How to Hire a GREAT Wedding DJ

How to Hire a GREAT Wedding DJ


The Ultimate Guide for Hiring a Wedding DJ

How to Hire a GREAT Wedding DJ

 

Let’s be honest here: The music can make or break a party, which means the wedding DJ you hire is one of the most important factors of your reception. And you definitely don’t want to hire someone without thoroughly vetting them first. The problem, most couples have no experience in hiring a professional DJ. That’s where we come in.

 

“They’ll forget the food, but not the fun!”

  Alan McKenzie – Entertainment Editor of UltimateWedding.com

 

We want to help educate you on the particulars of hiring the right DJ for your wedding reception. Without this knowledge, it’s hard to know what the differences are between a remarkable wedding DJ and a bad one.

What you’ll learn in this guide on how to hire a GREAT Wedding DJ

  • Wedding DJ Horror Stories
  • The Many Responsibilities of a Wedding DJ
  • What Questions to Ask When Hiring a Wedding DJ
  • The Difference between a Professional DJ vs. Amateur
  • How Much Should a Wedding DJ Cost?
  • 3 Ways to Know You Found a Great DJ Company
  • How to Hire a DJ Company You Can Trust

 

Do you want your wedding reception to be like this?

 

DJ Horror Stories From Brides That Hired the WRONG DJ

Now onto the scary stuff. You’re about to read cringe-worthy DJ horror stories straight from Detroit area couples. These are the scenarios we are trying to help you avoid by providing you with this valuable information. Remember, a DJ can make or break your party and let’s just say these receptions were memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Side note: This is why our company, Mike Staff Productions, exists. So you can feel confident about your wedding DJ and not stress that one of these horror stories will become your reality.

No Personal Connection

 

  • Jennifer, a newlywed from Sterling Heights tells her story. “The first thing my DJ said to me when I walked into Penna ’s was ‘Congratulations Julie!’. That was just the beginning. He referred to me as Julie twice more, including in our introductions! I was so embarrassed, and so were my guests.”

 

  • Danielle and Mike recall a similar experience at their wedding reception at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, “We gave our DJ a list of our favorite songs that we wanted played during our party and he didn’t play one. We asked him repeatedly to play them and kept saying he knew what people wanted to dance to better than we did.”

 

Money Down the Drain

 

  • “We gave our DJ a $400.00 deposit over a year before our wedding,” says Robin who after a long engagement to Dan had their wedding reception at the Pine Knob Mansion. “About a month before our wedding we called the number on the contract and it was disconnected!  It was so stressful trying to find a DJ a month before our wedding. We still don’t know what happened to him, or our deposit.”

 

  • Kathleen and Brian tried to save money by hiring a less-expensive DJ. They got what they paid for during their reception at Sycamore Hills in Macomb. Kathleen remembers, “Our DJ didn’t even come prepared with any of the songs we discussed, not even the song Brian and I were going to dance to for our bridal dance! We ended up dancing to some song we never even heard of. I still don’t know why he couldn’t have just downloaded them.”

 

Lack of Professional Style

 

  • Sherri and Jim had a DJ that showed up to their wedding reception at The Royal Park Hotel in Rochester in jeans! “I couldn’t believe this guy thought that black jeans and tie were appropriate,” exclaimed Sherri’s mother. “We paid him over a thousand dollars and he shows up like that? Unbelievable!”

 

  • Amy and Andrew’s DJ was dressed appropriately for their reception at Solitude Links Golf Course in Kimball, MI.  However, they had a different problem. Andrew tells it best, “Our DJ was late. He was carrying his speakers and lights in while people were already having cocktails.  He looked completely disorganized and flustered. We didn’t even have any music until just before dinner”.

 

  • Denise and Randy also had a disorganized DJ at their reception at Fox Hills in Plymouth.“Our DJ was a nice guy, but I don’t think he had any idea what he was doing,” explains Denise. “He didn’t introduce our bridal party correctly, he forgot to announce the cake being cut, and it took us forever to start dancing after dinner. When we finally did our bridal dance, the DJ did it so abruptly that our photographer was still in the lobby taking pictures of our parents. Not only did the photographer miss the dance, so did our parents! It was a total disaster.”

