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The “Real Cost” of a Wedding DJ

The “Real Cost” of a Wedding DJ

 

If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, you know that the cost of essentials like decorations, catering, and entertainment varies by place and vendor. Of course, you don’t want to break the bank but you don’t want to have a “below average” wedding either by choosing the cheapest options.

The most important “big ticket” areas on which to focus your budget are the venue space, the alcohol and food catering, and the DJ. There are a ton of DJs in the Adams/York County area, so how do you choose? And how much do they cost?

The average cost of a wedding DJ in our area is $1,300. Realistically, you could see professional DJs charging anywhere between $800-$4,500 depending on the type of setup you wish to have for your guests (add-ons, lighting, photo booths, etc). We want to share with you the real cost of a wedding DJ because we don’t want you to blow your budget. Keep reading to find out what to expect from DJs at varying price points.

 

What Does a Wedding DJ Cost?

Time, money, and resources are what set apart a budget-friendly DJ from a full-time professional DJ. Professional DJs spend more time and put more money into their sets and equipment while more cost-friendly DJs may just use DJing on the side as an extra source of income. Here’s what various prices likely indicate when it comes to the expertise of the DJ:

 

Cost-Friendly DJ: Under $1000

There’s nothing wrong with checking the cheapest-priced DJs for certain events, but it might not be the right option for your wedding. Let’s face it, wedding receptions are mostly centered around the music and couples count on the DJ to act as an emcee to keep the ball rolling.

This price might make sense if you have a friend who is a DJ and she’s giving you her services at a discounted price as a wedding gift. Often wedding DJs in this price range are testing the waters and they might not have as much experience with weddings. Don’t forget that most venues require a business license and insurance, so be sure to see all documentation of this from a DJ.

 

Middle Ground DJ: $1,100- $1,500

The average cost of a wedding DJ in the U.S. is just between the prices above. In this bracket, DJs have slightly more experience, but more than likely are still DJing part-time. Since they probably have another full-time job, they might not have as much time to prepare for your wedding as someone who DJs full-time.

Keep in mind that all DJs have to start somewhere. You could find a stellar DJ in this category who is working on getting her name out there. Keep researching reviews and ask questions before signing any contracts.

 

“This is my career” DJ: $1,500- $4,500

There is a reason couples pay this much. From the hours the DJs put into preparing for a wedding to the wide range of services they offer, this is truly the full package. DJs in this price range are professionals, experienced, and committed to making sure the day meets your expectations.

This DJ will spend hours upon hours putting together music selections with your recommendations, answer questions thoroughly, and absolutely kill it as your emcee. They likely have all the venue’s favored and required qualifications, licenses, and insurance.

 

Additional Costs

The prices above are only a fraction of what you could end up paying if you are looking for additional things such as special lighting and photo booths. Be sure to compare DJ services and reviews to their prices before deciding if they fit your budget. We don’t recommend settling for the so-so DJ because you wanted the laser light show.

The costs above are only guidelines. Depending on where you live, prices differ. There are amateur DJs that overcharge and quality hidden gems who undercharge. It is important to do your research, interview DJs, and ask questions to figure out if one is your perfect match!

 

The “Real Cost” Isn’t in Dollars

The real cost of a quality DJ isn’t the number on the check you hand over once the contract is signed. A quality DJ costs what they are worth, but it’s what they are doing on the backend that separates an average DJ from a great one. There’s a lot of time, resources, and commitment that go into the preparation of professional DJs.

 

Time

Undeniably, a professional DJ will take 10-30 hours to prepare for a single wedding, whereas a hobbyist may only spend about 5 hours. She will take the time to get to know you and your soon-to-be spouse, to get a feel for who you are as individuals, and to learn about your music tastes. This interview process makes it much easier for a DJ to create a schedule and stay on track (every professional will do this).

 

Resources

DJs do much more than just throw together a mix of songs on a playlist. Experienced DJs know what equipment is the very best and set aside time to learn how to master it, as well as learn new techniques to mix music so there aren’t any awkward pauses between songs.

 

Loyalty

When you hire someone who DJs as a side gig, you are sharing time with the other priorities in his life. When something comes up with his full-time job while preparing for your big day, or worse ON your big day, which do you think he’ll choose – your wedding that’s a side gig or the day job that pays the majority of his bills? It’s a no-brainer to pay a bit more for a DJ that commits her time and energy to be present on your wedding day.

