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Frequently Asked Questions
- What music genres are in your collection?
- Do you have liability insurance?
- Describe your DJ style:
- Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
- What is your usual attire?
- If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
- What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
- May the client meet with Hesson Entertainment before booking?
- Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
- Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
- Do you bring your own equipment?
- What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
- How much time do you usually need to set up?
- Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
- Do you have any extra space requirements?
- Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
- Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
- How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
- What is your policy on taking breaks?
- If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
- What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
- Do you book your DJ's for more than one event in a day?
- What is your overtime rate?
- Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
- What is the required deposit to secure your services?
70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Rock
We adapt to you and your guests to make sure everyone has a good time. We don't necessarily play what we want to hear, we get feedback
from your guests by taking requests and knowing what is and isn't appropriate to play at your Wedding. There certainly isn't a "One size fits all"
approach to DJ'ing a Wedding.
Our approach is: All weddings are unique in their own way, We always look for your input because you know your guests better than us.
We ask that you provide a list of "Must Play " songs. This is YOUR Wedding and we will tailor it to YOUR likes. We don't push any particular style, we play tasteful music with a professional approach.
Black Tux - Black Shirt - Black Tie
Unless otherwise stated by the client our DJ's wear a Sleek:
Black Tux - Black Shirt - Black Tie
We hash out all details pertaining to:
The Music, Your Timeline and all of the Events at our meeting the week before the wedding. If you are available to meet before the Wedding we will actually
play the songs so you can hear them and make certain that they are the correct version etc. Any music requests that are unusual or hard to
find are worked out BEFORE the day of your Wedding.
Our packages are priced "Up to" a certain amount of time.
There are no discounts for shorter than the typical package.
Reason: We will likely be turning down another event.
Before you lock in your date you may meet with either Ray or Mike Hesson to go over all of the options available
in order to put together a package that best suits your wedding. At that time we also give you the contact information so you can
"Interview" your DJ before you decide to book.
Before the Wedding we meet again to go over all of the details for your Special Day. We don't want to be "That Guy"
who played the wrong song or messed up the introductions.
At this meeting we go over EVERY little detail including phonetic spelling of introductions,
music that will be played, Timeline of Events, and anything else that may come up. We don't like surprises :-)
We typically do American style weddings but if you would like to provide a little guidance as to
how you would like things to go for your special event we would be happy to accomodate you.
On our questionnaire, you will have a part to fill in with:
MUST PLAY - WILL PLAY IF THERE IS TIME - DO NOT PLAY.
We always use our own equipment it is all owned by "Hesson Entertainment" and not necessarily the "DJ" we set it up so there is uniformity and consistency.
We only use very high quality equipment and are very focused on the sound quality.
We have dance lights which looks great and are included in most of our packages.
We also offer decorative uplighting which have an incredibly good impact for a very modest price when compared to other lighting companies.
We like to arrive 2 to 3 hours before the first guest.
It takes approximately 45 minutes to setup a basic system including load in.
Yes, but if the venue doesn’t have a table we can bring one if told in advance.
We have been in pretty tight areas, we can work under most conditions provided by the venue.
If possible please have a minimum area available for the DJ and all of his equipment measuring:
7' X 15' feet
We don't promote ourselves at your event, (No Banners) we are there for you and your event only.
We may have a card on hand if someone asks.
We train our DJ's to be professional when using the microphone, we feel that too much talking can interfere with the flow of the reception. The guests are there for the Wedding, not to listen to a DJ tell jokes all night.
Bottom line is...
We know when to talk and we know not to talk too much.
Every wedding is unique and there is no "One" answer to this question.
First we make sure that everyone is having a good time and think carefully about what to play next. One thing I often see with rookie DJ's is that they may overlook the true reason the dance floor has been vacated. After playing 30 straight minutes of high energy music the guests may tend to get tired. Reading a crowd is one of the most important jobs a DJ has, it's important to know when to play a slow song. That is the number one reason I can think of when the dance floor starts to get empty.
NOTE: Just because people aren't dancing doesn't mean they aren't having a good time.
Weddings are a time where families and friends who don't see one another too often actually get a chance to catch up on good times. The most important thing is to make certain that noise levels are kept reasonable and don't make it an unpleasurable experience for your guests.
We don’t take breaks, unless nature calls :-)
We respectfully ask to have a meal provided but it’s not a requirement.
If there is a meal provided, we stay nearby at all times so we can monitor background music levels.
Michael Hesson, the Director of Operations, makes himself available in the unlikely event that a problem occurs.
Luckily nothing like that has EVER happened before but if it does we will make certain that we will do everything
in our power to make sure your wedding is a success.
Hesson Entertainment has a great network of professionals we work with on a regular basis who could fill in at the last minute.
Never. Our DJ’s only do ONE Wedding in a day.
$90.00 per hour per professional starting after the contracted end time
We work in the greater Washington DC and Baltimore area.
Call if you have an event more than an hour from either city for a quote: 240-460-8583
50% deposit to lock in your date.
(Check or PayPal)
Refunds are given on a case by case basis.
To be considered for a refund you must cancel in a time greater than 90 days of the contracted date.