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What to Look For When Choosing a DJ

What to Look For When Hiring a DJ

With so many DJ companies out there to choose from nowadays, there are few things you should consider to make a wise choice and not have your reception end up not turning out the way you would have liked it to.

Consider the following points when making your choice:

  • Don’t judge your DJ on price alone.  For a good company expect to pay anywhere from $800 to $1200 depending on the number of hours you need them.  Typically 5 hours is what you should be looking for.
  • How you are treated when you first contact the company is also a good indicator of how the company is to work with.  Bad manners and attitudes tend to spread across the whole company.
  • Check out reviews on your company through sources like weddingwire.com and the knot.com.  Although some companies have been known to pay their clients for good reviews.  For the most part these are good sources.  An even better source would be your venue and photographer.
  • DJ companies offer a lot of add on products.  Keep in mind that first and foremost you are looking for a DJ.  Uplighting and Photobooths should not be the primary topic of conversation.  Judge your company by their DJ talent, not how many extras they are willing to add on.  Also be aware of upcharge items like setup and teardown and travel charges (under 30 miles).  And remember in New York there is no sales tax for a private event.
  • Finally:  You only know if you got a good price after the event is over.  If you got a bad event you got exactly what you paid for.

WNY Wedding Spotlight: Neal Urban Photography

The best way to make sure your wedding memories last a lifetime is to select a great photographer who will capture your day in the exact way it was meant to be captured. This is no easy task. Not all photography is the same – different styles and different perspectives can make all the difference… Continue Reading

Choosing Your Mother/Son Dance Song

Choosing a song for the Mother/Son dance isn’t the easiest choice when it comes to picking out the songs that will serve as the soundtrack to the most memorable moments of your wedding. Many other big moments, like the Father/Daughter dance, have a much bigger song selection to choose from.  But, this doesn’t mean the… Continue Reading

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WNY Wedding Pro Spotlight: Pearl Street Catering

In our latest installment of our WNY Wedding Professional Spotlight blog series, we sit down with two people who know how to host a great WNY wedding: Carey McCormick & Lindsey Gilels of Pearl Street Catering. They are responsible for the magic behind the great events at three different venues: Pearl Street Grill & Brewery,… Continue Reading

Buffalo Winter Wedding Survival Guide

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The Greatest Love Songs of All Time

Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re marking this special occasion by showcasing some of the greatest love songs of all time. These songs have an important role to play in a wedding – first of all, they provide the soundtrack to one of the most memorable moments of the entire celebration, the first dance between a bride… Continue Reading

Choosing a Great Father Daughter Dance Song for Your Wedding

It’s important to remember a special kind of love that goes into what makes a wedding day so wonderful – it’s not just all about the love between a bride and her groom.  Long before the groom was in her life, there was another man who took center stage in a bride’s heart – her… Continue Reading

We Won the Pick of the Knot Award for 2013

We have just been notified that Signature Entertainment has been awarded the “Best of Weddings” award from The Knot for 2013.  This is the 2nd year in a row that we’ve won this award based on input from wedding couples in Western New York.  We are humbled and honored! Continue Reading

WNY Wedding Professional Spotlight: Beth Clark from Bridal Chateau

This week in the third installment of our blog series spotlighting the great work of WNY wedding professionals, we chat with Beth Clark of Bridal Chateau, one of WNY’s premier wedding dress boutiques. Beth is the third woman in her family to run this 35-year WNY wedding gown tradition (originally started by her grandmother!), so… Continue Reading