Thinking a Dj is “better” than a band or a band is “better” than a Dj. (8 Critical Mistakes Series Part 2)

Thinking a Dj is “better” than a band or

a band is “better” than a Dj.

“If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare

Here’s what Djs and Bands alike don’t want you to hear: There are weaknesses with hiring either a band or a Dj!

Dj’s have some considerable strengths: they are usually cheaper than a professional band, they can setup into a smaller space and they can play a large range of music.

However they can’t interact with an audience the way a REAL LIVE band can. They can’t stop and start songs and address the crowd on the fly in the personalized way a great entertainer can. They aren’t really creating the music, but rather re-playing what’s already been created. Their sound is good, but it’s not the great WOW factor that a top-notch professional band provides.

The Band on the other hand can really elevate the party to the next level with an energy and WOW factor that’s hard to capture unless you’re there in the moment. If the band is professional they will know how to emotionally connect with the audience and bring them into the show. The sound of a group of talented human individuals coming together just can’t be replicated by a computer and the experience of a live band is distinct from a Dj.

However, there are some significant challenges to the band, they take up more floorspace, they cost more (generally) and if they aren’t professional they can absolutely ruin your wedding. This is why the truly professional bands in most areas (especially Toronto) are so busy and booked up. It’s not uncommon for my band to have bookings years in advance because the demand is greater than the (quality) supply. Another issue with bands is that they have a smaller repertoire of music they play from, but the songs they do know are usually the best of the best and are performed at a high level with more impact (See Mistake #5 about Quality Vs. Quantity of songs)

I hope this report helps you steer away from the “dark side”, that is budget Djs and amateur part- time bar bands. However, if your budget is tiny and there’s no way to expand it just realize that you are taking a bigger risk with a “budget” band.

Here’s why: A terrible Dj will just play terrible songs too loudly and kill the vibe. A terrible band will play terrible songs and sing them off-key, at a volume that hurts your ears and scares the old people out of the room.

With that said, a professional live band can be so much more impactful and memorable than even a great Dj. They are making eye contact, involving people in the show, inciting a dance party and it just sounds amazing. The live band is a WOW kind of experience.

The good news is this: most professional bands are now offering a Dj service to incorporate into their live music sets. This truly is the best of both worlds and highly recommended for when bands take a break (all bands are going to need a few short breaks throughout the reception dance).

I would ask any prospective bands if they also offer a Dj service between sets or if you’re able to bring your own music playlist to play during breaks. Ask yourself: What scenario would be the best possible experience for me and my guests?
A band? A Dj?
Why not both?

About the Author:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADavid Fraser is the founder and band leader of DCF Weddings based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He specializes in live music that’s exciting, entertaining and engaging and has been involved in the wedding industry professionally for over 8 years.

to meet David and learn more about his services visit http://meet.dcfweddingmusic.com

David Interviews Expert Wedding Planner Jennifer Maxwell (The Wedding Coach)

In this interview, David interviews Jennifer Maxwell The Wedding Coach about what to think about in terms of wedding planning:

If you’d like to learn more about Jennifer Maxwell’s highly recommended services visit www.theweddingcoach.ca

Just going with the Venue’s “in-house” Dj or band. (8 Critical Mistakes Series Part 1)

Just going with the Venue’s “in-house” Dj or band.
(8 Critical Mistakes Series Part 1)

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” – Douglas Adams

You’ve booked the venue and they encourage you to hire their in-house Dj or Band.

Wow, one more thing off your list and it will save you lots of time right?

Maybe… Maybe not….
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Here’s a dirty little secret the wedding industry doesn’t want you to know: When a venue is “strongly recommending (aka forcing)” you to use their entertainment selection they are probably charging you way more than they are paying the Dj.

This means you’re paying $1000 or $1500 or $3000++ and getting a $500 or $700 or $1500 band or Dj (and the venue is pocketing that difference).
Venues that do this are only concerned about 1 thing: making sure someone shows up.

They have a list of multiple Djs and bands so if someone bails on them at the last minute they can send another part-time replacement. Good, right?

Maybe… Maybe not…

The type of Bands and Djs that work with these venues are usually ones who wouldn’t otherwise be in demand and are usually not able to make a professional wage, so they’re working day-jobs and are not capable of providing the professional touch that you deserve and paid the venue for.

Here’s a real life example from my own business: This past summer I was contracted by a couple to perform their wedding at a venue that shall remain nameless. They saw us perform at another wedding and I was one of the first vendors they booked (smart cookies because our band gets booked up quite far in advance).

THEN, things got weird…

They started getting harassment from the venue that they had to use the resident Dj. This was of course after the deposit was taken. There was no mention of this “policy” beforehand.
This type of bullying I feel is unethical and unprofessional. When I received a call from my very distraught bride, we ended up having a short conversation reminding the bride and groom that they were the VIPs and what they decide is what’s going to happen.

After a well-worded e-mail, “magically” the venue changed their policy and “allowed” the couple to have a band and it was a smash success.

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Thank-you again for a spectacular night. Everyone raved about you guys! We
were beyond pleased” was the couple’s reaction. Tragedy averted, WHEW!

The wedding venues mean well, but a lot of times their recommendations and “policies” are meant to make their lives easier and more profitable, not necessarily create the wedding you want. If a wedding venue ever tries to tell you who you have to hire, RUN!

