Wedding DJ Blog
Times, They are a changin! to steal a line from Bob Dylan I worked for a major music distributor from 1985 to 1996 as a Sales rep and later as a Sr. Sales Rep. I wasn't even old enough to drink at my first sale meeting. I thought the company was huge, we did $270 million in sales my first year and over a billion a few years later. All I could see was growth for the future of music. We grew to #1 in market share 1 out of every 4 units sold in the US came from that company. When I started 8 tracks were gone, although occasionally when I would be in a store people would ask for them. Cassettes were king with about 80% of the sale and vinyl sales were on the decline. We were test marketing CD's in a few locations, I couldn't remember what CD stood for half the time! The titles that were available at the time were mostly classical stuff from Germany. As the category grew titles would be released a month or so after vinyl and cassette. Eventually CD titles came out at the same time, and they came out in 12 inch tall cardboard boxes, so they could be merchandised in the album browsers we already had in the stores. Then there was an movement that felt like that was a waste, so they started ban the box, so that went away, we replaced those with plastic boxes that got thrown away instead of the cardboard. As the Album inventory decreased we were able to place CDs in the space left behind. There was nothing better than browsing through the music titles, holding the product in your hand, reading the boxes, and liner notes after you purchased a title. I couldn't imagine buying music a different way. We always new there would be format changes. Labels told us the future was DAT(Digital Audio Tape) or minidiscs neither of witch materialized. Through the 2000s we watched as record stores shut down, Musicland, Virgin, Tower Records, Dallas' own Sound Warehouse who would have thought it. Walmart, Kmart, Target, Best Buy all had large music departments. Now they have 8 to 12 linear feet of music and getting smaller. I probably buy more music than anyone I know, and I don't remember the last CD I bought. The company I worked for decided to sell off its assets and shut the doors about 5 years ago. Now the future for CDs isn't looking good.
Well friends, another year comes to a close and we look toward yet another successful and awesome year in 2018 for our DFW DJ and Photo Booth services.
2017 was a great year, I Djed 84 Events mostly weddings! I had 77 Photo Booth Rentals! Would have never been able to pull that off without the help of Melina, Misty, Susan, Cheryl, Christi, Ahna and Gayle! Thank you!
I met a lot of great couples this year, hoping they all have a great year also. There are several companies I have had the pleasure to work with for several years! Thank you Wisteria Place, DD Ranch, Brilliant Events, Wonderland Montessori Academy, Oak ridge School, North Texas Municipal Water District, Baylor Surgicare, and Baylor Interdisciplinary Core! I also worked events with many companies for the first time this year, hopefully we can do events together next year!
I am looking forward to using the experience from all these events, to improve the service I provide both as a DJ, MC, Host and in the Photo Booth rentals!
So many friends have refered me to their friends and family, I can’t thank each of you enough!
I am hoping everyone has an awesome New Year!
There are a lot of great venues to choose from in the DFW area. They all have their own unique features. The Wisteria Place in Mesquite is a great venue for wedding with less than 100 guests. It is located at 902 South Bryan Beltline Rd., in Mesquite. When you first pull up to it, other than the sign in front, it doesn’t really look like a wedding venue. Once you go inside it is very nice, with a large open room for the reception. It has a special room for the bride to get ready in. On the backside, it has a very large covered patio, a very nice pond with ducks swimming, and a beautiful lawn and gazebo for out door weddings. It is one of the most affordable places and is all-inclusive. Their prices include decorations, tables, chairs, linens, catering, beverages (water, tea and lemonade), Champaign fountain, and the DJ. You do have to find your own cake, Photographer, and flowers for the bouquets and boutonnieres. They do have a bar option for an extra fee, you bring your own alcohol and they provide a bartender to serve it. They also have a Photo Booth and Chocolate fountain available for rent.
If you are looking for a venue, check them out http://www.wisteriaplaceeventhall.com
Over the years I have the pleasure to DJ hundreds of wedding, even attended a few as a guest. Some weddings just kind of end while others plan a send off. Send offs are kind of tricky sometimes. You seem to start losing guests after 3 or 4 hours, there are exceptions but this is my experience. That is something to think about, especially when the ceremony and reception are taking place at separate venues. Sometime photographers like to stage fake send offs, so that they can get a picture with more people. The problem there is it still signals to some guests the party is over even though we make announcements explaining it’s just for pictures. I suggest if you are going to do a fake send off, to wait as long as you can and judge it by when you are losing guests.
My real idea about writing this was to discuss send off ideas. Traditionally rice was thrown at the newly weds as they left and that became taboo because the rice choked birds. So people started throwing birdseed instead, either way they don’t make good pictures in day or night pictures.
Daytime – Sendoffs, I recommend bubble, they are inexpensive, you can buy them at the Dollartree, Party City, Hobby Lobby and online. I would also recommend buying a few of the toy bubble guns, these can put out a lot more bubbles, give these to the groomsmen and bridesmaids. It is generally not a good idea to do bubbles inside as it does make wood and tile floors slick
Nighttime – sendoffs, Sparklers look great in pictures. Buy the long ones, and try to find easy lighting ones. The short ones don’t last as long, if you have a lot of guests they can be fizzling at the front of the line while the end of the line is still lighting. Also the heart shaped ones don’t create the effect that people expect. Some venues don’t allow sparklers due to city ordinances or insurance reasons. A great alternative is glow sticks. Remember to get the long ones, like they use for necklaces, these will look the best.
The #1 Rule when planning your Wedding…IT”S A CELEBRATION!! So, Don’t over think it. If you allow the planning of your wedding to stress you out or ruin the process, you don’t need to be having a wedding. Allow yourself to be in the moment, to enjoy the process, to leave behind the things you don’t need, to accept the things you cannot control or change, and to have fun! It’s Your Wedding, don’t allow relatives or friends to have too much influence, such that it takes away the “you” part of your wedding. You NEED a Venue, Food, Alcohol, Entertainment, a Minister/Rabbi/Officiant, Photographer, and some flowers…you should strongly consider a Month Of Coordinator, A creative designer/florist, a videographer, and a cake/dessert baker. Beyond that, there are things you might want, which will make the event more fun and memorable, but start with the things you know you need and get that part under control. If you’re a busy/highly successful person, you should hire someone (a Professional Wedding Planner) to help you design the decor and timelines and to help hire the vendors, but you probably already know that if you’re a highly successful person. Finally, the entertainment, (which we are biased about) is crucial to the “memorable” and “Fun” factor…choose wisely. If you’re one of our current or previous clients, hopefully you feel that you made the right choice! CELEBRATE, LOVE, DANCE, and LIVE Happily Ever After! Happy Planning friends!