Frequently Asked Questions
Who will be performing at my wedding? Digital Dreams currently has 2 teams and you will know which team will be working with you form the moment you book. Brian and Jeff are the founders of Digital Dreams and have been doing weddings for almost 20 years. Andrew and Corissa have also worked together for several years and have recently joined the Digital Dreams team so we can keep up with the needs of our customers. If your question is regarding the practice some DJ's make of booking multiple weddings for the same night and then subcontracting them out to random untrained and inexperienced DJ's; we DO NOT do that. Digital Dreams will only book one wedding for each team on a particular night and if it is your wedding, you will know who will be there; not some teenager or an unpaid radio station intern.
What are your rates?
Brian and Jeff's rate is 1200 and that includes a DVD they make of your dance highlights. Andrew and Corissa's rate is 950 and there is no DVD option and a slightly smaller light show.
What will the DJ / assistants wear? My associates and I wear Business Casual attire. Keep in mind the set up and tear down is highly physical labor so we try to balance looking respectable with the job at hand. In short we will probably be dressed like many of your guests
Does the price include background music during dinner/cocktails?
Yes, our price includes really anything you want. You will soon discover that a trend with DJ's seems to be add-ons and package pricing. Digital Dreams does not do things that way. We pride ourselves on being set up and performance ready LONG before your guests arrive so we do not distract them during dinner or social hour with sound or microphone checks. Since our gear is already there, it just wouldn't be very nice to charge people to borrow a microphone for a prayer or a speech or to play some dinner / background music. Sometimes people even ask to patch into our sound system for a slide show and again, that is fine.
Do you offer Wedding packages?
No, everyone gets our full show and set up, every time. I will probably be at your event from 2pm until 2am and doing a partial set up or leaving equipment in the truck because someone chose a smaller "package" just seems silly to me (and not near as fun). We want to make an impression on you AND on your guests who often end up as future clients of Digital Dreams.
Are there any additional charges?
No. Again, no packages. So, as long as your wedding reception is not an outdoor event or outside our 40-mile travel circle you will only pay our standard rate.
Do you have professional equipment?
Absolutely. We used to be a rock band so we have WAY more gear and of a higher quality then most DJ's. Often times when you book a DJ, you don't really know what you have until they show up on your big day with a couple little speakers on sticks and some colored light bulbs. That is not us. Good speakers have a full sound even at a low volume - those cheap little speakers have to be turned all the way up for the back of the room to hear them while the tables in front are plugging their ears. And our light show, I believe, is second to none. The videos posted on our Facebook profile do not do it justice but it is a start if you would like to send me a friend request and take a look.
Do you have backup equipment?
Yes, another advantage of being a former band is we have enough gear to put several separate sound systems together on a moments notice. That means we can have one set up for the reception waiting back at a dance hall while we are running another set up for an outdoor wedding ceremony. It also means we have contingency plans if things go awry. I take every precaution to make sure that worse case scenarios do not unravel your perfect day.
Fog machine/lasers? Both. In fact we just added some more lasers to the show this last season. We are always updating and adding new equipment especially to our light show and I think that is important since so many DJ's reinvest very little in the quality of their show. As for the fog, we spend the extra money on the water-based fog so we have never had a complaint but details can be discussed at the consultation.
How do you choose the music? I always do a music consultation with the bride and groom a week or two before the wedding. Select the CONSULTATION tab on this website and you can print out a consultation sheet ahead of time if you are the organized type, otherwise we will fill it out when we meet.
Do you accept song/artist requests from Bride/Groom or the audience?
Absolutely, but I have a sign hung up that says "Although we try to honor all requests we must honor those made by the Bride and Groom first." Many of the requests we get are traditional songs that we would likely play anyway, but it sure makes people feel special when their song gets played. Your requests, of course, will be discussed when we meet for the consultation, so I will have those ready to go.
Do you do consultations with the Bride/Groom?
Every time, preferably at my house so we have my music library and computer right there but we can meet elsewhere, too. Really it is whatever works for you. I always say the consultation is at your convenience, not mine. There is so much to worry about in the days leading up to your wedding and I do not want to be one of those things. The consultation gives you the chance to cross the DJ off your list.
Do you offer group dance numbers such as the Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, etc?
Yes, I believe those group dances are a big part of a wedding reception. Often guests are looking forward to them and are expecting to do at least a couple of these participation dances. Which ones, if any, you actually want played will be a subject at the consultation.
Any bride/groom games you know of that we can integrate into our reception entertainment?
There are lots of things we can do - yet another reason for the consultation. It is hard to believe that anyone could DJ a wedding without meeting with the bride and groom, but some do. Whoever you decide to book, just make sure they will take the time and effort to meet with you. And be wary if they don't because how much time will they invest in preparing for your big day if they can't spare an hour to plan for it with you.
How many breaks will you take?
No breaks. Gotta keep people dancing. We can sneak away to a restroom during a longer song...you won't even know we are gone.
Can we see you perform at a wedding?
It is possible but difficult to schedule that since we are primarily a wedding Dj and I would not want to give anyone an invitation to crash someone else's wedding reception. For some, that response is inconvenient but they should also know that if they choose Digital Dreams, we will honor their special day as well.
How do you finalize a booking?
The easiest way is on our website, go to the BOOKING page where you will find a contract. Print it, fill in the blanks and send it with a $250 deposit. When I get those in the mail I always call to confirm your booking
Do we have to make a deposit?
Only the $250 and that is just to save the day - doesn't matter if your venue changes as long as your day doesn't. Remember, the deposit is non-refundable so make sure you are ready to book before you send it in.