We have provided DJ Services in the Harrisburg and Lancaster area for many weddings and corporate events. Often the couple or business who reaches out to us has never needed a DJ Service before now. This article is designed to make that process a bit easier and provide answers about our company.
When you have never needed a service before it can be daunting and downright nerve wracking! This is a natural reaction. How do you know what questions to ask? How do you know if it is any good? Most importantly, how do you know if it is worth it?
This is certainly true when selecting a DJ for your Maryland, Central PA, or Northern VA wedding or corporate party. Most people have hired a DJ about as many times as I have hired a roofer to replace the roof on my home. Exactly, zero times!
The DJ is one of the most important choices you make. The DJ Service is the only service other than the venue that your guests will experience from the moment they arrive. After the one-hour ceremony, the one-hour cocktail hour, and the one hour for dinner and special dances; the DJ and only the DJ, will be responsible for entertaining your guests.
There are no fun dance shots from the photographer. There are no great Instagram posts of the Best Man doing “The Worm” without a DJ who not only plays the right music but plays it at the right time. If that doesn’t happen, that 120-person guest lists drop to 30 faster than you would believe!
We know that most people don’t make a habit of hiring DJs, so we’ve made a list of important questions that you should ask all potential DJs. Not only have we listed the questions to ask, we have provided our answer so you can see if we are the right DJ Service for you.
What is your style?
With DJs it can be a bit difficult to determine a person’s style. Unlike a band, the focus is not on the DJ. There are generally two types of styles. One is the DJ Kahlid style who represents the club style or “Hype DJ”. This DJ Style is often on the microphone during and between songs attempting to interact with the guests. This style of DJ draws more attention to themselves than the next style of wedding or event DJ.
The next style of DJ is typically a more polished speaker and using the microphone when necessary. This certainly means acting as the MC and announcing the formal events such as the First Dance and Cake Cutting. They typically will only use the microphone when needed during their dance sets. Examples would be for a song dedication, a sing along song, or to reset the dance floor.
Before your initial consultation with him/her, ask yourself what you want in a DJ. Do you want someone who interacts with the guests between every song? Someone who encourages people to get on the dance floor. Or someone who announces key formalities like toasts and your cake cutting ceremony, and keeps quiet the rest of the time?
Perfect Harmony Entertainment is a professional company who believes that the bride and groom should be the center of attention and not the DJ. Our mission is to make professional announcements and then rock that dance floor! Not a single person at your wedding came to see or hear us talk all night long. They came to party with YOU!
Can we provide a Must Play and Do Not Play list?
Every couple has different musical tastes. It wouldn’t be a good idea to give your DJ full reign to play whatever they want. Ask how you can submit a must-play list, play if possible, dedicated to a specific person, and a do not play list. Does the DJ offer an online system or another way to submit songs?
If you become overwhelmed ask him/her to provide sample lists or suggestions for good songs to play based on actual wedding experience.
Perfect Harmony Entertainment provides access to a smart phone and online web portal for all our couples. With the swipe of a finger our couples can listen, select, and create playlists for every portion of their celebration. Songs and be marked as must play or do not play with the press of a finger.
Have you already started creating a wedding playlist on “Spotify”? That’s awesome because you can sync it right to our wedding planning application and save even more time. And, in case you are wondering, no we do not rely on Wi-Fi to DJ a wedding or corporate party! We own our music.
Q: How do you handle requests from guest?
A: The short answer to that is, it is up to you. If you would like us to accept song requests from your guests, we will. If you would prefer that we stick to your playlist and our experience to fill in, we won’t.
Let’s be upfront and honest. After a few glasses of champagne, your guests are going to get loose, and they just might think they’re dancing at a club, rather than a wedding. This means they’ll beeline for the DJ to request whatever comes to mind.
Your wedding DJ has limited time to play all the songs that you provide to them, so adding in extras could get in the way. Not to mention, you don’t want inappropriate or terrible songs to be played at your wedding just because someone who is under the influence of alcohol requested them.
We never forget that our most important our loyalty is to you and producing the best result possible. We abide by your playlists. We strive to be current with all the music trends and know what will and will not fit the style and vibe of the party you want to create.
Q: Do you play at Ceremonies and Cocktail hours too?
A: While there are a percentage of couples who have the traditional church wedding ceremony and the reception at a different venue, most now opt to hold the entire event at the reception venue. I would estimate that we provide the Ceremony Sound Service for about 85% of the weddings we perform at each year. For Cocktail hour service I would estimate that the number likely increases to about 95% of the weddings we perform at we provide the Cocktail hour entertainment.
Weddings that are taking place at the venue typically require either two or three sound set ups. The Ceremony Service is typically the only event taking place on that part of the venue property that day. We bring a dedicated sound system for that service. If you prefer to use them, we provide wireless lapel and/or wireless handheld microphones.
The next two portions of the event are the Cocktail Hour and Reception with the reception including Dinner. Those most often take place in the same area of the venue property. For this portion we bring a larger sound system that is designed for dancing.
In some venues the Cocktail Hour takes place in a location that is not where the Reception is taking place. At those venues we bring a 3rd sound system to use in that location.
We provide our couples with non-stop music. The only breaks are during the times you want it to be quiet such as during the exchange of vows or during toasts. We don’t inconvenience your guests by attempting to relocate sound equipment as they move from one area of the property to another.
Q: Can we meet with you before we hire you?
A: We are happy to meet with our couples and clients over coffee or wherever they might feel comfortable. If an in-person meeting is not convenient we offer on line meetings thru Zoom.
Q: Do you serve as the MC?
A: For most weddings we serve as the Master of Ceremonies. We utilize a two person DJ team to endure that the MC is directing the attention where it should be focused. We don’t want the guest’s attention to be focused on a DJ tucked behind their booth as the wedding party makes their Grand Entrance.
Another benefit to the two-person team is that the entire equipment tear down is done outside of the view and at no inconvenience to your guests. Many times, there is an outdoor ceremony and depending on the weather forecast we may not be able to leave that set up until the end of the event.
We work for our client. We have had occasions where a family member of the bride or groom served as the Master of Ceremonies. It is your party! We are there to serve you and create the event you want.
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 our service 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 from Chambersburg PA.
This convenient location permits us to offer wedding DJ services to clients from Washington DC to Frederick and Baltimore MD, as well as wedding DJ’s for couples celebrating in Lancaster and Harrisburg PA.
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.