Event Tune-Up: Please Cease and Desist!

September 2, 2015 by Bill Goode

As event pros, there are wedding and event traditions that are “sort-of” cool when they come around, but it is time to retire the following:stop financial crisis

– Mason Jars: It was cute for about five minutes, but using them as part of event décor has been overdone to the point everything that can fit has been placed in them. It was part of Po’Folks shtick when they were in business, Grandma used them for preserves, and we liked them for holding change. Planners shake their head at these and know Pinterest has spread this idea like wildfire, but would love to see creativity come in and offer something else.

Instead of Mason jars, what about asking a florist what some of their popular vases are, and using that as a basis for building décor? For those cash-strapped, a visit to Goodwill or the local thrift store could yield fantastic results.

– The Recovered Wooden Pallet: The fad has been to visit the back of a favorite retail store and take a wood pallet or two, clean them up, then paint some pithy saying on it. They are heavy, hard to transport, and still look like a pallet when done, plus it usually has to go back from where it was found.

Instead of a pallet, find a creative calligrapher, art student, or talented person to place these sayings on a thick picture frame. You can decorate the hall with these, and have a great keepsake from the reception. Of course, make sure your favorite photos are in the frames!

– Tan and/or Light Brown: Please stay away from objects designed to blend in because it has these colors. To really make a room vibrant and pop, look for a venue with neutral tones painted on the walls so your color scheme can be bold and pop. Uplighting can also transform a room with these color shades, giving you a blank canvas to paint with. Pastels are a Florida staple, but may not look as nice in other areas of the country. Do not be afraid to have bold, striking colors!

– Club-Mixing, Beat-Matching DJ: I know there will be a lot of flak for this, but consider the guests who have never heard this style of DJ before. While Spotify and your favorite bar have turned the endless blending of 128 beat-per-minute songs into an art form, the goal of a wedding is a celebration. That includes dancing, and requires skill and expertise to not just keep the energy up, but to know when to shift that energy to keep the brevity of the celebration going. If that means playing five fast songs then two slow songs, the DJ should have that option. If it means that if four different genres of music will be featured to make your guests happy, then that should be allowed. In addition, the DJ should either be a talented emcee or have a talented emcee working with them to execute announcements and introductions. That does not mean don’t do it, but rather, be sensitive to the needs of your guests. The same goes for bands!

There will be more of these in a future article. In the meanwhile, if you have an event tradition that needs to cease and desist, please respond in the comments and I will include it in the next round.


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D.J.B.Goode (also DJBGoode) is Bill Goode, President and Chief Celebration Specialist of A Celebration with music. Goode started while a senior at Cooper City High School near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, spinning tunes for friends, house parties, and school events. Along with a couple of good friends, two turntables, a Radio Shack mixer, and a lot of borrowed records, what was then called Pasadena Productions (named because they lived in a development called Pasadena Lakes) became more than just a teenage passion for music. DJBGoode started working nightclubs on the beach while attending college and working several other jobs. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from St. Thomas University in Miami, Goode went to work in promotions for WKIS (KISS-FM Country) and WQAM radio in Miami. Working there by day and spinning tunes by night in nightclubs such as Desperados while doing weddings and events as Pasadena Productions let him build the skills that took him even further… After a brief stop in Atlanta and the promise of a job that never happened, a radio station near New York City hired Goode as their Director of Promotion and Marketing, unofficialy called the Fun and Games department. While at WFAS AM&FM in White Plains (Westchester), Goode built a stellar reputation as an event planner, executing all of the station events that contributed to the success of this suburban station. He also brought his DJ business with him and continued to expand his DJ skills in what is the number one market in the world for mobile entertainment and events. After more stops at WRNN-TV in New York and WNGC/WGAU in Athens, Georgia and continuing work as a mobile entertainer, DJBGoode has become a highly sought and popular entertainer who can provide the client with musical and visual elements unmatched anywhere. Goode also believes in contributing to the community and his craft. He has served on the March of Dimes Communications board in White Plains/Westchester, New York, donated time to Make-A-Wish of Georgia and Alabama, served as a DJ for the Susan G. Koemen 3-Day Challenge in Atlanta, and served on the board for the Greater Atlanta chapter of the International Special Events Society. He is also the Formal Events moderator and contributing writer for Mobile Beat Online.

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