DJ FAQ's

We’ve seen this on occasion over the years and, “Yes”, of course it’s ok.  In order to serve you (and them) well, we will want to touch base with this person ahead of time to discuss some details about this role.

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With over 25 years of local wedding experience, there are very few reception venues in the area that our wedding DJs have not worked at.

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Chances are pretty good that we already have it.  If you have it, feel free to share it with us.  If you don’t have it, we’ll do everything we can to track it down for you.

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Thank you for thinking about your DJ, and “YES”, it is customary to invite your DJ to dinner. It might be a good idea to ask the contact at your venue if they have discounted rates for vendors. We are happy to eat at our DJ station or you can seat us at a vendor table or with other guests.

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Thankfully, it’s pretty hard to stump us on a song. If your music is commercially available on iTunes or Amazon we will get it and have it ready for your party.

Often, we will get asked to play some pretty specific, culturally diverse music. If you need some special cultural music, we ask that you please provide the files for us in advance …. this way we’ll know that we have the exact songs you need. While we are not experts in all the various cultural music ever made, we are experts and planning, preparing and executing successful wedding receptions. Please be specific with us in the planning process and we will be prepared to make you happy at your reception.

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We are seeing more and more couples having their ceremony at the same location as their reception. Which leads to the question “Can our DJ provide ceremony music?” The answer is “YES”, and we are happy to do it. For a small fee the DJ will arrive extra early and set up a second set of equipment, along with a microphone for the officiant. We have a substantial amount of experience providing ceremony music & sound; so we can help plan and prepare with you in advance and make suggestions, if needed. Then, on the day of your wedding we will communicate and coordinate with the wedding officiant to make sure the ceremony goes exactly the way you are expecting.

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Balances are due 30 days prior to your event. You can log onto mikestaff.com and pay your balance online with a credit card or you can mail a check into our office.

We also get asked “Is it appropriate to give a tip?” The answer is Yes. Gratuity is always gladly accepted for a job well done. On average our customers tip around $100 per service.

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Custom audio production is not a service provided by our individual wedding DJs.  However, if you would like a custom wedding audio creation, Mike Staff Productions can provide that service when discussed in advance.

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This issue certainly comes up from time to time, and we will work with you and your family members on a plan that you feel will be appropriate for your wedding reception.  In our experience, it is best to confront these issues in advance, and make sure that everyone is “on the same page” with similar expectations.  It is very uncomfortable for a DJ (or anyone) to be stuck between a bride or groom and their mom, both giving different instructions.

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Of course.  Before your wedding day, your DJ will work with you to create a custom music plan specifically for your reception.  We will want to know your must-play, try-to-plays and do-not-play lists.

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If a song or genre of music isn’t getting people on the dance floor, we’ll quickly change “gears” and move on to another song or style of music.  Our goal is to keep your party going all night.

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Only experience will teach a wedding DJ how to “rock a dance floor”.  Their job is to appeal to the masses by playing great wedding reception dance songs consisting of all styles of familiar party music. An experienced wedding DJ will understand that everyone is passionate about ‘”their style” of music and knows how to tap into that passion and present it in a manner that everyone on the dance floor can get excited about. Great wedding DJs will know how to correctly weave in and out of many different styles of music and, ultimately, keep the party going all night long.
Preparing carefully with the bride and groom, allows your wedding DJ to learn the music your friends and family like – and what to avoid.  Allowing your DJ to take requests, helps the DJ to play the songs your guests want to hear.

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YES.  In addition to playing music and coordinating the the evenings events, your wedding DJ will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the night; and will be well prepared to act as a professional spokesperson for the important events throughout your reception.
A skilled Master of Ceremonies is confident on the microphone and able to make important announcements and introductions in a classy, charismatic manner. Our wedding professionals will spend time preparing their announcements and have pride in their ability to pronounce everyone’s name correctly in the wedding party.  Additionally, a wedding professional clearly understands their boundaries and will never try to upstage the bride and groom by putting undue attention on themselves.

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Sure … if you really want to!   Our goal is to provide you with the music that you want to hear. Some couples are very music-oriented and will provide us with a long list of music to play at their wedding reception. Other couples simply tell us to play whatever it takes to keep the dance floor full.  Most couples are somewhere in between.  Either way, you can rest assured you will have an opportunity to discuss the music selection in great detail before your wedding day … and we will be sure to do it YOUR WAY. At Mike Staff Productions, you are the boss!

