Peter Naughton Productions - Syracuse/Utica Wedding DJ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I tried to keep these responses brief, as I usually get into more detail on a case-by-case basis with each client as we discuss their own event plans. If you need more detail, or have a question that’s not covered here, please let me know!


How much do you charge?

My pricing list gives you everything right up front.  Don’t forget to check the Discounts page too!

Are you available for (insert date here)?

Find out instantly with a look at my availability calendar.  If your event is on a Saturday or Sunday, and there’s nothing already listed on the calendar, I’m available… let’s talk!

How do I go about booking you for DJ services?

As long as my availability calendar shows I’m free for your event date, just fill out my Quote Request Form.  I’ll respond within 24 hours (usually much sooner) with an accurate, up-front quote and I’ll offer some dates and times for a live consultation (in-person, phone or Skype).

What if my timeline isn’t finalized yet?

No problem! As long as you have a date and a venue, just make guesses for the times on my DJ Quote Request Form. We can use estimated times to book the date, and update the contract once your timeline is finalized.

Is it possible to meet with you before booking?

Definitely! Just tell me about your event plans to get started. I’ll respond with a quote and we can schedule a consultation (in-person, Skype or phone) to answer your questions and discuss your plans further.

Which payment methods are accepted?

The following methods are accepted for the initial booking payment or any other payments toward your balance:

  • Check – in-person or by mail
  • Money order – in-person or by mail
  • Credit/Debit Card – in-person or online
    • Includes Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay and other “contactless” systems (in-person only)
  • PayPal – online

On-the-spot requests for Overtime (to continue beyond contracted ending time) must be paid in-person with cash or credit/debit card before Overtime service can commence.

How far will you travel?

All bookings include travel up to one hour each way between my home (near Syracuse) and your venue.  If your venue is significantly over an hour away, any additional charges for time/mileage will be presented to you up-front at the time you request your quote.

What’s your overtime policy?

My overtime rate is $75 per half-hour and must be paid up-front with cash or credit.


What kinds of music do you have?

My library includes thousands of songs covering every major genre, and I’m always adding more.  But if your request list includes anything I don’t already have, I’ll get it.

How many songs can we request?

You can request as few or as many songs as you like.  I’ve had some clients literally request all the music for their entire reception, and some who barely requested anything.  Most fall somewhere in the middle and I’m always happy to select the rest of the music myself.

Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?

Absolutely! The Do Not Play list is just as important as your must-play list.  Feel free to ban specific titles, everything by a certain artist, even entire genres of music.  Should a guest request anything you’ve banned, I’ll politely tell them I cannot play the song — even if it’s your own parents or members of the wedding party making the request.

How Peter Operates

What kind of personality do you present as a DJ?

Similar to my presentation style on the radio, I aim for a pleasant, upbeat approach, without going “over the top” and sounding fake or gimmicky.  But I am not the type of DJ who speaks between every single song “just because.”  Once the dance floor opens, the music takes the lead, with announcements being made only when there’s a purpose for them.

Do you serve as emcee as well?

Yes, I usually serve as both the DJ and the emcee — but if you’ve got someone else in mind to act as emcee, I’ll gladly cooperate with them.  As emcee, I’ll make the formal wedding party introductions and any other announcements needed to basically serve as “crowd control” and keep the event flowing smoothly, according to the timeline we’ve planned in advance.  I’ll also help facilitate events like the bouquet toss or any other games you want to include in your reception.

Do you require breaks?

There is never a break in the music.  The only “significant” break is for dinner, but I always make sure I have plenty of music stacked up before I walk away, and I do return to my station promptly after I have finished my meal.  Once the dance floor opens, I may occasionally go get some water or use the restroom, but I am directly there and back as quickly as possible.

Do you require dinner?

Yes, a meal is required if one is being served at the event.  However, most vendors (myself included) don’t partake in cocktail hour or bar service while working.  Knowing this, some caterers offer discounted “vendor meals.”  Ask your caterer before you submit your final meal count.

Can we see you performing before we book you?

Nearly all of my bookings are private, invitation-only events. Just as I am sure you would not want me inviting complete strangers to your wedding, it would not be appropriate for me to invite you into somebody else’s wedding.  However, I’m proud to refer you to the dozens of reviews previous clients have written about my services since 2011.

Technical Stuff

How much time do you need to set-up for an event?

Generally, I arrive 90 minutes prior to the contracted start time for indoor events requiring a single sound system and dance floor lighting.

Additional set-up time will be required if your event includes any add-ons such as uplighting, a second sound system or a tent.  Additional set-up time may also be required if load-in will involve stairs, elevators, extremely long walks or any other obstacles that could slow things down.  Let’s discuss the specifics of your event, and I can tell you exactly how early I’ll need to arrive.

If your venue can’t provide access early enough for me to set-up on my own, I would need to hire an assistant in order to help me perform the same amount of work in less time.  If this is necessary, the cost would be passed along to you.

Do you put up any signs or banners?

No signs or banners are displayed at weddings or other paid events. A small sign is placed on my DJ table only when I am donating my time and services at events for not-for-profit organizations.

What if we’re planning an outdoor event?

Outdoor events can be really fun, especially if the weather cooperates.  However, there could be additional costs to provide DJ services outdoors.  My pricing page has some basic info, but to be sure, please contact me so we can discuss.  Every event is different; it’s possible your plans may not incur any extra costs.  If yours does, I’ll let you know up-front, before you sign any contracts.

Can you provide uplighting?

Yes!  For more details, see my Uplighting Page.

Key Questions to Ask *Any* DJ

Do you carry liability insurance?

Yes, and a certificate of coverage can be provided upon request.  Even if you decide to go elsewhere, never book an uninsured DJ (or any other uninsured vendor, for that matter).  Never feel bad about asking–any vendor worth their salt should have no problem providing proof of coverage.  Uninsured DJs can afford to offer lower prices because they aren’t paying for insurance, but the few bucks you save up-front could wind up costing you much more down the road if anything goes wrong.

What’s your attire when you DJ an event?

For weddings, tuxedo or suit — whichever is closest to how the men of the wedding party will be dressed.

For non-wedding events, your choice of a tux, suit, business casual or casual (usually at or just above the level expected of the event’s attendees).

How many DJs are part of this company?

Just one: me.  When you book Peter Naughton, you get Peter Naughton. I personally handle every step of the process — from answering your initial quote request to booking, planning, performing the event and packing-up all the gear at the end of the night.

Do you bring your own equipment to events?

Yes, I own all of my equipment.  It is never rented or loaned out to anyone else.

What happens if your equipment fails?

I always bring at least two of everything — laptops, music hard drives, amplifiers, mixers, etc.  So if one fails, I just swap it out.

I tried to keep these responses brief, as I usually get into more detail on a case-by-case basis with each client as we discuss their own event plans. If you need more detail, or have a question that’s not covered here, please let me know! Home