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You did it! You’re engaged to the love of your life and have started the planning process for your wedding.
There are so many things to do now and choices to make.
One of those choices will be “What kind of entertainment will we have?
Many years ago, dance bands were the popular choice of entertainment for weddings. These days, you will find that most couples have a DJ / MC perform for them on their big day. The term DJ is loosely thrown around these days and it seems like everyone and their mother is a DJ. When selecting a wedding DJ, you must be very careful on picking the right person for the job. Someone that has the right experience, equipment, music knowledge, and personality to make sure one of the most important days of your life goes exactly like planned and that everyone, of all ages, has a great time. You want your night to be magical, a night to remember; and 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.
1. EXPERT PLANNING
You are probably deep in the planning stages of your wedding and see how much work it takes…it’s a part-time job! A professional wedding entertainment company (like Arrowhead 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, who is giving speeches, makes professional sounding announcements, and so on. An experienced wedding DJ will act a background coordinator, working with the venue and day-of-coordinator, making sure your timeline stays on time. Here at Arrowhead DJ, we have a full-time event manager who will supply you with planning forms, set you up with DJ meetings (phone, in-person, or video chat), and send you important reminders for all your to-do items.
2. SELECTING THE RIGHT MUSIC
There are millions of songs in this world and selecting the right songs for your wedding is a huge task! There is an average of 20-25 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 a hit. 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 wedding DJ can take your requests and weave them into crowd pleasing favorites that bridge your group together, so that everyone stays on the dance floor all night. We only hire the best DJs at Arrowhead DJ, many who have made a name for themselves playing at bars, nightclubs, and festivals, and have the ability to beat match songs together to create a seamless transition from one song to the next for maximum dancing fun.
There is nothing worse than going to a wedding where 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 company will always visit your venue ahead of time (if they haven't previously worked there) and will arrive early and setup the right gear in the best location for optimal sound. We only use top of the line sound equipment, brands like Pioneer, Sennheiser, Shure, and QSC, to make sure it creates the perfect audio atmosphere for your guests. Professional DJ companies 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.
Arrowhead DJ even has 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 from an mp3 player, but there is no substitute for a real DJ or professional MC. Pro DJs can read a room and play the right song, at the right time. They can keep the night moving along, making necessary announcements to let people know what is happening and when and also organize 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.
When shopping around for DJs, you’ll probably notice a wide range of pricing for services and equipment. The old saying “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more true when it comes to hiring the entertainment for such a special occasion.
Yes, it’s easy to find a cheap DJ to play at your wedding...
but 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 widely-respected, wedding industry website, The Knot, recommends allocating 8-10% of your wedding budget for entertainment (https://www.theknot.com/content/wedding-budget-ways-to-save-money). Arrowhead DJ offers entertainment packages that tend to be less than these percentages, saving you money so you can put it towards more important things... like margaritas on your honeymoon :-)
6. DJ SKILLS
There are 2 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 mic to help move the night along. This type of DJ represents roughly 80% of the California Wedding DJ industry :-0
The second type of wedding DJ is a contemporary-styled DJ that is more reserved on the microphone, making classy, polished, professional-sounding announcements - only when necessary, while playing a seamless mix of classic and current hits, and tends to blend into the background of the wedding and not be a focal point.
Here at Arrowhead DJ, we pride ourselves on being the latter type of DJ. Our DJs continually receive training and attend annual wedding DJ conferences and are 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 professionally- 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’ve spent 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 like a suit and tie for formal weddings, business casual for the relaxed wedding. The appearance of the DJ’s equipment should also be of importance, making sure the equipment is clean, there are little or no wires in site, and their performance 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, over-the-ear, and handheld microphones need to be available 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.
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 and 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 of it (it goes by so fast!)
Nobody forgets amazing weddings. On the other hand, nobody forgets really bad weddings either. A professional wedding DJ 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. Let's Make your night a night to remember (in a good way)!
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