DO YOU OFFER PHOTO BOOTHS OR UPLIGHTING?
Yes! We have partnered with a local company who specializes in providing quality photo booths, name monograms, and architectural uplighting for us.
OK, WHAT HIDDEN FEES OR EXTRA COSTS WILL I ENDURE?
We charge an all-inclusive price for DJ/MC services. No extra fees for local traveling, set-up, planning, meetings, venue visits, dance lighting effects, over time, or our world-class sound systems. We do however have a lighting division that offers extra options should you need uplighting, monograms, or a photo booth.
IF I BOOK JAKE RITCHIE OR ONE OF HIS DJs, WILL I GET SOMEONE ELSE?
Absolutely not! Do not hire a company who will not let you meet your DJ, guarantee the DJ of your choice, or who will not list the DJ’s name on the contract. Lastly, it is my personal opinion what you would be better off staying away from out of state booking agencies. There is a lot of blind subcontracting and little screening of the talent that they employ.
WHAT IS YOUR ATTIRE?
We wear classy suits, otherwise a tuxedo for black tie affairs.
WILL YOU MC MY WEDDING AS WELL?
Ditch the iPod, it cannot speak! We act as your master of ceremonies which means we are responsible for announcing your introductions, first dance, dinner, and all other important segments that take place. Our DJs speak clearly, and you will not hear any rambling or corny jokes coming from any of them.
CAN YOU DJ MY CEREMONY AND COCKTAIL HOUR AS WELL?
Yes. We have additional sound systems, microphones, and also provide customized planning materials to assist you with every step of the ceremony.
WHAT TIME WILL YOU SHOW UP TO MY WEDDING?
We arrive up 2 to 3 hours early for a few reasons. Traffic, weather, set-up, and to coordinate with vendors. Be wary of DJs who say they will show up less than an hour before your wedding is to begin.
DO YOU BACK UP YOUR EQUIPMENT AND TRANSPORTATION?
We have extra equipment on site which includes mics, speakers, cables, laptops, mixers, and more. We all have road plan policies as well in case of any car trouble. We will be there, even if we have to show up in a tow truck!
DO YOU BACK YOURSELF UP IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?
Absolutely. Jake Ritchie networks with the area’s finest DJs and trades schedules with them on a regular basis. We have never missed a performance, but we still take many steps to ensure we have an emergency plan.
IF IT IS OUTDOORS, DO I NEED A TENT?
Depends. Electronic equipment is expensive and can easily be damaged by rain, hot rays from the sun, tree dander, and even passing birds (yuck). If a tent is not an option – a gazebo, awning, or any other covered space will do just fine! The venue, caterer, or rental company should be able to supply extra shelter. Make sure to ask them about “side panel” options if you are renting a tent for the entire reception.
WHAT’S THE “CLIENT CENTER” LINK FOR AND WHY CAN’T I ACCESS IT?
This section is reserved for clients who have decided to book our services. It grants them access to organized planning materials, song samples, charts, wedding tips, and other important information that will help them plan the perfect wedding. They can actually use these online tools to save their work online and it automatically sends their updates right to the DJ!
HOW COME YOU DO NOT EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS AND HIRE MANY OTHER DJ’S?
Because of our outstanding reputation, we prefer to preserve the integrity of our name by maintaining a controllable small business. There are three total DJs on staff, and if we are all booked on your wedding date, we can refer you to selected reputable entertainment companies in the area we have built a relationship with.
ARE YOU A LEGITIMATE COMPANY AND DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
We have a business license and pay taxes within the limits of the law. We also carry liability and equipment insurance coverage which most venues are requiring vendors to have now. Liability is NOT ENOUGH. Ask if they carry an equipment coverage policy as well.
ARE YOU LOW-KEY, MODERATE, OR HIGH ENERGY DJ?
Actually, you can control that! We can be as low-key or interactive as you’d like us to be! Although we all have our own unique personalities, we do not force your guests out of their seats to participate, get out and dance, sing, or play an instrument. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with those interactive ideas, it just isn’t our style.
WHAT MAKES JAKE RITCHIE/DREAM DAY DJs ONE OF THE TOP COMPANIES IN THE AREA WITH THE BEST REPUTATION?
We are a small full-time successful entertainment company who takes quality over quantity. DJ Jake Ritchie is the only person in the northern Virginia area to win a DJ/MC recognized DJ competition award. Dream Day DJs has been recognized for being one of the best for over 6 years in a row through the Washingtonian Magazine, Virginia Living magazine, and Weddingwire.com’s Bride Choice Awards. Jake was also awarded a Presidential Award from the American Disc Jockey Association’s D.C. Chapter for his work as a board member. Our other outstanding DJ, Akhil Handa, won three Wedding Wire Bride Choice Awards with his work over the years.
Jake Ritchie has more than 300 hours of training which includes attending seminars, workshops, industry conferences, and working with other professionals. Jake has passed workshop courses through “The Professional Process” by one of America’s top DJs – Peter Merry, “Advanced Microphone Techniques Level 1 & 2” through Randy Bartlet’s 1% Solution, and “The Certified DJ Program” through the Metropolitan Professional Disc Jockey Association.
CAN I SEE YOU DJ IN ACTION?
For professional reasons, We don’t have couples show up uninvited to our scheduled weddings. We can provide excellent reviews from brides, grooms, and vendors who rave about our services. To view our outstanding and number one rated reviews, please visit our WeddingWire.com reviews by scrolling to the bottom of the page.
SO, HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU REALLY INVEST IN MY WEDDING?
Even though your wedding may be scheduled from 4-6 hours, we spend sometimes double that amount on each couple’s wedding. Most of this work comes in the planning and preparing stages like acquiring & editing songs, scripting introduction biographies, visiting your venue, and other important duties that bring your wedding together successfully.