So you have picked your Photographer, lets get down with our Bad Selves and pick our DJ/MC! But before we can select one, Lets talk about the differences between the two, what each can and cant do, and figure out which one is best for you!
In short, a DJ is a person who plays music for an event. They have Speakers, Sub woofers, lighting equipment, some may have TV screens to showcase videos or slide shows, turn tables to mix music, a laptop and hard drive that stores all there music files, etc. Here is what people may not realize or understand, DJ's dont typically get on the mic and drive the event. They will play music for your event but speaking on the mic is not something they will do so when it comes to having an event, like a wedding, where there are activities, they may not keep on track, dividing there time between activity and song play. DJ's do typically cost less ( Cost Averages between $500-$1000), but as a downfall, a bad DJ can kill your event! If people are not dancing, they may not make an effort to change that.
In short, an MC does everything a DJ does, but they are more forward, entertaining, and can keep the party going. MC's or Master of Ceremonies, will drive your event, keep people interested, and have fun. Some MC's will get people on the dance floor, get on the dance floor themselves, and show people some dance moves, They will play games like the shoe game ( asking couple engaged questions to see if the couple has the same answers the same or differently), a centerpiece giveaway (just that, a round robin song played to give away the centerpieces), Scavenger hunts ( a big hit where the MC has guests get involved buy offering prizes and such for what people scavenge for ), etc. MC's are typically more expensive ( Cost Averages between $1000-$1500).
Some tips and Tricks, There is no trick to being a Good MC or DJ. They are either really good, or really bad. With anything, your DJ and MC will feed off the energy of your friends and family, So if you have a lot of friends and family that love to dance, party, and have a good time, Then your Event will be a smash! But if you have friends and family who don't really dance a whole lot, but rather hang out and talk, etc. Then people will still have a good time, but that dance floor will be empty.
Some tips I have are to hire an experienced MC above all else. It might be cheaper to go the other way, but its well worth the price. If people are not having a good time, they will leave. So say your having a wedding, and you have your venue until Midnight, All your other vendors are booked to close the night at midnight also, but no one is having a good time and people start to leave early. If most of your guests are gone at 9:30 or 10pm, you have spent money to keep those vendors there for 2 more hours, and there is nothing for them to do. We had a wedding last night where they had an In-N-out Truck come in for dinner, and then at 9pm had a Taco guy come in for a later snack/food. Their party was Rocking the whole time! Everyone was having fun, Dancing, etc. But if everyone had left either before the Taco Guy got there, or as he was there, The Bride and Groom may have paid for him to serve just them.
Also consider ensuring there is a team, where they have 2 people on hand. If one has to go the restroom, yes, they can pay a couple songs in a row, but if people want to request songs and such, they might be waiting. Consider their equipment. Ensure they have the equipment to do the job. Some DJ/Mc's may not have enough equipment. If they only have 1 setup, and you have your ceremony outside, and reception inside, and they are not close, Your DJ/MC will have to move equipment during cocktail hour instead of playing music. Insure they have a ceremony setup! A laptop, 2 speakers, a lapel Mic go along way to ensure your guests can hear what the two of you and your officiant are saying.
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