How would you describe your style?
I do a conservative wedding unless you direct me otherwise. What I mean by that is, I will not embarrass anybody. I do not try to get the mother of the bride, or anyone else, on the dance floor with a purple wig and sunglasses or something "cheesy" like that. This also goes for the music. You will have no surprises with me. I will never play my selection of songs unless whoever hired me told me they prefer me to play my type of music selection.
I am not getting married in a church, can you provide music for the ceremony?
Yes. I have the traditional wedding music and can accommodate you. I have done hundreds of ceremonies.
If we are not sure of some wedding etiquette, can you help us?
I would be happy to. You may ask me anything. You may lean on my shoulder as much or as little as you want.
What type of equipment do you use?
I use professional equipment. I do periodic maintenance and also have backup equipment for the unexpected. I carry backup equipment to all my events.
How many events do you do a year?
I do about 40-50. Approximately 80% are wedding receptions. The other events I do would be Birthdays, New Year's, Corporate, and Holiday Parties. Please be concerned when a DJ tells you they do 100 or 200 events per year. Do you really want to be one of 8-16 weddings that month? When a "booking agency" tells you they have 5, 10 or even 15 DJ's, do you really want to be one of 10-25 weddings they are doing that weekend? Maybe you can trust your wedding to one of them or maybe you just don't want to take the chance. When you hire Party Fiesta Fun, you get Party Fiesta Fun.
How do you dress?
I wear a suit or Tuxedo unless otherwise requested by my client.
Do you just play music?
No. I will do whatever it takes to make your wedding the way you want it. For weddings, I usually am the one the photographers, videographers, and other professionals come to for the order of events. I will act as your master of ceremony for everything from introductions, first dance, father-daughter, toast, cake, all the way through your last minute at the reception.
Do you take breaks?
No. I guarantee to have music on at the start time and take no breaks. During wedding receptions, music is usually played the entire time with a few exceptions such as the toast, blessing, and maybe even the cake cutting. This of course would be up to you.
May we use your microphone for the toast and announcement?
Yes. I have a cordless microphone for whatever you want. We also carry wired microphones just in case radio frequencies of some sort produce interference with wireless microphones.
How accessible are you?
Very! You may call me at my home or cell phone. I am here for my clients, and I think that is important for you to know. I do not receive phone calls after 10:00 PM
May we pick out the music you play?
Yes. In a normal 4 hour period, I play approximately 50 songs. My philosophy is "more is better." What I mean by that is the more you tell me what you want and don't want, the more I can cater to you.
What type of music do you have & play?
I bring a wide variety of music from the 50's to today. I bring approximately 5,000 songs.
Will you play requests my family & friends have?
Yes. if I was told to do so. The problem with accepting requests arise when a friend of yours request an inappropriate song I will stop accepting requests unless you ask me to grant that request.
If I hire you, who do I get?
You get Party Fiesta Fun. I am not a "booking agency". What I mean is - I do not hire others, pay them a portion of the fee, and " Hope " that all goes well at your wedding. The promises and commitments I make to you will be done by me and kept by me.
If I'm unable to commit to your event I will refer you to a colleague.
Will you meet with us so we may interview you in person?
Absolutely. I would be honored to meet with you so you may feel that we are a good fit (dinner/lunch on me). I believe it is important to meet with professionals who will be working for you on one of the most important nights of your life. You need to feel 110% comfortable with the professionals you hire.
When will you arrive?
I normally arrive 2 hour prior to contracted start time. If it is a difficult setup or somewhere I have not played before, I would arrive 2 1/2 hours prior. You are not charged for setup or break down time.
How far in advance do you reserve dates?
I book up to 12 months in advance.
When should I reserve you?
If you want to hire me and I hope you do, I would suggest it as soon as you have your date. We can always add the location when you decide where. As discussed earlier, I do not hire others to do your event, so I can only be one place on your date. My suggestion is if you want Party Fiesta Fun, to reserve your date as soon as possible.
When planning your wedding it is hard to foresee what is going to have the biggest impact on creating an unforgettable event. You really only get one chance to make it the day of your dreams. Below we have compiled some very helpful statistics and information that you may find insightful when planning and budgeting for your event. They say hindsight is 20/20 and the following information was gathered by asking brides and grooms what they would change about their weddings, a few weeks after their events:
72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their wedding dress, attire, followed by the reception site and caterer - reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities!
Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
When asked, 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment (Band / DJ).
A full 65% of couples that used a band to entertain at their wedding reception, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey!
