It is not often that I hand over the reigns of the blog to someone else, but I am always willing to when the content is something I have little or no knowledge about, and DJs happen to be one of those topics. We opted for a live band for our reception, but they also put together a playlist of music we liked to play in between their sets. However, the ease of a DJ is appealing, for any event. Especially when you know they wont be playing crap. It also means you don’t have to spend hours prior to your wedding sorting out music, and downloading songs.
Advice by award-winning Mighty Fine Events, a leading DJ hire and mobile disco provider. In the days of iPods and instant downloads, many brides have started to believe that Wedding DJs are obsolete. Put off by the idea that a DJ will charge you through the roof, many couples are opting to “save money” by taking a DIY approach to their big day entertainment. But are wedding DJs out of date, expensive and going out of style faster than balloon arches and organza sashes?
Expert wedding DJ, Mark van den Berg of Mighty Fine Events is on hand to dispel the myth that DJs are too expensive, and lets us in on their money-saving secrets. We were recently approached by a wedding planner who was working with a venue that was very strict about using its preferred suppliers. However, once she collected their respective quotes, she was taken aback by the eye-watering figures in front of her. At best they were excessive, at worst they were plain devious (I don’t think anyone can justify a £90 gaffa tape fee unless they’re Christo & Jean-Claude)!
She asked us to look at the quotes for equipment hire and suggest ways to reduce the figures. The highest quote was a mammoth £10,000 and the lowest was for £6000. Based on our contacts, knowledge and our own eqipment list and manged to reduce the quote to £2500. This got us thinking about all the ways in which we manage to save couples money in other areas of their wedding and how hiring a DJ can mitigate some of the astronomical costs associated with hiring a production company, several music acts, an MC and more.