Here are some of the most frequently asked questions by my couples. Click on the question to see the answer. Have a question you don’t see here, or want to check my availability for your Buffalo, Rochester or Finger Lakes area wedding? Email me at MikeS@SignatureBuffalo.com, use the short form at the bottom of this page, or call me directly at 716-684-9800 today!

IS SEATING IMPORTANT?

Yes… very much so. If you are having assigned seating, try to sit your older guests away from the speakers and dance floor. The volume will depend on the size of the facility. You don’t want your older guests being blown away all night. I take great care to make sure that it is not offensive but yet loud enough to generate energy and enthusiasm. Also try not to position tables between the DJ and the dance floor.

SHOULD I PROVIDE MEALS FOR MY VENDORS?

99% percent of the time, wedding couples will provide meals for their photographers and DJs. It’s a nice gesture on your part and very much appreciated. However, if you wish not to, notify me a few days before the reception so that I can be sure to get something to eat before I arrive at your event. It’s a long day for everyone and nourishment is important. As far as alcoholic drinks are concerned, I have strict policy against it.

HOW MANY SONGS SHOULD I SELECT?

Typically, couples pick 3 songs to be played during the Grand Entrance (songs for Parents, Wedding Party and of course the Wedding couple). The proper songs will generate a lot of excitement during the introductions and set the tone for the entire evening. You also need to pick songs for the special dances. One for your first dance, which will probably be “your song” forever and 2 more for the Parent Dances if applicable. You will need a Cake Cutting song also. Sometimes couples like to pick the Garter/Bouquet song if they decide to include in their program for the evening. There may also be a “special song” for the Anniversary Dance which is the celebration of the longest married couple in attendance. As far as what you would like to hear during the dancing part of the reception, keep in mind that your guests’ tastes will vary depending on many factors, age included. A good rule of thumb, is that you should select around 20 songs for dancing that you and your party guests can relate to. The rest is up to me to read the crowd and keep them dancing. Don’t forget to provide a Do Not Play list so I know which songs (or artists) to stay away from.

SHOULD I INCLUDE LIGHTING FOR MY WEDDING?

YES!!! Uplighting is a great way to enhance your decor and adds to the excitement of your special day. Your photographers also love the uplighting as it adds to some amazing photos. Check out our Buffalo Uplighting or Rochester Uplighting pages for more details.

SHOULD I TIP MY DJ?

Tipping is a matter of choice and completely up to you. Most couples do tip their DJ, especially when he does a great job of keeping your guests entertained and happy for the entire evening. When you tip a DJ you’re letting him know that he did do a great job and executed everything that you asked for in a professional manner.

HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD MY RECEPTION LAST?

Most wedding receptions which include Cocktail/Dinner/Dancing average out to 5 hours. If things are going strong after 5 hours, you could always extend your event an additional hour for $150 pending approval by the facility. Check out my Buffalo Wedding or Rochester Wedding page to find out more how I can help you and your guests have the best wedding possible. Click on the Check Availability link to see if I am available for your special day. You can also e-mail directly at mikes@signaturebuffalo.com or call me directly at 716-684-9800 today!

DO WE SETUP A PHONE CONFERENCE AHEAD OF TIME TO GO OVER WEDDING DETAILS?

Yes. I recommend it. Many people mistakenly believe we’re only about the music. That is not the case. As the DJ, I also coordinate timelines, announcements, speeches, and vendors. Cake cuttings, name pronunciations, speeches, and of course music selections are discussed in the final phone conference the 2 weeks prior to the event. Our initial phone consultation when booking introduces you to our online planning system and a final consultation the 2 weeks prior to the event locks in all your key details. This gives our wedding couples peace of mind going into their special day. What’s the next step? Check out my Buffalo Wedding or Rochester Wedding page to find out more how I can help you and your guests have the best wedding possible. Click on the Check Availability link to see if I am available for your special day. You can also e-mail directly at mikes@signaturebuffalo.com or call me directly at 716-684-9800 today!

