You shouldn’t need the luck of the Irish, or a rabbit’s foot, to find a good DJ, right? Wrong. Truth is there are bad DJ’s playing bad music at birthday parties, school dances, proms, mitzvahs, summer festivals and any other kind of event in Wisconsin and Illinois. Don’t be the unlucky party organizer stuck with a bad DJ. How can you tell the good from the bad DJ? Here are signs you shouldn’t hire that bad DJ:
- No dancing. If the DJ can’t get the guests dancing at a birthday party, summer festival, 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. A bad DJ approaches a party with a “one size fits all” mentality.
- 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, the alarms for “Bad DJ!” should go off. 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.
Want to find out if the DJ you’re considering is a bad DJ? Ask for references and dates when you can stop in and check out their play list and party protocol at one of their bookings—at a wedding, prom, school dance, mitzvah or party in your area. Check out their social media sites to see what they’re up to. Ask your friends, neighbors and family for information. Then, put that lucky rabbit’s foot away and call a DJ with experience, an awesome play list and all the extras you want. You shouldn’t need luck to figure out if your DJ is a bad DJ.
Trying to piece together the ultimate post prom after party? Trying to find unique ideas that your classmates will actually want to come to? Don’t leave your after party planning until, well, after the prom planning. We know a thing or two about proms—being DJs from the southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois area—and have a few ideas that can make your next post prom after party a success:
- Indoor movie. Host an indoor movie on a monster screen (think one of those screens used at outside movies) complete with popcorn, glow jewelry and candy to complete the theme. Choose an awesome movie everyone loves, and sit back and enjoy the show.
- Post prom dance party. Why should your ultimate dance night end? Host a rockin’ after prom party that keeps everyone dancing until the morning. Make sure you hire the right DJ that can keep everyone moving all night. Up the ante of your party with a laser light show, interactive texting or a glow themed party. Don’t forget to order rockin’ refreshments to keep the party going.
- Video games. Ready to enjoy all night Mario Kart? Or spend the night enjoying all the fun of a Wii as a group? Get the ultimate all-night video game marathon started, and keep it going until dawn.
- Dance games. Want to host a fun night of dance games that keeps everyone moving and having fun? Contact Post Prom DJ and ask for suggestions for recommendations—and ask for any other ideas if you’re not satisfied with this list. We’ve seen many a post prom party, and can give you ideas that’ll make your after party an awesome reality.
Don’t feel that you only have to choose one option for your post prom after party. If you want to host a large gathering that everyone can enjoy, choose your favorite options—or all the above options—to give people options after prom. Whatever your preference, contact Post Prom DJ early to reserve your post prom entertainment early—so you are not scrambling later to pull together the ultimate, memorable after party your classmates expect.
Planning a prom and post prom party can seem like an overwhelming task even if you’re part of a large planning committee. No matter how large your committee is, using a checklist and staying organized through the prom planning process is essential to a successful dance. So take a deep breath, and start your prom planning with our prom (and post prom) planning checklist:
- Date. If your school does not have a confirmed date, 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 when events are typically not held—when venues offer discounted rates.
- Venue & location. Choose a venue that fits your prom theme and budget, and has ample space for your guests and a large dance floor with space for your DJ.
- 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. If your prom includes a dinner, find a venue or caterer that can provide a meal before the dance. If your school normally provides refreshments throughout the dance, contact a caterer about appetizers. If you normally provide refreshments at your post prom party, book a caterer that can make food for both prom and post prom. If you are hosting your prom at a venue, make sure that your preferred caterer is allowed to come in, and check with the venue to see if you need to show proof of your caterer’s insurance.
- Decorations. Choose decorations that fit 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 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 and glow sticks for a fun, entertaining night. Remember, anybody can play music, but selecting the right DJ that has the rockin’ play list that keeps your school dancing for the whole dance (because we’ve all seen those dances where kids fade early) is important. Contact your DJ right away, because the best school dance DJ’s calendars fill up fast.
- School Dance Packages. Now is also the time to find out what school dance & prom packages are offered, and how they fit in with your budget. You want a package that fits the size of your dance, and the gym or venue that you’re using. Selecting the right package also means making sure you have enough money in your budget for refreshments and decorations. If you set a ticket price for your prom, research your dance expenses ahead of time so you set a price that doesn’t leave your budget in the red.
- Budget. Want to save some money? Check to see if your DJ service has a referral discount. Often, DJ services will charge you less if you refer other clients that book their services. For example, Post Prom DJ offers a 50% discount for your party when two other schools, corporations, family members of friends confirm their party. So think BIG within your network. Save money for your school dance by asking your company to book with the same DJ for their corporate Christmas party, and ask one of the previous school classes to book with that same DJ for their 20th Class Reunion.
- Post Prom Party. Looking for a rocking party with dance music for your post prom party with a monster laser light show? Or are you looking for an outdoor movie inside (think huge screens in a gym)? How about an LED light up dance floor? Or a party with gaming systems that keeps everyone’s feet moving even after prom? Don’t make the post prom party your second thought. Assign a committee or volunteer specifically to plan the post prom party.
Don’t procrastinate your prom planning. Get started by setting a date (if needed) and booking a quality DJ (remember the best DJ’s are booked quickly!). An experienced DJ can also make recommendations that can help during your party planning. If you are working as part of a committee, make sure you stay in contact with fellow committee members to make sure your planning goes smoothly, and the result—a rocking prom!—is a night you and your classmates never forget.