I have yet to meet a person organizing an event - a wedding dance, corporate
function, or other special occasion - who actually wanted to choose a bad disc jockey. So why do some people do just that?
The reason so many people make the wrong decision when choosing a disc jockey is primarily due to a lack of knowledge.
1995, Peeks DJ & Dance Party has grown to become one of the Most recommended disc jockey services in Metro Halifax. We
are also one of the most professional services available in the area. While there are many reasons for this success and growth,
I think it all comes down to one basic philosophy:
treat your customer the way you want to be treated.
a philosophy shared by everyone who represents Peeks DJ & Dance Party. Its also the main reason that most of our new business
comes from the references and kind words provided by current and past customers.
I wish you much success with your
event. If you require additional information, please let me know. I'd be happy to help you make a disc jockey decision thats
right for you.
Peeks DJ & Dance Party
As you probably know (or will soon find out),
planning a wedding is a big job. Many hours can be spent discussing and planning even the smallest of details. You want everything
to be perfect. And it should be. Your wedding dance is the celebration of your special day. Too often when making a decision
about the single longest event of a wedding day - the dance - only passing consideration is given to the disc jockey. Take
the appropriate time to ensure your choice of a disc jockey reflects its importance. Here's a step by step guide for finding
disc jockeys, and what to look for once you've found them.
You should begin by compiling a list of all the reputable disc
jockey services in your area. Here are a few suggestions for finding out
who’s good and who isn’t:
Yellow Pages - you’ll find some of the more credible companies listed here.
Internet - do a search to find who in your area has a web site.
References - talk to recently married couples to find out who they used. Would they recommend them? The banquet
hotels and convention centres are also a good source of information. They see all the disc jockeys in the
market. Ask them who they recommend.
What to Look for & What Questions to Ask Now that you’ve compiled a list of the more reputable disc jockey
services in your area, you should contact each and begin the important task of choosing the one that’s right for you.
Here’s a list of things to look for and questions to ask:
don’t want any “surprises” on your wedding day. A written and signed contract ensures that your disc jockey
is aware of all of the mutually agreed details of your wedding dance. Make certain you keep a copy for your records. A basic
contract should cover the following areas: function date & location; contact name at function location; bride’s
& groom’s name; addresses and phone numbers for all parties; services to be provided (music, lighting, etc.); cost,
including whether a deposit is required; hours of service; cost for additional time and music requests. Ask to have a sample
contract sent before you make a decision.
Your disc jockey should
arrange to set up their equipment and do appropriate sound checks prior to your guests arriving for the
will ensure that there is a smooth transition into the wedding dance. Ask your disc jockey when they set up their
Every wedding dance deserves a disc jockey who has the experience
and professionalism to handle the multiple demands of such an occasion. You should look for someone who is professional, experienced
and understands the importance of customer service.
This includes areas such as playing for the crowd and not from a pre-determined
play list, dressing for the occasion, using the
microphone only when and where appropriate, and volume control to ensure
that the music is loud enough to make dancing
comfortable yet not so loud as to discourage conversation. Ask your disc
jockey service what their policies are on each of these issues.
wedding dance brings together the greatest age range of people you’ll likely ever have together in one room. The need
for your disc jockey to have a selection of music which will appeal to their various musical tastes cannot be overstated.
Ask to see a list of music to make certain they have the types of music you want played at your wedding dance. Ask if your
Disc Jockey pays music royalties? It is only fair to the recording artists that your Disc Jockey pays for the music rights.
An unlicensed performer can be shut down during an event. Having all the music in the world doesn’t make someone a good
disc jockey. Equally important is ensuring they have the ability and experience to know what to play and when to play it.
You can only find this out by checking their references.
disc jockeys offer to play background music during your reception and dinner as part of their contract, or for an additional
fee. However, this may not be your best source of music at this time. The reason is that the ideal disc jockey’s setup
is intended to concentrate the music in one area (the dance floor) while minimizing the sound in the rest of the room (so
you and your guests can talk). This type of set-up does not usually work for background music since those guests close to
the speakers must bear music that is far too loud to be considered “background” while those at the other end of
the room may not even notice that music is being played. A better solution to your musical needs during your reception and
dinner is to hire a performer to play background music or
to have the facility play recorded background music through
ceiling speakers. This arrangement provides an even and more
pleasant distribution of music throughout the room.
Every disc jockey in the world takes requests, but many just don’t play
them! Again, you can only find out whether or not a disc jockey plays requests by checking their references.
Every industry has tools of its trade. In the disc jockey business the tools
are sound and lighting equipment (in addition to music already covered above). Professional equipment designed to meet the
demands of playing night after night is expensive, but necessary. While it may be difficult to know which equipment is suitable,
you should attempt to ensure that your disc jockey has a system that will perform reliably.
Most disc jockeys can provide a range of lighting options. Give consideration to whether or not you want a
lighting package in
addition to the music. There are times when lighting will enhance a wedding dance, but other times
when it is not appropriate. This is
very much a personal decision and should be made with consideration given to the preferences
of family and guests attending
your wedding dance.
face it, weddings are expensive. You need to make certain you get the best possible price for everything you buy. However,
too often professional quality is sacrificed for a low price. Price and quality must be balanced if you hope to get someone
you will be pleased with. The old saying, “you get what you pay for” definitely applies in the disc jockey business.
You should expect to pay between $400 and $800 for a professional disc jockey service. Additional services, particularly
lighting, will cost an additional $100 to $300. Additional time can cost between $25 and $100 per hour.
Our best advice—don’t
make your decision entirely on price.
Making the Decision
You must have confidence
in your disc jockey’s ability to provide you with the type of service you expect at your wedding. If you’re not
sure, keep looking. You don’t need to compromise; invest some time finding a disc jockey service with which you’re
comfortable. Use these guidelines and your wedding dance will be a resounding success.