Choosing the Right DJ for Your Wedding

When you are considering DJs for your wedding, you have a big question to answer – which one is right for you? How do you choose?

First and foremost, you need to pick someone who has adequate experience. Based on the information you’ve learned about the importance of a DJ being insured, knowing how to dress appropriately, and being comfortable with a mic, you know that all of those things (plus some) come from nothing but experience. That also means you need meet the DJ in person – not just over the phone.

Sitting down with a DJ helps with the  next important step in choosing the right DJ for your wedding – finding a DJ who you and your groom connect with. It should be someone who makes you both feel comfortable, makes you look forward to a good time, and evokes the sense of hospitality and professionalism you want for your guests. Finding a DJ you connect with means you can be assured that your guests are going to have a great time at a wonderful wedding.

When that formula is satisfied – experience + connection – you’ll know you have the right DJ.

Going a step further, many brides and grooms will appreciate the attention to detail that King Mobile DJ, specifically delivers: a professional and efficient agenda, adequate preparation, cohesive meetings at the venue, a complete vision for the event, full-circle communication with the wedding planning team, and no unwanted surprises once the big day arrives.

Let’s start talking about your vision. Contact us today!

Evaluating Your Wedding Budget for a DJ

You’ve made some pretty big steps toward the big day – and continuing that process with planning the right entertainment is just as important. But what kicks off planning those perfect elements for your wedding-day DJ is establishing your budget at the beginning.

This brings up another question – How do you decide how much to spend on a DJ?

Plenty of wedding planning websites will provide an algorithm for determining a specific number, but because it’s a personal choice and one that will reflect you and your grooms’ personalities, we want to offer a little more guidance in defining that number.

First, we ask couples to consider the issue of cost versus quality. This is perhaps the most important night of your new life as a couple, one with irreplaceable memories and the biggest celebration you may ever have with friends and family. Is ensuring that memory is packed with fun entertainment and a cohesive flow important to you?

For almost every couple, the answer is yes. For that reason, we suggest placing the allocation for a DJ in line behind only the photography and the venue. That is because the DJ is the factor that determines over 80% of the success of your wedding reception. The music and dancing is a major part of your celebration that will frame the experience for your guests, not to mention what you and your guests remember the most about your reception. Music sets the tone, controls the vibe, and establishes the energy in the room for the entire night. You don’t want it to be anything less than spectacular.

We can make sure it is – Call us today and let us DJ your wedding!

Live Music or a DJ?

We’ve talked a lot about hiring a DJ, but I don’t want to continue the conversation without talking about the consideration for using live music instead of a DJ. Plenty of brides and grooms choose live bands over DJs. There are personal and logistical reasons for that choice, but here are a few reasons why using a DJ may be a better fit for you.

A live band comes with several limitations, including space requirements, equipment and, of course, a shorter range of music options. When you have a wedding with a wide variety of guests, you need a music source that can accommodate all ages and tastes from song to song or set-to-set. That can’t be done with a live band that is built to play only one style of music. It’s also difficult for a band that’s built to bring big sound to complement the ambient feel many weddings like to maintain.

Often, wedding guests have requests for their favorite songs, or songs that remind them of the couple. A DJ with a huge library of music can easily adjust and include these requests, not to mention switch gears based on the tone and mood of the group. A band usually comes with a pre-determined playlist and cannot necessarily accommodate requests.

While a live band needs frequent breaks (we applaud their hard work blowing, strumming, singing, and dancing), a DJ can maintain a presence for the entire event, welcoming guests on and off the dance floor as needed.

Lastly, and perhaps most appropriately, a live band is going to cost considerably more than a DJ.  With so many other essential moving parts and exciting details, this is a great way to save money, without losing any of the quality you intend for your big day.

You may still have more questions, or need to think about it some more. I’d love to help you work through it so we can make the best decision for your wedding, together. Call me today and let’s talk!

Don’t Hire An Amateur.

We’ve talked a lot about the pros and cons of hiring a DJ for your big day, what you should expect and how much of your budget you should consider using for that element. What I want to talk to you about today is why you should choose a professional. It’s tempting to believe that anyone can operate a playlist and announce when it’s time to cut the cake, especially when they are a lot cheaper. But when you’re spending a large amount of money on an extremely special event, choosing quality goes a long way. Here’s why:

  • An amateur is less invested in their performance, meaning they don’t guarantee a superior sound or reliable equipment. They may not bring the type of music you & your guests want, because they often haven’t invested in a larger library of music.
  • A professional carries an agenda, ensuring a smooth flawless order of events that has been established well before the ceremony begins. They guarantee continuity in momentum and know how to get the crowd moving.
  • Choosing a cheaper option sacrifices fun for your guests, because only experienced DJs know how to play the right songs at exactly the right time and in the right order to maintain dancing and mood.
  • Professionals provide reliability because they’ve been in the industry for a while, and will be around for a long time to come. You don’t have to worry about their status at the time of your wedding.

Ultimately, the decision of who to hire is up to you, but let’s talk about it and make sure you know the benefits of hiring a professional to emcee your big day.

Choosing The 1st Song For Your Wedding

I am excited to start nailing down the details of your wedding playlist. Like many things, that starts at the beginning – with your first song.

Often, amongst the chaos of planning, couples don’t get a chance to sit down together and determine what their first song will be. Others have plenty of ideas, but can’t narrow it down. You want that first song to be special to you, and memorable to your guests – something that will return you to a happy, nostalgic place in your mind every time you hear it.

We can help you pick the right one. With a giant library of classic and popular first songs, that includes some of the top picks used in weddings today, you’re in good hands to make a great decision, even when more timely questions demand your attention.

Contact me to discuss your song list, and let’s start planning your big day!