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Ampersand Events

Santa Ana , CA

LOCATION

1223 Cabrillo Park Drive
Santa Ana, CA US 92701 (map)
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ABOUT US

You want your guests to have more fun at your wedding than any other wedding they've been to, and we can help you make that happen!

Ampersand Events was founded in 1998 on the... Read more
You want your guests to have more fun at your wedding than any other wedding they've been to, and we can help you make that happen!

Ampersand Events was founded in 1998 on the love great music, awesome lighting, and creating outstanding events. In our many years of providing excellent services, we've gained experience in every type of event from small backyard graduations, to "platinum" weddings - and we love them all.

We would love to speak with you directly - either via email (ampersandproduction(at)yahoo.com, text (978-267-7763), Facebook (www.facebook.com/ampersandproduction), skype (benpenman), or a good old-fashioned phone call (978-267-7763). We are here to answer any questions you have, and are excited to help you with your upcoming event!

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INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
I like playing music that gets people up, dancing, and having fun. I beat match and mix at your event, LIVE and on the fly, making it easy to adjust the mood of the dance floor to get everyone having the best time possible.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
I will take unlimited requests and play as many of them as possible, unless you tell me otherwise.
What is your usual attire?
As the client, you select the attire: Tux, Suit, Casual, or Vacation. Most clients request a buttoned up shirt, tie, and slacks.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
We will get any special song you request as long as it is requested more than 72 hours prior to the event.
How many other DJs do you work with?
I am the one and only DJ within my company. If I am not available, I will refer you to other colleagues that I feel provide similar quality and value.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
I will DJ for as little as one hour, and as long as 10 hours if needed.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
I like meeting with clients prior to booking, it allows us to see how our personalities work together.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Absolutely!
Do you bring your own equipment?
I own and supply my equipment for every event. It is always less than 3 years old and is professional equipment. Our normal system is comprised of Pioneer and JBL equipment.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
We offer a huge inventory of lighting and atmospheric equipment. LED Uplights, Monogram Projection, Moving Lights, Fog Machines, Haze Machines, Bubble Machines, Snow Machines, Blacklight Cannon, Lasers, Strobes, Liquid Lights, Flame Lights, Pinspots, Gobo Projectors, Color Wash Lights, Mirror (Disco) Balls, the list goes on and on.
How much time do you usually need to set up? Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
The average setup time is between 30 and 60 minutes. This allows us time to set up the equipment, test the equipment, and change into the appropriate attire. Adding lighting or other additional services increases the setup time. We usually bring a table or stand for our equipment but are happy to use your table if you are providing one.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
We ask that you provide enough space for the equipment you've requested. If space is an issue, please let us know and we will adjust our system accordingly.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
I think a sign or banner is tacky and disrespectful to have hanging up at 99% of events. I will not use your event as advertising space.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
Being the Master of Ceremonies (EmCee) is part of the services we provide with DJing. I will make announcements and introduce the wedding party (at weddings), but I do not usually do much interrupting beyond that. I'm at your event to play music for your guests to dance to, not to tell jokes and cheese-ball your event.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
If nobody is dancing, I change the music genre. This is the type of situation where I rely on the client to help me prepare music selections prior to the event.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We don't usually take breaks unless your event is longer than 6 hours. If we expect that we will need to take a break, the DJ's assistant will cover for the DJ. We usually eat before the event, but if you would like to purchase a meal for my assistant and myself, we are very appreciative of the kind gesture.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
The assistant DJ takes over playing music.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
We have never been late to or missed an event since we started in 1998. If for some reason we cannot get to your event due to an act of God or other circumstance legitimately out of our control, we will find you a replacement DJ.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
No, if a DJ is doing that, he's asking for trouble.
What is your overtime rate?
Our overtime rate is negotiable. Generally 1.5x the normal rate (just like any other job).
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Beyond an hour of drive-time we charge the government allotted mileage charge of $.50/mile.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
50% of the total and a signed service contract. We do not "hold" dates unless you have provided the deposit and contract.

INFO FOR LIGHTING & DECOR

What type of events do you produce?
Corporate Events, Private Parties, Weddings
Which of the following services do you provide?
Audiovisuals, Entertainment, Event Concept & Design, Event Décor, Event Lighting, Event Planning

REVIEWS

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Brennan
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Ben and Jenny did our wedding in June 2014 and did an incredible job.
They brought and set up lighting to really set the mood around our dance floor and in the yard for our reception. Jen did a great job helping to tune the fine details at our reception, and worked closely with the site coordinator to make sure we had everything we need. They also did a great job in helping us plan the day, providing us with itinerary options, and taking the time to make sure we had song choices for all of the important moments. They accommodated us in using the genres of music we typically enjoy and what type of feel we were going for for the event.

