Answers to some FAQ… or Frequently Asked Questions if you don’t like abbreviations
What is Prestige Worldwide Entertainment?
Yes… the name of the DJ business was inspired by the movie “Stepbrothers” with that being said… Prestige Worldwide Entertainment is the business adventure of mine. While I specialize in Wedding Receptions, I also provide professional DJ services for Prom’s and School Dances, Graduation and Birthday Parties, Corporate Parties, Class Reunions, or anything else that needs music.
How Long have you been a DJ and what experience do you have
I started DJ’ing in the summer of 1995 as a freshly graduated kid. (I keep having to change the number of years so now I just say “over 25 years of experience”.
I was hired by a local radio station as a board operator (boring button pusher) but quickly became an on-air talent and subsequently by the end of that summer was being sent out by the DJ company the radio station owned. I look back at those first few weddings as a fresh faced 18 year old kid given no guidance and I feel like I should send those people a check because compared to the services I offer now… Working at the Radio station gave me invaluable experience.
Once I left the radio station I worked with a friend at his DJ company and quickly gained a reputation as a quality DJ in the area either at the Night club we DJ’ed at every weekend or Weddings.
In 2010 I went on my own and formed Prestige Worldwide Entertainment and haven’t looked back…
Over 25 years of experience in the field and around 300 weddings (not 100% sure of the exact number) Leaves me with the skills and enthusiasm to make your wedding amazing.
Why choose me for your wedding reception?
Your DJ can make or break your reception. It is an important choice and you need to be comfortable with your decision. My goal as a DJ for your wedding reception is to keep people there having fun as long as possible and for the day to be as stress free as possible for you. When hiring a DJ for your wedding reception, you need to hire somebody that has experience DJ’ing WEDDINGS…there is an art to it and a huge difference between doing weddings and other DJ gigs. The majority of my business is DJ’ing weddings and because of that, I am able to pull from a lot of experience to map out your special day with a timeline that flows well and keeps people interested.
When we get together before your event, we will hammer out details of everything you want to do, and don’t want to do, and set up a timeline for the day so the day of the event you can just have fun. I will take charge of keeping the flow of things going the way we discussed. I work well with people behind the scenes (caterers, photographers, videographers etc) to make sure they are in place for special events (garter toss, first dance, cake cutting etc) that way all of your special events are captured.
Do you have edited music?
I have over 54,000 songs including edited versions of most songs and add new music weekly through the music service I subscribe to. At weddings especially, but at other events as well, I don’t think its appropriate to have unedited music, thus my subscription to radio edits.
Do you charge for setting up and tearing down?
No the time we contract for starts when I start playing music and ends when the last song is played. The only exception to that might be if the venue requires an early setup and that fee can be discussed
Do you take request?
Yes… having everything digital and on a laptop, searching for songs is very easy. If you know you want something specific, especially if it’s a little off the wall.. then letting me know in advance is your best bet. With well over 45,000 songs I can handle most requests, and if there is an internet connection song choices are endless with my music service, in the event of no internet service you and your guest are at the mercy of the songs I have (which is a lot).
Do you have Karaoke?
Yes I have karaoke. It is not a main focus of my business though, so while I have nearly 13,000 karaoke songs, I don’t have a lot of up to date songs.
If it’s an outdoor event and the weather turns bad what is your policy?
In the event of bad weather we will discuss ways to make it work and I will do everything in my power to make sure you still have fun at your event, but if I am not able to get my equipment out of the weather I will not be performing and my fee stays the same. I would be checking the forecast before the event and make sure you have stuff in place ahead of time.
How far in advance should I book my event?
ASAP… typically speaking for weddings, in the spring and summer and fall especially, I am booking up to a year in advance. The longer you wait to book, the less likely I will be available.
In the event of cancellation is there a penalty?
If you cancel less than 6 months in advance of your event, you will be charged half of the contracted amount. If you cancel more than 6 months in advance, we will discuss things on an individual basis.
How much of a deposit do you require?
I require a $200 deposit and a signed contract to secure your date.
Can I see a sample of your contract?
Sure… Here is a Sample Contract. Keep in mind, it’s subject to change at any time but you will have the most up to date one sent to you to sign to secure your date if you decide to go with me.
How many power outlets, tables, chairs will you need?
Having everything digital and on a laptop doesn’t require much space. One table and chair will work. I need one outlet for my equipment and one for the lights.
Will you be the DJ performing at my wedding?
Yes. As a business model, I’ve worked really hard to build my reputation as the area’s premier wedding DJ… so therefore the only person I fully trust enough to represent my business is me.
Do you perform multiple events in the same day?
If I book your wedding, that is my only event that day.
How Many Breaks do you require?
I don’t require breaks besides the occasional restroom break but that will never affect the music or programing. I don’t smoke so there is no need for me to leave the party. Even dinner (whether you include me with your meal or I bring my own) I can eat at my station between things.
Do you require a meal?
I don’t require one… but being fed is always appreciated. If you are choosing to not include me with dinner, please let me know so I can plan accordingly
Where do you get your music from?
I subscribe to a music service that provides me with radio edits of current hits from multiple genres to keep things appropriate for weddings and relevant to multiple tastes in music
What is your favorite and least favorite thing about DJing?
This is probably my favorite question I have been asked recently….
My least favorite thing about DJing… I am gone every Saturday from basically April to November… Sometimes Friday’s and Sunday’s too… I miss out on a lot of family events and BBQ’s etc…. (Pretty sure my wives family think she is a single mom)
My Favorite thing about DJing…. Focusing on Weddings pretty much exclusively my weekends are filled with providing the party for the best day of people’s lives up to that point (you’ll have been days down the road like when your kids are born etc) To see the smiles on faces and bringing people together for such a great event is an indescribable feeling.
Has anyone ever brought livestock to one of your weddings?
Just seeing if people actually read to the bottom…Surprisingly… yes there was this one time with a donkey… no really… ask me about it at our meeting
What’s the craziest thing you have seen at a wedding?
Not sure if I can narrow it down to just one thing…. but highlights from different weddings in no particular order… (for more details and full stories, ask at our meeting)
- Blowing up Tannerite
- Full blown Naked Bride
- Bride and Groom not actually getting married and faking it the whole day
- A surprise donkey at the wedding ceremony
- A swimming pool driving around the yard made from the back of a truck and tarps
Here is a blog to other questions websites tell brides and grooms to ask DJ’s… Click here