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- San Diego's most affordable, reliable and professional event lighting, sound, DJ, photo and video delivery service.
- Easy online booking/planning system. No phone calls required.
- All equipment is delivered and set up at your event location.
- Unlike many of our competitors, we always respond to emails within 24 hours and provide detailed answers to all of your questions.
- Our packages are very transparent. Every client pays the same price.
- Excellent online reputation on Yelp, Google and Wedding Wire.
- Integrity, professionalism, reliability and accountability.
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Having provided PA systems, audio equipment, sound engineering, stage lighting, dance floor lighting, LED up lighting, gobo monograms, outdoor flood lighting, event photography, videography and video production services for hundreds of weddings, corporate celebrations, live concerts, indoor and outdoor festivals and many other public and private events, we are one of the leading event sound & lighting rental companies in Southern California. Our clientele includes a number of celebrities, politicians, large corporations and, of course, many private citizens. When you choose San Diego Sound & Lighting, you always get talented, experienced and professional sound and lighting technicians, clean state-of-the-art equipment and a very personalized level of service committed to the success of your event. For booking details and availability information, please fill out this form.
Charlie Walkrich is the founder, owner and operator at San Diego Sound and Lighting, Charlie Walkrich is a Ukrainian-American music composer, producer, singer, keyboard player, drummer, DJ and entrepreneur. His music is a blend of 70s and 80s dance/rock with modern melodic and powerful electro house, trance and many other genres. Listeners often associate Charlie's music with traveling in time. Charlie started his music career in the late ‘90s, performing at local live concerts in Ukraine. He was playing drums and keyboards, as well as touring with a choir, working as a singer. Charlie studied at the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts for a career in entertainment management while joining various live bands, giving concerts at nightclubs, restaurants, weddings, as well as organizing and managing different private and public events, such as international conventions, corporate celebrations, charity balls, etc. In the summer of 2010, Charlie moved to the USA to pursue the American dream. He started "Golden Gate Sunrise Entertainment"- one of the leading event music, sound, lighting, photography and videography providers in Southern California. Over the years, his company has become very successful. While being the owner and managing most of its operations, Charlie continues to actively produce new tracks, explore new music genres and collaborate with other artists. Charlie's music has been featured on radio and TV, and his new singles are released regularly.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Question: How long before the start time of my event will you arrive?
Answer: Depending on the package you select, our event staff will arrive one to three hours before the service start time listed on the contract. We usually like to arrive as early as possible so we can work in a stress-free environment and make sure everything is ready before your first guest arrives.
Question: Do you offer market lighting?
Answer: Traditional market lighting can be provided through our partners (subject to availability). It requires heavy duty event lighting polls, which we do not carry. As a more affordable alternative to wedding market lighting, we would like to suggest that you consider our outdoor lighting packages or our event string lighting.
Question: Why should I use custom event lighting for my occasion?
Answer: Unless your event is in daylight or in a room that cannot be darkened, our lights will set the atmosphere and the mood of your event. Our San Diego lighting rental service will bring your wedding or event to a much higher level. The lights will match your theme color and add much more elegance, energy, sophistication and excitement to your room. You, your guests and your photographers will love it!
Question: Can I get the "Single Sound System" rental package for my wedding and use it for both ceremony and reception?
Answer: Unfortunately, this is not possible unless your ceremony and reception are taking place in the exact same location, which would not require the speakers to be moved. It takes a long time to move all the speakers, stands, microphones, sound mixer, cables, extensions and make sure it's all setup properly and not in anyone's way. More importantly, our liability insurance is valid only when the equipment is in our care (during setup and teardown.) As soon as our technician leaves the event site, the client becomes responsible for any incidents.
Question: How much in advance do I need to book your services?
Answer: We recommend securing our services for your event date as soon as you know you're going to need us. The earlier you contact us, the more likely it is that we would be available for your date and the lower the overall cost would be. We are often booked a year in advance, but last-minute inquiries and calls are still welcomed.
Question: Do you have a minimum order amount?
Answer: Yes, most of our lighting and sound system rental San Diego packages start at $750 per event and, therefore, the minimum order amount including delivery in Southern California is $750. Our affordable San Diego photographer and San Diego videographer packages also start at $750.
Question: Would you recommend wireless or wired microphones?
Answer: Although we can provide both wired and wireless mics, we usually recommend using wired mics for the most important events such as wedding ceremonies. A wired mic gives you a 100% guarantee that there won't be any sound related problems. Wireless mics are not as reliable due to possible frequency interference problems and lower sound quality. We recommend using a wireless mic for speeches or toasts during the reception. We would also provide a wired mic as a backup at no extra cost.
