Pricing is a touchy subject with your vendors, but its not price you should be really looking at; yes, I understand everyone has a budget, and I understand in most cases you have to stick with it. You have to make sure you they are providing you with the most value. What is value? Value is what makes this person “different” than everyone else. Are they making things easier for you by becoming a one stop shop? Are they giving you suggestions, names of other professionals, and/or helping you find other vendors, and giving you suggestions of what you should be asking other vendors, and even taking the time to meet with others with you. Beware when vendors (especially entertainment) try to make sales by quoting a price before they even meet with you or have a phone consultation. If a service based company does this, it should raise red flags right away. Prices in Wedding DJ Entertainment in New England range anywhere from $250 to $5000 with the average DJ Entertainment service at about$1250; but don’t forget thats an “average” DJ…..do you want your wedding just to be “Average”. If a wedding DJ quotes you a low ball price, do yourself a favor, ask them how many weddings they do a year, then take his or her price multiply it by that number….is that a number that someone can live off of? If he or she says they are a Full time entertainer this will tell you if they are telling the truth. Also if they are charging an average price, and doing 100 events a year, just think, will they have time to really make your wedding unique? 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. While your searching for your DJ here are some more questions to ask…. 1. Are you insured? Can you supply me with proof of liability? 2. Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time? 3. Do you use Professional Equipment? 4. Do you provide backup equipment at my event? 5. Does the Disc Jockey know the proper etiquette for your wedding? 6. How much time do you allow for set-up? 7. Do you provide a written contract? 8. Will you be suitably dressed for our occasion? 9. Do you belong to a professional organization or trade group? 10. Are you willing to personalize my wedding. What does an Average DJ do? They show up on time, play music, and make announcements, thats it. What does a DJ/Master of Ceremonies do? They show up on time, Play music, and make announcements eloquently. What does a professional DJ/Master of Ceremonies, Entertainer, and Event Director do? They show up on time, work with you from the moment you book them, contact all of your vendors and make sure everyone is on the same page, make sure they play the music you specifically requested (along with what they know works), make announcements eloquently and in an entertaining manner, bring emotion into your wedding, making it feel natural, and keep all of your guests and vendors informed to ensure that nobody misses a special moment. Every DJ Entertainer, no matter what they charge do things differently, have different ideas, different styles, and different experiences. I personally love getting to know my clients, spending time with them and their family, and finding ways to truly make their wedding different and uniquely them. I can put anywhere from 25-45 hours into each wedding BEFORE the day of! Meeting with my clients before discussing any type of pricing is imperative. I want all of my clients to feel comfortable and confident that I am the right entertainer for their wedding. If I meet with a client and I don’t feel like I am the right entertainer for them, I will refer them to someone who I believe would be a better fit for them. I want to make sure that the 9 months-2 years we spend planning your wedding is an enjoyable experience for both of us!
PRICE…It’s about VALUE!
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