Q: What if something happens to you and you can’t make the wedding?
A: For the record this has never happened. In the unlikely event that it did happen, I have local resources I could call to step in.
Q: Do you have any references?
A: I have tons of references. There are many posted on my website and on my Facebook page "LakePlacidDJ." I can always provide names of past couples for people interested in services to contact.
Q: How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
A: You can select as much or as little of the music as you want. Generally, if I get a feel for the music you like I can go from there, but I have also had couples pick every single song. I do not create a playlist before the event - I like to let the event guide itself and select music as the night progresses.
Q:When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?
A: Ideally, it's done in the few weeks leading up to the event. We can communicate in the days before to finalize plans. Like I said above, music requests and even little details can be changed last minute. I am a go with the flow type and can accommodate anything!
Q: Can we submit a DO NOT PLAY list?
A: Yes, PLEASE, you should! I want to make sure I don't play music you don't want. For the record, I do not want to play the following: "Electric Slide," "Chicken Dance," or Metallica. Just does not work for a wedding...
Q: When do you arrive to set up for the wedding?
A: At least 2-hours before your first guest arrives. If you request something different, I can do that too. Sometimes I do set up the night before. I can also attend any rehearsals by request for no cost.
Q: Are you insured?
A: My equipment is fully insured and can provide proof. I do not have liability insurance but the venue generally covers this. It's never been an issue.
Q: Do you offer a Written Contract?
A: I do require a written contract. The contract is flexible is only a means to hold each party to certain terms.
Q: Will you be the DJ providing services on the wedding day?
A: For day of services I will be the DJ. I am the owner and only DJ for events. This is a HUGE perk because with many other local DJ's, the person you communicate with via e-mail prior to the event likely will not be the DJ. I am the only one exchanging emails or phone calls and therefore understand your event night needs.
Q: Are we able to meet with you in person before our event?
A: YES! I would be happy to meet anytime. I love and prefer to meet with couples and/or their coordinators before the event to iron out specific details.
Q: How long have you been a DJ and approximately how many weddings have you done?
A: 2018 will be my eighth year as a professional DJ. While that may not seem like a lot I have averaged 15 weddings per year. I am selective about booking weddings. I am not the corny DJ type that knows the jargon - I just want to make couples happy.
Q: Do you perform for more than one event in a day?
A: No, never more than one event in a day. Again, I like to put all my attention into one event.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use?
A: My primary setup is a Bose Professional Audio System called the Bose L1 Model II with B2 Bass (Left Picture Below). With that comes a Share wireless microphone system, both handheld and lapel. My secondary (backup) system is called a Turbosound Inspire ip2000, which is very similar to the Bose in appearance and sound quality (Middle Picture Below). For smaller ceremonies or venues I also have a Bose L1 Compact system (Right Picture Below). I use a Numark mixer from which I run off an Apple iMac and iPad. I do scratch or mix - I am not that kind of DJ. The perk of my setup is you will never see bulky speakers setup in multiple areas or be tripping over wires. I believe the setup I use looks very professional and fits perfectly with any wedding designs.
Q: What makes you different from your competitors?
A: The first is that during the event, I provide my cell-phone number so guests can text message requests, which is hugely popular. Second, I DJ as a hobby. I am a full-time special education teacher and I DJ for fun. This means when I book an event I devote as much time as possible to make the event as personal and awesome as I can. I won't play the typical boring songs - I will get a feel for what the couple wants and does not want and stick to that. I am also different because I am not a hog-the-microphone DJ. I limit my announcements and guest interactions and let the party guide itself. On that note, I never have a preset playlist. I am not a show up and plug in DJ - I make the event personal!
Q: Do you act as the emcee and make all of the announcements?
A: Heck Yes! That's what you pay me for! I will make as many announcements as necessary including introductions. However, during formalities and dancing I am not a microphone hog - I let the party guide itself.
Q: Is it appropriate to tip the DJ, and if so, how much?
Totally appropriate, totally not required! If you think I have done a great job, then I welcome a tip. Most tips range from $50 – $200.
Q: What Wedding facts should I be aware of?
A: According to a Wedding Wire Newlywed Survey:
The average couple begins looking for their DJ 8 months before their wedding
Couples typically hire 13 vendors to support their day
Most couples underestimate the cost of their wedding by 40%
The average wedding costs $28,000