Elegante Entertainment’s – 59 Questions To Ask A Wedding DJ in Houston
This is probably your first time hiring a DJ. I have compiled this list of questions that you can ask any DJ that you are considering hiring. I have included my answers to the questions so that you can learn more about my services. I hope this page is helpful to you. Feel free to use the feedback page to ask us question that are not on this page. Also, I have added short essays regarding specific aspect that I hope help you to hire a DJ.
- How much can I expect to pay for aÂ DJ?
This price range is only good for the Greater Houston area in Texas. You should expect to pay between $800 and $3000 dollars for a Quality Wedding DJ. Still, some services charge as little as a few hundred dollars while others charge over $5000. When deciding on the price that you want to pay, you should take into account the level of organizational skill if your DJ will be in charge of your reception, the type and amount of equipment if you will have over 250 guests, and how responsible you expect your DJ to be for the success of your party. The DJ services that can satisfy your needs will have higher prices as you demand that the DJ be more responsible, more organized, and better equipped. Wedding DJ services will often offer discounts for off-season, mid-week or very simply events.
- How much do you charge?
My pricing is itemized for your flexibility and reflects our expertise. Our pricing starts at $750.00 for our basic package.
- Does your price include everything that you offer as a DJ?
I only list some of my talents on my prices page. I have talents and services that are not listed. I can alsoÂ subcontract with other entertainment services to satisfy your needs.
- Do you have any hidden charges?
I have no hidden charges.
- Do you charge extra for lighting?
I charge $200 for my standard dance floor lighting package. That package includes 4 intelligent lights that move with the music and two Rotopods that simulate a disco-ball effect.
- Do you require a deposit?
In order to reserve the date of your event, I require a deposit.
- Can I pay you the day of my event?
Balance is due before the date of your event. Failure to pay may result in cancellation of service and forfeiture of my retainer.
- What are my payment options?
We can take Cash, Money Orders, Checks, or Credit cards. I have a PayPal account and can bill you via the internet. Additionally, I have a credit card processing merchant service if you want to come by and make a payment or pay off the final balance.
- Does the price include music during the cocktail hour and/or during dinner?
My 4 hour pricing package includes a single amplification system. If you would like music in a separate room at
your event during a cocktail hour, I can provide a system and music at an additional charge.
- Can I choose from a song list?
Since I am constantly updating my music library with client requests and current radio hits, the music library is almost always missing 10-20 of the current songs. I will make a good faith effort to play all requests.Â additionally since the music library is so large, it would be a lot easier for you to request the songs that you doÂ want played as well as those that you do not.
- Can I choose a “no play” song list?
You are welcome to submit a no-play list. That is part of how we taylor the music to suit your needs wants and desires.
- Does the DJ have a wide variety of song selections?
My library includes Latin, Mexican (All the different regions of Mexico), Italian, Rock, Blues, Swing, Hip Hop, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Ballroom and lots of others. I am continually expanding my DJ music library.
- Can the DJ play songs to suite the tastes of ALL my guests?
If your guests like music, I am sure that I have music that they will enjoy.
- How do you stay current with your DJ music library?
I subscribe to Promo Only as well as constantly buying music from Itunes and other online services.
- Do you take and play requests?
I am approachable, friendly and will gladly take and play requests. Requests are a great way to feel out the type of guests that are at an event. Good requests simply allow me to do a better job. Additionally, with you “Please do not play” song list, I can also let the guests know that a certain song may not be appropriate for yourÂ wedding. I will not just say…”Well… the bride and groom don’t want to hear that song.” The emphasis will be to replace that song with another one. Always staying positive!
- Can I see a list of your songs?
MyDJ music library contains over thirty thousand songs. It will be much easier if you just tell me what songs you want played. If you want to see a complete list of my songs, then I will show you my electronic database of music when you and I meet in person.
- Do you have Spanish/Italian/Ballroom/Jewish/etc music?
The Elegante Entertainment DJ’s Music Library has many different types of music. I am continually adding both current hits and client requests to my music library.
- How many songs do you have?
My DJ music library includes over thirty thousand songs and I purchase new songs each month to keep my DJ music library up to date.
- Are you going to pressure me to decide if I will hire you right away?
I want you to be confident that you are hiring a great DJ. I will present Elegante Entertainment Wedding DJ Service to you in a way that allows you to make a decision that you can stand on. In fact, I encourage you to speak with several other DJs. Ask them some of the questions on this list and compare their answers to mine. Then set a date with us so that you can compare the difference for yourself. You will be understood.
- Are you insured?
Elegante Entertainment DJ service does have liability insurance. A few wedding venues in the Greater Houston Aread do request for their vendors to be insured for their and your protection.
