Frequently Asked Questions
What types of events are your specialty?
All performers available through MyDeejay are true wedding specialists, experienced with all types of wedding celebrations and protocols. Weddings are our passion and make up over 95% of the business booked through MyDeejay. The only other types of events we do are high-end corporate functions, which typically require a similarly elegant approach and attention to detail. MyDeejay does not book children’s parties, bars, nightclubs, or school events.
How would you define your "style" or approach to providing DJ entertainment?
Our performers' presentation is polished and understated, marked by artistic mixing and a professional "cheese-free" approach to announcements and microphone work. Many DJs think that it is their job to put on a show and be the center of attention at the reception. We believe firmly that your wedding is your show, and we have no interest in taking the spotlight from you. We will not tell stories, make jokes, or plug our company on the microphone.
I don’t want the music at my wedding to be traditional wedding music. Can you do that?
Of course! We’re not at all attached to tradition – we’re here to incorporate the music you request, and to mix it in a way that will create the kind of wedding you’ve envisioned. Somewhere along the line, the phrase “wedding DJ” became a bad word, synonymous with cheesiness. We couldn’t be any further from that image.
How do you mix the music?
Mixing is a pretty basic skill for professional disc jockey, but how a DJ does it says a lot about his or her style. We mix music with the purpose of creating seamless transitions between songs and maintaining the energy and momentum on the dance floor. Mixing for us is something we do on the spot, based on the tempo and “feel” of the songs and the reaction of the crowd. We don’t treat your wedding like it’s our personal nightclub appearance, and we don’t use your wedding to test out remixes that no one recognizes. We also don’t use any cheesy, pre-fabricated "DJ Mixes" from services like XMix, Ultimix or Funkymix. Our DJs always use the original radio versions of each song unless there's a really good reason not to.
Do you use party props?
No. Our performers do not dress in any type of costume or distribute funny hats and inflatable instruments. We do not harass your guests into joining us on the dance floor, nor do we teach people to line dance. If you are seeking a performer to motivate your guests in this way, you would probably be happier with another deejay company.
How will I know who my DJ will be?
Once you’ve submitted the contact form on our website and indicated that you’re ready to be connected with a DJ, we’ll use the information you’ve provided about your music tastes and personality to match you with a DJ who will be a great fit. The DJ will then be more than happy to schedule an easy, convenient meeting via Skype or telephone (or meet you in person if you prefer) to discuss your plans and answer your questions. You’ll then have a 10-day window during which to make your decision, and your date will be held for you during that time. Should you decide to book MyDeejay, you’ll find the name of the DJ you met with listed on your contract, and you are guaranteed his/her services at your event.
Will you bring an assistant?
Short answer? Rarely. Unless you’re planning a highly interactive, “New York style” wedding that needs a separate emcee/party motivator to dance with your guests (something we don’t offer), deejaying a wedding is a one-person job. DJs who always bring an assistant do so because they don’t want to carry the equipment, or they want someone to fetch them drinks, or they want to break down and get out of there faster at the end of the night. We don't believe that's something you need to pay for.
How much do you charge?
Our base rates for weddings range from $1250-1750. We base our pricing on an objective structure that only factors in the month and day of the event, which ensures consistency and fairness to all of our clients. We are not in the practice of subjectively pricing events based on our estimation of your budget -- for example, we don't price events higher if a client is using an expensive reception site or if they were referred by a well-known wedding planner. A complete and accurate price quote will be provided to you in our first email to you, and specific information on our pricing structure and services can be found on our Services & Rates page.
What is included in the cost of my event?
Performance time, setup time, breakdown time, travel up to 90 miles (one way from Columbia, MD), any applicable taxes, and ALL equipment (including additional sound systems, wireless microphones and subwoofer) for weddings up to 250 guests. For weddings over 250 guests, a custom quote may be necessary. Our flat-rate pricing is refreshingly easy to understand -- there are no hidden charges, and all fees are clearly stated in your contract.
Why do you offer a 10% discount for paying in full with the signed contract?