 

The Value vs The Price

We understand how important it is to set and stick to your wedding budget. It’s great to save a buck where you can, but when it comes to a DJ, don’t settle for less. After all, you are throwing the most important party of your life!

The cost of a DJ is only a piece of the puzzle. What is included in that number and what will the DJ provide for your special day? The “real cost” isn’t the numerical value, but the best value for your dollar.

 

HD Entertainment hosts a team of extremely talented professionals who are fun and love to bring special moments to life. There is no event too big or too small. Let us make your day magical. Contact us today to talk about your dream wedding.

 

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional DJ For Your Corporate Party

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional DJ For Your Corporate Party

When it comes to corporate events, business owners want to show off their company in the best way possible. From the venue to the catering, to the music and atmosphere, all these factors work together to create a night you want your employees to talk about in the office on Monday morning.

To create a fun and relaxed atmosphere, the most important element is the music. The right music should make someone want to sing, dance, or simply tap their foot to the beat. The wrong music selections could break an event, so it’s crucial to remember when looking for a DJ to choose a professional who knows how to go above and beyond to “wow” guests and create a personalized experience for the event,

Corporate events should be a time for deserving employees to let loose, kick back, and enjoy some time with co-workers outside of the office, but the event itself should remain professional. If there is a sure way to set a professional tone for any event, it starts with hiring a professional DJ.

 

Why Hire A Professional DJ?

Professionals will do a lot more than just play music; they act as an MC and run the show. It is a DJ’s job to elevate the mood and set the tone for your corporate event. The bigger the event, the more responsibilities are put on the DJ to keep the event running smoothly. Let’s explore the most important reasons to hire a professional DJ at your next corporate party:

 

Professional DJs Keep The Event Rolling

You can think of a DJ as a vocal itinerary of the night. They will let you know what’s going on, what to expect, and when to cue guests for things like food and song changes. A professional DJ will keep the night moving and do whatever it takes to read the room before making their next move.

 

Professional DJs Play Diverse Music

The best and most current music should be played at a corporate event unless otherwise discussed. While there are timeless classics that everyone will know and love, everyone appreciates a little bit of a mix. A professional will keep an eye out on what the dance floor is looking like or read the mood of the room, one bad song could damage the image of a company.

 

Professional DJs Provide Their Own Equipment

In the middle of planning everything that needs to be checked off the list for a successful event, the last thing you want to worry about is getting the right equipment for a DJ. A professional DJ will do this part for you. Not only will they bring their own equipment, but it’ll be the best quality equipment to give your guests the best experience.

 

Professional DJs Step Up To Make the Event Less Stressful

Professional DJs are experts at parties. They take a tremendous amount of stress off of staff members and those in charge of planning the event. They can help with announcements such as when it’s time to eat, awards, and recognitions. A professional will be used to talking in front of large crowds, making it easier for your company leaders who might not naturally hold the same public speaking skills.

 

Professional DJs Can Make Your Company Look Good

Not only will an experienced DJ look and sound professional, but using the best resources will help your company image. They will ensure they are playing appropriate music while keeping the culture of your company in mind. A professional DJ will also avoid making rookie mistakes like mispronouncing names or having too many pauses between songs.

 

Hiring a professional DJ doesn’t only benefit a company’s image, but also employee participation in the next event. If any of your staff wasn’t able to make it to this party, you’ll want them hoping they can come to the next one based on what their co-workers had to say! A DJ is one of the most important choices you have to make, so you’ll want to make sure they have experience and they are a trusted professional. For more information about hiring a professional DJ for your next event, contact us at HD Entertainment today.

9 Local Corporate Event Venues You Forgot About

9 Local Corporate Event Venues You Forgot About

Whether your company is large or small, it’s a kind gesture at the end of the year or a successful quarter to show love, appreciation, and support for your employees with a corporate party. And, it is just as important during other types of corporate events, such as team-building events, seminars, and conferences, to give your employees a space to be comfortable and let loose outside of the office.

York and Adams Counties and the surrounding region are full of spaces to rent for events. Not every office party has to be extravagant, but they should be well thought out and held somewhere else other than where your employees work day in and day out.

We have put together a list of venues that you may or may not have forgotten about for your next corporate event.

 

Bay City Seafood Restaurant – Hanover, PA

Bay City Seafood Restaurant is located in Hanover, PA. Here you have the option to hold events indoors in their banquet space, or depending on the size of your company, they even have an outdoor patio as well. The maximum capacity for events is 275 people and there is plenty of space for them. Choose between buffet-style or plated dinner entrees from seafood to land options, as well as a variety of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Bay City has it all when it comes to alcoholic beverages, like alcoholic punch bowls and open cash bar services.

