Congratulations, you did it! You are engaged to the love of your life and have started the planning process for your Frederick wedding. There are so many things to do now and a lot of choices to make. One of the choices you will have to make is deciding on what kind of entertainment to have. While bands were once the popular choice of entertainment for weddings, most couples in the Frederick MD | Leesburg VA have a DJ | MC Service perform for them on their big day. When selecting a DJ for your Frederick wedding, you must be very careful on picking the right entertainment company for the job; You will want a group that has a great deal of wedding experience, quality sound equipment, and music knowledge. You also want your Frederick DJ to have the talent and personality to make sure one of the most important days of your life goes exactly as you have planned and that all of your guests regardless of ages, has a fantastic time!
If you want your night to be a magical night to remember, using your cousin’s high school band, your best man’s iPod, or hiring the cheapest DJ on Craigslist is not going to cut it. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. There are times to be frugal and there are times to get what you’ve paid for rather than crossing your fingers and hoping you’ve found a great deal.
You shouldn’t discount Bungee jump, take a chance on a new seafood restaurant for your anniversary dinner, or put your wedding day in the hands of an amateur DJ.
Here are 10 reasons why hiring a professional DJ for your Frederick wedding will be a sound investment:
1. EXPERT PLANNING
If you are looking for a DJ Service you are likely ankle deep in the planning stages of your Frederick wedding and are seeing just how much work is involved. Even what you might describe as a “cozy, quaint little wedding” can be a part-time job!
A professional wedding DJ will walk you through the process and make sure you aren’t missing any important details like song selections, when songs get played and for how long, what songs not to play. A DJ who is active in the Leesburg VA | Frederick MD area knows what songs are hot and what songs are not. They know how to work a dance floor and keep your guests partying until the last song is played.
A professional wedding DJ Service doesn’t simply play songs. A DJ just plays songs. A professional wedding DJ helps you craft a timeline, serves as the Master of Ceremonies. Works with all of the other professional vendors that you’ve chosen to ensure the day goes off like a well choreographed event.
2. SELECTING THE RIGHT MUSIC
There are seemingly millions of songs in this world and selecting the right songs for your wedding is a huge task! There is an average of 15-18 songs an hour that get played during the dance portion of your reception and in order to keep everyone happy and excited, they all have to be killer. Most weddings have a wide range of ages and it can be difficult to please everyone at the same time since each generation has their favorite dance tunes. A professional Frederick wedding DJ can take your requests and weave them into crowd pleasing favorites that bridge your group together. This is the difference between a packed dance floor and a sparse dance floor with only a handful of people on it. Which one do you want in your wedding photo album?
There is nothing worse than going to a wedding where the wireless microphone keeps cutting out, the speakers sound like they are blown, or your guests in the back of the room can’t hear a thing because the sound system is weak. A professional wedding DJ Service will arrive early to your venue and setup the right gear in the best location for optimal sound. We only use top of the line sound equipment, brands like Denon, Shure, and Electro Voice, to make sure it creates the perfect audio atmosphere for your guests.
True pros also have backup equipment available in case something were to go wrong on the day such as a guest spilling a drink on the equipment, etc. Perfect Harmony Entertainment has something you’ll never get from the guy on Craigslist, back up DJs in case of an accident or something unfortunate on the day of your wedding.
Sure, you could have a family friend setup some speakers and play some songs off an mp3 player, but there is no substitute for a real DJ. A Professional Frederick DJ Service will have DJs can read a room and play the right song, at the right time. They’ll have experience in keeping the night moving along and making necessary announcements to let people know what is happening and when. A professional DJ organizes guests for speeches, wedding entrances, and traditional formalities.
Weddings can be an occasion where people drink, party, and get loose, and it’s good to have someone who is all business and not participating in the festivities.
No matter what you are shopping for you can find a wide range of prices. Are you looking for a new hand bag? You can find dozens at WalMart for $29.99. The cheapest one at the “Coach” Store will cost many times that. Looking for a car? A used Kia Sedan at Carmax can be had for less than ten grand. A new BMW will likely be five times that amount.
The old saying “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be truer when it comes to hiring the professionals for such a special occasion. You can find cheap food to feed your guests. You can find a cheap photographer to take the pictures. And, you can certainly find a cheap DJ. Most likely you would be sacrificing experience, equipment, and peace of mind of having someone who won’t disappear a week before the wedding day.
The average wedding in Frederick MD and Northern VA is in the neighborhood of $32,000 according to the latest data available on line. The Knot and Wedding Wire, two of the most widely respected sites in the wedding industry recommend allocating 8 – 10% of your wedding budget for your entertainment. Our quotes are customized to the wants and needs of our couples so you will not find our prices in this blog however, we are less than those percentages and represent a tremendous value.
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6. DJ SKILLS
There seem to be two types of wedding DJs in this world. I’m sure you’ve seen the first type…the “Cheesy” traditional wedding DJ that talks heavily on the microphone and continually creates crowd interaction by announcing songs, playing games, talking to guests, cracking jokes, and generally over-using the microphone in a lame attempt to help move the night along.
The second type of wedding DJ is a contemporary-styled DJ that is more reserved on the microphone. This DJ makes announcements only when necessary. This DJ will play a seamless mix of classic and current hits, and tends to blend into the background of the wedding and not be a focal point.
Our DJ team at Perfect Harmony Entertainment takes pride in being the latter type of wedding DJ. Our DJs have years of experience not only playing private events, but also playing in public venues where it is frowned upon to be a “Cheesy” DJ. They are used to mixing songs and creating a soundtrack for listeners to focus just on the music, and not the person playing it.
We let the music do the talking!
7. APPEARANCE AND ATTIRE
You will spend countless hours picking the perfect colors, the perfect flowers, the perfect lighting, and the perfect pair of shoes for your big day. Why shouldn’t you also pick a DJ that cares just as much as you do about the “look” of your event? A professional wedding DJ will be groomed and wear the appropriate clothing to match your wedding.
If your wedding is a beach theme and you want us in shorts and flip flops, no problem! We can do that too!
The appearance of the DJ’s equipment should also be import. The equipment is should be clean, with little or no wires in site, and their DJ area is clutter free. We care just as much as you do about how our DJ area looks in your photos!
8. MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
Unless you are having your ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing, all in the same room, you are going to need someone with the experience and the right equipment to handle multiple areas at your wedding. Music, lapel, and handheld microphones need to be available on cue as guests get shuffled from one area to the next and having everything setup by a professional is really the only way to handle this.
Good microphones are critical. Good microphones are in a word EXPENSIVE! A cheap DJ will not have good microphones I can promise you that! Don’t take my word for how important this is. Ask your officiant or ask your videographer how important quality microphones are. A cheap and good microphone is a unicorn— they don’t exist.
You want the perfect day? We want it too. We understand the importance of making sure each and every detail is taken care of. We spend hours prior to your wedding compiling music, testing equipment, contacting vendors, going over the timeline, rehearsing announcements, etc. so that there are no surprises. Because we have spent so much time organizing your wedding before hand, there will be no need to bother you on the day of with questions or issues and you can kick back and enjoy every minute. Just like a firework, your Frederick wedding will be over in a flash!
While no one forgets an amazing weddings. Nobody forgets really bad weddings either! A professional wedding DJ Service can help make a good wedding great. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been told: ” You guys were incredible! Everybody was on the dance floor the whole time!” “Everyone kept talking about how good you were at the wedding!” Our reviews don’t lie. Make your night a night to remember (in a good way!)