Our goal at SandMan/HummingBird
Is to provide every bride and groom with what they ask for. If you ask us to play only certain songs , then that is what we will do. We do not believe that every wedding should be the same. Everyone has different tastes and we want to cater to them.
I'm going to need a lot of music guidance as I plan my wedding. Can you help?
One of the most important services we offer, which is part of our entertainment package, is the assistance of SandMan/HummingBird. We'll help you carefully plan every detail. And if you're looking for interesting ideas to make your reception particularly distinctive, we've got plenty to suggest.
How will we handle the Master of Ceremonies responsibilities? How will we interact with your guests?
We host your entire reception. We'll be as involved or uninvolved as you'd like us to be. We have the ability to be outgoing and entertaining when it's requested, but can also be reserved and low-key if that's your preferred style. What we'll never be is overbearing or embarrassing hams on the microphone. The focus of attention will always remain on you and your guests, the stars of the day.
How far in advance should you reserve a date?
We generally begin booking wedding dates anywhere from eight to eighteen months in advance. Since we can only perform at a limited amount of receptions per weekend, we strongly recommend that you contact us as soon as possible to check on the availability status of your date. By the same token, if for some reason you find yourself in a situation where you need a DJ last-minute, please call us. We'll make every possible effort to help you.
Do we provide music for the Wedding Ceremony?
We can provide the ceremony music. We can provide you with a small unit that has microphone inputs so that you may utilize them if needed. The importance of having this unit is there is no need for us to tear down and then reset-up the equipment. The reason for this is that when the ceremony is over, your guests will go straight to the hall. When they get there, the disc jockey will either not be there or they will be setting up and this can take up to an hour, with you and your guests waiting. We believe there should be no wait. That is why be set up before hand and bring the portable unit.
Our cocktail hour is going to be in a separate room from the reception. Is that a problem?
Thatís no problem at all. We often play in facilities that have multiple rooms. For a minimal fee, we will provide you with extra speaker set-ups in additional rooms. All we ask is that you let us know in advance
What will the we wear?
A tuxedo, unless you request otherwise. If you book us for a certain amount of hours and then decide that night that you like us to perform longer, is that a problem? As long as itís an evening wedding, weíll stay for as long as youíd like for a minimal fee. Minimal fee is $100.00 each additional hour.
What if we want to hear a song thatís not on the play list?
So, if you donít see a particular selection, thereís a good chance that itís in our library. If itís not there either, weíll get it for you at no cost, as long it's still in print. Or, if you'd like us to use music from your own collection, we can do that, as well.
How much choice do I have in the music selection?
As much as you'd like. Occasionally couples decide to hand pick each and every song that's played at their reception, which is perfectly fine, but it's not necessary. We'll ask you to make a list of many specific songs and genres that you like to hear. With this information, we'll craft a custom-designed music menu for your reception.
Funny thing. I love music and listen to it all the time, but I never seem to know the names of songs or artists. How do I tell you what I like?
A very common predicament. You might be surprised to find out how many people are in the same musical boat. Once again, this is an area where we come in handy. In addition to being meticulous planners, we can be accomplished tune detectives. Know a song title but not the singer? Just know some of the lyrics? Come on in and hum a few bars and we'll help you figure out just what it is you're looking for, and you can sample as many selections as you'd like on one of our sound systems. We'll help you design a music format that perfectly reflects your taste.
My family is Italian and my fiancť's is Irish. Can you provide that kind of music?
We often perform at weddings where specific types of ethnic music are requested. We will try to have music of every nation, tradition and background. If there are specific songs you'd like to hear that we donít have, weíll gladly get that music at no cost to you (as long as it's still in print). Or, if you have the music, we can work with your collection.
There are songs that we definitely donít want played at our wedding. How do we make certain that we won't hear those wretched tunes?
We'll strongly encourage you to give us a "don't play" list of music, and we will absolutely abide by it. You won't hear any unwelcome surprises at your reception.
Do you play guests' requests?
That's completely up to you. If it's okay, we'll play whatever your guests want to hear. If, however, you'd prefer that your DJ not take requests, that's also fine.
How many songs will be played during our wedding?
The average song is about three to four minutes long, so you can figure that approximately twelve to fifteen songs can be played per hour.
I'm concerned about the volume level. How do you effectively control it?
We're very conscious of the fact that no one wants to listen to music at an uncomfortably high volume, and that people have different sensitivity levels. That's why we'll constantly monitor the sound intensity throughout the course of your reception. Our dynamic sound systems allow us to create an environment that's conducive to both dancing and socializing.
Do you take breaks?
No. You'll hear continuous music from beginning to end - an uninterrupted flow of seamlessly mixed music.
My sisterís got a great voice and would like to sing at the reception. Is that possible?
You bet. Weíll have a microphone available for her and she can either sing a capella or we can play a song in the background while she sings over it.
What time will SandMan/HummingBird arrive at the reception site?
We will arrive two hours before your scheduled start time. Why do get their so early? We need time to set-up the equipment and test it. If there is a problem, then we have time to react to it. We also get there early to talk with the banquet manager to find out your planned course of events for the evening and also communicate with your photographer and videographer to see what their plans are and work them into the evening. Why do we do all this? To make sure that everything runs smoothly and to take the stress off you so that you may relax and enjoy yourself. You do know that this is supposed to be the fun part, right? One other important note, you will always have guests that arrive early. What we try to provide is some type of music playing when they arrive and to be fully dressed. This makes your guests feel more welcome. There is no charge to you for this part of the service.
What if something happens to the sound system?
We carefully maintain our systems to help eliminate the possibility of equipment malfunctions. To make certain that we're able to deal with any technical challenges that may come up, however, every sound system contains backup gear, which means that you'll have outstanding sound no matter what.
How much gratuity is appropriate?
Please note that a gratuity is not included in your balance due. People generally tip 10% to 15% of the total payment.
Are we required to feed the DJ?
Thatís your choice. Customarily couples do provide a meal for their DJ.
Weíre still deciding between a band and a DJ. Any advice?
Bands can certainly be great at weddings, but they do have a lot of limitations. Regardless of how talented a band is, it's impossible for them to sound just like the original artists. Also, no matter how large their repertoire is, itís still quite limited when you compare it to what we offer; we can play literally any song that you'd like to hear. Another important difference between a band and us is that we donít take breaks; the music will be continuous from beginning to end. One more thing: We can easily control the volume from a single switch and keep it at an appropriate level at all times. It's very difficult, however, for a live singer not to powerfully belt out a tune or a percussionist not to whack the drums so hard.