Tucson DJs… “A Dime a Dozen”
As a Tucson Wedding DJ, and a Director for the Tucson Wedding Network, I have had the opportunity to hear many stories; some good, others… not so much. With the plethora of people looking to make a few extra bucks on the weekend as DJs in Tucson, it’s no wonder that local brides and grooms are a bit skeptical when it comes to booking a DJ for their wedding.
Let’s face it, even a bad DJ can be a good talker, and a good DJ isn’t necessarily a good wedding DJ. But the honest truth is you’ll need much more than talk on your wedding day in order to keep your guests engaged and your celebration stress-free, smooth flowing and fun.
DJs these days are truly “a dime a dozen”, with every household claiming at least one or two somewhere in the family tree. Why are they so common? Well… Unlike a doctor or a lawyer where there are laws requiring that verify their knowledge and education in their field before opening their own business or practice, there is simply no such law for DJs.
For a DJ, starting a business is about as easy as ordering 500 business cards online for about 12 bucks. And they can often stay in business because most brides and grooms won’t learn what questions they should have asked their DJ before hiring them, until after their wedding when it is too late.
This scenario is a common occurrence not only in Tucson, but world wide, probably in part because of the challenging economy as well as the lack of decent paying jobs available. The lack of regulations for becoming a DJ combined with the ease of online access to music, makes for an enticing proposition for someone who is having a difficult time making their car payment.
Although it is easy to understand why someone might want to go into the Tucson DJ business for themselves, however, the desire by itself to start a business of their own does not magically invoke the skills, talent or experience necessary for keeping a formal wedding celebration and a ballroom filled with guests on the path to an exciting and unforgettable evening.
It is not uncommon to hear that a DJ got started because they went to a great wedding themselves and thought it looked so easy and fun that they could do it too, without realizing that what made that wedding so fun and look so easy was because it was being run and directed by a really good professional Wedding DJ and Master of Ceremonies who spent years learning and practicing their craft in order to create a celebration that would come off flawlessly.
The honest truth is, it is simply “Buyer Beware” when it comes to choosing your Tucson wedding DJ. This is the case not necessarily because your potential DJ is shifty or dishonest, they simply don’t know what they don’t know. It is very likely that they have no clue whatsoever as to what is really involved in creating an exceptional wedding celebration.
This is also why there can be such a huge discrepancy in pricing among Tucson DJs. For the weekend warrior DJ, it’s simply about showing up, playing music for several hours, and collecting a check. They don’t have much involved so they can easily give a dirt cheap price.
For the full-time professional DJ who understands that a flawless celebration requires many hours of planning, preparation and even rehearsal, they simply can’t compete with the weekend warrior DJ in price, any more that the weekend warrior DJ can complete with a pro Wedding DJ and Master of Ceremonies in creating a truly remarkable and memorable celebration.
The key to a successful celebration is in first knowing what type of wedding experience you are hoping to create, and then learning what types of questions you should be asking your potential Tucson DJ so that you can ensure to the best of your ability that your wedding DJ will have the skills, talent and dedication necessary to help you create that experience.
If you would you would like to learn more about what to look for in a Wedding DJ, and what questions you should be asking, please feel free to visit my webpage entitled “How to Shop for a DJ”.
Best wishes and may you have the best wedding celebration ever.
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