Why You Should Budget More and Get A Great Wedding DJ

Let’s start by asking yourself how long you expect the following items to entertain your guests:
Your cake
Your flowers
Your centerpieces
Your decorations
Your veggie tray
Your dinner
Your chair covers
As you can see although these items are all important, none of them are going to entertain your guests for very long.
Most brides wait until the end of their budget to hire their DJ without consideration of the importance that he/she has to the success of your wedding celebration.
Your wedding DJ is actually about 85% responsible for the success of your wedding celebration! Say that out loud to yourself a couple of times before you hire your DJ. If you hire the wrong DJ you will be managing your DJ instead of relaxing and enjoying yourselves with your friends and family!
Your wedding DJ is not supposed to be just someone that shows up and pushes the play button and music comes on! You can hire one like that if you want to, but don’t be surprised if your wedding shows up on Youtube as one of those disaster weddings that you probably heard about.
Your DJ is the one who is supposed to run your wedding reception starting as soon as your ceremony is over until the end of your last dance. He/she is your “day of” coordinator that is the key person between the venue staff and your wedding photographer. He/she is the one that is supposed to be there for you and keep everything rolling on the timeline that you set up. He/she is there for the total entertainment package, which goes far beyond just playing music. Here’s a frightening though for you… the DJ you hire will be alone with your guests for about 45 minutes until you arrive. They will be there representing YOU!

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DAY OF WEDDING CHECK LIST FOR THE BRIDE

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Based on our extensive experience doing over 11,000 weddings and events we have created a check list for you for the day of your wedding. Highlight and print out the list below and get someone to help you with this. Once you have each item ready to load check it off… when you load it in the car simply check it off again. If you use this list you will not be one of those brides that has to say “OMG I forgot my…”

READY LOADED ITEM
____ ____ WEDDING DRESS / TAGS ALREADY CUT OFF AND REBAGGED
____ ____ UNDERGARMENTS/ BRA/PANTIES/STOCKINGS/GARTER NO TAGS
____ ____ WEDDING SHOES/ JEWELRY
____ ____ WEDDING VEIL
____ ____ MAKE-UP-/HAIR SPRAY/PERFUME
____ ____ CHANGE OF CLOTHES
____ ____ EXTRA PAIR OF COMFORTABLE SHOES
____ ____ MARRIAGE LICENSE
____ ____ VOWS
____ ____ WEDDING RINGS
____ ____ BOUQUET
____ ____ CENTERPIECES / DECORATIONS
____ ____ GUEST BOOK
____ ____ PHOTOS TO DISPLAY
____ ____ MEDICATIONS
____ ____ WATER
____ ____ BRIDESMAID DRESSES
____ ____ FLOWER GIRL DRESSES/ BASKET / ROSE PEDALS
____ ____ SHOES
____ ____ RING BEARER TUX/SHOES/SOCKS/RING PILLOW
____ ____ BOUTONNIERES (WHO IS PINNING BOUTONNIERES) SAFETY PINS
____ ____ BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS
____ ____ GROOM’S TUX/TIE/SOCKS/SHOES
____ ____ GROOMSMEN TUXES/TIES/SHOES
____ ____ IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS/ VENDORS/DJ/PHOTOGRAPHER
____ ____ CELL PHONE
____ ____ CHAMPAGNE/ WHO IS IN CHARGE
____ ____ CHAMPAGNE GLASSES/ WHO IS IN CHARGE
____ ____ CAKE CUTTING SET/ WHO IS IN CHARGE
____ ____ BUBBLES/ WHO IS IN CHARGE
____ ____ UMBRELLA/ CHECK THE WEATHER
____ ____ PURSE/GUM/ BREATH MINTS/PEPTO/ASPIRIN/ TISSUES
____ ____ CREDIT/DEBIT CARD
____ ____ MONEY FOR VENDORS (PAYMENT AND TIPS)
____ ____ VENDOR CONTRACTS
____ ____ DISPOSABLE CAMERAS?
____ ____ WISHING WELL/ CARD BOX
____ ____ GLASSES/ CONTACTS
____ ____ SAND OR CANDLE CEREMONY ITEMS
____ ____ DIRECTIONS
____ ____ KEY TO VENUE
____ ____ SEATING CHART OR NAME TAGS/WHO IS IN CHARGE
____ ____ PERSONAL HYGIENE
____ ____ FEED AND WATER ANIMALS


