Northern Entertainment Consultants wants to be the first place that you visit when planning a wedding or private event on Mackinac Island and the entire Straits area. We will assist in providing honest answers to creating a spectacular experience for you and your guests.
An American Disc Jockey Association certified disc jockey who has 20 plus years in the business including the last 12 years doing private events , corporate & bar functions located on fabulous Mackinac Island. Having gain a lot of knowledge and even more experience from these ventures, Michael has decided to branch out from the Mackinac Island wedding disc jockey into the Northern Michigan wedding disc jockey
& the entire Straits Area
while continuing to strive for excellence in this field. Mr Williford has literally done several hundred events from smaller bar nights to larger club and small concert venues from Michigan to California. With exceptional people skills along with his phenomenal gift of disc jockeying, Michael has been regarded as one of the areas best technically sound performers in his field.
Is a phenomenal Event Planner with over 10 years of experience and a cornucopia of knowledge and information to help everything run as planned. Based in the Mackinac/Straits Area, Aimee can detail your special day from beginning to end or she assist in last minute specifics for the day of. Aimee's experience comes from an extensive brackground in hospitality and guest services and this experience comes in extremely handy when trying to deal with the intricate details of a wonderful event.
Northern Entertainment Consultants is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
What we offer:
Wedding, Corporate And Private Event Planning
Disc Jockey And Master Of Ceremony Services
Knowledgeable Team Member Consultation
Professional Grade Sound System & Lighting
Hiring a DJ: Points to Consider
When you plan a party of any sort, your objective is to ensure that your guests have a good time, period. Your choice of entertainment, particularly if you are considering a DJ, is crucial to that end. Who you choose for your wedding reception or special event will have a greater degree of effect than any other factor, such as food or location. The DJ you choose is a direct reflection on you. Here are some important points to remember when you interview a DJ company.
Prompt return of your phone calls or Emails: You should expect to get a call back or an Email back within 24 hours. Many DJ’s are out working and may not be able to return your call within an hour or two.
Willingness to meet with you and present his/her service: Will the DJ try to meet with you soon, or is he/she just trying to book the date sight unseen? Is their material neat and professional looking, and is their presentation organized and informative?
Is the price too good to be true? It seems that the DJ is often the last service chosen, after much of the budget is expended on a venue, food and clothing. This often leads brides and party planners to shop for the cheapest price possible because of a lack of resources. This often backfires when holding out for the lowest price. However, if you have adhered to the guiding principals noted here, you will know to avoid services that have a rock bottom price because they will not be able to display the level of quality and attention to detail that EVERY client deserves!
Do you LIKE the person that shows up? There is NOTHING worse in the world than having to do business with someone you do not like. Choosing the person who “feels” right is the most important factor in picking the right entertainer for your party or reception. The DJ you choose should be very open about what he/she can do for you and should volunteer information and “show” you that knowledge base.
Is the person knowledgeable about your type of event? There are all kinds of DJ’s. Club DJ’s, wedding DJ’s, Rave DJ’s…the list is endless!! Can the DJ you interview handle your type of event? Ask the DJ how many events of your type that he/she has done.
What sort of documents does the DJ use to procure your business? In a good interview, the DJ should show you several documents. First and foremost is a planner. This planner should impress you enough to the point where you begin to understand that the DJ you are hiring is a professional, and is capable of handling your event. A sample copy of the CONTRACT to be used should be available as well as a schedule of pricing information. A DJ may also give you a list of references. CALL THEM!! Ask if there were any issues or problem areas when the person dealt with the DJ.
Does the DJ have a viewable music database? It shows you what sort of music he or she has available. Many DJ’s do not use music lists, others do. In some fashion, you the client, need to be assured that the DJ you hire not only has a sizeable collection, but has a variety of music, especially for wedding receptions, where many different styles of music and guests will be in the same room together.
