6 Types of Events That Benefit From Having a DJ

Let’s be honest, DJs can easily be the life of the party if the music selection is on point. The right music is essential for setting the tone of any event. While live entertainment offers the excitement of actual performances, a DJ offers convenience, diversity, authenticity, and better volume control. It is imperative to hire DJs who are well-rounded and have played at many different events. A DJ who has strictly only done weddings may not be the DJ you want at a food truck festival.

We have compiled the definitive list of events for DJs:

 

Weddings

Wedding DJ

 A no-brainer and maybe even a little cliché, but what is a wedding without a DJ? A DJ is a necessity unless the happy couple booked a band, but DJs are far more versatile and please guests of all ages. DJs usually have a more diverse playlist, so you won’t be stuck listening to one genre of music all night.

Corporate Events
Corporate events DJ

Imagine taking your office out for all their hard work. Are you going to commemorate them with elevator music? We hope not. Allow all of your employees to let loose with not just good company and drinks, but good music too. Not only will your employees have a great time, but you will also shine a light on your company culture. Having a grand opening? Create a festive atmosphere with the right music!

Nonprofit Events

Noprofit events DJ

Nonprofits especially have to make every dollar stretch. Have you thought about asking for an entertainment sponsor? Instead of asking for a donation of services, why not include them in your event marketing? It’s more publicity and involvement for all parties.

Parties & Celebrations
Parties & Celebrations DJ

From a 14th birthday to an 80th birthday, a DJ is a sure way to liven up the party. As more people are jazzing up their once-in-a-lifetime celebrations, the demand for DJs has increased. Celebrations like bat/bar mitzvahs and quinceañeras will need a DJ for the dance floor!

Festivals
Festivals DJ

Music festivals typically have live bands, but what about other types of festivals? Food truck festivals and wine festivals deserve entertainment too. DJs can also fill in space between acts and can provide equipment for announcements and directing attention. Not to mention music will help pass time in the long lines associated with these events.

Shopping Events
Shopping Events DJ

The black Friday lines have only gotten worse and worse over the years, the same with any big store event. While you may only see DJs in larger cities for these events, there is no reason smaller areas shouldn’t “think big” when it comes to hiring a DJ for sales events.

   

There is no better time than now to book a DJ for your 2021 and 2022 events. From weddings to corporate events, as the world opens up more and more each month, there is going to be a higher demand and slim time frames. Contact us today for more information about our packages and what we can offer you and your guests!

5 Tips to Hiring a Memorable Wedding DJ

 

The main goal of your wedding is to make it an unforgettable night not only for you and your significant other but for your guests as well. From booking your beautiful dream venue to the delicious spread of food to a bumpin’ reception, there are many factors that will go into planning your special day. One of the most determining factors for a fun, upbeat reception is your choice of DJ. A reception can go south quickly with an empty dance floor. Moral of the story, great music makes for a great party. When it comes to hiring a DJ, much like finding your spouse, you will “just know” when you’ve found the right one. We have provided you with the tips to hiring a memorable DJ for your wedding that will leave your soon-to-be married guests asking where you found them!

Professionalism

We are raised to never judge a book by its cover. This statement is valid in most aspects of life, but first impressions are important when it comes to hiring a wedding DJ. A great DJ shows professionalism in all manners. From the way they dress to being well-groomed to maintaining a calm and controlled demeanor. If something goes astray during your wedding, a good DJ will know how to attend to wedding disasters and can act accordingly. Experience is key. You definitely don’t want to hire an inexperienced DJ and you certainly don’t want your wedding to be their first gig. Professional DJs will do their best because not only do they want your wedding night to be memorable, but they know they have a reputation to uphold. 

Reading The Crowd

You will want to ask a DJ how they pack the dance floor. A good, experienced DJ will have a passion and knowledge for all genres of music to predict the response of guests in the room when certain music plays. Knowing what music to play and when to play them is an important skill to make sure your DJ has. DJs will have varying styles and approaches to getting guests out on the dance floor. Some will use microphone interaction while others will focus on good music and taking requests. Most DJs will be able to adapt to certain requests and situations, but it’s important to make it clear what style of DJ you’re looking to hire from the start. 

Respects Your Wishes

While there are songs we can’t imagine not hearing at our wedding, there are other songs we know will make us cringe at the drop of the first beat. A good DJ will respect your wishes of what you do and do not want to hear at your wedding reception. After all, it is YOUR wedding reception. 

Party Packages

Other than great music, find out what else DJs offer in their packages. The high-tech sound systems and suitable lighting for different stages of the reception are a given, but what makes them different from their competitors? Photo booths can be a fun addition to any party!

