Encore DJ FAQs

Encore Mobile DJs Frequently Asked Questions
Will our DJ act as an Emcee during our event?

Yes your Encore Mobile DJ will act as an Emcee during your event.  This is one of the services we offer that is key to the success of your function.  Your DJ will make all announcements and make sure that the night keeps on track according to your time line.

What makes Encore Mobile DJs unique from all of the other Portland DJ companies?

Encore Mobile DJs will cater your wedding entertainment to your unique needs.  Every DJ in Portland will play music for your event.  What makes Encore Wedding DJs unique is that we feature Icebreaker activities that will help get your guests to the dance floor and dancing all night long.  This will ensure that your Wedding will be one that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime.

Encore Mobile DJs also offer online planning tools that will allow you to communicate the details of your event.  When the form is received we will meet with you in person to make sure we fully understand your unique needs.  Encore Mobile DJs  attention to detail allows us to make sure nothing is missed and your entertainment is performed to perfection.

What types of equipment do you use?

Encore Mobile DJs use the latest in club style lighting and sound equipment. The music library is digital and we have a wide selection of the top hits.   The Wedding DJ systems are self supported and do not require a table.  The DJ system is very attractive and unobtrusive.  We offer a full club style lighting system that can also include a laser light show.  In addition we can provide wireless microphones and a video projector.

Do you provide music and equipment for wedding ceremonies?

Yes we can provide music for your Wedding Ceremony.  Make sure to let us know that you will also need us for the Wedding Ceremony.  You Portland Wedding DJ can play all your wedding music as well as provide wireless microphones to be used by you and your officiant so you guests do not miss a single moment.  We offer a second sound system for your wedding ceremony which allows us to transition quickly from the ceremony to the reception.

How long will our DJ play music?

The amount of time your DJ will play is totally up to you.  Typically Wedding entertainment lasts about four hours.  You can decide in advance how long you want your DJ to perform and the price will reflect the time frame.  If you are having fun and want the DJ to play longer you can purchase additional time the day of the event.

Is it customary to tip the DJ?

Gratuities given to your DJ entertainer are made at the client’s sole discretion.  10 percent to 20 percent of the total fee is customary for an excellent performance.

How early will out DJ arrive to set up?

Your DJ will arrive one hour prior to the scheduled start time of your event unless other arrangements have been made. It typically takes about forty-five minutes to set up so this allows us to be set up before guests arrive.

What is your Wedding DJ coverage area?

I am located in the Portland Metro area and will travel anywhere within Oregon and Southwest Washington. This includes Portland, Salem, McMinnville, Seaside, Pacific City, Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, Vancouver, Washington, and all areas in between.

Can we pick what music to play?

Yes you can pick what music to play.  I simply submit a list of ten to fifteen songs in advance that you would like to hear and we will play them.  This is good because it not only gives us great songs to play but also an idea of your musical tastes. Encore Mobile DJs also feature an online request sheet you can send to your guests in advance to fill out.  We print the requests and bring them with us and play them.

Will our DJ take guest requests?

Absolutely!  We’ll work with you prior to your event to determine the specific styles and individual requests that you’d like played. We’ll also encourage your guests to make requests (if you approve) to make sure we play the songs that you and your guests want to dance to.

How do you price your DJ services?

Every event we play  is unique so we create packages to reflect the unique needs of each function.  Price varies based on a few important factors. The factors that dictate price are the dates, how lone you want us to perform, and  the equipment that you need.  Simply call Encore Mobile DJs to discuss your needs at 503.724.4983, or fill out our online contact form, then we will put together a custom package to fit your exact needs.

How do you handle overtime?

If you are having fun and want your Wedding DJ to play longer we would love to continue our performance.  You can purchase additional time by paying overtime at the beginning of the hour.  All overtime is purchased on an hourly basis and the cost for overtime is outlined in your contract.  Overtime must be payed via cash or check prior to the DJ continuing their performance.

Do you provide a written contract?

It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing.  Encore Mobile DJs will provide you with a written contract outlining the terms of your service.   We will sign the contract and send you a copy to retain for your records.  It is important to have a contract to guarantee your DJ services. I would never suggest booking any DJ service with out a written contract.

Will you be available to answer DJ questions prior to our Portland Wedding?

Yes.  We will meet with you in advance in person to discuss the details of your wedding entertainment.  In addition you will have my cell phone number and can call me at any time with any additional questions prior to your Wedding date.  You can call as many times as you like I am always available.

What type of music do you play?

You Portland Wedding DJ will have an extensive selection of music consisting of Club Dance, Classic Rock, Country, Oldies, Big Band, Motown, R & B, Rap, Disco, and Hip-Hop. We have everything from the 1940’s to today’s top 40, so there is something for all age groups.  Your Portland Wedding DJ will discuss with you in advance what types of music you want played during your Wedding and we will play only those types of music.

What types of  music do you play during dinner and cocktail hour?

I have a wide selection of cocktail and dinner music in my music library.  We can discuss in advance what types of music you want us to play during this time.  I typically suggest something low key such as Jazz or Classical Music played at low volumes so your guests can socialize during this time.  It is your event so just let us know what you want us to play and we will play it.

How does your DJ dress for a formal event?

You choose the DJ outfit in advance and I will wear it.  If it is a formal event I will typically wear a black or white dress shirt, formal black vest, black pants and a tie.  I believe it is important for me to look professional during the event.  If the event is less formal I will dress accordingly.

Can you provide wireless microphones for the wedding ceremony, toasts etc?

Yes we can provide up to two wireless microphones to be used during the ceremony and reception.  I also have one wired microphone that I keep as a back up.

Do you have back ups for your equipment?

Encore Mobile DJs has the the latest in Mobile Wedding DJ equipment.  Our equipment is extremely reliable.  I think it is important to plan in case equipment does go out.  We do have a full back up plan for each piece of equipment incase something does go wrong so we can play your wedding without fail. That includes a back up music library that will contain all of your special songs and wedding favorites.

How do you handle overtime?

If you are having fun and decide at your event that you need us to stay longer and play music you are charged a rate per each extra hour. That rate will be defined on the contract. This payment must be paid upfront before the overtime will begin.

How do we book your DJ services?

Call us, or fill out our online contact request form so we can  discuss your entertainment needs.  We will put together an entertainment package based on your needs  that includes pricing.  Once your approve your package we will send you a online contract.  We require a 50% deposit with a signed contract to hold the dates for your.  Once the contract and the deposit are received by us we will hold the dates.  Encore Mobile DJs book on a first come first serve basis.  The first contract we receive for the date with a deposit check will get the date.  The deposit must be returned with the signed contract.  The balance is due at least ten days prior to the Wedding Date.

How do we pay for your services?

Encore Mobile DJs currently accept checks and credit card payment.  Please make all check payable to Encore Mobile DJs.

How far in advance do we need to book your Portland Wedding DJ services?

Wedding DJs are typically are typically booked as much as a year ahead of time.  I would try to book your DJ as early as possible.  Some last minute bookings may be available as much as a few weeks ahead of time.  It all depends on the dates.  Typically our busiest season for wedding December and June-September.

Do you charge for mileage or set up?

We do not charge for mileage or set up.  The contracted price includes travel, set up and take down time.  Our pricing is inclusive of travel.