FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions 2018-03-19T19:11:18+00:00
Is there tax when I just hire you to do lighting? 2016-03-14T18:18:05+00:00

No.  When I offer lighting, it’s a service, not a rental.  Myself or an employee of Choice Entertainment will arrive to your venue and setup the lights and configure them (setting colors and putting them in the best places) and then arrive after the gig to remove them.  Services = no tax so you end up saving over just renting the equipment.

I am interested in a monogram, but was interested in colors. Is this price included in your normal monogram fee? 2018-03-19T19:11:23+00:00

No.  The pricing I have on my website and pricing sheets are all based on a basic one color monogram which run $85.00 after shipping.  If you are interested in a glass monogram (to avoid bridging and more design options) or a multi-colored glass monogram, you will be charged the difference.  I will discuss the pricing with you in detail once you are a client and working with me towards your event.

How many Uplights are most typical? 2016-03-14T18:16:53+00:00

This is hard question to answer.  I am a fan of symmetry, so I tend to suggest 8-12-16 etc.  That way you can have equal amounts on each wall and be sure to evenly distribute them to all of the features in a venue.  Considering my enhanced package which is a great value and a popular choice suggests 8 uplights, I’d say that the use of 8 uplights is currently most typical but that by no means you are limited to using only 8.  I have seen as high as in the 20’s.  Depends on what you are looking for…

How much is the deposit to book a DJ for my event? 2016-03-14T18:15:35+00:00

My retainer/deposit to book is currently 50% of the total bill. You can add services at any time and it will not affect the 50% retainer, but at the time of booking at least the audio services, start and end time will be covered and 50% of that will be required to book the event. The retainer is refundable up until 6 months prior to the event. There is more about this on my contract which will be disclosed after talking in more detail about your event.

How far in advance can I book a DJ for my wedding or party? 2016-03-14T18:13:05+00:00

You can book a DJ for your wedding or party as far in advance as you would like.  It is best to book as far in advance as possible.  Being that most people start planning their wedding nearly a year in advance, it is best to get your core wedding professionals booked early.  However, most book my DJ services within 6 months of their event date.  I can’t say this is my preference, this is just my observation.

Your online database of music is HUGE. Do I have to make requests through the database prior to my event? 2018-03-19T19:11:23+00:00

No.  The online database of music is yours to use simply to give us ideas of what songs and genres of music you are interested in having played.  As a professional and seasoned DJ, I can make just about any group of people have a good time on the dance floor.  The database of music is simply for people who have a strong preference in their music, or are just curious as to what I have.

Will the DJ I meet with be the DJ at my wedding? 2016-03-14T18:11:22+00:00

Yes!  While Choice Entertainment offers a lot of different services, DJ Matt Phipps (owner and operator) is the only DJ within the company. Independents offer a higher quality level of services, more intimate customer service and a general higher level of expertise. Many multi-op DJ companies consist of many part-time DJ’s, and as an independent DJ Matt Phipps is a full-time DJ.

I see you have online planning forms for wedding itineraries, do we have to use these? 2018-03-19T19:11:23+00:00

The online planning forms are to get all of the specific details of your event in order.  I work hand-in-hand with you to make sure that all of the details have been filled out and that nothing is overlooked.  My goal is to eliminate any possible surprises on your wedding day.  I am also comfortable using Google Drive apps and I am comfortable using any provided material as well.  While the online planning forms I use on this site are functional, there are some fundamental issues like rearranging the events and allowing multiple people to work on them at the same time, which are all answered when using Google Drive or Google Docs.  In any case, I am comfortable with whatever format you choose to give me the details of your event.

Do you professionally “mix” music? 2018-03-19T19:11:23+00:00

Absolutely.  I’m a DJ and I use turntables. I take great pride in mixing music and showing my talent through mixing and knowledge of music as opposed to leaning on my MC skills as many mobile DJ’s do.  I am a firm believer of doing things manually in the way of beat matching (no cheap controllers or software to do it for me but turntables to manually beatmatch), and using my knowledge of music to get people on the dance floor.  While there are some older genres of music that don’t mix in a beat-matching sense, we will still arrange and coordinate the playlist in ways of genre and tempo as well as beatmatch and “mix” newer music at every event.  The difference between a good DJ and a great DJ is the ability to provide a fluent and professional mix on the dance floor while reading the crowd!

Do you charge extra for your professional dance floor lighting? 2016-03-14T18:02:57+00:00

Possibly. I include a basic colored wash effect for ambiance and energy on the dance floor with all of my DJ services, however this is merely a starting point and the “basic” option. I offer moving heads on glow totems as an upgraded dance floor lighting package, and I have various other effects that are customizable and a great investment to ensure a great dancing atmosphere.

Do you charge for Setup or Tear-down? 2016-03-14T18:00:44+00:00

No.  I always arrive at least an hour prior which I do not charge for.  I arrive sometimes 2.5 hours prior to a wedding and even earlier if I am doing a lot of custom lighting like uplighting, monogram, cake spotlighting etc.  The cost is based on hours of DJ’ing and playing music, not hours at the event/venue.

For wedding ceremonies, do you offer a wireless lapel microphone for the wedding officiant? 2016-03-14T17:55:12+00:00

Yes.  I have a wireless clip-on lapel mic for wedding officiants which is included when you hire me to DJ your wedding ceremony.  I can also have available a wireless handheld mic on request.  Of course, these are all details that we would work out at meetings and consultations.