- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
This is something I really struggle with in these times of bargaining. The national average for a basic professional wedding DJ is supposed to be around 1500. However, it's all subjective. I know that I am worth all of 1500 and probably more for the passion I put into my weddings, but it's not really feasible all the time. You can get a DJ for 400 but you get what you pay for. You can also get some amazing Chicago companies for 4000+ I truly believe I'm selling a $2500 product for $1000. It's hard to initiate that conversation, but as soon as I meet with a client I know they can tell how much I love my job.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I am not great at putting my passion into emails and texts haha. In that regard I love to meet with clients in person for a brochure/quote/booking meeting. Simple 20% booking fee to hold the date, and then I don't need anything until about a month out. Then we will meet again for less than an hour to go over songs, itinerary, games, venue, etc. I try to make it as simple as possible for my couples. You fill in the blanks and I make it happen. I feel like quick and simple helps destress my clients from wedding planning.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?
My uncle was a DJ as I was growing up. I always loved the atmosphere of the wedding party, and watching him interact with the crowd. I still to this day get so many compliments on how I do simple things he taught me (i.e. cake cutting or making sure the bridal party always has a drink or deflecting aunts and uncles so the bride and groom can actually EAT the meal they bought everyone 😂)