19. Entertainment is not that important at a party.
72% of all brides say they should have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment. During the 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 the reception, 78% of brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority! When asked, 81% of the guests say the thing they remember the most about a wedding is the entertainment. Good entertainment is not only the most important part of a reception or party it's also the most critical part of it, just ask any former bride.
28. To be a DJ all you really need is a few CD's and a home stereo system.
A professional DJ should have an in-depth knowledge of music from the last 70 years covering all styles of music. Many times guests will make requests at an event without knowing either the correct song title or artists, a DJ must have the ability to figure it out. There is a massive difference in home stereo equipment and professional grade sound equipment.
37. Set up is easy and it only takes 15 minutes.
A professional DJ will take up to 2 hours to set up a sound and dance floor lighting system. There is more to it than just plugging everything up, it takes time to sound check and adjust dance floor lighting hide and tape down all the wires etc. At Some venues it can take longer because access is hindered by lack of a lift, ramp or parking proximity.
46. Good parties just happen.
Good parties don't just happen. It takes planning and guidance. A professional DJ will know through planning and consultations what your music and entertainment needs are before your event. A professional DJ will meet your music and entertainment needs and through timing and years of experience know how to entertain your guests.
55. It takes no training, anyone can do it!
If a DJ makes his job look easy, it is because he has learned his craft one way, through years of experience. There are no formal training institutions, training facilities or schools for mobile DJ's. Anyone can learn the control functions of most CD players and computer software programs. However, a professional smooth presentation, the ability to read any crowd and music mixing takes years of being behind a DJ booth to master. If it were that easy, anyone could do it.
64. DJ's have a lot of fun at parties and get paid for it.
DJ's are NOT guests at parties or event. They are working under pressure and have a huge responsibility for the outcome of the event. People often rank their weddings as the most important day of their lives next to the day their children are born. Yet some will give this responsibility to the LOWEST BIDDER. The stress levels and expectations run very high during these events. After all the planning and expenses are invested the ultimate outcome of a wedding is placed almost solely in the hands of the DJ.
73. DJ's only work for 4 to 5 hours.
If only that where true, the length of a party, wedding reception or any other event is only a small fraction of the time a DJ invests in that event. It is the only part that YOU see. Driving time, consultations, equipment cleaning and maintenance, music library sourcing and updating and the daily routine of running a business are all critical in making the show a success.
82. Why pay a lot of money for a DJ a cheap DJ is just as good.
Not to say that a high priced DJ automatically equals great entertainment. But Remember the sayings "if it sounds too good to be true" or "you get what you pay for". If a DJ quotes you a low price for a wedding reception or party, question him, probably it's just a part time hobby for him to pick up a few extra pounds on the weekend, and he won’t be too worried about his reputation or repeat bookings . A full time professional DJ service will have spent many hours preparing for your event and if they are anything like me their reputation will mean everything to them. There is so much that goes into putting together professional entertainment for a wedding reception and it's not something that you can just show up and wing on the night.
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91. They are all pretty much the same anyway.
To say that DJ's are all alike is to say that people are all alike. Never assume that recorded music levels the playing field. Personalities on the microphone can vary as much as a singers' voice. Experience and music knowledge can make a huge difference. DJ's have their own unique style. A good DJ can adjust his style to fit the event. A disco at a School prom should be very different to that of a Retirement Dinner Dance or a Wedding Reception for a couple in their 30's. Experienced DJ's know the difference and you should be aware of the many subtle and substantial differences that distinguish a true professional Mobile DJ Entertainer