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I have included some frequently asked questions that will hopefully answer some of your questions when considering us for your business.
1.) What are you prices for packages and what does it include?
Our prices start at basic packages as low as $479 for (4) hours all the way up to our Platinum Package of $1199 (which includes up to 8 hours of sound and light show, our (30) pack uplighting package, & a custom monogram light). One of our most popular packages is our (6) hour sound and light show (right now for $679) which includes: Introductions (ie. Grand March), dinner music, use of our wireless microphone for speeches, reception music, a full light tree (usually consisting of 4-8 large style club lights to fill the ceiling and the dance floor), the use of our digital projector to display a slide show (typically over dinner and projected on a huge portable screen (and it displays as clear as a tv), and also the use of our karaoke catalog (if either you or any of your friends or family want to belt out a tune or two (always at your discretion of course). Along with our amazing DJ services that we provide we can also provide you with additional services including: monogram lighting and up lighting (see attached photos). These additions can certainly give any reception that WOW! factor that everyone would like. We can also provide services that stretch beyond the (6) hour time frame (ie. if you would like to add a cocktail hour, or if you would like us to provide music at your ceremony at a different location (we have (4) full sets of top of the line equipment so we can set up at multiple locations if need be). (All prices are for events scheduled for the Duluth/Superior area and on non holidays).
We can always customize a package to fit not only your needs, but your budget as well.
2.) What are the times?
Most of our time frames fall within the 4 to 8 hour range (usually somewhere in between 4pm and midnight) depending on the needs of the client. Again, we would love to work with you to put together a package perfect for your needs.
3.) How do song requests work?
When you hire A.T. Entertainment I would personally send you out our wedding reception planner packet which takes you set by step through itineraries of the event, who will be involved, all of the "special dances", and any other additional information that we would need for your event. This packet also includes our top 200 play list which spans several genres of music to help give you ideas on what type of music you would like at your event. In all honesty if I had nothing but the planner packet to go off of we could easily perform at your event with just that information (which some couples prefer). I personally like to sit down with the couple for one or multiple meetings to go over details of your event to make sure that you as the client are comfortable and happy with the service that we provide.
As far as requests go we bring with us over 100,000 songs from our legal catalog. All of our music is digital (meaning computerized) and has been tested and categorized to give us quick and simple access to all of the music. We can also download practically any song right on the spot at no extra cost to you if for some reason the night of the event a guest requests a song that we don't already have, so that way within minutes we can have that song ready to play.
I always tell my clients not to stress out about the music as that is what you are hiring a professional DJ for. I have performed at well over 1000 weddings, and I couldn't put together a play list in advance, so I would never expect you to do that either. A professional DJ can read the crowd and knows what it takes to keep people on the dance floor. We definitely work with your and encourage you to come up with a small list of "must have songs" that you would like for us to incorporate into the night, but I would not recommend stressing out about coming up with a list of 100 songs that you want played. If you do have a lengthy list of music that you have or want to come up with we would definitelyaccommodate and incorporate those songs into the night as best we can.
Also, during the event we are constantly touching base with you and your guests to see what they feel like hearing or dancing to. People are generally impressed with just how quickly we can plug their requests into the flow of music.
4.) Grand entrance/dinner music?
We can definitely provide you with both in our (6) hour package or above. We would work with you to customize the music for both. As far as the Grand March we would also work with you to see if you would like to do something more: traditional, up beat, unique, etc.
5.) Down payment?
We have a small down payment of $50 to hold your day along with a signed contract.
6.) Is gratuity included in the final price?
Gratuity is not included in the final price of the event, and it is not mandatory per the contract agreement. I leave that up to the customer to decide at the end of the night whether our services surpassed expectations and deserveadditional compensation. I live by an old DJ saying we show for the contract, but we work for the tip. I like to do it this way as it gives myself and my business partners all that much more reason to blow you away with our talent and experience.
7.) Any set up/tear down fees?
We do not charge any additional set up or tear down fees? We do not believe in "small print" hidden fees that get added on later. Any price that I quote you will be the price that you pay. I will always notify you of any additional fees (i.e. if you add more time or decide on one of our add ons).
8.) Do you charge travel fees?
Unlike some of our competitors that are coming from either the range or the cities we are a locally owned and operated company based out of Duluth, so we do not charge extra travel fees for any event in the Duluth area (in which I would also include Cloquet in that range).
And a little bit about my company:
1.) How many people do you have working for you?
We currently have 3 owner operators that all have been DJing for 10 to 15 years including: night clubs, weddings, corporate events, etc.
2.) How long have you been doing this business?
I started DJing in 1999 working for a larger company in the area, but in 2005 started A.T. Entertainment and we have been successfully operating ever since.
3.) What makes you different/better than other DJ/entertainment companies in Duluth?
What makes us different/better than some of the other DJ companies in the Duluth area is we are locally owned and operated based out of Duluth. Some of the other companies say they are from here but are actually based out of the cities. We pride ourselves on not only providing a top level of professional service, but doing so at an affordable price. I don't believe that you will see so much being offered in our competitors packages for remotely the same price. We also believe in not hiring out our services to less experienced DJ's that you may or may not have met prior to your event. Trust me I have worked for some of these bigger companies in the area and the customer is just considered a number. You may be wedding 15 of 20 that weekend, so you would be lucky to get a good quality DJ that makes you feel comfortable and can put your mind at ease. A little secret that they don't like you to know is that they only pay their DJ's a $100 to perform at your event, so what real incentive is there for them to put in the extra effort. The only people that you will talk to here will be myself, and my two business partners Keith and John, and our philosophy is that it is our name that either gains or loses credibility at every event which can make or break a smaller business. This is why we handle each event personally, and usually in tandem to make sure that you the customer are receiving the highest level of quality service available. We also dedicate all of our time and service into you and your day the day of the event instead of hoping that all 20 of my craigslist DJ's make it to their event (which FYI doesn't always happen).
All of our equipment is updated every two years to provide you with the latest and greatest sound and light show possible.
And finally, we only take on 60 to 80 clients per year which allows us the opportunity to dedicate more time to the client and their needs. We are a custom service meaning that we will be working with you from the day you hire us to the day of the event. We get to know our clients and their needs, so we take the time to find out if you are looking for an outgoing getting the crowd to play games type of DJ, someone more laid back keeping the dance floor full, or something in between.
I believe that when you hire A.T. Entertainment you are receiving the best customer service in the area, and we are always willing to go the extra mile to make your day that special event that you have always dreamed of.
Thank you for considering A.T. Entertainment for your reception needs, and please don't hesitate to either call or email any additional questions you may have.
Duluth, MN 55807
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