Hello my name is Marty Diekemper and I am co-owner of Short Circuit Entertainment along with my brother Tim Diekemper. 

wernsman reception rngphotos 175Today I would like to talk to you about choosing your entertainment for your upcoming wedding reception.   Hiring the right entertainment for your wedding is one the many big decisions you have to make for your “BIG” day.   When choosing your wedding entertainment, you are not just hiring someone to play music at your wedding celebration; you are hiring someone to represent you & your fiancé, someone that is going to be your voice for the reception, someone that is going to coordinate all your ideas and plans for your “perfect wedding reception” with the other vendors & guest.  Take some time to research and learn about the DJ companies you may be considering,  ask them if they would be willing to meet with you & your fiancé for a “Pre-booking” meeting to discuss their services,  If a DJ is not willing to meet with a perspective client or their client at least once prior to the wedding, than you may want to reconsider, because you put too much time, energy & planning into your wedding reception to have something overlooked because the DJ doesn’t want to meet in person. Ask other vendors like photographers & wedding venues if they have any preferred DJ companies that they have worked with in the past?   Planning your wedding day is also very expensive, from your dress, tuxedos, photographer, venue, videographer, entertainment & decorations.  Set your budgets accordingly,  you will find that professional disc jockey’s will average $750.00 to $1,500.00 for services that include delivery, set-up & tear-down of a professional sound system, emcee services, coordination, music programming & 4 to 7 hours of entertainment.  Keep in mind that rates vary based on popularity, personality, professionalism, service, talent, creativity & other factors.  You must decide if you simply need someone to program music for the evening or if you need a multi-talented entertainer, coordinator, emcee and music programmer.  Whatever you spend on your entertainment, please READ you contract before signing the agreement.  If you are looking for a specific entertainer, make sure it is guaranteed in writing.  Understanding the terms of agreement will help you avoid disappointment on the day of your wedding celebration.  The American DJ Association is dedicated to raising the standards for professional disc jockeys.  Our goal is to help you plan & create a successful wedding celebration. Here are some questions that the American Disc Jockey Association has put together for you to ask before hiring you DJ.
10 questions to ask before hiring your DJ

Are we guaranteed the DJ of our choice on the day of our event?

A written contract with your specific DJ protects you from unscrupulous operators.

How many years of experience do you have?

Experience brings knowledge of common problems & situations. Be sure you DJ has experience with your type of event.

May we call your references?

References are a major part of the entertainment business.

Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?

An involved business person shows a willingness to learn, network & share ideas. Belonging to a professional trade group reflects a caring attitude.

Will you allow request?

Request should be welcome. If a song seems inappropriate, a good DJ will explain the reason & ask for an alternative selection.

How early will you be there to set up?

An average of 60 minutes should be allowed for set up & sound check. Normally there is no additional charge for this service.

How will you be dressed?

Proper attire reflects a positive image to your guest.

Are you insured?

Insurance is a part of any legitimate business. Liability & casualty policies protect yourself, your guest & your DJ company.

Do you use professional gear?

Using professional sound equipment helps insure reliable service & quality presentation.

Will you provide an emergency back-up system at our event?

Wedding & special events are often once in a lifetime opportunities. A back-up system protects your investment.

Thank you for your time & I hope you find these questions to be helpful in the hiring of your wedding entertainment. Congratulations on your engagement & Best of Luck in your wedding planning.

dj marty

I have been working as a DJ/Entertainer in the wedding industry for the past 26 years. I currently live in Breese IL, where I currently work for Southern Bus & Mobility. I graduated from Mater Dei Catholic High School in 1990 and attended Kaskaskia College. I attend Broadcast Center in 2001 where I got my degree in radio/TV broadcasting. I began my DJ career in the fall of 1990. I joined the Short Circuit team in the fall of 1994 and became co-owner with my brother in 2001. Together we provide the services of not only a wedding DJ, but aIso as a wedding reception coordinator & master of ceremonies. I am a member of the American Disc Jockey Association and am active in the St. Louis ADJA chapter. Joining the ADJA and the St. Louis ADJA chapter has helped me continue my education in our industry and allowed me to attend numerous workshops & conferences like the “The Professional Process” with Peter Merry, Mobile Beat Conference and The Las Vegas DJ Conference. When I am not working I enjoy golfing and just spending time with my family & friends.