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How to entertain children at a wedding by ABETTER DJ AND PHOTOGRAPHER

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With family members scattered around the country weddings are precious due the fact it is so difficult to get all your family members under one roof. A family WEDDING also usually means children.  I have learned a few tips in my many years as a WEDDING photographer on how to entertain young children.

TIPS HOW TO ENTERTAIN CHILDREN

1. If you have young children attending your wedding please consider hiring a baby sitter or nanny. This will allow the parents to relax and really enjoy your wedding. Don’t be surprised if the parents are more than willing to pitch in for the cost for a good, reliable sitter or nanny.

2. Have tables set up just for the children with snacks using plastic plates and plastic wear. Have the tables in the back and have the parents’ tables next to them

3. Have small aprons, crayons and paper, washable paint, Play-Doh, games, bean bag toss for example. A good sitter or nanny will be able to keep them busy if she has the right tools.

4. Allow the children to be a part of the wedding reception by letting them to speak in the DJ’s microphone before or after the toast or all sing a song to the bride and groom.

5. When it comes to the wedding cake, have cupcakes and different toppings for the kids. Allow them to decorate their own cupcake.

6. Have a photo area set up with funky hats, sunglasses, feathered boas, etc. And have time set aside for the WEDDING photographer to capture their photos (during dinner is usually a good time as most children will eat when they are hungry)

7. Have the parents bring pillows and blankets because usually by the end of the night you will have sleepy- heads in a corner as the parents dance the night away.

8. Allow teen children to have their own table as well as well. Let them choose some of the music, but make sure the DJ knows to play music without explicit language.

9. Be sure to take the the opportunity for generation photos. For example, Great-grandmother, Grandmother, Mother, Daughter and Granddaughter. These photos are priceless.

Best wishes for eternity

A BETTER DJ AND PHOTOGRAPHER

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Read this Before You Hire a Wedding DJ at a Really Cheap Price

Usually my wife and I provide the Wedding DJ and wedding photography services as a team. We add on top rated wedding DJ services (I was recently rated #1 in Florida and top 20 in the U.S.) to our wedding photography package for only $300. Last night we were just the wedding photographers as the couple had already hired a cheap wedding disc jockey before they hired us.

The DJ (we’ll call him DJD) claims to have been in business since 1989.

The disaster started with the introductions:

When he went in to line everybody up 15 minutes after they were ready he forgot 1 of the couples and had to start all over.

Once lined up he came back in and told us he wanted to have the bridal party stop by the DJ area for a photo, then form a circle for the bride and groom to enter. (great idea except the dance floor was 50′ away so we helped him straighten that out)

When he tried to cue up the intro song  after 5 tries finally found the right song and started.

He introduced the bride’s brother and best man as the groom’s brother and maid of honor.

He introduced 2 of the couples with the wrong partner.

Once he introduced the BnG he got the 1st dance song right… after the 3rd try! (at this point I’m thinking we have a new worst wedding DJ youtube)

After the intros:

He said dinner would be in 15 minutes and proceeded to play some swing music (This was very obviously a country music crowd… they had cowboy boots as vases on the tables, the groom and several guests were wearing cowboy hats,  and had they bales of hay and a wagon wheel on each side of the stage)  The food was ready and the guests were starving so they just started helping themselves.

After 15 minutes of swing music and Frank Sinatra he announces the buffet will start and he’ll be going table to table to release them. (half the guests already had food)

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