Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Only a few more events and then one of the most cherished holidays will be here. Yes, another Christmas is upon us! We've been pretty busy since our last post.
November 28th, my cousin Eric and I helped my friends Jim and Gayle O'Donnell move stuff from their old location to their new location (All About Weddings). I'd say the move was a success! Another successful City Lights cruise on board the Emerald Star that night!

December 5th was one of two busy days this month. I DJ'd at a Costco holiday party at Emerald Downs. It was a pretty large event and we provided music in two rooms successfully! DJ Travis DJ'd at Sandpoint Golf & Country Club for a corporate client. DJ Joel DJ'd a Wedding at The Attic in Sumner. And our new DJ, Ben, had a great time DJing for Contour Aerospace at the Everett Yacht Club! December 6th I met some clients who ended up booking our friends at Gen X Pro, and then I went on an industry cruise on board The Islander. Monday the 7th, my wife Ellen cooked up a festive feast for some catering friends. Her Shrimp Saviche, Mango Jicama Salad and Frito Chili Pie were all a was our white elephant gift exchange!

Tuesday December 8th, I visited the Seattle DJ Association meeting. Saw some good friends/competitors and met some new DJ's. I had a good drink at the Cafe Metropolitan called "Sex With An Alligator!"

Thursday the 10th was Santa Darrell day at Wells Fargo Plaza in Tacoma. My grandpa, who worked in that building most of his life, goes back every year as santa and takes pictures with all the employees of all the companies in that building. He gives out $1,000,000 bills (not real of course) and candy canes, and people can pick up prints of their pictures at the front desk the next morning. Here's one with my mom, my grandpa and me!

Friday December 11th was another busy day for Adam's DJ Service. I jumped through some hoops to DJ an event at Fort Lewis (American Lake Club) for the Commissary employees. I sent DJ Joel and DJ Jesse to a wedding at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo. DJ Travis DJ'd a holiday party for Nordic Construction at Titlow Beach Lodge. And part timer DJ Sean DJ'd a Sweet 16 Birthday Party in Federal Way! The following night, DJ Jesse was at Pete's Pool in Enumclaw DJing for a charity that donates food to the Enumclaw and Maple Valley food banks. I was DJing my family Christmas party at my uncle Rodger's house in Lakeland Hills...we had fun that night... least my cousin Jake and his friend did!

After a much needed recovery day Sunday the 13th, Monday the 14th I met with some fellow wedding professionals at a nice little restaurant in Belltown. Looking forward to what the Wedding Network USA will do for Adam's DJ Service! Tuesday the 15th, I DJ'd another event for New Horizons Ministries - for the homeless youth in Seattle. That event always breaks my heart, but I'm glad I can help entertain people while they get a free mead enjoy the warmth inside that facility.

Thursday the 17th, I DJ'd the corporate holiday party for in Bellevue - I was hired to provide our Karaoke services. What a wild bunch! Even the CEO sang "London Calling" by The Clash! DJ Travis DJ'd a holiday party for TGB Architects at the Edmonds Yacht Club. Yesterday, I got all of my Christmas shopping done and then I took my family out on a cruise, onboard the Olympic Star at Waterways Cruises in Seattle. As I mentioned on my Facebook profile, "It was a great time! Chef Udo cooked up some awesome food, including a great dessert! Captain Ron and crew at Waterways Cruises were awesome last night! Matthew Meldon was great on the guitar! The weather was great! Just an overall good time with the Tiegs family. If anyone wants to go on a nice cruise, call Corine Cooper @!"

Today, I DJ'd a local wedding, DJ Eddie a wedding at the Hansen Place in Sumner, and DJ Joel a house party in Tacoma. Tomorrow, it's another City Lights cruise, also aboard the Olympic Star, a Wedding Tuesday, that holiday, then more weddings, NYE, a wedding show in Tacoma (Bridesclub Wedding Expo), and maybe a day off soon! We'll see...

Here's to a wonderful 2010!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Holidays Are Approaching - Adam's DJ Service Keeping Busy!