- How do you dress for an event?
I dress appropriate to the event. For your corporate event, I will usually wear a business suit. For your Hispanic Pro Wedding Houston DJ, I will usually wear a tuxedo. At your request, I wear particular themes of clothing like Hawaiian orÂ Sixties.
- Do you have references for your DJ services?
Upon request, I will to provide you with references at our first face-to-face meeting. I do not carry around references with me so please make your request before we meet for the first time. These may include reference letters and persons to contact for a verbal reference.
- Does Elegante Entertainment belong to any disc jockey associations?
I am currently not a member of any of the two DJ organizations in the Greater Houston Area, I was a member a couple of years ago, but due to family circumstances and other obligations I have decided to no longer be a member.When I do return to the organization it will be to serve in a leader’s position.
- Do you sell events to other DJs?
No, I always provide my DJ services at the events that I book, and I am happy to recommend other quality DJ service providers if myÂ services are not available on the date of your event.
- Do you bring a complete backup DJ system with you to each event?
Yes, I carry 2 of everything that is necessary and basic to provide adequate, danceable music at your event.
- Do you have professional DJ Equipment?
Yes, If you want the specific details on our equipment, I will list that next.Our Basic Set up Consists of:
- 2 Denon MP3 Players/Controllers (DNHS-5500)
- 1 Behringer DDM 4000 four channel digital Mixer
- 1 QSC PLX 2402 Amplifier
- 1 Set of Sony Headhphones
- 1 Yamaha s7000 Amplifier
- 1 DBX Driverack PA
- 1 Audio Technica Wireless UHF Microphone
- 2 JBL SF 25 Speakers
- 2 Chauvet Vue 3 Intelligent Lights
- What does the appearance of your equipment set-up like?
- Will you have a sign or banner on your DJ table?
I do not bring signs to events, I will simply announce the name of my DJ service when I introduce myself. I find that even high quality signs and banners draw attention away from your event. In addition, I will not lay business cards on your tables. Guests who are interested in my wedding dj services are welcome to approach me personally and I will happily give them a card at their request. I will simply announce my self as Frank, from Elegante Entertainment.
- Do you need a table and/or table cloth?
I realize that most wedding venues in the Houston area provide a table for the DJ. If your venue does not provide one, please let me know and I will take mine with a black cloth to cover it up.
- Why would I want lights?
Lights give a party a dancing ambient. Additionally, if you are looking for a club style reception then lights are a great idea. They are often considered a must at school dances. Since I have decided to specialize in Hispanic Pro Wedding Houston DJ, I have separated the cost of my lighting package from the rest of my services. I provide a quality, intelligent lights for an additional $200. The basic package already comes with 2 intelligent lights that will cover just about any room.
- Do you have a service guarantee?
I offer a100% Money Back Service Guarantee on all of my Hispanic Pro Wedding Houston DJ.
- Can I meet with you before my event?
I prefer to meet with you before your event. A face-to-face meeting allows us to get a dynamic feel for the particular experience that you want for your event. At our initial consultation/meeting, we can both get toÂ now one another and interview each other to make sure we are both a right fit for each other.
- Do you have a promotional video?
I do not have a promotional video. I have a video that one videographer company did for me as a nice gesture and that video can be found on youtube.com or I will be embedding it below.
- Do you perform at any nightclubs or on any radio stations?
I do not perform my Hispanic Pro Wedding Houston DJ for nightclubs or radio stations. That is a different section of the entertainment industry.I merely especialize in Weddings and Corporate events. You wouldn’t go to a Neurologist (Brain Specialist) to perform an open heart surgery. Why would you want a Club DJ to perform at your wedding? Have you ever noticed every other word that comes out of a Club DJ’s mouth?
- How long have you been a Disc Jockey?
I entered the mobile entertainment business in 2000. I have worked as a DJ, a DJ’s assistant, a dancer, and a private dance instructor. I founded Elegante Entertainment in January 2005.
- Will you make announcements at my event?
I will be acting as the Master of Ceremonies for your event so I will make all the necessary announcementsÂ throughout the night. I recognize that a truly great DJ knows to minimize the amount of time they spend speaking through microphone. It allows the guests to focus on each other and your party.
- Do You have an additional fee associated with making announcements?
This is one of those questions we get asked a lot. Apperantely some DJ’s offer their services and DO NOT TELL their clients that the price does not include a talking DJ (LOL). What good is a DJ that does not make announcements?
- Will you be on time?
I will typically arrive at least two hours early. This gives me time to set up all of my equipment, check the sound, review the notes that I have taken for your event, practice the announcements, do my prior vocal preparations, and change into suitable DJ attire before your guests begin to arrive.
