You are the boss, and you get to customize the party based on your taste and specific needs. You can make a list of Must Play and Don’t Play songs or even create a master wish list of songs for each part of the wedding from guest arrival, through ceremony, cocktails, and reception. We will use your list combined with our professional experience to throw the party of a lifetime.
Atlanta.DJ was founded partly because of the sound quality and inappropriate volume that we experienced at too many special events. Sound quality and proper volume control is very important to us and your guests. We want to make sure that people on the dance floor are having a really good time, but we also want to make sure that guests at their tables are able to have a nice conversation without having to scream at each other. You can count on crystal clear audio because we carefully tune the setup and the high/mid/low frequencies to the room so that everything sounds great.
The Average Cost of a Wedding DJ is $1600-$2200 near major metropolitan areas for an experienced professional. This typically includes a single setup and does not include lighting or any other services.
However, with Atlanta.DJ you will receive a no-nonsense quote that matches our pricing page and is all-inclusive from planning to pack up. All of our packages include premium lighting for the dance area and many extras that you don't pay extra for. The total price considers all planning time, equipment, overhead, travel, and day-of services.
We don't charge extra for certain dates or different "levels" of equipment. You always get our premium equipment that includes everything you need with flawless sound and dance floor lighting.
This is a loaded question, but it does get asked, and there is a very good answer.
Weddingwire.com has a good article on exactly this topic, but the summary is:
Each of these topics has an expanded article that you should read if you are interested.
It's a little "inside baseball", but should make you more than comfortable with our qualifications and more than justify the cost of a proper special events DJ.
We use only premium professional audio equipment to guarantee the best quality sound possible. Our equipment is touring quality exactly as professional bands and entertainers use. Most of our audio equipment is made by Yamaha and their professional/studio line (Line 6) paired with Shure wireless microphones. The reason this is important is to avoid feedback, distortion, and bass that consumes the room. You can count on crystal clear audio even at high volume with chest-thumping bass (if you want). We tune the setup to the venue and the room so that everything sounds perfect.
Some DJs are actually broad entertainment companies and provide Karaoke, Spark Machines, Bubbles, Dancers, Lasers, etc. If you want a premium experience for your reception, you should consider a DJ that focuses on the schedule and the music. The so-called full-service entertainment companies frequently employ club DJs, magicians, videographers, and more. They also may do party rentals, gaming, photo booths, robots, etc., and those are great (well, not all of those), but hiring specialists for each critical function of your day is the way to go.
We focus on the music, sound quality, dance floor lighting, and microphones. We play your music on your schedule, and we are really good at it.
We can literally play anything you want. In addition to a permanent library of thousands of the most popular wedding/party songs, we maintain professional digital subscriptions to the most up-to-date music catalogs. This includes: Pop, Dance, Swing, R&B, Techno, Dubstep, Hip Hop, Disco, Reggae, Country, Oldies, Jazz, Folk, Alternative, Heavy Metal, Rock, Beach Music, Blues, Funk, Ballroom, Show Tunes... you get the idea.
If there is a special song that you need for throwback or cultural reasons, we can get those too. We promise.
We focus on weddings and very special events, so in that sense, there really isn't a full-time schedule that includes primarily weekends when most weddings take place. Many DJs fill their time by taking corporate events during the day and club gigs at night. We don't do that because those events have a very different vibe, schedule, and pace from a wedding. In fact, the Knot recommends booking a DJ that focuses on weddings, and that's what we do. During the week, we write proposals, meet with couples, prepare timelines and playlists, so in that sense, it's a full time job if you are doing it right.
Most clients book approximately 6-12 months in advance. However, many times we can accommodate reservations made from a few weeks to several months ahead. Since there’s no way of predicting which dates will become totally booked, the only way to know is to call. No extra charge for "premium" dates or holidays.
Your event is the only event that your DJ will have that day. We generally arrive two hours before music needs to start playing. We can set up in less than an hour, but we like to allow plenty of time to test everything and make adjustments for optimal sound performance espcially if there are multiple locations being served in the venue (ceremony + reception, for example). We also leave time to freshen up and be properly dressed before your event starts.