 

No Wonder Why These Brides Had Zero Peace of Mind

 

  • Recently, at a reception at the Troy Marriott, Jackie and Don’s thought they had communicated their playlist clearly to their DJ. They found out the hard way that their DJ didn’t listen. “Our DJ played rap all night, which we can’t stand. I looked through his playlist to try to find something else and all he had was rap. Most of my guests left before 10pm.”

 

  • Dave and Jill weren’t so lucky during their reception at The Colony Club in Detroit. “We were dancing like maniacs, when all of sudden, silence. Our DJ lost power to his speakers for some reason and our party was pretty much over. It ruined our entire night.”

 

  • Rachel and Matt had their wedding reception at Laurel Manor in Livonia last May. They thought they hired a DJ that would follow their directions. What they got was disappointment. “We specifically told our DJ not to play “Gangum Style” and “Blurred Lines”.  Fifteen minutes after dancing began he played both, back to back!

 

  • “I think our DJ started to drink during dinner,” recall Martin and Holly, who hosted a barn wedding in Holly, MI.  “By the time he was supposed to introduce the bridal dances he was slurring his words. Around 10:30pm he began to get belligerent with some of the guests. Then, near the end of the night, he passed out in the bathroom! It was a total nightmare.”

 

Your wedding doesn’t have to be a disaster.  You CAN find quality entertainment and have the night of your dreams…IF you know what to look for.

 

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The Many Responsibilities of a Professional DJ

Wedding Music

As you can imagine, one of the most important responsibilities of a wedding DJ is to play music at your reception that will keep the party going & your dance floor packed. However, there is more to this than you might expect. In fact, the most common mistake couples make when choosing a DJ is to overestimate the ease of playing music that keeps a crowd on the dance floor. For this reason, many couples will opt to have a friend or coworker DJ their wedding reception rather than hire a professional. In reality, just because someone has a playlist and DJ equipment does not mean that they know what they are doing.

Many amateur DJs will tout at least some experience playing music in bars or events. However, playing music at a nightclub is absolutely nothing like playing music at a wedding reception. At a club, most people are around the same age and have similar tastes in music. This leads the inexperienced DJ to assume that everyone likes the same kind of music as they do. At a wedding, however, there may be people from ages 8 to 80 on the dance floor at any one time and the differences in their musical tastes will be vast.

Only experience will teach a wedding DJ the need for variety and how to play many different genres of music. Their job is to appeal to the masses by playing all styles of familiar party music. An experienced wedding DJ will understand that everyone is passionate about ‘their’ style of music and know how to tap into that passion and present it in a manner that everyone on the dance floor can get excited about together. They will know how to correctly weave in and out of many different styles of music and, ultimately, keep the party going all night long.

 

Will My DJ Help Build My Music Playlist?

DJs with little or no wedding experience, on the other hand, may not even consider the diversity on the dance floor. When people don’t respond to their music selections they may get frustrated and simply blame the “lame crowd” rather than digging in and working the music to find something that works for everyone. Remember, a professional has a sense of pride to keep people on the dance floor, whereas amateurs believe people should be on the dance floor out of an obligation to them!  This is why the experience of your DJ is paramount to the success of your wedding night.

 

It is also important to make sure that your DJ has access to a variety of music. Without an adequate selection of music, it is difficult to satisfy varying age groups and musical interests. In addition to just owning the music, a DJ should have extensive knowledge of the music as well; this includes everything from popular songs that older generations would love and know, to the latest hits. This way you’ll be able to confidently build your wedding music list and know your DJ will have access to all of the wedding songs you want to hear.

Bottom line, be sure that your DJ will play the songs you want to hear, not just the songs they want to hear. Many frustrated newlyweds have spent their wedding night listening to their DJ’s favorite tunes!  And lastly, be wary of the DJ whose presentation is obnoxious or cheesy. You don’t want a DJ who thinks that he or she is the star of the show.

After 25 years in the wedding industry, Mike Staff Productions DJs have a vast knowledge of music and we don’t keep it to ourselves. We create weekly Spotify Playlists to help with wedding music inspiration. Whether you’re stumped on what songs to include in your ceremony or you’re building your ‘Do Not Play’ list, you can find help on the Mike Staff Productions Spotify profile

 

Coordinating the Event

While keeping the dance floor packed is the most obvious responsibility of a wedding DJ, it is certainly not the only one. Many couples don’t realize that one of the biggest responsibilities of the wedding DJ is to coordinate the evening’s events. This is the job that will make the single biggest difference between your guests remembering a wedding that was smooth and effortless or one that was awkward and clumsy.

