What are your rates?

Rates vary depending upon the date, hours, location, package chosen, your specific needs and other variables that can impact the final rate.  Each individual client may customize their event to create a package that best suits their budget and event requirements.  Four or five hour wedding reception rates start at $840 (discounts for approved venue and non-prime dates available).  Party rates start at $240 for the first two hours, karaoke or DJ.  Sound, PA system, band, club, live musician and combined services vary and are priced per event. Discounts for military and service members available with verification.

Do you take requests?

Absolutely, yes.  It’s your party!  While your DJ is happy to make suggestions, you have total control over the music that is played at your event.  Clients at some parties choose every single song to be played, leave it entirely up to the DJ, allow requests from their guests, or a combination of all three.

How much do you require for a deposit?

Deposits lock in the date and time of your event. Deposit fees range from $0 up to 30% of the total package price, depending on the type and date of the event.  Personal checks are accepted within two weeks prior to event.  Cash and all major credit cards accepted (service fees may be applied).

Do you take breaks?

No. Your DJ will be providing music and emcee services from start to finish. You are not charged for the time required for equipment set up or break down.  Note: some venues charge their customers extra when your entertainer has provided extra equipment (karaoke, lighting, sound, etc.) which may require longer break down time.

Do you charge for travel?

No.  EmCee Entertainment services Southeastern Pennsylvania (Montgomery, Chester, Berks, and parts of Bucks, Lehigh and Philadelphia Counties).  For event venues outside of this area, a fee based on the total mileage to be traveled may added to the cost of your package.

Do you have current music?

EmCee Entertainment receives new, licensed titles regularly, which means the most current music. Please ask your DJ in advance about specific songs or artists you want played at your event.

How far ahead should we book your service?

It depends upon the date.  Some clients choose to contract several months to a year in advance, while some are comfortable waiting until several weeks prior.  Saturday evenings are the the most popular time slots of the week, so booking earlier will better assure availability.  May, June, September and October are popular months to schedule events, especially weddings.  All bookings are confirmed upon receipt of deposit.

How much set up time do you need?

All talents will arrive at least one hour prior to start up time, and generally prefer to arrive extra early just in case.  Most live and sound gigs, weddings, and events with lighting may need up to two hours or more.  Unless otherwise unavoidable, equipment will not be loaded into a facility while guests are present.  Please let us know if you have special requirements.

What happens if you don’t have a song we want?

Chances are your DJ will have the music you are looking for.  Special song requests made ten (10) days in advance are added to our library and will be featured at your event. We cannot guarantee that a particular song is in print or is available, but we rarely come across a client request that we cannot accommodate.  Since we cannot guarantee the audio quality and appropriateness of a song, we strictly do not play songs provided by guests at your event.

How about the volume level?

There’s nothing worse than having to yell over loud music. Your DJ is very conscience of people’s sensitivity to noise. Whenever possible, the speakers are placed adjacent to the dance floor and away from guest tables.  Your DJ continuously monitors the room and sound level.  Most times we are asked to turn the music up!

Can I come to one of your scheduled events to see you perform?

Yes, as long as they are public events. Attendance at private events is typically restricted. EmCee Entertainment respects this courtesy. Moreover, whatever you could observe at the private event would most likely not apply to your particular entertainment needs or preferences.

What if one of my guests asks for a song that I don’t want played at my event?

Songs that may be inappropriate for an occasion will not be played unless you specifically ask for them. Almost all of the songs in our library with explicit lyrics are edited for content. If a guest persists in requesting a particular song, you will be asked for permission before it is played, and your decision will be final.

Do you have a backup system?

EmCee Entertainment uses quality equipment designed for the the rigors of travel and repeated heavy usage, plus back up equipment for all of the important components that could fail during a gig.

Is your wedding DJ willing to meet with you face to face meeting?

Most certainly! Call to set up a no-obligation meeting at your home, your venue, or at a local restaurant or bar.

Do you use a contract?

Absolutely. You should get a written contract from all of your event services. No professional service operates without a written contract, and if a potential service tells you that you don’t need one, you should look elsewhere!  Make sure the contract includes the date, times and location of your event. EmCee Entertainment always uses a written contract, specifying your event details and what will be provided.

