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5 DJ Myths Made to be Busted

LightspacePlayIf you’re planning a party—-school dance, wedding, prom, birthday party, company party—whatever kind of party, you’ve undoubtedly thought of using a deejay for your party entertainment. Before you dismiss the idea based on stories you’ve heard, let us debunk some of the major DJ myths:

  • DJ’s only BLAST music. One huge benefit of having a DJ for entertainment at your party is volume control. Having soft background music when you need it (and loud dance music when needed) is invaluable for providing a fun event where everyone can mingle.
  • DJ’s don’t take requests. A good DJ allows takes requests at your party, and even in advance by asking guests on the invitation if there is a song they would like to hear.
  • DJ’s only play dance music. Musical chairs? Freeze games? Laser light show? Group video games? A good DJ is versatile, and can keep your guests moving with music and games at any party—birthday parties, weddings, holiday company parties, school dances, proms and post prom parties.
  • DJ’s only provide music. Do you need someone to give instructions for seating guests? Or call out the winner of contests and raffles? Ask your DJ. The DJ can make announcements, direct guests’ attentions to a certain area or assist with event directions.
  • DJ’s take up a huge amount of space in your venue because of all their equipment. When you’ve got a big crowd and you’re tight on space, a DJ takes up less floor space than a band.

When you do choose a DJ for your party, don’t just choose any DJ.  There is a reason that DJ myths are out there. Once you’ve selected the right DJ for your party, book early. Don’t wait to get on the calendar of a good, experienced DJ. Contact a good DJ ASAP. The best DJ’s calendars fill up quickly, and you don’t want to be stuck with a DJ that fits one of these myths.

5 Signs of a Lame DJ

School danceWhether you’ve hired a DJ for your New Year’s party, school dance, wedding, or prom, the last thing you want is a case of buyer’s regret. So how do you find a DJ that can rock the party and keep your guests dancing? Asking for references or attending another event that the DJ is at is one way to select the right DJ for your party. Whatever you choose, be alert for signs of a lame DJ:

  • No dancing. If the DJ can’t get the guests dancing at a wedding or school dance, what makes you think your party will be any different? The right DJ has a good mixture of songs, personality and entertainment that can get a party going, and the guests dancing.
  • No volume control. You don’t need a DJ that shakes your dinner plates at all the wrong times. Part of being a DJ is knowing when to rock it, and when to be the background. Choose a DJ appropriate for your affair—that can be background music at your business dinner, company holiday party or wedding and rock it when the dance floor is open.
  • No good songs. Everyone’s version of “good” songs is different, but it’s up to the DJ to ask about the demographics of your guests and adapt accordingly.
  • No “extras.” What separates a good party from a great party is the atmosphere. Beyond the guests and DJ, what sends a party over the top is lighting, laser light shows, party supplies, and even big screens that are interactive. If your DJ doesn’t offer these “extras” that could elevate your party, find a DJ that can.
  • No questions. The right DJ for your party is the DJ that asks questions and plans accordingly. If your prospective DJ is not asking questions so he can wear the correct attire, play the right songs and create the best party experience possible, that DJ is not the right DJ for you.

You can also ask friends, family or business associates for recommendations for a DJ. Inform them what you are looking for (and what you’re not looking for—use the signs above). Ask them about what they’ve witnessed at events where the DJ was at. Then, book early. Don’t wait to get on the calendar of a good, experienced DJ. Contact a good DJ ASAP. The best DJ’s calendars fill up quickly, and you don’t want to be stuck with a DJ that shows all the signs of a lame DJ.

Selecting the Right DJ for Your Party

DSC00036_350_195We’ve all been at a boring party, complete with the lame DJ. Or worse, the friend of a friend who thinks he or she is a DJ and has brought out their boombox, phone, speakers and CDs. And though they think they are bringing down the house, from the look of the bored faces, they are, well, NOT.

