Does DJ Guy specialize in weddings?

How long has DJ Guy been operating?

Should we be hiring a Band or a DJ?

Is there any difference between a Wedding DJ and a Club DJ?

What is the difference between an Ipod-Wedding and hiring a professional DJ?

Why hire a Wedding DJ directly vs. going through an entertainment agency?

How much should I expect to spend on a DJ?

Can we customize our music play list?

How important is the DJ vs. my flowers, cake, food, and so on?

What factors should I use to judge a superior DJ?

What range of music will I need for my wedding?

What kind of DJ equipment should I be looking for?

How far in advance should I hire the DJ?

Will you bring backup equipment to my event?

A friend of mine had a DJ company that was a no-show on the wedding day. What assurances do I have that DJ Guy will show up?

We are very detailed-oriented; will you cater to my specific needs, whatever they may be?

What deposit is required to hold my date and when is the balance due?

What will the DJ attire be for our wedding?

How many consultation meetings will we have to discuss music and event topics?

Will you MC and coordinate all of our events?

My fiancée and I have a Do Not Play List of songs we don't want to hear at our wedding. Can you accommodate that?

I've seen DJ's make bad judgment calls on their music mixes. How will you assure this doesn't happen at my wedding?

Do you take requests from our guests?

Can we ask the DJ to strictly play our music list with no input allowed from the guests?

What kind of music will you play during the cocktail hour and dinner?

How many speakers do you bring?

How many DJ's will show up at my wedding?

Can you provide music outdoors?

Can you provide ceremony music?

Can we have a friend or family member help MC our event?

Can we give you some of our family's CD's to play?

Can I get some references?

Do we have to pay for transportation and setup?

How many breaks do you take?

Do we need to provide a table for the DJ?

Do we need to feed the DJ?

Do you supply a cordless microphone?

Do you have liability insurance?


Does DJ Guy specialize in weddings?

We are truly WEDDING specialists, as you can see from our website concentration on the topic. Looking around at other websites, see if this is true of other DJ's you are considering. You may be surprised at how many other types of events they do, with weddings as a side-business! Due to the fact that wedding ceremonies and receptions are some of the most demanding venues, concentrate on a DJ who is a wedding specialist and coordinator dedicated to handling the most important day of your life.

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How long has DJ Guy been operating?

We have 17 years of continuous service in our specialty, wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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Should we be hiring a band or a DJ?

There are major differences between a band and DJ and each couple must weight the importance and drawbacks of each to determine which is right for you. Bands are usually very expensive ($2,000+), play a fairly limited genre of music, have naturally loud volume, and usually don't provide a professional MC who will coordinate and run your wedding. A professional DJ like DJ Guy will be able to play a wide variety of music for all age groups and demographics and also be your MC and coordinator for a significantly lower price. With our high quality speakers, it will be as close as you can get to having a live band at your wedding!

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Is there any difference between a Wedding DJ and a Club DJ?

Weddings are much more challenging than a nightclub event with the wide variety of music required to satisfy all demographics, ethnicities and age groups. Also, the Wedding DJ must have the energy and personality to be able to coordinate events and handle all announcements, as well as a good understanding of how to work with other wedding professionals (catering directors, photographers, etc.). With all these skills your Wedding DJ can deliver a smooth-running schedule and exciting dance floor. This is why so many DJ's in the Yellow Pages are out of business within 12 months, since they never realized what would be required to be a wedding professional. Make sure your DJ is a seasoned expert with plenty of experience under their belt, something best accomplished by visiting their music studio for a consultation. You will be able to sense the professionalism shortly after the discussion begins!

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What is the difference between an Ipod wedding and hiring a professional DJ?

The latest hype in the wedding industry is Ipod weddings, which are basically preprogrammed IPOD music playing on rented DJ sound systems. Unless your crowd is composed of clones (the exact same age and exact same dance genre), there is simply no comparison between a preprogrammed list of music and a DJ's extensive professional experience performing at hundreds of weddings attended by people of a huge variety of age ranges and musical tastes. Ipod weddings are lifeless and dull, as nothing dynamic or spontaneous happens with the music; it isn't varied to accommodate the audience or the mood. The IPOD wedding has no professional MC/coordinator to lead the wedding events. Instead of all the rental costs, hassles, huge risks, and electrical problems of a do-it-yourselfer Ipod wedding, you might as well hire DJ Guy to do it for a small price difference and not risk your entire wedding day.

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Why hire a Wedding DJ directly vs. going through an entertainment agency?

Agencies are great if you're putting together a carnival needing many different specialties, such as a juggler, auctioneer, or professional clown. But for the most important day of your life, it is probably not the wisest choice, since you will eventually be handed off to whichever DJ subcontractor the agency assigns you. And you will be wasting good money when the agency takes a significant portion of your money (typically 40-50%) for their overhead service as middleman. Choosing a high quality Wedding DJ who is not the cheapest in the market would be a much more prudent way to spend your hard-earned money.

