Being a DJ at a party is like the goal keeper in a football match. You witness the whole party with all the great ideas and all the mistakes that are made. The good news is it really is quite easy to create a great party. My tips in this series of articles will make you look like a pro and will have your guests talking about your party for years.
Choosing Your Venue
It is vital to take your time to book a venue that you are happy with. The two main problems we experience with a venue is an unexpected early finish time and an overly aggressive sound meter. In my experience a proper venue is far better than a marquee. A marquee is expensive, difficult to get the room temperature correct and usually has an uneven floor. You may also have additional noise complaints from surrounding areas and in the worst case scenario the party would have to finish early. I would also definitely recommend booking a venue where the bar is situated in the same room as the dancing area. You need to create an inviting romantic atmosphere in the room so flexible lighting is important. Dimmer lighting would be ideal as you will need to experiment with the lighting depending on how much light is coming from the DJ/Band. Flexible lighting is also important for the timing of your event but more about that in my next article “Timing is Everything”. Another top tip is to book a small venue. Less people will attend your party than you invited. It’s just a fact and it happens at almost every party. If you book a small venue and you are slightly thin on the ground it will not notice and you will still create a great atmosphere. If everybody turns up it will just add to that.
I have compiled a list of important questions you should ask your venue before booking with them.
- What time will your licence allow music to finish?
- What time do we have to vacate the venue?
- Does your venue have a sound meter? (If it does a band is almost certainly off the agenda)
- Do we have to clean the room at the end?
- Can we use our own caterers?
- Are we allowed to decorate the room?
- Do you have security?
- What is the capacity of the room?
- Where will the DJ/Band set up?
- How much space does the DJ/Band have to set up?
- Where is the bar situated?
- How large is the bar? (We have experienced venues which have a capacity of 200 people with a bar the size of a stable door)
- How many plug sockets are in the room? (If you are running a DJ, band, chocolate fountain, uplighting, dancefloor and mobile bar all from a room with one plug socket you are going to have problems)
To sum up there are some venues holding parties on a regular basis who are doing this really well. There are also venues which are not really fit for purpose. A good venue will be delighted for you to speak to some of their satisfied customers about their experience so definitely find out who has used this venue before and get their opinion.
You could also ask us about our experience of this venue. We have played almost every party venue in Essex. We can tell you which venues are doing this extremely well and which venues really are not designed to be holding parties.