DJing Weddings

Articles on DJing weddings ranging from dealing with brides to traditional wedding formalities.

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Should Wedding Pros Eat on the Job?

December 15, 2017 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
Last year, there was a spot of controversy over a Brides magazine piece which laid out which wedding pros a prospective bride and groom should or should not feed over the course of the big day. Specifically, the writer suggested that, in most situations, photographers ought not be fed. A lot of people objected to this, but there’s a shred of truth to it. Feeding photographers might make them sleepy, and they might follow you home and generally get too comfortable and complacent around humans. Wait, sorry. I’m mixing up wedding photographers and raccoons. Eat on the Job Of course brides and grooms should feed photographers, as well as any other... [read more]
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Self Criticism: How Much is Enough?

December 13, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
Last week, I wrote an article about taking on an event last minute that in retrospect I felt I shouldn't have taken. Surprisingly, the comments section for the article took a direction I didn't originally anticipate and exploded with comments insisting that I was being to hard on myself. But was I? It's hard to define the exact place where our self criticism crosses the line into beating ourselves up. For every person that line may be in a different place, but the line exists for everyone. We will all have times where our behavior, actions, or performance don't quite measure up to our internal standards. For me, my wedding two weekends ago was one of those moments. While I chose to use that experience to learn and grow, many felt that my assessment of my performance was simply too harsh. To those who fe... [read more]
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Austin's Best DJs Blog

Smart DJ Tips: 5 Essential Tips for Wedding/Event Success

December 7, 2017 by Jason Rubio
As a long-time DJ, I've certainly learned a lot over the years. In the last 6 years, I started to solely focus on private events and got away from bars/clubs. My wife and I own and manage Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths. We are one of the busiest DJ companies in our market and we've definitely learned a lot along the way. So here are some of the top 5 tips that are essential for wedding/private event DJs. Be Prepared - You can never be too prepared. Preparation for your wedding or event is the biggest determining factor of how successful you will be at your events. If it's a wedding, be sure that you have every single detail covered. Key moments, genres of music that they want, lighting, where you'll set up, etc. We usually triple-check our documents. We ask for documents well in advance of events,... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Group Dance After The First Dance With A Fast Song.

December 7, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, this is a group dance. The way I do my group dances, I do them right after the first dance, if I do the first dance up front. So the secret of success with this is simply to have the group invited out on the dance floor about three-quarters of the way through the first dance. So start the first dance, bride and groom come out, they dance. If the song is three minutes long and about 2:30, invite the group out to join them. Once the group comes out, they'll dance to the slow song, then start mixing in your fast song, works about 99.9 percent of the time for me. And you do it early enough so the group leaves thinking, wow, we already danced, we haven't even eaten yet. So it's a great little trick to do at weddings to kind of motivate people, get people going and also make yo... [read more]
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Pricing psychology: Tricks so brides can’t say “no!”

December 6, 2017 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
Pricing psychology is not a new phenomenon. In fact, even if you look at the words “pricing psychology” or “strategic pricing,” you intuitively know what it means. Tricks so brides can't say "no!" Overall, it’s a tactic that takes advantage of customers’ emotional responses to certain price points. Since you’re in the wedding business, you’ve seen more than one emotional response, right? (Has a bride cried in your store today?) Right. So this is nothing new. If you think that strategic pricing is as simple as immediately pricing every item in your store $99.99 or anything else ending in $0.99, you’re partially right. However, m... [read more]
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December: The Perfect Month to Evaluate Your Business

November 29, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
December brings with it cold weather, holiday shopping, and for mobile DJs the chance to once again evaluate our business before we head into a new year. As we come up on this year's final month we can begin to look back over the events we performed at throughout the course of the year and ask ourselves a few critical questions. Did I perform at as many events as I wanted to this year? Did I earn the amount of money (per event or over the year) that I was aiming for? Did I follow my business plan closely or stray away from it? Was I in need of any equipment repeatedly? Did I invest in any training this year? The questions that each business owner will ask his or herself are different, but the theme is the same; has my company progressed in its goals or remained stagnant? The market that mobile DJs wo... [read more]
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DJ Lighting Tips – Add Stock Gobos To Weddings & Other Events

November 27, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So a really cool accident happened at last Saturday's gig. I had every intention to do a video on the Icon Profile warm white, which is a little different from the cool white, as you can see in this picture. I wanted to show how bright the warm light was. I was going to shoot the Gobo across the room onto a wall or something, but every wall either had something on it or was black or it was a window. The dance floor was checkered. I didn't have a choice. I could only shoot the Gobo behind me. I didn't have a Gobo for the client specifically, but the Icon Profile LED and the Icon Profile warm white come with four steel Gobos and one glass Gobo. Now, three of the steel Gobos are patterns, but the fourth one is a heart with wedding bands intertwined inside of it. I decided to use this, because it had a wedding... [read more]
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Austin's Best DJs Blog

Smart DJ Tips: What Makes You the Best DJ? Part II

November 26, 2017 by Jason Rubio
Let me preface this by saying, even though my advice is based on my experience as a DJ for over 25 years and on my business, Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, experience, located in the Austin/central Texas area, these factors are relevant to DJs and DJ companies, everywhere! Last week, we discussed the different aspects of the DJ business, such as social media, equipment, and even mixing abilities. All of these factors matter, but just how much they matter, depends on the type of DJ you are and who your target audience/market is. Now, let's discuss a few more factors that matter, especially in the private events sector. Here are a few more, very important factors that really matter to clients, and therefore, should really matter to you and your business! Reviews - For private events, good reviews are... [read more]
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Using Your “Downtime” For Good

November 22, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
Managing your own business can be a hectic affair; running to client meetings, finding time to program music lists,  networking, and a host of other jobs can keep us constantly busy. Amidst all of the chaos, however, are plenty of "downtime" moments where we aren't actively performing, planning, or coordinating. These small windows of time can be phenomenal opportunities to grow, rehearse, and improve. Here are a couple of my favorite uses of this time. Driving in the Car Here in Utah, a large number of the weddings I perform at are located close to an hour away at the ski resorts in the canyons and mountains surrounding the city. I love to listen to music in the car as much as the next guy and have found that cranking the volume and rocking out on the way to my events is pretty common practice for me.... [read more]
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How to Deliver a Wedding Reception Welcome Speech

November 18, 2017 by Staci Nichols
Of course, there is no "black & white" right or wrong way to deliver a welcome speech (or even the requirement that you do a welcome speech). However, after studying some of the greats in the mobile DJ industry like Mark Ferrell and Randy Bartlett, I learned that welcome speeches are an important ingredient. Why? Nobody wants to hear the DJ blathering on, right? True, but you can deliver a welcome speech to build rapport with the crowd...and do it without blabbing.   [caption id="attachment_110982" align="alignleft" width="200"]Wedding MC welcome speech (c) Anna Delores Photography[/caption] WHY DO A WELCOME SPEECH You'll be the captain for th... [read more]