the title of your company, what does the
simply represents the first letter in each of our first names,
Derek and DesirÚe.
you a professional DJ-Entertainment service?
is a profession and not a hobby!
are a member of "The
American Disc-Jockey Association" which
allows us to network with other professionals in our line of
business and allows us to keep up to date on the
latest standards, trends and practices.
We also attend various workshops, seminars and
conferences (year round) so that we can give our clients the best in
planning, coordination, entertainment and music.
As a professional, we are concerned about the success of your
entire event, your personal well being, and the positive-image of
our company. We
offer the best in customer service and will do whatever is
necessary to make your entire event a major success.
I truly understand that the DJ/MC can 'make' or 'brake' a
wedding reception. How
much of my total wedding budget should I allocate for the
entertainment (ceremony & reception)?
On average, we have found that most couples that are
looking for quality
entertainment typically will allocate 10% to 20%
of their total budget for "entertainment".
The average wedding cost in Southern California in 2003
was around $25,000- that would mean that approximately
$2,500 to $5,000 would go towards both your ceremony
entertainment (singers, music, etc..) and your reception (DJ/MC, Band, etc..). It also depends on what the two of you value and what you feel
your guests will value.
Without great music and entertainment, your
photographer won't get those key memorable shots. Also compare your music-entertainment costs to that of items
like flowers, centerpieces, wedding cake, food,
the limo, the cocktail hour vegetable platter.
yourself which of these contribute to a really great
reception. Without great music-entertainment, your guests will not
remember any of these items.
do the prices for DJ's/MC's in Southern California vary across
such a large price range?
like any commodity, DJ/MC prices vary due to experience,
popularity, music library quality and equipment quality.
Wedding entertainment professionals are typically polished entertainers that
have the experience to make your event successful.
have a DJ and a band?
cannot go wrong with either choice, provided you pick the
entertainer that is going to work with your style and vision
for the event. It is not unusual for some couples to
actually have both a DJ and Band at their wedding
Tell me about Double-D
Entertainment- what separates your style from other
By far, our emcee and coordination skills are one of the first
things that our clients and the guests of our clients
notice. We have a very unique presence on the microphone
when we talk to your guests and have been know to keep the
pre-dancing portion of the reception elegant yet fun. We
have a making your event "flow" so that the time
seems to just "fly by" at the end of your
event. Once the dancing starts- the magic begins. Because we
have already built a unique relationship with all of your
guests at the beginning of your event, your guests will be
ready to 'hit' the dance floor and have a great time- even if
they did not come with a date. We use techniques that we developed
to keep both young and old dancing and entertained.
Are you going to sub-contract my event to another DJ
No, you will always deal directly with us and you will meet us
(your MC/DJ's) during the consultation.
You mentioned the word "entertainment" and the
word "entertainment" is
in the name of your company, what exactly do you mean by
Wedding entertainment and the type of wedding entertainment,
ultimately, is defined by you the client. At your
discretion, we can arrange various forms of entertainment
during the cocktail hour, dinner/lunch hour and during the
dancing. When we do suggest various forms of
entertainment, we always make sure that it is appropriate and
that the entertainment always focuses on you (the
client). We will not do any form of entertainment that
is cheesy, tacky, or that distracts from the nature of the
event; we do not act as a game show host (unless you want us
to). Some of our clients like a lot of entertainment and some of
our clients do not want any- we are totally flexible and make
the necessary adjustments for each client. When we meet with
you in person when will discuss all the details of your
Yes, we carry a $1,000,000 protection policy. Please
contact us, and we will be glad to send a copy of our policy
to your ceremony or reception director.
you use "professional"
Yes, all of our equipment is professional audio gear that has
been designed especially for events like yours. We do
not use consumer equipment that you might find at Radio Shack,
Best Buy, Circuit City or Wal-Mart. All of our gear is
purchased through professional wholesalers such as Guitar
Center, Pro Stage Sound & Lighting and Sam' Ash.
provide backup equipment?
Yes, although we do a great job of keeping our equipment
well maintained, we always bring additional equipment (CD
player, speakers, amplifiers, microphones) as an insurance
policy for our clients. We also bring additional
equipment in the event that your event size grows
un-expectantly on the day of your event- we are prepared to
handle to additional crowd size with our additional
What music format do you use? - compact discs (CD's),
records (vinyl), etc..?