We offer this discount because it simplifies our operations (it’s less work to process one payment than two, and the time saved in not having to track and collect a balance makes the discount worth it to us) and it simplifies our clients’ budget management. It’s completely optional, and we’re happy to take a retainer with the contract and the balance a month beforehand if that’s your preference.
Do you offer different skill levels or "tiers" of DJs at different price points?
Absolutely not. The way we see it, a DJ either meets our company's high standards or they do not -- and if they don't, they aren't qualified to represent our company or serve our clients. We would never sell a couple a "MyDeejay experience" and then send them less than the very best our company has to offer. For this reason, we don’t offer a cheaper “B-team” or associate level DJs. Offering multiple "tiers" of talent at different prices would mean sacrificing quality for the sake of more bookings, something we'd never be willing to do. Some food for thought: would a company that charges two or three times more for the owner actually acknowledge that your experience with one of their associates will only be half or a third as good?
Do you pay "kickbacks" for referrals?
Never. MyDeejay does not pay kickbacks or referral fees in the forms of money, gifts or any other incentives. We are proud to have earned referrals and endorsements from the area’s best wedding planners, venues, caterers, photographers and other event professionals based solely on the outstanding service we provide.
Do you offer event lighting?
We believe that quality event lighting is a complex, labor-intensive service that is best left to expert designers in that field. Very few, if any, DJs have a professional background or any education in event lighting design -- it's a lot more nuanced than simply "plugging in a bunch of lights". We'd rather make sure you have great lighting and great music, so focusing solely on providing excellent music is an easy choice for us. If you are interested in professional event lighting, we're happy to refer you to several outstanding lighting companies who can help you create the visual ambiance you desire.
Do you offer live ceremony musicians?
Again, we believe in focusing on the service that we can personally provide. Some music agencies will "up-sell" live musicians, serving as a "middle man" and taking a cut of the proceeds, but we'd prefer to refer you directly to the musicians themselves. Please feel free to ask for our recommendations -- we've worked with just about everyone!
How involved are you in helping us to plan our music?
Just as you pay a caterer for his or her expertise in food, you are paying MyDeejay in large part for our expertise in music. We are more than willing to provide you with a multitude of suggestions based on your preferences, and we're perfectly comfortable selecting most (or all) of the music if you aren't interested in doing so. Our extensive knowledge of music enables us to work with your requests and create a mood that reflects your tastes while creating a great atmosphere for all of your guests. In addition, we specialize in addressing music "challenges," whether combining multicultural musical styles or adapting unique or eclectic music tastes to the formality of a wedding. Both your DJ and our customer service team are always available to answer questions or assist you in choosing the songs that will reflect your vision of your special day.
How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
We encourage you to be as involved as you would like to be! Most of our clients place great value on music and probably have very distinct ideas about what they want to hear. If you would like to select every song, we are happy to accommodate you. The majority of our couples, however, prefer to discuss with their DJ, in depth, their preferences and at least a few specific requests. We pride ourselves on listening to our clients and respecting their input and wishes, while providing additional suggestions and guidance when appropriate. Rest assured, you will never hear songs you have asked not to be played, or genres you’ve told us you don’t like.
What kinds of music are included in your collection?
MyDeejay owns an enormous library of music in all formats, including international music. We update our collection constantly, ensuring that we are able to provide the songs that our clients and their guests are currently enjoying. Furthermore, we work closely with our clients in selecting the music for their event, and will gladly acquire any commercially available song that we don't already own, at no additional cost. Because of this, we can virtually guarantee that we will be able to accommodate any request.
How do you dress for an event?
Our performers' typical "uniform" is a formal dark business suit with appropriate accessories. If a tuxedo or other attire would be more appropriate for your event, simply let us know your preference.
When do you arrive to set up for an event?
Our performers always arrive on-site at least an hour and a half prior to the contracted start time of the event, and earlier as necessitated by the setup requirements of the site.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Our performers use the highest quality professional-grade equipment available: strictly Native Instruments TRAKTOR PRO Mac-based DJ systems, Pioneer and RANE mixers, Electro-Voice speakers and EV/Shure microphones. Wireless microphones are always provided, and wireless speakers are available if necessitated by the venue.
How are emergencies handled?