It's been a while since our last post; it was our busiest October ever with many events to tell you about. Thanksgiving and Christmas are near as are other holidays people celebrate. We've got many charity events, company parties, corporate events, and yes...winter weddings on our plate! Adam's DJ Service continues to grow with the help of our clients, vendor partners, family and I want to thank everyone personally for helping make this happen.

Since I last wrote, I have been all over the map as far as events, site visits, and yes, I even got a vacation in there! goes.

I visited a new venue that is still in the works that is amazing. It's called the Moon Mansion, run by my new friends Heidi and Paul Moon. It's in North Bend and worth a visit for anyone looking to have a wedding in a remote location with a view, yet not too far from Seattle.

That same week I spun some tunes for Eastlake H.S.'s class of 1999 at Pravda Studios in Seattle. Very fun event! The next night, I showed off my DJ skills for a fun group of wedding guests at The Lakeside in Seattle.

The next week, I attended our Seattle NACE meeting at the Lynnwood Convention Center. There was a cooking contest, and one of our own members (Mindy Milton) faced off against a young, up and coming chef and she won! A couple days later, I attended a wedding vendor function hosted by at Hotel 1000 in Seattle. Not only is The Knot a great national website and resource for brides, but Hotel 1000 is one of the coolest hotels in Seattle! Friday the 16th of October, I DJ'd at a friend's wedding at the Antheia Ballroom in Snohomish. My friend Tanya Davis (formerly Tanya Stone) is also my favorite florist to recommend to brides. The name of her company is Elements In Bloom. The wedding was a great success and I'm happy I was able to provide what her and her husband Marty wanted for their event. The following day was one of the busiest of the year for me personally. After my P90X workout in the morning, my cousins Justin and Eric helped me set up a sound PA rental for Tacoma Kendo at Washington H.S. in Parkland. Then I went home for a shower and a change of clothes prior to a pre-school Trike-a-Thon for the Mountain View Co-Op here in Milton. Then I headed back to pick up the gear from the rental, then on to my favorite Italian restaurant in Bellevue to DJ a wedding at Maggiano's. Boy was I pooped after this long day!

The following week was filled with more fun events! Monday night I attended ABC at Emerald Downs in Auburn. The following night was our Tacoma NACE auction at the McGavick Center in Lakewood (at CPTC). It went off with a bang as we generated lots of funding for the scholarship we award to a lucky culinary arts student there. The next day was a 3-event day for me, 2 of which I DJ'd at! First, it was an event for my friend Eddy who owns Party Outfitters. It was a mid-day event for some students at the Griffin School in Olympia. Event #2 that day was the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's annual Boo Bash at the Great American Casino. Event #3 was a Puget Sound Wedding Vendor meetup that took place at Suite One Hundered in Tacoma. Some great food and good company! Another long day in the books! Thursday that week I attended an open house at one of my favorite little venues in all of Seattle, Acalia. Chef Shelby Sewell always makes some great, unique food! Friday night that week I DJ'd a wedding at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club. It's always a treat to do events there as the staff is great and the food is good! Plus, I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite photographers that night, Loren Callahan of Alante Photography. We get silly sometimes (see pic below)!

That night, one of our DJs worked on board the Emerald Star for City Lights Cruises, too. We'll continue DJing for them as long as they're in town, I hope!

The next night, we provided sound and lighting equipment for an event a friend from Phoenix flew up to DJ @ the Spirit of WA Event Center(Jeff Jones with Direct Sounds). One of our DJs, Lars, also rented some equipment this day for en entire week's production at PLU where he attends. A couple of our DJs helped with a wedding that took place at two venues: Willows Lodge (ceremony) and Delille Cellars (reception), and I hear that event went really well. I myself donated my services to the MDA that night by helping put on the Masquerade Ball @ the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle.

I wrapped up that busy week Sunday by DJing at a Halloween event for a charity called Three Feet of Sunshine @ St. Stephen's Church in Seattle. I was able to bring my wife and daughter...and yes, we dressed up and had lots of fun!

