yes.  The basic necessities are:

 

  • A device to play your music (iPod, laptop, etc.)
  • The music itself (high quality sound files, not ripped songs from YouTube videos that will sound bad through speakers)
  • Speakers and subwoofer(s)
  • Cabling to connect your device to the speakers, and connect the speakers together.
  • Someone to “man the device” and play the proper music at the proper time.
  • Microphones – for the ceremony (if needed), or announcements made during the reception (entrances, which table goes to the buffet, etc.)
  • Liability Insurance (Forgot about that one? I’d certainly recommend it. If a speaker falls on one of your guests, are you covered? Many times, the venue will require liability insurance for this very purpose, and to be included on the policy for your event to protect them from this type of situation. Additionally, the insurance would cover the costs of replacing damaged equipment.)

 

Here’s a great article that spells out examples of those costs, which can easily be more than a DJ would run you.

If you read through it, you can see how the running costs of the above can easily add up to more than paying a DJ for their services. But, if you have the above covered, you can certainly save money by doing your own wedding music.

 

Benefit Of a DIY iPod Wedding #2 – Control

The second big benefit of the iPod wedding is controlling what music is played. We’ve all heard stories about wedding DJs that play music that no one likes… or didn’t have the songs that you and your guests wanted to hear. Or, worse yet, played what THEY wanted to hear or thought was “good music”. So, you can control this problem by selecting your own music and doing it yourself!

Keep one point in mind. What you want to hear may not be what your guests want to hear. Certainly, you can have the mindset of “I don’t care. It’s my wedding and I want to hear what I want!” However, being flexible with musical options will keep your guests happy as well. In addition to the planned music you have in your playlists, it’s always a good idea to have extra songs available if someone has a request.

Word of warning – I’d strongly recommend AGAINST leaving your device open for others to pick songs to be played. You’ll end up hating it (See the point below in the “What You Must Do” section.)


When Will A DIY iPod Wedding Work Best?

Here are a few situations where doing your own music at your wedding actually can work, work well, and give you the same results that a wedding DJ would:

  • Just The Ceremony – You certainly can do the music at your ceremony.  From my experience, practiced timings are the only true concern to worry with. A friend playing the music at the proper time will do just as much as a DJ would for your ceremony. You can also have music playing prior to the ceremony, as guests arrive. A simple playlist of songs will do the trick here.
  • Your Reception Is More Of An Unstructured “Get-Together” – Whether it’s a preference, or from poor planning, your reception may simply be time together with family and friends. If you’re not planning on bridal party entrances, a cake cutting, garter/bouquet toss, family dances, etc… why not do it yourself! A simple playlist of music playing in the background can do the trick here.
  • You Want Background Music & Don’t Expect Dancing – Perhaps your guests are an “older crowd” that you don’t expect much dancing from. Or, your reception will be more like an overly-extended “cocktail hour”. Again, the iPod wedding can certainly work well here.

Important Note. Many times, I’ve read forum posts where the wedding couple states that the reception will be “small”… only 50 or so guests, etc. Just because your reception is small in attendance, doesn’t mean you want to skimp on the entertainment. See the points above.

Sometimes, however, it simply comes down to money and costs. If you’re only a super-tight budget, it may be the only option you have. However, I’d strongly recommend looking to cut costs somewhere else before cutting down on your entertainment budget… remember the stats at the beginning of this post?

 Why not save on the venue and catering as well?

