Q: What makes Celebrations with DeRue unique from all of the other DJ companies?
A: Celebrations with DeRue will cater your wedding entertainment to your unique needs. Every DJ will play music for your event. What makes Celebrations with DeRue unique is that I can feature creative Icebreaker activities and interactive energy that will help create an atmosphere that gets your guests to the dance floor and dancing all night long. I also make every effort to make it fun for anyone who prefers to sit back and watch! This will ensure that your Wedding or any other event is one that you and your guests can enjoy and will remember for a lifetime.
Celebrations with DeRue also offers unique to each event, online planning tools that will allow you to communicate the details of your event. In the cases of wedding receptions I can set up a meeting with you in person to make sure we fully understand your unique needs. In the cases of other events this could be arranged if needed and a consult fee will be added. Celebrations with DeRue's attention to detail allows me to make sure nothing is missed and your entertainment is performed to great satisfaction!
Q: How do you price your DJ services?
A: Every event I play is unique so we create packages to reflect the unique needs of each function. Price varies based on a few important factors. The factors that dictate price are the dates, how long you want me to perform, and the equipment/services that you need. Simply call Celebrations with DeRue to discuss your needs at 607-343-6269, or fill out my free quote request form, then we will put together a custom package to fit your exact needs.
Considering me for your wedding reception? Please note that by simply looking at a website, it is very difficult to understand all the intangible things that a quality DJ & Master of Ceremonies can bring to the table at a wedding. Do I offer a wide range of services within the wedding entertainment business? – yes. But what do you as a bride or groom think that means? I am a mobile disc jockey by definition, but that puts me in the same catagory as anyone with a portable sound system and a loaded iPod. Yes, I have LED lights, profesional sound, video options, lighted monograms, microphones, etc. But how are you supposed to know what “package” to choose from without ever having planned a major event? Do you want the Bronze, Silver or Gold package? The Basic, Elite, or Deluxe package? How can someone know what they need when they have never planned a wedding before? To me, it seems like the wrong way to book business. That is why I do not offer “packages”. Rather, I have a range of services and equipment that may suit your needs. But we have to speak about it first for me to understand what you want and need to accomplish your vision.
Q: Is there a fee for travel or setup/take-down time?
A: I do not charge a travel fee unless the reception hall is more than 50 minutes from our headquarters. Setup and take-down time are included in my services; you are not charged for this time. I am usually at the event location approximately an hour to an hour and a half before the scheduled start time.
Q: Can we choose the music to be played at our event?
A: I am very flexible when it comes to music selection! That’s because my experience has taught me that keeping the dance floor packed is influenced by many factors, including the order and style in which the songs are played, the way songs are mixed together, and DJ interaction.
I have had clients that have chosen every song for the entire event and others that have entrusted the music selection completely up to me. My recommendation is to provide me with a list of 10 to 15 “must play” songs and list of “play if possible” songs. This will leave plenty of room for requests from your guests and DJ selections.
You may also stipulate that I will not take requests from your guests.You may also make a list of do not play artists or songs, that’s ultimately up to you. I will try to accommodate requests that are appropriate for the event ,fit into your guidelines,and that fit in the time that I have to play them.
Q: What kind of music do you have? Is it edited?
A: I have a lot of music over 60,000 songs and counting. It should also be noted that my Karaoke collection is this large too! I subscribe to a monthly music service and therefore am always with current music. I have all of the decades from the 1920's to now. I have several genres and am not limited to only a certain type.This rarely happens, but I will always try to accommodate your music need if I don't have a particular song you must have.
Q: Do you have back ups for your equipment?
A: Celebrations with De Rue uses professional equipment. My equipment is extremely reliable. I think it is important to plan in case equipment does breakdown. I have a full back up plan for each piece of equipment in case something does go wrong. This also includes a back up computer and music library that will contain all of your special songs and favorites.
Q: What Kind of sound system do you use?
Q: Can you supply power for a venue that has no electric?
A: Upon request and at additional cost, I can supply a generator to power all of my equipment.
Q: How do we book your DJ services?
A: Call me, or fill out our online contact request form so we can discuss your entertainment needs. I will put together an entertainment package based on your needs that includes pricing. Once you approve your package, I will send you a contract. I require a non refundable deposit with a signed contract to hold the dates for you. I will hold the date for two weeks from the time the contract is sent to allow you time to get the signed contract and deposit back to me. A courtesy phone call or prior agreement to extend the time frame is possible in some cases. Once the contract and the deposit are received I will hold the dates. Celebrations with DeRue books on a first come first serve basis. If a deposit is made the balance is due 7 days prior to the event unless otherwise agreed upon and stated in the contract.
Q: Do you have any special needs?
A 1: I do require an electrical outlet that is only dedicated to my equipment. That means no other item is using the same electric circuit I am using. This will prevent unneeded moments of silence at your special event.
A 2: For outdoor events I require a closed in area (preferably a tent with backing and siding that would sufficiently protect my equipment).Other arrangements can be made based upon my approval.
A 3: If there is anything you need throughout your important day,please do not hesitate to come to me and respectfully ask. I am here to take care of you and your guests.
Q: Can you take care of my special needs?
A: As stated, I am very flexible and will make every effort to take care of any special needs. Extra sound equipment and lighting are available and can be added to your overall package. Extra microphones, wireless microphones, and sound systems extras are available Also check out the services and equipment on my website for other extras you may need. If you don't see something please ask. I am available 24 hrs a day, so please feel free to call me at any time. If you have to leave a message I will return your call within a 24 hour time period!