Frequently Asked Questions
What must I remember on my wedding day?
First and foremost, remember to have fun. Often the hosts of special events (e.g. brides and grooms, hosts of private parties, company managers, etc.) forget to let loose, dance, and have a good time. How much fun you’re having will directly influence the success of your event. If you’re having fun, your guests will have fun and if you dance, your guests will dance.
Will I have to provide a meal for my DJ?
Your DJ, along with your other vendors such as your photographer and wedding/event planner (if you have them) who work overtime and/or during mealtime hours to make your event a success, should be provided with a meal. After all, you’d hate for your DJ or another service provider to have to leave or order in food just as the event gets rolling!
What should I expect from our DJ?
You should expect your DJ to:
- Be dressed appropriately in a suit and tie (unless otherwise specified by you);
- Be on-time and ready to play;
- Have handy all of the instructions for your event that you previously provided to Pulse Entertainment;
- Treat you and your guests with respect and professionalism;
- Be dedicated to doing what it takes to make your event a success (even if it means saying “no” to playing certain requests at certain times that could disrupt the flow);
- Be honest and forthright with you and/your appointed liaison about what will and won’t work for your special event.
What are my obligations to ensure a successful party?
There are lots of things that you as the host or event organizer can – and should – do to ensure the success of your event.
First, have a good time. If you’re relaxed, having a good time, and going with the flow, your guests will too. This is probably the most important thing you can do as it sets the mood/tone of the event.
Second, the more organized you are and the more explicit you are with your instructions, the better. Well planned events are always better received by your guests than disorganized ones.
Third, communicate with your DJ and your other service providers. Think of your DJ as part of your team working to make your night a success.
Fourth, trust and respect your DJ and her/his experience. Your DJ has helped to make many events a success. S/he knows what music works best to get the crowd dancing and keep the crowd dancing, and what music will cool things down. Listen to your DJ and the advice they have to offer.
Finally, be sure that you and your spouse are on the same page when it comes to what you expect from your event. This is especially important if you have different tastes, backgrounds and cultures. Your guests are looking for a good party so make sure that you are a team and have agreed on how to throw a memorable event.
Will my DJ take requests?
YES! Your DJ will take requests if you want her/him to do so (if you do not want your DJ to take requests, that’s fine too). However, you should empower your DJ to do her/his job – after all, s/he is a professional and knows what music works at what time and what music will disrupt the flow of the event.
Isn't an iPod/Spotify Playlist better than a DJ?
According to Martha Stewart, 80% of a wedding’s success is based on the type of music entertainment selected for the reception. This includes the abilities, personality, and interaction of a DJ or band members. While iPods or Spotify are fun tools that are great for home and small office entertainment use, they are not the same as professional DJs. A professional Disc Jockey is intimately familiar with the science of playing the right music based on audience reaction, participation, and numerous external circumstances. While playing, a DJ scans the room to watch the audience. Known as “reading the crowd”, an iPod or Spotify list cannot adjust a song set based on audience reaction or any other situations.
Can we come to another wedding to audition a DJ for our wedding?
No, sorry. At Pulse Entertainment, we commit ourselves 100% to the client who has paid us to perform that night. For us it’s about our clients and the tasks at hand while performing amazingly well to ensure that service excellence and client satisfaction goals are met. As such, we don’t want to be distracted. Would you want uninvited guests at your wedding?
Thanks for the music planning app... do we have to use it?
Yes, please. Pulse Entertainment strives for accuracy in its planning and in ensuring that all clients receive that they request, we ask that all information be inputted by you into that one central location. This way, prior to your event, we access one document with all the information we need.
Can we meet our DJ before the wedding?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it! Pulse Entertainment will notify you well in advance of your event with information on your assigned DJ. As your event gets closer, you may arrange to meet with them in person or via a Zoom or phone call.
What if there is a DJ-related emergency?
Upon the small chance of equipment failing during your event, we carry back up equipment on site for a quick resolution. Additionally, we always have a fully briefed, experienced DJ on standby if required.
What if we don't like the music our DJ is playing?
If you’re not happy with your DJ’s performance, it is important that you speak with the DJ immediately. Please do not wait until the wedding is over! Our DJs are very receptive professionals, always ready to respond to your feedback, and change things up if requested. It is important to be professional with your DJ recognizing that they are doing their best to suit the needs of you and your guests.
Why so much money for just a few hours of work?
The performance time at an event is what we see as the grand finale of an event. We spend many hours, anywhere from 21-40, for each event that we DJ. This time includes meeting with clients, reviewing and analyzing online requests, meeting with the venue, phone calls, event planning, DJ briefing, and travel to/from events. Each event also incurs additional expenses including travel, parking at events, back-up staff, purchasing music, licensing, insurance, and equipment upkeep.