As probably the best measure of the job that they did, our guests had a blast! Many remarked that ours was the best wedding that they had ever been to (seriously, from our 85 year old grandfather). Husbands, cousins, and boyfriends who are known to never dance, danced until their shirts were soaked through with sweat! Our guests loved the music selection, and Ben kept people dancing for hours.

We are so glad to have chose them. They were a great company to work with. They were courteous and professional, and helped to sort out many fine details that we really could not have done without them.
Ben and Jenny did our wedding in June 2014 and did an incredible job.
They brought and set up lighting to really set Read more...
Ben and Jenny did our wedding in June 2014 and did an incredible job.
They brought and set up lighting to really set the mood around our dance floor and in the yard for our reception. Jen did a great job helping to tune the fine details at our reception, and worked closely with the site coordinator to make sure we had everything we need. They also did a great job in helping us plan the day, providing us with itinerary options, and taking the time to make sure we had song choices for all of the important moments. They accommodated us in using the genres of music we typically enjoy and what type of feel we were going for for the event.

As probably the best measure of the job that they did, our guests had a blast! Many remarked that ours was the best wedding that they had ever been to (seriously, from our 85 year old grandfather). Husbands, cousins, and boyfriends who are known to never dance, danced until their shirts were soaked through with sweat! Our guests loved the music selection, and Ben kept people dancing for hours.

We are so glad to have chose them. They were a great company to work with. They were courteous and professional, and helped to sort out many fine details that we really could not have done without them. Read less
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Kayla
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Awesome in every way! We needed microphones last minute and Ben pulled through for us! Can't say enough nice things!
Awesome in every way! We needed microphones last minute and Ben pulled through for us! Can't say enough nice things!
Awesome in every way! We needed microphones last minute and Ben pulled through for us! Can't say enough nice things! Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Ampersand Production is awesome!! Ben dj'd my wedding and provided uplighting and dance floor lighting for my wedding a couple of weeks ago, and it all went so well. Ben was such a pleasure to work with. From the first time I met Ben and his wife, Jen, 9 months prior to my wedding and throughout the months of wedding planning, Ben was very prompt with responding to all questions and emails of mine. He is extremely friendly, professional, and reliable. He stays organized and up to date by providing his clients with an online gig-builder that allows his clients to organize all wedding music and the order of how things will run. He did an awesome job at my wedding by playing all the styles of music I asked for and keeping the energy fun! I highly recommend Ampersand Production!!!
Ampersand Production is awesome!! Ben dj'd my wedding and provided uplighting and dance floor lighting for my wedding a Read more...
Ampersand Production is awesome!! Ben dj'd my wedding and provided uplighting and dance floor lighting for my wedding a couple of weeks ago, and it all went so well. Ben was such a pleasure to work with. From the first time I met Ben and his wife, Jen, 9 months prior to my wedding and throughout the months of wedding planning, Ben was very prompt with responding to all questions and emails of mine. He is extremely friendly, professional, and reliable. He stays organized and up to date by providing his clients with an online gig-builder that allows his clients to organize all wedding music and the order of how things will run. He did an awesome job at my wedding by playing all the styles of music I asked for and keeping the energy fun! I highly recommend Ampersand Production!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure working with Ben Penman at Ampersand Events, he came and met us at the venue with no problem. Kept communication with us up until the wedding date; and delivered excellent lighting. We were both happy with the quality of his work and would recommend his company to friends/family.

Thank You,
Jarrod
It was a pleasure working with Ben Penman at Ampersand Events, he came and met us at the venue with no problem. Kept Read more...
It was a pleasure working with Ben Penman at Ampersand Events, he came and met us at the venue with no problem. Kept communication with us up until the wedding date; and delivered excellent lighting. We were both happy with the quality of his work and would recommend his company to friends/family.

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Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Christina
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Ben from Ampersand Events was a true professional and his company handled all of our lighting for our wedding. Everything was set up on time and he even had a cool custom monogram of our names set up on the ground. I would highly recommend their services and I also felt they were reasonable priced compared to other companies.

Thank you,
Christina
Ben from Ampersand Events was a true professional and his company handled all of our lighting for our wedding. Everything Read more...
Ben from Ampersand Events was a true professional and his company handled all of our lighting for our wedding. Everything was set up on time and he even had a cool custom monogram of our names set up on the ground. I would highly recommend their services and I also felt they were reasonable priced compared to other companies.