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Absolutely! Playing requests at the wedding reception is a very important part of our job. Should a guest make a request that is inconsistent with the couples instructions, or seems inappropriate for the occasion, we will work with that guest to find something to their satisfaction. Of course, the bride and groom will always have their requests played right away.

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Your DJ will play music continuously throughout your entire wedding reception.  Therefore there will not be any breaks in the music during your event.

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We have experience working with a variety of clients from very different cultures and backgrounds.  It’s one of the things that keep our job interesting.  We are happy to play all styles of music, however, for some cultures, we may ask that you help us understand precisely what you want with music and tradition.

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Our DJs are pros at audio engineering, music and announcements.  We are happy to help connect the slideshow or video to our speakers, so everyone will be able to hear the presentation. However, our wedding DJs do not provide projectors & screens.  The best person to help with these items is either your venue or a professional wedding videographer.

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Yes.  Uplighting at weddings is a great way to decorate and add that “WOW” factor to  any banquet room.  Ask to see samples of some of the wonderful Uplighting we have done.

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Yes, we provide truly elegant dance floor lighting which will complement your wedding reception perfectly and be inviting for guests to get on the dance floor.

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At Mike Staff Productions, we have a plan and a back-up plan. Our DJs would never go to a wedding without reliable back-up gear. Of course good equipment means nothing if your wedding DJ doesn’t also double as a great sound engineer and technical troubleshooter. That’s why your DJ has passed our comprehensive 45-point certification process. Which means if there’s a technical problem on your wedding day … that problem will be solved.

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No way!  We would never even think of charging extra.

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While gratuity is not mandatory, as in all service industry’s tipping is certainly appreciated for a job well-done.  Many clients have asked delicately, “What would be an appropriate amount to tip the DJ?”  We have observed most clients decide on a gratuity between 8-15% or around $100+.

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We are happy to accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.  As a client, you can make payments by calling our office or through your secure online account at mikestaff.com.

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If you have questions or need help along the wedding planning process, our office staff is eager to assist you at anytime during your engagement.  Your specific DJ will call you the Monday before your wedding to discuss the details of your reception; such as the timeline for the reception, important events, pronunciation of names, your song preferences, and much, much more.  It is best to have this conversation with your DJ very close to your wedding day, so the information covered is up-to-date and the details stay fresh in everyone’s mind during your wedding reception.

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Your wedding DJ can also provide the music for your cocktail hour, if it happens to be in a separate room from the rest of your reception.  As there is additional time, planning and setup required, there is a small fee to cover this extra service. If you need help with your cocktail music playlist, our DJs are always full of great suggestions that will fit with your wedding theme.

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For a small additional fee, your wedding DJ can also provide the music for your wedding ceremony.   We do have mics for officiants to use during wedding ceremonies. Our DJs can also suggest excellent wedding ceremony music playlists for ceremonies of all types.

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The cake cutting ceremony is usually performed immediately following the grand entrance, before the wedding party toasts begin. This will allow your serving staff to clear and cut the cake during dinner service.

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Final payment is due within 30 days prior to the wedding (or event).

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Great question.  Fortunately, in over 25 years of doing business, Mike Staff Productions has never missed an event. Better yet, we have a system in place to assure that we never will. In the event of an emergency that prohibits your pre-selected wedding DJ from making your wedding, an experienced MSP Certified DJ will be on call and ready to go: gear loaded, a full tank of gas, and cell phone on so they can be on their way immediately upon receiving our call.  This allows you the peace of mind in knowing that an experienced, professional, MSP Certified DJ will be there for you.

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Never!  This is a dismissible offense and would never be tolerated by Mike Staff Productions or our clients.

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It is customary to provide a meal for your wedding services team (videographer, photographer, DJ, wedding coordinator, etc.).

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For weddings your DJ will be dressed in a nice tuxedo.  If you would prefer different attire for your wedding or event, please let us know.

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With each passing year, more and more reception venues are making it their policy to require that your wedding DJ be insured before performing in their building. At Mike Staff Productions we have met this challenge head-on with a comprehensive insurance plan that will protect you, your guests, our DJs and their equipment in the event of any unforeseen mishap.

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