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Frank M. Podeswa - D.J. & M.C.

Orlando , FL

LOCATION

3108 Nealwood Ave
Orlando, FL US 32806 (map)

PHONE

407-716-5809

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

As a wedding professional for almost 20 years, I believe weddings should be "a lot of fun, yet tastefully done."


I understand how important this special day is to you,... Read more
As a wedding professional for almost 20 years, I believe weddings should be "a lot of fun, yet tastefully done."


I understand how important this special day is to you, your respective families and friends. Therefore, it is my goal to provide you with a well-planned, stress-free event and I pledge the following to you:
* Provide reliable, on-time service
* Customize the event to YOUR expectations
* Exude a professional manner and appearance
* Be courteous & friendly to you and your guests-
* Gladly accept requests and play music you want
This pledge is the cornerstone of my success as a professional Disc Jockey & Master of Ceremonies. I truly value client satisfaction and strive to exceed your expectations. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet you for a free, no obligation consultation to show you how I can provide you with the wedding ceremony and/or reception of your dreams! Read less
Ceremony Music , DJ

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Acapella, Brass - Quartet, Brass - Quintet, Brass - Trio, Choir, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
Since most weddings are formal events, my usual attire is a black tuxedo. However, sometimes daytime weddings or less formal events may call for a suit. I've even done themed ceremonies in nice casual attire! Ultimately, I advise my clients and they will choose the appropriate attire.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
I have video of numerous performances, which I gladly show my prospective clients and provide references. Since weddings are private functions, I do not use paying clients as a marketing/demo opportunity.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Although I can be set up in 30-40 minutes, I usually arrive at the event location 1.5 to 2 hours prior to the contracted start time.This allows for ample time for load-in, set-up, testing and changing into event attire.
How much space do you usually require?
Approximately a 4' x 4' area is enough room for my ceremony system. I can adapt to most any area, indoor or outdoor and I strive to be heard, not seen by guests.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
In most cases, travel is not an issue. If your event is 50 miles or less from downtown Orlando, there is no charge. Beyond 50 miles, I charge a standard business mileage rate of 48 cents per mile.

INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
I like to call it "PRO-FUN-DIVERSIASTIC" - My own personal brand of PROFESSIONALISM, sprinkled with lots FUN and a DIVERSE PLAY LIST pleasing to all age groups and musical tastes. I love entertaining you with great music and upbeat announcements - and it shows!
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
No. I customize each event to the specifications of my bride and groom. I do recommend leaving some time for guest requests.
What is your usual attire?
As mentioned regarding ceremonies, most of the time I wear a basic black tuxedo. However, time of day, less formal weddings or even themed events may require a suit or casual attire.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
I do not require it and make every effort to get requested song(s). If the bride and groom have the selection(s), I am not opposed to playing their music, but with a huge inventory of music and numerous music sources, there's not much I don't have or can't secure.
How many other DJs do you work with?
I am an independent DJ - so, when you book me you GET ME!
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
I have a two hour minimum, but most weddings I perform are 4-5 hours.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Absolutely! I believe the bride and/or groom should have the opportunity to meet and talk with every wedding professional they are considering. It is very important to know and trust each vendor with the details of your event. You should feel comfortable with their experience, equipment and personality.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
Although I wouldn't say I specialize in it, I can cater to just about any ethnic or international event. I enjoy music from around the world and the planning meeting allows me to develop a play list to meet your specific needs.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Absolutely!
Do you bring your own equipment?
I bring my own equipment with a back-up for each and every audio component (speakers, amp, CD players, mixer, etc). Unless we lose all power, there'll be music and dancing!
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
I provide a disco ball with pin spots, strobe light and one moving color effect light on a 10 ft. tri-pod with cross-bar at no additional charge. I also have a fogger and can design a light show for any occasion (additional charges apply). I can even project the bride's and groom's names in light (must be ordered 45 days prior to event).
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?
Although I only need 30-40 minutes to set up, I arrive at the event location about 1.5 - 2 hours prior to the contracted start time. If I've never worked a venue, I will even visit the location (in Central Florida only) or arrange our event planning meeting there prior to the wedding day. I set-up and test the audio and lighting to insure problem free operation. I require one (1) 3' x 3' or 6' x 2' covered/skirted table and at least one (1) dedicated 20 amp circuit.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
My system is fairly compact, so, all I need is about a 6' x 8' area for audio, lighting, table and me!
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Personally, I feel it is tacky to over-promote one's services at a wedding. I prefer to tastefully display a few business cards on my DJ set-up.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
I have been emceeing weddings for over 20 years. What I learned very early on, is less is more. I announce the introductions, all festivities and select songs, but I don't turn it into a radio show. I also alert the bridal couple and family members during the event, so, they know what's next. Have you ever seen a DJ announce the bride and father dance only to be embarrassed because one or the other was out of the room?
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
I do the one sure thing that works every time! I visit tables and talk with you and your guests, ask for requests and gauge their interest in dancing. I could say experience, props or picking that "sure-fire" song is the answer, but I think my approach yields quicker, better results.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I don't require a meal or a meal break. I'm there to work and take care of those issues before or after your event, if needed. However, if a meal is offered, that is greatly appreciated and I only take a few minutes to eat, as I like to focus on the event from start to finish.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
Breaks? Please see above.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I do have several DJ associates who are my back-up should I become seriously ill, be in an accident or God forbid, pass away. I have NEVER missed an event in over 20 years as a DJ.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Only if there is enough time to provide my clients overtime, if requested, and plenty of travel and set-up time for the second event.
What is your overtime rate?
Overtime is pro-rated at $3.00 a minute. I don't charge you for an hour when you only use 41 minutes?
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
In most cases, travel is not an issue. If your event is 30 miles or less from downtown Orlando, there is no charge. Beyond 30 miles, I charge a business mileage rate of 54 cents per mile.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
The minimum deposit is $250.

