What happens if there is an emergency and you can't make it to our wedding?
In over 20 years that has never happened, but it is my biggest fear too.
Grapevine has represented many DJs over the years, and several still work occasionally for Grapevine - This happened quite a bit in 2020 due to Covid 19. Grapevine was able to cover many weddings that were postponed that lost their DJ due to illness or being unavailable on the new date.
In addition, we are friendly with all of our competition and we have their numbers just in case. They would be more than willing to cover an event in the case of an emergency, and we would be happy to do the same for them. Here is a web page with our emergency DJ contacts
Can we change our start and/or end time?
Yes. At the final consultation I will ask you about the start and end times realizing
they have probably changed since contract signing.
Do you charge for setting up, tearing down or are there any charges that we might
not know about?
No. The contract states all charges and there are no hidden fees. I setup before
guests arrive and start playing music as guests arrive.
Do you help with planning?
Absolutely! I spend more time on the pre-planning (with and without you) and
organizing than we do playing music. I will walk you through each step of the
reception and assist in helping you create a time-line and a detailed agenda that will
create a smooth flow. I will assist with music selections, personalizing the introductions
and offering creative ideas to make your party even more memorable.
Do you make announcements?
Yes I will direct your guests attention to the formalities throughout the night and give
notice before hand so that nobody misses any of the important moments.
I will not be doing any "Shout outs", "Raise your hands in the air!", "Wassup party
What makes you different?
Grapevine is one of the few full time DJ companies in Indiana and one of the most recommended DJ companies in the Indianapolis area. I provide entertainment that is fully customizable to the desires and wishes of my clients. To me, there is no set way of doing things. Music choices, the level of formality, interaction (if any) are fully personalized to your signature style.
When should I book my date?
There is really no set answer to this question. Many factors affect my availability, such as event date, time of the event (afternoon or evening), and on what day of the week your event falls. The general rule is - the sooner the better. At times, I'll book events as far as two years in advance with weddings generally booked anywhere from 6 months to 18 months in advance. At other times, you may be able to book with much less notice, however I don't recommend waiting too long. The further in advance you attempt to book your event, the more likely I'll be available
Can I see you perform?
You are welcome to visit any of my public performances. I discourage a visit during a wedding reception (unless it is in a public venue) as I feel I'm are not in a position to invite people to a private event. This also insures that you will not have strangers dropping in during your reception. I do provide, and encourage you to call my recent references and ask if they were happy with my performance. I'll be happy to set up early and meet with you before an event to give you a demonstration of my sound, lighting, set-up, appearance etc.
Do you provide references?
Yes - You will be provided with a list of recent client references. Please feel free to call them. They will be happy to share their experience with my performance & Grapevine's customer service.
We don't want a "cheesy" DJ.
While that's not a question, it's a comment we hear often.
I want your reception to be exactly as you envision it. You have total control of the level of interaction and the music that you would like played, as well as the music you do not want played. Be assured that I will never place the "spotlight" on myself, and will never force anyone to dance who does not want to. My desire is to create the atmosphere that reflects your personality and tastes.
Do you have backup equipment?
Yes I carry backup music hardrives and a comple sound system. Here is a video showing everything I bring in case something goes wrong.
How do I hold my date and "book" with Grapevine?
To permanently hold or "book" a performance date, a client must sign and return an Entertainment Contract to Grapevine. A deposit, in the amount indicated on the contract must accompany the contract. This written agreement details all of the pertinent information regarding the event. Contracts can be sent by mail or immediately delivered in e-mailed .pdf form.
When is the final balance due?
Affair balances can be paid by cash, credit card or personal check any time up to 14 days prior to the event date. I will also accommodate any clients who prefer to make several payments over the time period leading up to their event. In this case, I'll credit your account balance for any payments received and issue you a receipt for such payments.
Do you take breaks?
Plainly and simply - No. whether your party is for 3, 4, 5, 6 or more hours, I am prepared to entertain you and your guests, without any delays, interruptions or breaks. Grapevine also has a strict no drinking or smoking policy.
Should we feed you?
No need - I eat before we arrive. While you and your guests are enjoying your meal, I will be working: Selecting a variety of music for dinner, upcoming events and for dancing. I will also be coordinating with the banquet staff and your other vendors. I will stay available to make any announcements and to take requests, etc. If I am also providing service for the wedding ceremony, a meal would be appreciated.
What is your dress policy?
Unless otherwise dictated by the client, I wear a full black tuxedo or suit, your choice.
What kinds of music do you play?
What ever you request (almost)! Grapevine plays all types of music, from the Big Band era of the 30s & 40s to the hottest tunes of today - including country, Motown, disco, rock, Top 40 dance, ethnic, R & B.. hip-hop/rap and the list goes on from there. If you are looking for EDM, Hard core rap, Thrash metal, House/Rave music - I'm probably not the right guy for you.
How is the music selected?
Music selection is usually based on three factors. First, you have the opportunity to tell me what you want to hear and if there is anything that you don't want to hear. This gives me the overall framework for the event. From there, your guests' requests help determine some of the music selection. Lastly, I'll rely on experience to fill in the event's play list, based on the crowd's reactions and responses throughout the event. Watch this video to see how to use our music database to create your custom song request list.
Do you take requests?
Yes - In addition to our clients' pre-planned request lists, I welcome direct requests from our clients and their guests throughout the event. I'll attempt to play as many requests as possible, as long as they fall within the clients' guidelines and are appropriate for the event and guests attending.
How many songs will be played?
This varies, since song and event lengths vary. The average song is 3 ½ minutes in length. That translates into 17 songs per hour, 68 songs in four hours and 85 songs in five hours.
When do we go through all of the details?
Final planning is generally handled 2-3 weeks prior to the event date.
When does Grapevine arrive at the event?
Typically, I arrive at least 1-2 hours prior to the start time of the event.
Do you have insurance?
Yes. Liability insurance is through R.V. Nuccio & Associates, Inc. and you and/or your venue are welcome to a copy.