The following week was filled with family time, networking functions, Halloween events and car trouble (thank you Les Schwab!). This week, the winners of King 5's Best of Western Washington were announced, and I'm pleased that we had enough support from our clients, vendor partners, friends and family to get 2nd place in the Wedding DJ category! On top of that, probably the most unique, memorable wedding took place on Halloween this year. Here's how it went down: Imagine a cool couple who have been together for 10 years but not officially tied the knot. They invite you to a "Halloween Party" via a pretty fancy invitation. The event is to include drinks, dinner and entertainment like a magician (my friend Nash Fung), jugglers, a contortionist and a great MC dressed up like a circus ring-leader from Pure Cirkus (Armitage Shanks). The first two hours are drinks, food and mingling. Then the costume contest with prizes for scariest, funniest and most original costumes. And then a skit only the DJ (me!), MC and the bride and groom know about - and by the way, our groom is Frankenstein and our bride is the Bride of Frankenstein! Armitage pulls up two people to the stage (best man and maid of honor) for a "special award," but needs help from a monster to decide how this will happen. But the monster is fierce and needs a mate first! Ah ha! Armitage, also a licensed officiant, leads this right into a surprise wedding ceremony in Halloween fashion! It was a party from that point on and a very fun and memorable event overall. Many great costumes, great people and simply a well planned event that the clients were very happy with. By the way, the bride and groom (John & Jen Cook) went so far out of their way with this event, they had their makeup done by Brian Sipe, an artist who helped with makeup in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Ali, Van Helsing, Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Star Trek 2009! Other vendors from this Halloween Wedding included the Pickering Barn, Prop Gallery West, Aaron Warder Photography, Countryside Floral and Remmy's Catering. I wish I had more pics from this event, but for now, check these out!

So that event capped the busiest October ever for us. The first week of November I attended the launch of the Wedding Network USA at the CTC in Seattle. I am a founding member and proud to be a part of this organization. Like NACE and ABC, I'm sure it will be a good thing to contribute to. Friday November 6th I'd like to forget. Trying to get to Olympia for a school dance at the Griffin School, all the lanes on I5 were blocked near Fort Lewis due to a jack-knifed semi truck. Trying to take a back road, I encountered a dead end due to construction. With no way over the base to I5, I proceeded the only other way I know...through Roy and Yelm. What a mistake this was, because everyone was going this way. It took me 3.5 hours to get to Olympia and I was late to an event for the first time EVER! I felt so bad, but luckily the students and the principal were satisfied with the rest of the night. With that said, Saturday November 7th, we had 3 events as a company. My event started at the Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia (ceremony) and ended at Indian Summer Golf Club. This was a wedding for a daughter of my friend Suzy Justin, who owns Black Tie Espresso Catering.

Then early the next morning on less than two hours of sleep, it was off to the airport with the family: A weeks vacation in California! We visited Sea World, Disneyland, California Adventure and Universal Studios. Unfortunately, upon our return, we learned that our home had been burglarized and some DJ equipment stolen. Luckily, that equipment has been recovered thanks to some great teamwork and communication. Thanks to Joel, Petey, Ben, Ellen and Amy for putting it all together. Unfortunately, the trail led to someone we know and our relationship with that person is no longer. But thankfully, no one got hurt and we're back to square one with our gear. November 14th was our last busy weekend until December 5th...a wedding at Kensington Gardens, a charity event at Annie Wright and another wedding at the Pagoda at Point Defiance. For now, Thanksgiving is near and Christmas shortly thereafter. I'll write again after our crazy December...lots of holiday parties, weddings and other fine events! Take care and please contact Adam's DJ Service if you have a need for music at an event.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It's October Already?

Wow, this year flew by...I can't believe 2010 is almost here! Since our last entry into our Blog, we've had some more successful events here at Adam's DJ Service!. The last weekend in September we had multiple events. First, we had a booth at the South Sound Wedding & Event Magazine Wedding Show in Tacoma. My friend Chad was a big help in providing samples of his decor for our booth to show off to potential clients who are looking for some unique decorations for their events (visit

While the show was going on, I did a wedding Saturday at the Spirit of Washington Event Center in Renton.

Then with only 2 hours of sleep, it was off to Vegas for our friends' wedding: Chris and Allison, the photography team @ Chris Springer Photography.

