With over 20 years of experience in the Wedding DJ business the storms that came through Ohio recently brought and ugly reality to light and something every bride should now ask a venue when booking for their wedding. We here at Absolute-DJs had four weddings scheduled for this past weekend and every venue we visited lost power at some point. This brought attention to the fact that none of these venues had any back up plan or generator for a situation like this which left me surprised and our business scrambling to help anyway we could. Always remember the venue is responsible for providing power to your DJ and other vendors if needed therefore it is their responsibility when something like this happens to correct the situation anyway possible whether renting a generator or I feel every venue should own a generator if they want to be in the venue rental business for weddings. One wedding we actually had to conduct with a battery powered boom box with our mics plugged in and Cd’s and Ipod for music to get through and provide all we could for a venue that power was never resumed for that night. Not a good situation but we did what we could to avoid a total disaster and added a free hour to the reception due to the fact we felt very bad for the bride and groom and there family. Two of the other weddings finally was able to get a generator but this can limit just how much equipment can actually be used which can leave you with less than what was planned. The last venue fortunately had power resume one hour prior to reception start time and avoided that disaster. We felt after this weekend that it was important to comment on this and ask every bride and groom to add this question to your list when interviewing a venue that you may hire for your wedding. More helpful tips to come in the future!
Hello Doug Haney owner of Absolute-DJs here and I wanted to share a little secret with you that our competition does not want you to know concerning the 4 hour Wedding DJ package. I have always felt that in business you get farther in this world by being honest with prospective clients rather than trying to sneak something thru later only to put a few extra dollars in our pocket. The reason I am posting this is based on a question I received on a phone call the other day from someone interested in booking our services. She had spoken to multiple DJ companies and noticed that most of them all had the 4 hour Wedding DJ package as the dominant package to choose from. So she asked me “Why is it that most of these companies are offering the 4 hour package?”. With that being said let me explain, I have been in the Wedding DJ business serving Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati & Springfield Ohio for 19 years and conducted 1000’s of wedding receptions and experience has shown that an average wedding reception is 5 hours but we have done them as long as 9 1/2 hours which is the longest we have ever done. The idea here is to pull you in with the cheaper 4 hour Wedding DJ package and then tack a 5th hour on later that night and that is only if they are giving you that option. Most do but not everyone does trust me. The reason I am bringing this to everyone’s attention is that when you are hiring a Wedding DJ you need to assume that you will be adding a 5th hour and compare prices with other DJ services based on this price. This will give you a better idea of what you might actually end up paying. We at Absolute-DJs always offer our clients additional time as needed on the spot the night of the wedding. Our goal is to keep your friends and family there as long as possible assuming it ok with the venue and you of course. That is what we get paid to do. We offer a 4 hour wedding package also but it is rare that you will only have a 4 hour reception. Here are some realistic times to give you and idea of what I mean. A wedding reception will usually flow something like this: Cocktail time, Grand Entrance, Dinner, Toast, Cake Cutting, Bouquet & Garter Toss, First Dance, Father Daughter Dance, Mother Son, and optional dances such as Bridal Party, Dollar, & Anniversary. You can also view this on our Wedding Planning Form. It is going to take you roughly 2 to 2 1/2 hours to get thru these formalities. With a 4 hour Wedding DJ package you can clearly see this does not leave much time for dancing. Therefore here comes the additional hour you will need if not more. I hope this helps give a clear understanding and keeps you from becoming a victim of the 4 hour Wedding DJ Package Secret! If you would like to view more information and hundreds of pictures then visit Absolute-DJs Facebook page and be sure to click on the Like button. Until next time!