Question: Do you offer any discounts?
Answer: Our wedding and event sound system, DJ equipment, videography, LED lighting decor and speaker rental San Diego prices are so low are so low that, unfortunately, there is no room for discounts. One of our main goals is to treat every client equally and keep our prices the same for everyone. We also understand that you may be on a tight budget, which is why we offer an extensive selection of services with a relatively low minimum order amount.
Question: In addition to sound and lights, what other services do you offer?
Answer: We also offer very affordable, experienced and professional party and wedding DJs, musicians, stage rentals, photography, videography and live streaming services.
Question: What wedding venues in the San Diego area have you worked at in the past?
Answer: We have provided our great uplighting rental San Diego and DJ equipment rental San Diego services at hundreds of different hotels, restaurants, museums, wineries churches, country clubs, theaters, private homes and community centers in San Diego and the surrounding areas. If you are worried whether or not we have worked at your particular venue, we can assure you that it doesn't affect the quality of our work. We always arrive early enough to allow plenty time for handling any challenges that may arise during the loading or setup process.
Question: Do you charge extra for last-minute bookings?
Answer: We charge approximately 20% more for bookings processed less than 7 days prior to the coverage start time listed on the contract. This fee includes expedited processing of the contract, last-minute arrangements with our workers and expedited planning. Most clients reserve our services several weeks or months in advance, so the above fee does not usually apply.
Question: Do you charge any extra fees?
Answer: Yes, there are several extra fees that you should be aware of. In addition to a small travel fee of $1.00 per mile from our office to your event location, we charge approximately 20% extra for last-minute bookings. For sound and lighting bookings, we also charge an extra for events start start before 10:00am or end after 10:00pm. For event or wedding photography and videography, we charge a small extra fee if we are not able to use your event photos or videos for marketing purposes. There are several other less common fees that may or may not apply depending on your event details.
Question: Do you offer video projector rental services?
Answer: Yes, we can provide a 2500-lumen state-of-the-art short throw video projector that does not require much distance for the image to be large. We can also provide a large, reliable and portable projection screen. The price for our AV equipment rental services starts at only $900. For more information, please check out our projector rentals San Diego page.
Question: What is your payment and refund policy?
Answer: When you decide to reserve our services for your date, we would need to sign a contract and process a non-refundable payment of 1/3 of the total amount. As soon as we get your first payment, we may have to turn down other requests for the same date. The 2nd payment (half of the remaining amount) is due at least 30 days prior to your event date. The 3rd payment (remaining balance) is due upon arrival of our service crew member on the day of your occasion. The services will not be provided if any of the payments are not processed on time. Our refund policy allows you to get your money back at any time before the due date and time of each payment, which is why we encourage you not to wait until the last moment and pay early.
Question: What kind of music do you recommend for cocktail and dinner?
Answer: If we're DJing your event, we recommend using our signature cocktail and dinner music mixes. Our dinner mix is a compilation of everyone's pop and jazz favorites in unique versions that create an elegant and classy atmosphere. As for cocktail hour music, we have received the most compliments while playing our signature funky cocktail mix that includes some funk, soul, r&b and disco classics, as well as some modern indie, house and pop. Another great alternative would be to go with our instrumental Jazz cocktail mix with more of a live music feel. Once you book our services and we start the planning process, you will receive demos for all of the above themes along with other alternative options to choose from so you'll be able to have a listen and let us know your thoughts.
Question: In case my plans change, do you offer refunds?
Answer: We understand that many things can happen in life. If you need to cancel our services for any reason, each payment would be refundable before its due date and time listed on the contract. For example, if you request a cancellation at least 30 days before your event date, you'll get a full refund minus the non-refundable fee that was charged to reserve the date (1/3 of the total). Or, If you pay in full but request a cancellation at least 1 day before the event, you'll get 1/3 of your money back. If you have any further questions, please contact us.
Question: Do you offer free support in case I run into problems while using your equipment?
Answer: Yes, you’ll be able to contact us with any questions at any time. In addition to our email address and office phone, you’ll have a direct cell phone number of your technician and a direct number of our company owner. Having said the above, as long as you follow our instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems with the equipment at your party. Our goal is to make sure everything works flawlessly so you and your guests have a great time and call us again in the future! :)
Question: What should I do if the equipment I rented doesn't work?
Answer: After the equipment is delivered and set up at your event location, our Southern California sound and lighting technicians will test everything in your presence and show you how to use it. There shouldn't be any problems as long as our instructions are followed. If you experience any difficulties, we would be happy to assist you via a phone call, email, text or even in person. If the problem is caused by our technician or our equipment, we would try to fix it and also issue a refund.