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Ideas and observations from a lifetime of over 500 weddings and events. There’s more to what I do than “just music”.
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Are you talking to a DJ Company or just a DJ Booking Agency? How can you tell the difference? Does it matter? It’s the Apples vs Oranges of hiring a wedding DJ in New Zealand, and here’s a couple of points to help you choose so you don’t end up with a lemon or banana.
Ever wondered why anyone would suggest Spotify is just as good as a wedding DJ? Ever wondered what professional DJs REALLY think about that advice?
“Reasonably Priced” is subjective, relative, and baseless. “Affordable” means nothing to anyone other than the person paying for it. Neither term will help you find what you really want.
Some of the most important questions I ask have nothing to do with music or songs or how many lights you’re expecting.
A constantly evolving list of song ideas for wedding ceremonies, first dance, and father-daughter dance ideas.
A DJ referral or recommendation is usually based on trust. In an earlier article, I suggested one of the most reliable sources of trustworthy vendor information is a DJ referral from wedding venues. This means that the venue has to trust the people they're...
It doesn't matter what a DJ calls the wedding packages - Gold, Platinum, Slightly Brown. And it doesn't matter what the package costs. There's one thing that just isn't listed. Passion. You can't replicate passion. You can't package passion. You can't teach...
Here’s WHY it’s more than “just press play” when you hire a professional DJ.
Just a couple of drinks is OK while YOU’RE working, right?
I've covered some of these points before but I think it's important enough to take another look. Here are a couple of things your MC should consider BEFORE introducing the wedding speeches (or toasts), not after he's turned on the microphone. ...
Truth be known, I wasn't a fan of using a videographer or cinematographer at my own wedding. In fact it took some convincing, and in the end it was a last minute decision to go ahead and Harold was the last thing we confirmed. That was October 2000. However, it was at...
There’s no way to know exactly which way the weather will go, but I guarantee one of these things WILL happen at virtually every wedding.
It’s an easy clash to see at weddings and one that is so simple to avoid with this one tip. Avoid those “stole my thunder” moments in your wedding speeches.
Genuine fears of how a wedding DJ might actually be useless In 2015, I ran a small survey within a group that had never hired a DJ before. I asked what was the first thing that came to mind when they thought of what a mobile DJ actually was, and what their immediate...
I was at a venue open day chatting with a bride and her family, and the inevitable questions about price came up. We had a brief chat, and long story short, she told me the expected price was $400 to $600 for a DJ. I think I laughed. I didn't mean to, but I think they...
There’s more to your wedding than “just music”, right? Never hired a DJ before? Here’s some perspective to help you start.
What songs do you need for your wedding day? I'm often asked by couples about which or how many songs they need for their wedding day. I always say that there’s no need to worry about choosing a lot of music for the reception - that's my job after all, right? I find...
When it comes to weddings, I am a staunch supporter of you doing whatever feels right for you. There are a few things I say don’t ever do, and this is one of them.
Don’t be afraid to break the rules, bend tradition or create new ones! Apart from a few legal requirements during the ceremony, you can do whatever you like as there’s no right or wrong.
This covers one of the most common mistakes a wedding MC can make, plus a couple of other simple ideas that help the wedding speeches go smoothly.
I recently asked a group of like-minded small business operators what their perception was of DJs at events and weddings. These are business peers that know nothing about running a DJ company. What were their assumptions, and if they were hiring a DJ, what was their...
Get all your songs on an automated Spotify playlist, or get a DJ and do it right. But what’s the difference?
DJs and bands both want the same thing, but there’s a few important points that sets them apart. Which one is right for your wedding?
Almost everyone hates public speaking right? Well, here’s some good news! Use this simple tip to help settle your wedding speech nerves.
Been tasked with giving a speech at a wedding? Here’s a couple of quick and easy things to remember when writing or planning a wedding speech.
Sometimes it’s the little details at your wedding that guests will remember forever. Are they seeing the things you want them to remember?
Many wedding venues and photographers still suggest this rather out of date wedding cake practice. Why?
The best place to get advice on who to choose for your wedding day.
Of all the things going through your mind as you walk down the aisle, here’s how to make sure the music isn’t one of them.
The LED curtains or fairly lights look amazing and transform nearly any wedding reception venue. However, there's a trap that can actually work against you on the night. Watch this One Minute Wedding Secret to learn how to avoid the problems and have an even better...
You can get advice from friends that got married already, or magazines. But there are some things that nobody told you yet because – they’re just little details. Here’s 13 of the best!
Do you expect more from a wedding DJ than “just music”? Does your DJ know how to treat your wedding any different to the school disco or pub gig he did the night before? Your DJ should be asking more questions than you, they should be looking for ways to help, and here’s how you can spot good vs great.
Maximise your wedding photography budget and save time in your reception time line with this simple little tweak of the wedding cake cutting wedding tradition.
These three myths, while helpful, are still myths. Learn how to get the right MC for your wedding.
Why hire a professional MC for your wedding instead of a family friend that knows you both really well? Read more to find out!
Wedding speech nerves? Here’s a couple of tips.
5 simple ideas that help make your wedding ceremony your own, completely unique.
In Part One of this article, I established that weddings are a personal, intimate occasion. Having networked or trained internationally with some of the best wedding entertainers in the world, I know it's not uncommon for wedding industry service providers to...
Weddings are a very personal, intimate event. Dealing with small business operators offering personal service dedicated to weddings is in most cases the perfect way to really connect with your supplier. I've networked with wedding DJ specialists all over the world. ...