We're proud to have originated the most rock-solid emergency backup plan in the DJ industry. Each of our DJs takes the responsibility of performing for a wedding extremely seriously, and is both contractually and ethically obligated to do everything possible to avoid emergencies. However, to ensure your event’s complete success, every weekend we pay one of our DJs (one of the performers from our regular roster, not a semi-retired, “B-list” DJ or one from another company) to be the "Emergency DJ" on call. That DJ is prepared with appropriate attire, equipment, and the music and paperwork for each wedding on our schedule. In addition, each of our DJs brings a full set of backup equipment to every event, and the company provides backup transportation in case of car trouble. We believe our system is the most comprehensive emergency backup plan in the entire industry, and it costs us over $100,000 per year to operate -- a worthwhile investment into our clients' peace of mind.
Are you insured?
MyDeejay carries a full liability insurance policy for each performer with a coverage value of $2,000,000. We are happy to provide you or your venue with a copy of our insurance policy upon request.
Will you present a contract at our initial meeting?
Yes. Your DJ will come prepared with a contract guaranteeing his/her presence at your event, and an accurate and inclusive price. We feel that providing you with a contract is respectful of your time and presents the opportunity for you to review its terms with the performer and ask questions if necessary. It also gives you, in writing, the terms of MyDeejay's offer, something that may not be guaranteed with other companies' verbal promises.
However, please know that you would never be asked or expected to sign your contract on the spot; we are happy for you to take it home for consideration. Contracts are valid for ten (10) days following your meeting, and we will hold your date for you on the DJ's schedule during that time. Out of fairness to others who may be waiting on the DJ's availability, we do ask you to notify us of your decision within that 10-day window. If you decide you are not ready to move forward with booking your DJ at that time, we would need to release that DJ's availability for another couple.
What are the terms of payment if I book your services?
A 50% nonrefundable retainer is due with your signed contract within two weeks of your initial meeting with your DJ. The balance is collected 30 days prior to your event. Clients who elect to take advantage of the full payment discount (offered to anyone signing a contract at least four months prior to their wedding) would remit the full amount, less 10%, with their signed contract. MyDeejay accepts cash, personal checks, and certified checks or money orders. We also accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover via our online payment gateway.
What do you require from my event site?
We require at least one 6-foot banquet table, with linens, and adequate power (120-volt, 15-amp circuit on a grounded outlet) within 35 feet of where the DJ will be set up.
Can we speak with your previous clients?
Your DJ will gladly provide you with references upon request, who are more than happy to discuss the quality of his performance and customer service. You will not be asked to "cold call" people to check our references; we will be sure to let them know to expect your call. We want you to feel completely comfortable in researching our services.
Can we visit you at a performance?
Out of respect for the privacy of others on their special day, MyDeejay does not permit prospective clients to "drop in" on a wedding. However, our references, online reviews, and the information we provide you in our initial meeting will speak volumes of our experience, style, and professionalism.
What does it mean that MyDeejay is committed to "green" weddings?
MyDeejay is committed to environmentally responsible business practices, including offsetting our electricity and travel with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), maintaining a "paperless" office, utilizing recycled materials for any documents we produce, and maintaining our memberships and certifications from various environmental organizations. We are excited to share ideas on "going green" with our clients and with other companies in the wedding industry -- for more information on our sustainable business practices and ideas for planning an environmentally friendly wedding, please visit our page about green weddings.
How do you maintain your great reputation while continuing to grow your company?
Simple: we are a values-based company and operate using a very standardized set of protocols, from communication to wedding preparation. Every one of our DJs knows our core values, our philosophy and the type of client experience upon which our reputation has been built. Because we’ve placed such an emphasis on carefully recruiting new DJs and ensuring that each of them “lives our brand,” so to speak, we’ve been able to grow without sacrificing any of the quality for which we’re known. The diversity of our reviews and references is a testament to our company’s consistency.
Most importantly...why should I choose MyDeejay for my event?
Simply put, we provide exceptional entertainment and the most accommodating and attentive customer care found in this industry. For more information about what makes MyDeejay unique, please read the section Who We Are.