SHOULD YOU ASK YOUR COMPANY TO PROVIDE REFERENCES?

Yes. By all means! A high percentage of our business has been directly referred to me by my highly satisfied clients. They are your best way to find out how good an entertainment company is. You can also see the Reviews on my company through sites like Wedding Wire & The Knot. You should know who you are dealing with before you hire anybody for such a special occasion. What’s the next step? Check out my Buffalo Wedding or Rochester Wedding page to find out more how I can help you and your guests have the best wedding possible. Click on the Check Availability link to see if I am available for your special day. You can also e-mail directly at mikes@signaturebuffalo.com or call me directly at 716-684-9800 today!

IS YOUR COMPANY INSURED?

Yes. By all means! A high percentage of our business has been directly referred to me by my highly satisfied clients. They are your best way to find out how good an entertainment company is. You can also see the Reviews on my company through sites like Wedding Wire & The Knot. You should know who you are dealing with before you hire anybody for such a special occasion. What’s the next step? Check out my wedding page to find out more how I can help you and your guests have the best wedding possible.

CAN WE HEAR YOUR DJ COMPANY PERFORM BEFORE DECIDING?

Yes. Without question and at no obligation. If you are still undecided after our consultation process, I strongly encourage clients to come out and see me perform. This gives you peace of mind and simplifies your decision. It is also a testament to the consistent product I put out for my clients. And of course, all visits are cleared with the couple whose event you will be viewing. What’s the next step? Check out my Buffalo Wedding or Rochester Wedding page to find out more how I can help you and your guests have the best wedding possible. Click on the Check Availability link to see if I am available for your special day. You can also e-mail directly at mikes@signaturebuffalo.com or call me directly at 716-684-9800 today!

CAN SIGNATURE ENTERTAINMENT FIT INTO YOUR WEDDING BUDGET?

Yes. How important is a great event to you? If you’re like most wedding couples, they are very important. And it is the entertainment that brings these dreams to life. Your entertainment MAKES the event. Besides, there’s no need to go with anything less than the best. When you compare apples to apples you are actually getting more value for your money. After all, entertainment typically costs less than five percent of your budget, but provides 95% of the fun. We also offer online payment with major credit cards for your convenience. What’s the next step? Check out my Buffalo Wedding or Rochester Wedding page to find out more how I can help you and your guests have the best wedding possible. Click on the Check Availability link to see if I am available for your special day. You can also e-mail directly at mikes@signaturebuffalo.com or call me directly at 716-684-9800 today!

HOW LONG HAS THE COMPANY BEEN IN BUSINESS AND WILL THEY STILL BE AROUND ON THE DAY OF YOUR EVENT?

Yes. Signature Entertainment has been incorporated and in existence for the last 24 years. I am NOT a hobbyist! I take my business seriously and know the importance of what your event means to you. I will be around for many years to come because I are truly committed to what I do.

WILL WE TAKE REQUESTS? WILL WE AVOID PLAYING CERTAIN SONGS?

Yes. When you contract me to do your event, you will have access to my immense online library of music to choose your Priority Requests and Do Not Play requests. This can be updated right up to the day of your final consultation at your leisure. At the event, I will know exactly what songs to play and what songs not to play. If you need help picking songs, I am always available to make suggestions.

HOW FAR SHOULD I BOOK IN ADVANCE?

Most clients book me 6 to 18 months in advance of their event. Some dates may sell out early due to popularity and surrounding holidays (especially in the Summer and Fall times). Here’s a good rule to consider. If your wedding is in the May thru December time frame, 12-18 months. January thru April time frame, 6 to 9 months. When booking novelty dates like 10/10/20, the sooner the better. What’s the next step? Check out my Buffalo Wedding or Rochester Wedding page to find out more how I can help you and your guests have the best wedding possible. Click on the Check Availability link to see if I am available for your special day. You can also e-mail directly at mikes@signaturebuffalo.com or call me directly at 716-684-9800 today!

