Do you need a wedding DJ for four hours? No, actually you don’t. (Part 1)February 27th, 2012
Visit almost every wedding DJ website, whether here in Oregon or anywhere else in the U.S., and you’re bound to find the four hour DJ package. It’s more common than the Chicken Dance and the YMCA, combined. I would like you to consider the view that the four hour wedding DJ package is, for lack of a better word, bunk. It’s nowhere near enough time. I’m not going to go into the reasons why every DJ has the four hour package (suffice to say that DJs make a habit out of copying each other), but rather why you, the bride and groom-to-be, deserve far more on your wedding day.
Your wedding is the result of months, or even years of planning. From a money, time, and emotion standpoint, your investment is huge.
So why would you need your wedding DJ (the guy or gal with all those amps & speakers… who will be louder than ANY wedding guest… who will be your official spokesperson/master-of-ceremonies) for only four hours? Why? Because we, the members of the wedding DJ industry, have set the bar so darn low.
How low? It’s so low that most wedding DJs actually give you a lot less than four hours at your reception. Think about the weddings you’ve attended as a guest. What do you remember when you think about the DJ? Whether a “good” wedding reception or a “bad” one, the answer is probably “the dancing”. In a typical four hour wedding reception, the open dancing is, what, maybe the last hour? 90 minutes? So what happens during the other two and a half to three hours? Generally, a lot of sitting around, and a lot of going through the motions. And a lot of missed opportunities!
You may not immediately recognize the missed opportunities unless you’ve been to a wedding where they weren’t missed. Here are some examples of wedding entertainers who “missed”… The wedding DJ who literally seems to think the bride’s name is “the bride“. The wedding DJ whose background music is as inspired as a collection of Kenny G’s Greatest Hits. The wedding DJ whose on-microphone vernacular is punctuated with “whoo-hoos” & “all-rights” and lacks any sincerity or real connection to the bride, the groom, and the guests in the room.
Something is usually missing when your wedding DJ is only charging you for performance time. He or she does not understand that what makes a performance memorable is rehearsal time. Time spent by the DJ consulting, planning, in preparation, and in practice is what is going to make your wedding day extraordinary. Neglecting this time will make your wedding day ordinary, and ordinary is exactly what the four hour wedding package begets.
What do you think? Am I on to something? Am I delusional? There’s more to come… Stop by later this week for part two!