 

 

In comparison, there are a few major drawbacks to the iPod wedding. No, not “opinions” I have because I’m a DJ, but true concerns to factor in. Let’s look at a few of them…

  • Flow - An iPod can’t manage the flow of events during your reception. It won’t stop itself for a cake cutting, or lower its volume to make announcements. So, you’ll need someone to man the device, know when to change playlists/songs, and lower the volume of music when an announcement is made.  Additionally, it doesn’t read a crowd, and doesn’t know to adjust the music based on crowd reaction. Believe it or not, all of this requires skill and experience. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
  • Manning The Device – Who’s going to do all of the above for you? One of your guests? I would strongly recommend against that. They want to enjoy your reception as much as the next person, not be tied down to an iPod making sure everything goes smoothly. Also, will they be doing it for free?
  • Lack of Focus – Without professional announcements… your grand entrance, cake cutting, first dance and other activities will be simply anti-climactic. Having a DJ that orchestrates these events truly gives structure to your reception.
  • Liability – I mentioned it above, and it needs to be said again. If a guest trips over a cable and injures themselves, what happens? Be certain your venue doesn’t require liability insurance for the event, many do.
  • Flexibility – Programming an iPod on the fly isn’t very intuitive. If you need to make a change, realize there will be complete silence wile you do this. If your guests feel awkward/uncomfortable with silence, they’ll likely leave early. Additionally, what if your dinner runs long/short? Will you play the same dinner music playlist again?
  • Backup Plan – Remember Murphy’s Law – if it can go wrong, it will. It’s terribly important to have back-ups of everything – from your device, to the music and playlists, cables, etc. Also, if something does go wrong, will someone know what caused it, and what to do to fix it? At Fired Up! Entertainment, I invest a ton of time and effort to ensure our back-up plans are up-to-date, and we know exactly what to do if a problem arises. You may not need the back-ups or plans, but you certainly don’t want to be in a bad spot without them.
  • Time Investment – Expect to put a good bit of time into creating your playlists. From selecting the songs, organizing and arranging them, building the playlists, etc. For the average 4 hour reception, you’ll need a minimum of 70 songs. I’d recommend at least 30 more songs planned, however. In case your reception goes longer than expected… or you need to switch up the style of music being played because it’s not working for your guests.  Also, you’ll need to select any music to be played prior to the ceremony (while guests are arriving), the ceremony music itself, as well as music for a cocktail hour before your reception begins.
  • Silence – Frankly… silence sucks at a wedding reception. You certainly can enable crossfading (or use an app that has this feature) to eliminate this. Crossfading is the feature that fades in the next song while the current song is ending... to avoid the gap of silence between songs. Keep one thing in mind. Crossfading doesn’t help with an intro/outro in a song. Check out “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince. This intro wouldn’t be skipped with crossfading, for example.

Be sure to weigh these concerns before making your final decision. If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be this. At least meet/talk with one professional wedding DJ. If nothing else, you should get an understanding of what they can do for you, and that they offer much more than "just playing music."

 

 

 

After scouring several forums, I found lots of comments on the topic of using an iPod for the wedding. There were plenty of posts from brides that were planning to do this, and excited about their wise decision.

I did not, however, find many posts with positive feedback after the reception. There were a handful, though. Most fell into the category of wedding receptions I outlined above (in the “When Will A DIY iPod Wedding Work Best?” section). I was able to find many more comments (mostly from guests of weddings, or upcoming brides) that shared a different story.

Here are a few of them:

