DISC JOCKEY FAQs + FEATURES

PROFESSIONAL SOUND & LIGHT

Our system allows us the flexibility to perform at intimate sites such as the Gale Mansion, Minnesota Boat Club and Nicollet Island Inn without eliminating needed floor space and guest seating. At the same time, the strength and power of the internal JBL amplifiers provide us with the ability to match the grandeur of any large venue such as Christos Union Depot, The Great Hall, Landmark Center, International Market Square, and A’BULAE.


We are proud to be one the few DJ companies in the Twin Cities that utilizes a laptop with a DJ controller and professional DJ software for each and every system. Our Serato DJ software allows our DJs to use pre-created playlists which include dance hits that span all musical eras. The HP Elitebook laptop provides our DJs with a very stable source of music, however in the case of emergency, our DJs will use our Cortex Hard Drive Music System, which was our primary source of music before our system upgrade in 2015.

Professional Sound & Light

Exceeding Industry Standards

STATE OF THE ART CONTROLS

a. Pioneer DDJ SB  USB MIDI Controller

DJ Interface for Serato DJ Software, Allows DJ’s to use custom Bellagala Playlists.


b. HP EliteBook 6930p Laptop | Serato DJ Intro Sofware

Laptop and software that provide rock-solid stability on proven professional standard platforms.


c. American Audio QSD 4 Channel Audio Mixer with SD card player

Audio mixer, also plays from SD cards. Used as added backup for vitally important song selections.


d. Cortex HD-1000 Hard Drive Music System

Hard drive based music, used as a comprehensive backup. Includes a full music library in case of emergency.


e. EV R300 Wireless Microphone

Professional-grade wireless microphone captures and broadcasts speeches.


State of The Art Technology

Increases Your DJ's Ability to Meet Your Expectations

TOP OF THE LINE SOUND AND LED LIGHTS

f. Chauvet 4 Bar Tri LED Dance floor Lighting

High-quality lighting wask for illuminating the dancefloor and creating energy.


g. American DJ / Chauvet Misc. Dance floor Effect Lighting

Exciting effects lights that create moving, pulsating displays on the dancefloor.


h. American DJ Light Copilot Dance floor Lighting Controller

Allows the DJ to control multiple effect lights and create a variety of lighting.


i. EV-ELX 12p, EV-ELX 15p, JBL-EON 12 500 Series, JBL-EON 12 Generation 2

Professional-grade, high-end powered loudspeakers to project crystal-clear audio throughout any size venue.

Unlimited Dance Time

Start before your guests arrive, ends when the site closes.

MUSIC LISTENING CENTER

If you are like most people, you recognize music when you hear it. That is why we have developed the online interactive Music Listening Center which allows you to listen to music, customize, and revise your playlists during the planning process. It even calculates the amount of time your song selections take up, so you know how much music can be played. Add music to your ceremony, social hour, dinner and dance playlists as you see fit. One of the most popular features of our Music Listening Center is the “do not  play” playlist. If you do not want to hear a song, you won’t!

Music Listening Center

Brings A Whole New Dimension to Picking Your Music

ON CALL BACK-UP DJS & EQUIPMENT

You can have peace of mind. Bellagala always has back-up equipment, back-up DJs and a back-up technicians scheduled to be available on the day of your wedding, in the unlikely event of any problems. 

On-Call Back-Up DJs & Equipment

The Ultimate Luxury…Peace of Mind

FAQs

How much experience do your DJs have? 

Our DJs vary in their years with Bellagala but all have one thing in common: they produce great events. Bellagala proactively seeks out only personable, professional, and hard-working 

individuals with a love of music to join our team. We believe that the skills required to be a good DJ can be taught, but integrity and great character are inherent. All our new DJs participate in our DJ Mentor Program, which is a combination of classroom and on-the-job experience and training. 

 

Can we go to a wedding where your DJs are performing? 

Bellagala respects the privacy of our clients. Therefore, we do not allow potential clients to attend your event to view our services. After all, would you want a complete stranger at your wedding distracting your DJ with questions? This is your day, and the focus should be on you and not selling our services to other brides and grooms. 

 

Why don’t we have a sit down meeting with our DJ? 

The last few weeks leading up to your event are extremely busy with final preparations and details. We have found through years of experience that a phone consultation is more convenient for our clients than a sit down consultation. 

 

Does the DJ bring equipment (amps, microphone, etc.), or do we/our reception site need to supply it? 

We bring all the sound and light equipment needed for your event. 

 

What happens if a piece of equipment breaks at the show? 

