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  1. benjie

    As the owner of a company that books both bands and DJs, I always cringe when a bride asks to see our performers "live at a wedding." My performers usually get raves from the brides and grooms that hire us – yet I can count on one hand the number of couples who've decided to book after crashing a stranger's wedding to see us perform.

    Why not? I think you've hit the nail on the head – it's an awkward experience, even if you get "permission" from the wedding couple in question.

    Even worse, I it's often not as helpful as bride's hope it will be – because a DJ's job isn't primarily to push some buttons or make a few announcements. His job is to SERVE, and service is really personal. It's hard to watch him serve a stranger and know whether he's doing it well. Imagine trying to choose a waiter by watching him serve a table from the other side of the restaurant – if you don't know who he's waiting on, what they ordered or what special requests they made, it's hard to know how well he's serving them. Much easier to wait until the meal is over – and then ask the diners about their experience.

    That's why a lot of companies rely more on references and on the other factor you mentioned – personality – than we do on wedding-crashing. We use video interviews of our DJs to give brides an idea of what it would be like to be served by them. It's counterintuitive – but ultimately more helpful than visiting a wedding, and a lot less embarrassing!

  2. BusyBride2Be

    That's a good point, benjie. I never actually asked to see him perform live… The only reason we did that was because we'd been led to believe that that's just how it's done… even the DJ company made it seem that way! (When I called to express interest in their company, the person I was working with automatically asked me when/where I'd like to see their DJ "in action"). I like the video interview idea… that's much less anxiety-provoking! 🙂 Thanks for the comment.


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