DJing Weddings

Articles on DJing weddings ranging from dealing with brides to traditional wedding formalities.

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Always Ask More Questions

July 18, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
There are a lot of lessons in business that we are able to learn from books, videos, and articles. Others we learn from trusted friends and mentors. Some lessons, however, must be learned from the harsh hand of experience. This weekend provided me with such an opportunity, and today I'd like to share the lesson I learned about asking enough to questions to be properly prepared for an event. When the client (a 15-year-old girl) first reached out to me about using my services at her sweet 16, I thought to myself "Sweet! A birthday party will be an easy event and a needed break from the hectic wedding season." We had a quick conversation ab... [read more]
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Scaling Up – By Byron Gunter

July 11, 2018 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
Most of you reading this probably think that you are one of the top wedding DJs, if not the best, in your market. In most markets there is plenty of room for growth—but there’s only one you and only so many weekend dates a year. So, the question is, how do you duplicate yourself? How do you build a multi-op with an arsenal of DJs who bring the same level of professionalism and experience that you do? How do you maintain your brand consistency and quality-of-product as you scale? As a multi-op that does well over 400 weddings a year, I could spend hours explaining how, for example, we do all those weddings with little to no advertising, how ... [read more]
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Mobile DJ Thoughts – Mic Drop Deposits?

July 9, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
So have you seen the new Verizon commercial? I caught it last night during Walking Dead, and I saw it again today on CNN. This guy is standing in front of a bunch of people like he's doing a political speech on a microphone, and he's talking about, I don't know, coverage or something, and when he's done talking, he does a mike drop. Then he remembers he has something else to say, so he pulls another mike out of his jacket, says something else, does a mike drop. Then he remembers he has a third thing he has to say, so he pulls another microphone out of the back of his coat and says whatever he has to say for his last bit, does a mike drop, and says, yeah, now I'm all out of microphones. This is not a new phenomenon, the mike drop. Obama's done it. Chris Rock has done it for 25 years. And Eddie Murphy was doin... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Choosing the Right Generator for Your Outdoor, Summer Events

July 3, 2018 by Jason Rubio
Summer is here, and that means lots of fun concerts, outdoor festivals, boat parties, and more! However, that also means you'll get booked for some of these events and often times, there is no available power source for you to use! Whether you're providing a DJ, a photo booth, photography, or whatever, you'll certainly need power. Many people are completely lost when it comes to knowing which generator to choose for their needs. Luckily, most generator manufacturers know this, so they have plenty of helpful tips on their website, to help you choose the right generator for your needs. For our business, Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, we prefer to use a Honda 3000 Watt Generator for DJ or photo booth power. Usually, we'll need a smaller generator, if the photo booth is in a different area, which ... [read more]
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Taking On A Shadow

June 21, 2018 by Joe Bunn
A huge part of our training process is allowing DJ trainees to "shadow" or watch my veteran DJs in action, mainly at weddings. By no means is this there only training! We also have days where we set up gear in a local venue, work on MCing, mixing and more. We also have meetings where we just talk about the sales aspects of my company since my guys each meet with their own leads. But shadowing is a crucial component of working in a new DJ. If you aren't doing this, you definitely should be! In fact, I've had DJs that thought they wanted to make the leap from clubs to weddings go out one time, and then we never hear from them again. LOL. They like the idea of that private event money, but don't realize how much hard work goes into prepping for and executing something like a wedding. Make them shadow you or one ... [read more]
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DJ to DJ Networking

June 20, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
One of the biggest components of improving and transforming my company over the past two years has been networking with DJs in my area. I'm not talking about ADJA meetings or get-togethers with large groups of wedding vendors (although those are definitely valuable too). I'm talking about one-on-one, person to person meetings. You and another DJ sitting down for lunch or drinks to learn about each other and ways you can improve can be a huge benefit to your company! When I first arrived in Salt Lake City a little over two years ago I didn't know anyone. My little DJ side business was only making $350-$500 or so per event, and I was stru... [read more]
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Your First Few Minutes at The Venue

June 6, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
We often hear that first impressions are the most important, and this is all too true in the events world. As mobile DJs, we are already having to fight to make our professionalism and credibility stand out in a world filled with hobbyists and DJs who don't really care. There is a myriad of ways we can show that we care to clients and other vendors, and one of the easiest is through our first few minutes after arriving at a venue. Often, DJs are tempted to just pull up to the venue's front door, unload their gear, wheel it up to the event's room, set it up, and start blasting loud sound-check music with minimal interaction with venue st... [read more]
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Working Review: ADJ Mini Dekker

June 4, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
I'm not the biggest fan of effect lights; all too often they are seen as the tacky, cliche DJ light that flashes and spins throughout an entire party. However, there are just some effects that can't be recreated with wash lighting or even moving heads. A few months back I was on the hunt for a mirror ball-type effect, but I knew I didn't want to haul and set up an actual mirror ball. Enter the ADJ Mini Dekker. At only $79 a pop, you could grab 4 of these lights and still be out less than the price of a decent entry-level moving head. Like all my ADJ products, it's well made and (to my surprise and happiness) super compact. Inside you'l... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #194 – MAY 2018

May 26, 2018 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #194 - MAY 2018 WEDDING DJ SECRETS While you'll find wedding DJ stuff in just about every issue of Mobile Beat, this one is our regular closer look at rocking your receptions. We are confident you will find at least one new tip or trick in these digital pages to help you improve your wedding reception performance or get more and better wedding gigs!. ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief   WEDDING DJ SECRETS How to Have an Awesome Reception: 3 Keys for Couples - Matt Martindale A Dream Wedding: It Takes More than Magic - Jay Maxwell “Why Should I Hire You?” - Stu Chisholm How to Get on a Venue’s Preferred Vendor List - Kim... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #194 – MAY 2018

May 26, 2018 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #194 - MAY 2018 WEDDING DJ SECRETS While you'll find wedding DJ stuff in just about every issue of Mobile Beat, this one is our regular closer look at rocking your receptions. We are confident you will find at least one new tip or trick in these digital pages to help you improve your wedding reception performance or get more and better wedding gigs!. ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief   WEDDING DJ SECRETS How to Have an Awesome Reception: 3 Keys for Couples - Matt Martindale A Dream Wedding: It Takes More than Magic - Jay Maxwell “Why Should I Hire You?” - Stu Chisholm How to Get on a Venue’s Preferred Vendor List - Kim... [read more]