  • "I would definitely recommend a DJ! It is of course another big cost, but so very worth it. If you find an experienced one, they will make your night run smoothly as well as keep your guests on the dance floor!"
  • "There's a difference between hiring a professional DJ and getting someone to just play music. A good DJ and master of ceremonies will keep your party alive and people entertained everyone tells me how much they loved the DJ and how great he was and kept them on the dance floor. My DJ made the whole party. I would really suggest looking around I didn't pay thousands for the service and everyone was sure I did."
  • "I was surprised to find out (by attending many weddings in my 20s) what a difference a DJ makes. They play the 'group songs to keep people out on the floor-- once everyone sits, it's really hard to get them up again-- they do the announcements, they know when people are tired and need a slow song or it's time to get people moving again. Of course, if you're not really expecting dancing, but the music will be just for background noise, an iPod would be fine."
  • "GET A DJ!!! It is the biggest regret of our wedding. We tried to go the iPod route and even had someone man it for me and it was HORRIBLE! I would have skipped having a cake before not having a DJ if I could go back. I'm not trying to scare you but I would never suggest anyone not have DJ after how bad my experience was. "
  • "I think a DJ is important. They serve as an MC for the night to make all the important announcements and can judge the crowd to ensure they're playing what keeps people dancing, if that's the goal, and that may not be what you think they want to hear. They also typically bring their own equipment so you don't have to rent a sound system."
  • "The DJ does so much more than play music! He or she is the BACKBONE of the entire reception!!!!!!!!!!! An iPod cannot announce your bridal party, walk you through the cake cutting or know how to change up the music if need be. They give life to your party. Have you ever been to a wedding where the DJ did a bad job and all you could think was, “this wedding stinks!”? What do you think your guests will say with no Master of Ceremonies at all????"
  • "I had a friend that used an iPod, and to be honest it made her wedding horrible. People kept going over to it if they did not like the song and changing it right in the middle of things and then all you hear is that click, click, click, noise that the I-pod makes. Hardly anyone danced at her wedding I think because of this... just a thought."
  • "My husband and I went to an iPod wedding but they were unorganized. The couple were arguing most of the time about the songs. Then Family members would just go up to the iPod and change the songs half thru. After that, I made sure to have a DJ."
  • "I've been to 2 weddings that used iPods. The first had a good friend design the whole set list which the bride was thankful for as it’s a long process. It was also quite expensive as the friend had to buy a lot of music from tunes as she didn't have all the music she needed in her own collection. The music selection was great, however, they did not have it plugged into very good speakers so it was too quiet and just didn't have the right feel. The second wedding had a great speaker system and the party was loud and pumping all night. But, they decided they didn't want to pay for the music through tunes or burn CD's and just pirated the songs. So, every time a song came on we didn't know how good the quality was going to be. The groom had to constantly run to his iPod to adjust the volume."
  • "I've been to a wedding with an iPod and there were some awkward silences & skipping of songs - there could be issues with the device, etc. Do you have a back up plan? I think there is a sense of confidence in the DJ to ensure that the crowd stays happy & the dance floor stays busy, an iPod can't do that."

 

 

 

Here are 12 of my best tips I can give you, if you decide to do your own wedding music:

Tip #1 - Get High Quality Music

If you’re using low quality mp3 files, downloaded from a site or ripped from a YouTube video, you’re going to have bad sound during your reception. Plus it’s illegal, you know. Look for songs recorded at 320kbps.

Pro Tip: Check out this video. It shows you the difference in sound quality of recordings, from 8kbps to 320kbps. It’s even more drastic on the higher end, as YouTube degredates the sound quality during the video compression process of uploading. While you’re at it, click here to understand what kbps and bitrates are.


Tip #2 – Upgrade Your Streaming Service

If you're using a streaming music service, pay for the upgraded subscription plan. This allows you (hopefully) to avoid commercial interruptions (how tacky would that be at your reception?). Be sure to confirm the upgraded service does this, however. Some still have advertisements between songs, just not as many.

Also, the upgraded service should give you a higher quality stream (bitrate, as above).

Pro Tip: If possible - download the songs to your device (and backups) to play them, instead of streaming. You don't want a slow internet connection to cause buffering during your first dance, do you? Or, worse yet, what if the WiFi connection drops?


Tip #3 – Amplification Matters

The volume capacity of your speakers and amplification does matter. You don’t need speakers to fill a stadium, but you don’t want to be playing music through a boombox either. Be sure to select speakers that are designed to fill a room the size of your reception venue.

Pro Tip: You'll want to rent (obviously not buy. That will cost more than a DJ) high-quality loudspeakers AND subwoofers. Without the bass from the subwoofer, the music will sound very flat.

Pro Tip: Your guests will absorb sound. The more people at your reception, the more sound you’ll need. As people leave, the sound level will need to be adjusted down to sound the same.


Tip #4 - Crossfade

I mentioned this above, but it bears repeating. Set your device up to crossfade the songs together, to avoid the dreaded silent gaps between songs. Or, use an app that has this feature.

