Frequently Asked Questions
1.) Why are wedding disc jockey's so expensive?
When you put the price of your DJ in perspective and consider the impact that they will have on your entire reception, you begin to justify the price as an investment. The true professional disc jockey will price his services according to the value he is able to provide.
In The Baltimore area, the average cost for a vegetable platter is $8.50 per-person. Multiply that times an average reception with 150 people and the total comes out to $1225.00. Is the success of your event worth more than a veggie platter? A Disc Jockey can make or break your reception. Although it may appear that you are only paying for 4 hours, Matt Davis normally invests 12-30 hours on most wedding receptions. Consultations, meetings, music purchasing, editing, preparation, set-up and tear-down and other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special day. You are investing in knowledge, experience and peace of mind.
2.) Why are some wedding disc jockey's so inexpensive?
Some DJ's give bargain deals. Unfortunately, this is a case of "you get what you pay for."
Many DJ's aren't able to deliver what a true professional disc jockey should be able to offer. This means limited experience, cheap equipment, a limited music library, no back-up equipment and little or no advanced planning or training which can lead to major problems at your reception. Most DJ's have little or no training. They figure that if they can play a CD, they can run one of the most important days of your life. the industry is full of people who DJ part-time to make extra money. many companies charge low rates in order to get every job that comes their way and then they may even sub-contract your event to a part-timer who lacks the experience of the true pro's. remember - when a company pays a dj they take a cut and then pay the dj even less! A professional disc jockey will realize their value and not need to survive by being a "bottom feeder."
3.) Do you use professional Equipment?
Using professional sound equipment (including professional Disc Jockey software and compact disc players) helps insure reliable service and a quality presentation. Matt Davis understands that you want the best performance for your money.
Matt Davis uses state-of-the-art equipment. Always crystal clear sound!
4.) Will you provide an emergency back-up system at our event?
Weddings are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. A back-up system protects your investment.
Matt Davis has back-up equipment so you can rest easy.
5.) Are you insured?
Insurance is part of any legitimate business. Liability and casualty policies will protect you, your guests and your DJ company from unforeseen circumstances.
Matt Davis can provide proof of liability for you, or your location's peace of mind.
6.) Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?
An involved businessperson shows a willingness to learn, network and share ideas. Belonging to a professional trade group reflects a caring attitude.
Matt Davis is a proud member of the American Disc Jockey Association and of AFTRA (The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)
7.) Are we guaranteed to have Matt Davis as the DJ on the day of our Reception?
A written contract with your specific entertainer guarantees you will have no surprises on the day of your event. Many large entertainment/DJ agencies reserve the right to swap DJ's at any time.
You will be guaranteed Matt Davis as the Disc Jockey on your wedding day. Matt does not book any other DJ's and puts everything in writing. You can be assured that your wedding reception will be handled as his top priority since he is the owner of his disc jockey service and his reputation is at stake. Many big companies handle between 5-15 weddings on any given weekend day! You can relax in knowing that you are the only couple on Matt's mind during your reception. Matt also offers you the opportunity to meet with him before making a decision.
8.) How many years of experience do you have?
Experience brings knowledge of common problems and situations. Be sure your DJ has experience with your type of event.
Matt Davis has been a professional disc jockey since 1990. With almost two decades of hosting, entertaining and providing music for audiences you can be assured that Matt Davis can handle any situation that arises.
9.) May we call your references?
References are a major part of the entertainment business. It is a good idea to get a few client or business references.
Matt Davis will be happy to give you client or business references.
10.) How will you be dressed?
Proper attire reflects a positive image to your guests.
Matt Davis will dress in formal wear unless you request otherwise.
11.) How early will you be to our site to set up?
An average of sixty minutes should be allowed for set up and sound check. Early arrival should already be included in your entertainment fee.
Matt Davis prefers to arrive early so music can begin as soon as the first guest enters your reception. Early arrival also allows Matt to perform a sound check and prepare for your special day. Matt Davis arrives approximately 2 hours before your reception or ceremony begins. Set up and tear down time are included in the price of your reception.
12.) Will you allow requests?
Requests should be welcome. If a song seems inappropriate, a good DJ will explain the reason and ask for an alternative selection.
Matt Davis has a reputation for filling as many requests as possible, including your favorite selections. Matt will meet with you in advance to make sure he has a strict list of songs that are mandatory for your wedding reception. Matt will also make sure that he only plays the formats and music genres that you select. You may also provide Matt with a DO NOT PLAY LIST! Matt does purchase all of the latest hits so if it is danceable top 40, he probably has it. If not, Matt is happy to buy it for your special day.
13.) Why should I choose a DJ over a band?
With bands you are limited to the songs on their set lists to choose from. Bands also take an average of 2-3 breaks per wedding reception.
A DJ has limitless selections from all styles and era's of music. Matt Davis never takes a break and will ensure that your music doesn't stop. Matt's music library features over 30,000 titles.
14.) Can you provide service/ceremony music in addition to reception music?
An experienced disc jockey should be able to provide music for your entire wedding.
Matt Davis can provide music for your entire day. Matt has many variations of the traditional classics for all types of ceremonies. If your ceremony happens to be in a different room than your reception, Matt can provide an additional smaller sound system for a fee.
15.) I am interested in booking Matt Davis. What is the process?
1.) Call Matt Davis at (410) 868-8279 to check his availability on your date. Matt will provide a free consultation and price quote for your reception.
2.) A contract will then be mailed or delivered in person. A (non-refundable) deposit is required with your signed contract in order to secure your date. At this time, you will also be given a list of questions to consider. These questions will help you make decisions about the music and events at your reception.
3.) An in-person meeting will be scheduled approximately 30 days before your wedding day. On the date of your meeting, Matt will review your answers to the list of questions that were provided for you and also offer any suggestions or advice that you might need. This is the day that the order-of-events and music selections for your reception will be finalized.
4.) Matt will continue to be available to you by telephone or email at any time leading up to the day of your wedding.
5.) Your customized reception will be executed exactly the way you planned and you & your guests will have an amazing, memorable experience!