Wedding Planning

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Professional DJ for Your Frederick Wedding

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!

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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?

3. EQUIPMENT

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.

4. PROFESSIONALISM

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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.

5. VALUE

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.

Don’t take my word for it. Read our reviews!

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

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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.

9. RESULTS

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!

10. MEMORIES

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!)

Tips to Ensure that No One Takes the “Early Bus” from your Frederick MD Wedding!

We have attended and performed at our fair share of Frederick MD weddings and corporate events over the years. Our goal as a Frederick DJ Service provider is for our couples to get more than their money’s worth and to help create their dream wedding or corporate event. One measure of success is that the guests enjoy their time and leave saying this is one of the best weddings they have ever attended not only in Frederick, but anywhere.

Whether or not your Frederick holiday party or wedding celebration is legendary is a result of the quality of DJ Service you choose to perform at your event. The DJ has to own quality tools (sound equipment and music), and have the skills and experience to use them to produce a great result. You can have an amazing venue with a terrific food menu but like everything else in life, you generally get what you pay for. If you go Craigslist cheap on the DJ the odds are not in your favor that you are going to get an amazing result.

Let’s use the food analogy as an example. You decide you would like to serve Filet Mignon to your guests. You can spring for the very best aged beef you can buy. But, if that steak is prepared by a unskilled hands whose culinary skills end at Red Baron Pizza and microwave ready Macaroni and Cheese, my guess is if the meal is even edible it has to be considered a success.

Assuming that you have done your due diligence and selected a quality Frederick DJ for your corporate party or wedding celebration there are a few other things that you can do to set him/her up for party success. Here are a few of the most important.

Don’t try to pick every song or dictate the order in which they are played.

This is your Frederick wedding and you should certainly get the type of vibe and genres of music that you want to share with your guests. If you hate Country Music then you should not have to listen to it on your day! There are tons of other genres at the DJs fingertips that will pack your dance floor all night long.

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You should by all means give your Frederick DJ a list of what the types of music and some specific songs that you like and those that you don’t. What you should not do however is restrict the DJ from using their tools to create magic for you. For a DJ, songs are tools. Every time you take a song or genre away, you are removing a tool from their tool box. If you remove too many tools then the DJ may be left with only hammers when what they really need is a screwdriver.

A DJ needs to have the freedom to read and react to the crowd to keep them engaged. Your song list may have the perfect songs but to succeed they need to be played at the right time.

Add variety to your playlist.

Keep in mind that you will likely have multiple generations at your holiday party, birthday party, or wedding event. While you may not be able to get enough R & B and Hip – Hop that may not be the favorite dance music for all of your guests. Don’t get me wrong, the right song played at the right time will pack the dance floor with people of all ages!

When the time is right, moving into a R&B and Hip-Hip set will fire up the crowd and have the dance floor mobbed. However, that is generally not the case immediately after dinner when guests haven’t warmed up. That doesn’t mean that you need to endure 30 minutes of slow dance music. It simply means allowing your DJ to play a variety of hit songs from a variety of genres.

We have learned that people who like Motown music generally like Bruno Mars. Those who like Funk also like R & B and Hip-Hop. There are tons of examples and there have been a large number of songs and singers that have become cross over hits.

To keep you guests partying all night allow your Frederick DJ to play some tunes that they know will appeal to large segments of the crowd.

“Let them eat cake” but a bit later!

Every vendor or service you hire has a purpose and an agenda. Whether you are using the in house catering of your Frederick venue or someone you have personally selected their success is measured on the quality of the meal and promptness of delivery. If they get those two things right, they will get raving five star reviews and deservedly so. That is what they focus on and not your dance floor.

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Their mission is to complete their job which includes clean up as soon as they possibly can. Doing so has a direct impact on their profit and loss since they typically pay their staff by the hour not by the event. Typically the last food event at a wedding is the cake cutting ceremony. So, what does the cake cutting have to do with the success of your party?

Let’s think about your timeline for a moment. Assume that your ceremony is taking place at the Frederick venue at 4 pm. Your guests arrive at 3:30 and mingle for 30 minutes until the wedding ceremony is over at 4:30. At 4:30 they mingle for another hour as you and the families have photos taken.

At 5:30 cocktail hour is over and your guests move into the reception area and await your Grand Entrance. After they welcome you they listen to a few toasts, watch your first dance and your parent dances, and enjoy dinner as they converse with those at their table. This portion takes about an hour if food comes out quickly, an hour and a half if it doesn’t. Dinner wraps up around 6:30 – 7:00 pm.

By now your guests have been either mingling or sitting for 3.5 – 4 hours! Many have probably exhausted every light conversational topic they have and are now deciding if they should share their political or religious opinions. In a word, they are bored. What they are really deciding is if this party is their scene or not.

Odds are high that if it were left up to them, the catering team wants that cake cut as close to 7 pm as possible. They then slice the cake to be served. Your guests grab a slice and as the catering team clears their plates, 50% of your guests say good bye and leave. Why would the guests do that? Because they are bored and they have not been given a reason to stay.

Allowing your DJ to play for 30 – 45 minutes will prevent guests from leaving early.