Upon returning, a lot of catch up and a wedding this past Saturday at the Hall @ Fauntleroy. Due to sickness, I had to cancel meeting with my Uncorked wine group Sunday or seeing one of my favorite DJ's in town from Toronto, Deadmau5 at the Showbox.

Last night, our family was honored to be guests at our friends house. These friends just so happen to be caterers and owners of Cafe Pacific Catering in Auburn. John & Amy Hatcher made what's called "Clambake In A Can," actually, we got to put what we wanted into the paint cans and then the food went on the grill; a most unique concept! But it was EXCELLENT! And for dessert? The best Creme Brulee I've ever had!

And today, at our South King County Wedding Vendors Meetup, our presenter was Laura Feltin with Biznik and I'm now gung ho about another social media website!

Biznik - Business Networking

Anyways, we've got some great events coming up I'll be sure to tell you about. Class Reunions, cruises, auctions, more weddings, etc.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Event Update - Adam is Busy!

Wow! Lot's going on in the world of Adam's DJ Service!

I wanted to share some information about where we've been, what we've done and what we're doing presently and in the near future.

Two weekends ago, the Buckles Group hosted the Tacoma Dome Wedding Expo ( and it was our first booth in a while, and yet another learning experience!

While the show was going on Saturday, we helped DJ, MC or provide equipment for events at Shilshole Bay Beach Club in Seattle, The Attic in Sumner, Waterways Cruises in Seattle, The Pagoda @ Point Defiance in Tacoma, Cedarbrook Center in Seatac and The Alexis Hotel in Seattle! Yes, a busy day! Then Sunday, I actually attended Day 2 of the Wedding Expo in Tacoma followed by my wife's cousin's wedding at the Liberty Theater in Puyallup (not a great place to have a wedding, if you want my opionion).

Monday the 14th, I attended my NACE meeting at the Bellevue El Gaucho. Tuesday was our South Sound chapter NACE meeting at The Heritage Room in Olympia, with awesome food from Occasions Catering! Saturday the 19th, we had events at Maggiano's Little Italy, Tacoma Golf & Country Club and the Golf Club at Newcastle. Sunday the 20th was no doubt a "farm" day as we participated in events at Tazer Valley Farm in Stanwood, Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish and Genesis Farm in Enumclaw!

Monday the 21st I had an event at Clover Park Technical College. That night, I attended our ABC meeting at the Woodland Park Zoo hosted by Lancer Catering. Tuesday I dropped by the Tacoma Art Museum to check the space out as we'll be providing music at their open house this Sunday from 5:30 to 8pm, thanks to our invitation from their new in-house food provider, Jonz Catering. Today I had a ribbon cutting and grand opening for the new Whirlpool warehouse in Spanaway, which is run by Penske Logistics. I even got my picture with the Maytag Man!

Leah Noland from Balloon Masters made some great decorations!

I also had a meeting with some fellow NACE people to help plan our auction at the LaQuinta in Tacoma. Then I went to a wedding networking group ( at Three Chicks Catering's "The Venue On Union" in Tacoma. This weekend, we'll be participating in the South Sound Wedding Show at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. I also have a wedding at the Spirit of Washington Event Center in Renton. Sunday I get to go on a short but much deserved vacation in Las Vegas - to be there for my friends Chris and Allison ( they get married 10 years to the day they met!

As you can see, I am quite busy as the owner of my business. But I take great pride in educating myself and getting to know others who are passionate about helping people have successful events. This is why I encourage my clients to use me as a resource and allow me to do more than just show up to their events and play music! And I still have time to hang with my cute daughter, Elisa!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day Weddings

I personally had 3 weddings this past weekend and I, the DJ, decided to take some pictures to share! Yes, I know I'm not the best photographer, this is why you hire someone like Hope Haven, Lumina or Totten! I discovered through this process why it's important to have a good camera, too. My Nikon Coolpix takes nice pictures, but it doesn't take the picture right when I press the button; sometimes my patience runs out when I'm pushing the button and it takes a few seconds to actually take the picture. Enough about that, here's how my weekend went.