For wedding ceremonies and receptions we typically will us
100% CD's. On occasion, we have had some clients that
have asked us to use "Compact Cassette (tape)" for
the ceremony- because they have been to a wedding where
the CD skipped while the bride walked down the isle.
Although we have been blessed for this never occurring, we are
willing to accommodate any specific format needs that you
occasion, some clients have asked us to perform at their
wedding reception with 100% records (vinyl). We do offer
this service, however, there is an additional cost for this
service....please call for details
we pick the music that we want to hear at our reception?
Yes, we will provide you with access to our database of music
so that you can select the specific genre's and song titles
that you want played at your event. We also would like
to know which genre's and which specific titles that you do
not want played at your event. We currently have
over 20,000 titles to choose from and if we do not have a
specific genre or title that you're looking for, we will get
it for you at no additional cost. We will use all of this
information to create a dance environment that will keep all
of your guests musically entertained.
you take music request from our guests?
Yes and No, it depends on whether you want us to. This
can be a touchy subject for some clients, but typically the
way we handle requests is as follows: if a guest asks for a
particular song (or genre), first we will make sure that it is
on your "OK to Play List." If the song (genre)
is on your "OK to Play List", we will 'mix' the song
at the best time during the dancing. If the song (or
genre) is on your "No Way, Do Not Play List"
then we will not play it under any circumstance, unless we are
redirected personally by you. If the requested song
(genre) is not on either your "OK to Play List" or
"No Way, Do Not Play List," we will use our judgment
as to the appropriateness of the request and 'mix' the song at
the best time- unless we are directed otherwise by you.
Does Double-D Entertainment know how to
Yes, and we are very good at it! Even with CD's!
Beat-mixing is a basic skill for any DJ that performs for clubs, parties or radio mix-shows. Beat-mixing is the
art of seamless transitioning from one song to the next- on
beat and on time. Typically at a wedding reception,
beat-mixing is not essential; only because of the varied
genre's of music and music titles that are typically played
during a reception music 'set'. However, we do an
excellent job of making great music transitions and we do
"beat-mix" during some of the music 'sets' of your
will you dress for my event?
For most formal events, such as a wedding, we typically dress
in a black tux. If you are having a "themed"
event, we will definitely dress in the appropriate attire for
On average, we typically need about 1 hour for our standard
setup. For events where we will be setting up elaborate
lighting and/or special effects, we typically need 2 hours
Double-D Entertainment charge for travel time and set-up?
No, not for events that are held in Southern California.
For events out-of-state, travel and transportation charges
will apply- please contact us for the specific details of your
You Provide A Written Contract?
Yes, the contract will list the specific details of your event
so that you are assured that you will receive all of the items
that we discuss during your consultation meetings. The
contract is the official way that we book clients for their
we talk to some of your past clients
Yes, we encourage all of our new clients to talk as many of
our pasts clients as you like. We also suggest that you talk
to some of the vendors (photographers, caterers, etc..) that
we have work with in the past.
interested in booking Double-D Entertainment, how much of a
deposit is required?
typically ask for a 50% deposit to officially lock in your
date, with the balance due on the date of your event. Once we
receive your deposit, you are our official clients for that
date. If another
client calls and wants to contract us for your date, we let
them know that we are already contracted for the day.
Because of this policy, we are unable to refund deposits once
you have contracted our services.
However, we realize that things happen in life, so if
you decide not to have your event on the date contracted,
we will credit your balance towards another date.
We give you up to one (1) year to have your rescheduled
event, provided we are available on the date that you
pickůso all is not lost.
form of payment do you accept?
For the deposit, we can accept any of the following forms:
credit card, personal check, money order, cashiers check and
cash. For final payment, we cannot accept a
personal check unless it is received 45 days prior to the date
or your event.
We are ready for the initial consultation- what
is the initial consultation all
We first like to use the initial consultation to introduce
ourselves to you both and get some basic background
information about the two of you: how did you meet, how long
you have been engaged, your vision for your wedding
ceremony/reception, your entertainment and musical tastes,
etc.. Secondly, we would like to present
what we can offer you in the form of entertainment and music,
and give you a lot of great ideas and suggestions on all
aspects of your wedding event. At the end of our
meeting, we will leave you with an information package and
contract so that you will have all that you need to make an