Alright, so with the title of this blog entry, I couldn't help myself with the video.
As part of my job, I get the pleasure of meeting a lot of couples planning their weddings. Believe it or not, we really encourage clients who are considering hiring us for their BIG DAY to make sure that they shop around and interview at least a few different DJ/Wedding Entertainment companies. Yes, really. I truly believe that there is a perfect vendor for everyone, and not to be blunt, but I think that the things that Encore does best is most obvious when viewed in comparison to other organizations.
When I meet with a prospective client who has met with other DJs before us, I often hear the feedback that we were the only company who always includes a two-person DJ staff in our wedding services. Not as an option, or an upgrade (like most of the other organizations in our category)... we just do it. In fact many of our clients have told us that other DJ companies they have interviewed have been contentious with our assertion that weddings receptions are best executed when managed by a two person DJ staff. The arguments from the other DJ companies we have heard include: "We are good enough to handle it alone", "I am personal friends with the Banquet Manager so I don't need the help", and even versions of "Encore is just trying to charge you more money by forcing you to have a 2nd DJ". Hmmm...
Well, it is indeed our assertion that a wedding reception is managed best with a two person DJ staff. In almost all cases, we will not attach our name and reputation to a reception if we can't manage the event in the manner it requires. If you get a chance to check out what our past clients have said about their experience with us (Shameless plug, check out our WeddingWire review page by clicking here), I think that our past success is proof of concept.
Here's the deal...I personally don't know how a DJ service that sends a one person staff makes it all work. Look, at a wedding, we need to make sure that: The Bridal Party knows their responsibilities and is lined up and prepared for introductions, constant communication about timing is happening with the banquet staff, Toast-Givers know their job and even how to hold a mic, Parents and important guests are ready by the dance floor for formal events, Photographers and Videographers are being communicated with to make sure they don't miss anything, timelines are managed, special events are being executed with all of the right guests and vendors in the room...and more! It's a big job, but more importantly, its a sacred responsibility and trust that we make with our clients to make sure it happens to perfection. And we need to nail all of that while at the same time making sure that: The music volume is appropriate for that part of the evening, song lists are managed, requests being taken, microphones don't squeal, and oh yeah, people are dancing.
Looking at that list, you have to ask, "How does one guy, standing behind a DJ table, do all that?" Yelling into a microphone a lot? Or worse, not managing it at all? At Encore, we want a staff person who is always making sure the technology involved is doing what it is supposed to be doing: music is at the right volume, the correct song is playing, microphones are fully charged and not squealing...no mistakes. Then, we have a staff person who is free to manage the event: communication with the banquet staff and vendors, management of the Bridal Party and important guests, attending to the client, managing the timeline and special events...simply, making it all perfect.
Bottom line, for us anyway, is that the ingredients needed for a perfect reception shouldn't be viewed as an option or an upgrade. We wont let inadequacy be a choice, events should just be done right .
Making Weddings Perfect, one event at a time...