Friday, my event was at Golden Gardens in Ballard. The "Bathhouse" as they call it, is a nice little venue but it was a little tight with the amount of people our clients invited to their reception. All in all, it worked out! After I got setup, I helped hang the decorations from the rafters and set the chairs around tables.

Holly-Kate Foss with Sweetpea Events was the planner and coordinator for this event and I must say she did a wonderful job!

Our clients, Ted and Lauren Tanabe, are such a great couple! I have a feeling that they'll be together forever!

Saturday, I DJ'd a pretty laid back event at the Heritage Hall in Kirkland. It's a nice little facility. I worked with Sherri Smith with McKenzie Kate Weddings.

Sunday, I DJ'd a wedding with an Indian groom, so there was some integration of Hindi music to the event. It was at a beautiful venue called Alderbrook in Union, WA. You might not be able to tell from the picture below, but it was pouring down rain during the ceremony so luckily, it was moved inside.

I had the pleasure of witnessing a great wedding officiant, Bob Riler.

All in all, it was a great weekend and all the events went well. I hope all our clients are happy with they way their events went and I'm sure we'll continue to do what we do. As I always say here at Adam's DJ Service, leave the music to us, we'll leave the dancin' to you!

Friday, September 4, 2009

King 5's Evening Magazine - Best of Western Washington

I'm sharing this on our blog because I'm excited to see that we're currently #1 in the standings for best wedding dj by a landslide! I hope we keep this up and I'm glad we have such happy customers, vendor partners and friends. Thank you all very much for your support!

Adam Tiegs
Adam's DJ Service

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Testimonial From An August Wedding

I thought this testimonial we just received would be a nice little post here on the blog. This is from a wedding at Laurel Creek Manor on August 22nd.

Travis was the DJ at our wedding, and I couldn't have had a better experience. Before a bride picks their dj they should understand how important their role is in their wedding. The DJ is the mini wedding planner that makes your wedding or event flow. If you have a great DJ you will have a perfect wedding... Travis made my wedding perfect... Adams DJ Service provided a one on one meeting with Travis, who helped me set up a time line for my event. Since he had done many weddings in the past he helped me with all the questions I had. Thank you so much for making my wedding special.
Ari Borgia

I can't emphasize how much it is our goal and philosophy to always provide the service that creates testimonials like the one above.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Busy Season

We are in full effect right now with busy season. 22 events the past 3 weeks, 9 this week! We've been working with great people at great facilities and I can't stress how important it is to choose a venue that has a professional staff and gives you the personal attention you deserve (see Ray's Boathouse & the Lakeside Events Center). If the facility you book allows outside caterers, choosing a catering company that provides everything you need and not just the basics will go a long way to helping ensure you have a successful event (see Occasions Catering & Jonz Catering). Entertainment should be the next thing you consider for your event - and I encourage all to make your event unique! Just hiring a DJ is fine by us, but entertaining your guests with a magician like Nash Fung or a service like Flipped Out Productions will make your event unique and memorable. And last but not least, utilize your vendors that you hire initially as resources to help you find anything else you need for your event. There are a lot of great wedding planners, photographers, florists, officiants and event rental businesses to make your dream a reality. Signing off for now...we'll be back soon!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Recent Song List From Wedding Reception

I was asked recently to make the play list of the songs I played during dancing for a wedding of some clients. I thought I'd share it with the world, since it's a decent variety of the music they and their guests wanted to hear that night.

Celebration – Kool & The Gang

Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas

Electric Slide – Marcia Griffiths

Get Down Tonight – K.C. & The Sunshine Band

At Last – Etta James

Poker Face – Lady Gaga

Now That We Found Love – Heavy D & The Boys

Culo – Pitbull

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

Waiting All My Life – Rascal Flatts

Feel Like Making Love – Bad Company

Like A Rock – Bob Segar

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees

Cha Cha Slide – Mr. C

Live Your Life – T.I. & Rihanna

Money Maker – Ludacris

Wild Thing – Tone Loc

Push It – Salt & Pepa

Low – Flo Rida

Crank That – Soulja Boy

Hey Ya – Outkast

I Know You Want Me – Pitbull

Disturbia – Rihanna

4am – Kaskade

Sea Of Love – Honeydrippers

Yeah – Usher

Get Low – Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz

Twisted – Keith Sweat

Show Me The Way To Go Home – Emerson Lake & Palmer

Goodnight Sweetheart - The Spaniels

(Encore #1) Wild Thing – Troggs

(Encore #2) Gloria – Van Morrison

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wedding Season is in Full Swing!

