Choosing a great wedding DJ is one of the most important parts of your wedding. The difference between picking a professional and experienced DJ versus picking a cheap and part-time DJ is huge; it is the difference between having your guests go home excited about how much fun they had, or them going home disgruntled and bored. The wedding DJ is the glue that holds things together throughout the entire wedding. Our two-person DJ team will create a classy and fun event that your guests will never forget. Our sound equipment is all top of the line and our fully digital music library and on-demand playlist ensures the perfect mix.
Every wedding package includes multiple face-to-face meetings: an initial meeting to discuss your desires for your wedding and sign a contract, and a second meeting a month before your wedding to discuss the details. We do not charge anything additional for planning meetings, whether in person or over the phone.
Our equipment is top-of-the-line and for every piece of equipment we have, there is a backup in the extreme case that something is to go wrong. We are dedicated to making sure your event goes as planned without any complications.
Often our competition will want you to book with them the second they meet you, and then they end up forgetting about you until your event. Our approach is more personal and leads to less stress and better planning. We believe that all our clients are entitled to meet with our staff in person before your event; this is not a requirement, but we are always happy to meet with you. We will be on time, prepared, and exceed all your expectations for what a DJ can be.
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At your convenience we will schedule a consultation to discuss our services and outline how we can hopefully exceed your expectations. While our office hours are 8am to 6pm, Monday through Friday, with advanced notice we can usually have one of our staff available as early as 7am and as late as 9pm on any day of the week for this meeting. For the initial consultation, most of our clients prefer a phone call but we are always happy to meet with you in-person as well. During this call or meeting we will go over everything involved in the wedding DJ process and provide you with different pricing options and packages. At the end of the meeting we can pencil you in for a complimentary and risk-free hold on our calendar for 10 days.
If you decide you would like to proceed with booking Pulse Entertainment, to secure your date we require a signed contract and a 50% down payment of the total contract amount. Most of the booking process can be done online. We'll send you a link to our online booking system where you'll confirm the date/time/venue, and provide us with contact information. You will then receive an email with a contract that you can print out and sign. At the end of this process you can enter your credit card on our website or pay with PayPal for the down payment. If you'd prefer to pay with check, you can mail it to our office or drop it off.
About a month prior to your wedding, your assigned DJs will reach out to you with a standard questionnaire and a generic wedding timeline that has been adjusted to fit your event. The questionnaire will ask things such as what types of music you'd like to hear (or don't want to hear) as well as if it's okay to take requests from guests. The timeline will include the specific events on it such as first dance, cake cutting, etc and is something you can modify as you would like.
For music planning, you can be as specific or as vague as you would like. If you have a strict playlist and want us to follow it exactly, we can do that! If you don't have a clue what type of music you want to hear and want our DJs to use their judgement, no problem either! Don't worry, we will be there throughout the planning process to assist you with everything and answer any questions that you may have along the way.
We ask that couples email the completed information back to us two weeks prior to the wedding. That will give us ample time to plan and prepare song requests, go over the timeline with the venue's event coordinator, and ensure that all our staff are familiar with your wedding. If needed, we may also schedule an in-person venue visit with you to confirm all the details.
You've spent months planning your wedding, so now it's time to relax and party! On the day of the wedding we will show up at least two hours early and check in with all the other vendors, and then we will begin our setup. Our goal is to be ready to go thirty minutes prior to the start of the wedding so that we have buffer time in case something doesn't go according to plan. The remaining 50% balance is due after the wedding has concluded. Most couples prefer to give us a credit card number ahead of time that we can keep on file so payment on the day of isn't something that either of us must worry about, but you are more than welcome to pay the balance with check or cash as well.
As the wedding DJ, a crucial part of our job is helping to plan the wedding timeline as well as coordinate on the day of. Prior to the wedding we will create a customized timeline with you that is tailored to your specific preferences. On the day of the wedding our team will help execute this timeline and make sure things are running according to schedule. One of the reasons why we include a two-person DJ team at every wedding is so that one of our DJs can be dedicated towards the coordination and emceeing duties – this is included free of charge. Note that we still recommend hiring a professional wedding planner/coordinator who we can work with in tandem.
More and more couples are deciding to have their ceremony at the same location as the reception venue. Pulse Entertainment can help choose and provide all the music needed for the pre-ceremony (while guests are being seated) and the ceremony itself. Even if you plan on having instrumentalists perform for the ceremony, we still recommend microphoning the officiant and bride/groom so that all guests in attendance can hear. Unlike most other DJs, we do not charge anything additional for a ceremony setup if it is located at the same venue as the reception. If your ceremony is in a different location than the reception, we can still provide sound services offsite though!
While most wedding venues have the capability of playing music during your cocktail hour, we find that couples prefer if the DJ handles it so that the music is consistent throughout the entire event. Just like the ceremony, we do not charge an additional setup fee for providing music during cocktail hour. If you have cocktail hour spread out in two different areas (such as a ballroom and the outside balcony) we can play the same music source synchronized in both locations with our wireless speakers.
We were shocked when we first started this business and found out that most wedding DJs charge extra to emcee! To us, emceeing is just as important as DJing and is crucial for having a smooth and seamless wedding reception, so we offer it by default. Just like planning/coordination, we include a two-person DJ team at every wedding so that one of our DJs can focus on the technical aspect such as controlling the music, lighting, and volume, and the other DJ can focus on coordinating with the couple, managing the timeline, getting guests engaged, and making announcements. We promise we will NOT make those silly and cheesy announcements that many people associate with a wedding DJ or emcee!
