As a Washington DJ Service that has been doing this for awhile, there are some things that are totally unique but there are also things that happen frequently. Conversations are one of those things that are often similar and unfortunately this conversation happens several times a year.
“Do you have a DJ available for our wedding in 3 weeks?”
As a DJ Service that is a great inquiry! We love to do weddings and the more the merrier. As a DJ Service who knows that most brides secure our DJ | Photo Booth Service at least six months in advance, we also know that an inquiry this close is likely a red flag.
Why are they waiting until the last minute to book a DC DJ Service?
The answer to that question is, they didn’t.
Like every other couple they followed the plethora of wedding planning advise offered by The Knot and elsewhere. They decided a budget, settled on what was most important to them, and then set about booking their venue and vendors.
The DC DJ Service selection process was different.
Like most couples this was the first wedding they had ever planned. Isn’t that how it should be? They had never hired a photographer before but they could look at all of their portfolios. They had never booked a venue before but they could review all of the pictures on line and then visit the most appealing candidates in person before deciding. They had never needed a wedding cake before but they could see the photos of their decorating skills and then schedule a tasting.
When selecting the DC DJ Service however, these were not options. There is nothing tangible and the only way to see anything is to crash a wedding they are doing. That’s not happening. So, they reached out to some DJ companies, told them their date and awaited their quotes.
Getting the best DJ Service deal!
After collecting quotes from several entertainment companies, the couple reviewed what had been sent to them. All of these DJ Service companies were providing the music and microphones they needed but some cost more that the other DJ Service.
“Why would they pay more for the same thing?”
The answer of course is they wouldn’t. Like all people in today’s era of instant information, they were very used to seeing what every item cost and where to find the best deal. All you need is a few minutes and a cell phone.
The problem was they were not buying a thing. They were not comparing two identical Honda Civics from two different dealers with both cars having the same options. Instead they were buying the equivalent of a paint job on their car. They were comparing the DJ equivalent of the Maaco, “We’ll paint any car for $295!” company to a legitimate body shop that does top quality work and is approved by the major insurance companies to perform repairs.
Thinking that this DJ Company was the same as all of the rest just cheaper, they did exactly what they should do. They sent a 50% deposit 8 months ago, marked that task as done, and went about planning the rest of their wedding.
“He is probably busy. After all, it is wedding season.”
That is what they told themselves as winter turned to spring and they hadn’t heard from their DJ. “He does weddings all the time, we are probably worrying too much!” is what they thought as the warm weather had them thinking more about their dream wedding in August but they hadn’t heard anything about music planning yet.
As the event drew ever closer the realization began to set in. “We may have a problem!”
Why would anyone do this?
I cannot say for certain. That is not how we do business. I have a few theories. Sometimes the deal the couple thought they got was not all that great to begin with. Sure, they may have thought that they were saving $300 - $500 bucks on that DJ. But think about that for just a moment. What is the value of the entire event?
The National Average for Wedding cost is $30,000. Who are we kidding? We all know that the “average cost” means absolutely nothing in Washington DC. In 2019 the average cost of DC area wedding is $39,465.
Sadly, there was another example of a DJ ruining the best day of couples life that went viral this week. You can read that story here.
Would you risk the success of your $39,500 event to possibly save $300 - $500?
Most people would not only answer no, they would answer “Hell no!” If they have spent anytime planning they would know that there are many less riskier ways to save a few hundred dollars that have little to no impact on their guest or the outcome. Skip the chair covers and you’ll save $125 - $200 and when you thought about your dream wedding, how many times did chair covers enter your mind?
Unfortunately, this couple went with the cheaper DJ option and the lack of social proof (reviews) was not important. They thought that this risk would pay off by saving them money but instead it has cost them more money and stress. That DJ knows that the couple likely is not going to court.
Another crappy thought is that this DJ may very well be working at a wedding on their wedding day. Not at their wedding, somebody else’s But, when he takes the 50% deposit he cheated that couple out of and adds it the 100% he gets for the wedding he actually performs at, he makes as much as the reputable DJ Service company. Life is not fair!
The happy ending…
Life is not only not fair it is often not a fairy tale. As I said at the start of this story, we are a very active Washington DC DJ Service provider. As much as we love helping couples we were 100% booked for their Saturday. Since everything else had been scheduled and the date secured, they were unable to change to meet our availability. We could only suggest a few DJ Services to check with and wish them luck.
How do you select a DC DJ Service?
I encourage you to do a couple of things. The first is to follow our blog and to read the various insider blogs we have posted to help you.
The next is to shop as you see fit and compile all of the information as I am sure that you will with all wedding vendors you are considering.
Look for social proof. You should not only read the reviews but note the dates of the reviews. Are the reviews from 10 years ago? If they are it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should eliminate them but it should lead you to do more research. Technology has changed everything in the last decade. Think about your cell phone from 8 years ago. Has that DJ kept up with the times in terms of equipment and systems or are they doing events with CD’s and the sound system equivalent of a flip phone?
Trust your instincts. Your gut feel is often right. Do not let price overrule your gut instinct!
Keep the big picture in mind. Remember what you are building here. You are creating a once in a lifetime event for all of those who are closest to you. There will be many vendors and objects that will make up this event. There are those that are far more important than the rest. Aunt Jenny may take a great snap shot out of the 50 pictures she took when you last saw her but you don’t want her creating your wedding album!
We all like a bargain and to feel as if we have gotten a deal on anything we purchase. Speaking for myself however, when I take my wife out to celebrate a milestone in our relationship like an anniversary, I am not looking for a deal, I simply want my monies worth.
Our team at Perfect Harmony Entertainment does far more for our couples than provide great music and fun activities such as our photo booth. Our focus is to help our couples and corporate clients create the events they have envisioned. We do that in part through offering tips and advice and sharing our event experience.
Music serves as the driving force behind an unforgettable wedding experience! Perfect Harmony Entertainment provides our couples and clients with exemplary service to help them create fantastic events!
If you are planning a wedding or corporate event in the Washington DC area we would love the opportunity to learn more about your plans. Our DJ’s routinely travel to all areas within a 90-minute drive of the District of Columbia including Leesburg, Rockville, and Frederick.
Our demand is as large as our service area! If you would like to check our availability for your date or chat about your event, click the link below or simply send us a text.