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Along with the many joys that come from planning a wedding are the inevitable worries. Paramount among these—particularly when planning an outdoor ceremony—is the fear of rain on your wedding day. While there are many things you can control about your big day, the weather will never be one of them, but that’s no reason to worry.

Instead of fearing the possibility of poor conditions, you can embrace what the world gives you and make the best of it. You might be surprised to find that dealing with rain on your wedding day could be a desirable mishap, thanks to gorgeous lighting for perfect photos, an excuse for you and your guests to get cozy, and an unexpected perspective to begin your marriage with.

 

To put your mind at ease, we asked brides to share what happened when it rained on their wedding day (and why they wouldn’t have had it any other way).

The Pictures Will Be Gorgeous

“Once we got our pictures back, the light was beautiful, and it was so fun walking around huddled under an umbrella together. Plus, our ceremony was outside, and everyone had blankets and cuddled together.”

It Can Cool Down a Summer Night

“Luckily we were already under a tent eating when the major downpour occurred. When dinner was over, the rain had ended, and the beautiful, foggy sunset was perfect for pictures and dancing. Considering our wedding was in July, I was happy that the rain brought a cooler night instead of scorching sunshine.”

The Perfect Ceremony Isn’t Always What You Had Planned

“It rained on my wedding day, and it ended up being a great surprise. I had an outdoor ceremony planned, and instead, we got married in front of our venue’s beautiful fireplace. Our planner and florist brought in the arch and still decorated. It ended up being so pretty, and the rain stopped just in time for us to take photos outside. It was the perfect ceremony for us, and our guests loved how cozy it was.”

Your Guests Will Get Cozy

“Aside from optimal lighting for outdoor photos (and making all the flowers and trees more vibrant), it got everyone a lot more cozy at our backyard reception. We were so happy to see both of our families and friends mixing it up, where they might have otherwise spread out into their separate cliques.”

You’ll Learn to Let Go

“There was a torrential downpour on my wedding day in July 2015. Our ceremony was scheduled to be outdoors, and we had to scrap everything last-minute and move the ceremony inside. At the time, I thought it was the worst thing that could happen, but what I didn’t know is how much the experience would change my perspective on things. I used to need control over every aspect of my life and couldn’t deal when things fell out of line. Since then, I am so much more laid-back, less rigid, and happier.”

Everybody Loves Dancing in the Rain

“My husband and I have been together for 22 years and married for 14. We were married at our 1915 farmhouse here in Colorado. The day before the wedding, I had my silk gown cut to tea length but left the train. I had a hunch it was going to rain. People were sitting around hot as sin not doing much. As soon as the skies opened up, and it rained, people began dancing like fools to our bluegrass band. My dress miraculously stayed clean, and people had a blast in the rain, and they say it was the most fun wedding.” —

It Makes for a Great Story

“It poured on my wedding day (along with the day we got engaged, and the day of our engagement pictures), but it was perfect. Our venue was an old factory, and the dark moodiness made the day-of pictures amazing. But mainly, we chose our venue so we didn’t have to worry about the weather, so it was almost meant to happen.”

The Day Will Feel Magical

“Our wedding was at Momofuku Daisho in Toronto. We did it all on the terrace that connects the restaurant to the Shangri-La Hotel. It was tented with string lights everywhere and potted herbs on the table, and when it started raining, it was so enchanting. And it made sure it wasn’t too hot for any of our guests. Not to mention, we got the most amazing photos before it started raining because of how cloudy it was. It worked out perfectly.”

 

Having a perfect wedding venue is very important when planning for your big day. However, securing a beautiful venue, does not just come easy, there a lot of things that must be considered before booking for a wedding venue and some of these things include the following.

Pricing and availability: First, you will need to check if the venue will be available on the date that has been fixed for your wedding. To have a better chance of securing a good wedding venue, it is important that you visit your proposed venue before choosing a wedding date. Do not fix a wedding date or print invitation card without ensuring that the venue of your choice is free for use on your said date unless you would love to end up being disappointed.

Think about your budget: Another question to be asked is how much does the venue cost? Can I afford it? Or is it worth the amount to be paid there? Many people do not go through budget considerations before choosing a venue. Cost for catering, event planner, invitation, photography, flowers, lightning would help you determine the total amount that would be available for booking a venue. Ensure that you go to a venue that is within your budget and do not choose a venue that will make you spend more

Can I use my caterer: Many wedding venues would require that you use their caterer and staff? If this is not an issue with you, then there is no problem. However, some people take food very important and would want to bring in their caterer and workers hence knowing if such is allowed in that venue is of paramount importance. Another thing to consider is if they have restrictions on certain foods or not. Some venues permit the individual to bring his/ her liquor while others do not permit such. This makes this question a very important one when considering a venue to be booked.

What is the venue’s capacity: The number of audiences that is expected, should determine the venue that should be chosen. If the predicted guest is about 300, a venue of capacity greater than 300 should be chosen. It is best that you find out the size of the venue before booking the venue. Don’t book a venue that will make almost half of your guest remain outside while the wedding is going on.

Is there on-site parking? Before booking a venue, you must also consider if there is a parking site since most of your guest may be coming with their cars and would need a place to park them. Try to find out if parking on site is allowed, how many spaces are available and whether there is a price attached to it. If this is not done, you might rack up enormous bills on packing if it is not offered for free

What type of wedding am I having? It is necessary to determine the kind of wedding that you are organizing before choosing a venue. If a large venue is chosen for a small wedding, it makes the wedding looks scanty and dull.