Wedding games can be a great way to get your guests lively and engaged. There are a variety of options to choose from and we’ll be happy to share our experience and insight on all of them, as well as help you pick one or two to play. For our clients who don’t wish to play games: we will NEVER play a game without asking you first! Typically, we ask you this during the planning process ahead of the wedding, so any games would be pre-arranged, but we can always add them on at the last minute if you change your mind.
Included with the cost of your event are all necessary items to perform basic DJ services. These include, but are not limited to: two staff members, two speakers, one mixer, one equalizer, one turntable controller, three laptops, three wireless microphones, one microphone stand, and all required accessories such as tape and zip ties. Setup, takedown, and travel are also included in all of our pricing. There are no “hidden fees” and the only things we require are a table, two chairs, and electricity. We can provide a table and chairs for an additional cost if you need us to though. Emceeing is included in all costs as well.
We offer FULL liability and umbrella insurance coverage for every event – over $5M in coverage. Not only are our own employees and equipment protected, but your guests and the venue are too! Most DJs do not have insurance coverage, so be sure to make the right decision when hiring and ask to see proof of insurance.
Because we employ more than five full-time employees, the state of Virginia also requires us to have workers compensation and commercial vehicle liability. Please note that if your venue requires a certificate of insurance, we will have our insurance agent provide a special additional insured certificate for the venue. This is not a problem and is free, we just need to know prior to the event.
Another reason we have two DJs at every event is so that we do not need to take breaks and stop our services. Even though we have two DJs on-site, they are not permitted to take any breaks other than using the restroom or eating (one 15 minute dinner break is allowed). We prohibit our employees from leaving our equipment alone at any point during the wedding, so even dinner breaks will be taken separately to avoid any disruptions in music or DJ services.
Yes, we always keep duplicates in our vehicle for every piece of equipment that we need to perform, including additional speakers (most DJs only own one set of speakers and cannot provide this same level of redundancy).
The only things we require are a table, two chairs, and electricity. We can provide a table and chairs for an additional cost if you need us to though, and a generator is also available for an extra cost.
Yes, and we actually encourage you to. We always like knowing what songs our clients specifically do not want to hear so that we do not make a mistake and accidentally play one of those songs.
We arrive between two hours and four hours in advance depending on what kind of setup is involved. Most weddings only require two hours for setup though.
We require a 50% down payment to fully book and secure your date. The remaining 50% is to be paid upon completion of our services at the very end of the wedding.
After an initial consultation, we can pencil you in for a complimentary and risk-free hold on our calendar for ten days. Upon informing us that you would like to proceed, we offer a seven-day window where we will hold your date. We must receive your 50% down payment and a signed copy of the contract within this seven-day timeframe, otherwise your date is made available to other potential clients. If you are unable to provide the two items within seven days, then we will happily still accept your booking assuming the date has not been taken by another client. If another client inquiries about the same date, we will obviously inform you.
100% of our music library is considered clean according to FCC standards, so basically that means that our entire library could be legally played on AM/FM radio. That being said, many people may feel that these standards are too relaxed. If requested, we can tone it back either a little or a lot, depending on your specific preferences.
Whether or not we take requests from guests is up to you! We commonly take requests and are happy to do so, but some clients would prefer that we do not.
While we don’t require a meal, we strongly prefer it if possible. If you are not able to provide one, this is okay, we just ask that you alert us a few days in advance so that our employees can bring their own meal.
You will be assigned two of our wedding DJs a month before your wedding. Generally speaking we do not pre-assign DJs during the booking process or guarantee any specific DJ due to the fact that employees can fluctuate and plans may change closer towards your wedding. Some of our competitors who guarantee a DJ or let you pick your DJ end up in a tight spot when that DJ leaves the company or requests vacation. We train our DJs exactly the same so that they all have an identical style and offer an identical service across the board.
Certainly! We have no problem meeting you ahead of time! Please note that if you would like to meet with us in person prior to signing a contract, we require that this meeting take place either at our office in Woodbridge, VA, our office in Fairfax, VA, or somewhere in the surrounding area. As much as we would love to travel all throughout the D.C. area for sales consultations, the ratio of the number of inquiries we receive to the number of events we book is low enough that it would not justify our time and gas expenses. Once you have fully booked with us (meaning that we have received a signed contract as well as a 50% down payment) we are happy to meet you in a reasonable location of your choosing (i.e. venue, your home, coffee shop near the venue, etc).
Our company will have anywhere from one to three weddings per day, but these are all separate staff members performing. We have never had the same two staff members perform at two different weddings in a single day as this would be too exhausting.
In the entire time that we have been in business, this has never happened because of the fact that we are a company, have multiple employees, and always someone who is on-call. Yes, we’ve had situations where vehicles broke down or there were medical emergencies at the last minute, but because of our very thorough check-in procedure where our employees check in at multiple steps (i.e. during load out from our warehouse, 30 minutes from the venue, arrival at the venue, setup at the venue, etc), when there have been incidents that pop up, we have always been able to send another team to the event without issue.
We only allow this at events that are open to the public as we feel that it would be a privacy violation for us to have an uninvited guest come to a private event that we were not hosting. Unfortunately, most of the events that we perform at are private events. Please feel free to ask us though if we have any public events coming up!
By default, our male employees will wear black suit pants with a black button up dress shirt and black dress shoes. Our female employees, by default, will wear either black slacks and a black blouse, or a black dress of modest length. If you would like our employees to wear something else, simply let us know and we will be happy to accommodate and include anything from khakis to a tuxedo.