We are one of the most experienced wedding DJs in Cornwall and have a proven and verifiable track record for providing entertainment for some of the best wedding receptions cornwall has had. Not only do we supply some of the highest quality disco systems in Cornwall but the standard of our service is far beyoned that of most.
We do not make wild claims like some claiming to be the best or they have 25-30 years experience. We only tell you the facts, we are very, very experienced and for the last 5 years we have do over 100 wedding receptions per year. How do we do so many you ask? simply becasue people have been more than satisfied with our service and so we get a lot of recommendations. There are less than a handful of DJs in Cornwall who can honestly claim this.
Choosing the right Disco and DJ for your wedding is often a confusing process. It's something most people rarely need to do and so will have little knowledge of what to expect or what to look for, adding more confusion to this, there are usually several discos in the local area with very little experience in weddings.
A large percentage of couples will simply choose a DJ or disco at random or just go for whoever quotes the cheapest price. But as the old saying goes, "you only get what you pay for" and with Discos and DJ's the same old saying is true.
The other approach some couples go for is: A friend tells them they know someone called Disco Sid, who is quite cheap. This often turns out to be a very bad choice, not only do you not know anything about Disco Sid, but it is booked through a friend who also knows little about them, only that apparently Sid does discos. This doesn't look good from the start and you either end up with NO Disco for your wedding and a friend saying 'well they did say they were coming!!' or if the anonymous Disco Sid does turn up, it is often with some very old and substandard equipment and you're left saying you could do a better job of DJ'ing yourself.
We don't claim to be the cheapest and we are certainly not that expensive, in fact our prices are very competitive, but what we do claim is that we provide a very high quality service at a very reasonable price. We do not add on unnecessary charges, our pricing is based on the number of hours of work involved, travelling, setting up and performing.
Providing a professional wedding Disco is a totally different thing to providing a disco for a birthday party. A typical birthday party will have spent maybe £100.00 on a venue, £150.00 on a buffet and will usually use the cheapest DJ they can find (but will often regret that decision afterwards). Because if that DJ fails to turn up or just ruins the party, not only has it cost them the venue fee and the buffet fee, everyone will have been let down and dissapointed, but at least they can have another birthday party the following year and book a professional DJ. But if that DJ ruins your special day, you may well have spent thousands of pounds and you can't exactly have another reception the following year, so why even take the risk to save what amounts to a few pounds, when you could have booked a professional in the first place.
No matter what budget you have, you want to get value for money, but it's well worth paying a little extra for a good DJ and disco, as it can make or break any wedding.
How important is the Disco and DJ for your wedding? Do you need a no nonsense reliable Disco service that carries backup equipment, confirms the booking with a written contract, has a contact number, email address and website where you can see what they are all about and who will answer any questions promptly, and do their best and more to make your evening a success, or is it just a bit of music and a few flashng lights so you take a chance on your friend's anonymous Disco Sid?
Speak with the DJ.
Using email is a good way to get a quotation or letting the DJ know what you require and to get information about the specifications and pricing, but email isn't quite as good if you want to get a feel for someone, whether it be a good feeling or a bad one. Do they seem helpful, are they knowledgable, do they come across as confident? Be sure to get your point across, tell them exactly what you want and what you expect, don't be afraid to ask for some advice, after all they're supposed to be the professionals.
Do they confirm the booking in writing and offer a legal contract?
Make sure that any booking you make is confirmed in writing or preferably in a written contract. It is imperative that all details agreed are clearly set out, such as 'Is early setup required?', that appropriate attire should be worn, the start and end times, the music that you want played. In our experience, almost everyone who has contacted us because they have been let down by some other Disco have had "no contract or written confirmation", just a mobile telephone number.
Ask if they have experience with weddings or have a DJ that has.
Find out what experience they have. Different events require very different types of skill and experience, it's essential that you get a DJ that's right for your wedding. Obviously most DJ's have to be very flexible but some can be much more experienced than others. We are one of, if not the busiest wedding DJs in Cornwall, so we have a lot of experience.
Is a deposit required?
This is common practice for most good DJ's. Your venue will normally always request a deposit or booking fee. This shows your commitment and once a deposit has been paid, the DJ should only be interested in your wedding for that date. Between 25% to 30% should be considered as a reasonable figure for a deposit. A receipt or email confirmation of the deposit having been paid should be expected. By sending a cheque you are also confirming their legitimate address.
Are playlists Accepted?
Some DJ's won't accept requests or playlists, others will say they do and take your request but will not be able to play the music because they don't have it. We will accept any playlists you may have in advance of the day to ensure we have that music with us, we will play them at the appropriate place or time during the event. We can also play almost any requests you make on the day.
Will the DJ meet you, if you want to see them?
If not, why not? Some won't meet with you for fear they will lose the booking. If you need to meet us you can, it's a good way to get to know the DJ before the event and it can also make for a better atmosphere at the event. If the DJ is not from your local area, a meeting could be a bit more difficult, so meeting at a halfway point could be better for both parties. Going from past experience, meetings that work best are when they are not so formal. We get to find out exactly what you want and expect and can discuss any playlists you may have, your first dance, the type of music you require, sound, lighting and any technical aspects, as well as the planning of the event, for example buffet, speeches, presentations, slide shows, etc and we will answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Is the Disco or DJ sub-contracting for an agency or another DJ?
A lot of DJ's do this, but as long as you are fully aware of this arrangement and it's what you have agreed to then that's fine. Problems can arise when an agency or contractor are unable to provide adequate details for a DJ they supply. This leaves you in limbo either not knowing who or even what they may turn up to your event with! SoundONE Wedding DJ do not use sub-contracted DJ's, the DJ's we use are our own DJ's and we only use our own Equipment.
Are they able to supply you with suitable references?
All professional DJ's should have some sort of references from previous clients, whether it's just a thank you email, or written letter or a post on a facebook page or blog. Should the need arise we can give you details so you can contact some of our previous clients, who have given us permission to pass on their details.
What happens if the DJ's equipment fails. Will they have any backup or will the wedding be ruined?
We carry a full back-up system so should the unthinkable happen we will be able to get the system up and running with very little, if any, noticeable effect
One final thing to remember is: There are no recognised qualifications to be a DJ, so be very wary of anyone claiming to be "Approved by" or "Certified By" etc as they are simply trying it on.
By following these tips, we hope to have made it a little less confusing when booking a Disco and DJ, obviously we hope you book us, but should you decide to choose another Disco and DJ for your wedding, please bear in mind as many of the above points as possible and we really do hope it all works out for you and you have a fantastic wedding.