We know the secrets to a perfect wedding reception
With over two decades of party rocking experience, Limelight Entertainment and Photography's staff of wedding professionals will not only make sure you have the perfect timeline and a professional Master of Ceremonies to organize every detail, but you will also get a Dj who knows how to get the dance floor hopping, Our djs are like the perfect mullet, business in the front and party in the back. We'll give you the perfect day and a night you will never forget.
Besides the perfect equipment, the perfect music, and the perfect timeline, the presentation and execution of every detail is a must. Our Djs will announce every event with a clean, punctual, and attention-grabbing introduction. From the moment the Dj welcomes your guests, they will have a feeling of confidence knowing the night is in good hands. No cheesy one liners, no rambling or repeating words, no game show host wanna be's. Our wedding Djs keep the night fun and energetic while keeping your wedding classy and the guests informed about each event that takes place so everyone is engaged and involved in every detail.
Your Dj is the insurance policy for your wedding reception
We make sure every event, every song, and every detail is perfect!
Convenient online and face to face planning process
Early arrival to assure everything is perfect upon guest arrival
Seamless event coordinating and execution
Energetic but not cheesy interaction and introductions of all events
Guaranteed must play and must not play songs
Complete sound, lighting, microphones, and back up equipment on site
Fun, experienced, certified Dj to make sure your wedding reception is perfect
We know the secrets to a perfect wedding reception
Our djs go into every wedding reception striving to create a night that will make you and every one of your guests feel that your wedding was the best one they've ever been to. We personalize the energy and the level of engagement based on your specific style and expectations. We offer many types of unique dances and events that you will give your guests a fun and interactive experience.
When your Limelight dj opens your dance floor with our Limelight Wedding Party Dance, within a matter of a few minutes we'll have 80-90% of your friends and family on the dance floor ( As seen in the video )
You and your personal Limelight Planning Professional will go over every event and every option assuring you create your perfect wedding reception.
Your perfect events begin with the perfect announcments. Limelight Djs have it covered
From the very first time your dj picks up the microphone, your guests' interpretation of them begins. Will your dj have the presence to lead the room through an organized action-packed night of fun events or will they be fumbling a clipboard and repeating "at this time" before every sentence of the announcement?
Your Limelight dj will captivate your reception and bring the perfect amount of energy to the introduction of each event using our signature Limelight Announcements. These structured and perfectly scripted announcements will not only let every guest know what is going on throughout the entire night but they will sound punctual, professional, and perfect every time.
We do everything we can to make sure all of our djs performances are as consistent as possible, creating a brand of dj that meets the expectations of our brides and grooms every time. That consistency makes our clients and the many other wedding professionals who recommend us confident when they suggest Limelight as a company and not just one specific member of our team.
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How long before my wedding should a couple book their DJ?
With the instant access to information the internet has provided, we have seen a trend in booking your dj and photographer change from years past. For many years, it was customary to book your wedding dj and wedding photographer 18 to 24 months out from the date of your wedding. With today's brides and grooms, it seems that the most common time frame is approximately 12 months. Now when looking at the highly sought after companies who are in much greater demand waiting in any regards is highly discouraged. Finding the right wedding Dj and wedding photographer can be challenging on its own, so try not to let availability be one of the obstacles you have to overcome. When you find the right wedding dj and wedding photographer, don't delay as there are thousands of brides and grooms looking for the perfect choice as well.
How long before my wedding should the DJ arrive at the wedding?
We always give extra time, not just to set up, but also for travel time to get to the wedding venue. The amount of time a DJ needs to set up is directly related to three things. First, how professional their set up is: The more professional the equipment the shorter the set up time. Second, how much equipment is being used for that specific event. Third, how challenging the load-in might be with regard to things like elevators, stairs, loading docks, parking, etc. For example, did the client only hire them to DJ? Do they have to set up a second sound system for a remote location or ceremony site? Did the client contract any lighting design for the event? Is there a photo booth or any multimedia add ons? In reality each DJ knows how long it takes to set up for the event at hand. One to two hours in advance is the most common time frame a DJ would arrive before the first guests arrive. That way there is plenty of time to set up, change into professional attire, and review all of our notes one last time before the celebration kicks off!