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How much should I expect to spend on a DJ?

Costs can vary from $200 + a six-pack all the way up to more outrageous fees of up to $1,500 for 4 hours of music! However, as many surveys reveal, cost does not necessarily correlate to high quality service. The best test of your budget is to see what value is received for your money. Watch out for "gotcha" fees or complicated fee structures with lots of add-ons. They are rigged to take advantage of the unwary bridal couple that may be uncertain of what exactly they will need to make their wedding spectacular. At DJ Guy, we have a complete package, including Free Transportation, Free Lightshow, Cordless mike, Tuxedoed DJ and Personal Consultations, all for one price, the way it should be. Due to the variance of date/location/time, we can give a quote quickly with just one phone call at 1(800)876-1994.

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Can we customize our music play list?

Of course! Any true professional will always take the time to customize your music requests and retrieve any special songs not currently in their music collection. After all, who better to know which music will be effective at the wedding but the Bride and Groom? However, it is usually wiser to leave some flexibility of music requests to the DJ who can round off your music list with some of the guests requests to assure all music styles are represented well.

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How important is the DJ vs. my flowers, cake, food, and so on?

Time and time again, bridal magazine surveys reveal that following the wedding, 80% of guests respond that they most remember the entertainment above all other aspects of the wedding. And, not from coincidence, brides and grooms consistently report that they wish more priority had been given to their DJ in the budget and planning of the wedding.

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What factors should I use to judge a superior DJ?

This one is easier than you might expect. The 3 most important factors that most influence the selection of a DJ are: 1) Professionalism at the DJ's music studio consultation, 2) Catering Manager referrals, 3) Quality of equipment, advertising, and website. These 3 factors are a direct measure of the DJ's efforts to work hard to present their company and, as a result, work hard to make your wedding day memorable. CAUTION: You probably think cost was forgotten, not so! Cost should only be used as a selection tool after the above 3 factors have first been gauged.

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What range of music will I need for my wedding?

The simple answer is that it's not just the number of selections a DJ has but that the variety must be available to handle all eras and genres of music to properly cater to all the guests' needs. That means having Salsa, Country, Oldies, Euro, Folk, Jazz, Instrumental, New Age, Techno, and all of the other commonly played dance categories. The variety of music, not just how many selections the DJ is carrying, makes for a memorable wedding experience. If your DJ doesn't have at least 15,000 CD selections with a good variety, they are probably not geared up to handle what will be required of them. DJ Guy has over 25,000 selections of CD-quality grade, which is superior to regular MP3 recordings, assuring high fidelity sound.

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What kind of DJ equipment should I be looking for?

Realize that you will likely spend 5-6 hours with a DJ's sound equipment, so make sure to listen to the sound system as a first priority before hiring. The clarity of sound will become evident from the first song played. If a DJ tries to dodge the issue of playing their system for you or squirm out of the request--beware! Also, many DJ's have constant problems with microphones crackling and popping because they buy cheap, inferior mikes. At DJ Guy, we spare no cost, buying the best equipment in the industry because we are in business for the long run. We use JBL Professional 3-Way speakers, Electro-voice microphones and QSC amplifiers with redundancy built into the system.

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How far in advance should I hire the DJ?

Bridal magazines usually recommend 6 months out from your wedding date to hire the DJ, but this is not the case if your date is on a Saturday during peak wedding season (May-Oct). If your wedding is a peak season Saturday, you will need to hire a DJ up to 18 months in advance, since the best DJ's usually book up quickly on these limited days. This is especially true around major 3-day holidays which tend to attract more bookings.

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Will you bring backup equipment to my event?

As ironic as it sounds, if a DJ has truly bought the best equipment in the industry, they will not be so preoccupied with a "backup to a backup to a backup" system due to the fact that real professional-grade equipment can take a tremendous amount of abuse without failing. So, if someone is pushing the worry issue about equipment failure you may very well want to inspect their system quality a little closer. Should the unexpected occur, a professional DJ will always have redundancy built into every aspect of their system architecture. At DJ Guy, our motto is, "Expect the unexpected," as weddings offer no second chances! As a result, we are prepared for any equipment failure, although it is a very rare occurrence. We even have a complete backup system at our office for emergency use to help catering managers who encounter other DJ companies that fail to show up at an event. You will always have peace of mind at DJ Guy.

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A friend of mine had a DJ company that was a no-show on the wedding day. What assurances do I have that DJ Guy will show up?

