I see your contract time is for 5 hours, what is included in that time?

Generally speaking, most receptions last 5 hours.  My time typically starts when your guests first arrive.  At that time I will play background music and greet your guests to make them feel comfortable and welcome.  My time goes until the 5 hours are up.  You may extend time, if you wish, for an additional $100 per hour.  This decision does not need to be made until 30 minutes prior to the contract time but payment for the overtime needs to be made prior to the time extension.  

When will I meet with my DJ to finalize our timeline?

Your DJ will sit down with you about a month to 3 weeks before the wedding to go over timeline and scheduled events.

How much time does it take for you to set up and tear down, and is that included in my time?

My set up and tear down time is on my time, not yours.  Your contract time is for 5 hours of music, not for me to fill up with my set up and tear down.  It typically takes me 45 minutes to set up and tear down.

What music selections does the DJ have?

I have a wide music collection from all genres and will play music selections as determined by you.

Do you charge mileage?

Typically if your event is within an hour of driving time (one way) we do not charge mileage.  Anything over an hour driving time we charge $0.48 per mile to cover our travel costs.

How does the DJ dress?

I dress to match the occasion, and as directed by the client.  Typically for weddings I will wear a suit or tux unless otherwise directed by the client.

Do you take requests?

Unless specifically requested not to, I always take and use requests.  I am a firm believer that requests can be a vital ingredient to a successful event.

I’ve got a friend who has a good music selection, could I rent a PA system and have him play music instead of hiring a DJ?

I get this question a lot, especially when people are trying to fit a budget.  My question to you is this, how do you want to remember your wedding reception?  Do you want your reception to run smoothly?  Do you want someone who will ensure that you and your guests will have a good time?  By hiring a DJ/MC, not only will we have a good music selection but we will also make sure the entire night runs smoothly.  By having a friend play music for you, you will more than likely spend the majority of your event trying to keep up with all the events you need to accomplish instead of being able to simply enjoy your night.  Simply put, hire a professional to make your night run smoothly so you remember your reception for the joy that it is instead of the stress of keeping up.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at dj@afinaltake.com