Step By Step Guide
Hi! Thanks for your visiting my dj website. Many times I am asked “what are the steps” for hiring me to dj a wedding, I hope this guide is helpful to you.
First, let’s see if I have the music and style you are looking for.
Most of my clients are seeking a dj that is different than the cliché “cheesy” wedding dj. I’ve gotten the reputation for being “not cheesy” because I don’t give out toys, Hawaiian leis, or spend a lot of time on the mic “hyping” the crowd. Although I’m totally comfortable making any announcements you need, I let my music do the talking. I have an extensive knowledge of music and set the mood or get the crowd moving by just playing the right songs at the right time. I mix and match beats like a nightclub dj. Every event is unique and I join forces with the wedding couple to come up with a music plan that they will love which also has the flexibility to follow the vibe of the party.
Below is a sample list of types of music I have in my collection, I have much more, thousands of tracks, and can acquire just about anything. I am happy to add music that you provide me as well. To find out more details about my djing, scroll down to the FAQ.
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Next step is to check my availability and get a price quote.
Please include the following information in your inquiry: date, venue address, music start / stop times, number of guests, approx. schedule of events, any other equipment related details (like music in more than one room, music outside, alternating with band, etc). Prices begin at $1500.
Third, we should talk on the phone and / or meet up to discuss details.
Inquiries are on a first come / first served basis, I will hold a date for you and give you a courtesy call for up to 2 weeks if I receive another request for the same day.
To confirm a booking, we will make up a contract and a deposit of 50% is required (balance due at the end of the event).
Below is a link to my standard wedding contract. When I make up a contract for a client, information is added or subtracted so that it reflects exactly what the event will entail.
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I will print out two copies of your updated contract, sign them both, and send them to you for review. If all is correct, you sign both copies and return one to me with the deposit. Check and cash are accepted, I do not currently accept credit cards. Paypal is an option with arrangement in advance. We can talk about music ongoing. You can jot down ideas as time goes by.
Two weeks or so before the wedding, most couples give me music guidance in writing.
Clients often creating a “must play” (ie: first dance, favorites etc.), “we like”, and “do not play” lists. Many use my music sample list (above) and add their own requests to it. I review the lists and call with questions and recommendations. I customize music just for you! On the wedding day, I pay close attention to the guests and make sure everyone hears something they like and has a great time.
My Equipment & Sound System
I prefer to use my own equipment because it is high quality and properly maintained. Sometimes, depending on the needs of the client, I bring my playback gear only and use a venue’s PA system. If a venue has an existing dj booth and sound system, and it is high quality, then I can use that as well as long as there is a knowledgeable venue staff person on hand to setup, monitor, and trouble-shoot their own equipment.
This is my main sound system:
- (2) Mackie SRM 450 self-powered speakers
- MacBook Pro Laptop and Serato digital dj system
- (2) microphones (wired)
I also have available to rent:
- (2) more Mackie SRM 450 speakers (for a total of 4)
- (2) Mackie (sonicly matched) 15″ Subwoofers
- (3) DJ Turntables
- Mic Stands
- Free-standing disco ball w/ 8 foot tall stand and attached spotlights
More Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you need to visit the venue in advance?
I don’t need to visit the venue, after many years of djing in every kind of space, I bring with me what I know I will need. If I have questions, I will speak with the venue management.
What is your usual attire?
I dress as per the request of my clients. Most often it is a dress shirt and tux pants or black skirt and comfortable dark shoes.
How many other DJs do you work with?
I work solo. On occasions when I am bringing my bass woofers, I will hire an assistant.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
I have many different styles of music in my collection and have been able to satisfy many diverse requests. I do not specialize in any ethnic styles.
How much time do you usually need to set up?
I usually take about 45min. to set up, however I arrive much earlier.
Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
I do ask the client to have their caterers or venue provide me with a 2×6 ft table for my gear. I also ask for a couple of chairs to place behind the dj booth. All my needs are listed on the contract.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I usually do not take breaks. I ask that the client provide me with a meal, I am a pescatarian which means vegetarian plus fish. If a client requires me to take a break to eat, they I will do so and play a music mix while I am away from the dj booth.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I have never missed a gig or been late for a start time. I have about 6 highly qualified professional dj colleagues to whom I refer jobs should I not be available. We also cover each other should there be an emergency.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
I am happy to travel for events. The travel fee is a combination of round trip mileage, tolls, and driving time.
- Dj should be located on, or as close as possible, to dancefloor.
- It is best to have the speakers fairly close to the ends of the dj booth to minimize cabling (it is safer and looks better). Placing speakers away from the booth is ok if cables can be run along the wall and out of high traffic areas (ie: doorways).
- It is smart to seat guests who have sensitive hearing farther away from where the speakers will be placed.