This situation is not as rare as people might imagine. Sometimes, we rescue brides from those "budget" DJ's who have a last-minute emergency or forget entirely about your event. The truth is that it usually happens to 1- or 2-man DJ companies that cannot afford to staff a backup DJ. This is the peace of mind that a larger company like DJ Guy can offer as we ALWAYS have a backup DJ on staff along with a complete backup system. DJ Guy has not missed an event in the last 17 years, which is testimony to our commitment to our customers.

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We are very detail-oriented; will you cater to my specific needs, whatever they may be?

This one comes up a lot in the wedding business. We welcome the detail-oriented bride who can communicate her specific desires during our personal consultations to get things just right. The only thing we request is that a bride and groom be realistic about what is humanly possible to deliver, as there are limitations, but we will be frank and upfront during our meetings to best accomplish what you have in mind. The key is flexibility and an attention to detail, something at which we are specialists!

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What deposit is required to hold my date and when is the balance due?

A DJ asking for more than 20% deposit should be suspect as many DJ's go out of business within the same year they start due to lack of skills and experience. Reputation speaks for itself in the DJ business, so a DJ should not need so much money for the deposit until the month prior to the wedding when final balances are customarily paid. At DJ Guy, a $200 deposit is required for Saturday events and $100 for non-Saturdays, with the balance due at the Final Interview a few weeks prior to the wedding day.

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What will be the DJ attire for our wedding?

For an event as important as a wedding, you should expect a professional DJ to wear a classy tuxedo as standard attire. It allows the DJ to stand out from the guests as a service person who can be found quickly for questions or assistance. Sometimes a beach theme or similar is requested and the DJ can modify dress code to satisfy the event. Always ask what the DJ is wearing as standard attire; you may be surprised by the answers you get!

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How many consultation meetings will we have to discuss music and event topics?

We recommend an initial meeting to show a client how we can guarantee a successful wedding regardless of the circumstances we are given. Our experience as wedding professionals will become evident from any DJ's first meeting with you. Later on, closer to 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding day, after RSVP's are tallied and catering issues solidified, we will call you for a detailed Final Interview, during which we plan out your entire schedule, designated songs, and details.

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Will you MC and coordinate all of our events?

Absolutely! Our mission is to take the lead as your wedding expert and MC all events in coordination with our colleagues (photographer, caterer, and videographer). We are not there to steal the show, but to act as the professional MC who will quickly and expertly get the crowd's attention and direct it to you for the introductions, the bridal party, best man, etc. We will keep you informed as to what events are coming up so that you maintain an awareness of and confidence in our leadership. We always give you the "veto" if you wish to alter the course of the evening. Basically, we take the lead unless otherwise directed by the bride and groom, and we make recommendations based on our expert knowledge of weddings to help overcome any schedule delays or event issues.

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My fiancée and I have a Do Not Play List of songs we don't want to hear at our wedding. Can you accommodate that?

As a standard practice in our consultations, we always consult our clients on music they don't want to hear. Even if you don't remember to ask us, we bring it up anyway as a courtesy. That's the nice thing about DJ Guy: We've already worked out the "kinks" in wedding planning, so you don't have to stress out about what you forgot to tell us!

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I've seen DJ's make bad judgment calls on their music mixes. How will you assure this doesn't happen at my wedding?

There are some basic principles in DJ'ing that guide any good mix sequence for a crowd with a wide range of ages. For example, usually the older hits are played initially in the evening so that the "mature" crowd does not feel alienated or overwhelmed by a strictly Top-40 music run. Then, as things proceed into the evening, newer music is introduced, eventually culminating in the latest Top-40's becoming the core music with an occasional return to some other previously played sets from time to time. After all, variety is the spice of life!

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Do you take requests from our guests?

Many DJ companies seem to have a complex about this issue as if there is some kind of struggle between the forces of good (DJ's opinion) and evil (the naïve guest). As any good professional knows, the secret to a great wedding reception is to listen to your guests' input on the music. Who knows better than they do what will make them want to dance! That's where our ability comes in to mix the music in the best order and percentages so as to cater equally to all guests in attendance.

On occasion, inappropriate songs may be requested that conflict with or would be considered to be in poor taste with the bride and grooms music directions. For these situations, we will attempt to find an alternative song of similar category that is not offensive to the venue that the guest would be satisfied to hear. Our motto on this topic is, "Never let a customer walk away unhappy."

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Can we ask the DJ to strictly play our music list with no input allowed from the guests?

The customer is King (and Queen) at DJ Guy so, of course, the answer is Yes. However, we would recommend allowing some minimal input from the crowd should the need arise to "save the reception" from a dying dance floor due to the bride and groom's list having serious flaws in it (i.e., all slow songs or songs without beat). Bottom line, there are ways to deal with all circumstances to satisfy the customer; we simply have to take the time to clarify what the desired end result is.

