1. How long have your DJs been DJing? All of the DJs who work for Abell DJ Company have a minimum of 5 years professional DJing experience, with most of our DJs having 10 or more years of professional experience.
  2. What type of equipment do you use? We only use top of the line professional DJ equipment.
  3. Do you have any backup plans if something goes wrong or happens to the DJ? We always retain one DJ per weekend in each location as a backup in the event of an emergency. In addition, all DJs have a backup system with them should something fail.
  4. Will the DJ play requests? Our DJs only take requests if you allow it. If allowed, our DJs “filter” requests, meaning they will not play a song that you specifically asked them not to play or music from a genre you asked them not to play. If someone makes a request that fits in well with what the DJ is playing at the timeand with the music you want, then the DJ will try and play it.
  5. Can we request songs for the DJ to play? You are able to pick which songs you definitely want to hear, andones you do not want to hear, for your event. We have an online planning system for this.
  6. Can we provide our own music for the DJ to play? Sure, but we would like to get the music file(s) in advanceof the event. If doing this, please consider the audience attending your event.
  7. What are your payment terms? The deposit is required at the time of booking and the remaining balance is due two weeks prior to the event date. Payments can be made through our online planning system using a debit or credit card or Venmo account, or by mailing a check.
  8. Do I tip the DJ? We do not include gratuity in the final contract price. 10-20% is generally recommended if your DJ did a great job, but it is entirely up to you.
  9. Will the DJ play overtime if needed? Yes, DJs are able to play past the contracted time, but payment is due at that time if at all possible.
  10. When should we book a DJ? A good time frame is at least six to twelve months out for a wedding. Less for other events. However, we have DJs available for last minute events as well.
  11. Should we feed the DJ? Typically, yes, as the DJ normally is investing about 8 – 12 hours the day of your event. Typically, the catering director or event coordinator will set aside a meal or boxed dinner for the DJ if requested by the client.
  12. What other services do you offer? We offer ceremony audio, lighting (uplighting & dance floor lighting), projected monograms and photo booths.
  13. How many songs should I request? We would like for you to at least give your DJ 15-20 songs of differentgenres and artists you would like to hear, as well as songs/artists you don’t, so your DJ has an idea of what music you’d like for the different parts of the event.
  1. Prompt return of your phone calls or Emails. Does the DJ you are thinking about hiring respond in a prompt manner? You should expect to get a call back or an email back within 24 hours. The only exception may be weekends when most DJs are performing.
  2. Willingness to meet with you and present his/her service. Will the DJ try to meet with you or at least schedule a video conference?
  3. Do you LIKE the person that shows up? There is NOTHING worse in the world than having to do business with someone you do not like. Choosing the person who feels right is the most important factor in picking the right entertainer for your party or reception.
  4. Does the DJ have a music list or online system that shows you what sort of music he or she has available? You need to be assured that the DJ you hire not only has a sizable collection, but has a variety of music, especially for wedding receptions, where many different styles of music and guests will be in the same room together.
  5. Does the DJ use professional grade equipment? The DJ should be able to tell you what he/she uses and characterize the equipment as professional grade.
  6. Will the DJ offer to meet with you AFTER signing the contract to plan your event? A professional DJ is ALWAYS willing to discuss your event at any time before the event starts, and should display the flexibility to accommodate changes and help you solve problems. Meeting or phone/ video conferencing your DJ to plan your event is of paramount importance to a successful event such as a wedding reception.
  7. Will the person that you interview be the person that will perform at your event? This is THE most common complaint about the DJ industry today. The person you meet turns out NOT to be the person that actually does your show. Often, you are not made aware of this. Ask the DJ you interview if he/she will be the actual person performing, or will someone else perform the event. You need to know this UP FRONT before you sign a contract.
  1. For a wedding, keep in mind that your guests are going to be where the couple are. If you’re on the dance floor, the guests will be too!
  2. Don’t micromanage the timeline. We do need the order of events but not necessarily the exact time for each.
  3. If there are older guests, try not to sit them close or right in front of the speaker(s).
  4. Don’t put the DJ in an obscure location or corner; the DJ needs to be easily visible and near the dance floor so they can see it to get a feel for the crowd.
  5. If you have dance floor lighting, keep in mind that darker is better. Use dimmers for chandeliers, cafe lighting, etc.
  6. If you have a bar or photo booth at the event, please put it in the main room where the DJ is. You want to keep people near the dance floor at all times.
  7. When picking your songs for your event, take into account not only your taste, but the guests’ as well.
  8. You always want to leave the guests wanting more. It’s not your responsibility to entertain guests until 2am.
  9. When picking your music, you don’t have to overdo it. Pick 20 or so songs you like anda few you don’t, and let us fill in from there.
  10. If you have to cut corners on your budget, don’t skimp on your entertainment—it can make or break your event!

