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The 10 Biggest Mistakes Brides Make With DJs

The 10 Biggest Mistakes Brides Make with DJs
By Sean Thomas

Yes its that time of your wedding planning to find a DJ for your special day, and for most brides it can be an adventure in itself. Contacting different DJs, getting prices, choosing prices, consultations, and the list goes on and on. In this article you will learn the 10 biggest mistakes brides make when choosing a DJ for their big day. Hopefully after this you can avoid the pitfalls of choosing the wrong DJ for your wedding. Heres a little quote that my partner always tell brides that she works with, Your wedding day is like Broadway, you only get one take, and you only get one chance to get it right

1. Not taking First Impressions into consideration:
More than likely your first time with a DJ will be either on the telephone or through E-mail. If the first contact is by telephone, listen to how the DJ talks on the telephone. Can you understand him or her, or the MC which will do the announcements during your wedding? When you meet the DJ, (and sometimes the MC) are they dressed professionally? If a DJ carries himself professionally during your consultation, more than likely they will be professional on your big day.

2. Thinking that all DJs are the same:
This could not be further from the truth. Every DJ has there own style, different skill level, different rates, and vary a lot in their arsenal which is this musical library which is the heart of their versatility. If a DJ only has Rock music but no R&B, they are not as versatile than a DJ that would have both types of music and much more. Remember your favorite DJ that spins Alternative music all night may be perfect for the club, but more than likely your grandmother doesnt want hear Good Charlotte all night during your reception.

3. Hiring the cheapest DJ you can find:
The phrase, you get what you pay for holds a lot of water in the case of hiring a DJ, especially for a wedding. Lets use the Washington DC metro as an example to better explain what I mean. There are DJs which can cost as little as $300, or as much as $2,500 for a five hour wedding. Is the DJ that is only charging $300 no good at all? Who knows he might do a decent job, but there is one thing that is certain, either the DJ doesnt have the experience, or just has bad business skills altogether to charge only $300. Any DJ that has done a ton of weddings (100 or more) knows that they put too much into a wedding to only charge peanuts. On the other side, remember that just because a DJ is the most expensive in town, doesnt mean theyre the best for you, sometimes they are, sometimes theyre not. The entertainment for your reception is what you, your family and friends will remember; its worth more than the cost of invitations. Your DJ is an investment that you and your guests will enjoy the entire time frame of your reception, not half of it. Believe me; if half of your guests leave after dinner because loud rap music was playing during the main course, the venue isnt going to give you a refund

4. Not communicating with your DJ:
Besides hiring the wrong DJ altogether, is probably the biggest mistake some brides do when dealing with DJs. There is nothing worse for a DJ (and for you also) than a rush job, especially a wedding. A seasoned professional can get through an event without noticeable incidents, but I believe I speak for all wedding DJs when I say it is nerve-racking even if we do not show it. Keep your DJ informed of your plans, special songs, any changes, timelines, or anything else that he may need to know. Do not wait until the week of or even a month before your big day to start communicating. This is the only way your DJ will know exactly what you want and do not want.

5. Not having a written contract:
Simply put no contract, you very well may have NO DJ! Every year I get a few phone calls from a bride (or her mother) saying that they hired a DJ and they didnt show up. The first thing that I ask is did they have a contract 80% of the time its no. If a DJ does not have a contract, run out of the front door and do not look back.

6. Not making sure the DJ has liability insurance:
More and more venues and hotels across the U.S. are requiring that DJs have liability insurance, and most are asking to see papers. A true professional is going to have insurance for his business, and you should ask to at least see a copy of the policy. Insurance for DJs is generally not expensive, and there are a few major DJ organizations which offer a nice discount on insurance for joining. Theres really no excuse for your DJ not to have it.

7. Taking complete control of the music selection from your DJ:
You want to hear what you want to hear. Thats fine, but remember that you are not alone on your special day. You, your family (and your new family) and your friends all have different taste. Some brides want to choose every song that gets played for the entire night, and I can honestly say that I have only seen two song lists created by brides out of hundreds upon hundreds that actually worked for the majority of the night. JUST TWO. Let the DJ do his job, which is primarily making sure that the right songs are played at the right time. Also remember that giving your DJ two hundred songs to play for the night isnt going to work either, unless your reception is over 10 hours long. And last but not least, make sure you clarify which artist you want to hear for certain songs. For instance, take the song Three times a Lady, the Commodores, Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty (and probably other artists) all sing this song. If you want the Commodores version for your first dance, make sure you do not end up with Conway Twitty instead.

8. Not making sure the DJ you want is guaranteed to be your DJ:
This is probably the biggest complaint from brides all over the country about DJs. You went to a DJ company that has more than one DJ, you requested a specific DJ, and another DJ shows up in his/her place. Any time you deal with a big DJ company, make sure you get in writing that the DJ you want is the one that will show up.

9. Not going over back-up plans with your DJ:
In life things happen which you or nobody else has control over, even on your wedding day! Find out from your DJ about his plans for back-up transportation, equipment, and personnel. If one of these three areas is out of commission so will the music for your reception. If they do not have any plans, start running.

10. Not hiring a DJ quickly:
Finding the DJ you want is hard enough work, as long as you do not believe theyre all the same. Do not go through all the work of finding the DJ you want and then procrastinate on booking that DJ. Most wedding DJs that have good reputations in the business will get booked at least a year in advance, especially for the Saturdays in the summer. If youve found DJ Benz dont wait, hire him. Remember if you wait a month or two before the big day, your choices are limited and you might end up with DJ Yugo.

Avoid these ten major mistakes (there are a few more) and you will be able to connect with your DJ and know what to look for while hiring a DJ. Keep communicating with your professional DJ and your reception will more than likely be worry free.