As couples soon discover as they plan their wedding, there are many different people who must contribute to the success of their wedding day. These include the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the hall manager, the videographer, the photographer, the church personnel and more! In addition to the people, there are also events that need to be coordinated, such as the cake cutting ceremony, toasts, grace, introductions, the bridal dance and more. A professional DJ will be able to walk the bride and groom through the evening’s events with ease and grace by working with all the parties involved to ensure things run smoothly and as planned. Be wary of amateurs without experience! You will put a lot of work into planning your wedding. A DJ without experience can easily become overwhelmed at this enormous responsibility and may forget important events, causing stress, chaos, confusion, and disappointment.

 

In short, a DJ needs to be organized, perceptive and efficient to properly orchestrate the evening’s events. Some things your Disc Jockey should be watching for to ensure the night runs smoothly include:

  1. Checking with the hall to make sure that dinner is actually ready to be served on time before asking people to sit down.
  2. Letting the photographer know what’s coming up next so they don’t miss a crucial wedding moment. No wants a photographer taking a bathroom break while the cake is being cut or the bridal dance starts.
  3. Making sure that the champagne is poured before handing the microphone to best man for his toast.
  4. Checking for utensils on the cake table so when you go to cut the cake, so you have something to cut it with!  

Who knew, right? A great wedding music professional is detailed oriented and will keep an eye out for the small details that are missing or out of place. These little things certainly won’t ruin your wedding night, but added up; they will surely cause anxiety for you, as well as your guests.

 

What to Expect from Your Wedding DJ Before the Wedding

An organized wedding reception starts with an experienced DJ who cares, and who takes pride in being prepared. A great DJ should begin preparation for your wedding reception for many days in advance.  It is extremely important for a bride and groom to be given the chance to convey to the DJ what they want their wedding reception to be like. Couples will hear many different opinions about what their reception should be like, and a great wedding DJ will go over every aspect of the wedding reception with the bride and groom to fully understand what they expect.

 

Watch out for inexperienced DJ companies who will send out DJs who have never even talked to the bride and groom before the big day. In addition, be sure your DJ will arrive at the wedding hall for at least an hour and a half or two hours before the wedding. A great DJ will have everything set up:

  • Music playing before guests arrive
  • Will be formally dressed
  • Excess gear put away
  • Cords neatly taped down

All of this done before guests begin arriving. You don’t want your DJ setting up gear while your guests are arriving for the ceremony or cocktails.

 

Master of Ceremonies

Finally, a professional wedding DJ should be a well-trained Master of Ceremonies. This means being confident on the microphone and able to make important announcements and introductions in a classy, charismatic manner. Professionals will spend time preparing their announcements and have pride in their ability to pronounce everyone’s name correctly. Nowhere will a lack of experience be more obvious than in a Master of Ceremonies. Unprofessional announcements mispronounced names and titles, and inappropriate remarks are just a few of the ways an MC might show their inexperience. Nothing makes a crowd more uncomfortable than to sit in front of someone who is nervous and stuttering on the microphone. Often times, a DJ may try to hide this nervousness by turning into a cheesy “party motivator”, annoying guests and embarrassing the bride and groom. A professional clearly understands their boundaries and will never try to upstage the bride and groom by putting undue attention on themselves.

 

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The Difference between Professionals and Amateurs

Professional Equipment

Even if you are able to find a Disc Jockey who is competent enough to handle the primary responsibilities – keeping the dance floor filled, effectively coordinating events, and being a well-trained Master of Ceremonies – there are still several other factors to consider before knowing whether or not they are right for the job. For instance, be sure your DJ invests in professional sound equipment. Professional equipment provides superb-quality sound resulting in crystal-clear announcements that everyone can understand, as well as allowing comfortable music volumes and displaying a classy appearance. DJs that use old and ragged gear may instead use novelty items, such as bubbles and smoke, in order to hide the fact that their gear is inappropriate for the occasion.  Also, beware of DJ’s that offer to bring an entire production to your wedding reception. Too many lights, lasers, and other toys are simply a distraction and often “dress down” an otherwise beautifully decorated room. It is also critical that your DJ brings backup equipment to your reception in the event of a malfunction. Nothing stops a party faster than a burned out amplifier or blown speakers!