When it comes to hospitality, Bay City knows best. Their dream was always “to have a big restaurant” and they did just that. What started in a Volkswagen bug in 1963, is now a big beautiful venue for celebrations, business meetings, club meetings, showers, and parties. Bay City prides itself not only on its quality food and impeccable service but also on the memories that last long after events end.

Learn more about holding events at Bay City here.

 

The Altland House – Abbottstown, PA 

The Altland House is a grill and pub that features two private rooms and is located in Abbottstown, PA. The Altland House is ideal for smaller companies – their rooms accommodate a maximum of 125 guests. However, larger companies can rent the entire restaurant for events too. The restaurant is home to Center Square Brewery and the brewery can be used for private events. A unique feature of this venue is that they have 10 guest suites for any overnight accommodations.

The Altland House dates back to 1750 and is one of the oldest continuously running taverns in the United States. They offer free tours to help you decide if their venue is right for you. You can find more information about the historic Altland House here.

 

The Bridges Golf Club – Abbottstown, PA 

Who would have thought golf clubs aren’t just for golf? Although, many companies will have golf outings for their employees. Whether it’s an employee golf day or a company party, The Bridges has you covered. From the outdoor patio, the views of the fairways on a day with clear blue skies are breathtaking. The Bridges is an ideal venue whether you want an indoor or outdoor party and has multiple spaces to choose from. The Clubhouse occupies up to 90 guests and the deck has a maximum capacity of 175 people.

The Bridges is home to Green Horizon Grill and the food is absolutely delicious. You can’t go wrong with a venue when there is something for everybody! Contact The Bridges for your event here.

 

Ballroom on Broadway – Hanover, PA 

The word “ballroom” may have you thinking this venue is for weddings only, but that is far from true. Ballroom on Broadway is located inside The Markets at Hanover in Hanover, PA. It is a customizable, modern venue with the potential to flatter any event. The space is perfect for corporate events due to its flexible space options, on-site event management, catering, and plenty of parking. You don’t even have to worry about capacity caps because they can accommodate groups of all sizes!

The neutral venue allows you to stage the room the way you want, making it highly favored for corporate events. Not to mention it is an extremely affordable option. Check out more information here.

 

Hickory Falls – Hanover, PA

Hickory Falls Family Entertainment Center is no longer just a fun center with games and a jungle gym for children. There are now spaces for people of all ages! The Cascade Room is their venue for special events, tucked away from all the madness happening at the arcade. Who knows, maybe your team will be up for a round of laser tag after your work meeting or party down below! That’s the perk of hosting meetings and parties at a fun center.

The Cascade Room is now accepting bookings through 2021 and beyond. Click here for more information.

 

The Lodges at Gettysburg – Gettysburg, PA

The Lodges at Gettysburg is a beautiful venue with over 6,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space. “Gloryridge” is the name of their main lodge with a ballroom, wine room, technology room, and they even offer outdoor space and activities to get your staff out of the boardroom. Events at The Lodges are effortless as they provide planning and catering services that will see every detail of your vision. They offer discounted group accommodations for team-building activities and provide overnight accommodations as needed.

You can find more information about the venue and request a proposal here.

 

Greystone Brewhouse – Dillsburg, PA

Nothing says “corporate party” like having your event at a brewhouse! Greystone Brewhouse is located in Dillsburg, PA, and accommodates up to 200 people. They have both indoor and outdoor spaces. With minimal limitations, Greystone is the perfect venue for your craft beer connoisseur employees.

To learn more about holding events at Greystone Brewhouse, you can visit their website and contact them here.

 

The Links at Gettysburg – Gettysburg, PA

From seasonal decorations and menus to the breathtaking views, The Links at Gettysburg is a perfect place to host a corporate party. They can accommodate up to 225 people in their Clubhouse, as well as their own tents to entertain outdoors.

The Links has recently updated their website, making one exclusively for special events. Fill out an event inquiry here.

 

Historic Round Barn

Located in Biglerville, PA the Historic Round Barn is a family-owned and operated venue that is one of its kind. Built in 1914, it is one of the few truly round barns still standing today. The intricate architecture built against the rolling, orchard-covered hills creates a scenic setting and a relaxing atmosphere.

To rent the barn, fill out the form on their website.

