Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What to look for in a wedding DJ

A couple years from now most of your guests won't remember If you showed up in a large limo or if you had a chocolate fountain, but they will remember if they had a good time or not. At a Wedding, the DJ is the most important feature when it comes to entertainment. Here are a few things to keep in mind while picking your Tulsa Wedding DJ:

1. Don't go for cheap!!!
Cheap only means unprofessional, low experience level, low quality equipment and most likely no back up equipment/DJ. Unfortunately, you will get what you pay for. Do your research, find someone that is within budget, but also meets all your expectations.
2. Just because they are great at DJing doesn't mean they are great at MCing.
There is so much more to DJing than just playing music. A professional DJ/MC should be detail oriented, quick on his feet, quick thinker and enthusiastic. Spend time (previously to the Wedding) getting to know your DJ's personality and making sure they are a good fit for your wedding.
3. They will have an office.
If the DJ you are interviewing wants to meet at the local Subway or Bridal Mall you might want to reconsider hiring him. Having to talk louder than the other customers at Starbucks or having other wedding vendors trying to sell you their services isn't fun. An established company will invite you to their office so you don’t have to share your wedding dreams with the whole Starbucks line.
4. Make sure your DJ is a professional.
I have purposely used the word "professional" many times in this, because of how important it is in a wedding. Most DJs in the Tulsa metro area DJ as a part time gig, as a side business or just for fun, which means, your event might not be a priority to them. A full time professional DJ will give you their undivided attention, schedule meetings to go over paperwork and answer all of your important questions. They will also have legally obtained music, have a great understanding of all genres of music, high quality sound systems, and have insurance (a must for some venues).

I hope that was helpful!
And remember, anyone can play music, Edge Sight and Sound entertains.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wedding show tips

I know wedding shows can be very overwhelming! No worries, here are a few tips to tackle that monster :)

During the wedding show:

1. Try only going to booths of vendors you absolutely NEED.
Vendors are there to SELL you their services! This means, you may be stuck talking to someone who's services you may not even need at your wedding. Try to only hit the booths of people you are interested in, don't waist your time or theirs.
2. Jot down notes.
While speaking to a vender, try writing down some notes about their services. Jot down what you liked about them, did they seam genuinely interested in your wedding, did you connect with them, etc. This will help you remember details about all the different people you've met that day.
3. Do they have any specials?
Allot of vendors will draw you in with specific specials they are offering exclusively to brides who come from a certain wedding show. Be sure to remember/write down what they are offering you so you can redeem their special.

After the wedding show: 

1. Get organized!!!
First step, organize all the cards and pamphlets you received in groups by what type of venders they are.  Second organize each group from who you liked the most to who you liked the least.

2. Check out their website.
Browse around their website and find pictures of past events, extra services they offer, look through their blog, be informed! Get to know your future vendor.
3. Look them up on Wedding Wire or any other helpful website.
Look them up on social media sites like Wedding Wire, Facebook, and Google local. Make sure you know how satisfied previous customers were.
4. Call vendors and book one-on-one meetings.
As soon as you have made up your mind about a vender make sure to setup a meeting at their office (by the way, our Edge Sight and Sound office is beautiful! come visit our office and say hi to me :) ) to go over questions you might have about their services. This is a great time to get prices and go over your wedding vision. Take notes if necessary, I know it helps me remember little details.
5. Book your wedding date as soon as possible. 
Always take at least 24 hours to confirm you business with a vendor, you want to be 110% sure that they are a perfect fit for your wedding. Take time to meet with ALL the venders you are interested on, but don't wait too long, dates fill up fast. Wedding shows bring a massive amount of business, so be sure to book your date ASAP.

Hope this was helpful.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5 tips for your reception

Here are a few tips to help you and your groom have an amazing reception:
1. Stick together
Stay near one another, you BOTH are the reason your guests are there. Plus, they want to see you guys having fun together, not separate.
2. Games
Come up with fun games to keep your guests entertained and laughing.
3. Keep the kids occupied
Try coming up with ideas to keep the kiddos entertained. Having a kids table with coloring, maybe even puzzles, will help alleviate the parents and it'll make your wedding much more enjoyable. 
4. Take photos before the reception
Your reception is for mingling, try not to waist too much time taking pictures.
5. Leave your guests wanting more
If you see that people are starting to leave, ask your DJ to announce the last dance. Try picking an upbeat song for your last dance because you want to end your wedding at a high energy level. The final memory of your wedding should make a lasting impression, not just die down!