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What do DJs really do at Weddings?

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Alright, so we don’t spin firewheels like in the above picture. You got us. So, what do we do at Weddings besides play music?

Playing music is certainly an integral part of the reception and an entertaining evening is important. Planning and meeting to craft an overall vision and flow of your reception is our #1 job (at least for this company). This happens well before the Wedding and begins with planning meetings and figuring out exactly what’s happening the moment your first guest arrives to the last song that’s played that night.

Even if you have an event planner who has helped with all the details, most likely you’ll still need someone to direct the flow of the evening and make announcements. This is where experience and talent from a DJ comes into play.

Let’s talk about the P word. Price. It’s a part of the decision making process whether you want to admit it or not. Each person values things differently-from flowers, cake, food, entertainment, etc. We’re biased towards entertainment of course but here are some thoughts to ponder.

Entertainment can make or break an event. You’d rather have people enjoy the evening laughing and dancing than leave early if things are not going so well, right? People will certainly remember the taste of the filet mignon a few days after, but they’re more likely to remember how much fun they had weeks and months later at your reception. Years later, they won’t even remember if they had steak or seafood but they will have memories of how the day went and if they had a good time.

We’ve touched on some surveys that Wedding magazines and sites have done with Brides and Grooms after their Wedding. These have been well documented within the industry and on our Package page. Here’s the summary:

*72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
*Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
*Within one week after their reception, 78% of brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
*When asked, 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment
*These statistics were published in the St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine in 2003. Sources include: Simmons, 2001; USA Today, 2002; National Bridal Service, 2001; The Knot, 2002; Brides Magazine, 2001.

Making the evening fun and relaxing for all the guests throughout the night will encourage everyone to stick around for the huge sparkler send-off or simply party until the wee hours. So, I don’t mean to sound “stuck up” or condescending, BUT…it’s easy to make a $100 dollar mistake. What does this mean? If you happen to choose entertainment that is a bit more affordable, there’s definitely a probability that you’re hiring someone who may make your guests leave earlier than they would have thought for a number of reasons. If your guests leave because of the entertainment, you’re actually losing the money that you’ve spent on them by hiring a more affordable option.

Sure, pressing “play” is part of our jobs as entertainers, but the details that your guests will rarely see like planning and helping direct a smooth flow of events during the reception are what makes a DJ truly stand out.

Here’s another AWESOME blog post about How Much Should Your Wedding DJ Cost which has some great analogies and examples!

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