The Right Attitude

You should make it a point to look for a DJ company that is willing to partner with you in the success of your wedding. It is very important that your DJ company’s motto be “the customer is always right” and that they stand by this motto. A great DJ company will always have your best interests in mind and not make decisions based on what is easiest or most convenient for them. They should understand that they are working for you, and follow your directions to the tee. Many amateurs consider themselves to be “self-employed” and, therefore, don’t like to be told what to do.

Your wedding will be one of the most spectacular days of your life. Your DJ should feel honored to be a part of such a special event and not see it as “just another gig”.  They should feel a deep sense of responsibility toward you and respect the importance of the occasion. Likewise, they should take as much pride in their appearance as anyone in the wedding party – by wearing a nice tuxedo, with a freshly pressed shirt and shined shoes. It is not uncommon for newlyweds to walk into their wedding reception and find their DJ wearing a really bad suit, or even worse, jeans.

The Right Personality

It is extremely important to find a DJ that fits the style of your wedding.  You don’t want a DJ that is too overbearing and obnoxious, and believes that your wedding reception is his “show”.  Consequently, you don’t want a DJ who looks bored or disinterested, either. Beware of companies that ask you to choose the “energy level” of your DJ.  Most couples don’t want a high energy DJ as much as they want a high energy feeling in the room.  A great DJ will know how to create this feeling without coming on too strong or by acting cheesy or unprofessional.  A pro will be charismatic when making important announcements and introductions and will be able to properly gauge when and when not to talk on the mic.

The Right Company

It is also important to find a DJ company that has a full-time staff available so you can talk to someone when you need to. It’s a bad sign when a DJ company doesn’t answer the phone or, worse, doesn’t call you back right away. Imagine what they’ll be like after they get your deposit! In addition, when hiring a DJ from a professional DJ company, be sure that you will be getting the DJ you are promised and that you know how much experience they have. Your wedding night should not be on-the-job training for beginners. As a rule of thumb, look for a DJ with a minimum of 200 positive reviews on TheKnot.com or WeddingWire.com.

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Back Up Plans

Lastly, and most importantly, be certain that your DJ has a back-up plan, including equipment and contingencies for an emergency in case the DJ can’t be there. They should have back-up sound gear on-site in the event of an equipment malfunction, as well as having a DJ on-call in case of emergencies or unforeseen events. Having a back-up plan in place truly sets the wedding music professionals apart from the amateurs.

Let’s be real, emergencies happen and a DJ may not be able to make it to your wedding through no fault of their own, such as an accident or medical emergency. Inexperienced DJs will have no back-up plan, feeling confident that they can “wing it” in case of an emergency. Don’t’ accept the idea that a DJ has some “friends” he can call in a pinch. A professional company will have a well thought out emergency plan and have paid DJ’s on-call and ready to go.  Remember, the worst possible thing that can happen is for your DJ not to show up or have their equipment fail during your reception. 

 

DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER A DJ THAT DOESN’T HAVE AN ABSOLUTE FOOL PROOF BACK-UP PLAN.

 

 

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Friends Do NOT Hire Friends to DJ their Wedding!

Some of the worst wedding disasters are because of the bride’s who hire “a friend” to DJ their wedding.  Just because a friend might have some speakers, a laptop and a microphone doesn’t mean they have any skill being a Disc Jockey.  That is the equivalent to thinking that just because a friend has a nice camera they can be a wedding photographer, or because they are a great cook they can bake the wedding cake.   Unless the “friend” is a professional wedding DJ with years of specialized training, an emergency back up plans and at least 100 references, invite them TO the wedding, NOT to DJ the wedding!

 

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How Much Should a Should a Great Wedding DJ Cost?

Your guests are likely to remember only one thing about your wedding when they leave: Did they have a good time? Couples will think nothing of spending $50 to $90 per person for food and drinks, and then turn around and bargain-hunt for the cheapest entertainment that they can find, often spending less than 5% of the total cost of the wedding on entertainment. It couldn’t be truer that, “you get what you pay for” when it comes to hiring a professional wedding DJ.

PRO TIP: Investing 8-10% of your wedding budget on your DJ is actually a great value, considering that the DJ is responsible for handling 80% of your wedding reception.

When deciding how much you can afford for entertainment, first think about how much you can afford to lose if your entertainment is poor or mediocre. Look for professionals and expect to pay them what they’re worth. A great DJ that is able to handle all the responsibilities we’ve outlined will undoubtedly cost more than one who cannot live up to these strenuous expectations.

