Faq

Here are some questions that Brides and Grooms often ask about DJ services.

When does the contracted time start?
The contracted time starts when you want it to start. This means either starting with , with "background" music before the wedding party arrives, or with the announcements of the wedding party, or at a specified time that you have chosen.

Is dinner music considered contracted time?
Yes, see above.

Do you take requests?
This is your choice. Normally, I do take requests from your guests, unless you specify otherwise. However, I try to ensure that requests are appropriate for the occasion and that it is something that people will dance to. Metallica and Korn usually don't get heard at too many of my receptions, unless of course you specifically ask for it.

Can overtime be charged by the 1/2 hour instead of the hour?
Yes, overtime can be charged on a 1/2-hour basis. It's 11 o'clock and you're having fun but you're not quite sure whether or not you'll be able to dance 'til midnight, we can always charge it by the 1/2-hour.

Are you insured?
Absolutely! This should be one of the first 5 questions you ask any vendor who will be providing services at your wedding. We have a $1,000,000 insurance policy that shows we're serious about our services and aren't just doing this as a hobby.

How late will you play?
We'll play 'til you tell us to stop. Keep in mind that many reception halls in the area have time limits that they will allow for events. In most cases, if it's going to be past midnight, the bride and groom need to discuss it first with their reception hall. Clearing this up ahead of time will ensure that there are no unexpected surprises or disappointments on the night of the reception. I always try to find out when the party will be ending because I always like to end the evening with a couple of slow songs.

What is the minimum amount of time that you'll play?
Event by Event basis. Saturday Nights are a 4 hour minimum.

We want to show a memory video during the reception, can you help?
Yes, I have the equipment (LCD projector, screen, and DVD player) available to rent for the presentation. I'll also bring the necessary cables so that the music from the presentation plays through my sound system.

How long have you been in business?
12 Years as An Up Beat Production, with over 25 years combined experience prior to starting An Up Beat Production

Can you provide references?
You bet! Just ask and I’m more than happy to provide you with a list of previous clients that have offered to be a reference for a potential client. See our testimonial section.

What do you wear?
You select what on the Event Planning Worksheet how you want your DJ to Dress for the event.

Why should I hire a DJ when I can just use my iPod and rent a sound system?
An experienced DJ will be able to read your crowd and react to their musical tastes. While you may load an iPod up with a lot of songs you may like, think about your guests.

My music library spans from the 1940’s through the current songs of today. Chances are I’ve got the music that will cater to most everyone on your guest list. It would take a lot of time and effort to plan out a play list for a reception. Sure it could be done, but it offers no flexibility.

Aside from the music, an iPod can’t handle all of the other particulars that take place during a reception, such as introductions, dismissing tables for the buffet line, announcing bouquet/garter toss, interacting with the crowd, etc. While it may be a way to cut costs of the reception, it will have a greater impact on the quality of the night. Your guests will be talking about it for a long time, but unfortunately not in a good way.

Is there a fee for setup/take-down time?
Setup and take-down time are included in our services; you are not charged for this time. We are at the reception hall approximately 45 minutes to an hour before the scheduled start time.

When should we pay our DJ?
A deposit is required to hold the date along with one copy of the contract signed . This applies to your contracted amount. You are free to decide when you want to pay the remaining balance, either at the end of the reception, or you can send payment in advance.

 

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 309-264-8445.

 
 
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