Article by: DJ Sweet Venum (A New York Base DJ)
A WEDDING DJ AND A CAR
When hiring a wedding DJ, it is well-known in the DJ industry that, “You get what you pay for.” Therefore, the quality of goods and services and the time spent on making the product is reflective in the price. Take, for instance, a brand new Honda Civic vehicle and a Brand new Mercedes Benz. The Mercedes Benz is more distinguished, durable and elegant than a Honda Civic. Hence, you pay more for the Mercedes Benz because you get a more memorable, classy, and pleasant experience from driving a Mercedes Benz than a Honda Civics. The creation of The Mercedes Benz was made with a particular individual in mind. That individual has a high-quality taste and an appreciation for time spent to provide them with the best experience possible while driving one of these luxury cars. While the Honda Civics is suitable for some people who sometimes do not value a high-quality vehicle, almost everyone wishes they could afford a luxury car, similar to the Mercedes Benz.
Accordingly, hiring a Wedding DJ is the same concept as buying a vehicle. In this article, I am going to run over the various types of Wedding DJs and the reasons for the fees that they charge and why they charge these fees and what the fees suggest about the specific wedding DJ.
WEDDING DJs TO AVOID
THE STEREO CONTROLLER MASKING AS A WEDDING DJ
Let’s start with the Wedding “DJs” that will agree to any price you, the customer require, these are the guys that when you ask for their fees they will answer: “how much do have,” with these guys if you say $100, they will agree to do your wedding, if you say 50$ they will accept that price. These guys are not DJs, we call them, stereo controllers. Hiring a stereo controller for your wedding DJ is highly dangerous and can turn your special day into a sour, bitter day. The stereo controllers are killing the DJ business because the DJ industry can be easy to infiltrate. These stereo controllers can wreck your wedding, and you should be careful hiring one of them. The stereo controllers are risky and come with no assured experience like a professional wedding DJ. They usually charge anywhere from $50-$700 for a wedding. But, remember you can always talk down a stereo controller to any price you chose, but be prepared for a crappy wedding DJ. Please avoid a stereo controller posing as a DJ.
THE AMATUER WEDDING DJ
The next Wedding DJ to avoid is the amateur Wedding DJ. One way to identify the amateur Wedding DJ is the DJs that charged by the hour. These guys are just getting knowledge of the DJ industry and bought some cheap pieces of equipment off of Amazon. They might have been in the industry for say two to three years on and off. However, because they are good at selecting music from Spotify, they think that they would be a great DJ. This means that if you ask them their price they will say 100$ an hour or some might charge 200$ an hour which will usually turn out to be from about 800$ to 1200$. This type of pricing for DJing a wedding shows up the amateur wedding DJ qualification and value. I say this to mean that, these DJs hardly take the time to plan your wedding carefully, they think that your wedding is a show-up and play the gig. These DJs usually do minimal or no planning before the wedding. So, in these DJs mind, the job starts at the wedding. It is just like an amateur to go to the game or show up to the field without practicing and preparing.
THE WEDDING DJ TO HIRE
THE PROFESSIONAL WEDDING DJ
Most Professional DJs take hours of meticulous planning and planning to tailor the music for their client’s wedding. This planning is even before they play the first minute at the wedding. Professional DJs can take from 7-9 hours preparing and planning for a client’s wedding. This planning and designing exclude the consultation meeting or meetings with the couple. Professional Wedding DJs produced multiple playlists for different scenarios. For Professional DJs each wedding is different; each wedding event takes specific and unique planning. By the time a Professional Wedding DJ is finish planning for a wedding, they end up spending over 20 hours preparing before they even start playing at the actual wedding. Most of these hours are spaced out with a couple of hours there, planning and organizing the music with a couple of hours here, planning and organizing the music. I know I checked the hours I spent preparing for my wedding last week. Professional wedding DJ does not charge by the hour but rather by the event. They value their brand, and so they provide quality service because they take lots of time to make sure that the couple’s music that is set for their wedding is carefully and uniquely. A Professional wedding DJ then usually charges anywhere from $3000 to $30,000 per wedding event. These DJ will make people talk about your wedding even a year or two afterward. They will still be talking about how much fun they had at your wedding.
How much should a wedding DJ cost? Well, it depends on how much you value your wedding. I have done over 1500 weddings and the phrase, “you get what you pay for” has never been more accurate when it comes to pricing for a wedding DJ. If you need a stereo turner acting as a DJ at your wedding, you can pay whatever price you wish, from anywhere between $100$-$800 sometimes. This person is not really a DJ and is sometimes desperate for money and does not value the craft of DJing, but instead is just playing music to play music. If you are looking for someone who is inconsistent and might or might not have people on the dance floor at your wedding or might show up at your wedding late, or does not have a steady and effective plan for your wedding then hire an amateur DJ. The amateur wedding DJs are a dime a dozen these days and are usually the ones that charged by the hour and not by the event. This is because they hardly take time outside of the wedding to plan for the wedding. They do not value the art of preparation and organization; they do not individualize your wedding, and will usually use the same music set for every wedding. The amateur wedding DJ lacks preparedness in his presentation to his clients.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a wedding DJ who values your wedding and spends hours of meticulous planning on perfecting the music for your wedding, preparing for any scenario, while valuing the individuality and uniqueness of your wedding event. If you want your wedding to be amazing and memorable, then hire a Professional Wedding DJ. These wedding DJs are the Mercedes Benz in the DJ world. If you value your wedding experience and your guest’s enjoyment and happiness at your wedding, then you should hire a professional wedding DJ.
DJ Shamar is a professional wedding DJ located in the state of New Hampshire. DJ Shamar services are center in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and, Massachusetts. One of the characteristics that I admire most about DJ Shamar is although he played over 800 weddings and have been in the industry for more than twenty years, he still spends a considerable amount of time preparing for each wedding. He pays attention to the client’s need and values their say. He is meticulous and takes his preparations for weddings extremely serious.
DJ Shamar is genuinely a professional DJ, who loves his clients and loves what he does. His prices range from $2500-$6000 per event. For celebrity weddings, his prices go from $15,000 –$30,000 per event. From all the wedding DJs I have observed in the state of New Hampshire, it is my humble opinion that DJ Shamar is by far the best wedding DJ in the state. Versatile, perceptive, and crowd-pleasing, he is undoubtedly going to have people dancing at your wedding. DJ Shamar will have your wedding event as one of the most memorable events for your friends and family. I fully endorse DJ Shamar.