F.A.Q.

Questions You May Have:

What makes you different than other DJ’s?
Experience. I have been a DJ for 25 years averaging 140 weddings and other events per year. I have been through and seen more impossible situations than you can imagine. Some were fun, most were headaches, ALL were learning experiences. There is ABSOLUTELY no replacement for experience, it will win every time.

Uniqueness. I bring in a lot of things that other DJ’s don’t. I make my own remixes. Not a lot of other DJ’s do this… Software tools like Audacity, Audition, Pro Tools, etc. allow DJs to mix, remix and produce their own music. My goal should be to prove you are different from others in the business. Otherwise, any amateur DJ can play a song straight without getting any rigorous training!

Last is, be professional, look professional and have a natural gift of reading the crowd for the type of music they want and getting involved to set the mood. There is way too much music competition and choices out there, so staying a step ahead is a top priority for me.

What type of events you specialize in?
We cater to a variety of events but my specialty is weddings. The majority of my clients are weddings so I have learned with experience how much work and planning has to go in to making your big day a dream and not a nightmare come true.
How does your pricing work?
My pricing is very straightforward. The total price for your event will be clearly stated in your agreement. There will be no hidden charges on your agreement; you’re charged a flat-rate depending on the package you select.
So many different prices out there, how do I find the right DJ?

You will see many different wedding DJ prices, keep these points in mind and you will find the right one.

Cheap Wedding DJ Prices

These wedding DJs will usually be in the ranges of $85.00 an hour or less. Many of these wedding DJs are part time hobbyists. They may have no idea how to coordinate and deliver what you want at your wedding. Just call these companies/people and you will notice a huge difference with their customer service skills. This might be a risky deal because they may show up with low grade equipment (if they even show up at all). There is a small possibility that you can spend $200-$400 on your wedding DJ and be happy, but you have to understand what cheap wedding DJ prices really mean.

My Recommendation: Never hire a wedding DJ that costs less than your veggie tray

Average Wedding DJ Pricing

These wedding DJs may charge anywhere from $500-$1200. This category of wedding DJs are priced all over the place. There are many good DJs that are subcontracted by large DJ companies. However, they may be so big that you might not know who will be your wedding DJ until the week of. Wedding DJ companies in this price range with less than 5-7 DJs that have great reviews are a much better bet!

There is a difference between a full-time company and part-time hobbyist. A full-time company depends on your referrals to generate future leads and business. This means that they are 110% dedicated to your wedding reception. The wedding DJ cost needs be looked at with their references. Ask for recent clients’ names, phone numbers, and e-mails. When I say recent, I mean 2 months or less when available. Any reputable company will be able to give you this information. Beware of Wedding DJs in this price range who have no past experience or verifiable reviews!

My Recommendation: Check for references, Make sure they are reputable. Google search them.

Expensive Wedding DJ Prices

These DJs may charge anywhere from $1000-$2500. There may be added value, such as an additional DJ/wedding coordinator, staging, dancers, or props. Other times, this price is determined by a DJ with an overinflated ego. If their wedding DJ cost is expensive, this does not mean that they have instant credibility. Usually some are larger wedding DJ companies that subcontract 15-25 wedding DJs every weekend. They improve their profit margin this way. (Less DJs = smaller profit margin) to support advertisements and overhead. You should not have to take out a second mortgage to pay for your wedding DJ cost. If money is no object and sky’s the limit, you still need to verify their reputation.

My Recommendation: Get everything in writing, and question anything that might be overkill

How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost

So, how much does a wedding DJ cost? This depends on how comfortable you are with the lighting, experience, equipment, music, and fun options. You should try unique things because your wedding is far from ordinary. This does not mean you need to break the bank with wedding DJ prices, but see what OPTIONS are really worth the cost. The typical wedding DJ cost will vary between $500-$1000. In the short term, the wedding DJ price will be a small factor in your budget, and long term, 80% of the success of your wedding is based on the entertainment. If you want to have a great time, you will interview multiple companies.

My Recommendation: Stay away from the cheapest, don’t go with the most expensive.