We have backup equipment and a backup technician scheduled on the day of your wedding should any problems arise. Typically, cords are the most common things to break down. Our DJs always carry multiple spare XLR and power cords for a very quick repair. Also, all our DJs are given a screwdriver in the rare event they need to tighten or replace a screw in a stand or speaker. If a speaker or another major piece of equipment fails, the on-call technician would replace the broken part. Bellagala DJs are trained to handle equipment issues on site and can engage in short term alternative methods if needed until the replacement part is delivered. This is extremely rare. 

 

How much room will the DJ need? Do I need to provide a table? 

Our DJ system is versatile enough for any space, large or small. Your DJ will need a 6’ or 8’ banquet table and minimal room for the speakers and lights. Most event sites will provide a skirted table for the DJ at no charge.

 

How hours will the DJ play music?

Your package includes unlimited playing time for your social hour, dinner, and dance. Regardless of when your social hour starts, your DJ will arrive 90 minutes prior to guest arrival and will play until your venue kicks them out!

 

Why do you charge for ceremony coverage if my ceremony is only 15 minutes?

Not only does your DJ arrive 90 minutes early, but they go through extensive training specifically catered to wedding ceremonies, as it is much different than hosting a reception. Because the ceremony is such an intimate part of your day, we want to make sure it runs flawlessly and this requires reserving our ceremony-trained DJs.

 

When will we hear from our DJ? (current question- text just needs to change to below) 

If you select a Studio or Echelon level DJ, you will have the ability to connect with your DJ right away! Your DJ will reach out within two business days and you will have unlimited planning time with them until your wedding day. At the Associate Level, your DJ will reach out to you the week of the wedding to do a thorough phone consultation to walk through all your online planning tools, custom song lists, timeline and any logistical details you would like to discuss for the big day.

 

Can I create a playlist for the DJ?

Yes! Your online account manager includes access to our music listening center which is loaded with over 20,000+ songs. You can create custom playlists for each part of your day, including specific guest requests lists, and custom music selections for your ceremony, social hour, dinner, dance, do not play, and must play list. 

 

What if we want a song that is not on your list? 

With over 20,000 songs and growing, our music library is quite extensive. However, if we don’t have a song (or songs you would like, just add the song name and artist to the Supplementary Song section of your DJ profile and we will get it for you. In the rare instance we are unable to locate the song you request, we ask you to provide it on CD or mp3 3 weeks before your wedding. 

 

Do you charge for downloads?

There is no additional charge for downloads! We expect that if one couple wants a specific song, there is a good chance another couple will as well. This allows us to keep our library up to date with a variety of different types of music.

 

Is gratuity included?

Gratuity is not included in our packages. As in all services in the wedding industry, it is just that—a service. We believe you should tip your DJ based on the experience you receive, not because it’s required. As a guide and for budgeting purposes, it is common within the industry to tip 20% of your DJ’s show price; however, if your DJ exceeds your expectations and rocks the house, tip accordingly!

 

Do you have audio visual equipment we can rent for the ceremony and/or reception? 

We have limited equipment that can be rented directly through us. Multiple microphones or extensive A/V needs should be handled by an A/V company and technician. Contact your sales representative for more information. 

 

Do you have any hidden fees? 

No. There are no hidden fees, or tax that you have to take into consideration with our package. The price in the quote is for unlimited playing time for your reception and includes everything your DJ needs to be successful on your big day. The only additional fee you may incur on top of your quote price, is if you choose to add ceremony coverage or require a travel fee, if your venue is located outside of a 40-mile radius of the Twin Cities. 

 

Is there a travel fee to my venue?

If your venue is located over 40 miles from the center point of the Twin Cities, your travel fee will be one dollar per mile from the center point of the Twin Cities to your venue’s address. This fee goes directly to your DJ for their gas, mileage, and time. If your venue is over 100 miles from the center point of the Twin Cities, we do require overnight lodging for the safety of your DJ since they will be working a long day. Lodging is at your discretion; however, it must be within 15-20 miles of your venue. 

 

What does my DJ wear?

Our male DJs will wear a white dress shirt with a black suit coat, black tie, black dress pants, and black dress shoes. Female DJs will wear a black or white dress shirt with black dress pants and black dress shoes.

 

Will my DJ emcee my reception?

Yes! All of our DJs are trained extensively on the communication, facilitation and coordination side of being an effective and successful DJ. They will help with your Grand March, all announcements, traffic flow and coordination to make your reception as seamless as possible. 

 

What do your online planning tools entail?

Our online planning tools have been designed with over 30 years of experience, so your DJ is equipped with all the essential information to be successful in executing your vision. Most couples have never hired a DJ before; thus our online planning tools are designed to prompt conversation between you and your fiancé to help articulate what is most important in finding the best DJ for your day. The profile also includes several scenario-based questions to help us understand what you expect from your DJ, learn your likes, dislikes, and any past experiences with DJs.