So how can you avoid that scenario at your party? Simple: just choose the right DJ for your party, school dance or company holiday party. And while the answer is simple, choosing a DJ that keeps your guests entertained is more complex than checking the yellow pages—but it’s pretty easy when you use our checklist to select the right DJ:

  1. Reputation. A reputable, quality DJ has more than just speakers. They have a huge selection of songs, equipment suitable for different size dance floors and a reputation for rockin’ dance parties. An experienced DJ also has the business tools to back up their reputation. What does that mean? That means they have an organized calendar and tools to make sure they follow up with you about last minute details. What good is a DJ who can deliver on an awesome party but doesn’t show up?
  2. Price. Yes, your friend says he’ll do your party for “almost nothing.” Remember, you get what you pay for. Does he have the equipment that works for your large space? Does he have the selection of songs necessary to keep your party goers on the dance floor? Cheapest is not always the best.
  3. Date. Set the date of your party or dance well in advance to ensure you can choose the right DJ for your bash. If you are in a last minute bind, call a list of reputable DJ’s to see who has your last minute date open.
  4. Ask your friends, schools or bosses. Schools hire DJ’s for dances. Companies hire DJ’s for holiday parties. Your friends hire DJ’s for weddings, birthdays, neighborhood parties, etc. Ask them what DJ’s they would recommend or not recommend, and why. DJ’s are versatile.  A good school dance DJ can cater to many party crowds, including yours.

Finding the right DJ is only one part of your party planning equation, but it’s one of the most important details—one that could make your school dance, birthday party or company holiday party the best in all of the midwest, or the worst. So, don’t procrastinate, find the right DJ today—and reap the rewards of your rockin’ dance party.

The Right Equation for Party Planning

DSC00036_350_195Planning an engagement party? Mitzvah? Birthday or anniversary party? No matter what kind of celebration you’re planning, the equation for a successful party is comprised of the same parts. How you put all the parts together can be the difference between a rockin’ success and a ho-hum gathering. Get started early. Use our party planning equation as your party planning checklist so you can coordinate the perfect, rockin’ party that everyone enjoys:

Date. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Just set a date. However, setting a date is far more complicated. Choose several possible dates that work, and contact your deejay and venue to see which date is available. Or contact the venue for available dates within the time frame you need. If you want to save money, hold your party on an “off day”—a Friday or Sunday when events are typically not held—when venues offer discounted rates.

Venue & location. Booking a venue is all about your guests and preferences. Choose a venue that fits your style and budget, and has ample space for your guests and a large dance floor with space for your DJ. If you have out-of-town guests, consider venues attached to or near a hotel.

Theme. A party without a theme is an event without direction. Decide on a theme, and use it to plan your refreshments, decorations and entertainment, even if you use it in subtle ways.

Food. Food is an integral part of every party (you’ve heard the expression, “come for the food, stay for the party” right?), with many different options. If your party is being held in mid-afternoon, a luncheon, or a late evening affair, make your party an assortment of finger food and appetizers that fit with your theme. Having a party that spans the afternoon? Host a buffet meal, so you can have warm food for all your guests as they come.

Decorations. Choose decorations that fit the occasion and the theme. Make sure you check with the venue if you want to put up decorations that attach to the wall or ceiling. Many venues have specific guidelines for decorations. If you can’t hang decorations, consider décor like table centerpieces and lighting. If it’s lighting you wish, check with your deejay about dance party packages with bright lighting that sets the mood of your party.

Entertainment. Want a rockin’ party? Hire a deejay to set the mood. Deejays also have a few more benefits for a party, and can also provide lighting, jump houses and glow sticks for a fun, entertaining night.

Keeping all your details organized is the key to successful party planning. Create a checklist and timeline so you can stay on top of things, or use one of these party planning apps. If you are party of a committee or group planning a party, make everyone aware of their assignments and give them a clear deadline. Once you’re done with all the party planning, kick your feet up and enjoy the fruits of your party planning efforts.

5 Party Details You Need to Book a DJ

School danceWhether you’re hosting a holiday party, bar mitzvah or school dance, it pays to be organized. After all you have the coordinate A LOT of details—food, venue, entertainment, invitations. You don’t have time to make numerous calls to vendors, giving them bit by bit of information. You need to be efficient, and can start by having these party details set and ready for discussion with your DJ:

  • Date. This detail should be a bit obvious. A DJ cannot tell you if they are available unless you have some idea about the date (or possible dates) of the event.
  • Location. If you only have the date and location, be sure to call the DJ and get on their calendar. The best DJ’s calendars fill up quickly.
  • Event timeline. What time is the dinner or lunch? Will you need background music or announcements? When will the dance start? These are all details that need to be set in advance.
  • Requests. If you have requests for songs or have asked your guests for requests on the invitation, send or discuss the list with your DJ in advance to ensure that your songs are played.
  • Event formality. Want your DJ to dress appropriately? Discuss it with them before the event.

