When I started this business back in 2004 with my best friend Brandon, I never realized what this would become. I had been a DJ since I was 15 years old, and played clubs and parties all over Michigan. As an original member of DJs 2000, I had stepped away from the mainstream of DJing, and focused on my other business. In 2004 when Brandon and I were talking, we knew we could create a DJ company that was reliable, awesome, and fun. We searched to make sure the name we wanted to utilize was available, and it was, so we started Capitol City DJs™! We started it because of the horror stories we continued to hear of DJs that repeated songs over and over, never showed up, were cheesy, etc. The list goes on and on of the bad things we were hearing, and we knew we could do better. Now looking back spanning 15 years, over 4700 events, and having such amazing and positive reviews, shows that the vision we saw all those years ago, we not only beat but exceeded our own expectations. 2 Years after the formation of the company Brandon decided to step down, to help raise his family, it was a tough decision but one I truly respected. Even now when we talk he has been happy to see what the company has become. I won't lie there has been many bumps in the road, losing great DJs so they could pursue other careers, having to defend our trademarked name and reputation, and continuing to stay on the forefront of what the industry has changed too, but we persevered because we truly believe in this company and the great things we provide everyone of our clients. We still get calls weekly about these fly by night DJ companies that take peoples deposit and run, and Brides desperate to have a DJ last minute, these stories break our hearts, and we have bent over backwards to try and make something work for them, to ensure their big days aren't ruined. I have been fortunate with everything CCDJS has brought to myself and my DJs. Looking towards the future I am excited to see great things coming, always getting the latest and greatest new innovations in the industry, and creating many more moments in the future. Thank you Lansing, Thank you Michigan, and Thank you every client we have performed for!
Make sure they are insured;
-- Ask to see their proof of insurance, you want them to be covered with Liability and Equipment Coverage.
CCDJS RESPONSE: We are fully Insured, we carry a large Liability and equipment policy.
Make sure they are Registered Business in the State Of Michigan
--If you are writing checks to a person and not a business, RUN! When it comes to businesses they are going to protect their names at all costs, Better Business Bureau and Social media give you tools to post scams or performance issues, if you are just dealing with someone personally they can take your money and run, and you would have to hire an attorney to try and chase them down, if you can find them.
--If they are registered with the State of Michigan you can also see their history of filings so you know they are reputable and have had a history of being in business.
--There are a ton of “fly by night” DJ companies popping up, utilizing unregistered names, or psuedo names to gain notoriety, but in reality these companies don’t exist, and could shut down tomorrow without you having recourse.
CCDJS RESPONSE: We have been a registered business in Michigan since 2004, and have excellent reviews, and a proven name in the industry.
Check their reviews, both on Social Media and ask for references.
--Some companies out there will have fake reviewers so make sure you check thoroughly; you deserve the best for your special day!
CCDJS RESPONSE: We know what it takes to build confidence with our customers, and we have the Reviews to back it up, all from great clients spanning over 13 years! We also have a list of references we give couples on request.
Make sure they have back-up Equipment
--We get called weekly with couples frantically looking for a DJ last minute because their DJ said their equipment was stolen, flooded, or another excuse.
--Many “Wedding DJs” have just some lights, a personal laptop, and powered speakers -- Make sure they have redundant plans, and double of everything they have, and further make sure the equipment is dedicated for DJing. Surprisingly there are companies out there that RENT equipment, how scary is that.
CCDJS RESPONSE: We upgrade our equipment every year! We always carry double, if not triple of everything on our wedding rigs. We also have 2 separate storage facilities, to ensure we are always able to deliver!
How many DJs do they have? Is there a sick policy?
--You don’t want your special day to get ruined by someone being sick or happened to break their leg the previous day, make sure there is a plan if something happens.
CCDJS RESPONSE: We have a staff of 7 DJs and growing, and we never schedule more then 3 shows a day, so we always have subs waiting in the wings incase something happens.
Ask to see their Paperwork.
--They should have a PLAN, and you should not have to write down names on a napkin at the Grand Entrance, nor have a disorganized process, if they have experience they should have it well organized and on a form.
CCDJS RESPONSE: Over the last 13 years we have continued to develop and improve our Wedding Plan, as trends and traditions change, so does our plan, to ensure you can outline your night exactly how you dreamed it to be.
Watch for Upcharging!
--This is a huge issue we see in our competitors, their initial price seems low, then you start getting into the “extras” which normally should just always be in a wedding package.
CCDJS RESPONSE: We book by event, and our package is complete. We have some add-ons, but those are just extras you might want ie; projectors, uplighting, tv screens. Our job is to make your night a success, so if your guests are still having an amazing time, & you still have the venue longer, we even keep the party going at no additional cost.
Make sure you meet your DJ?
--A lot of companies do the bait and switch tactic. They have you go over your details with someone else, that then relay that to the DJ, you want to get to know your DJ, and the DJ should want to get to know you, this is how they cater the night exactly to you.
CCDJS RESPONSE: With us you will always meet your DJ, because we want your day to go perfect and want to hear every detail, especially the ones that matter most to you. We want you comfortable with your DJ so he can help you make your day perfect!
They should always plan to meet with you right before your wedding
--They should meet you in person, go over your songs and names, to make sure everything goes perfect. You don’t want a DJ showing up that is a stranger, with no idea your music selection or how to pronounce your names. They should be well prepared.
CCDJS RESPONSE: We meet our couples the week of the wedding, go over the wedding plan, all the names, and song choices, and any special requests, to make sure your day goes absolutely perfect!
Capitol City DJs™ NAMED WINNER IN THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2017
Eleventh Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America
Lansing, Mi January 6, 2017—are pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2017 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, the leading wedding brand and marketplace.
In 2017, only 2% of the 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. In its eleventh annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2017, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed over one million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best for wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider in order to inspire, plan and book their own unique wedding.
“We are honored to receive such a great honor!,” Joshua J. Rockey, Owner, Capitol City Djs™.
The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration to couples, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with and book just the right wedding professional to create their perfect wedding day. Eight out of 10 couples come to The Knot where they can be connected to any of 300,000 local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot marries great technology with trusted content--and a little love--to make planning for the most important day of a person's life easier and more enjoyable.
For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and a complete list of winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.
Capitol City DJs™ is the Greater Lansing Area's premier Disc Jockey Company!
CCDJS was established in 2004, and has since grown to be the most requested
deejays around. We created this business from a growing need for great professional DJs at a lower cost, and great reliable DJs. With all the most up-to-date equipment, and a endless collection of music,
we can do what it takes to please any crowd. We specialize in Weddings, but the possibilities
are endless. We offer services to parties, clubs, raves, bars, wedding receptions and more!
CCDJs has a staff of 7 DJs and growing, with over 27 years of combined experience. Our
DJs are courteous, respective, and receptive to the audience's needs.
About The Knot
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