The Cost of Wedding Entertainment: A La Carte

Consider how much it would cost you to pay for the skills and equipment needed for all of the roles one professional wedding DJ could fill:

  • Rent $15,000 of sound & lighting gear: $700
  • Hire someone to deliver it, set it up, and then tear it down at the end of the evening: $450
  • Download just the bare minimum of the music you would need including cocktail, dinner & dance music: $200
  • Hire a professional Master of Ceremonies: Minimum of $800
  • Hire a professional disc jockey to just play & mix the music: $400
  • Hire a wedding consultant to coordinate the evening’s events: $350
  • Hire “on-call” backup services in case of emergencies: $300

    That totals over $3000.00!

How much is your wedding reception worth to you?  The difference between a “bargain DJ” and a professional wedding DJ, that stands by their word, is relatively small.  Too many newlyweds wished they had spent a few extra dollars on a wedding music professional when at 10:00 pm on their wedding night, two-thirds of their guests have already left.

Don’t Play the Pricing Game

Pricing professional DJs can be a tricky thing. A lot of DJs will take advantage of the fact that couples have little or no experience in shopping for a professional DJ. Therefore, they will create a number of confusing packages for you to choose from, knowing full well that you will have a difficult time distinguishing between them.

They do this by charging extra for the tools that should be basic for a successful evening:

  • Proper equipment
  • Lighting
  • Travel expenses

A reputable DJ company will understand and sympathize with your lack of experience in hiring their services. A great DJ company will make it easy for you to understand exactly what you are going to get, for how much, and for how long.

It is also important to understand how professional DJs set their rates. DJs work on supply and demand. They set their prices based on availability. Expect to pay the most during the busy wedding season of May through October, as well as for Saturdays, the busiest wedding day of the week. In contrast, the period of November through April is a slower time of year for weddings and Fridays and Sundays are the slowest days of the week. Having a wedding during the slow months or on the less-used days of the week can save you money in almost every area of your wedding, not just on the entertainment.

So, How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost?

In Michigan, expect to pay anywhere from $1000 to $2000 for a professional wedding DJ who you can have confidence in to make your wedding a complete success.  Keep in mind, the overall price may be less during the “off” season.

The total price will depend on several factors:

  • Day and date of the wedding
  • Duration of event
  • Equipment needs

PRO TIP: It is best to find a company that offers one, all-inclusive package.

Most importantly, only consider a company that will stand behind its promises by offering a money-back guarantee. DJs can talk a great game – that’s what they do – a professional that you can trust will be able to back up his word and shouldn’t feel apprehensive about doing so. Do not hire a DJ company that does not offer a money back guarantee!

 

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3 Ways to Know You Found a Great DJ Company

The last thing you need to know about hiring a professional DJ company is how to make sure they are who they say they are and can deliver what they say they can.

  1. A money-back guarantee is the best sign that the company you’ve hired will be able to deliver what they say they can. No one wants to work for free, no matter how much they enjoy their work.
  2. Research their reputation by reading online reviews. TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com are the most common websites to view wedding vendor reviews.  Be sure to look for wedding DJs that have a minimum of 100 positive reviews. Many couples also find it helpful to ask their venue for a review of their DJ.  Be cautious if the venue has never heard of a DJ you’re considering.
  3. Stay away from DJs who will allow you to check up on them at someone else’s wedding. First off, it is VERY unprofessional to invite strangers to a private reception. Can you say AWKWARD! Secondly, if a DJ is willing to be distracted at someone else’s wedding to talk to you; he will also indulge in this unprofessional manner at your wedding reception.  Plus, you will never get a complete picture of the DJ’s abilities by spending a few minutes standing in the corner at a stranger’s wedding.

It is what you DON’T see that will hurt you

  • Was the DJ on time?
  • Was the DJ prepared and organized,
  • Did the DJ pronounce everyone’s name correctly?

 

There’s no way for you to determine the answer to those questions by lurking at a strangers wedding. More than one of the brides from the horror stories you read above watched their DJ at a stranger’s wedding and later regretted it by saying, “I went and saw him and he looked like he was doing fine.” This type of “preview” can only give a false sense of security about your DJs abilities.

 

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Questions to Ask a Wedding DJ (and the correct answers!)