1. Who is more likely to make the bedroom floor their personal laundry basket?

2. Who is the pickier eater?

3. Who is more likely to fill the house with gear from their favorite college sports team?

4. Who spends a longer amount of time getting ready for a night out?

5. Who do you trust more behind the wheel?

6. Who is more stubborn?

7. Who is better at keeping secrets?

8. Who wears the pants in the relationship?

9. Who is more likely to drop their phone in a toilet?

10 Who’ll be in control of the TV remote?

11. Who is always right?

12. Who is funnier?

13. Who is a better dancer?

14. Who is the most organized?

15. Who spends more time on Facebook?

16. Who has the most shoes?

17. Who spends more money?

18. Who’s car is the cleanest?

19. Who will be doing the cooking?

20. Right now, who do you love more than anyone in the world

Weddings originated thousands of years ago. With each passing century, people added something of their own. These small acts go a long way. Many people even believe in these things to an extent where leaving it will sound a crazy idea. Here are some common myths about the wedding. Some are very deep and serious while the others are rather funny. Well, here you go. Enjoy!

  1. Get something old, something new, something borrowed and lastly, something blue

It is a tradition dated back to the Victorian age. Many people around the world follow this tradition wholeheartedly. Something old refers to the couple’s desire to last their bond for eternity. Something new means the formation of their unique relationship as husband and wife. Something borrowed means family and friends and something blue means fidelity.

  1. Rain on the wedding day

Nowadays, we all have a backup plan in case it starts raining on your wedding day. But in the past, there was no system like this. People had no means of predicting the weather. So if it starts raining on your wedding day, it means the cleansing of both souls, and it also symbolizes fertility.

  1. Break a glass

Why would anyone want to break a glass on their wedding day and increase the bill? This is a tradition that first started in Italy. The couple breaks a glass or vase. The number of pieces the glass will shatter into will be the happy years of marriage they will have.

  1. Not seeing each other before the big day

Back in the day, the couple was not allowed to see each other. People believed that if they meet each other before marriage, it will give them a chance to change their mind. In the modern age, the couple doesn’t see each other because of bad luck and also to create some excitement and anticipations.

  1. Wedding DJ talks too much

A DJ is known to spice an event. A club DJ talks a lot to bring energy and excitement in people. Many people think that a DJ will do the same thing at the wedding. The wedding is a formal event, and no one likes a talkative DJ. Time has changed and there are several experience wedding DJs out there who know when to talk and how to keep the guests engaged.

  1. Either choose a DJ or a band

It is a very misguided fact. You have to either choose a DJ or a band to play on your wedding day. Both have their pros and cons. If you hire a professional, both will do a great job. You can even have them both if your time and budget allows.

  1. Don’t pick the first thing while shopping for your wedding

My opinion to you is to follow your feelings. There are thousands of wedding dresses. Hundreds of venues and many DJs to choose from. If your gut tells you to go for it than have it. You should do your research and all other necessary things. But if you like something at first glance, it is OK to buy it.

  1. Bridesmaid history

Nowadays, bridesmaid wears tacky dresses to make sure the brides shine. But they have a different origin. In the past, Bridesmaids wore similar dresses like the bride. It was done to confuse the bride’s ex and to ward off evil spirits.

  1. People don’t come to destinations wedding

This is just another misconception. Once I had a client whose wedding was is in Bora Bora. Guests from all around the world arrived. Who wants to miss the opportunity of visiting such a beautiful place? In short, people do make an effort to come to your wedding.

  1. Wedding planners are expensive

No! Wedding planners are not costly. They are experts who will arrange your wedding event most affordable and beautifully possible. It is OK to spend some money on getting a wedding planner because they are beneficial in the long run.

Choosing a wedding venue is not a big thing for many couples. The reason is that they have already planned the place where they will be marrying. They sometimes plan it even before they get engaged. However, it is not a cup of cake for everyone. Here are the seven most important things you need to keep in your mind while selecting your desired venue.

  1. Budget

Having a proper budget for your wedding is very important. Never go out of your budget. Surely the guests will be impressed, but you will be left with significant debt. Before choosing anyplace, ask yourself this question “Can I afford this venue for my wedding?” If you can’t, move on. If there is a venue which you know is expensive than don’t add it in the list.

  1. Number of Guests

Choose a venue that accommodates the number of guests you are inviting. If the place is too big then it only cost you extra bucks, and if the venue is too small, you don’t want to squeeze all the guests in a tiny place. This will only ruin your wedding. Pick a place that is the right size for your wedding ceremony.