We do not consider ourselves performers as many club DJs might. We are not scratching artists nor will we attempt to draw attention to ourselves during your event. Because we focus on weddings, we respect the privacy of our clients, just as we will yours. You can view several of our wedding videos on YouTube and Instagram, and you will see a crowd having a crazy good time. We also have private event videos available on request. What you will get is a once-in-a-lifetime event that is well-orchestrated from beginning to end.
Well, of course! We will meet you and your planners in whatever location or medium makes you comfortable. We are always available via text, e-mail, and phone, and we will set up video chats for most planning meetings. If you would like to also meet in person prior to your event, we are happy to accommodate. After all, we have to go over your vision, your specific needs, and your dreams, and the we have to tell you exactly how we will fulfill them. It's also a personality check. Once we complete our consultation, you will see how comfortable you feel having us as part of your special day. After booking Atlanta.DJ, you will have full access directly to your personal DJ via phone, email, and face to face meetings throughout the entire planning process.
We use premium professional audio equipment identical to that of touring musicians that play 5-6 times per week. There is a remote possibility that something could break, but we carry redundant equipment to every single gig, so there is a backup available just in case.
Our DJs are always professionally dressed in suits or other appropriate attire for our male and female MCs. We will discuss in advance and accept your guidance on what is most appropriate for your event. DJs and assistants will usually show up in branded attire and change just prior to the event start time after the heavy lifting is done. Assistants will dress more casually in all black.
We are certainly interactive, but we are not constantly on the microphone trying to be the center of attention at your event. We use the microphone for appropriate MC announcements; not for hype. We will not badger your guests to dance or "put their hands up" or "make some noise"... we are sure the music will do that. Our DJs will not embarrass you or your friends and will not play cheesy games or pull your guests out of their comfort zones. We will not steal your spotlight. We will read the room, ride the energy with you, and accept your guidance throughout the event. Most of all, we won't play a DJ "stinger" that yells our name. Ew.
This is covered extensively in What does it cost to hire a DJ for my wedding?
Many people get excited about light-up props, but we tend to find that props like hats and glow wands are distracting and detract from pictures and video. It's the same reason we don't bring lasers or aim our gobo monogram lights at the dance floor. They can be a terrible distraction (not just for children). If you would like to have something for your guests on the dancefloor, we recommend thin glow sticks, necklaces, leis, and bracelets.
Some DJs will be part of a larger enterprise that tries to be a one-stop-shop for all of your entertainment needs, but that's not ideal. Look for a DJ that works with top wedding photographers that specialize in photography rather than photobooths, fog machines, lasers, etc. You should want the same for your DJ. Someone that specializes in the music, quality equipment, and flawless planning. Being spread to thin and focusing on add-ins and upcharges distract from the primary mission.
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OK, real talk. You set the tone for your party. If you dance, your guests will dance too. It's your day and everyone will be looking to you and your partner for what's supposed to happen. We will work with you to play all of your favorite music at the perfect time. When you get excited that we are playing you favorite song from high school senior year, so nuts. Your guests will too!
This is so cringe. We would never self-promote at your wedding. Our brand will not even be visible during your event. Sorry you had to ask, but we understand.
Most venues require outside vendors to carry their own liability insurance. This is an easy check to see if you are dealing with a professional entertainment company. You may also find that your venue has their own insurance which includes vendors. This option has the benefit of extending the coverage to performers playing the venue, DJs included. In this case, you are doubly covered, and any accidents, mishaps, equipment damage, facility damage, etc. will not blow back on you or your guests. This protects us, naturally, but also protects you.
We will provide a copy of our policy information upon request well in advance of a contract commitment. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns.
Most DJs have a limit on their service area. DJs that will "travel anywhere" are usually club DJs that depend on a permanent equipment installations in the venue. However, most wedding and special event DJs are by definition "mobile DJs", meaning they bring their own equipment.
Our focus is on the Atlanta Metro area, North Georgia, and Western North Carolina and our fee includes all travel expense to your venue. Be on the lookout for us in these beautiful locations:
We have mulitple DJs on staff and belong to an emergency response network with other quality, professional DJs in the area. You will not be left hanging for your special day.