No. Yes. Well, let’s put it this way. It’d be much better for you to email us an MP3 file at least a day before your event, so we can download it, ‘preview’ it & know (1) the file is free from any ‘bots’ or viruses & (2) how we need to ‘cue’ it and/or (3) adjust treble/base for the cut. But if you need to supply us with your own recorded ‘song’ or a friend’s music, please have it on a USB & get it to us ASAP when we arrive. Fair enough?
Of course. we put out a ‘Request Book’ on one of the subbies, with plenty of pens & even announce early in the event, if you like, that we welcome them. However, understand: while we carry 75,000+ cuts with us, we 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 us 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.
Yes. ‘Master of Ceremonies’ (MC) duties are S.O.P. You & we will work on a Wedding Day Planner that will include all announcements, introductions, etc. The rest of the time: we just shut up & rock the floor. But we always have a mic/stand setup, right next to us, just in case.
No. Between folks with certain nerve disorders or eyesight/health issues: we don’t.
No. Only kidding…we hate going home. In general, it’s $150-250/hour for overtime. If we’re more than two hours from home, chances are we made plans to stay nearby, via AirBnB room to keep costs down. But if we didn’t & you want to rock till the wee hours, we’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 us one. We’ll play till sunup. No kidding. But if we do, you owe us breakfast, too! LOL
2 to 2.5 hours early to setup & sound check & brush my teeth, change clothes, etc. We’ve already, by that time, shared our ‘Itinerary’ (printed versions) that we’ve worked on with you ahead of time with the photographer, caterer, venue manager. Then we check with you, via cell or text, if there’s any last-minute changes or additions to ie: intros, toasts, etc.
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: we have a very special, battery powered PRO system, including a wireless mic or lapel mics, that we can roll over to your ceremony location. And it’s not some little junky portable system, it’s an JBL system, with a 12″ Main, plenty of power (400 watts) of quality sound. What we also bring with it is a separate ‘DJ Stand’ which we 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!)