How That Bargain Washington DC DJ Service Cost More Than Money!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.
— Benjamin Franklin

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. 

6 Mother - Son Dance Songs That Say What You Feel

Our DJ Service team in the Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York area is dedicated to not only packing dance floors, we also want to be a trusted resource for wedding and party planning. This is one of my blog posts that to help you get the most from your event. If you find it helpful I hope that you will share it on social media and follow us on Facebook for more tips.

When putting their Central PA wedding reception playlist together, the most frequently asked question from our Harrisburg, Lancaster, York area brides and grooms concerns the Mother – Son Dance. Some find it challenging to plan this wedding reception dance.

Grooms recognize the special bond they share with their mom. Whether it is their biological mom, stepmom, grandmother, or mother-like figure; most realize how special this relationship is and want to be honor that relationship on their wedding day. A heartfelt mother-son dance song at your wedding reception is a great way to express that.

So, if as you envision  yourself on the dance floor of Linwood Estate, Lily Manor, Lauxmont Farms; or any of the amazing venues we are fortunate to have in our area, and need some help finding that special mother-son wedding song that expresses how you feel.   Here are a few of our favorites and the messages they contain.

"Forever Young" by Rod Stewart

I have always been a Bob Dylan fan, but I admit that his song writing ability far exceeds his vocal ability. This is a fantastic cover by Rod Stewart who has done a lot of covers of Big Band artists as well. The message of this song is a wish for a fantastic life that gives you all the things that you want spiritually while your soul stays “Forever Young”. Every mom can relate to this message.

 As for the Rod Stewart “Big Band” covers I mentioned? They are great options for both Cocktail and Dinner hour!

"Days Like This" by Van Morrison

Staying in the rock genre this Van Morrison song is a no-brainer for any classic rock fan. “Well My Mama Told Me There’ll Be Days Like This” is the constant refrain about how his mother told him that he would experience days where he wouldn’t worry, and that day would be absolutely perfect!

Can you think of a more perfect day to play this song than your wedding day?

“You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins

What do you get when you combine a fantastic vocalist, composer, and song writer? Add them to a Disney Movie soundtrack? You get one of the more popular mother-son wedding dance songs!

This song expresses that mom is not only here to love and protect you physically, but spiritually as you grow and move ahead with your own life. No matter where you are “You’ll be in my heart…always!”

Too often popular can mean overhyped and not worthy. This song is the opposite of that!  This message about a mother's unconditional love is universal and it just may be us who is not worthy of this fantastic tune.

"A Song for Mama" by Boyz II Men

This heartwarming Boyz II Men tune from the '90s expresses how mom not only made him the man that he is today but gave him the love and security that he needed for that to happen.

“And no one else can be what you have been to me

You always will be the girl in my life for all times”

“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

Is there anyone who doesn’t know this song? This song expresses every mother’s wish for their child.

“May your dreams stay big

Your worries be small

You never have to carry

More than you can haul”

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I think we all want that for everyone that we love and care about. Who cares about you like you mother?

"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder

Looking for something sentimental but more upbeat? This Stevie Wonder classic may be just what you are looking for! Not only does this song have completely different feel with Stevie on the keyboard and the horn section, it clocks in at less than three minutes which is perfect in terms of time.

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

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. 

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

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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.