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"After Spending $15 per Person On Wedding Day Hair & Make Up, Bride Claims She Didn't Get Her Monies Worth!"

Wedding DJs in Washington D.C.

As an active Washington DC & Northern VA DC Service we felt like we have seen and heard it all. Read and blog or social media sight regarding weddings long enough and you will read all kinds of horror stories. Many involve acts of God that negatively impacted outdoor events. Others involve vendors who cancelled at the last minute, stopped returning calls, or were unprofessional. But this story was far different from all of the others I have read.

What made this story so different?

Think about it. How many times have you read a horror story about the Hair and Make Up person booked for a wedding day? Personally I have never read one ever! That is what makes this one so unique. It not only something that almost never happens, it never happened! I just made it up.

But think about that for a moment. Your BS meter was going off from the moment you saw the title of this blog. You had to click it because it was something different but inside you were skeptical. What made you think that this was a made up story?

Because you knew that no one would spend $15 on hair and make up and expect anything good to come out of it!

You knew that because you know damn well that the average cost of those services is about $150 per person. You may not have know that it was $150 unless you looked it up like I did but, you knew the value of it was a lot more than $15 per person.

But this blog isn’t about Hair & Make Up artists, what they do, or what they are worth. This blog is about DJ Services. You see, most couples seem to know when the price of a Hair & Make Up Artist or Tux Rental is too good to be true. Sadly, the same can not be said when it comes to DJ Services.

The person who posted this on Facebook is the DJ at a wedding in 25 days. I hope its not yours!

I am doing a wedding on the 25th of next month (August) and so far I am just starting out doing weddings and would like to see what a lot of you can do to help me find songs I should play as guest are arriving for the ceremony.
— Facebook DJ Group

Those are his words and his lack of punctuation, not mine! If we are to take him at his word, and I doubt he’d post for help if he really didn’t need it, he will be the DJ for some unfortunate couple in a few weeks.

As I read that post I got upset with a couple of things. One is, doesn’t he/she know that a wedding is a once in a lifetime celebration? This isn’t one of nearly 100 birthdays a person will have, this is a major event! Two, if you clearly knew you had no idea what to do for such an event, why do you think it is a good idea to use someone else’s day to experiment and figure it out?

I also thought to myself about the couple. Do they know that this DJ has absolutely no experience with weddings and perhaps no experience at all outside of his/her bedroom? Did they reach out to other DJs for quotes and found that due to their budget this DJ was the only music source they could possibly afford or, it a case of not recognizing when a deal it too good to be true?

We have no way of knowing for sure but I think we can assume a few things:

I will bet that this DJ Service who has so little confidence in his ability to select music, has even less confidence in his pricing structure.

I will bet that this DJ Service has few if any former client reviews.

I will bet that this DJ has no liability insurance coverage.

Should you select a DJ Service simply on the basis of having checks in those three boxes? Of course not! But if the DJ Service you are considering for your Washington DC or Northern VA wedding or corporate event doesn’t have them then it should be a red flag.

Client reviews are self explanatory but Insurance is not. Insurance is required by many venues. Any DJ Service who is unable to provide a certificate of Insurance is not working very often. I don’t know about you, but if I decide to stop at a restaurant that I have never eaten at before and it is dinner hour, if the parking lot is empty, I am not stopping there! If a DJ isn’t busy enough to need insurance, I might hire them for a pool party, but not my wedding.

Pricing is likely the deciding factor for the couple who hired this DJ. His price was “so much better” than the other DJ Services and besides “don’t all DJs do the same thing?”

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To answer the last question first no, all DJs do not do the same thing. The last time you went to karaoke the guy you heard singing “Hotel California” was doing the “same thing” as Don Henley of “The Eagles”. He was singing a song. Why does Don Henley fill and arena and this guy not fill every stool in a dive bar? He and Don are not at the same level. The same is true of DJs.

This DJ is asking what songs to play during the Prelude as guests are arriving. Not only does he not know enough about weddings to call it the Prelude, he doesn’t know what songs to play. How confident would you be in this DJ packing the dance floor and keeping your guests entertained after dinner?

I am not going to get into DJ equipment brand names it really doesn’t matter that much. There are many makers of quality gear but like owners of Mercedes and BMW’s, some DJs can pontificate for days over why brand X is “better” than brand Y. The bottom line in quality is cost. Excluding lighting, a quality DJ is going to bring $8,000 - $10,000 worth of sound equipment to the average wedding of 75 - 150 guests. To rent that same equipment would cost $800 - $1,000 for the day. That includes no lights, no music, no pc, and no accessories.

If the DJ is not charging to cover the rental fee of their equipment you can be certain of a couple of things.:

They are not bringing the BMW quality sound to your event. You are getting a new Kia at best and a used Yugo at worst.

They likely have no back up plan if something fails the night or your event or the day before your event.

The discount quote they gave you they can easily replace. If you gave them a $400 deposit and they find a closer, easier $800 event on your day; $800 + $400 = $1,200 and in their mind, doing your wedding is going to cost them $400. They know you are not going to court over $400.

The good news is that this doesn’t have to happen to you.