Chemistry

Much like the feeling of meeting “the one”, you will just know when you’ve found the right DJ for your wedding. They will understand your needs and desires for the night and assure you they can make your dreams come true. With the right DJ, you won’t have to carry all the stress and anxiety that comes with planning a wedding. 

Your wedding is one of the biggest celebrations of your life and a great DJ will make it special. We are the area’s only all-female award-winning DJ company, and we book quickly! Check out our wedding services at HD Entertainment to see what we can do for you!

Top 10 Questions For DJs in Hanover, PA

Top 10 Questions for DJs in Hanover, PA

So you have decided to get married here at home in Hanover, PA, and you’re seeking local talent to DJ at your wedding reception. A packed dance floor is a key component to a fun and memorable wedding reception. Before choosing someone you know or going with the DJ that was at your friend’s wedding, there are questions to consider asking prior to hiring your entertainment. Afterall, you’ll want to know how your DJ gets the party started. We have noted ten questions to ask a prospective DJ before booking them for your special day.

  • Do You Offer A Written Contract?

Not all DJs you interview will have the same sense of professionalism. A written, legal contract is the first indication that the DJ is legitimate and reliable. A contract will establish the DJ’s obligation to the client and highlight what is expected for the success of the DJ. In our opinion, any DJ without a contract should not be considered.

  • What Is Your Experience?

You will want to ask a DJ how long they have been in the business. While you’re at it, ask them how many weddings they have done in the past because you definitely don’t want your wedding to be their first. Knowing how many years a DJ has been in the industry is a good indicator of how much experience they hold under their belt. Many DJs perform at a few events per year as a side gig. You’ll want to think twice when considering passing up a DJ because they have less years of experience in the industry as a whole, but have done twice as many weddings as someone who holds more years of experience.

  • Have You Played At Our Venue Before?

It’s a huge plus when a DJ has already played at your venue for past weddings and events. In a small town like Hanover, it is likely DJs have played at many of the same venues multiple times. There are challenges that come with every venue though, and if your DJ is already familiar with the location, planning becomes that much less of a headache for everyone. If they haven’t been to your venue before, your DJ should be open to preparing themselves prior to your event.

  • Describe Your Style?

When finding the right DJ, it is important to try to match the style of the DJ to the atmosphere you are trying to create for your guests. For a wedding, you will more than likely want a party-promoting type of DJ but maybe not one who is too interactive with the crowd. Depending on your wants in this area, ask your DJ what their normal style is, how they get the crowd dancing, and what they do if the dance floor clears.

  • Will You Act As The “Emcee”?

DJs typically aren’t shy, but if they refuse to emcee at your wedding, chances are they aren’t the DJ for you. Any professional and experienced DJ should be comfortable making wedding announcements on a microphone, as it is a standard part of the event.

  • How Do You Motivate A Crowd If Nobody Is Dancing?

An empty dance floor is every soon-to-be married couple’s nightmare. You want your wedding reception to be a night that isn’t soon forgotten. While some DJs are comfortable with the microphone to energize a crowd, others may use careful song selection to ensure dance floor success. If a populated dance floor is important to you, you will want to ask the DJ how they go about this and determine if it is how you would want the situation handled.

  • May We Speak To Your References?

You were probably already referred to your local prospective DJ by a friend, but it doesn’t hurt to do your own research. Any DJ should be ready and willing to connect you with their past clients. Speaking to past clients gives you a good idea of what is expected when working with that DJ. In the absence of wanting to bother a past couple, search out reviews for your chosen DJ. The more, the better. A simple Google search should show you various reviews and platforms.

  • How Involved Can We Be In Selecting Music For Our Event?

Many DJs prefer to be in control of their own setlists while sprinkling in a few of your select requests. The ideal DJ should be accommodating to your music taste, open to including what your guests want to hear, and respectful of what you don’t want to hear. A good DJ has a premade itinerary or song selection sheet ready to hand to you once a contract is signed and a deposit is secured.

  • What Is Included?

Some DJs will have other packages you can tack onto their services at your event that include photo booths, lighting options, overtime rates, and even stations for guests to charge their phone. There are a ton of fees that get tacked onto having a DJ, aside from their presence and set-up. Be sure to ask what packages are offered and what is included in each.

  • What Makes You Different From Your Competitors?

Lastly, why them? “Out of all the talent in the area, why should we choose you?” can be the opening or closing question for your prospective DJ. Any successful DJ will be open to answering this question if they take pride in their work. An open and honest DJ will take the time to tell you why their services are unique without bashing other local DJs.

Choosing a DJ for any event is tricky, but if you’re looking for the best in the Hanover, PA area, look no further. HD Entertainment has a handful of talented, award-winning ladies ready to provide your guests with the experience they need at an affordable cost. Contact us today to get started.