Does the DJ use professional grade equipment? If the DJ does not have pictures of his or her gear, you should ask to set up a time to see the equipment or see pictures of the DJ’s set up. Although there are many fine home stereo equipment components made, they are not suitable for commercial or repeated use and varying room conditions. The DJ should be able to tell you what he/she uses and characterize the equipment as professional grade. The top brands for DJ equipment are Pioneer, Denon, Traktor, Serato,JBL, Bose, Numark, Vestax, Mackie, RANE, QSC, and Shure.
Will the DJ offer to meet with you AFTER signing the contract to plan your event? A professional DJ is ALWAYS willing to discuss your event at any time before the event starts, and should display the flexibility to accommodate changes and help you solve problems. Meeting your DJ to plan your event is of paramount importance to a successful event such as a wedding reception.
Will the person that you interview be the person that will perform at your event? This is THE most common complaint about the DJ industry today. The person you meet turns out NOT to be the person that actually does your show. Often, you are not made aware of this. Ask the DJ you interview if he/she will be the actual person performing, or will someone else perform the event. You need to know this UP FRONT before you sign a contract.
Consider this when pricing your DJ service: You should consider your DJ service an insurance policy that ensures that all of the other money you spend will not result in bad memories or a less than enjoyable occasion. You do get what you pay for. Good entertainment is NOT cheap, and cheap entertainment often is NOT good!! And yet many people will pay far more for a cake, flowers, or food than they will for the most crucial ingredient at a party – the music. When was the last time you saw a cake reading a crowd and spinning a CD, motivating a dance floor crowd, or making announcements in a dignified elegant way? Further, when was the last time you heard a guest tell you “Boy, that prime rib was great, I can’t wait until I go to another party to have that again”? No, that DOES NOT HAPPEN. Instead, they talk about the music that was played, and whether they had a good time or not. The music is always what they will talk about and whether the DJ was any good or not.
Your DJ, if you have chosen a good one, will display many of the following skills and attributes before and at your event: - Master of Ceremonies
- Party organizer
- Sound technician- Light technician
- Ability to read a crowd and pick the right music
- Flexibility to adapt to sudden changes
- Follow the plan that you and he/she have worked out using the planner
- Seamless continuous music at all times unless otherwise specified
- Extensive library of music
- Professional grade of equipment
- Audience motivator
- Ability to co exist and coordinate with other professionals at your event
VENUES AND EVENT LOCATIONS THAT MICHAEL WILLIFORD HAS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AT:
Chippewa Hotel(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Grand Hotel(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Harbour View Inn(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
The Island House Hotel(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Inn At Stonecliffe(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Lake View Hotel(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Lilac Tree Hotel(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
The Mackinac Island Yacht Club(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Mission Point Resort(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Bistro On The Greens(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Gatehouse(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Mary's Bistro(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Mustang Lounge(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Patrick Sinclair's Irish Pub(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Pink Pony Bar & Grill(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Horn's Bar(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Round Island Bar(Mackinac Island, Michigan)
Village Inn Restaurant(Saint Ignace, Michigan)
Arnold Transit Company
Starline Mackinac Island Ferry
City Of Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau
Mackinac Island Detroit Regional Chamber Of Commerce
Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
Kewadin Casino(Saint Ignace, Michigan)
Timmy Lee's Pub(Saint Ignace, Michigan)
Whitecaps Restaurant(Petoskey, Michigan)
Mackinac Grille(Saint Ignace, Michigan)
Gateway Lanes & Fred's Pub(Saint Ignace, Michigan)
Mulligans Bar and Restaurant(Cheboygan, Michigan)
Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center(Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan)
Lighthouse Point(Saint Ignace, Michigan)
Union Street Station(Traverse City, Michigan)
Driftwood Restaurant & Hotel(Saint Ignace, Michigan)
Northern Lights Recreation(Harbor Springs, Michigan)
Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club(Harbor Springs, Michigan)
City Park Grill(Petoskey, Michigan)
Boyne Mountain Resort(Boyne Falls, Michigan)
Petoskey's Festival On The Bay(Petoskey, Michigan)
Audie's Restaurant(Mackinaw City, Michigan)
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