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Choosing disc jockey or DJ entertainment for your wedding reception is a fun and personal decision. A professional wedding DJ or Disc Jockey can add festivity and fun to your reception and create a memorable party for your guests. Find top a quality Ventura DJ or Santa Barbara DJ for your wedding.


Lime-Light Entertainment

Lime-Light Entertainment Tasteful DJ entertainment for
all occasions. Music customized
to your personal style.

Ventura, CA • (805) 469-3794

Phil Birdsell Entertainment

Phil Birdsell Entertainment Voted #1 Best Wedding DJ
2013 Los Angeles Hot List

(805) 388-3003


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Hiring a DJ in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County: Points to Consider

When you plan a party of any sort, your objective is to ensure that your guests have a good time. Your choice of entertainment , particularly if you are considering hiring a DJ in Ventura County or a Santa Barbara DJ is crucial to that end. Who you choose for your wedding reception or special event will have a greater degree of effect than any other factor, such as food or location. The Ventura County DJ you choose is a direct reflection on you. Here are some important points to remember when you interview a DJ in Ventura County or in Santa Barbara County.

Prompt return of your phone calls or Emails: You should expect to get a call back or an Email back within 24 hours. Many DJs in Ventura County and the Santa Barbara area are out working and may not be able to return your call within an hour or two.

Willingness to meet with you and present his/her service: Will the Ventura County DJ try to meet with you soon, or is he/she trying to book the date sight unseen? Is their material neat and professional looking, and is their presentation organized and informative?

Is the price too good to be true? It seems that the DJ is often the last service chosen, after much of the budget is expended on a venue, food and clothing. This often leads brides and party planners to shop for the cheapest price possible because of a lack of resources. This often backfires when holding out for the lowest price. However, if you have adhered to the guiding principles noted here, you will know to avoid services that have a rock bottom price because they will not be able to display the level of quality and attention to detail that every client deserves.

Do you like the person that shows up? Choosing the person who "feels" right is the most important factor in picking the right DJ entertainer for your party or reception. The Ventura County DJ you choose should be very open about what he/she can do for you and should volunteer information and "show" you that knowledge base.

Is the person knowledgeable about your type of event? There are all kinds of DJ's., Club DJ's, wedding DJ's, reception DJ's -- the list is endles. Can the DJ you interview handle your type of event? Ask the DJ how many events of your type that he/she has done.

What sort of documents does the DJ use to procure your business? In a good interview, the DJ should show you several documents. First and foremost is a planner. This planner should impress you enough to the point where you begin to understand that the Ventura DJ / Santa Barbara DJ you are hiring is professional and is capable of handling your event. A sample copy of the contract to be used should be available as well as a schedule of pricing information. A DJ in Ventura County may also give you a list of references. Call them. Ask if there were any issues or problem areas when the person dealt with the DJ service.

Does the DJ have a viewable music database? It shows you what sort of music he or she has available. Many DJ's do not use music lists, others do. In some fashion, you the client, need to be assured that the Ventura DJ / Santa Barbara DJ you hire not only has a sizeable collection of music, but has a variety of music, especially for wedding receptions, where many different styles of music and guests will be in the same room together.

Make sure the DJ use professional grade equipment. If the DJ does not have pictures of his or her gear, you should ask to set up a time to see the equipment or see pictures of the DJ's set up. Although there are many fine home stereo equipment components made, they are not suitable for commercial or repeated use and varying room conditions. The DJ should be able to tell you what he/she uses and characterize the equipment as professional grade.

Will the DJ offer to meet with you after signing the contract to plan your event? A professional DJ is always willing to discuss your event at any time before the event starts, and should display the flexibility to accommodate changes and help you solve problems. Meeting your Ventura County DJ to plan your event is of paramount importance to a successful event such as a wedding reception.

Will the DJ that you interview be the person that will perform at your event? Ask the DJ if he/she will be the actual person performing, or will someone else perform the event. You need to know this up front.

Consider this when pricing your DJ in Ventura County: You should consider your DJ service an insurance policy that ensures that all of the other money you spend will result in a great experience. You do get what you pay for. Good entertainment is not cheap. And yet many people will pay far more for a cake, flowers, or food than they will for the most crucial ingredient at a party - the music.

Your Ventura DJ / Santa Barbara DJ, if you have chosen a good one, will display many of the following skills and attributes before and at your event:

- Master of Ceremonies
- Party organizer
- Sound technician
- Light technician
- Ability to read a crowd and pick the right music
- Flexibility to adapt to sudden changes
- Follow the plan that you and he/she have worked out using the planner
- Seamless continuous music at all times unless otherwise specified
- Extensive library of music
- Professional grade of equipment
- Audience motivator
- Ability to co exist and coordinate with other professionals at your event

By Bill Smith
Bill Smith and the Magic of Music


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