Are there any setup or breakdown fees that the couple is required to pay?
Companies in our category know what it takes to get the job done. It’s our opinion that there should never be any fees for setting up or breaking down. The only fees that are customary to have added (and they would be made clear prior to any commitments being made) are things like travel fees. For instance, there are some venues in Michigan that require you to take a vehicle transport ferry to Mackinaw. The costs of getting to the venue in a situation like this would be added into the event cost in these rare scenarios.
Can couples typically request specific songs they'd like the DJ to play?
Of course! We encourage our couples to use our online music database to let us know a bit about their taste in music and their musical desires for their wedding day. The online planning center allows couples to search through our music library and make their list from categories of: ‘Songs they have to hear’, ‘songs they would like to hear if there is time’, and the very popular, ‘under no circumstances is this song to be played at my wedding’! We try to encourage our couples to select 10-15 songs in each category. A reputable DJ will always want input from their clients to help make the wedding special to them!
Do DJs usually play requests made by the guests? How is this typically done?
Some DJs take requests, and some don’t. We actually leave this one up to our clients. We’ll talk to our couples and ask them what they want us to do. Some say they want us to take requests and some say they don’t. Even if they tell us to take requests, we are always very careful never to play something similar to a song that might have been listed on the do not play list. Also, we use our judgment when it comes to requests. If it’s a great song, sure, we will play it. If it’s a song we know will clear the dance floor, we’ll stay away from it. The DJs goal is the same as the couple that hired them. DJs want the dance floor filled with people as much as possible!
What are some extra services that a couple can add on to their wedding packages?
DJs are now offering some pretty great add-ons. For instance, we offer Ceremony sound systems and microphones for the officiants, multiple options for dance floor lighting to create some energy focused on the dancing space, jaw-dropping up lighting design both inside and outside of the venue, multimedia production with projection screens and custom graphics and slide shows.
How can a couple see a DJ "in action" at an event, before deciding to hire them?
We don’t know about you, but we wouldn’t be too excited if a DJ who was hired to focus on a couple’s wedding day invited some other potential customer to come see them perform. Weddings are an elegant, classy, and extremely personal day for the couple and their families. A reputable DJ would never allow a potential client to look in. Instead you will have to rely on online reviews, word of mouth and/or vendor recommendations, online videos & photos, and most importantly, old fashioned meetings in person. Go with your gut. Sit and chat with a DJ you are interested in and find out about their company and philosophy. Make sure they spend a lot of time asking about you and your wedding and not just about themselves.
What if the DJ's equipment breaks during the wedding?
Any DJ that specializes in weddings will also specialize in the unknown. None of us ever want to be in a situation when something goes wrong and there is no solution. Our DJs come with back up equipment and multiple laptops (wait no more cds?!) just in case something were to happen. Some DJ companies go above and beyond when it comes to emergency preparedness, and some just skim the surface. Don’t be afraid to ask the DJ how they prepare for emergencies.
How does it work with deposits & final payment?
With all the fancy add-ons DJ companies offer their clients, your total package price might be $1500 or it might be $5500. Most companies like Limelight will require a 50% retainer to secure the date and services. We would be a little wary of any company that asks for 100% payment up front, or offers you some “back-door” discount if you pay in full months or years in advance.
If the event needs to be cancelled or re-scheduled what happens?
In the unfortunate circumstance of needing to cancel or reschedule, there really is no perfect time. You want to alert your contracted vendors as soon as possible so that they (and you) can take the appropriate steps based on the terms of the agreement you both signed at the beginning of your working relationship. Most companies are fine with moving the date (assuming the new date is still available) but cancellations are a bit trickier. Usually company policies change based on how close the wedding date is to the date of cancellation. Please see our entertainment and photography agreement for the specific terms and policies.
What should a couple pay attention to when interviewing DJs for their big day?
First and foremost, your DJ should be someone you “click” with. Someone that you trust will do a great job on your wedding day, and someone that will be great communicating when leading up to the event. If you are already at the interview stages, that means everything leading up to this meeting looked good to you. You most likely have already checked out their web site, Facebook page, online videos, and wedding network review websites. Now it’s time for you to fine tune the questions you ask, and listen carefully to the things they say. One important thing to be aware of is if the DJ takes the time to get to know YOU. As DJs, part of our job is to get to know the couple we are working with so that we can make the wedding special and unique to them.
