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 7, 2010

Bouquet Toss Music

For the longest time in Schuylkill County, a very popular song for the Bride’s traditional bouquet toss has been,”Girls Just Want to Have Fun/Cyndi Lauper”. However recently and especially since the Grammys in 2010, “Single Ladies/Beyonce” has become quite popular.

January 27, 2010

Best Time for Bride/Groom’s First Dance

  This is something that comes up quite often.
 Personally I have announced the Cake Cutting followed by the First Dance just after dinner which is then followed by the Bride/Father.Groom/Mother and lastly the Bridal Party Dance. However more recently I now announce the First Dance & Cake Cutting immediately after the introduction of the Bride & Groom.
 The logic behind this is:If the cake is being used for desert then the cake cutting must precede dinner so as to allow ample time for the cake to be cut and served after dinner.

 Secondly having the First dance after the B&G’s introduction has the advantage of receiving maximum attention from the audience. This is when their attention span is at it’s highest, especially when since have not eaten yet and have been sitting around for 1-2 hours.

January 12, 2010

Who can give the Blessing @Wedding Reception?

The Blessing can be given by a Priest,Minister,etc or by a family member such as Uncle,Parent,Grandparent and lastly by a friend of the family.

January 11, 2010

Garter Removal

Is it appropriate to remove the garter with one’s teeth?

The answer is Yes.This has been done many times  at Schuylkill County wedding receptions.

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