!Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will you be the DJ at our wedding, or do you send someone else?

I will be the DJ/MC at your event unless I am deceased, in the hospital, or another act of God has kept me from your wedding.  In the case that I am unable to make it to your wedding, I work with a number of talented DJ's in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that are on standby to find a suitable replacement.

2. May we meet with our DJ in person before we sign a contract?

I prefer to meet with all of my potential clients first to determine whether I would be a good fit for the event.

3. How many events do you perform in a day?

I only accept one event per day, ensuring that you are the one and only priority.

4. Have you performed at my venue before?

Since there are hundreds of venues in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, I have not played at them all; however, I do schedule a site visit before the wedding to determine the conditions, area, and equipment that will be needed to adequately cover the venue with sound.

5. Will you make all of the announcements at the reception?

Yes, I will act as the DJ and Master of Ceremonies at the wedding making all announcements needed or requested.

6. How would you define your "style" when making announcements?

I make only the necessary announcements, and I let the music control the day/night.  Most events of the day/night will be announced ahead of time to make sure that your family and friends are fully aware of the upcoming festivities.

7. Can we view you at another performance?

Unfortunately, I do not have the authority to invite guests to other performances; however, I am happy to give you the names and contact information of several couples who have hired me (with their permission, of course).  You may also view my Wedding Wire and The Knot reviews as a source.

8. How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?

You may pick as much or as little music as you would like.  I typically like to know what you really like, and what you really don't like as far as music.  I can "read" the crowd based on their participation and fill in the gaps with great selections.

9. Do you take requests from our guests?

If you are okay with me taking requests, yes.  I do use my best judgement and will not play anything that I deem to be inappropriate or tacky.  An online guest request link may be provided ahead of time if you would like to pre-approve guest requests.

10. How many songs do you have?

My music library consists of over 180,000 songs, and updated every month to make sure that I stay current with the trends and top hits.  The music is provided by a company that distributes music to the Dallas/Fort Worth area radio stations and are normally "radio edit" versions and pre-edited.

11. Can we submit a "Do Not Play" list?

Absolutely!  Music on your "Do Not Play" list will not be played at your wedding unless you (the client) "OK" the song with me personally.  Guests are not allowed to override your decisions.  Only you (the client) can reverse the decision of "Do Not Play" songs.

12. When do you arrive to set up for our wedding?

Depending on how much equipment is needed.  I prefer to arrive 3 hours before the first guest arrives at the venue.  More time might be needed for lighting, monograms, ceremony sound, etc.

13. What will you wear to our wedding?

I will arrive in comfortable clothes to setup in, but I will change into a suit and a tie for the ceremony and reception.

14. How much do you charge for overtime?

Event pricing includes up to 5 hours of entertainment.  There is no fee for setup and breakdown, and it is not included in the 5 hours of entertainment.  The addition of ceremony services will add 1 hour to the package, and overtime rates will vary based on the date and time of the year.  Prices vary between $100-$250/hour for overtime.

15. Do you require a meal?

No.  I very rarely eat at an event.  I have found that food makes me lethargic and tired, and I prefer to stay energized and alert for the event.  Thank you for the offer!

16. Are you insured?

Yes.  I carry a general liability insurance policy, and I can add your venue to my policy as an "additionally insured" entity if they require it.  Any fees or costs for additional insurance required by a venue are the client's sole responsibility.  

17. Do you drink alcohol during the wedding?

Absolutely not!  

18. Do you have wireless microphones?

Yes.  I have one wireless microphone for announcements and toasts, and a wired microphone as an emergency backup.

19. Do you set up a promotional sign or banner with your equipment?

No signage is set up at events, and no business cards will be set out.  I am happy to give someone a business card, but only if requested by a guest or staff.

20. What is the deposit/retainer fee?

Once you have met with your DJ and discussed your needs and wants, the deposit is 50% of booked services due immediately to secure the wedding date, and the other 50% is due 30 days before the event date.

21. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?

No matter what any DJ tells you, WE CANNOT MAKE PEOPLE DANCE.  There are a few tips that I suggest to help guests feel more comfortable on the dance floor:

1.  Try to keep your dance floor on the smaller side.  If you have a very large dance floor, then most of your guests will get the feeling that they are the only ones dancing and typically shy away.  I suggest around 1 square foot per guest at your reception.  If you have 150 guests, then I would recommend a 15 foot x 15 foot dance floor.

2.  Try to keep the ambiant light minimal over the dance floor.  If it is too bright, then the guests will feel like they are in the spotlight and might shy away from this situation.

3.  As the hosts of the event, your guests are at your event to see you.  If you are dancing, then your guests will typically join you in the festivities and dance the night away.

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