- How early will you be Set-Up?
I will arrive about two hours before your event and complete my equipment set up at least15 minutes before your event begins.
- Do you have any Set up Charges?
This is a question we have recently gotten a lot. No We do not charge an additional charge to set up the DJ equipment.
- Will you go over what we need to do at my event?
I will assist you in planning your event as much or as little as you like. As a DJ service, I have been exposed to many different ideas, read books, and attended training seminars all to help make your event what you imagine
it to be.
- Are we guaranteed the DJ of our choice the day of our event?
Absolutely, one of the great things about contracting a single-operation DJ service is that I will never stick you with a low-quality employee.
- What is your policy on food and alcohol?
I never drink alcohol while I work. As a rule of thumb, I do not eat while I work either. If you or your guests will be offended if I don’t eat then please let me know so I can plan accordingly.
- Who is Day-Of-Event Management?
I will typically do the Day-Of-Eventmanagement for all the entertainment events. That means that I keep track of the schedule, makeÂ announcements, and keep an eye on the honored guests so that everyone is able to haveÂ a great time. I will announce when the cake will be cut, when champange toasts will be done and more importantly by whom, as well as provide with fun and pleasant announcements during dancing.
- Are you a full-time DJ?
My DJ service is not my only source of income, However I do find myself doing at least 1 wedding per weekend and a few time during the week. I would say that My DJ Service is a full time Job, but not my only source of income. How would you describe a full time Job? Working for someone else?
- What do you do to get people dancing?
There are a lot of things that I can do to get people dance. With a dancing crowd, I can just play good music. With more shy groups, I can lead line dances, get creative on getting people on the dance floor, and play games to get people relaxed enough to get out on the dance floor. Of course, one huge thing is to simply dim the lights.
- Are you going to talk a lot?
I use the microphone when I make announcement. I find that most people do not want the radion announcer type of DJ at their wedding.
- How can I find other DJs?
The best way to find a DJ is at an event like the one you are having. In other words, if your have been to a great
wedding then ask that couple about their DJ. If they are booked, then they will usually be able to recommend several other talented DJs. The second best way is through professional organizations like the one that I belong to (www.hadja.org). Lastly, use a search engine and look one up, but make sure that you meet them before you hire them.
- What does a DJ do?
DJ stands for Disc Jockey and generally refers to anyone who plays music for an audience. The DJ industry also has many subgroups. There are those who focus on scratching and mixing music, particular types of music, or particular types of events. I specialize in Hispanic Pro Wedding Houston DJ. As agreat Hispanic Pro Wedding Houston DJ, I have to keep track of the music, your guests, your vendors and the timeline that we create, announcements, name pronounciations, etc…, etc…, etc… Honestly, the easiest thing that I do is play the music.
- Do you know the proper etiquette for your type of party?
I conduct every wedding and every event as if it were my own event. I consult with the people who hire me on exactly how they want me to host their event.
- How do you describe your style?
I am attentive, appropriate and detail oriented. I believe in asking question so that I know exactly what you want and planning ahead so I can deliver exactly what you want. I am been shy all my life and some brides have been turned away because I don’t look like your ‘typical DJ’ however, once that microphone hits my hand, I take a deep breath and announce… “Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening and welcome…” you will soon realize how prepared I am to be your DJ and Master of Ceremonies. To Sum it up. My style is Elegant, Classy, Formal, Respectful, and fun.
- Explain how you will handle the introductions, first dance, cake cutting, garter, bouquet and special dances.
Of course it all depends on what we discuss when meet. First dance, the objective is for all eyes to be on you. Cake Cutting, the objective is for everyone to know that the cake cuting is an actual ceremony and we would like for everyone to be involved. Bouquet and Garter toss, Objective to be fun and get everyone involved. Special Dances.. make them as special as possible for evereyone to understand why they are special.
- Can we see you in action?
I am happy to provide you with references, but I must also be respectful my clients’ privacy. You are welcomeÂ to attend any public events that I am servicing. However, I do not invite potential clients to watch us at Hispanic Pro Wedding Houston DJ. They are private.
- Do you have a website?
Elegante Entertainment’s official website address is www.FHPEntertainment.com.
- Do you provide a contract?
As part of my insurance (and yours), every event that I perform at must have a written contract.
- Do you have a reception planning form?
I have a reception questionnaire that helps us to develop a timetable for your event based on your answers and our verbal discussions.
- Are you licensed?
Texas does not have a licensing agency that applies to DJs. However, I do have insurance and several tradenames registered for my DJ service.
- How many breaks will you take during the reception?
I do not plan to take breaks during your event.
- Will there be music played during these breaks?
If I took a break, I would continue to have music playing.