I took the night off on New Years Eve and quickly found myself in DJ hell. My Facebook friends saw my status updates that night. It was not good but by the time we figured out that it wouldn’t be good we had already spent a pretty penny and it was too late in the night to make other plans.
Here is some of what I put on facebook that night.
I’m at a new years eve party and the DJ sucks BADLY! No kidding he just went from New York New York to Sharp Dressed Man to open the dance floor. Calling a cab stat!
Ah Old Time Rock & Roll for a second time! Not! This is what I get for scheduling the night off.
A local hotel has been hosting a NYE party for years. The deal includes purchasing a room which gets you access to a party with open bar and dinner. My wife and I along with some friends decided to check it out because it was close to home and wouldn’t require us to drive anywhere. It sounded like a good deal and overall it was. Except for one thing, THE DJ.
It wasn’t just his poor choice of music, or his 20 year old speakers that sounded worse than my home stereo but it was also his constant talking between songs. It was also the random order of songs going from one genre to the next with a silent pause between some songs that would clear the dance floor. This crowd was ready to party and he made it so difficult for us all.
Although this post may sound like a DJ bashing, it is not. It is me telling you that I learned a lesson that many brides don’t learn until after it’s too late for them. You hire a DJ because it sounds like a great deal only to end up trapped in DJ Hell at your own wedding reception.
When you hire a DJ for your wedding, you are hiring someone who will have a live microphone in their hands in front of all the most important people in your life on the biggest day of your life. You are hiring someone who will be responsible for entertaining your guests for the majority of your wedding day. You are hiring someone who will oversee the flow of your reception and make sure that things stay on schedule. You are hiring the person who controls the energy in the room and helps create atmosphere. You are hiring the single most important wedding vendor of your wedding day.
Don’t be a bride who decides to save money on the DJ just because there are cheap DJs out there. They are cheap for a reason. They know exactly what they are worth and your wedding day is worth more than that. Once you arrive and realize your DJ isn’t very good, it’s too late. DJ is not the place to save money in your budget, it just isn’t. If you want to know what to look for when you hire a DJ come meet with me. If you want to see the difference on video from one DJ to the next come meet with me. Don’t find yourself trapped in DJ Hell at the biggest most important party of your life.
Another DJ in town used to use this little tag line. If you think about it, it really means a lot. Wedding Vendors have been to hundreds of weddings. They have seen the best and worst of vendors. So for one of them to select us to entertain at their wedding is a huge vote of approval and a huge honor.
We have had that honor several times. In fact I believe we are The DJ Company Wedding Vendors Use When They Get Married or have events.
We also performed at the wedding of the owners of Academy Event Rental. Our good friend Sean Richie from Lifemark Studios who does both Photo and Video is another one of our past wedding clients. Shannon Burns, from Imaged By Shannon is one of our brides and she has sent many of her friends our way. Just this past weekend we performed at the wedding and reception of Jessica Fischer, who is a friend and former photographer for Images By Daniel Michael. You can read what he had to say about us on his blog.
Additionally when Beach Photography had a birthday party, we were the choice. We also performed at a birthday party for the owners of one of Cincinnati’s most well known wedding venues, the Manor House. We have also done two parties for Laura at Laura Lane Photography. Additionally, Shannon Wullenweber, a Cincinnati area wedding planner has referred us to do one of her best friends weddings and we have performed at several parties for her family.
There are also a few more that I am not mentioning here for privacy reasons.
So, if wedding vendors turn to us with their events. Why wouldn’t you?
Through the winter months I tend to keep up on the blog but when wedding season gets here I struggle to find the time. I know most of you think I work mostly on the weekends and screw around through the week. I wish that were the case.
For example, Monday and Tuesday of this week have gone like this.
Monday – I assigned DJs to go with our MCs for this weekends events. I called a couple of our MCs to see how their events went on Saturday. I called to check on some new equipment I ordered and where it was in the shipping process. I cleaned up some gear I am selling on ebay and posted pictures and listed the items for auction. I also looked fore some new tires for our DJ van, so we can sell it. I made a bank deposit from the weekends events. I answered the phone and emailed some potential clients. I then had a 4:00 meeting at my office to plan a wedding with Todd and Donna. After that I rushed to my sons baseball game and coached third base.
Tuesday – I’ve answered more emails. Deleted some emails off our server that had put us over quota. Talked to a web developer about getting our flash site ranked higher. I verified my reservation for the upcoming ARMDJS DJ conference next week and made arrangments for my kids to stay somewhere while my wife works when I am gone. I wrote this blog and managed to find about 2 hours to stain 1/2 my deck. I’ve been putting that off for far too long. I then made a call to a local country club and thanked them for the referal they had given me on the wedding I did Saturday (great time BTW). Later I’ll be going out to buy a new printer and I have a sales meeting at our office at 5:30. I’m also supposed to be at two baseball practices at 5:30. Oops!
I’m not complaining, just setting the record straight. I do work through the week. Tomorrow I’ll be putting the final touches on my wedding for Saturday and verifying I have everything ready for my Friday wedding. I’ve already put several hours of preperation into these events. I also have two more meetings tomorrow night.
Which brings me to the point… I might not have time to blog but I do have time to deliver awesomeness at weddings. Here is an email I received over the weekend.
I wanted to send you feedback about our wedding ceremony & reception. We have been receiving non-stop feedback with the first words being “That was the BEST Wedding” we have ever been to, and a lot of is due to you.
Thank you for helping us coordinate & for leading the charge on our big day. Everyone LOVED the introductions & knew what was going on all night.
I cannot thank you enough for all that you did and I will be sure to recommend you to all future brides… they are crazy not to book you for their big day!
Kasey & Zach
So I have more fun stuff to blog. Hopefully I can get too it sooner than later.
You can hire an average DJ and hope to have a great reception or you can hire Hey! Mr DJ Entertainment and know your reception is going to be better than you could have imagined. Just come meet with us and you’ll see the difference.