DJ to Go
Thinking about a Wedding DJ?
Points to ponder...
AFTER THE VOWS ... (when it's too late)
- 72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
- Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
- During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer - reception
entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they should have made
the entertainment their highest priority!
- When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
- 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again,they should have chosen a
Questions to ask any DJ...
Jockey Association (ADJA) Code of Professional Conduct?
- Are you committed to follow the American Disc
The Dj to Go is! To read more, please visit the ADJA code of
Professional Conduct. This is just one of the commitments that
a reliable Disc Jockey is a very important decision for the
success of your party. Selecting a Disc Jockey who is an active
member of the American Disc Jockey Association will provide you
with the confidence that you have selected a trained
professional. ADJA members are more likely to be involved with
other Disc Jockey's who can help them out with an unexpected
situation. Note: if the DJ is not a member of the ADJA, odds are
they really are not committed to professional conduct.
liability? The Dj to Go is and can provide proof of liability. Many
- Are you insured? Can you supply me with proof of
responsible business owners carry liability insurance to protect
their businesses and the consumer. Many locations are
beginning to require proof of liability. Ask for proof of liability
insurance. Disc Jockey's receive a Certificate of Liability which
can be used as proof. Would you want to be stuck with any bills
due to damage caused by anybody you hire? It's good to know
your DJ is insured.
music ahead of time? The Dj to Go will and believes in playing
- Will you be willing to play requests and discuss
what you say. It's all part of listening to want you want. A
versatile Disc Jockey is willing to listen to your suggestions, give
you feedback and play from your desired song list. A
professional Disc Jockey will also accept the fact you may not
want certain songs played. A professional Disc Jockey cannot
know everything about your musical preferences and
entertainment needs without communication. The Dj to Go
offers web tools to help enhance communication; but there is
nothing like talking to each other! The Dj to Go is also sensitive
to playing the type of songs you want, while avoiding any other
types of music you not like.
uses nothing but professional gear and has a back up system!
- Do you use Professional Equipment? The DJ to Go
Ask the Dj to Go about his system, he would love to tell you all
the details. Ask whether your prospective Disc Jockey works
with professional audio equipment. If you are not sure, ask for
their equipment list and check with a local music dealer or the A.
D.J.A. to verify they are using professional-grade sound gear.
Remember that professional gear does not guarantee an
entertainer's talent or service level, but is simply a tool for
building an exceptional event.
Computer system, CDs and CD decks to the side with several
- Do you have a back up system? DJ to Go, YES!
amps, microphones and speaker configs to keep the party
going! Although equipment failure is rare, do you really want
your special occasion ruined because your Disc Jockey did not
come prepared? It is also important to know if your Disc Jockey
has a back-up plan in case of illness or an accident. Members of
the A.D.J.A. have many resources available to them in case of
for your type of party? The DJ to Go is experienced and
- Does the Disc Jockey know the proper etiquette
sensitive to your customer needs. A professional Disc Jockey
will assist you with the planning of your special day. Most
professional entertainers will coordinate, emcee and provide
the music that you desire. Ask if they have experience with your
type of event.
Dj to Go does not charge a set-up fee and arrives up to two
- How much time do you allow for set-up? The
hours early to coordinate with facility staff and set up all
equipment with safety in mind. Normally he likes two hours to
set up however this could change depending on your needs
and wants. Punctuality is a necessity. Most Disc Jockey's arrive
at least one hour prior to the start time you've given them. Your
entertainer should ideally be setup and in-place before your
first guest walks through the door.
will put everything in writing for you with a contract (to include a
- Do you provide a written contract? The Dj To Go
schedule of events that we work on together to share with
everybody in support of you). It is extremely important to have
your booking confirmed in writing. Ask for a written agreement,
especially if you are paying an initial retainer. The standard
initial payment for entertainment services is 50%. If you are
expecting a specific entertainer, make sure you get it in writing
The Dj to Go has a tuxedo, suits, casual attire, will dress for
- Will you be suitably dressed for our occasion?
your occasion. Specify the type of apparel that your Disc Jockey
is expected to wear for your occasion. Formal attire or coat & tie
are the most popular forms of attire. If you are having a
"themed" event, make sure your entertainer is informed.
trade group? Yes, the Dj to Go is a proud member of the ADJA,
- Do you belong to a professional organization or
Washington D.C. Chapter and the Fredericksburg Chamber of
Commerce. Although belonging to an organization or trade
group does not guarantee the talent or professionalism of a
disc jockey, it may indicate the companies willingness to
network, learn and grow. Disc jockeys can learn through local
chapter meetings, national DJ conventions and seminars geared
toward the entertainment professional.
How Much Should I pay for a quality DJ?
Disc Jockey rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee
ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music
knowledge, mixing ability and personality. Rates for the DJ
industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to over $5,000.00
with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking. The best
price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a
wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100%
of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment
and made it their #1 priority in hindsight. $1000 or more seems
like a lot of money for a professional wedding DJ!
Why should I pay $1000 or more for a DJ? There are many
answers to this question. One might be that one turntable or
speaker can easily cost more than that. Don't forget you are
also paying for experience gained after years of entertaining
thousands upon thousands of people. Also keep in mind that a
professional Wedding DJ will invest 12 to 30 hours to your
special event but it may appear that you are only paying for 4
hours. Consultations, music purchasing editing, preparation,
set-up and tear-down, wear-and-tear on equipment and
vehicles, advertising education and other business related
endeavors add up to the overall success of your special
If one is to invest in their reception, they would want to make
sure they get the greatest return. Much depends on what the
bride a groom want...some may want to have wonderful food
want to have a well orchestrated reception and
entertainment, then my services would be of great value. I do
more than just play music. I assist in planning, coordinating
with the photographer and caterer to make sure we all work
together, and making announcements while keeping
everything running as planned (which I also put in writing
and review with the bride and groom).
According to the KNOT, April 2008:
WEDDING SPENDING: COUPLES ALLOT BULK OF BUDGET TO
RECEPTION, AND COUPLES CONTRIBUTE AS MUCH AS BRIDE'S
PARENTS, AND CAKE SPENDING INCREASES SIGNIFICANTLY.
- $27,882 is the average wedding budget in the US (not
including the honeymoon). Including the honeymoon, the
average wedding budget in the US is $32,660.
- The bulk of the average wedding budget is dedicated to the
reception venue ($12,722, or 45%); followed by the reception
band ($4,105 on average, or 15%); and photographer ($2,651
on average, or 9.5% of the total average wedding budget).
- In 2007 vs. 2006, couples spent 35% more on their wedding
cake (average $692 vs. $514), 17% more on their reception
venue (average $12,722 vs. $10,857), and 18% more on their
reception band ($4,105 vs. $3,465).
- The bride's parents (44%) and the bride and groom (43%) are
paying for the majority of weddings.
- The average cost of a wedding photographer is $2,651 (Long
Island brides spend the most on photography at $4,550).
After reading those facts, $1000 for premier entertainment,
experience, professional gear, thousands of songs, assistance
in planning the reception, making announcements while
coordinating efforts with the photographer and caterer are all
working together to take care of you is not a large sum after
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