Posted by Daryl Thomas on November 22nd, 2014
When you’re planning an event with a strict budget, it’s easy to get discouraged into thinking you have to settle for less, especially when it comes to entertainment. But you don’t have to sacrifice great entertainment just because you’re working with limited funds. One of the simplest and best ways to still get great entertainment at an affordable price is to hire a professional DJ. Today’s disc jockey’s are not just there to play music, they can provide many services like uplighting, game hosting, slide show and video narration, giving toasts and introductions, delivering full presentations and providing photo booths for a more fun, interactive experience. No matter what kind of event you’re hosting, a professional disc jockey can create an entertainment package that fits both your needs and your budget. Here are some tips to help you hire the best:
Tip #1 – Know Your Event Inside and Out – Not only do you need to know the type of event you’re hosting, how formal it will be and what entertainment services you require, you’ll also need to factor in the size of the venue and how much of that space the DJ will have to work with, the number of electrical outlets that will be available to them, the lighting, the number of guests who will be attending and the basic demographics of your guests like what age group do most of them fall into, what language do the majority of them speak, etc. These may seem like trivial details, but they will help you find the perfect DJ and avoid incurring additional expenses on the day of the event for things previously unaccounted for.
Tip #2 – Consult Talent Agencies Online – While it’s certainly helpful to take recommendations from friends and colleagues who’ve hosted similar events, the only way to truly ensure you are getting a professional and not an amateur buddy of theirs who dabbles in deejaying is to hire through a reputable talent agency. A quick Google search will pull up an extensive list of agencies representing DJs in your area, but stick to the agencies on the first one or two pages where you’re sure to find the most reliable and experienced talent. The beauty part about searching for disc jockeys online is that you can review and compare their skill sets, performance history and prices without having to contact each and every one of them directly.
Tip #3 – Interview Prospects, Get Quotes and Negotiate – Choose at least three disc jockeys from your research and arrange to meet them face to face as you’re more likely to get a true sense of their character and reliability when you interview them in person. Ask for written quotes from each prospect and negotiate when necessary. Perhaps the DJ is willing to lower their price if you provide them with food and drinks or offer to reimburse them for their gas. Sometimes the more hours you need them, the more likely they’d be willing to lower their regular hourly rate. It’s worth your time to negotiate a little when you have multiple prospects.
No matter what agency you choose, rest assured, there is always great talent available to fit your budget and the further ahead you hire your DJ, the better prospects you’ll have and the better deal you’ll score.
Posted by Daryl Thomas on November 5th, 2014
One of the most important tasks couples take on when coordinating their weddings is the creation of their wedding websites. On it they can feature their engagement photos, the story of how they first met, videos they’ve made together, links to all of the stores where they’re registered at, etc. The options are endless and the services are many. A quick Google search pulls up a wide variety of sites that allow users to customize a basic design to their liking and many of those sites, like mywedding.com or TheKnot.com offer their templates for free.
The trouble with these sites is the templates are limited in scope and don’t offer the uniqueness and functionality many couples are looking for. That’s why some sites, like eWedding.com or WedSimple.com will also allow you to pay for more customization options and even offer to host your site for an affordable monthly fee. Still, many couples complain that when they try to access certain portions of their website or attempt to log onto their wedding registries via the links provided, the pages won’t open or the links aren’t functioning properly.
Therefore, your safest and best bet is to go with the pros. No one beats a professional web designer when it comes to building the most visually attractive, informative, reliable and user-friendly websites. Professional web designers can save you a lot of time, be called upon on a daily basis to make up to the minute adjustments, and they’re easy to find thanks to agencies you can quickly research online.
Before hiring a professional, compile all of the photos and videos you will want to include on the site and any anecdotes you would like to share. Decide which stores you will need to link with in order for visitors to access your gift registries. Think of any themes or colors you’d like to incorporate into your design, if you want music playing in the background and if you would like any interactive elements like a page for your visitors to leave messages or post photos and videos, or even take fun multiple-choice quizzes to see how well they know you. You can also incorporate a mini crowdfunding page for friends and family to donate to your honeymoon fund. Once you’ve got a good idea of what you want, research a few agencies and interview a handful of their top web designers, getting quotes along the way. You won’t have to break the bank, because there are talented web designers in all price points and you’re sure to find one that can deliver everything you want at a rate you can afford.
Some couples are even choosing to Broadcast their Weddings across the internet.
Posted by Daryl Thomas on August 14th, 2014
One of the biggest benefits of hiring a DJ for your event is the fact that you’re not just getting a person who knows how to spin a record or press play on an iPod, you’re getting a talented emcee with a vibrant, engaging personality who can encourage even the most reluctant to relax, dance and have fun. They can offer unique services that would have been considered unconventional less than a decade ago and they can help you customize a unique all-encompassing, entertainment package to meet your needs and fit your budget. Here are some secrets to assist you in customizing the best, most affordable DJ package for your next event:
First you should establish an event budget that delegates a fair percentage to entertainment. This amount may range anywhere from 15% to 35% depending on the nature and size of your event. Next, draw up a list of services you’ll require from your DJ. These services can include guest introductions, slide-show narration, game or contest hosting, running a karaoke machine, speaking in multiple languages, providing uplighting or photo booths, you name it. Prioritize your list just in case you are not able to find or afford all of the services you are looking for.
Now, take the amount of money you can afford and the list of services you require and head on over to your computer. First, you may find it helpful to research each of the individual services you require to see how much DJs normally charge for them and use those amounts to better negotiate a better package price. Next, search for reputable talent agencies who specialize in promoting event DJs near you. Keep in mind that the most reliable agencies will have been in business the longest and have professional looking websites that allow you to easily search for DJs by location, service and price point. Choose at least two DJs that you think might work within your budget and arrange to meet with them individually.
When you meet with each DJ, make sure to be upfront and honest about what you will need and what you can afford. If for financial reasons not every service on your wish list can be delivered, the DJ may offer you other solutions that provide just as much entertainment value at a price you can actually afford. Be open-minded, but stay firm on the requirements that are most important to you. If the disc jockeys you interview can’t provide your top priorities at an affordable price, head back to the agencies and search for one who will.
Rest assured, there are hundreds of talented DJs looking for gigs in your area, and they’d be delighted to help you customize the best entertainment package to meet your needs and fit your budget. Find a great one today by consulting reputable talent agencies in your neighborhood!