When do I pay for your services?
I require a $100 retainer fee to reserve your day. A PhotoBooth service requires a $100 retainer. The balance is due at your event or sooner if you choose.
Do you allow clients to choose the music?
Absolutely! I am more than happy to play any special requests. However, my job as your DJ is to observe what your guests enjoy and play the music that keeps them on the dance floor.
Are you the DJ that shows up?
I get this question a lot! I guess that’s because a lot of DJ companies send sub-contracted, less expensive DJs to their events. Rest assured that when you hire me, I’m the DJ who meets with you initially, does all the planning and coordinating, and will be performing at your event. You’ll also know that each time you e-mail or call me it will be me and only me that you will be dealing with directly.
Do you Emcee and is that included in the price?
Great question! I do Emcee but I also may provide an additional Emcee at no additional charge. I will keep your guests informed with any announcements that need to be made throughout the evening.
When will you arrive to set up for the event?
This all depends on how much set-up is needed. I usually arrive at least 2 hours before your event is scheduled to begin, to make sure I am completely set up by the time your first guest arrives. For larger events I may need additional set-up time. I do not charge you extra for any set-up time.
Do you put up any advertisement for your company?
No way! I do not come to your event to advertise my business. Remember, this is your event so I will not post any banners or posters with my company name displayed on them.
Guidelines when booking a DJ:
When searching for a DJ, if there aren’t any clear prices for services listed on their website or recent pictures of events they performed, big red flag! You should not want to waste your time guessing what they may charge. They rather you call them to see the most you can afford before they offer a quote. At Special Day Entertainment, we are very transparent on our prices and the services we offer and have done. What are your initial impressions of the DJ? Are they articulate? Attired properly upon meeting for the first time? Does your DJ have the poise to stand in front of a big crowd and deliver as a professional DJ should? – The answer should be yes.
How long did it take for that DJ to return your initial call inquiring about their services?
If it took more than 24 hours, imagine how long it would take after you hired them, after giving them a deposit, when you need to ask a question.
Does the DJ have a professional license, insurance and business cards?
This can be clear indications between a professional and an amateur. Some venues require that your DJ have Liability insurance, you should not assume that all DJs have insurance. 
What if the DJ is sick on your event or wedding day? What measures are taken?
There should be an associate in which the hired DJ can call in a case of extreme emergency.
What about equipment? Is there backup in case of damage or malfunction?
A professional DJ must always have back up equipment on hand!
What will the DJ wear?
In most cases this means formal wear unless you prefer something else.
Is the DJ’s personality appropriate to lead your guests in entertainment without being intrusive to their enjoyment?
This is where an experienced DJ comes in. Courtesy and professional politeness is key that comes with experience when speaking to a crowd of guest.    
What is the policy on sound control? Will your guests end up shouting at one another to be heard?
Again, this is where an experienced DJ comes in. Volume control is key and the upmost importance to your guest. 
Does the DJ have a complete library of diverse music to fit everyone’s taste?
Many DJ’s have a limited number of songs available. We have an UNLIMITED song bank! With today’s technology, we carry over 500,000 songs and we are connected to an online service for any songs you may want instantaneously.   An experience DJ should help make recommendations with tunes and appropriate lyrics.
What kind of contract should you expect?
Look for the important parts of the contract. Make sure the contract has the business address location, not just the company name. Check to see if there is a cancellation clause with a full refund, most DJs do not offer this. Protect your investment! 
Does the DJ offer large discounts?
Use caution, there is a saying, “when it’s too good to be true it usually is”.
Is the DJ a specialist for weddings? Can the DJ prove it with past wedding references?
Always check reviews on multiple sites. Just don’t look at the good ones, check the bad ones as well. Look to see if the DJ post any up to date pictures of recent clients. keep in mind we are very transparent on our website. If you are not sure, definitely ask.

Planning your wedding from start to finish will likely seem overwhelming, but by hiring the right professionals, you can put your anxiety aside and be sure that Special Day Entertainment will provide wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Experience – Only an experienced DJ has the responsiveness of dealing with unexpected mishaps that may affect the experience of your wedding or event. You need someone that is able to handle the situation to make sure that everything goes back to plan.

Weddings- Choose your wedding entertainment wisely. Make your entertainment selection based on experience and talent first, price second. Be wary of false testimonials and credentials. The wedding industry is filled with impostors that are long on promises and short on delivery. Don’t hire entertainment that is not fully insured and registered with the state of Florida. Your wedding should never be the time to economize the entertainment.

And finally, keep in mind a Great DJ will spend a minimum of 20-30 hours on planning your event and the entertainment. (This includes meeting with you, ongoing communication, preparing music to fit your requirements, entertainments the day of, setting up/breaking down of sound, lighting and visual equipment).

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