Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Make It Yours

One of my big 'pushes' this year is to encourage couples to make their reception 'custom.' What exactly does that mean? Well, there are DJ's who say, 'I will make your reception the best EVER!' That's a pretty big statement if you ask me, and I realize it's more of a marketing ploy than a reality, but what I am really trying to encourage is making the events of your wedding day unique, fun and personalized. For example, when you are ready to join your guests at your reception, we DJ's usually introduce the members of your wedding party by name, and then bring you, the newlyweds in to an enthusiastic inflection in our voice, and a fun song in the background, in hopes of bringing your guests to their feet. Sounds nice, yes? It is nice. But....whenever I take it to a more personal level, which I will explain shortly, guests always come by and compliment the cool intros we just delivered. What I am referring to is introducing your wedding party one by one by one, with a unique song for each playing, and at the same time I am reading a cool, funny bio about them that you would write (and not tell them). So, all of a sudden, they are walking in to a story that pokes fun at them, your guests are laughing and clapping, and you, the newlyweds, get to soak it all in as the last couple to be introduced.

That is just one of many ingredients that you can personalize that your guests will hopefully remember from your wedding; I have many more to share.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Anna and Mike - Monte Verde Inn

Okay, so we know that I am lucky enough to frequently DJ weddings at the Monte Verde Inn, my absolute fav wedding venue, for so many reasons.... And when you think you have seen all of the various combinations of decor at MVI, Catriona from Arcularius Events put together a lounge and curtains which added a whole new dimension to the Inn. When I invited guests onto the 'lounge' dance area for the 1st dance, they never left, because they were loungin'. Anna and Mike started out dancing to 'You Are The Best Thing,' then shocked their guests with a little 'Bust a Move!' It was really a great evening, and guests danced til the very end. Hope A&M are having fun in Costa Rica...

Amanda and Blake at The Library Galleria

Amanda and her Mom (Sharon) had been involved in the planning with me leading up to wedding day, and I never got to meet Blake. The word on Blake was that he was very easy going, and didn't want a very 'structured' reception. Cool! We integrated red uplighting and a monogram spotlight throughout the Library, and it really looked stunning! The day before her wedding, Amanda called me in a panic, as the Church just wasn't 'feeling' the music for her ceremony. So, after setting up for the reception, I made it to the Church in plenty of time, and made sure that their music went off perfectly. Amanda walked down the aisle to Norah Jones' version of 'Love Me Tender.' Once at the Library, Monte from All Seasons All Reasons Catering had the place smelling soooooo good. Jessica from Stout Photography, the amazing Jessica!, was shootin' away all night long, and we just had a really nice reception. Blake and Amanda danced to 'Amber' by 311, love that tune! Hope they are enjoying their honeymoon in Maui....