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Customizing the music and moments for Michigan Brides and Grooms
One of the things that allows us to have so much success as your wedding DJ comes down to mindset. We begin with the end in mind.
We’re talking euphoric bride, hands in the air, loved ones all around – everybody having the best time ever.
Then we take you there, guiding the special moments you’ve been imagining all your life.
You’ll hear the words, we’ll play the song, and then you’ll blink and it’s your first dance.
Reception DJ/MC Services
Ceremony Mics and Music
We believe that your wedding DJ has the responsibility to guide your event to its best possible outcome. We do this for our couples by…
Apart from mixing great music, our DJs communicate well to make sure the event goes smoothly. They’ll make sure you’re on the same page about the “do not play” list, and they’ll coordinate with the photographer, too.
Reliability is one of the most important things when hiring people for your wedding day. We think ahead of time to avoid any last-minute hiccups. We have a backup for everything that can go wrong, from equipment to experts.
An experienced DJ/MC knows things may not always go as planned. Our DJs do keep the timeline of your event handy but if there is a change in the plan like some part gets postponed then they can quickly adapt keeping the excitement of the event alive.
We have been in the business since 2010 and professionalism in our services has allowed us to earn the trust of couples across Michigan. From the dress code to delivering completed videos on time, we always take the priorities of our clients seriously.
A wedding DJ should be a people person, have a nice voice, and be an approachable presence. He or she should be organized, have strong attention to detail, and have exemplary customer service skills.
A wedding DJ should also have a passion for music, an understanding of song structure, and an ability to mix between songs seamlessly, avoiding dead air. Lastly, a wedding DJ should be technically savvy, not only having the right equipment but knowing how to use it also!
Every now and then a couple asks, do we even need to bother to hire entertainment? Can’t we just play Spotify?
The answer to that depends on a few factors but first imagine this. You’ve got two parties. One with a Spotify list playing and another with a professional wedding DJ whose full-time attention is dedicated to making your moments happen on time, comfortably, with the equipment and know-how to amplify the speeches and music for all to hear. Want a dance party ran by a pro who’ll read your room, take requests, and mix in your favorites while staying away from your do not plays? Want someone who’ll help manage all the expectations of all your loved ones, the venue, your vendors, and help achieve the best result for you at the same time? Then you probably want to hire a wedding DJ.
On the other hand, if the event has 15 people or less and the couple isn’t concerned about the special moments happening on time with a nice flow, then maybe your friend’s speakers and a Spotify list is all you need!
It’s our experience, however, that the vast majority of couples have much more in mind for their wedding than that, and it’s those couples that we designed our services for!
The wedding DJ’s job starts when we arrive at the wedding 1.5-4 hours ahead of time, depending on the scope of the sound and lighting system needed. We then set up the speakers and equipment in such a way to maximize acoustics, accounting for the unique circumstances which exist at every venue.
After a mic and music check, the DJ then cleans up the wires and makes their setup look nice. Any Uplighting design will be done at this time also.
If we’re assisting with ceremony sound also, then we’d do a mic check with your officiant before playing prelude music as guests arrive. Usually, we fade into a special song or 3 when the ceremony starts, and your family/bridal party/couple walks down the aisle.
After that, we’re adjusting mic gain and volume and equalizing it all to ensure the best possible sound for your officiant and vows.
Then right when you kiss, and you’re introduced, and your loved ones erupt in applause we play your upbeat recessional song! This is an exciting moment, and we love starting the song perfectly on cue at the right place at the right time!
From there it’s cocktail music. Typically lighter, fun, feel-good music. We can dive deep into your favorite artists and genres to set the vibe you’re looking for!
Towards the end of cocktail hour, we’re hopping on the mic to invite your guests to find their seats. After that, we’re greeting the couple, lining up the bridal party, double-checking name pronunciations one more time, and BOOM we’re doing your grand introductions (after confirming the photographer and videographer are ready of course – also making sure the venue/ caterer has poured the champagne for toasts).
You come into the climax of another song, which we cue up perfectly with your names being announced, and it feels like it’s out of the movies!
You do a spin and kiss when you enter the room, the clapping begins to subside, and if you do want to cut the cake, this usually is a good time for your DJ to say, “and now our newlyweds would like to share a special moment with us as they cut their wedding cake!” Everyone was already paying attention to the introductions, so they continue, captivated as you cut your cake, and maybe feed each other a nibble?
A minute or two later we invite everyone to settle in and get comfortable before we introduce the toasts, thanking each person for their words before introducing the next, and if it’s traditional for your family to say a prayer before dinner we’ll introduce that person as well.
Then we’re inviting everyone to enjoy the meal!
An hour or so later we’re checking in with you to make sure you loved the dinner music and you’re ready for your special dances. We’ll make sure parents are there and the photographer/videographer is ready, and then we’ll introduce your first dance!
After your other special dances, we’ll invite your loved ones out and get the party started!
All night long after that we’ll read the room, take requests, and play great dance music, mixing it up to create an incredible fun-filled evening.
When you’re interviewing your wedding DJ company, the most important thing to know is their planning process, and how they’ll make it happen.
Also, ask them about their equipment set up, how they’ll play the music.
It’s also important to know what kind of music they specialize in. If you need something different, just be ready to provide a playlist in that category.
Find out how the DJ plans to dress. If jeans and a baseball cap are part of the wardrobe, just make sure that fits the class of your event.
Ask the DJ how early they arrive before the event starts. A premium setup should take a minimum of 1.5 hours to set up comfortably, so if they say less than that then be suspicious of the quality and presentability of their setup.
Ask the DJ what they’d do in the case of an emergency. Do they have backup systems in place and backup DJs on call?
A wedding DJ can cost a wedding couple anywhere from $1000 to $5,000 or more.
A wedding DJ’s prices depend on factors that include equipment, popularity, geographic region, and wedding experience level. In general, wedding DJs who have higher quality wedding equipment and more experienced wedding professionals command higher wedding costs.
Wedding DJs vary in wedding cost. At Michaels Entertainment wedding DJ prices are all-inclusive, there are no hidden wedding fees or wedding expenses. Our DJ service typically ranges from $1495-$2500, depending on what package makes sense for you.
If you’ve been to parties with DJs and other parties with bands, you already know there are differences between them on an experiential level. Bands typically play songs beginning to end while DJs mix in and out of songs at certain cue points.
Bands with good chemistry and energy can perform popular songs in new ways and bring with them the cumulative force of multiple band members, but they tend to be more rigid in the songs they are prepared to play, while DJs can change up their sets on the fly.
Most bands have one of their members designated as the MC, in addition to the instrument they are responsible to play. While the quality of bands and DJs vary, most who look at their experience will find that the average DJ/MC tends to be more specialized as an MC than the typical band member who plays as MC. While this is not a rule, the fact that it is so common leads many couples with the budget to get the best of both worlds and hire an accomplished DJ/MC in addition to an awesome Band!
When professional Hockey Player Sheldon Dries got married that’s what he did, hiring both the blue water kings’ band and DJ Seth Michaels of Michaels Entertainment. The band performed the ceremony music and DJ Seth orchestrated the special moments through the reception. They then teamed up on the dance floor, interacting with each other and the audience all night long. It was awesome!
The answer to what you should decide when it comes to band vs. DJ depends on you, but if you have the budget, get both!