Pro Tip:  Be certain that crossfade works if you manually skip to the next song, and doesn't just work at the end of a song.


Tip #5 – Play Music That People Know

Sure, it's your wedding. Remember, though, that not everyone has the same musical tastes as you. Play the songs that are universally known to keep people there, and dancing. If they don't know the music, expect them to stay in their seats, and likely leave early.

Pro Tip: In addition to planned playlists, you should create playlists by genre's (hip hop, classic rock, jazz, country, etc.). This way, you have options to change to a different style of music if your planned playlist isn't a hit


Tip #6 – Play A Mix For All Ages

Not everyone loves 90's hip hop (shocking, I know). Plan to have songs that different age groups will enjoy. Mix in some oldies, different genres, etc.

Pro Tip: Look up the Billboard top 40 lists from different years. It will help you find songs that you may not know, but people of a different age range would.


Tip #7 – Think About The “Flow” Of Your Playlist

The Cha Cha Slide might work well when you want the dance floor filled. It won't work well during your cocktail hour.

Think about the flow of your wedding reception, what will be happening, the mood that you're going for during that time, and plan music that matches well.

Pro Tip: Hire a DJ - this is what they do!

 

Tip #8 – Do Not Let ANYONE Touch Your Device

I guarantee it will be a nightmare for you. Obviously, someone can screw things up, drop it, or unplug it by mistake and kill the battery/music. However, there's a bigger issue.

Expect people to "skip" to their song, in the middle of another song playing. Not only will you have a bad "flow", but you'll have unhappy guests (mad because someone turned off their song). Your Cousin Joe may like Lil' Jon, but your grandparents probably won't.

Pro Tip: Do you really want people to be able to pick songs? Rent a jukebox! If nothing else, the songs won't be cut off midway through by another guest.


Tip #9 – Backups, Backups, Backups!

Back-up the music to different places. Have extra connection cables and chargers. Burn your playlists to CDs and bring a portable CD player/laptop, etc.

I’d even recommend a second backup. Electronics sometimes fail. The batteries can run out, and power cords can short out. Sometimes, a glass of champagne falls on them. Prepare for all of these possibilities, and have backups for everything.

If you’re running your music on an iPod, back it up on an iPhone or second iPod. If you’re running music from a laptop, have a second laptop as a backup, or another device that has the music on it. Be sure to have back-ups of cables as well. A broken cable causes everything to fail.

Pro Tip: Share your playlist with someone else that will be at the wedding. No need to buy a second iPod if a friend or family member has one available to be used for backup.


Tip #10 – Remove Non-Wedding Playlists

This will make it easier for whoever’s job it is to play your music. More importantly, it will prevent them from playing the wrong song as well.

 

Tip #11 – Test In “Offline” Mode

If you’re using a streaming service (specifically Spotify), be sure to test your playlists in offline mode. Some songs will not play in this mode (Perhaps a licensing issue?). You don’t want to find out a third of your playlist won’t play at the reception.


Tip #12 – Test Everything Else Before The Wedding!

Specifically, the speaker system and volume levels/sound quality. A friend of mine ran into a last-minute panic attack because they didn't do this. The venue said they could use their in-house speakers, and connect their iPod directly to it (this was before I began in the DJ business). However, the speakers were more for "voice speakers" to connect a microphone to (they had 1/4" jack inputs, not the 1/8" input that comes out of your iPod). Someone ran to the Radio Shack and found an adapter luckily, but the wedding as delayed because of it.

 

 

 

Finally, a few good related articles I found on the iPod wedding concept. Definitely worth checking out!