Get your DJ quotes and do your due diligence on the DJ by checking reviews. Compare prices, services and event duration. Quotes that are much lower than others should be flagged. It doesn’t mean they are all bad and there is no such thing as a good deal but, when it is all said and done, this wedding is going to cost about $30,000 according to the National Average.

The DJ Service you choose will impact the entire event and every guest in attendance. A bad DJ Service will be as obvious to your guests as the bad Make Up Artist. The difference between good and bad on your wedding celebration will far exceed the few hundred saved.

Bluemont Vineyard Wedding | Kelley + Phil

Bluemont Vineyard Wedding

This gorgeous June wedding took place in the quaint town of Bluemont VA. Located in Loudoun County in the Northern Virginia, this area is referred to as “Wine Country”. Luckily for us it is an area that we have the pleasure of visiting often to provide DJ | Photo Booth | Event Lighting Services.

Phil and Kelley chose the Bluemont Vineyard as the venue for their wedding ceremony and reception.  “The Stable” at Bluemont Vineyard’s blend’s a rustic barn atmosphere with breathtaking views of Virginia’s Wine Country!

The spectacular images you see here were captured by Nilo Burke Photography.

The ceremony took place outdoors with the panoramic view of the vineyard and valley serving as the backdrop to the exchange of vows. Ceremony music was provided by the Harp and Flute duo that also provided the background music for the outdoor cocktail hour.

The party was then moved into “The Stable” with the couple making their Grand Entrance from the second-floor balcony. After descending Phil & Kelley were toasted by Kelley’s mother and then shared their first dance as husband and wife to “Come Fly with Me” by Frank Sinatra.

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One highlight of the evening was the dances Phil shared with his daughter Caroline who also served as the Flower Girl. The first of these dances followed the newlywed’s first dance. The song chosen for this special Father | Daughter dance was “My Girl” by The Temptations.

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This incredible highlight video is provided by Compass Studios !

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Music serves as the driving force behind an unforgettable wedding experience! Perfect Harmony Entertainment is dedicated to providing our couples and clients with exemplary service to help them create fantastic events!

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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 DJs routinely travel to all areas within a 90 minute drive from Chambersburg PA.

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This convenient location permits us to offer wedding DJ | Photo Booth | Event Lighting services to clients from Washington DC to Frederick MD, as well as wedding DJs 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. 

How Your Washington DC DJ Service Can Make Your Entrance Grand!

Your Washington DC DJ Service will have a major impact on your wedding and your guests’ enjoyment of it. How can the Wedding DJ Service not have a major impact when so much of the day features a musical accompaniment? Not so long ago most weddings had the ceremony at a church and the cocktail hour and reception were held elsewhere. That was not a Washington DC norm, it was nationwide.

The norm now is that every part of the wedding takes place at the venue. That includes the ceremony. So that means that the DJ Service you choose for your wedding is making an impact on your guests from the moment they arrive to the property. No other vendor has that impact. Only the venue does.

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Of the many festivities that take place The Grand Entrance is one where the DJ can make a significant impact and where you can set the tone for your celebration. Here are a few planning tips and ideas to make your wedding entrance grand!

Song Choice

Everyone here has experienced the emotional impact that music can have.

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Think about being in the stadium of your favorite team and you hear “We will, We Will, Rock You!” You already hear the drums in your head as you read this!

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Think about this line: “Oh, my love. My darling, I‘ve hungered for your touch. Are you, still mine……!” You can already envision this scene and are probably thinking the word “Ditto!”

Nothing will have a greater impact than the song that you choose for your Grand Entrance. There are tons of song suggestion lists only a Google search away. YouTube is another way to get ideas. If you already have a song that is “yours”, share that with your guests.

Lighting

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By utilizing lights, you have the opportunity to create a festive atmosphere! Spotlights are a wonderful way to enhance the moment, as they will ensure that all eyes will be on you.

Next to music, nothing makes a greater impact in terms of ambiance, emotion, and mood than lighting. Think about it. When you plan a romantic moment with your partner do you turn every light in the room on? Of course not! Why? It ruins the mood.

How about the Christmas tree at the National Mall at Christmas time? Sure, it looks great decorated but they have a lighting ceremony for a reason. It creates excitement!

You can create that same feeling by adding a Spotlighted Grand Entrance to your DJ Service. For Perfect Harmony Entertainment it is one of the DC Event Lighting Services that we offer. We offer to include a Spotlighted First Dance as well should you choose.

A great thing about adding this option to your DC DJ Service is that you get to share it. Put your parents in the spotlight! Think about how great a feeling it would be for the members of your bridal party. They have made a commitment to you and went thru fittings and rehearsal. Imagine how you will make them feel as they enter to roaring applause and the celebrity spotlight!

Choreography

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There is making and entrance and then there is making an entrance! Spice things up by incorporating a dance or a short routine and you and your bridal party enter. You don’t have to be a great dancer. You simply have to be willing to loosen up and have a little fun.

If you are looking for ideas, YouTube is a great resource of things you might want to do as well a epic fails that you don’t.

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 DJs 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.