- Why is there a disparity between the prices for weddings and other events?
- When does the contracted time start?
- Can you provide references?
- Are there any hidden fees, travel fees, and do you charge for setup / takedown?
- Do you take requests from guests? Do you allow us to send you a list of music first?
- Can overtime be charged by the half hour instead of the hour?
- How late will you play?
- Is there an hourly playtime minimum?
- Is there a fee for setup and takedown?
- When can we meet with you to discuss the event?
- When should we pay the DJ?
- How many songs do you have? Do you have playlists for specific events?
- What do people dance to?
- My date turned green after I booked an event with you, what gives?
- Do you have backup DJ's in case you can not make it?
Why is there a disparity between the prices for weddings and other events?
Weddings are a LOT more involved. One of the major factors are weddings include a pre-event consultation within the price. There is a lot more work that goes on behind the scenes before your wedding making sure everything is timed correctly, all of the special dance songs are in order, playlists are specifically tailored for each event, earlier arrival times to account for any possibility of technical difficulties, and a lot more. The dress code is much higher, requiring pressed suits. The DJ usually has more duties than a party, such as announcements, MC duties, etc. The DJ essentially runs the event. More coordination is required with the cake cutting, first dances, and other wedding events. Coordination with wedding planners, photographers, hotel staff, catering companies, and any other wedding day vendors make it a lot more complicated. Essentially they are a lot more involved then just setting up speakers and playing music for a get together. Although prices can be tailored to fit your needs and the prices are not set in stone for either weddings or non-weddings.
When does the contracted time start?
The contracted time starts when we start playing music or acting as the MC. This means either starting with "background" music before the wedding party arrives, or with the announcements of the wedding party, or at a specified time that you have chosen. Essentially when you want music to start playing or when you want me to start doing something that is not included in setting up, the time starts. If you have any questions about this, please contact me and I would be glad to clarify.
Can you provide references?
You bet! Just ask and I’m more than happy to provide you with a list of previous clients that have offered to be a reference for a potential client.
Are there any hidden fees, travel fees, and do you charge for setup / takedown?
No hidden fees, you will be aware of the full price depending on how many hours, what type of event, and if you want lights or karaoke, before a contract is signed. We only charge travel fees if the destination is more than 50 miles outside of Harrisburg, PA. It is 50 cents per mile AFTER the first 50 miles, to and from. I do NOT charge for setup or take-down, you only are paying for the time I am playing music (or acting as the MC).
Do you take requests from guests? Do you allow us to send you a list of music first?
This is your choice. Normally, we do take requests from your guests, unless you specify otherwise. However, we try to ensure that requests are appropriate for the occasion and that it is something that people will dance to, but I will always play a song that the client specifically requests.
I also will take a list from a client at least two weeks prior to the event. Sometimes I can take them sooner, but within the two week window I can not guarantee that I will have the song. You may also bring a USB flash drive with songs on it to the event and I can play them that way. We are unable to take CD's the day of the event, but you are welcome to send them to us in the mail prior to the event and I can include them in the playlist. The reason for this is that we are completely digital, and everything we do is MP3 based, our systems are not equipped to handle CD's directly.
Can overtime be charged by the half hour instead of the hour?
Yes, overtime can be charged on a 1/2-hour basis. It's 11 o'clock and you're having fun but you're not quite sure whether or not you'll be able to dance 'til midnight, I can always charge it by the 1/2-hour.
How late will you play?
I'll play until you tell me to stop. Keep in mind that many reception halls in the area have time limits that they will allow for events. In most cases, if it's going to be past midnight, the bride and groom need to discuss it first with their reception hall. Clearing this up ahead of time will ensure that there are no unexpected surprises or disappointments on the night of the reception.
Is there an hourly playtime minimum?
For most events there is no hourly minimum although there is a $250 dollar minimum. However there are exceptions to this rule, contact me for your situation.
Is there a fee for setup and takedown?
We do not charge a travel fee unless the event destination is more than 60 miles from Harrisburg, PA. Setup and take-down time are not charged for. We are usually at the reception hall approximately 45 to 90 minutes before the scheduled start time and completely setup approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time. We will need at least 45 minutes for takedown and load out.
When can we meet with you to discuss the event?
We can meet with you any time before the event. Let us know what works for you. We usually meet people at least 3 weeks before the event, this gives us time to get those "hard-to-find" special requests and gives you plenty of time to call me with any "last minute" changes. Weddings get a free consultation, and any other event (sweet 16, corporate events, etc.) will be charged a 20 meeting fee. I can meet anywhere within 20 miles of the Harrisburg area, and outside of that area, I am willing to meet you half way.
I can also meet twice for a wedding for free as long as the meeting location is at the Panera Bread in Camp Hill, PA. If not, a 20 dollar second meeting fee will be assessed.
When should we pay the DJ?
A deposit (1/3 of the event cost) is sent in along with one copy of the contract signed by you to lock in your date. This applies to your contracted amount. The remaining balance is due no later than me being fully setup ready to play music (essentially at the beginning of the event). Some people will send in part of the remaining balance a few months before the event. I guess it's so it doesn't seem like such a large expense that night. Again, it's totally up to you, although the latest you can pay would be at the beginning of the event.
How many songs do you have? Do you have playlists for specific events?
Our library consists of over 11,000 albums of music (approx. 410,000 songs). We have playlists for you to view of all of the main genres of music. We will also make a custom playlist for your event for you to look over and add and remove songs from it. You can visit the resources section of the website for more information on our playlists.
What do people dance to?
This greatly depends on the crowd, type of event, and age distribution. We have experience with all age groups and event types. We have playlists for every event and the dance music for every type of people. We can provide the entire playlist if you would like, or you can build your own playlist for us to play and we can build off of that if you would like. Our service is very customizable, whatever you need I provide.
My date turned green after I booked an event with you, what gives?
The calendar is not any specific DJ's personal, booking calendar. It is more of a utility to book your event through us, if a date is green, at least one of our outstanding DJ's is available. You can request a specific DJ to DJ your event if you would like, and if they are available, they will be happy to perform at your event for you. If you booked an event through the calendar and the date later turned green again, this just means that one of our DJ's is still available for the date, your event is still secured with the DJ you chose.
Do you have backup DJ's in case you can not make it?
Absolutely. We have three DJ's that work directly with events, and one backup DJ that works if somebody is sick (deathly ill). Usually we only have a maximum of two events on one day, so we have two DJ's that could essentially fill your event. I have NEVER had to cancel an event outright due to having nobody being able to DJ an event, and have never not shown up to a gig myself.