I have an emotional connection to every wedding I have done.
Great pride has been taken in personalizing the entertainment and flow to fit the couple that wedding is for. It takes a great deal of time to make this happen. Last year my average prep time per wedding was 56 hours. Those are hours spent before I arrive at the venue the day of. Doing two or three weddings a weekend often meant months of 16-20 hour days 7 days a week. I love what I do and I love the work, but I sometimes find myself wishing for just a few more hours to tweak this or that to make everything just so, or even a few more hours of sleep.
I believe every one of my couples deserves the best.
In 2014 I will only book one wedding per weekend. This will allow for even more time to be devoted to each wedding. Doing this will provide additional opportunities to develop my craft by attending even more training and additional practice time.
What’s in it for the couples?
Couples will benefit from a better, rested, me. I will have even more availability for them. Their wedding will be the only wedding that week. This will also resolve the occasional rehearsal schedule conflict if I am providing sound for the ceremony.
What’s in it for me?
Better balance between work and family in the summer months. I might even get a little more sleep. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve what I do. This will allow for the time needed to continue to raise the bar.
This is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while. 2013 couples will also benefit from this change. I have spread out the limited number of weddings I will perform this year and chose to only book more than one wedding on 3 weekends.
Why is this huge?
I’ve always been in the minority with the way I do weddings. this is especially true when it comes to the amount of time I devote to each one. I do things differently such as not charging for overtime. Let’s face it, after 56 hours of prep time, what’s another fun hour or two. I have always been selective about the clients I work with. It’s extremely important that I am a great fit for their wedding. From my experience most DJs will take any and every couple who wants to book, and book as many of them as they can. The commitment to choosing to do one wedding a week is the exception in the DJ industry and that’s why I believe it is huge.
I can’t remember the last time I was this excited!