Thank you,
Christina Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor, Unique Services
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Ampersand Events was wonderful to work with for the wedding and our welcome party for our guests prior to the wedding on August 2. Ampersand Events did all the lighting for my wedding at Hotel Laguna. They did an amazing job transforming the Laguna room and provided market lights on the balcony. On August 2, we had a welcome party for our guests and Ampersand Events was the DJ and provided market lights. Ampersand Events was extremely responsive to all my emails and gave me valuable advice for planning a wedding. They were also on time (or early) to every single meeting and event. Ampersand Events went above and beyond my expectations and I would recommend them to my friends.
Ampersand Events was wonderful to work with for the wedding and our welcome party for our guests prior to the wedding on Read more...
Ampersand Events was wonderful to work with for the wedding and our welcome party for our guests prior to the wedding on August 2. Ampersand Events did all the lighting for my wedding at Hotel Laguna. They did an amazing job transforming the Laguna room and provided market lights on the balcony. On August 2, we had a welcome party for our guests and Ampersand Events was the DJ and provided market lights. Ampersand Events was extremely responsive to all my emails and gave me valuable advice for planning a wedding. They were also on time (or early) to every single meeting and event. Ampersand Events went above and beyond my expectations and I would recommend them to my friends. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/4/2013
4.9/5.0
Ben and Jenny were amazing. The crowd was on their feet the whole time and the lighting matched perfectly!! Everyone had a great time and we even have the whole night on Viedo :) thanks again Ben & Jenny
Ben and Jenny were amazing. The crowd was on their feet the whole time and the lighting matched perfectly!! Everyone had a Read more...
Ben and Jenny were amazing. The crowd was on their feet the whole time and the lighting matched perfectly!! Everyone had a great time and we even have the whole night on Viedo :) thanks again Ben & Jenny Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Douglas
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
This DJ was outstanding. I've been to a lot of wedding recently cause I'm that age and most have been kinda boring and people were more excited to sit around then to get up and dance and socialize but Ben and ampersand production did a great job keeping it lively fun and most importantly keeping people interested and involved. The lighting was beautiful the personal touches he was willing to go the extra mile for like names in lights and personalized music choice for everything. and he couldn't have been more friendly and willing to please. Thanks again ampersand!!!!!!! Highly recommend you guys.
This DJ was outstanding. I've been to a lot of wedding recently cause I'm that age and most have been kinda boring and Read more...
This DJ was outstanding. I've been to a lot of wedding recently cause I'm that age and most have been kinda boring and people were more excited to sit around then to get up and dance and socialize but Ben and ampersand production did a great job keeping it lively fun and most importantly keeping people interested and involved. The lighting was beautiful the personal touches he was willing to go the extra mile for like names in lights and personalized music choice for everything. and he couldn't have been more friendly and willing to please. Thanks again ampersand!!!!!!! Highly recommend you guys. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Mark
Wedding:
10/11/2012
5.0/5.0
We just had Ben do our wedding a few days ago and honestly we could not have been happier with our experience. He was so professional and helped us along every step of the process. All of our guests had so much fun and we have Ben to thank! If you need a wedding DJ, he is your man!
We just had Ben do our wedding a few days ago and honestly we could not have been happier with our experience. He was so Read more...
We just had Ben do our wedding a few days ago and honestly we could not have been happier with our experience. He was so professional and helped us along every step of the process. All of our guests had so much fun and we have Ben to thank! If you need a wedding DJ, he is your man! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Lighting & Decor
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Maria Cristina
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
We are very pleased with Ampersand Production services. The staff was very professional, personable and willing to go above and beyond from our first meeting. They asked us questions to better understand what we wanted for our special day. They took the time to drive to Temecula to see the layout of the room. They costumed design the lighting, music and monogram with our initials to make our special day more personable. Very well organized and coordinated. Upon our return from our honeymoon, we were pleasantly surprised to find lots of pictures they uploaded for us to share with friends and family. We definitely recommend Ampersand Production and look forward to using their services again.
We are very pleased with Ampersand Production services. The staff was very professional, personable and willing to go Read more...
We are very pleased with Ampersand Production services. The staff was very professional, personable and willing to go above and beyond from our first meeting. They asked us questions to better understand what we wanted for our special day. They took the time to drive to Temecula to see the layout of the room. They costumed design the lighting, music and monogram with our initials to make our special day more personable. Very well organized and coordinated. Upon our return from our honeymoon, we were pleasantly surprised to find lots of pictures they uploaded for us to share with friends and family. We definitely recommend Ampersand Production and look forward to using their services again. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor

DEALS

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Promo Code: ILOVEMUSIC   $1,000 Value
Every once in a while, we offer a crazy discount. This is one of them: We will take 50% off your DJ services (excludes lighting) if you provide ALL of the music for your event from start to finish. WHOA, WHAT!? You'll need to provide all the ceremony, cocktail, introduction, dinner, dancing, and post-event music. You give us enough DRM-free, 320kbps, MP3 files on a USB drive; and in return, you get %50 off our DJ services. Only applies to new bookings on currently available dates.

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