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31 George Downs Lane

Bloomingdale, NY 12913

Ph/Fax:(518) 891-3500

Toll Free: (888) DJDJDJ-1

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How Much Should I Budget For My DJ?

If you have never hired a disc jockey before, you will most likely find that prices for a DJ vary greatly. Modern Bride magazine did a national survey of brides AFTER the wedding. They found that the average budget for a wedding in the United States was approximately $19,500. The Modern Bride's survey went on to ask two very important questions, that compared the most important factor that contributed to the success of the reception with the costs associated in the budget for reception as a whole (see illustration below).

Most bridal consultants and publications that focus on budgeting suggest that you allocate 5-10% of your total wedding budget for the entertainment. This means that if you are spending $10,000 on your wedding, you should allow $500-$1000 for the reception entertainment. If you are spending $20,000, $1,000-$2000 is suggested for the reception entertainment. In the survey listed below, most brides allocated closer to 4% for entertainment, but freely admitted that the most important factor that contributed to the success of the reception was the entertainment.

So what conclusion should you draw from this information? If you look at the results of the survey, the amount of money allocated in the budget for the entertainment was a very small amount compared to the rest of the reception expenditures. When determining how much to budget for the reception entertainment, we think it is important to evaluate your priorities, and answer one important question: "Is it worth it to attempt to save $100, $200, or even $300 on the cost of entertainment, when clearly, this is the most important factor that contributes to the success of the reception"? Only you can answer this question.

When you begin to call entertainers to inquire about their services, it is important to note that, generally speaking, the more experienced Emcees will be a little more expensive. In our region of the country, the cost for entertainment varies by a significant margin. Unfortunately there isn’t a test or qualification to pass for one to call themselves a “Professional” Disc-Jockey. Some use home stereo or low grade  equipment, download or pirate their music from the internet, print off a $20 business card and then claim to be able to entertain a crowd of hundreds.  It’s such a shame, and it can become very confusing for the consumer to determine which entertainment company can best suit their needs. Make sure to do Due Diligence.  Do they have their own website, do they provide references, have they been recommended, do they belong to any professional Associations like the American Disc Jockey Association, that ensure they adhere to professional standards? 

It is up to you to evaluate your priorities, research the companies and options you have available and then make that important decision and select the entertainment company that will make your reception a success.

15 Questions When Interviewing Your Wedding DJ

 

  • How long have you been a DJ and how many weddings have you done?
    • My first DJ job came in 1984 when I was in High School and helped out at a dance.  My first wedding was in 1989.  Since then I have personally performed at over 1200 weddings.  The employees of Good Guy Productions have each done in the hundreds.
  • Will you have multiple gigs on my wedding day?
    • Yes, we are what is called a multi-op business.  Why is that a good thing?  Because having multiple systems and DJ’s and computers and vehicles assures that your event will be a success.  If something ever did happen, we have back-ups upon our back-ups.
  • What makes you different from your competitors?
    • The overwhelming difference is that we care.  Aside from the fact that we have the best gear, best speakers, all our music is legally bought and paid for, we dress the part, we articulate on the microphone, we know exactly how a wedding should flow…aside from all of these things, we honestly want your day to be a success and the greatest day of your life.
  • Have you played at the reception site already?
    • By virtue of being in business since 1989, yes we have played at all of the venues in the area and likely several dozens of times.  We know where to set-up, the power locations, the layout of the reception, etc.
  • Will you serve as an emcee during the reception?
    • Absolutely, once you complete our “Reception Information Sheet” we take it from there.  That is our itinerary for the day and tells us just about everything we need to get your reception moving and keep it flowing.
  • Can I provide you with list of “Do Not Play” songs?
    • We understand the importance of certain songs, and some of those are the “Do Not Play” songs.  We get it, there are songs we don’t like either and wouldn’t want played at our own events.  We 100% understand.  So yes, we welcome the “Do Nots”.
  • Do you take requests from guests?
    • Requests are extremely important, this gives us the pulse of the group.  The way we plan for an event happens on the spot, not before.  We like to ask you for your favorite songs, take requests from the guests, have you fill out our “Top 200” and then we  fill in the blanks with what we think will work best.  When we get to the event we take all the notes, scan the crowd, mill around and talk to the guests and formulate a game plan.
  • How often do you take breaks?
    • Absolutely never, we are working not resting.
  • Do you bring all of your own sound, wiring and lighting equipment?
    • Good Guy Productions has enough gear to perform eight weddings in one day.  We have identical set-ups and backups to that gear as well.  I do not like to rely on the venue to provide us anything, we even bring our own table because we know exactly what size we need.
  • What will you wear at the wedding?
    • Most times we will wear a tuxedo, it just seems right.  However, there are occasions where we are asked to wear something less formal or different.  We will dress accordingly for the event.
  • Do you have any references?
    • Good Guy Productions has a reference page on our website and we also have accounts with Wedding Wire and The Knot online resource pages.  The best way to get a feel for our style is to ask the reception hall managers what they think.  They see us the most and can give you the best advice.
  • Are you insured?
    • Yes indeed, we have a policy through RV Nuccio for two million dollars.
  • What is the back up plan if you are ill or there is an emergency on my wedding day?
    • As I mentioned earlier, we are a multi-op and have a plan for this situation well in hand.
  • What is the deposit required to reserve you for my wedding date?  When is the final balance due?
    • We ask for a deposit of 50% of the total to reserve a date.   When you sign our contract it is necessary to send a deposit as well.  The final balance is due 30 days prior to your event.  This is a standard practice in this industry.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    • This all depends on when you cancel.  If you cancel more than 180 day before the event you will get refunded anything over the deposit amount.  The deposit is non-refundable.  The reason for this is because we are different than most other businesses.  When we book an event we turn others away.  Most wedding couples book around the one-year mark.   So, if we turn away clients for the day you want, and then you cancel, there is a very limited chance that we will rebook your date.  That is why the deposit is non-refundable.

eric@goodguyproductions.com

31 George Downs Lane, Bloomingdale, NY 12913

Ph/Fax:(518) 891-3500

Toll Free: (888) DJDJDJ-1

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eric@goodguyproductions.com

31 George Downs Lane, Bloomingdale, NY 12913

Ph/Fax:(518) 891-3500

Toll Free: (888) DJDJDJ-1

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