Below you will find some of the most asked questions during the entertainment selection process.
Q. How far in Advance should I book your services?
A. Most clients secure our services one year in advance. As a rule of thumb it’s a good idea to book you entertainment as soon as possible after you sign an agreement with the catering facility.
Q. Do you use professional equipment?
A. We use the most reliable professional equipment on the market, this allows us to consistently deliver bullet-proof sound every time no matter what size the crowd.
Q. Do you provide back up equipment?
A. In the unlikely event there is an equipment failure, back up equipment is always available and onsite.
Q. What makes a Wedding Disc Jockey different from a Club DJ?
A. An experienced Wedding Disc Jockey is familiar proper etiquette and protocol for a wedding and can assist you with the planning of your special day. He/she will coordinate, emcee, and program the right mix of music for your guests. They are skilled at interacting with and entertaining a wide audience from 8 to 80 years. In contrast most Club DJ’s only mix the latest music and cater to one specific age group.
Q. Do you provide a contract?
A. All our events are covered by a simple, yet legal, contract which outlines the terms and conditions we perform under, this protects all the parties involved.
Q. Can we make a list of songs to be played?
A. Yes, your input is vital to creating the prefect mix of music. We will provide you with a list of approximately 1,000 of our most requested songs to use as a guideline in making your selections. There is also a more extensive online database of 50,000 songs from the last 60 years. You can a much or as little control as you like over the play list. Most clients prefer you give us a handful or important must plays and leave the rest of the mix to us.
Q. Do you take requests?
A. Yes, we gladly accept request from your guests providing they are in keeping with your predetermined guidelines.
Q. Do you charge for travel or set-up?
A. There is no charge for either except in extreme circumstances, i.e. no elevator access to an upstairs event, or a venue more than 60 miles from our office.
Q. How much time do you require for set-up and break-down? Is there a charge for this?
A. We will arrive approximately one hour prior to the start time, to set up our equipment and more importantly to discuss all pertinent matters with the catering director and other wedding vendors to ensure proper timing of your reception events.
Q. What other services do you offer?
• Sound reinforcement
• Large screen video & projector
• Interactive game shows
• Photo Booths
Other Items to Note
Entertainment rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality.
Party Up Entertainment offers a number of packages ranging from $350.00 to $3,500.00 with an average of $ 800 for a 4 hour booking. The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 75% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight.
A full-service Entertainment company will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only paying for "4 hours". Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, set-up and tear-down, education and other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special occasion.
Interesting Wedding Statistics
*AFTER THE VOWS...
• 72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
• Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
• During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer - reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
• When asked, 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
• 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey.
*These statistics were published in St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine in 2003. Sources include: Simmons, 2001; USA Today, 2002; National Bridal Service, 2001; The Knot, 2002; Brides Magazine, 2001.