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Chethan
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Frank was outstanding. He provided the A/V for our ceremony, and DJ'd our reception at the Orlando Science Center. He really deserves five starts in every category. He did an amazing job of not adding stress to a complex situation, which is a feat in and of itself. We wanted lighting for the columns at our venue, and Frank got beautiful green LED uplights that made everything look spectacular. He worked with us to provide exactly the music we wanted. We had a slide show before the reception, and another one during the reception - he made sure both went off without a hitch. We had a cocktail reception out on the Science Center's terrace which he DJ'd, all went perfectly. I can't praise him enough for his professionalism and quality. Highly recommended.
Frank was outstanding. He provided the A/V for our ceremony, and DJ'd our reception at the Orlando Science Center. He Read more...
Frank was outstanding. He provided the A/V for our ceremony, and DJ'd our reception at the Orlando Science Center. He really deserves five starts in every category. He did an amazing job of not adding stress to a complex situation, which is a feat in and of itself. We wanted lighting for the columns at our venue, and Frank got beautiful green LED uplights that made everything look spectacular. He worked with us to provide exactly the music we wanted. We had a slide show before the reception, and another one during the reception - he made sure both went off without a hitch. We had a cocktail reception out on the Science Center's terrace which he DJ'd, all went perfectly. I can't praise him enough for his professionalism and quality. Highly recommended. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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carla
Wedding:
12/27/2008
5.0/5.0
Frank did a fantastic job! He found every song that I requested, and the dance floor was never empty. All of my guests had a great time dancing. I could not have been happier with Frank!
Frank did a fantastic job! He found every song that I requested, and the dance floor was never empty. All of my guests had Read more...
Frank did a fantastic job! He found every song that I requested, and the dance floor was never empty. All of my guests had a great time dancing. I could not have been happier with Frank! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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preciousbride08
Wedding:
8/16/2008
5.0/5.0
Frank Is a great DJ. My wedding reception was wonderful. He kept everybody on there feet from the first song he played to the last. I must say the last time i dance that much was at my prom. When i was in high school. I have the soreness in my legs to prove it.
Frank Is a great DJ. My wedding reception was wonderful. He kept everybody on there feet from the first song he played to Read more...
Frank Is a great DJ. My wedding reception was wonderful. He kept everybody on there feet from the first song he played to the last. I must say the last time i dance that much was at my prom. When i was in high school. I have the soreness in my legs to prove it. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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mjf714
Wedding:
7/14/2007
5.0/5.0
Frank was the glue that held our reception together. No one ever seemed bored and the dance floor was always packed. Frank knew exactly what songs to play and when. There was never any dull time during the reception. Frank's taste of music was very tasteful and he was very responsive to the type of music my husband and I enjoyed. He was very easy to work with and made our reception memorable. Frank is an extremely down to earth guy and is willing to make your wedding special. You won't be disappointed with this DJ!

