How to choose a DJ Service....
EASY AS 1,2,3.....4!
Of course we want you to select Old School Entertainment for your event.... but most importantly, we want you to know how to choose a DJ, what to look for, and what to expect. You have likely invested thousands of dollars in facility rental, catering, and transportation etc. You owe it to yourself to choose wisely that which you and your guests will remember MOST.
These excerpts are taken from the American Disc Jockey Association's website. (DJ Hiring Tips)After The Vows...
- 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.
- During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer - reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. 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.
- 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey
1. Spend Little....get LESS!
A PROFESSIONAL DJ has invested thousands of dollars on the tools of the trade, and put untold time into his or her business. Not to mention having YOUR favorite song regardless of how popular it was, or is to the general public. He or she will typically spend anywhere from 10-15 hours working on a 4 hour event. This includes consultation, preparation, load/unload, set up, etc.. As a result, you should seek VALUE...not price when selecting a DJ company. It is likely that if you find a DJ who is too "cheap", you have not found a DJ...You found a "jukebox".
2. What.... No Contract?
Any reputable organization will have a detailed contract itemizing the specifics of the event, what their responsibilities are, what your responsibilites are, when they are to arrive, and what happens to your deposit if something happens that they can't show up. Do they have a backup plan? NEVER do business without a contract.
3. Consultation is KEY!
While most services consult to some degree with the client on the details of the event including: musical style, event timeline, planning, venue size and set up, etc., it is critical that no stone is left unturned regarding what you want as a client. Events such as weddings in particular, are fluid events. Proper DJ coordination with vendors such as Photographer, Caterer, Videographer, Coordinator, and venue are paramount. Key components are subject to change at a moments notice, and your DJ has to be prepared for that. Detailed and regular consultation is necessary to insure that your event is handled according to plan, or according to a CHANGE in plan.
4. National companies versus Local....
National companies are brokers, who will subcontract your business to a local company. To the local company, they, and by extention YOU are treated as a wholesale buyer, because the broker has taken a portion of the fee. What does that mean? Basically, you could have gotten the same DJ, with more features, for similar fee by looking locally. Deal locally whenever possible.
How Much Should Your Wedding DJ Cost?
Excerpts from Stacy Tamaki of The Flirty Blog.com
Honestly? Probably more than you were planning to pay.
A Professional DJ will incur many overhead expenses to maintain their company and the high level of service they provide to their clients. These costs have to be factored into the price they charge for their services to create a profit margin. The expenses may include but are not limited to:
- Business License and State Registration
- Business Insurance
- Computer Hardware and Software
- Website: Including design, development, hosting fees, interactive features, domain name, etc.
- Equipment: Purchase, upgrade, maintenance, and repair.
- Company Vehicle
- Office expenses
So, How Much Should your Wedding DJ Cost?
Because different areas of the country have different price ranges, and different couples have different needs and budgets, it isn't possible for me to give you a definitive amount.
The best guidance I can offer is directly related to the following factors:
- Do you want your guests to be able to hear the ceremony and vows by using an additional sound system not provided by your venue?
- How important is the success of your reception to you and your fiance? Do you want classy intros, someone who entertains (as opposed to interrupts) your guests, unobtrusive sound systems that won't look tacky in photos and great music & dancing for your reception? How things sound and how successful the dancing goes is especially important if you've hired a wedding videographer.
- If you haven't hired a professional wedding coordinator, do you need the DJ to help you create and execute your wedding day timeline to make sure all of the introductions and announcements are made at the appropriate times? Are you going to count on them to ensure that the photographer and videographer are in place for elements like the toasts, cake cutting and first dance?
- Do you want a DJ you can trust? That knowing they are there will give you peace of mind that everything is going to go smoothly and that their presence will positively impact the success of your wedding and reception?
- Have you ever hired the wrong person to do an important job? You didn't realize until things went wrong how important it was to you. Or maybe you were just too busy to be overly concerned and thought you could get by. Whatever the reason, regret basically sucks when you know you could have had a better outcome if you had done things differently.
If the answer to any or all of these questions is yes, you will want to hire the best, most Professional DJ you can afford. What do good DJ's charge? I will say while there is always the possibility you can find a better than average DJ at any price point, if you want a really good or great one they will probably charge at least twice as much as the average estimates you'll receive.
How does Old School Entertainment do business under these rules?
The average DJ cost in the Cincinnati Market is $1000.00.
Old School Entertainment Average Price.....$673.00.
YOU SAVE AN AVERAGE $327.00!!!!
We ARE VALUE! By skipping expensive bridal shows, conventions, and the like, Old School Entertainment is able to hold its costs down, and pass that savings along to you. Professional and upfront in our business practices, we maintain top notch, PROFESSIONAL GRADE equipment and music resources, have a wealth of successful event experience, and have online, phone, and face to face consultative tools at your disposal. We will likely not be the LEAST expensive option. We also will not be the MOST expensive option. We WILL be a FAIR and TRUSTED option. We will deliver what we promise. You will be able to talk to your DJ BEFORE you book. We will be with you every step of the way....from the time you book, until "lights out" for your event. We understand that ONLY when effective communication, proper preparation, and excellence in execution come together....will YOUR event be the VERY BEST!
WHAT DOES OLD SCHOOL ENTERTAINMENT MEAN?
The name Old School Entertainment was chosen not to represent a genre of music, but rather an approach to the craft. While we utilize the most up to date technologies, and equipment, our PROFESSIONALS do not rely soley on the technology in art of disc jockey entertainment. Two speakers, and a computer with music files is not representative of DJing. Frankly, anyone can do that. A professional DJ has a particular set of skills, including the ability to read and engage a crowd, and exceptional speaking ability.