  1. Date

There are two things you can do. You can either choose a date and then search for venues that fit your date or you can select the venue you like and then select a date from the list of days available. Some venues give you the freedom of choosing the date online. But if you get a bit flexible with the dates, you can find some excellent places at an affordable price. The rest is up to you to decide. You can even select an off-peak time from November to February.

  1. Parking

Don’t just go after the beauty of the venue. It is essential but you also need to make sure the venue has parking close by. Also, make sure the parking is big enough for all your guests to park their car. You don’t want any of your guests to turn back just because there wasn’t enough space. Include a map in the wedding invitation and tell them where they have to park their cars.

  1. Meet the team of the Venue

Nowadays, many venues have a team of hardworking and dedicated members. They are responsible for coordinating and managing the whole event in the best way possible. Try to have a meeting with all the team members. This way you will know what the quality of their services is. You will get familiar with each team members, and you will know about the designated task of each person in the team.

  1. Request to see the rule book

Each venue has its own set of rules and regulation. You don’t want to be the one breaking the rules. It is best for you to see the rule book before booking it for your wedding. Sometimes, wedding venues add absurd extra charges which you do not know about. After checking out the bill, when you ask for the explanation, they say it is already mentioned in the rule book. Make sure you thoroughly read the rule book before finalizing the place.

  1. Take your time and read past reviews

There is no need to take impulsive decisions. Take a detailed tour of the venue and then go home and think. You don’t have to decide on the spot. Take as much time you want and then choose your desired place. You can even look at the past review to help you with your decision.

As cliché as it sounds, your wedding day truly is one of the most special days of your life. If you’re in the beginning stages of wedding planning or you’re thinking of a destination wedding in St. Louis, figuring out the venue that works best for your wedding can be quite the headache. From modern and contemporary to romantic and traditional, there’s something for every wedding. Here are 5 wedding destinations in St. Louis that will have you ready to say “I do” tomorrow!

St. Francis Xavier College Church

There’s definitely no shortage of churches in St. Louis but St. Francis has some of the most beautiful architecture that you will find in the entire state. Its history dates back to April 1840 and it features extremely tall ceilings, large pillars, and colorful stained glass. Not only is it a picture-perfect place to exchange vows but they also provided an easy to follow check list of all that is required prior to the big day. St. Francis Xavier College Church is a dream come true for anyone looking for a more traditional ceremony.

Busch Stadium

Maybe you and your fiancée are looking for something more fun to show off your active side. There’s nothing wrong with that! If you two are baseball lovers (let’s face it, who in St. Louis isn’t?) and you want to tie it into your wedding, look at the Busch Stadium. With a number of wedding packages offered, your dream of saying your vows at home base can become reality. You can even have the option to use the scoreboard during your ceremony. Talk about a home run.

Overlook Farm

Rustic is one of the hottest themes these days and Overlook Farm fits the rustic bill perfectly. With 7 different options, you have the choice of a manor house built in 1842, a historic home with gardens, a pavilion-style barn, and more. The most popular spot is the Overlook and Avalon Meadow where you can tie the knot under a massive oak tree. This destination is ideal for nature lovers and those looking for a lot of room for a large get-together. Nearby Tievoli Hills Resort offers accommodations including cozy cabins and full RV hook ups. It also includes a pool, park, and vineyard so guests can stay and even make it a fun weekend away.

Silver Oaks Chateau

While many of us would love to get married in Italy or another exotic European country, most of us can’t afford it. But that doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice your dream. And with Silver Oaks Chateau, you don’t have to. 28-acres of European-inspired architecture and landscape will make you feel like you are thousands of miles away all while being in your own backyard. It can also fit up to 275 which means you won’t have to make any cuts to that seating chart. This destination is perfect for a wedding filled with luxurious beauty and indulgence.

The Lalumondiere

Every wedding day should feel like a fairytale and at the Lalumondiere, you will feel like you have stepped right into a Disney movie. With the ceremony space consisting of nothing but glass overlooking the greenery surrounding the lake, it won’t take much decorating to make this beautiful place feel magical. You won’t want to forget to take some of those cherished wedding photos on the bridge!

These are just 5 magical wedding destinations in St. Louis. I could spend days upon days finding options for everyone and individual weddings but if you’re unsure where to start, take a look and see if any inspire dreams of your perfect day.

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Your big day is coming up. Nervous? That’s OK. Everyone feels a bit anxious before their big day. You need to do all the necessary research before the day comes. Here are the five most important things you need to know about weddings today.

