Can I bring a song or music to the Ceremony or Reception?
No. Yes. Well, let’s put it this way. It’d be much better for you to email me an MP3 file at least a day before your event, so I can download it, ‘preview’ it & know (1) the file is free from any ‘bots’ or viruses & (2) how I need to ‘cue’ it and/or adjust my treble/base for the cut. But if you need to supply me with your own recorded ‘song’ or a friend’s music, please have it on a USB & get it to us ASAP when I arrive. Fair enough?
Do you take requests at our reception?
Of course. I put out a ‘Request Book’ on one of the subbies, with plenty of pens & I even announce early in the event, if you like, that I welcome them. However, understand: while I carry 50000+ cuts with me, I don’t have ‘everything ever recorded’. ‘Standards’ from the 50’s forward, yes. EVERYTHING Country-Rock-Pop-Urban from the last 3-5 years: yes. But if someone asks for ie: Blues Traveler, unless you requested me to bring it: no. Or Twiddle. LOL. That being said, if any of your guests yells out ‘Free Bird’ & you approve it, we’re cool.
Do you make announcements as part of your duties?
Yes. ‘Master of Ceremonies’ (MC) duties are S.O.P. You & I will work on a Wedding Day Planner that will include all announcements, introductions, etc. The rest of the time: I just shut up & rock the floor. But I always have a mic/stand setup, right next to me, just in case.
Do you use strobes?
No. Between folks with certain nerve disorders or eyesight/health issues: I don’t.
Can you stay later than planned?
No. Only kidding…I hate going home. In general, it’s $200/hour for overtime. If I’m more than two hours from home, chances are I made plans to stay nearby, via AirBnB room to keep costs down. But if I didn’t & you want to rock till the wee hours, I’ll have to find a local room at your expense or if your event is at a hotel or B+B or venue with rooms, get me one. I’ll play till sunup. No kidding. But if I do, you owe me breakfast, too! LOL
What time do you arrive to setup?
2.5 to 3 hours early to setup & sound check & brush my teeth, change clothes, etc. I’ve already, by that time, shared our ‘Itinerary’ (printed versions) that I’ve worked on with you ahead of time with the photographer, caterer, venue manager. Then I check with you, via cell or text, if there’s any last minute changes or additions to ie: intros, toasts, etc.
Can you play my Ceremony without power?
Funny you ask…up here in Vermont, playing so many weddings under tents & ‘summits’ of ski resorts, often are asked to play the ‘Ceremony’ music, plus have a microphone/stand, without power. No problem: I have a very special, battery powered system, including a wireless mic, that I can roll over to your ceremony location. And it’s not some little junky portable system, it’s an Alto system, with a 12″ Main, plenty of power (400 watts) of quality sound. What I will bring with it is a separate ‘DJ Stand’ which I use strictly for ‘remote’ ceremony locations & of course, a DJ setup to play your songs (welcoming, wedding party entrance, bride’s entrance, recessional and as well, if the cocktail party is at the Ceremony location, music for that too!)