How much can you afford?
Some disc jockey services ask you for all kinds of information before they can offer you a price. Location, timing, and other factors certainly affect the price. But sometimes before they will give you a price, their website instructs you to fill out and submit an online form, including information about which photographer, videographer, and other vendors you are booking. Why do you think that is? How is that going to help them give you a price for their services? Because as working wedding professionals, we are familiar with other wedding vendors. We are also somewhat familiar with what they charge for their services. If you've hired a photographer whose rates start at $4,500, it says something about what you are willing to pay for your other wedding vendors.
Positive word-of-mouth marketing
I am where I am today because of the power of word-of-mouth marketing. And it's necessary in this industry. You won't hire your DJ based only on what their website says about them, or the music they promise to play. A wedding DJ does so much more than just play the music. You are probably reading this because someone you know personally, or another professional, told you about me. There is power in that. When Harry tells Sally he "knows a DJ named Chris," his description of my work is probably followed by the price he paid. Now Sally is familiar with my rates. When she calls me, she expects, and deserves, a similar rate--not one that fluctuates based on what I think she can afford. Now granted, if I did your sister's wedding 8 years ago, of course my rates have gone up. The point is that all of the calls coming in today are from people like you who took the time to do their research and are familiar with my rate structure posted right here on my site in black in white.
A note on my "Packaged" Rates
While listed as a "wedding package," it goes without saying that your wedding day needs are not the same as another couples'. The rates are displayed this way to show what the price can include, and to demonstrate that's it's not a simple matter of charging by the hour like some DJ services do. Other DJ services offer more attractive "starting" rates which get your attention initially only to have you learn after a bit of research that it includes only 4 hours of performance time; after cocktails and dinner music, you're left with barely any time to dance. After that, they charge a punishing amount for additional time. Suddenly, to get in three hours of dancing, you're paying a ton for services that started out looking like a reasonably priced "package." My rate includes enough time for cocktails, dinner music, and then dancing, for a combined total of up to five hours--a perfect match for a number of venues I work. You won't have to worry about keeping an eye on the clock. And if you need more time than 5 hours, my rate is reasonable--not a penalty.
At the bottom of my rates page you can explore package enhancements. Your specific plan for your wedding, and the timing of your day may warrant the inclusion of some of these add-ons--like an extra sound system (or two). There are also lighting and decor options used to personalize and enhance your wedding day. You are only limited by your budget, and by your ability to envision your dream wedding experience.
"We were married earlier this month and I would say that hands down Chris was the most important person we hired for the day. He not only provided great music throughout the ceremony and reception but he also helped coordinate so many other aspects of the day.
When the weather looked like it was going to be awful on the day Chris offered to bring free up-lighting for our tent to help with the ambiance. When it turned out the tent wasn't going to work at all because of the wind, he literally gave my fiancé the coat off his back so he could frantically move all of our decorations/arbor indoors for Plan C. He helped us set up indoors with very little notice and then put on a great dance party for the rest of the night.
He was so thorough and professional that you could tell he was thinking about all the details even when we weren't. He made sure everything ran as smoothly as possible under the crazy circumstances. Chris was instrumental in creating a timeline for the event and sharing it with the venue so they could time the dinner service accurately. Even when it had to change last minute, it still ran so smoothly.
On top of all his coordination, he is a great DJ! He played all the songs we wanted to hear and tons of people were dancing all night. People keep telling us what a great DJ he was.
We are so thankful for Chris and his professionalism throughout our whole wedding day. I would recommend him to anyone in the area that needed a DJ."
Hopefully, my rates are within your budget. Unlike some other DJ services who deal in volume (most in fact) I can only be in one place at a time. On top of that, I am in high demand. Most of the area's best wedding venues refer my services. Here's more about how I became a DJ. Music is in my blood. I love what I do, and I have a good time doing it. You'll see this during your initial, complimentary consultation, feel it during each and every one of our communications, and bear witness to it first-hand, along with a roomful of your nearest and dearest, during my performance at your once-in-a-lifetime, milestone event. Now I know you're excited, but first things first--use this handy contact form to see if I am available on your wedding date. Still on the fence? See what my past clients have to say.
Well, what are you waiting for? Email me now!
MusiChris DJ & Lighting Service
DJ/MC Chris Plankey
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