Cape Cod Wedding DJ Tom Tuttle FAQ
What’s the best way for us to find about whether you should be our Wedding DJ?
Please set up a meeting (call or email for appointment) and share your wedding plans, then make your decision.
Weekdays are best to meet. If you are too busy to meet, then we will help you as best we can over the phone.
Tom’s Tip 1:
Another great way to research any DJ’s ability is to ask Cape Cod Wedding Venues, and others such as Cape Cod Photographers, who work closely with us on a weekly basis. Note which DJ names keep coming up on the various Cape Cod Venues lists. The more you see a name, the more likely you are of getting someone qualified. Many couples also tell us they get reassurance after reading through Tom’s Reviews and Testimonials.
Tom’s Tip 2:
Successful DJs are usually busy on weekends at weddings. If you want to meet, it is better to schedule your meeting on a weekday.
However, each DJ company is different. Around here Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings work best.
We are going to be visiting the Cape soon – can we see you in action at a wedding?
We find it works best not to use a couple’s wedding day to promote our services.
This is great news for you in that you will not have to worry about us inviting a couple to your reception to peek in.
Tom’s Tip 3:
FYI. Only a rare handful of reception venues on the Cape Cod are designed in such a way where couple could view an on-going reception from the foyer/lobby area without being viewed as a potential “wedding crasher.”
Tom’s Tip 4:
Should you decide to show up at someone else’s reception to check out the venue, or the DJ, you are encouraged to dress the same way you would if you were to attend their wedding.
Will Tom act as Emcee?
Yes, and tastefully. Tom’s philosophy is knowing that using fewer words for an announcement works better than speaking too many. He refrains from the typical interactive DJ theatrics, and avoids anything even closely resembling a “Wedding Singer” style.
Since his very first wedding in 1981, his success has been built on taking a tasteful approach. Tom’s plays your music and gets out of the way. He never tries to be the center of attention, nor does he use any props or gimmicks.
He speaking style is natural and pleasant, and he avoids WWF type introductions, announcements and productions of any kind.
Tom’s Tip 5:
Many couples save precious reception time by only introducing the bride and groom. You might want to consider this because your day will likely go much quicker than you might think.
Experience has shown Tom that couples often use up to 15 minutes of precious reception time rounding up and introducing their entire bridal party.
It’s the gathering up your party that takes the time, everyone is often spread out all over the venue property. Keep this tip in mind and you’ll be way ahead of the game and save more time for dancing fun on the other end of your reception. Some wedding coordinators will round up guests, and line everyone up, but not all do.
If your heart is set on introducing your entire bridal party, or you are pressured by certain family members to do so, that’s okay. If your party is large, it’s better to use FIRST NAMES ONLY because it flows better when everyone is introduced.
Of course as the Bride & Groom you’ll likely be using your full name. Just be sure Tom has the correct pronunciation. You can even spell out your married name faw-NET-ic-LEE if you’d like.
Tom’s Tip 6:
Is Tom willing and open to working with us so our wedding reception musical wishes are carried out?
Absolutely Yes! He will do so in such a way that you will have fun while planning music together with his help. He also plays THE MOST CURRENT MUSIC, as well as the classics. Couples often let Tom know that planning their music is the most enjoyable “task” the get to be involved with. With your input, we offer a nice music mix so everyone is happy and has fun.
Tom’s Tip 7:
How many songs shall I select for our DJ to play?
See Tom’s “Tips for Choosing Your Music” page to show to tricks about how you efficiently choose the perfect number of songs, so you’ll ensure on hearing the important ones.
If you want to choose your own music, you are wise to start with about 15 to 25 fast dance songs and 5 to 8 slow tunes.
If your playlist contains too many songs, we will not enough have time to fit them all in.
Some couples provide us with an A list of “must play” songs (20 or so songs to start with), and a B list of, “If you have time could you play these.”
You might consider leaving a little breathing room (by not choosing every song yourself) for your guests to fit in a few requests of their own. They are sure to appreciate your kindness.