A typical song is 3 – 4 minutes long. Every wedding will have guests from multiple generations. If you have heeded my earlier suggestion your playlist includes a variety of genres and eras of music. It is important that you guests have the time to hear this variety. I have learned that guests are quick to jump to conclusions. If they hear only three or four songs before the cake is cut they will often conclude that is only type of music they will hear for the rest of the night. Once they have finished dessert they feel that there is little reason for them to stay.

Giving your DJ enough time to play a variety of genres will deliver the message to your guests that they are going to hear more than one style of music and they will have the opportunity to dance to the songs they love.

You have waited a long time for this day and have given a lot of thought to whom you wanted to share this day with. The last thing you want is for them to leave before the party really gets started. By giving a bit of thought to the playlist and making a small adjustment to the timeline, you can set yourself up for a killer party! Of course, you will still need a great DJ service to pull it all off. It just so happens I know a company like that!

How Saving a Few Bucks on your Harrisburg Wedding Could Cost you Big Time!

For those who’ve followed our blog posts first of all, thank you! You are also not surprised to know that this blog post will have nothing to do with our DJ Service. For those of you whom have never read our blog posts, welcome and I hope that this is not the last.

As a little bit of background we are a DJ Service provider that offers five star rated service to couples in the Central PA areas of York | Harrisburg | Lancaster as well as Western MD | Northern VA areas such as Frederick MD | Fairfax VA | Winchester VA.

While our chosen field is in the DJ entertainment sector, events and people are our passion. We are grateful that we are invited by couples to celebrate some of the biggest and most memorable moments of their lives! Our mission is to share our knowledge and give our advice on how to get the most from their day and their wedding budget. We hope that our blog posts do that and they are not meant to be self-serving pieces of fluff material.

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Weddings are expensive!

That statement is true no matter where your wedding is taking place. Whether your venue is the Cork Factory in Lancaster PA, the Goldfish Barn in Fort Loudon PA, or in the hall of the Chambersburg American Legion; a wedding is a pricey affair. This is not only due to the cost of feeding 120 or so guest; you may have done that before. What you likely haven’t done before is dress the party place up with décor. Ordered a special dessert to be highlighted and served to your guests. Rented or purchased special clothing to wear for the event. Or, have hired talented professionals to document every element of the day.

It is that latter element I plan to speak about in more depth in this blog post: the photographers and becoming more and more common the videographer.

If we cut an hour we save some cash!

The specifics mentioned here are from one recent wedding that we were recently a part of. This end result though could be from any number of weddings because this appears to be a growing trend among brides and grooms and personally I think it is mistake. I think that if they took time to think about it later it would likely be one of the things they would do differently if they could.

This particular wedding had the traditional elements that most weddings do. They had an outdoor ceremony that had a one hour block of time allocated. There was one hour set aside for both the cocktail hour and the dinner hour. Unlike most weddings where the timeline can push a little bit, the event stayed on track with only the Toasts being delayed by fifteen minutes by food service being a tad slower than planned.

Upon completion of the toasts were the two parents dances and then the dance floor would open for a short segment. At the end of that segment was the Anniversary Dance which was immediately followed by the cake cutting ceremony. The cake cutting ceremony was the last of the scripted events on the schedule and this was completed at about 8:30 pm with the reception ending at 10:30 pm.

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The photographer and the videographer were schedule to leave at either 9:00 pm or 9:30 pm which is again, becoming more and more common as couples look to stretch their wedding budget and perhaps look to use the dollars saved to purchase other items or services for the enjoyment of their guests. When you consider that the photographer was on hand to document this celebration from the hours of 1:30 pm – 9:30 pm you may say to yourself “What a great way to save a few dollars!” after all, weddings aren’t cheap.

A great story cut short.

I have no doubt that given the highest standards that this photo | video team has, the highlight video will be absolutely amazing! I am sure that the newlyweds will be presented with so many stunning images of their incredible celebration that it will be a huge challenge for them to settle on which ones to choose.

I also have no doubt that if they take the time to think about the celebration that they had, they will view all of the photos that they have and sense that something is missing. Where are those images of the memories they have that are so real?

Where are the pictures of mom dressed to the nines with her daughter in her gorgeous wedding gown, both smiling ear to ear, dancing to the special music chosen specifically for mom?

Where is the video of the college friends and former roommates singing to an impromptu song dedication by the groom?

Where are the images of the dance off that took place with the newlyweds eventually taking their rightful place in the center of the circle as their guests expressions showed how happy they were for the two of them?

Where is the video from the end of the night? When the DJ played those two special songs which then turned into three that we picked for just this moment. When the only people left were those who we closest to us and we laughed and sang and celebrated our love, our friendship, and our gratitude that they are a part of our lives and we are a part of theirs. Where is that in the video?

Sadly, those moments were not captured unless it was by a guests using his/her cell phone. The memories will exist for sure but if a verbal description was all that you desired lets face it, you would not have hired a professional photographer in the first place.

Is telling your entire love story worth it?

I am a pretty frugal person. As a father to four children I have had to be. I am always careful to try and get the most value from my money. Had my wife and I had the same options when we planned our wedding I am certain that had I made the final decision, I likely would have justified cutting an hour of service where I could by saying to myself, “What difference does it really make if the photographer is there for only 8 of the 9 hours? All of the “events” we planned like the cake cutting are over.” I may not have had an answer for the younger me who made that statement but the older me does.

It is because many of the best moments of our lives are unscripted.