  • A DJ Saved My Wedding – an unexpected problem forced this couple to find a DJ 11 days before their wedding.
  • Drawbacks From My Sisters Wedding – An account of the unexpected issues that came up from her sisters wedding. Good comments also from various readers of this Reddit post.
  • DIYReception.com – Offers a guide to purchase, to help with the planning process of doing your own wedding music. Also offers upgrades to record your intros. Perhaps it’s worth the investment…
  • Calculating Costs Of Doing Your Own Wedding Music – Another DJ breaks down the details on costs, to get the items needed to do your own music. Yup, you can easily spend more doing it yourself than it would cost to hire a wedding DJ.

I hope this guide has been helpful for you. I’ve shown several of the benefits, as well as drawbacks, to the DIY iPod wedding music approach. If you have thoughts/comments – share them below! Or, if you’ve been to an iPod wedding before, let me know what you thought of the experience!

 

 

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Should My DJ Attend The Rehearsal Dinner?

Should My DJ Attend The Rehearsal Dinner?

Should DJ Attend Rehearsal Dinner?

 

I was looking for a unique question about weddings and wedding DJ’s. This one was perfect! Should your wedding DJ attend the rehearsal dinner?

Most of the answers I found from vendors in the industry say no. It’s not a necessity, it’s not something that occurs, and you’d have to pay them for their time if you really wanted them there. Plus, do you really want to feed them a meal when they really won’t be helping out much in the rehearsal?

I, of course, have a slightly different thought behind this.

 

When Your DJ Should Attend The Rehearsal Dinner

Again, it comes down to what you are using your DJ for. If he’s simply playing music during your reception, you likely won’t need him at your rehearsal dinner. You (or your wedding planner) will have discussed his/her role in the wedding by this point, and the DJ should know timings on events for the night and what they will be doing.

…Well hopefully, that is. Assuming you have hired a professional wedding DJ that doesn’t screw up like this.

If you’re wedding DJ is playing a bigger role in your ceremony and/or reception, you may want to consider inviting them to your dress rehearsal. Here are a few examples where I’d recommend it:

  • The DJ will be playing specifically timed songs during any part of the ceremony/reception.
  • They’ll be receiving a “que” from someone else, for an event that occurs.
  • The DJ will be providing emcee services (to re-review what will be said during wedding party entrances, etc.)
  • He/she is providing additional lighting/video/photo services, that have specific timings for an effect.

In these situations, it may be a good idea for your wedding DJ to be present. Again, to make sure everything goes smoothly and without a hitch. It isn’t required though (many of the details should be worked out by this time)… but if your comfort factor wants it… go for it.

 

Should Your DJ Be Paid For Attending Your Rehearsal Dinner?

You should compensate your DJ for his time to do this, as it truly isn’t a standard request. You could invite him for the meal itself, but that likely wouldn’t be necessary. It’s an added, necessary expense for you… and your DJ likely has plenty of other work to keep them busy (either for your wedding, or perhaps another event they are doing that day).

Have any of your friends or family invited their DJ to the dress rehearsal? If so, let me know! Did they see an added benefit from it?

 

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Should I Tip My Wedding DJ?

Should I Tip My Wedding DJ?

 

Wow, there’s a ton of different questions and comments of the topic of tipping a wedding DJ. Should you tip the wedding DJ? Should their fee be good enough for what they do? How much should I tip my wedding DJ, if I do tip?

 

First, What Others Say About Tipping…

Let’s take a look at a handful of different websites that provide guidelines on proper tipping etiquette:

  • Gigmasters.com – Gigmasters (a popular portal that connects wedding vendors with couples) states that their members typically agree that 5-20% is appropriate.
  • PerfectWeddingGuide.com – States that tips/gratuities are typically build into pricing with wedding vendors. If you’re not sure if it is, they advice to ask. If you do decide to tip your wedding DJ, 15-20% of their fee is considered a “suitable tip”.
  • TheKnot.com – Another popular portal for couples planning their wedding. Their protocol on tipping is that it is “Optional, yet preferred.”. For a wedding DJ, they recommend $50-150. They also recommend that the best man provide the tip to your DJ at the end of the reception.
  • WomanGettingMarried.com – Recommends you first check your service agreement with your wedding DJ (and all vendors). Confirm if a gratuity/tip has already been included in the pricing. If not, they recommend up to $150 as the tip for your wedding DJ.