Every wedding is unique so the number of songs at your wedding may vary slightly.
Tom’s Tip 8:
Will Tom have time to take requests?
He may, depending on how many songs the Bride and Groom have selected. They get first choice.
When guests make requests, it adds a fun spark to the spontaneity of your reception, but only after the Newlyweds’ requests are played.
Tom’s Tip 9:
May we bring songs you don’t have in your collection?
Yes please bring your unique music. We probably have your request in our collection, or can easily get it. But if you have unique taste, and own a one of a kind song, we are happy to play music you have on your iDevice, or email the song to me in the mp3 format ahead of time. (Note: Be sure your iDevice is charged, volume up, and song you want cued up!)
Tom’s Tip 10:
Can Tom provide music for our wedding ceremony as well as the reception?
Yes, he does it often, but only when the ceremony and reception are at the SAME location. He does not travel to the church or beach.
What are your rates?
When you call with your wedding date, we can discuss your plans and quote our rate.
Tom’s Tip 11:
DJ Rates vary around Cape Cod. It’s best to do a little research.
Rates are based on a DJ’s experience, popularity, talent level, degree of professionalism, and musical strengths.
Tom’s Tip 12:
Is DJ overtime (OT) available?
Sometimes overtime is available. It depends whether Tom is obligated to be somewhere after your wedding. It is more likely he will be available for overtime for an evening wedding than one in the daytime.
Note: With Tom, any possible overtime must first be agreed to by both he and the venue manager on duty.
Tom’s Tip 13:
What is your overtime rate?
Your overtime rate will be posted on our agreement.
Tom’s Tip 14:
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes, you can view it by clicking this link: Cancellation Policy
Tom’s Tip 15:
Tom’s ingredients to success
- Loving my work and effort as a DJ
- Making sure of a great fit (That couples who choose Tom can appreciate his DJ style)
- Flexibility. We know that every wedding is different, and every couple is unique.
- Listening to your musical wishes.
- Plays your song requests, and songs you want to hear.
- Works with you as a team.
- Honors your do not play list.
- Sensitive to volume and does not BLAST the sound, especially during your cocktail and dinner hour.
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE. Tom has a proven track record of success which has been built with more than 30+ years of experience.
Tom’s Tip 16:
DJ research is important. Be mindful of the way you are treated during your first phone call or email. No matter what the business, everyone appreciates having their call or email returned quickly.
Tom’s Tip 17:
Look for a fit. As far as finding the right DJ for your wedding, it can be more challenging than in years past, in part because of all the slick websites and glowing reviews you’ll have to navigate and sort through first.
There is a simpler solution. Find a DJ you click with. Forget deciding based on websites and reviews. Try to set up a meeting with an available and friendly DJ to get a better sense of their personality and see if there is a fit.
Tom’s Tip 18:
More about DJ research. If Tom is unavailable, you’ll have to search. Having said this, your DJ should be one with whom you have comfortable and easy working relationship with. Look for the person who has a clear understanding of your wedding reception details and expectations BEFORE making your decision.
You should be able to get a pretty good sense of a DJs ability and willingness to work with you by asking a few general questions during your first phone call, yes use the phone it’s better. Questions might include: Will they work with your playlist? Are they familiar with your venue? You get the picture 🙂
Tom’s Tip 19:
If you are all booked on our wedding date is true that you will help us with a referral to your competition?
Yes, this is true! Tom often books one year in advance and may not be available to help you. If that is the case, he will gladly guide you in the right direction.
Working hard as a Wedding DJ since 1981, Tom has been fortunate to have built a wonderful network, earning the respect and trust of a handful of other respected Cape Cod DJs.
You may have already heard some of their names as you’ve begun your search. This small group of talented, friendly competitors has also EARNED Tom’s TRUST and RESPECT over the years.
Please let Tom know if you are in a bind and need a DJ, and we will be happy to provide you with a few names.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy life preparing for your wedding day to read through this information. Tom wants you to make the most educated choice possible.