What music is traditionally played during wedding ceremonies?

Most of our clients ask us to play orchestral background music prior to the ceremony, along with a wedding processional for the bridal entrance and a wedding recessional for the exit from the ceremony.  Easy listening pop or jazz instrumental music may also be appropriate for your event.  Occasionally, we are asked to play special songs for the seating of special family members or the entrance of the bridal party.  Also, music can accompany any special moments that sometimes occur during the wedding ceremony, such as during communion and candle lighting.

Can we change our start time at the last minute?

We understand that plans can sometimes change at the last minute.  With weddings and other large events, we usually can make minor adjustments to the start and end times.  Parties and smaller events may be subject to whether your DJ has another event scheduled either before or after your event.

When do we need to complete our on-line event planner?

We recommend that you return your planner to us at least two weeks prior to your event.  This gives us time to prepare specific songs requests and event activities if needed.

What if, at the party, we want the DJ or band to play beyond the contracted time?

This happens more than you think and it is no problem!  The DJ or band would rather stay and party than go home.  Simply authorize the overtime with the venue and the artists will stay as long as you want.  Overtime is charged hourly and the rate is specified in your entertainment agreement.

Will your DJ help with announcements?

Your DJ comes equipped with a microphone and is happy to make announcements and to help coordinate activities at your event.  We plan these activities and announcements with you ahead of time so there are no surprises at your event.

Do we need to feed the artists?

Our entertainers do not expect a meal at your event.  At longer events or events that run through a typical meal time, DJs and band musicians often appreciate a bite to eat.  In truth, caterers typically offer the entertainers some food regardless of what our client does.  You may wish to ask your caterer if “vendor meals” are provided.  In any case, if a meal is offered, it will be consumed quickly and discreetly.

What do you need the facility to provide for you?

For DJ services, your artist will require an electrical outlet and a five- to six-foot rectangular banquet table.  For a small fee with advance notice, we can bring a table if the venue is unable to supply one.  The facility must be able to provide an additional electrical outlet on a separate circuit for packages that include lighting and/or fog.  Details regarding power requirements are specified in your entertainment agreement.

How much should I tip the artists?

Tipping is not expected, but our entertainers do work hard to provide you with the best possible service and appreciate any show of recognition that you might deem appropriate.

What happens if my entertainer doesn’t show up?

If this happens, you’ve hired someone else.  EmCee Entertainment has never missed a job!  But let’s consider a worst case scenario for a moment.  On the way to your event, your entertainer is involved in a serious accident and cannot contact the office.  At some point, someone will notice that the entertainment has not arrived (usually the event venue coordinator) and will call us, either directly or via our emergency service.  We will then immediately make all attempts to secure alternate transportation or substitute services. In the best of circumstances, depending upon the timing, the music may start late.  Note:  EmCee Entertainment is not responsible for subcontracted services, such as live musicians or photo booth operators, who are required under contract to secure substitute services in an emergency situation.

Do you need to see the room you’ll be working in before the day of my event?

Almost never.  We’ve worked in every possible situation over the years and can make virtually any room or area work.  We do, however, require roll-in access for the equipment, and extra fees may apply for house parties and venues with stair access.  Please let us know if you have special needs.

What about personal audio players and streaming services instead of a DJ?

You wouldn’t be considering hiring a pro if you thought personal audio playback devices could do the job!  Most people do not own, nor would know how to operate, an amplified sound system that professional disc jockeys use to properly present music, especially for dancing.  In addition, the variety of music necessary for events that include guests of all ages and backgrounds would be extremely limited.  It would be very difficult to accommodate song requests and change the order and timing of playback.  Streaming service playback is often unreliable.  Provided that you can obtain the sound system and a microphone for announcements, you or someone else would have to run the equipment rather than enjoying the evening with family and friends!

Do you put up any signs or banners?

Usually, no.  And if so, only in good taste and only with approval from you and/or the venue.

What is lighting?

An effects lighting package adds that certain party atmosphere to your dance floor and usually includes laser lights, sound activated units, and the traditional mirror ball.  Packages can also include fog, bubbles, confetti, and props or favors.

