What you expect when you hire a professional Disc Jockey for your wedding reception.
- A professional will have a contract, not just to protect himself but for your protection. When it’s written down there’s no doubt what was said and that leads into the next important part….
- The wedding questionnaire. It is so important. It is the script of the flow of the reception.
- Keeping in touch with the bride both by personal meetings, phone and e-mail. Since wedding plans change over time, contact is important as changes to the wedding questionnaire happen all the time. A wedding is fluid and a professional knows that.
- A professional will arrive in plenty of time to set-up, talk to other vendors, make sure everything is working properly and ready to go when the guests start to arrive. They are dressed appropriately as requested and have the songs requested by the bride for their special dances.
- Has your DJ attended any conferences or meet with other DJs to polish his skills and keep abreast of the new trends being done at events that they can suggest making your event more memorable? Does the DJ give you his resume that gives you a picture of what he has done? Does he have references for you?
- Professional equipment. You don’t need to know brands and audio specs unless your into to that, but it should not be some home unit put together.
- Does the DJ carry a wide variety of music that spans the decades so your grandparents have songs that they can enjoy and dance too.
- Have you ever thought of a voice-over for your special dances. Has your DJ heard about it and does he know how to do them.There are a number ofthings that goes into any wedding and that is why you will find prices all over the spectrum and each disc jockey company offers different services for the prices they charge. Some have packages others deal ala Carte for their services.
- Does the price you pay for your DJ include face-to-face meeting with you or only e-mail correspondance.
- Does the DJ have enough experience to help you with the flow of your reception and have the knowledge to suggest things that will make your reception a reception to remember.
- Does the DJ play at the appropiate music level at the event. The level during dinner should not be the level at dance time.
I have scoured the internet for advice on how to hire a wedding DJ. The one constant that I find is “hire a professional”. What I can’t seem to find is how to determine if a DJ is indeed a pro. It seems that every disc jockey has “professional” on their website (guilty), but what are the requirements? What makes a professional DJ?
Is it membership in an organization? Is it a “real” office? Is it their equipment? Is it their vehicle? Is it the massive music collection?
A professional DJ might drive their dedicated DJ van, complete with DJ gear and hard drives full of music, from their DJ office to the local chapter meeting of a national DJ organization. The truth is, a non-professional could easily do the same thing. I would argue that none of the above positively identifies a professional DJ.
What makes a DJ professional?
In this instance, and in the case of many trades and service providers, “professional” is not a provable, tangible thing. There is no college degree, no regulatory testing, no standards set by the industry. Yet, we are encouraged to find and hire a professional.
Professional is as professional does. Sounds like something Forrest Gump would say.
Could it be that the things that make a professional are more about what they do, how they do it, why they do it, and the results they produce? In a word, professionalism.
Simply put, a professional DJ could be identified by their professionalism… their conduct, aims, and qualities.
While this is still not absolutely definitive, I think it’s safe to say that professionals operate and behave in a manner that makes them professionals. They produce professional results. Their intent and motivation are client centered. Professionalism comes from within. You’ll know it when you see it.
Anyone can call themselves a professional, but actions speak louder than words… and all that other stuff.
I would like to give credit to Alvin Sowers from Alvin Entertainment down in the Virginia Beach area for sending this on to me.
It was Thursday morning when I pulled into the Greyhound Bus Terminal and started to pull my DJ equipment out of the van to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. They would be arriving at 11:00 am to put on a special show for a classroom of kids who were lucky enough to be picked from Carver Elementary School.
Let me back up a minute and explain how we got to this point. I received an e-mail from the Greyhound Bus Company out of Dallas, Texas. Disc Jockey Services two years earlier was asked to provide music for Greyhound’s 100th Anniversary which was held at the Short Pump Mall in Henrico County. After a full day of music out there and packing up, I figured that would probably be the last time I would hear from them after I submitted my invoice to get paid. Jokingly I said I enjoyed doing it, could I put them down on my calendar to do the 200th Anniversary in 3014. Fast forward (but not to 3014, but to 2016) to February 2016 I get this e-mail, would I be interested in doing an event with the Harlem Globetrotters in Richmond. Well you didn’t have to ask me twice. I think Greyhound really, really likes me.
Now back to the show. The kids arrived first and I must say they were very well behaved. They were treated to some refreshments before the show began. I had a talk with the MC that travels with the Globetrotters on the timeline for the event. We went over the songs to play and when to play them. About 11:45 am, “Globie” the Mascot came out with his act and did musical chairs with the kids and did some fun interaction with them. The MC kept the show going and then it came time to introduce the Harlem Globetrotters to (my queue) “Sweet Georgia Brown.” The team came out and went through their famous routines and then talked to the kids about “bullying” and how to deal with it in school.
As the show ended the kids got autographs and pictures taken with the team and back on the bus for the kids and back on their bus for the Globetrotters and back to the hotel and to rest up for the game that night at the Coliseum. All in all it was a great event for the kids and the Globetrotters enjoyed it, too. The staff of the Greyhound Bus station were great to work with and helped with the logistics of me setting up. I left with a nice feeling that I was able to contribute something to the event with the music. That’s why I love playing music. Hope the Globetrotters win tonight!( they did…..they always do.)