 

To help you in finding the right DJ for your wedding, here is a list of questions you should ask to ensure you are dealing with a professional who can get the job done right.

How long have you been in business?  

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: At least 7 years

How many DJs are on your team?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Make sure there are enough to guarantee a DJ is on-call

How many weddings has my DJ performed at?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Minimum of 100

Will the DJ also be my Master of Ceremonies?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Yes. You should receive an answer like this: 

Does the DJ work with the photographers and hall managers?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Yes

Are we allowed to submit our own music list and will you play it?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Yes, Yes, Yes

What attire will you wear to the wedding?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Formal attire, black tie

What type of sound system do you use? How old is it?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: The latest professional grade gear

Is there someone to replace the DJ in case of emergency?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Yes. A back up DJ is on call will and standing by

Will you bring back-up gear to the reception hall?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Absolutely

How long in advance does the DJ arrive to the reception hall?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Minimum of 1 ½ hours

Are you insured?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: YES! Do not hire a company that doesn’t have at least $1,000,000 of coverage

Will we receive a personal consultation with our DJ prior to the wedding date ?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Yes

Do you require a deposit? How much?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Usually about one-third of the contracted price

How much do you cost?

  • How many hours does that include?
  • How much for each additional hour?
  • Does that include all the gear, such as lights and equipment?
    • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: Everything is included

Will the DJ require a meal?

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: This is usually standard to feed your vendors

Do you offer a 100% money-back guarantee?  

  • WEDDING DJ SHOULD SAY: YES! Do NOT hire a DJ without one!

With the exception of WHO you marry, there are very few decisions that you will make while planning your wedding that can influence the success of your day more than your entertainment decision.  Choose carefully and choose a company that you can trust.

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Mike Staff Productions: Trust Our Reputation! Love Your Wedding.

Mike Staff Productions is a different kind of wedding DJ Company.  It was founded in 1986 by former 101.1 WRIF on-air personality, Mike Staff. Staff made sure the company was built on a foundation of quality, experience, and unsurpassed client satisfaction.

“I refuse to accept payment from a client who doesn’t feel as if we exceeded their expectations”, says Mike. “First and foremost, we take care of the client. Everything else will fall into place naturally”.

Why We’re Respected

  • We offer award-winning DJs, Photographers and Videography services.
  • Mike Staff Productions is referred by dozens of wedding venues, wedding professionals and most of all, thousands of past clients.
  • Our “Money Back Guarantee” is unprecedented in the industry, proving that there is no substitute for quality and integrity.

How We Build Our DJ Team

Mike Staff personally handpicks every one of the companies wedding DJs. Experience is the first criteria in which DJ’s are selected. No beginners here!  Mike looks for a minimum of 3-5 years of experience, with a strong emphasis on wedding receptions.

“The experience that is needed to successfully execute a wedding reception is much different from the experience one might get from the bar scene or even on the radio”, says Mike.  “I only want DJ’s that can gracefully and professionally coordinate the evening’s events, so the bride and groom can relax and have a great time”.

Experience is also paramount to keeping a party going.  It takes time to learn how to correctly read a dance floor and play just the right song at just the right time.  Mike Staff DJs are well versed and extremely knowledgeable in all styles of music, from the classic crooners to the latest pop stars, and everything in between.

 

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The next thing Mike looks for in a DJ is the right attitude and demeanor.  YOU are the boss. Everything needs to be done to your specifications. Our DJs are professional and pride themselves in presenting a classy, fun night to your guests.

Mike Staff Productions takes the responsibility of earning your trust seriously.  That is why we have taken extreme measures to shelter you against unforeseen events that could jeopardize your important day.  

Every Mike Staff Productions DJ always carries a full back-up system in case of equipment malfunctions. Additionally, every weekend they pay DJ’s to be “on-call” in the event of an emergency that would prevent your DJ from being to your party on time.  Mike believes it’s in your best interest to have a backup plan in place before it’s needed!  No other DJ company has taken these steps to prevent stress! You can trust Mike Staff Productions.

There are many other things that distinguish Mike Staff Productions from other DJ’s:

  • Reasonable all-inclusive pricing
  • Full-time wedding consultants available to help you plan your night,
  • Endless music library
  • Elegant Lighting

 

Ready to bring your wedding to life? Mike Staff Productions is here to help with any of your wedding planning questions! Feel free to give us a call (877.689.0777) or email us at [email protected]

 

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