 

When you were thinking of where to hold your end-of-year event for your employees, did any of these venues cross your mind?

Now the last component to a good party you won’t want to forget is hiring a trusted DJ to keep the people moving and grooving all night (or day) long. The venues listed here allow you to bring your own DJ and at HD Entertainment, we provide the best. Just like you want to go above and beyond for your employees, we do the same for each of our clients. We provide music and entertainment to show your employees that you care.

When you are ready to discuss your next corporate party or event, a professional from HD Entertainment will be ready to assist you.

 

Moving Your Celebration Along With A DJ

Moving Your Celebration Along With A DJ

Can you imagine a wedding without music? We can’t. What about a wedding without structure or coordination? You won’t find out how valuable structure can be until you don’t have it on the most important day of your life!

Without music, a wedding has little to no support or structure. Not only does it enhance the experience for your wedding party and your guests as music tends to lift spirits, but it also moves your celebration along throughout the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and so on. The right music creates the ideal ambiance for a bride and groom to celebrate. From walking down the aisle to the first dance, music must be done right. The wrong music will not only be uncomfortable for guests but also detract from the significance and elegance of the celebration.

The role of a music provider, whether it is a DJ or a band, is to always keep the ball rolling, never allow a dull moment, and build a relationship with the guests so everyone feels comfortable to get jiggy on the dance floor. Weddings require social music, not necessarily the nonstop beats you find at the club, but music that allows for conversation and invites dancing. An experienced DJ will pay attention to the volume, tempo, and energy during each stage of the celebration.

A DJ in particular can also provide the structure, timeline, and coordination of the event no matter how big or small, in the absence of a wedding coordinator. Our DJs will always defer to a hired planner or coordinator, but you should rest this job in the hands of a hired professional, DJ or planner, in any case.

The music during your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception should all be different and heighten as guests’ desire to have fun increases. The planned changes in music can also alert guests that the ceremony is beginning, direct attention, and provide a fun atmosphere in general.

 

The Ceremony

One of the biggest mistakes a couple can make is to start a ceremony in silence. Most guests arrive 20-30 minutes before the ceremony begins, but the wait will seem a lot longer if they have to wait in silence. While traditional ceremonies have prelude, processional, and recessional music, there is room to express yourself as a couple. The music should reflect the seriousness and commitment between the couple. Music during the ceremony creates an emotional impact and can be used as a signal for guests to be seated or get quiet.

 

Cocktail Hour

Upbeat music takes any event to the next level. The cocktail hour is the stage of a wedding where friends and family are taking time to connect. The music should be lively, but quaint. It’s common to hear jazz music or drum beats. Nothing too crazy, the real party hasn’t started until the bride and groom come back in from taking pictures!

 

The Reception

Now, we can get the party started. The music at the reception will make or break the whole vibe of a wedding, making it essential to hire a trusted, experienced, and successful DJ (that’s us!) to take charge of gauging the direction of the night. A DJ will also understand how to engage your guests at an appealing pace. The first 15 minutes of the reception are crucial to giving the guests an idea of what type of music will be playing for the remainder of the celebration.

 

The First Dance

It’s always bittersweet to watch a newly wedded couple dance alone during their first dance. However, a common mistake is allowing the first dance to go on for too long with just the bride and groom in the spotlight. And sometimes couples don’t want that much spotlight. While a wedding is about the couple, you should keep your guests in mind too. Consider inviting them to dance with you after 30 seconds of swaying back and forth. If you want to have your entire 5 minutes, we invite you to do the whole song too!

From this moment on, it is up to the DJ to keep the night moving and to keep guests from standing on the sideline. Always have a conversation with your DJ about the “must-play” songs and the do-not-play list. It is important to play the music that will appeal to everyone and save your obscure favorites for your honeymoon playlist!

 

How We Can Help

Great music energizes a crowd and an energized crowd makes for a great party. Music helps break the social barriers among guests, helps them to loosen up, and lends shape to a celebration where the bride and groom are the centerpieces. Because music is so important to your special day, we provide the best quality DJs just for you. And a hired hand, coordinator or DJ, can make or break your timeline, structure of the day, and overall happiness when you accomplish all of the important aspects you wanted to cover on the biggest day of your life.

 

At HD Entertainment, we are professional and experienced DJs that will work with your vision in mind to plan a wedding that keeps the focus on you and creates an environment of unforgettable enjoyment. Contact us today to book.

 

6 Types of Events That Benefit From Having a DJ

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

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.