Aren’t all DJ companies basically the same?
No, they vary greatly in size, style of performance and quality of service offered. Probably the most important factor in picking a DJ is matching the company’s style with that of your own and your vision of how you would like your wedding reception to be. Some companies offer singing DJs, props, and party favors for wedding receptions while others prefer a more formal approach. Elevated Event Design believes weddings are an elegant occasion and should be treated with a little more respect than an inflatable air guitar affords. Great music, a crowded dance floor, a personable DJ, and refined crowd interaction is our goal. Whatever size or style of company you choose, make sure you get an experienced and personable disc jockey. The best way to do this is to make sure you will be able to meet with your DJ before you book with a company. This way you can see if their personality and style match what you are looking for.
How is your company different?
At Elevated Event Design we pride ourselves on our professional and experienced disc jockeys and an exceedingly high level of customer service. We are a focused company that pays close attention to detail and offers extremely personalized service. You will be able to meet with your potential DJ before you decide to book with us and will be in regular contact with our staff while planning your wedding. When you meet with your potential DJ you will have a detailed discussion about the kind of atmosphere you want to create, the flow of the event and the types of music you do and do not want played. On your wedding day, your DJ will be a friendly face who knows exactly what you want and will exceed your expectations.
Why are the prices between some companies so different?
Don’t judge value on price alone! Its a little bit clichéd but you get what you pay for. Sure, you can save a few hundred dollars by going with a cut rate DJ but why would you risk ruining one of the most important events of your life with poor quality entertainment? Find out about each prospective DJ’s experience, music library, and equipment. What is their personality like? Is their style what you are looking for? Ask for references. Then judge what you are getting for your money
Do you have references?
A long list! Over 95% of our clients rate us Excellent on both Overall Customer Service and Overall Performance. We would be more than happy to provide you with a list of past clients. Click here to see what some of our past clients have to say about us.
What types of experience do your DJ’s have?
All of our wedding DJ’s have a minimum of two years DJ experience and have undergone extensive training. In addition to weddings, our DJ’s have performed at many different types of events. This gives them the ability to cater to more diverse crowds and “read the dance floor” better than most DJ’s. All of our DJ’s undergo an extensive screening and training process to ensure they meet MDM’s high standards.
Do you just play music?
No, a good DJ does a lot more. Before the event even begins they will put in 10 to 20 hours of prep work including assembling music, meeting with the clients, and setting up the system. Once the event starts they will act as Master of Ceremonies by handling all of the introductions and announcements. They also act as a Wedding Planner by coordinating the activities of the photographer, videographer and banquet hall. Then, they take requests from the guests and ensure everyone is having a good time – all while playing music to keep the dance floor packed!
What do your packages include?
Our packages contain everything you will need for your reception including a wireless microphone, sound system and dance floor lighting. The specific equipment varies from package to package depending on the package selected and your specific needs. Contact us today at 630-590-3292 to set up a complimentary consultation to discuss what package would be best for you.
What package should I get?
That depends on the type of atmosphere you want to create, the number of guests you are expecting, and the size of the venue. One of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you in choosing the right package.
What kind of customer service can I expect?
In short, the best! We take great pride in working with our clients before, during and after their event to ensure their event goes exactly as planned. We are available to you as a resource throughout the entire planning process and will go the extra mile on the day of your event to make sure you and your guests have a great time and everything is trouble free.
How long will the DJ play?
The DJ will play for the full contracted time of the package without breaks. This usually includes an hour or two of background music during cocktail hour and dinner. Additional time can be booked at the event at the discretion of the banquet hall and if it does not create scheduling conflicts.
What type of equipment do you use?
All of our equipment is top of the line professional DJ equipment mounted in heavy-duty flight cases for protection and a professional appearance. The specific equipment at your event will vary depending on the package.
Do you use CD’s or MP3’s?
We use a combination of both. We bring CD libraries to our events as well as computers. The computer is a great tool that allows us to bring our complete music library to handle unexpected and last minute requests or to quickly locate a song. All of our MP3’s are encoded from the original CD at a high bit rate to ensure a quality recording. You will not notice a difference between the two formats. The CD’s are there for reliability. If the computer were to crash we would have everything we would need on CD. All of your special dances will be played off of CD.
Are there any additional charges?
Our DJ packages contain everything you will need but we do offer additional services depending on your needs. Additional travel charges do apply for shows outside of the Chicago area.
Do you use contracts?
Yes, we use detailed contracts that list the requirements of each party. This is to avoid any possible discrepancies.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, we have a $1,000,000 property and liability policy.
Can we pick what music gets played?
Definitely, this is your big day! Our entire music library is viewable online through the client section of our website. You may browse our library and make your request lists at your convenience. Along with the specialty dances you can submit a list of “must play” songs and special requests. These songs are generally songs that are meaningful to you and your guests or you know will be dance floor hits. If you are looking for a particular song and for some reason it is not in our library you may add it to your request list and we will obtain it for you. Your disc jockey and our staff will be available to you throughout the planning process to help you choose the right music. Your discussions with your disc jockey along with your requests and those of your guest’s will give the DJ a good idea of the type music that will keep the dance floor packed all night. In addition to choosing songs you would like played you can also let us know types of music and specific songs you do not want played. You can be as involved as you like in the selection of music for your reception or leave it all up to our experienced disc jockeys, it’s your choice.
How loud will it be?
During cocktails and dinner it will be at a background level that will allow it to be heard throughout the entire room yet will still allow for normal conversation. Our speakers are on stands, which allows for a clearer projection throughout the room. When the dancing begins the speakers will be focused on the dance floor so that the volume level will be considerably louder on the dance floor than the rest of the room. If you would like it a little louder or quieter than average please let us know and we would be more than happy to accommodate. One word of warning; older guests sometimes have a harder time hearing when seated next to the DJ so keep that in mind when developing the seating arrangements.
What does the DJ wear?
Our disc jockeys always wear the appropriate attire for any event. The normal dress for wedding receptions is a suit and tie. If you would prefer more formal attire additional arrangements can be made.
When does the DJ set up?
Depending on the package and the availability of the room, the DJ will be there 1 to 3 hours before the event begins to set up.
What if the DJ gets sick?
If for some reason a DJ is unable to make an event, we have back up DJs available as well as standing agreements with other DJ companies to provide emergency services.
What if the DJ is no longer with the company or becomes unavailable on your date?
With your approval we will substitute a DJ who is just as talented and has a similar style to your original DJ.
What happens if something breaks?
We only use top of the line equipment that is regularly inspected and maintained. Equipment failures are extremely rare; however, in case something does malfunction, our systems carry redundant equipment so that if one item is not functioning properly it can be replaced on the spot.
How far will you travel?
We have performed all over Illinois and the United States however additional travel charges apply outside of the Chicago area.
How do we reserve your service?
If you would like to reserve a date, complete the booking form in the client section of our website and submit it with a non-refundable $400 retainer.
Will you be available to answer questions?
Of course, our staff and your disc jockey will be available to you throughout the planning process to help answer any questions you might have.
How do we submit our information?
All of your planning forms and music request lists can be completed at your convenience through the client section of our website. We will ask you to have all of your event information finalized the week prior to your event. At that time, your DJ will call you to discuss everything in detail and to ensure that they know exactly how you want everything to go.