DO YOU WORK WITH OUT OF TOWN COUPLES?

Yes. Believe it or not, about 40% of my weddings are booked by out of town couples coming back to the area for their reception. Many banquet facilities recommend me to their out of town clients because of our attention to detail, and online interactive planning web page which makes it easy for couples to build their timeline and music requests. Remember…. at Signature Entertainment, it really is all about YOU! If you are an out of town planning couple, enter in your wedding date in our Check Availability section You can also e-mail directly at mikes@signaturebuffalo.com or call me directly at 716-684-9800 today!

IS YOUR MUSIC LIBRARY EXTENSIVE AND DIVERSE?

Yes. I have thousands upon thousands of songs to complement any event. Because of my close ties to the music industry nationally, I have the latest music available before it reaches the charts and in a variety of genres. I also have a library of tunes that stretches from the 40’s to today’s hottest hits. In the unlikely event that you have a particular “special song” that I don’t have we will accept an original copy (or mp3) from you prior to the event so that I can check it out and play it the night of the wedding.

DO YOU HAVE BACKUP IN THE EVENT OF FAILURE?

Yes. All of my equipment is backed up (with extra laptops and speakers), but more importantly, it is thoroughly checked out when arriving at the event. Whenever possible, depending on the facility, the equipment for your event will be set up earlier in the day. And at Signature Entertainment, we go one step further than most…. I have back up DJs ready in the unlikely event that I am unable to perform due to sudden illness or those little things that happen in life when you least expect them. I know how important this event is to you and provide contingencies to make sure it is executed to perfection.

DOES YOUR COMPANY ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

Yes. We accept VISA and Mastercard credit cards for your convenience and you can pay online securely through our website. What is the next step? Check out my wedding page to find out more how I can help you and your guests have the best wedding possible. Then click on the Check Availabilitylink to see if I am available for your special day. You can also e-mail directly at mikes@signaturebuffalo.com or call me directly at 716-684-9800 today!

DOES YOU YOUR COMPANY PROVIDE AN INTERACTIVE WEBSITE?

Yes. my clients have a password protected login to layout the specifics of their event and select their favorite songs online at their leisure up to two weeks before their event. Our clients absolutely love it.

AM I GETTING REAL VALUE FOR MY DOLLAR?

Yes. We believe we have a reasonable price for the quality and services we provide. We think it’s a real value when you look at all you get for your dollar. Two phone consultations, interactive website, 24/7 customer service, insurance, backup and the list goes on and on. All for one great price. The only additional costs would be if you decide to use us for an onsite Ceremony Hour or have us travel long distances to perform. What is the next step? Check out my Buffalo Wedding or Rochester Wedding page to find out more how I can help you and your guests have the best wedding possible. Click on the Check Availability link to see if I am available for your special day. You can also e-mail directly at mikes@signaturebuffalo.com or call me directly at 716-684-9800 today!

WILL I HAVE A SIGNED CONTRACT?

Yes. If you decide to book with Signature Entertainment, you will get a legal contract to sign that effectively protects you against any defaults in our agreement. This contract will be presented to you at your initial consultation for your review. Signature guarantees to hold your date for 7 days from the date of the contract, pending your signed return of the contract and a deposit of 25% of the contract price.

WHY ARE SOME COMPANIES CHEAPER THAN OTHERS?

First off and probably most important, all DJ’s are not created equal! Experienced DJ’s tend to get more for their events because they are confident at what they do in executing events and delivering amazing outcomes. Experience really does make a difference. The cheaper the price, the more likely the DJ is a part-timer, hobbyist, or worse somebody who was literally JUST trained to do weddings. Certainly, you will be able to tell the difference in quality. And don’t overlook other key things like music sourcing, equipment upgrades, insurance, appearance and many other little things that go into a reputable business. You truly get what you pay for.