 

So, That’s What Others Say About Tipping Your Wedding DJ. Now, Let’s Look At My Take On It.

First, don’t be stingy. The idea that “I’m paying them, that should be good enough” isn’t the proper logic to use for tipping. A tip is to show gratitude to your provider, for doing what they actually said they would do… and/or exceeding your expectations. It should NEVER be considered a requirement, though. Think of it like your waiter/waitress at a restaurant. If they blow you away with great service, you want to tip them for the effort. If they have a bad attitude, are apathetic, etc… why would you tip them for that?

 

When It Comes To Your Wedding DJ, Here’s My Personal Recommendation…

First, I recommend a flat-rate tip amount over a percentage of their fee. Why, do you ask? Look at it this way. DJ #1 charges $1,000, and does a great job. DJ#2 charges $500, and does a great job. Should DJ #1 receive a tip that’s twice as large, solely because you paid them more up front? I personally do not agree with this line of thought.

Second, determine what you think it would be worth to you, to have your DJ do everything right, without a hiccup. Also consider what they did for you prior to the day of your wedding. Did they communicate with you throughout the process? Go above and beyond to help in any way? Plan for that amount to be in an envelop to give to your wedding DJ. Label the envelope as “DJ#1”.

Next, determine a bottom-barrel tip. A tip you’ll give where things went fine, no problems, but your DJ didn’t truly “WOW” you. Plan for that amount in a second envelope, and label it “DJ#2”.

At the end of the evening, have your best man give the DJ the appropriate envelop/tip – based on their performance and your final thoughts.

If, however, you simply were not happy… don’t give them either envelope. They didn’t earn the tip.

Finally, cash is not the only tip that you can give to your wedding DJ, or any of your vendors. A personalized gift can be a wonderful tip to receive. Taking the effort to find a special gift for your DJ can have a bigger impact on your DJ than a few extra bucks. A real nice touch in my honest opinion.

So, there you have it. What are your thoughts on tipping your wedding DJ? For it? Against it? Let me know!

 

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Is It Weird To Have A DJ At A Restaurant Wedding Reception?

Is It Weird To Have A DJ At A Restaurant Wedding Reception?

Wedding DJ At A Restaurant Reception

Here’s an interesting question that couples having their wedding reception in a restaurant will have. Is it weird to have a DJ play at the reception?

If your reception is at the Golden Corral, it might be (well, maybe it wouldn’t be there haha).

If you’re renting out the entire restaurant for your wedding reception… I’d say it’s not weird at all. It would be the same as renting any other wedding venue for your reception. It’s your space for the given time. If you want a DJ at your wedding reception – then have one!

 

What If You’re Only Renting Part Of The Restaurant For Your Reception?

If you’re renting out a private room in a restaurant, it can be a bit different. You do not want your wedding reception music interfering with other guests dining at the restaurant during the same time. Restaurant management likely will not permit it. If the private room is in a completely separate area, or a different floor, you may be able to get away with it. Be sure to talk with the restaurant management before booking the room. Ask how they’ve handled it in the past. If they will no permit it, then you have a decision to make. Do you want the restaurant for your venue, or do you want a DJ at your reception. If they will permit a DJ at your restaurant reception… ask them what their guidelines are for sound levels… and make sure your DJ knows these restrictions as well.

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What Else Does A Wedding DJ Do Besides Play Music?

What Else Does A Wedding DJ Do Besides Play Music?

 

Well, I’m certainly not getting an award for graphic design with that picture 🙂

Ironically, I’ve found plent of posts in furms asking what a wedding DJ does besides play music. So, let’s try to answer this one.

The short answer is this: either A) that’s it… or B) lot’s more!

I know, that’s a pretty wide range of possibilities. However, it completely depends on your expectations from your wedding DJ, what they offer, and what they offer to you for your specific wedding needs.