Having all your ducks in a row, as the old saying goes, is the key to a successful party. If you want a mobile organizing solution, download one of these party planning apps for reminders and record keeping. If you need to charge for tickets, contact a DJ before you have your event details confirmed so you have a list of all the party costs.

5 Things a DJ Brings to Your Company Holiday Party

atlanta-holiday-santa-dj_350_259The company holiday party is supposed to be a night of appreciation, networking and entertainment. Somehow the entertainment part always seems to be neglected, leaving employees and their families with a real snoozer of an event. Turning on a radio in the corner just doesn’t count when you’re supposed to be hosting a night of appreciation. What’s worse, there are so many options for entertainment: carolers, DJs, the big, jolly guy himself.

So what’s the advantage of a DJ for entertainment? There are a few key benefits of having a DJ—things the DJ can bring or do at your holiday party:

  • Background music quiet enough for networking. One huge benefit of having a DJ for entertainment at your party is volume control. Having soft background holiday tunes when you need it (and loud dance music when needed) is invaluable for providing a fun, networking event for employees and their families.
  • The ability to make requests of any kind—even in advance of the event. Yes a cover band can take requests, but they are limited by their style of music. Having a DJ allows you to take requests at the event, and even in advance by asking guests on the invitation if there is a song they would like to hear. There’s no limit to what a DJ can play.
  • Fun holiday games and dances. Musical holiday chairs? Freeze games? Classic holiday tunes while Santa gives out presents? A DJ can keep your guests moving with music and games for employees and their families.
  • Gives you an impromptu emcee for your evening. Do you need someone to give instructions for seating guests? Or call out the winner of contests and raffles? Ask your DJ. The DJ can make announcements, direct guests’ attentions to a certain area or assist with event directions.
  • More room for guests. When you’ve got a big crowd and you’re tight on space, a DJ takes up less floor space than a band. That gives you room for your holiday tree, food and any other festivities you dream up.

If you have specific requests for your evening, or have a general idea of the event timeline and festivities in advance of your event, discuss it with your DJ in advance so they can plan accordingly. However, if your event takes an unexpected turn, know that a DJ is flexible enough to roll with your event—and provide entertainment that all your employees remember, and appreciate.

5 Reasons Why Now is THE Holiday Party Planning Time

atlanta-holiday-santa-dj_350_259Company holiday parties have got a bad reputation, eliciting the image of the hungover employee waking up to termination based on a loose tongue or a lame affair employees are forced to attend. If you want your employees and co-workers to develop a new image of your company holiday party, don’t procrastinate. Planning early for your corporate party is not wasted efforts, it’s essential—and for very good reasons:

  • Holiday party planning takes time. This isn’t an idle warning. Whether your party is for 50 or 5,000, planning for a fun, memorable holiday party requires research and planning. The caterer, DJ, decorations, accommodations for guests with special needs, parking…every detail takes careful research, phone calls, emails and time.
  • Venue decisions need to be booked well in advance. Deciding the right location for your holiday party is essential to finalizing other party details, and popular venues are typically reserved well in advance. If you don’t have a final date, you can set that detail based on open dates at your preferred venue. Remember, you need to know the location to tell the printer for the invitations, the caterer for food and the DJ for entertainment. The cost of the venue is also a large part of your budget, so once you know the final cost you finalize other details based on the state of your party budget.
  • Save money by booking early, and get the best value for your company budget. Booking details well in advance means you can get early bird rates and discounts. Even if your party isn’t until January or February, vendors tend to run holiday specials now to accommodate December customers. Get the most for your budget by locking in the deals now.
  • You can still reserve the best DJ. If you want to create a pleasant holiday atmosphere for networking or a dance party that your co-workers and their significant others enjoy, contact the in-demand DJ’s now. The best DJ’s are booked early simply because they’re excellent at what they do.
  • You have high expectations to meet. A holiday party is more than an excuse for a festive event, it’s an opportunity to show appreciation to your employees and co-workers. Consider an enjoyable company holiday party a retention benefit. Create a fun night they won’t forget, and give them another reason to keep working for your company.