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What kind of music will you play during the cocktail hour and dinner?

As with all issues, this is best planned as part of our Final Interview with the DJ. As a rule-of-thumb, music that is played during this time is usually non-danceable music that has a varying rhythm (no consistent beat) with no crescendos. At DJ Guy, we will have an extensive list of cocktail and dinner music for you to sample for listening (on our website) and choose in the Final Interview. If you want to let the DJ do the choosing for you, we will be glad to circulate around in your crowd to assess what music will best fit your guests' taste.

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How many speakers do you bring?

I feel sorry for unsuspecting clients who don't understand why someone is trying to sell them on having extra speakers. The magic number for speakers is, yes, you guessed it, 2! Anyone trying to offer you their super-duper high powered system with four or more additional speakers are, in fact, admitting that their 2 speakers are undersized for the venue. This is usually the case when the speakers are up on a pole and small (with low wattage).

So, let's discuss why 4 or more speakers are a problem. As a qualified sound engineer will tell you, interference dead-zones will be created where the wave fronts nullify each other throughout the room, creating an eerie effect when the volume is high in some locations on the dance floor and almost zero in others. Anyone trying to tell you otherwise is NOT a sound expert and is frankly trying to sell you on quantity instead of quality (usually for an additional price). Our JBL professional 3-way speakers retail for $3,000 a pair, sometimes the same price as a cheaper DJ company's entire system! We can handle small or large rooms and outdoor venues with equal volume and clarity.

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How many DJ's will show up at my wedding?

The only answer you should expect any professional to give you on this subject is 1! If someone is trying to sell you on a multiple-DJ team it is an obvious that the DJ's are so inexperienced that they require each other to keep track of things--a scary thought. You don't want to choose quantity (of DJ's) over quality.

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Can you provide music outdoors?

This is an area in which other DJ companies are usually inadequate and we excel. Small speakers on a pole, which some companies provide, will sound tinny, with no bass or midrange, leaving little else but shrill highs. Our systems, on the other hand, are capable of projecting the powerful sound required for an outdoor venue without a problem. Due to the absence of sound reinforcement (walls, ceilings), a system has to provide substantial wattage and size to handle outdoor events. We can also provide a generator for a small fee if no power is available.

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Can you provide ceremony music?

Absolutely! In fact, our CD quality selections for bridal marches are so crystal clear you will have a difficult time distinguishing whether a quintet or orchestra is actually behind the tree line supporting your wedding. You will really need to come into our studio to believe the variety and quality of our processional, recessional, and prelude music. A stage-quality cordless microphone is also provided on a stand free of charge to support the vows and any vocalists you may have perform at your ceremony. We will rehearse with them in advance of the wedding to assure that all is perfect for the ceremony start. And the great part about it is that we don't charge extra for performing the ceremony outside of our regular hourly rate.

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Can we have a friend or family member help MC our event?

No problem. Just let us know at our Final Interview so we can review any issues to make sure all event issues run smoothly for your designated MC.

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Can we give you some of our family's CD's to play?

Of course, although we usually will have everything you need.

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Can I get some references?

Absolutely! We recommend references from Catering Managers vs. previous clients because even the worst DJ's will have some good references selectively pulled from their DJ history. We can give you 5 references immediately of Catering Managers who will attest to our history of professionalism and wedding expertise. Their reason for providing this service is to protect brides from unscrupulous DJ's who will make the Catering Manager's life much more difficult at the event due to lack of experience.

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Do we have to pay for transportation and setup?

No. At DJ Guy we have no hidden costs and will not charge you for transportation, setup or knockdown at the end of the night. We will arrive in plenty of time prior to the contract start time to set up on our own time to assure that all is in order when contract time begins.

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How many breaks do you take?

None. We will be busy during the entire length of the event coordinating events, discussing issues with our other professional colleagues (the caterer, photographer, and videographer), so there will be no break in music except for announcements and planned events.

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Do we need to provide a table for the DJ?

It is not required, but is helpful when supplied as it establishes our placement in the room and allows some extra space for CD's that guests may give to us, etc.

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Do we need to feed the DJ?

Of course not, although it is greatly appreciated when offered. Normally, we are so busy doing our coordination of events we have little time left for formal seating, so we usually have some snacks to keep our energy level up. We can be on shift for up to 10 hours straight at some events.

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Do you supply a cordless microphone?

Yes, we supply a high quality, thousand dollar mike that has superior pickup fidelity and feedback control. We will be using it for the Best Man's Toast so that guests in the crowd do not have to come up to the DJ's console.

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Do you have liability insurance?

Yes, we have Liability Indemnity of $2 million for your peace-of-mind, as you would expect from any professional company.

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