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!