Rob Alberti's Event Services Gives Advice to Brides Looking for a Wedding DJ

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Finding a wedding DJ in the Hartford and New Haven, CT areas does not have to be such a chore. Learn the secret ways to see through the rhetoric and learn who is right for your wedding style.

Wedding DJ Hartford New Haven CT

Wedding DJ Hartford New Haven CT

DJs in Hartford and New Haven CT are not all alike

Finding a wedding DJ in the Hartford and New Haven, CT areas does not have to be such a chore. Learn the secret ways to see through the rhetoric and learn who is right for your wedding style.

When looking for a Wedding DJ in the Hartford and New Haven, CT area, there are hundreds to choose from. Are wedding DJs all the same? What separates one wedding DJ in Hartford and New Haven from another? Here are 10+ ways to help you choose the perfect wedding disc jockey for your CT wedding celebration.

1. How many weddings have they performed at in the past? The reality is, weddings are not like a bar or a school event. There is structure and traditions involved in a typical wedding and not all DJs have wedding experience. Make sure anyone you are looking at has been involved in 100's of weddings to ensure their experience.

2. Do they have knowledge of your facility and their staff? Working well with others is a key role that your wedding DJ in Hartford and New Haven CT are going to do for you at your wedding. They need to work with your facility staff, your photographer, wedding planner and help make everything run smoothly. If they are unfamiliar with the layout of your venue, INSIST on a site visit with them to the facility before booking with them.

3. How convenient is it to work with this particular DJ? Do they return your calls and emails promptly? If they are taking more than a day to return communication with you before you even secure your wedding date with them, imagine how frustrating this will be when you try to contact them the week prior to your wedding with a change.

4. Did they provide you with enough information to base your decision on? Was their website professional and did it include audio or video clips of them performing introductions at a past wedding? Did you get to hear or see how they interact with guests on the microphone? Is this the style that you want at YOUR WEDDING?

5. Did they provide you with a WRITTEN QUOTE, price sheet and contract? A handshake and an email is not enough to guarantee that your DJ is going to come through on your wedding day.

6. Did you check out what past clients said about them online? Facebook, Wedding Wire and many other sites have 3rd party reviews of many area Hartford or New Haven Wedding DJs. Check them out.

7. Are they willing to work with you on selecting music for your wedding day? Now adays, there are online planning tools available to listen to music and create your own playlist through many area DJs websites. Your DJ should never say "I always play this Kenny G CD for dinner" or anything like this. EVERY song they play (including music for cocktail hour and dinner) should be ABOUT YOU and YOUR PERSONALITY. It should not be generic and the same as every other wedding you've ever been to.

8. Do you have specific family traditions or ethnic music needs? Be sure your CT wedding DJ not only has the music that you want but they are familiar with your style of music so they know what songs work well together.

9. Having your wedding ceremony outside? No electricity? Is your cocktail hour in a separate area from where your DJ is setting up? Are there multiple rooms that need music at your venue? Is there an echo problem with the acoustics in your venue? All of these challenges can be TOO MUCH for most Hartford or New Haven DJs to accommodate. Be sure they have the capabilities to accommodate any or all of these issues.

10. Do they have the right equipment and sound system to fit the size of your event? Bringing the same DJ gear to a 40 person wedding or a 400 person wedding is not the professional thing to do. A sound system that is TOO LARGE or TOO SMALL can be a huge issue on your wedding day.

11. Back up? Do they carry backup gear with them? (complete system, not just a cable or iPod) What about if they are sick on your wedding day? Do they have staff on standby to help make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch even if they are unable to be there?

Your wedding DJ in Hartford or New Haven, CT choice will either make or break the success of your wedding day. You want your day to be memorable in a POSITIVE way, not one that people talk about how the DJ:

Was rude and made inappropriate comments over the microphone
Mispronounced everyone's names
Did not know what to play to keep everyone dancing
Played the chicken dance, electric slide, Macarena and YMCA all in a row
Spent more time outside smoking than in front of their DJ gear working
Was inappropriately dressed and wearing sneakers at your black tie wedding
Spent more time taking photos of the girls on the dance floor than actually DJing
Looked like they did not know what they were doing and kept interrupting the flow of your wedding with dead air or DJ chatter that was unnecessary
Brought an assistant, but the assistant did nothing other than eat a meal and sit and kept the DJ company

Are you still looking for a great wedding venue in the Hartford or New Haven area? Here are some of our favorites:

Aqua Turf Club Plantsville, CT
Aria - Prospect, CT
The Bond Ballroom Hartford, CT
New Haven Lawn Club New Haven, CT
Marquee / Gershon Fox Room Hartford, CT
The Riverview Simsbury, CT
The Society Room of Hartford Hartford, CT
The Wadsworth Mansion Middletown, CT
The River House Haddam, CT

Use this list of questions to help you decide between one DJ and the next:

Number years performing weddings?
How many weddings have they personally performed at?
Are they familiar with your venue?
Are they familiar with your music styles?
Are they familiar with your family traditions or ethnic music needs?

Business Style:
Did they show up to sales meeting dressed appropriately?
Were they easy to get hold of via phone and via email?
Do they have a professional looking website, business card and literature?

DJ Style:
In the video or audio clips provided - did you feel the personality of the DJ and does this fit with what you want at your wedding?
Are they too laid back or too "bouncy" for you?
Did they listen to your ideas and did they offer helpful suggestions to make your wedding a success or to personalize your day?

Can they accommodate your specific needs? (Multiple areas for sound, battery powered ceremony system, video screens, etc)
Do they have a back-up plan in case of emergency?

Do you feel comfortable that what they say they can do - they will be able to deliver on your wedding day?
Would you rely on this person if the fate of your wedding depended on it?
Are their prices in writing on their website, price sheet, etc? Or do you think they quote different prices to different clients?
Do you think they will still be in business on your wedding day or are they too desperate for your business?

Rob Alberti is owner of Rob Alberti's Event Services - rated by local brides and voted as "The Knot - Best of Weddings 4 years running", Bride's Choice Award Winner in 2009-2013
and his work has been featured in LaBella Bride Magazine, Martha Stewart Wedding, Brides Connecticut, CT Bride and on Style Me Pretty Blog.
Be sure to check out his blog, pinterest boards and on Facebook                      

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