FACTS REGARDING DJs
Wedding Disc Jockey rates vary based on skills, year of experience, emcee abilities, level of service, level of involvement/coordination, quality of equipment, music knowledge, mixing ability/DJ talent, and personality. Not all Wedding DJ's are Created Equally. Everyone has seen a "Bad" or cheesy Wedding DJ at some point.
Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $750.00 to $3,500.00 with an US average of $1,400.00 for a 4-5 hour reception.
The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment & made it their #1 priority in hindsight!
A Professional Wedding Entertainment company will normally invest 12 to 20 hours to your special event, but it may appear that you are only paying for "4 hours".
According to Modern Bride Magazine, Entertainment is, on average, 5% of a Bride's Wedding Budget, however, over 50% of your guests will remember the performance of your disc jockey more than anything else at your reception.
The average American engagement is 16 months.
June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September October and May
Every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S.
Average age for first-time brides is 25 years, for grooms it's 27.5
175 guests are invited to an average wedding
One third of engaged couples retain a Wedding Consultant
An average honeymoon vacation is one week
The average household income of a newly married couple is $60,000/year
Tuxedoes are typically purchased 5-6 months after the wedding gown
Bridesmaids' gowns are general purchased 3-4 months in advance of the event
Average size of wedding party: 12
Most brides (30%) plan their weddings for 7 to 12 months
Most (about 75%) first-time brides will receive a diamond engagement ring (67% of repeat brides).
About 15% of weddings include ethnic customs
35% of weddings occur in the summer; 29% in the spring; 23% in the fall; 13% in the winter.
11% of winter weddings are Christmas weddings
$22,000 is the average amount spent on a traditional American wedding
A total of $72 billion is spent on weddings annually in the U.S.
$19 billion is spent buying presents at wedding gift registries
The average amount spent on a bridal gown is $800
The average ring costs $2,000
TOP WEDDING DESTINATIONS
Las Vegas (100,000 weddings/year)
Hawaii (25,000 wedding/year)
Bahamas (5,000 weddings/year)
Jamaica (5,000 weddings/year)
U.S. Virgin Islands (4,000 weddings/year)
OTHER WEDDING STATISTICS
80% of traditional weddings are performed in churches or synagogue.
Four out of five brides are employed.
35% of Brides and Grooms have a valid passport.
Percentage of couples living together before marriage: 64%
Percentage of engaged couples who’ve known each other longer than 3 years: 69%
Percentage of brides who say they’ll be changing their surnames: 60%
53% of weddings occur in the afternoon; 31% in the evening; 16% in the morning.
30% of receptions are held in churches; 20% in hotels; 20% in country clubs;
and 10% each in fraternal halls, private homes, and other locations.
38% of weddings have a buffet; 34% have a sit-down dinner; 28% serve only cake and punch.
62% of weddings have a flower girl.
56% have a ring bearer.
More than 4.2 million unmarried couples live together.
67% of women continue to wear the same fragrance they wore on their wedding day.
MARRIAGES BY MONTH
WEDDING COSTS BY CATEGORY
Consultant 15.0% (if hired)
Wedding Rings 11.5%
Bridal Gown 6.1%
Bridal attendants' apparel 4.5%
Rehearsal dinner 4.2%
Men's formal wear 3.2%
Attendants' gifts 2.1%
Mother of the bride apparel 1.7%
Bride's veil 1.6%
Clergy and ceremony fees 1.2%
Groom's attire 0.8%
GENERAL HONEYMOON STATISTICS
Among couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99 percent take a honeymoon.
Couples spend an average of $4,000 on their honeymoon. That's three times as much as the average U.S. adult spends on a vacation.
The length of an average honeymoon is seven days.
45 percent of honeymoon trips are to domestic locations; 55 percent are foreign.
The Honeymoon Industry is a 12 billion dollar a year industry.
MOST POPULAR HONEYMOON ACTIVITIES:
Visiting a new place for sightseeing, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife- 75%
Beaches and lakes - 45%
Casinos - 20%
Cruises - 15%
Golf/sports vacations - 10%
Skiing trips - 5%
DESTINATIONS THAT ARE MOST FREQUENTLY CHOSEN
British Virgin Islands 7%
Caribbean Islands 6.3%
The Cayman Islands 10.5%
Puerto Rico 3.8%
St. Marten 5.6%
US Virgin Islands 7%
TRANSPORTATION USED FOR HONEYMOON
60% Rent Car
16.4% Their Own Car
PLACES TO STAY WHILE ON THE HONEYMOON
8.2% Bed and Breakfast/Inn
Association of Bridal Consultants
Condé Nast Bridal Group
Mediapost.com National Bridal Service
National Center for Health Statistics
Greeting Card Association
National Association of Wedding Ministers
National Bridal Service
St Louis Bride & Groom Magazine