Djray's Wedding Blog

February 10, 2010

How to select a Dj for my wedding-“Part1”

These series of articles are based on my Wedding Reception experience dating back to 1993,which includes 500+ weddings. Most of my weddings were in Schuylkill County although 15-20% were in the Harrisburg, Lancaster & Reading Areas.

The most important thing that is talked about long after the wedding reception has ended is people having had a good time versus people having a boring time.

How many times do you hear people talking about the great tasting cake or the beautiful centerpieces or the great meal?

The single most important thing that will make or break you wedding is the entertainment!! This article may seem to be biased since it is being written by a Dj, but after doing your own research I’m sure you will agree with me.

So just how do you select a Wedding Dj/Emcee

1-Telephone book?

2-Internet?

3-Word of mouth!!

4-Club Dj??

5-Business Card??

6-Bridal Show!!

In my opinion word of mouth is the best criteria!!

First and foremost will the Dj show up?? Yes this has become a serious problem with some entertainment companies and Djs. Some things that can look for are:

1-# years in business?

2-# weddings performed?

3-Listed with Better Business Bureau?

4-Business web site,” excluding MySpace which is a free-bee”?

5-Business van or truck?

6-Liabilty Insurance?

7-References/testimonials with name, address & tele#s for verification?

8-Are you dealing with an Entertainment Company that subcontracts and sends various
Djs or one on one with Wedding Dj?

9-Is the Dj/Entertainment Co. local or out of area??

All of the above are based on my experiences and is just a guide to get you started.

If the Dj has make a significant financial investment in his/her business then that Dj will probably show up regardless of the weather or not feeling well on your wedding day.

PS:I have personal experience with Djs that have called me and asked me to perform at their wedding gig on the morning of the wedding reception.Their reason for calling me was due to their drinking the night before and not feeling well.

Remember the Very Best Dj in the world is worthless if he/she does not show up!!

February 1, 2010

Father/Daughter Wedding Songs

Father/Daughter Dance Suggestions
A Song for my daughter-Mikki Viereck-*****[2 versions one from Dad + one from Mom. The words are the same except one version is sung by a female + one version by a male]
A Song for my daughter-Steve Moser-so so
A Song for my son-Ray Allaire
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
Blessed – Elton John
Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
Daddy’s Girl – Peter Cetera
Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
Daddy’s Little Girl – Al Martino
Daddy’s Little Girl – Mills Brothers
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
Hero – Mariah Carey
I Wish You Love – Natalie Cole
I loved her 1st-Heartland-****- [Most popular 2008]
In My Life – The Beatles
In My Life – Bette Midler
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
My Funny Valentine – Frank Sinatra
My Girl – The Temptations
My Little Girl/Tim McGraw-[Father to Daughter-****]
She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles
Sunrise Sunset – Fiddler On The Roof
Thank Heaven for Little Girls – Maurice Chevalier
Through the Years – Kenny Rogers-****
Times Of Your Life – Paul Anka
Turn Around – Harry Belafonte****
Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Where Have All The Children Gone – John Anderson
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
(You Are My) Special Angel – Bobby Helms
You Are The Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
[You Can let me go /Crystal Shawanda-****]

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