As the month of June begins every vendor in the wedding industry and every bride-to-be is fully aware that this is the month that the wedding season gets into full swing! This is the month that begins the season that we, as wedding vendors, spend the remainder of the year preparing for. I can feel the electricity in the air!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every bride (and groom!) all the best. Life is a wonderful journey and a great travel companion makes the journey that much more worthwhile. As a DJ, I do my utmost to ensure that the start of your journey is as stress-free and fun as possible! What a better way to start a life together than to dance the night away with your family and friends? I'd love to help make that a reality for you!!!

Additionally, I would like to wish all the wedding vendors a very successful season. Don't work too hard! Looking forward to working with you this season and ensuring that the road to happiness for these new couples starts seamlessly.

Friday, April 3, 2009

How to Pick the Perfect Wedding DJ

I was surfing the web recently and came across this helpful article posted on a website. I feel it would be useful to anyone trying to find a DJ for their wedding, and Adam's DJ Service so I admit I'm copying and pasting here, but I'm also giving the author credit where it came from. I'd like my blog to be full of useful information to my clients, and so I believe I'm not plagiarizing if I give the proper credit, right? Anyways, here's what I found...and here, only on my blog, I've put my comments in parenthesis ( ) for your reading pleasure! For the original, without my comments and comparisons of how we fit the mold of "the Perfect Wedding DJ," visit the link below.

Adam Tiegs - Owner of Adam's DJ Service

How to Pick the Perfect Wedding DJ

A bad Wedding DJ can be hard to identify beforehand and can ruin an otherwise amazing and memorable wedding reception.

Keep yourself from being burned by a newbie or unscrupulous business owner. In this article, we will take time to consider a few factors that will indicate both the experience and professionalism that you can expect from your prospective DJ. From these indicators, we can hope to weed out potential mistakes that can turn your very special occasion into an unforgettable disaster.

The most critical things to look for are experience, commitment, and professionalism (We've got all 3!).

Using your internet access and telephone, you can begin to scout potential DJs. In each step, ask yourself the questions listed and use the answers to develop your standards in selecting an appropriate wedding DJ.

It may sound strange but Commitment is the number one factor to look for. Without it, your DJ could show up late or not at all. Commitment goes further than the day of the event as well. Does the DJ answer the phone during business hours? (Or at least return messages if busy!) Is he/she willing to work with you on song requests? (That's what our planner form and final planning meeting is for!) Does he a have clear set of driving directions to your event? (Or at least know the address, and been there before due to our policy on site visits!) How much more is he willing to do besides DJ and collect your money? (Networking with other professionals within the industry, offering knowledge like this article, providing tips and advice, and putting full-time dedication into making sure your event runs as perfectly as possible?)

Analysis of the DJ’s website is also an important task. Look for elements such as booking procedures (first page), past event articles (see our Testimonials page), performance contracts (got one on the website, and share it in person at all consultations), and photos (see our Pictures page). Where has this person or company booked events (see our Links page and our preferred vendor and reference list, which I go over with potential clients at initial consultations)? How recently (Every Week!)? These web elements give you an idea of the DJ’s experience. The DJ doesn’t have a website? It’s probably a good idea to look elsewhere (especially if you found them on offense to anyone who might take offense to that!). This is a huge indicator that the DJ lacks experience, commitment, and professionalism.

Professionalism plays a part before, during, and after the event. DJs who do not work under a contract lack experience that would otherwise have convinced them to do so already. Contracts should be designed to protect both parties. Don’t be afraid to have the DJ revise a contract to suit your requirements (That is...if it doesn't cover all of the bases already!). Is the contract in plain view and accessible before booking the event (provided online, both in document format and online form format as well as paper format at initial meetings!)? Are they willing to meet with you personally to negotiate your terms and requests as well (I don't expect anyone to book us without meeting me in person first!)?