Is it extra money for the DJ to also act as the MC/Master of Ceremonies?
No. All of our wedding DJ’s are experienced MC’s, and work as both your Dj and MC. The DJ you hire is comfortable and qualified to communicate with you, your guests, and work with other vendors in a professional manner, throughout the entire event and make sure everything runs smoothly.
How does a couple let the DJ/MC know what needs to be said at their wedding?
We’ll take as much guidance as you want to give us. If there’s something you’d like us to say, just let us know. We’re even happy to help in areas where you might not know what needs to be done or said. When we receive little or no guidance, we generally work with the “less is more” mindset using simple, concise, professional announcements, that don’t annoy guests, or detract from the event. We’re always about less talking and more dancing!
How does a couple know if lighting options are right for them?
Ask, and research. Being informed is never a bad thing. Ask your DJ, your venue, even your photographer/videographer what they think lighting might bring to the space. Some places can really benefit from the addition of lights, while others don’t need them, or there’s not much of an added benefit. Lighting can definitely add a “WOW-Factor” to an event, but it’s certainly not required to have a great wedding either.
Our officiant can yell really loud. Do we need microphones for the ceremony?
No one should be yelling at the ceremony until the cheering at the very end. If your officiant has a voice that can carry, and can be heard while speaking at normal level, than maybe microphones aren’t needed, but there are a few other factors worth considering… Is the ceremony outdoors? What about wind or other nearby sounds? Are there any readings? What about vows? Our ceremony systems are small/discrete, and can come with a variety of choices when it comes to microphones. Wireless handhelds, microphones on stands, and even clip-ons are all included in the ceremony package. Just let us know what you need!
What makes you different from your competitors?
One thing that sets our Michigan DJs apart from our competition is that our djs are trained to not only be great djs, but great wedding professionals as well. Our Djs have the experience and knowledge to make sure no detail is overlooked and how to overcome any obstacle to make sure your night is perfect. During the thorough planning process, we'll listen to YOU and hear YOUR vision so your Limelight Dj doesn't just create a perfect wedding, they'll create your perfect wedding.
Do you provide a written agreement?
Absolutely! A written legal Limelight Entertainment and Photography wedding contract secures the DJ’s obligation to the client and lists exactly what is required and expected for the event’s success. It will explain the entertainment setup requirements and other factors related to the company’s performance. This document will also clearly state the fee structure for payment of the services provided, the name of the entertainer, and any additional services being provided by the company. All reputable wedding DJs should use an agreement.
What type of music does Limelight have in their collection?
Our music library is massive and spans across just about every decade, genre, and nationality. Through weekly updates we are able to provide the most up-to-date songs that you and your guests want to hear to make your wedding reception great. (If by rare chance we don’t already have a song you are looking for, we promise to go out and buy it!)
What if one of my family members or friends wants to make a toast?
We are happy to let as many people speak, give toasts, or tell funny stories as you would like. However, in order to save you and your future spouse from any unwanted embarrassment, we ask that you let us know ahead of time who will be speaking. We realize that your wedding reception is a fantastic celebration for everyone in attendance, and we also realize that people like to celebrate with a few glasses of wine or an occasional cocktail. Therefore, if someone comes over and asks to speak on the microphone, and they are not on our list of speakers pre-approved by you, we will check with either the bride or groom for the thumbs up or thumbs down.
What does Limelight require for set-up at my ceremony or reception site?
Believe it or not, our Wedding DJs needs are pretty basic. We simply need a single 6-foot or 8-foot table with linens that match the rest of the room’s décor. Our power requirements are: (one) 20 amp outlet for Sound only; (two) 20 amp outlets for Sound and Multimedia Equipment/ Intelligent Dance floor Lighting.
When is our entertainment balance due, and should we tip our DJ?
Your entertainment balance is due and must be received no later than 7 business days prior to your event, and can be in the form of personal or certified check, money order, or cash. When making a deposit or final payment to Limelight, we will ask for a 2.5% service fee to cover the processing fees. Tipping Limelight Wedding Djsis never necessary, but is always appreciated if you feel that they exceeded your expectations.