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Q: How much does a DJ
cost to play at my wedding?
A: Well, generally speaking
most of the wedding DJs go out for $150 per hour with a 4 hr minimum.
These are wedding DJs who have done many weddings for A Classy
Q: Can I get a discount
because my event is on a Friday or Sunday?
A: Yes! You may receive
a discount based upon the about of traffic we generally receive
with regards to the day of the week and the month.
December is a corporate
party month and we have more business than we have DJs. So in
December we really do not discount very much at all.
Saturdays are the busiest
days of the week and we don't discount on Saturdays either. Fridays,
however, are not as busy so we are open to giving you a discount.
On Sundays it depends
on a number of factors, for example a Sunday in March might be
slower than a Sunday in December.
Q: What if I'm on a
budget, can I get someone (DJ) cheaper?
A: Yes, the price reflects
the DJs ability, skill level and experience. The saying is true
"You get what you pay for." However, if you just need
music and are willing to compromise a professional DJ in a tux
for a guy in a shirt and tie; or a DJ who is smooth on the microphone
vs. a DJ who may not have the ability to make announcements or
introductions very well Then you have the option of choosing a
DJ for less money. But remember, if you pay less most likely you
will get less - that's the way most businesses are run.
Q: Will I get to meet
with the DJ before my wedding?
A: Yes! You will get
the opportunity to meet with the DJ before your wedding. Either
at our San Jose office, at the actual location of your reception,
or even at a local Starbucks or restaurant.
Q: Can you guarantee
that the DJ will be on time?
A: Yes we give our guarantee
that the DJ will be on time to your event. All DJs are required
under written contract to arrive at least 1 (one) hour prior to
Q: I don't feel that
I need the DJ to play music during the dinner or cocktail hour
and I want to save money and have him show up and play music when
the dancing starts, is that ok?
A: Yes, however, we
feel that it is in your best interest to have the DJ show up before
your guests arrive. Why? because the last thing that your guests
expect to see is a DJ on his knees in jeans taping up his cords
or testing the microphone.
Also keep in mind, that
your DJ will arrive exactly one hour prior to start time. This
is fine if there is a rear entrance leading directly to the DJ
area. However, if the DJ has to roll his equipment in with a hand
truck and bump into your guests while they sip on their Merlot
or Martinis, it makes for a poor and cheap statement about the
company (A Classy Affair ) and the person who is throwing the
party (you). Many times we will turn down jobs because of these
Also keep in mind, there
will be no music played so it will be drab and boring and very
noisy like a cafeteria. There will be no microphone to say a welcoming
message or a toast.
Q: Why can't the DJ
just arive early to set up and not get paid until he starts the
music for dancing?
A: It doesn't work quite
that way. The DJs time is important to him, just like your time
is important to you. So, therefore the client must pay for the
extra time outside the normal one (1) hour set up time he is normally
allotted. This "waiting around" time is usually less
than a "performance time" hourly rate.
Q: What happens if the
DJ is sick nd cannot make it to the event?
A: A Classy Affair Entertainmnent
always has a back-up DJ in the wings so to speak, ready for action.
This DJ is trained and ready to cover a gig in an emergency situation.
We carry a pager 24/7 and the Service Agreement has the pager
number on it just in case.
Q: How does A Classy
Affair Entertainment compare to other companies which are similar?
A: We think that the
difference between us and "them" is the level of service
you receieve from A Classy Affair Entertainment from the beginning
to the end. We are a husband and wife run company and our clients
tell us that they like the fact that we give them personalized
service and are not just after their money.
We started the company
20 years ago as husband and wife team - Daniel and Lynn. Daniel
was a professional DJ and Lynn was a wedding planner. Both cared
about their clients and clients knew that there was something
special about the level of service they received. Today, The DJs
themselves are "classy" and well groomed individuals
when you compare them to other agencies and small DJ companies.
When it's all said and
done we hope that you'll choose A Classy Affair Entertainment
for your next event.
Q: How much does a good
wedding band cost?
feel that not any band is good enough to do weddings. We absolutely
don't send bar bands to perform at weddings. They just can't cut
it. They don't have the style and elegance and music selections
to do a wedding reception any justice. Our wedding bands start
at around $2,500 for 4 hours and go up from there.
Q: What are the pros
and cons of a DJ versus a live band?
A: DJ - First, the DJ
is versatile, he can play a James Brown tune and then go into
a swing number by Glenn Miller. Secondly, the DJ is less expensive
than a band.
Band - First, the band
is exciting, how many weddings that you went to this year had
a band? How was your reaction when you heard that there was going
to be a band playing? EXACTLY - you were excited to hear the news!
Secondly, a really great band (South
Bay Express) will make you look like a million bucks! You
will dance and dance to live music all night long. Think about
it for a moment. When you watch a movie and there is a wedding
taking place, there is usually a band playing and not a DJ. Even
a television show about weddings usually will showcase a band.
Why? Because it's a status thing or something in America to have
a band versus a DJ.
Q: How much is it for
the band to travel to Sacramento or Monterey?
A: Travel will vary
from band to band, however, a good rule of thumb is to calculate
the number of miles (one-way) and then multiply it by the number
of people in the band or group. For example from San Jose to San
Francisco is approximately 50 miles one way and say the band has
six members. That would be about $300 for travel costs. Remember
that is not the definitive answer, but it gives you (the client)
a good idea how much travel will run you.
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We can be reached at
A Classy Affair Entertainment
14938 Camden Ave, Suite
205 San Jose, CA 95124
Tel: (408) 267-2789