Why is it So Important that you Choose the Right DJ?
*Some interesting statistics compiled by the American Disc Jockey Association:
72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
During 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 their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey.
Frequently asked questions
How far in advance do I need to book you for my wedding?
We hear this a lot at bridal shows and our response is always the same. The sooner the better! This advice is not just for entertaniment but any and all potential vendors. The reason being, you want to lock in any current rates or take advantage of any promotions that might be offered. Most vendors will take a deposit and then you giv your self plenty of time to pay off the rest. This is great, to help you avoid rate increases that often will go into effect in september or october as vendors are deciding on next years rates. Certainly don't let this freak you out if you are planning in a shorter period of time. We have Dj'd a number of events that were late in the planning process and still great successes. Make sure you take your time, do your research, and find the right Dj that will be able to help enhance your celebration.
Can we come see you perform another wedding?
When we first started performing at weddings we were open to the idea, however, for very good reasons Mixxin DJs does not believe in this ill advised practice. First and foremost, we don't think this is fair to the Bride that is getting married and directly conflicts with our company’s why we do what we do. We aim to be the coordinator for your reception and let our prospective clients know that we will take care of everything. That way the newlyweds can focus on each other, family, friends, and being in the moment at their celebration. They can't do that if they are thinking about strangers showing up to their reception. Also, if a DJ is busy trying to be a salesman, they clearly are not focusing on the clients. One other great point is, our weddings are highly customized so what you saw us do or perform at another event would not necessarily be what we would do at your event. Naturally though, it is possible to come see us out at other events, clubs, or have us do a private demo in our office to help put your mind at ease.
Can we provide a list of music and do you take requests?
Absolutely, we enthusiastically encourage helping us get to know your very own unique musical preferences and tastes. We work with you at our planning meeting to find the best fit and placement in the evening for songs you are passionate about. Please, tell us if there are any significant impactful songs that would be well received. Such as; family favorites, the bridesmaids jam from college, maybe someone has a dance to a particular track or anything to that effect that we can help highlight. Once we have a good handle on your music direction for the event we take what we know of your overall vision and combine it with our professional experience in reading the crowd to make a playlist that is diverse, inviting, and high energy. We also use that knowledge while taking requests from your guests making sure their request fit your vision.
When do you arrive for setup?
Typically two hours prior to our start time. However, this can vary depending on the package and add ons being utilized.
How many DJs will perform at my event?
One, unless we have a trainee or you have arranged to add a second dj to your package.
When do we meet to discuss details?
We like to have our final meeting the week of the event. The reason being our djs typically have one or two weddings every weekend and if we met a month prior your dj could potentially have eight weddings before yours. We have found that keeping it in the same week greatly helps us focus on only that weekends events and signifigantly increases our performance ability and confidence with your details.
Do you bring backup equipment?
Mostly yes. The reality of equipment these days is there is already a signifigant amount of built in redundancy. Its highly unlikely any single piece of equipment failure would stop us performing at your event. We are constantly updating and maintaining our equipment. Over 70% of our equipment is less than 5 years old and half is less than 3 years old. The other comforting fact is we have an on call dj to bring extra equipment or step in as the dj if the unimaginable were to happen.
*These statistics were published in St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine in 2003. Sources include: Simmons, 2001; USA Today, 2002; National Bridal Service, 2001; The Knot, 2002; Brides Magazine, 2001.