If they say “The Dj is included in the wedding packages” I’d recommend you say something like “I’m the client and I will take my business elsewhere if you don’t respect my decisions on my wedding day, please remove the Dj / band from the package and refund me the full difference”

The question to ask is: “Do you take any money off of the top of the entertainment’s price?”

A more ethical and professional approach is for the wedding venue to provide you with a list of “preferred vendors” where they will list multiple bands and Djs they like to work with and you can choose from that list or hire your own.

That’s helpful, ethical and good business!

About the Author:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADavid Fraser is the founder and band leader of DCF Weddings based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He specializes in live music that’s exciting, entertaining and engaging and has been involved in the wedding industry professionally for over 8 years.

to meet David and learn more about his services visit http://meet.dcfweddingmusic.com

Critical Mistakes Most Couples Make When Choosing Their Wedding Entertainment (8 Part Series)

Did you know that according to a USA Today survey the day after their wedding 90% of couples wish they would have spent more of their wedding budget on entertainment?

Also, did you know that your guests will rank entertainment as the #1 or #2 most memorable aspect of your wedding?

This is the part of an 8 Part Series called “8 Critical Mistakes Most Couples Make When Choosing Their Wedding Entertainment and How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off and Disappointed on Your Wedding Day”. The entire series is available as a Free PDF on at http://dcfweddingmusic.com

Diann Valentine

 

In the words of one of my favourite people in the wedding industry Diann Valentine:

A great party doesn’t just happen“.

The role that entertainment will play in your wedding is huge.  If done well it will create the type of experience that your guests will rave about for years to come.   However, bad entertainment can ruin the night and have your guests leaving early and whispering about your “awful” wedding behind your back.

 

I’ve got your back here! If you’re willing to put in a little time to educate yourself, this is everything I’ve learned from performing over 1500 events and countless weddings. A party doesn’t just happen, you’ve got to MAKE it happen and I’ll help you do that in this series:

8 Critical Mistakes Most Couples Make
When Choosing Their Wedding Entertainment
(8 Part Series)

Just going with the Venue’s “in-house” Dj or band.

Thinking a Dj is “better” than a band or a band is “better” than a Dj.

Thinking MORE band members or Djs is better (Quantity vs. Quality)

(Coming soon in Blog Format, available now as a PDF)

Trying to cut corners by hiring amateurs (Focusing ONLY on PRICE)
(Coming soon in Blog Format, available now as a PDF)

Not setting up their entertainment in the right location and joining in as party hosts
(Coming soon in Blog Format, available now as a PDF)

Getting caught with a “Last-Minute Surprise” Add-On or “Gratuity”
(Coming soon in Blog Format, available now as a PDF)

Not getting a written guarantee with the contract.
(Coming soon in Blog Format, available now as a PDF)

Not getting a signed contract that protects YOU.
(Coming soon in Blog Format, available now as a PDF)

 

About the Author:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADavid Fraser is the founder and band leader of DCF Weddings based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He specializes in live music that’s exciting, entertaining and engaging and has been involved in the wedding industry professionally for over 8 years.

to meet David and learn more about his services visit http://meet.dcfweddingmusic.com

Why the Cheapest Wedding Vendor you can Find on Kijiji is not the Best Bet for your Wedding Day

I don’t even really even need to write a blog post here, this article pretty much speaks for itself:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/11/22/couple_learns_wedding_officiator_unauthorized_after_mortifying_marriage_ceremony.html

Here’s the thing about buying the cheapest service or product (and it applies to Entertainment, Planners, Photographers etc):

You end up paying MORE for the cheap vendor.

What you cheaped out on doesn’t actually do the job you paid for.

Then you pay twice for it. Or in this couples case 3X the amount.

I love you guys, please don’t let this happen to you! Please, for your own sake, go with a reputable officiant with easy to confirm credentials. There are lots of pros who are reasonably priced and do a great job!

I want to point out that I receive NO money for endorsing any vendor. Whether or not you EVER use me, my services or any of the services I recommend, I would highly recommend you block www.kijiji.ca/weddings from your computer until after the wedding.

Book a free consultation with me and I’ll give you 5 names of awesome officiants. It would horrify me if anyone of my clients had this happen to them!

Delicious Wedding Treats and Cupcakes and Cookies YUM!

In this short Video David and Evie Fraser of DCF Weddings rate the deliciousness of some awesome treats courtesy of A&B Baking Co from Ajax, Ontario (Durham region).

If you’re looking for a boutique company with a commercial Kitchen capable of WOWING your wedding guests anywere east of Toronto get in touch with them by visiting their website

Sophia Lemon: Wedding Photographer, great person, ginger.

So I just got off the phone with Sophia Lemon she’s a wedding photographer that serves the Collingwood-Muskoka Grey County area.  I was very encouraged by how helpful she was with giving me advice and just generally being nice!

Yes, she’s a red-head, but don’t let those untrue stereo-types about gingers having a temper, not needing to sleep or having no soul deter you. She’s great and fun to talk to.

We met on twitter  and I was very impressed with how she engaged her followers and posted helpful advice for couples. Mostly I was SUPER impressed with her photography skills.

Photo of an old Piano keyboard and wedding ring

She’s got a great eye for detail and bring beauty out of simple things

Photo of a couple getting married in Muskoka

I have no problem recommending Sophia Lemon for any wedding happening in Grey County, Collingwood, Muskoka and beyond :)

to check out more of her work visit her website by clicking here: http://sophialemon.com