Frequently Asked Questions
Why Essence Entertainment?
Essence Entertainment is one of the few entertainment agencies in Southern California specializing in wedding and corporate entertainment that is licensed by the State. We also carry an agency bond, and liability insurance. Our full-time professional staff is available six days each week to service and assist our clients. Essence Entertainment is on the preferred vendor list at all area hotels, country clubs, and unique venues.
Are your DJ’s professional and fun?
Yes! We exclusively represent nine DJ’s who have been with our agency for many years. They are classy, talented, and fun. They will play the music you request and manage your event smoothly from beginning to end. As professional DJ’s and Emcees they will make sure that all functions are handled promptly and that your guests enjoy every moment.
What is the difference between a band and a DJ?
DJ’s are often less expensive than most bands due to the fact that bands involve more performers and equipment, however the live music of a band adds a unique energy and atmosphere that cannot be replicated by many DJ’s. However, DJ’s can offer a broader variety of musical choices. The decision between the two is usually determined by the client’s budget, and whether or not live music is a priority. Most event professionals will tell you that live music is more fun and entertaining.
Will a band play the kind of music I like?
Yes! Each band has a song-list that will be provided to you. You will indicate what you want played at your event and what you do not want performed. The band will then play appropriate music throughout the event.
Are you more expensive because you are an agency?
No! We are the largest special event agency in Southern California and due to our large volume of bookings we provide extremely competitive pricing. Remember, the “other guy” is probably not licensed, bonded, or insured. We offer more for your money than just talented performers.
Will you help with planning our event?
Yes! We offer complimentary planning sessions to all of our clients. Our staff will assist you in choosing music and detailing your itinerary. We will be able to discuss with you a variety of ways to plan your wedding or party. We’ll do it right so you can enjoy your event and have nothing to worry about.
How long have you been in business?
We have been in business since 1971, and have been at our current location at 355 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, in the Country Side Center (next to Mon Amie Bridals) since 1989.
What types of entertainment do you offer?
Bands, DJ’s, Classical and Jazz Artists and Ensembles, Mariachis, Calypso, Flamenco, Latin, Celebrity Look-alikes, Magicians, Comedians, Children’s Entertainers, Caricature Artists, Clowns, Jugglers, Casinos, Customized Stage Shows, and much, much more!
What are your hours of operation?
We are open Monday – Thursday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Friday – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Do I need an appointment?
For the best service, yes! We do accept walk-ins, but only have one viewing studio. If you arrive without an appointment, and we are already with a client, then you may need to wait. We recommend you schedule an appointment so that we can reserve the viewing studio for you. To schedule an appointment call us at, 714.979.8933.
How far in advance should I book my entertainment?
If you have your date and location for the event selected, then you are ready for an appointment. The sooner you come to see us the more options we will have available for you to choose from.
How long does an appointment take?
Most appointments will take approximately one hour.
How do I reserve entertainment for my event?
After you have chosen your entertainment, we will issue you a contract and request a deposit of 50% of the total balance. Your balance will be due twenty one days prior to the event.