For the bottom-of-the-barrel wedding DJ services out there, this may be all you get. Someone standing behind a laptop and speakers, playing music. Maybe you’ll get lucky and they can announce when a table can go to the buffet tables to get their food. That’s going to about it.

Don’t get me wrong, that may be all that you’re looking for. If so, a DJ that simply plays music and takes song requests from guest will do you just fine. This is especially true if you have a wedding planner who is organizing all o the details and plan for your reception, and can give your DJ a “cue sheet” of timings for things to happen (play this song during the cake cutting at 9PM, play this song as the last song of the night, etc.)

However, most couples do better with a DJ that can offer more services than simply playing music. In my experience, the majority of couples do not use a wedding planner (cost being a factor)… and we end up becoming their planner by default. There are many details that go into your wedding ceremony and reception (which you’ll likely already know, or will be finding out shortly). Organizing these details simply must occur, and a professional wedding DJ should be able to help you with this need. For example, our custom-made planning tool we developed helps the planning process tremendously. For example:

  • When will the Bride/Groom’s first dance occur?
  • Will there be a Father/Bride dance? Mother/Groom dance? Others?
  • Will you be doing a garter/bouquet toss?
  • What specific songs should be played for this?
  • When will the cake cutting occur? After dinner? Towards the end of the night?
  • Will there be other announcements that need to be made? When? By whom?
  • Etc.

So, your wedding DJ can also be a great help in organizing the details and “flow” of your ceremony and reception!

Other services commonly offered by a professional wedding DJ include emcee services (making announcements through the evening)… as well as additional visual elements. Lighting is typically a major part of these additional services.

Uplighting is a service that your DJ may offer, which adds a wonderful ambiance to your reception venue. Your DJ should be the guide in developing the layout of uplighting. From a backwash light behind the head table… to lighting around the perimeter of the room… to a pin-light on your wedding cake as a highlight. This creative process can be very detailed to plan… and a wedding DJ with experience in uplighting can be a life saver.

Dance floor lighting is another service that your DJ may offer. There are a tremendous amount of options available for lighting up a dance floor, and your DJ should know what will match best with your reception motif.

Monograms are a popular feature that many DJ’s offer for your wedding. A monogram is the design you’ll see at a reception, on the wall or floor. It typically will display the bride and groom’s name, along with the date of the wedding. A very popular, classy touch to add to the ambiance of the room.

Finally, a DJ may also offer videography options with their service. This can be a simple slideshow display of photos and/or video from the Bride, Groom, and family. On the opposite side, your DJ may actually capture video from the wedding ceremony and reception for you. Again, a popular option that most couple will want for the future. Your DJ may provide this as part of their “package” of services.

So, in the end, the DJ is only limited by their capabilities… and how big of a part you want them to play at your wedding!

 

 

 

 

 

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Do I feed my wedding DJ? If so, where do they eat at?

Do I feed my wedding DJ? If so, where do they eat at?

 

Here’s a great question I found on the wedding forums this morning. Is it customary to feed my DJ, and where should they eat it at if so?

The general rule of thumb is that a meal should be offered to your DJ if they will be providing more than 4 hours of service. Your DJ will need to keep their body fueled while they perform at your wedding. Working while hungry is never a fun thing to do.

Regardless if you offer a meal or not, it is something that should certainly be discussed prior to your reception. If a meal is not provided (by your choice or theirs), the DJ will need to make plans for eating prior to your reception. A DJ with a diabetic health concern, obviously, will appreciate this planning.

If your DJ is provided a meal, the location of where they eat should also be discussed. There isn’t a hard-fast rule for this,.. it comes down to personal preference, and the etiquette of your wedding. With a less formal wedding, the DJ may even eat at a table with other guests. If your wedding has a more formal flair to it… your DJ should eat out of view. Typically, in another room or area of the venue. The DJ certainly can eat at their booth, but we typically never recommend it. Food and drink do not mix well with electronic equipment.

 

 

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