Your DJ won’t be obnoxious, will he/she?

Absolutely not.  Your DJ will be professional, friendly, courteous and helpful. Additionally, he will handle your event to your specifications. If you prefer a more low-key approach, the DJ will gladly accommodate your wishes. At a wedding reception, your DJ will enhance the enjoyment of the event, not be the focus of attention.  A wedding day is about you, the bride and groom.

How do I know you are the right DJ for my event?

In a word, experience.  A skilled disc jockey knows how to: work with you in planning your event so that it will be a smashing success, set up a pristine sound system and properly adjust it as the event progresses, play music that is appropriate for cocktails, dinner and dancing, provide professional emcee duties as needed, and make sure your guests are having a great time. At most events, the DJ “makes-or-breaks” the party.  A great DJ means a great party and an event you will never forget, practically regardless of any other circumstances. A bad DJ will send people home early and probably ruin the night, no matter how nice the rest of the event has been.  DJ selection might be the most critical decisions one can make when planning a party. We believe you cannot find a higher quality service in the region, and our prices are fair. EmCee Entertainment hopes to have the opportunity to serve you.

Why should I hire live music for my event?

It is purely your preference.  Live music can make any event unique and simply more “lively”.  For the best of both worlds, feature live music for cocktails and dinner and a DJ to play great tunes for dancing, etc.  Or just hire a band or soloist for your next party, social, or outdoor picnic.

Do you take requests?

Yes, if the song is part of the artists’ repertoire, or selected weeks advance.  Most live musicians or bands prefer to perform songs that have been prepared and practiced.

Do you take breaks?

Yes.  Most live musicians allow themselves breaks for performances longer than sixty to ninety minutes, depending on the job.  Typically breaks are about fifteen to twenty minutes per forty to fifty minutes of playing.

Do you provide recorded music for breaks?

Yes, depending on the job. It can be included with the service by request. Another great option would be to hire a DJ to play your favorite dance music during breaks.

Why are bands and ensembles so expensive?

The top bands that perform for receptions and other private parties most often are called upon to play a very wide variety of songs and have great sound equipment, which means that they are definitely worth the price.  The best area musicians that play for wedding ceremonies have had years of training and experience.

What kind of acoustic music is available for our wedding ceremony?

For solo instrumentalists, consider harp, piano/keyboard or acoustic guitar.  For a duo, add flute, violin or a vocalist.  Larger groups include a string trio or quartet with optional trumpet.  Whatever flavor you prefer.

What is karaoke?

Karaoke is a fun way for people to sing.  Singers pick a favorite song from a list and sign up with the KJ (karaoke jockey).  The singer is provided with a microphone and the background music and lyrics to his/her song, in the style of the original artist.  Karaoke is used at family events, outdoor festivals, promotions, and in bars and restaurants.

How do I know you are the right KJ for my event?

In a word, experience. A skilled karaoke jockey (KJ), in addition to disc jockey skills, knows how to coordinate karaoke performances so that everyone is having a great time.

Are the backing music tracks from the original recordings?

Usually no. Most commercial karaoke tracks are recreations of the original and vary greatly in quality. EmCee Entertainment always seeks out the best karaoke backing tracks available.

Do you take requests for songs not listed?

Not usually. The karaoke books are made up in advance with only the listed karaoke songs available. There are plenty of songs to choose from. New titles are added regularly.

Do the songs in your karaoke library contain explicit lyrics?

Yes, there are a few, but the songs with explicit lyrics are clearly marked as such in the song list. Songs that may be inappropriate for an occasion will not be played unless you specifically ask for them or permit your guests to select them. In addition, the explicit words are edited from the lyrics that are displayed on the television monitor.

What is DVD karaoke?

Karaoke tracks that include along with the song lyrics a video background with actors and scenery, like in a music video.

What do you need the facility to provide for you for karaoke?

For karaoke, your KJ (karaoke jockey) would only require an electrical outlet and a five- to six-foot banquet table.  For a small fee with advance notice, your KJ can bring a table if the venue is unable to supply one.  The KJ can also supply a video signal to a television monitor that you would supply so that you audience can view the karaoke lyrics along with your singers.