  1. Not everything will go according to plan.

You can plan your wedding. You can do all the rehearsals. But remember one thing. Everything will not go the way you have expected. There will be a lot of stuff going around. The guests might come late. The catering can do something wrong. This is all normal and happens to everyone. What you can do best is not panic. Try to get professional help to minimize the problems. And lastly, chill!

  1. Assign seats to guest

Although you will have enough chairs for all the guests to sit, it will be best if you assign the seats. You can do it by either making a seating chart or an escort card. It is the best way to ensure your wedding runs smoothly. You can do it in alphabetical order. Plus there won’t be an argument of who gets to sit where. The guests from both the groom and bride side will be appropriately seated with no fuss. You will also know which guest came and which didn’t.

  1. Give yourself enough time to get ready.

If you’re the bride, give yourself plenty of time to get ready. If your hair styling takes 2 hours then, plan it 3 to 4 hours earlier. It is better to be early than late. There might be a chance of you getting your hair and makeup done from two different and distant places. In that case, you need to have a significant margin of time. There can be traffic, or maybe the makeup will take longer than you thought. You should schedule your wedding photographer before the wedding to get some adorable shots solo and with your bridesmaid as well. None of these things will go well if you are rushing from one place to another.

  1. Always have some spare cash

By spare cash, I don’t mean having $20 in your pocket. It means having enough money if anything goes wrong. In term of budgeting your wedding, follow this rule. Allocate 50% for the reception. 10% is for flowers and décor. 10% is for entertainment like DJ and band. 10% for your wedding dress. 2% is spared for invites and 2% or 3% for gifts. Another 10% is for additional stuff that you might need before or during your wedding. Now the remaining 10% will be kept aside for emergency needs. You might need to print some extra cards or maybe purchase some umbrellas in case it starts raining. This is the reason why you need some extra cash.

  1. Manage everything one by one

Make a wedding planner. Add all the important stuff like when to pick up the rings or when to meet the caterers. You will feel lost during all this chaos. A wedding is no joke and requires a lot of time and dedication. You need to all the chores one by one. Don’t rush stuff. Start as early as possible. Don’t go shopping for hiring vendors in one day. Complete all your tasks in an orderly way. Take some time to gather ideas like the design of your cake or the kind of band you want. Once you have enough ideas, execute them in order.

The big day is almost there. You are about to get married. Months and months of preparation are finally going to pay off. But are you completely ready? A few days before your wedding day is more hectic than usual. You need to run some last minute errands. You might be running to the stylist for some last minute adjustment, or you may be confirming vendors. In short, there will be a lot of things to do before the wedding. Here are the 5 major preparations you need to make before your wedding ceremony.

  • Check out your wedding dress

I am sure you have tried the dress many times, but it won’t hurt to try it one more time. The dress is essential. You have to look perfect in it. You need to make sure nothing goes wrong. Wear a dress and shoes. Shoes are the most essential part of your look. Not in term of looks but, in comfort. You don’t want to bruise your feet on your special day. Walk in the shoes. Practice your aisle walk. Try to dance in it as well. The last thing; try to go to the bathroom with the dress on. It is a tip given by many brides around the globe.

  • Talk with the organizer and vendors

Call all your vendors a day or two before the wedding. Make sure they know the correct time. Confirm all the details with all the vendors and other important people like photographer etc. Tell them about the timing and location. You don’t want the vendors to be late just because they couldn’t find a parking spot. Reconfirm their charges and talk about their additional costs in case you need them a little longer. Give all the vendors the contact number of the person who will be in charge on your wedding day.

  • Assign someone to be in charge of gifts and leftovers

You will be very busy on your wedding day. So, you need to make a person responsible for all the gifts you will receive. A lot of people lose the wedding gifts because of poor management. It will be good to assign the duty to a person who is not a part of your bridal party. It is because your bridal party will be busy with you. The person who you will be designating the work will be responsible for handling all last-minute questions. The questions like where are the caterer? Why hasn’t the DJ arrived yet? Where are the two big gifts that Aunt Susan gave? These and many other questions will be asked from the person who is assigned responsibility. Make sure you find the right one.

  • Have everything organized

The wedding day is hectic and full of chaos. People are running here and there in your house. In the midst of chaos, it will be hard for you to find your stuff. Organize and lay out all the things that you will need on your wedding day, in an organized way. Put your wedding dress, shoes and related accessories in one place. Safely put all your purses and important stuff aside. Laying out this stuff will save you a lot of effort and time on your big day.

  • Take care of your self

Nothing is more important than you. It is your wedding day, and you need to be in the best of health to enjoy it. A few weeks or a month before your wedding will be very hectic but don’t forget to take some time out for yourself. Self-care comes first and foremost. Take a long shower or maybe go to a spa. Free yourself from all the tension and enjoy the day. This is honestly the most important thing out of all.