Courtesy of DZ Entertainment Baltimore, MD
Studies have shown that a big portion of the success of a wedding reception rests heavily on the shoulders of the DJ. While the common perception is that the DJ is there only to play music, today's highly trained DJ professionals take on the role of event manager first and music programmer second. While not a wedding coordinator, today's premier disc jockey professionals do incorporate your wishes in a carefully orchestrated plan where they pace your reception for maximum success. Rather than just show-up and play music, the DJ takes the burden of timing and coordination right off your shoulders allowing you to relax and enjoy your big day. A wedding reception is a one-time live performance that requires the skillful experience of a master of ceremonies to manage. Like the Academy Awards, your reception should be a mixture of artful timing, rehearsed audience involvement and the live performance of the stars (that's you!) for a complete success.
| Today's DJ professional will carefully help you plan the formalities of your event to your satisfaction, then fulfill your wishes without your having to worry about them allowing you to enjoy your day in the spotlight. As part of the hiring process, you should ensure that your DJ has the ability to work as part of your team to maximize the results from each professional. Since music is such an obvious part of a DJ's role in your wedding, they should be able to provide you with a wide variety of music appropriate for you and your guests through a premium sound system that incorporates a complete back-up solution for your peace of mind. For your protection a DJ should also be completely insured for liability.
A membership in a professional organization such as the American Disc Jockey Association also shows that your DJ respects his profession through national affiliations with professional organizations. Lastly, all the details of your reception should be provided in writing so there is absolute understanding by both yourself and your DJ professional. Like an experienced pilot, your DJ should have a written checklist to show you that they go through before your event so that there is no room for error. Several national organizations have suggested that the average price for a DJ across the country is $800 for four hours.
Those who seek above-average levels of service or a reception greater than four hours could expect to pay more. Since $800 is the average brides-to-be should remain cautious of those charging less than this - particularly if the price is well below this. A bargain might not seem so sweet after a wedding reception is unsuccessfully managed.