Melissa and Joe
7/14/07
Frank was the glue that held our reception together. No one ever seemed bored and the dance floor was always packed. Frank Read more...
Frank was the glue that held our reception together. No one ever seemed bored and the dance floor was always packed. Frank knew exactly what songs to play and when. There was never any dull time during the reception. Frank's taste of music was very tasteful and he was very responsive to the type of music my husband and I enjoyed. He was very easy to work with and made our reception memorable. Frank is an extremely down to earth guy and is willing to make your wedding special. You won't be disappointed with this DJ!

Melissa and Joe
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Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Dawn
Wedding:
2/24/2007
5.0/5.0
We are so happy we chose Frank as the DJ for our wedding. He was phenomenal to work with and helped make our day go extremely smooth. He spent time with us on a couple of occasions prior to the big day, helping us pick out and organize our music selections. Most importantly, he made sure he understood our tastes so that all of the music played would suit us. Each event (entering the reception, cocktail hour, dinner, cutting the cake, first dance, requests, etc.) was perfect. Frank also worked seamlessly with the other vendors and served as a MC for the evening to help coordinate the event and keep things on schedule. Since our wedding, I have received numerous compliments on our DJ. Our guests had a wonderful time and loved the music, the lights, having their song requests honored, and so on. Our dance floor was packed the entire night! Simply stated, I am more than happy with the service that Frank provided. He was very personable and easy to work with. If I ever need a DJ for an event in the future, I would definitely use him again! THANK YOU, Frank, for being a part of our perfect night!! You were awesome and we could not of asked for anything more - you went out of your way to make the night special for us and we appreciate it greatly! And for anyone else reading this and trying to decide between DJ's, I would highly recommend Frank - he'll do a great job for you!
We are so happy we chose Frank as the DJ for our wedding. He was phenomenal to work with and helped make our day go Read more...
We are so happy we chose Frank as the DJ for our wedding. He was phenomenal to work with and helped make our day go extremely smooth. He spent time with us on a couple of occasions prior to the big day, helping us pick out and organize our music selections. Most importantly, he made sure he understood our tastes so that all of the music played would suit us. Each event (entering the reception, cocktail hour, dinner, cutting the cake, first dance, requests, etc.) was perfect. Frank also worked seamlessly with the other vendors and served as a MC for the evening to help coordinate the event and keep things on schedule. Since our wedding, I have received numerous compliments on our DJ. Our guests had a wonderful time and loved the music, the lights, having their song requests honored, and so on. Our dance floor was packed the entire night! Simply stated, I am more than happy with the service that Frank provided. He was very personable and easy to work with. If I ever need a DJ for an event in the future, I would definitely use him again! THANK YOU, Frank, for being a part of our perfect night!! You were awesome and we could not of asked for anything more - you went out of your way to make the night special for us and we appreciate it greatly! And for anyone else reading this and trying to decide between DJ's, I would highly recommend Frank - he'll do a great job for you! Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
11/5/2006
5.0/5.0
I had a surprise 70th Birthday party for my Father. The Party was a great Hit thanks to Frank. He did a fantastic job. Everyone had a wonderful time. My Dad said This is a party he would never forget!
Frank not only provided great music he got the crowd dancing cheering and even hula hooping!! I only wish I would have known Frank when I got married.
I highly reccomend his services. He provides a great service with a great price.
I had a surprise 70th Birthday party for my Father. The Party was a great Hit thanks to Frank. He did a fantastic job. Read more...
I had a surprise 70th Birthday party for my Father. The Party was a great Hit thanks to Frank. He did a fantastic job. Everyone had a wonderful time. My Dad said This is a party he would never forget!
Frank not only provided great music he got the crowd dancing cheering and even hula hooping!! I only wish I would have known Frank when I got married.
I highly reccomend his services. He provides a great service with a great price. Read less
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Tom
Wedding:
8/13/1993
5.0/5.0
I have referred several family members and friends to Frank for weddings and special events. He has always arrived early and has a huge variety of music. His presentation is extremely professional and interesting. Prior to the event, Frank strived to understand where the client is coming from. He is the only DJ I would use or recommend!
I have referred several family members and friends to Frank for weddings and special events. He has always arrived early Read more...
I have referred several family members and friends to Frank for weddings and special events. He has always arrived early and has a huge variety of music. His presentation is extremely professional and interesting. Prior to the event, Frank strived to understand where the client is coming from. He is the only DJ I would use or recommend! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ

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