At Amplified Events, we want to ensure you have all of information you need to help you select the right DJ for your event. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive:
Services & Style
What types of events are your specialty?
All DJs available through Amplified Events are true wedding professionals, experienced with all types of wedding celebrations and protocols. Weddings are our passion and make up over 90% of our business. We also offer DJ services for Corporate, Non-Profit, Fundraising, Proms, Parties and other events.
How would you define your “style” or approach to providing DJ entertainment?
Our DJs’ are non-intrusive professionals, marked by artistic mixing and a “cheese-free” approach to announcements and introductions. Unfortunately, many DJs will try to make the wedding about themselves. We firmly believe that your wedding should be focused on you and your guests having fun. Your dance floor will be packed, but it will be because the DJ selected just the right songs from your request list and mixed them in just the right sequence – not because he chattered endlessly on the microphone.
I don’t want the music at my wedding to be traditional wedding music. Can you do that?
Absolutely! While we understand that traditions are important, we are not at all attached to them. We want to incorporate the music you request, and mix it in a way that will create the kind of wedding you envisioned.
Do you use party props?
No. Our performers do not dress in any type of costume or distribute silly props to the crowd. We also don’t harass your guests into joining us on the dance floor, nor do we teach them how to line dance.
Do you offer additional services, such as ceremony musicians, lighting and photobooths?
Our business model has always centered on the service we know best: fantastic DJ entertainment. We’re happy to provide recorded music and microphones for weddings (and we do, for about 75% of our clients). If live ceremony musicians are your preference, we’re glad to refer you to the area’s most talented and reputable strings ensembles, guitarists, harpists and more. We also provide in-house Uplighting and Dance Floor Lighting options to customize the look of your venue and dance floor experience. We offer Vinyl service for your Dinner and Cocktail Hour for that added personalized touch. We also offer a modernized version of a Photo Booth with our Hashtag Printing that uses your guests smart phones as a Photo Booth camera by instantly printing the photos they post on Instagram.
Music Selection & Mixing
How involved are you in helping us to plan our music?
Just as you pay a florist for their expertise in flowers, you are paying Amplified Events in large part for our expertise in music. We are more than willing to provide you with a multitude of suggestions based on your preferences, and we’re perfectly comfortable selecting most (or all) of the music if you aren’t interested in doing so. Our extensive knowledge of music enables us to work with your requests and create a mood that reflects your tastes while creating a great atmosphere for all of your guests. We are always available to answer questions or assist you in choosing the songs that will reflect your vision of your special day.
How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
We encourage you to be as involved as you would like to be! Most of our clients place great value on music and probably have very distinct ideas about what they want to hear. If you would like to select every song, we are happy to accommodate you. The majority of our couples, however, prefer to discuss with their DJ, in depth, their preferences and at least a few specific requests. We pride ourselves on listening to our clients and respecting their input and wishes, while providing additional suggestions and guidance when appropriate. Rest assured, you will never hear songs you have asked not to be played, or genres you’ve told us you don’t like.
What kinds of music are included in your collection?
Amplified Events owns an enormous library of music in all formats, including international music. We update our collection constantly, ensuring that we are able to provide the songs that our clients and their guests are currently enjoying. Furthermore, we work closely with our clients in selecting the music for their event, and will gladly acquire any commercially available song that we don’t already own, at no additional cost. Because of this, we can virtually guarantee that we will be able to accommodate any request.
How do you mix the music?
Mixing is a pretty basic skill for a professional disc jockey, but how a DJ does it says a lot about his or her style. We mix music with the purpose of creating seamless transitions between songs and maintaining the energy and momentum on the dance floor. Mixing for us is something we do on the spot, based on the tempo and “feel” of the songs and the reaction of the crowd. We don’t treat your wedding like it’s our personal nightclub appearance, and we don’t use your wedding to test out remixes that no one recognizes. Our DJs always use the original and most popular versions of each song unless there’s a really good reason not to.
Terms & Requirements
How much do you charge?
We create a custom quote for each wedding, this can be done through email, though we prefer to meet you or talk to you over the phone if possible. This gives us a chance to meet and get you know you and you a chance to get to know us. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
What is included in the price for my event?
Our standard package includes 4-6 hours of performance time (additional time is available at an hourly rate), setup time, breakdown time, and ALL equipment, including additional sound systems and wireless microphones for weddings. Our flat-rate pricing is refreshingly easy to understand — there are no hidden charges, and all fees are clearly stated in your agreement with our company.
Do you offer any discounts?
If we are currently running any promotions or specials, we will include them in our price quote when you check our availability for your date. We’ll always give you our best price without you even needing to ask!
What areas do you serve?
Our standard rates include a travel radius of 150 miles (one-way) from our corporate office in Valparaiso, IN. This means we cover most areas of Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, Central Indiana, Chicagoland, and parts of Indianapolis with no additional travel fee.
What are the terms of payment if I book your services?
An industry-standard, 1/3rd nonrefundable reservation fee is due with your signed agreement. The remaining balance payment for your wedding is due 14 days prior to your event. All payments are made by paypal, credit card, check, or cash.
What do you require from my event site?
We require at least one 6-foot banquet table, with linens, and adequate power (120-volt, 15-amp circuit on a grounded outlet) within 50 feet of where the DJ will be set up.
Are you insured?
Amplified Events carries a full liability insurance policy for each performer with a coverage value of $1,000,000. We are happy to provide you or your venue with a copy of our insurance policy upon request.
How do you dress for an event?
Our performers’ typical “uniform” is a professional, dark business suit or dress shirt with tie and appropriate accessories – we want to blend seamlessly into the background of any dance floor photos.
When do you arrive to set up for an event?
Our performers always arrive on-site at least two hours prior to the contracted start time of the event, and earlier as necessitated by the setup requirements of the site.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Our performers use the highest quality professional-grade equipment available: Serato Mac-based DJ software, Pioneer and Yamaha mixers, Bose and QSC speakers and Shure microphones. Wireless microphones are always provided.
How are emergencies handled?
We’re proud to offer the most rock-solid emergency backup plan in the nation. Each of our DJs takes the responsibility of performing for weddings extremely seriously, and is both contractually and ethically obligated to do everything possible to avoid emergencies. However, to ensure your event’s complete success, every weekend we reserve one of our DJs to be the “Emergency DJ” on call. That DJ is prepared with appropriate attire, equipment, and the music and paperwork for every wedding on our schedule. In addition, each of our DJs brings a full set of backup equipment to every event in case of equipment issues. We believe our system is the most comprehensive emergency backup plan in the entire country — a worthwhile investment in our clients’ peace of mind.
Amplified Events’ Reputation & Reasons to Hire
Do you have reviews?
We currently have over 75, 5-Star Reviews on Weddingwire, the Knot, Google, Yelp, and Facebook. You can also read what some of our past couples have said on our reviews page.
Can we visit you at a performance?
Out of respect for the privacy of others on their special day, Amplified Events does not permit prospective clients to “drop in” on a wedding. However, our references, online reviews, and the information we provide you in our initial meeting will speak volumes of our experience, style and professionalism.
Most importantly… why should I choose Amplified Events for my wedding?
Simply put, we provide exceptional entertainment and the most accommodating and attentive customer care found in this industry. For more information about what makes Amplified Events unique, please read the About Us page.
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