What's Right For You?
Diane with DJ Scotty Whaley at the Club Summit in San Jose
Do you want to hire a Band or a DJ? How do you decide?A DJ can satisfy all ages and all style demands. It's basically that simple. But there is still a place for live music. There are great bands, average bands and bad bands. Likewise, there are great DJs, average DJs and bad DJs.
Your wedding, anniversary, retirement party or 50th birthday doesn't happen every day. You want people to remember this day for all the right reasons. Choosing a DJ or Band for your wedding reception or other event is one of the most important decisions that you can make. Everything else can be perfect, but if the music is not great, the party will not be successful. It is not usually considered that 90% of the success of an event falls upon the shoulders of your choice in entertainment. Everything else can be disappointing, including your meal. But your guests will hang in there if the entertainment is good. And selecting the right entertainment can be difficult. The competition is thick, all promising they are the right choice for you. So, how do you choose?
Put the pleasure of guests first!
This is a tough economy and we're all trying to save a buck. But don't look for the best deal with that being the only thing in your mind. In looking for the cheapest DJ or band, that's exactly what you'll get. What you'll get is a DJ that will not satisfy the guests at your wedding. What you'll get is a band that won't care who they satisfy beyond themselves. Many events come with a wide range of ages in attendance. Any decent band that can keep kids to seniors interested will be expensive. Period. And any decent DJ who can keep the attention of all those ages should charge you what that's worth. If you think this is expensive, think about your food bill and bar tab. Any decent restaurant or hotel will charge upwards of a least a few hundred dollars for a large appetizer tray. And that's only a portion of the meal. Think of how much your restaurant is charging you for your meal. Any good venue will charge you from 20-30 dollars or more per meal. And you'll pay that without thinking about it. Champagne toast? It's extra. You want wine on the table? It's extra. You want soft drinks served to your guests? It's extra. And if the wine is bad, nobody's really going to care. But if the entertainment is bad, everyone leaves.
You can still hire a band for your event
You will find several bands in your area. Some specialize in formal events like weddings, others are used to the Night Club environment. Still others specialize in outdoor events like festivals. I recommend contacting a production company that has different bands to choose from to find one that's right for you.
Beware of large production companies!!!There are several production companies out there. And many won't lose a moment's sleep for taking large amounts of money from you to send you a DJ or a band that's not worth a fraction of what you paid for. This happens so often and I wish I list these companies with neon caution signs. But sadly I can't and for obvious reasons. But I believe you should always get what you pay for .
I know a few trustworthy production companies and can help lead you in the right direction.
If it's a smaller company you'd rather try, I can help you with that too.
If you go it alone, keep in mind the the age range of your guests and try to find a Band or DJ that is not afraid to cross over music styles and eras. These Bands and DJs are around, but don't come cheap. Any really good band will have to charge you enough money to pay not only all the people in the band, but also the setup and breakdown crew. This is why DJ's became so popular at formal events because one man can charge a lot less than 4, 5 or more. But live music definitely has it's place. And if you hire a band you want to be sure it's a good one.
If you want a DJ, these questions can help you to find a good one.
Ask these questions and get the answers put down in a contract! Be aware of a DJ that won't make a promise in writing!
? Copyright, DiRhody (Diane Scanlon) - Wedding Pictures courtesy of David Photography - Rocky Hill, CT