Experience plays the most important role during the event ceremony. This factor is often indicated by the DJ’s past event roster and current bookings. Is this person doing one or two weddings a month or is it a full time job? (It's more than my full-time job, it's my hobby-turned-career! It's the best job I've ever had!) Working with audio and electronic equipment demands the knowledge and skills to set up, operate, and diagnose problems on the fly. Speak to potential DJs but let them do most of the talking. Ask them about their experience directly. What were their most recent events like? When was the last wedding they performed? (No problem! I'm happy to discuss this, and usually bring up many specific examples of situations I've encountered at many events, usually the most recent events!)

Knowing the answers to these questions will arm you with the knowledge to make better DJ booking decisions. Take the time to do things right and also realize that your wedding reception is not the time to realize the "get what you paid for" lesson. Good luck!
(I can't stress that enough! - Please, visit Adam's DJ Service for more information about our history, services and contact information!)

Friday, February 27, 2009

10 Tips To Ensure A Successful Wedding Reception

How do you measure a wedding's success? Most likely it's by whether you had a good time or not. Adam’s DJ Service knows that music is the number one factor that guests use to decide if they had a good time at your wedding. And I share these tips with all of our clients at our initial consultations, so here's some great information for you!

Tip #1 Use our Planner Form provided at the initial meeting or on our website to write out your entire musical timeline. Then discuss this information in detail at the final meeting with your DJ. You should also give copies of a basic timeline to your other vendors so they will be on the same page throughout your event.

Tip #2 Even slightly loud music is hard on the ears of your older guests. Make sure these people are seated as far as possible from the disc jockey's speakers. Draw up floor plans for your guests, so that everyone will be comfortable with the volume where they are located. Also, if you’re having a buffet, by having tables announced or released to get food, the event will appear to be more organized, people will avoid standing in line and the meal will go by quicker.

Tip #3 The Grand Entrance sets the tone and establishes the energy for the entire reception. Work closely with your DJ and/or your coordinator to stage a Grand Entrance that reflects your style and personality. Clarify pronunciation of names and select the perfect music.

Tip #4 One good suggestion is to do a formal welcome toast immediately after the Grand Entrance. At no other time during the reception will your guests be more attentive and focused. The Bride, Groom, Parents or Close Friend should welcome your guests, thank them for coming and let them know about the great time that is planned for the evening. It sets a great tone for the evening and makes all your guests feel they are part of your big day. If any person in your wedding party is having some trouble coming up with a great toast try

Tip #5 The people in the wedding party are key players at your event and should stay in the main room, and together at all times if possible. Position the bar as close to the dance floor area as possible. Should the bar be located on another floor, or in another room, or even outside, more often than not the groom and ushers will congregate there. This leaves bridesmaids without dance partners.

Tip #6 The most important song of the evening is the First Dance. Pick a song that has meaning and when you hear it ten years from now you will still remember why the lyrics were so potent on your wedding day and will stand the test of time. For bride/father dance and groom/mother dance, choose wedding music that is from the parents' era as a tribute to them or even let them help pick the songs you dance to.

Tip #7 Keep your guests in mind: Include timeless standards and music from different eras that all guests will enjoy. Find out if there are any Birthdays or Anniversaries being celebrated on your wedding day and acknowledge them at some point during your event. Find out which songs were played at the weddings of your family and friends and play those songs at your event. This will bring them to the dance floor and help recall the emotions of their own wedding. One idea to help gather this information is to ask guests for their favorite songs on your RSVP cards when you send invitations out.

Tip #8 Include your bridal party in the music decisions. They can help come up with songs you might have forgotten and this also makes them feel included when they hear their favorites at your event.

Tip #9 Dimming the lights after dinner (along with liquid courage!) will motivate your guests to dance. Determine the desired lighting levels for dinner and dancing when you meet with your reception facility's coordinator and what time you would like them dimmed and to what level.

Tip #10 An overcrowded dance floor can be aggravating to the fair-weathered dancers. Make sure you have plenty of dance floor space. In addition, leave some space between the dance floor and tables so there is plenty of room for people watching. And make sure your vendors have enough space to operate in.

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