11/24 Real Bride Peach: So You Decided on a DJ … Here’s How to Pick One.

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Lethal Rhythms, Atlanta DJ

Lethal Rhythms, Atlanta DJ

Hey everyone! I may be a Mrs. now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t look back and help guide y’all on your bride-to-be journeys. And one major component of any wedding is … the music!

When Jersey and I began looking for an Atlanta DJ, we were a bit befuddled at first: A) there are SO MANY; B) each one comes with a price tag that may or may not have you quivering in your garter. Because, whoa, the price tags can be steep. So what I’d like to do is break down what we did and the end result.

Bottom line: Our chosen DJ was the amazing Atlanta-based Lethal Rhythms. 

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How did we find them? Brides and Grooms out there, do your research. Go to trusted wedding websites that offer reviews and rankings for your area. Read the testimonials and take them to heart. If you find one that has both a great ranking AND glowing reviews, chances are you’ve got a winner. We reached out to Lethal Rhythms and were nothing but pleased with their interactions with us and willingness to be flexible with our needs.

What do you do once you’ve picked them? MEET with them, in person if at all possible. You need to know that your DJ is a good fit, personality-wise and that they are willing to listen to your desires and stick with them! Our DJ hailed from Jersey, so hello! we knew it would be a great fit for our musical style — Fun-Pop-Dance-meets-Latin-hip-hop. Why be normal?  But we were also impressed that their CEO, Joel Rabe, attended the first meeting as well. It showed true investment in us and it went a long way to making us feel good about our choice.

Why are DJs so expensive? As we planned our wedding, it became very clear that DJs have their work cut out for them! Think about it. All the equipment: speakers, sound boards, lighting, cables, microphones. That’s a lot. Not to mention talent – DJing is an art form and a DJ worth their weight will know exactly how to play to the crowd and keep the party rocking. Not only with the music, but the emcee duties! They must know how to guide the crowd every step of the way and make sure there are no awkward pauses or confusion about what’s going on. Our DJ, Robb Batts, did an amazing job across the board in keeping the party flowing smoothly.  Lastly, if you want music in your ceremony and it’s at the same location, the DJ has to do double-duty! Extra speakers, wireless mics for the officiant, logistics if the ceremony is in a different location than the reception and more songs to handle. I give them mad respect and it makes sense that DJs/music are often one of the biggest costs in a wedding.

Can you negotiate price? Hi. We wouldn’t be Broke-Ass Brides if we didn’t at least try! If Jersey and I learned anything while planning a wedding, it’s that YES, everything is negotiable. Even if you don’t score a big markdown, you may wind up getting extra bells and whistles added to the existing price for free. Or, another option is to ask for a percentage discount for paying in full, up front. The bottom line is that any great business person will know that the happier you are, the better for them. And these guys were no exception. We were able to get additional uplighting and a very respectable overall price, just by asking the questions. As a result, we were very, very happy with the outcome. It’s a win-win!

How do you pick your songs? Sit down with your soon-to-be-spouse and make a list of must-haves and must-NOT-haves. Think about all the pieces of the day: pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, reception, exit music … it’s a lot, but just tackle it one at a time. We also included on our RSVP cards a line that said, “I’m most likely to dance if you play ________.” That resulted in some hilarious entries (like “Baby Got Back”), but also songs we’d missed!  As for relaying your choices to the DJ? Most likely your DJ has their own database or listing of the songs they can provide. Lethal Rhythms has a HUGE database of songs to choose from and it provided about 98% of the songs we wanted. And for those we couldn’t find in their database, all we had to do was upload them to Dropbox and share the folder with them. Easy-peasy.

So how did our big day go? Couldn’t be happier. They arrived exactly on time and everything went off without a hitch! We received tons of compliments from our guests about the music execution. Everything flowed, the songs that we chose for the ceremony and reception were great and fit our style. And at the reception, if there were requests, DJ Robb accommodated them. Don’t tell anyone, but I did The Wobble at my own wedding. Hey, if the crowd wants it, a bride’s gotta do what a bride’s gotta do!  Our DJ Robb and Lethal Rhythms knocked it out of the wedding park. If you’re in the Atlanta area and are looking for a rockin’ DJ, my highest recommendation goes to Lethal Rhythms.

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Lethal Rhythms, Atlanta DJ

What tips would YOU offer in picking a DJ? Do tell.

Till next time,

Peach
Peach is an Atlanta blogger, CrossFit addict, runner, yogi, dork-o-rama and clean-eating foodie with a mean sweet tooth. She is marrying her Jersey Boy in October 2014 and can be found egregiously overusing hashtags as 50Peach on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. She blogs at 50Peach.com and promises not to say “Bless your heart.” … unless you really deserve it.