Should I use a wedding venue’s Resident DJ ? Here’s an article to help you choose with your eyes wide open.

Should I use a Resident DJ

Resident-DJI’m a DJ, but I’m not trying to get your business by writing this article about Resident DJ, I just want to help a few people with some great tips and I’ve a wealth of experience of this scenario.

The reason some independent DJ’s and entertainers are very anti ‘resident DJs’ is that it can be a con on the part of venues. One actual example of this practice (or Mal-practice) is that the venue charges you £400 for their DJ and pays the DJ £200. So the client thinks they’re getting an expensive top class DJ when in fact they’re getting a £200 DJ. Saying that, the resident DJ could be OK. If they are using video screens etc they are probably worth every penny, but being in this business have heard so many horror stories hence some shared general negative view. If you’re hiring the venue and paying all that money, isn’t it a shame that some see it fit to add a disproportionate amount as a ‘finders fee’.

Resident DJ Prices – Percieved Value

If you are prepared to pay £400 upwards for a Resident DJ make sure you google that DJ’s name and ‘Reviews’ after it. Find out if that DJ is performing elsewhere so that you can see them in action. Obviously they may not be playing music to your personal taste, but you can gauge their performance with your own expectations. Ask the venue about their sound equipment. What are the benefits of booking their Resident DJ ? Will he use video screens? You may be paying £400 for a DJ but don’t be a victim of ‘perceived value’, assuming that parting with more money is an insurance that the DJ will be just what you are expecting, and better than the cheaper ones.

resident-dj-pricesTo be seen on the wedding venue’s ‘Preferred List Of Suppliers’ normally involves parting with some money, hence DJs or entertainers aren’t appearing on it simply because they are the best in their field. They may have brought their position on that list, and for that they may charge you more, because they are spending more in advertising!

There are far more advantages to choosing your own Independent DJ. Every DJ is different – we are all so very unique with different styles and different services. Its tempting to think that its just a case of a guy pressing play. To give you an idea of the breadth of DJs available, have a look on Google and compare on the Internet and you’ll see the choice is phenomenal. By having the resident you are loosing the opportunity of picking the best fit for your evening and specific musical taste. I also think that many residents tend to see each booking as ‘just another job’ and tend to churn out the same thing day in day out. It’s all too cosy at times, with feet well under the table, leading to a lapse standard.

I was guest at a company Christmas Party in Essex a few weeks ago. The DJ had all the expensive equipment with impressive lighting and star cloth background. Whilst he didn’t do anything wrong, playing tunes all night, he didn’t really get the crowd going. He didn’t interact with the audience, or go out of his way to try and make that effort to bond with people.

With regard to playing the right music….many DJs including myself guarantee to play your song list.

I’ve seen it written that a venue cannot legally insist that you use their resident DJ as this is classed as restricted practice. In isolated cases resident DJs are chosen for their price and not their ability or professionalism.
I enjoy working and dealing directly with a client, building up a good rapport and having direct contact with my bride and groom so that i can deliver the ideal entertainment they expect of me.