How many hours do I have for my wedding party? What time would be given to my crew and me before the actual time for setting up the venue? Is there a chance of a different wedding taking place at the same venue a night before mine? If there is how will I decorate the venue on time? These are critical questions you must ask at the venue before booking for it. Ensure that you are satisfied with the answers provided before paying

Finally, it is also important that you ask about the venues cancellation policy. Try to find out how long you would have to cancel before you can get your money back in case there is a change of plan in future.

It’s not a party without music. Whether you’re hosting a kegger, an upscale cocktail affair, or a chill holiday party, you’re going to need some tunes. These playlist building tips will make sure your shindig is a fun, memorable event.

1. Know your Audience

The first step to creating the perfect music playlist is to know your audience.

When making a playlist, keep in mind the preferences of your intended audience, not your own. Even party music isn’t universal, as you’ll quickly realize if you think of all the ways in which, for example, a child’s birthday party is different from a teenager’s graduation party or a senior’s retirement party. If you don’t know your audience well enough to be sure of the music they like, ask somebody who does.

If you can’t find anybody who knows, or the audience is large enough that making everybody happy 100 percent of the time is almost guaranteed to be impossible, you’ll have to make an educated guess. For a large audience, find out what music is likely to be popular with people matching the average audience and go with that; if your playlist is for just one person, choose based on what you know about him.

2. Be a tastemaker

You don’t have to play songs that everyone will know and love. Making your own party playlist can be a chance to broaden your guests’ musical horizons. You might end up introducing someone to their new favorite song, and it also builds connections. That person will associate that memory with being at your house party or dinner party and hearing that song. “They’ll be like, ‘I heard that with you first, remember?’’’

This works particularly well for a romantic dinner: If you’re trying to woo someone, playing them a song they haven’t heard will make them think of you whenever they hear it next.

3. Mix It Up

Variety is the spice of life, and your playlist should have a little spice in it. A wide variety of slow songs, fast songs, classics, pop hits, and other musical styles will keep people interested. Make sure you space things out too. Don’t play nine hip-hop jams in a row before switching to country. Mix things up and keep people surprised.

They may not be your favorite songs, but it will feel good to see everyone having a great time. When in doubt, add more classic crowd-pleasers.

4. Get the Length Right

If you’re creating the playlist with a specific event or occasion in mind, its length is as important as its contents. In some cases, you will want the playlist to last a specific amount of time and no longer such as a playlist that needs to match the duration and structure of a set of exercises in a gym. In other situations, the playlist should have a minimum length but also have an extra 15-30 minutes’ worth of music as a buffer you can use if the event runs long.

If you’re putting together a playlist for a party or a wedding, you likely have an end time in mind for the event, but you should make allowances for it ending late, even if you feel like you’ve run out of perfect songs to include. Having less-than-perfect songs near the tail end of an event, when the audience most likely won’t really notice, is by far better than the alternatives: having the music end just before the event does or, worse, restarting the playlist over from the beginning.

5. Work Your Way Up To the Big Tracks

When piecing your playlist together, deciding where tracks go is as important as which tracks make the cut in the first place. Key to this is not top-loading your playlist.

If it’s for a house party you have to work your way up to the big stuff. Why? Well because people will quickly tire if you go too hard too soon, and the mood will dip as the filler fails to keep the tempo going.

6. Make Sure You Can Back Up Your Dance-Floor Fillers

Want people to get all the way through your party playlist before someone’s taken control of your computer or phone and mixed things up? Of course you do. That means being able to back up the big tracks and keep the excitement levels going in the right direction.

You’ve got to be careful. Say it’s a party for people in their late 20s or early 30s and you play something from that whole punk-rock scene, so a Blink 182 or a Sum 41 track, something fun that triggers a world of nostalgia – you’ve got to follow that up with something similar, otherwise people are going to grab your phone and play something not on the playlist because “Ah, that reminds me of that song”. You have to preempt that and work out what certain songs are going to make people want to listen to next.”

You want to learn how to be a DJ but that means more than wearing the ‘right’ clothes and knowing the right people. Of course those things will help you propel your DJ career forward but if you lack certain basic skills it won’t matter what you look like or who you know. No one will be handing out DJ gigs to you.

Even in this digital age of DJing a DJ who is in demand will have perfected certain skills that ensure big crowds, packed dance floors and a general good time all around. So before you get down about your lack of gigs, ask yourself do I have these necessary DJ skills?

1. KNOW HOW TO USE MIDI CONTROLLERS

With technology improving and moving at such a fast pace, a DJ now must know how to create dynamic and live remixes. Learn to use midi controllers to create multi-layer live remixes and use modern gear to make your sets stand out from the rest.

2. EXPERT OF NETWORKING ONLINE

DJs need to be able to market themselves while developing a brand and social media is one of the most effective manners to do so. Imagine the power of growing your following and then pushing them notifications of where you will be next. Bring the crowd wherever you go.

Social media also allows you to become a thought leader in the music space. Never ending discussions of music at social media giants like Facebook, SoundCloud and other blogs provides a great platform for DJs to show their creativity and knowledge. They can show their work, meet other artists, share their experiences, stay abreast with changing music trends, the emergence of new genres, and most importantly take part in a continuous learning process to enhance their artistry and skills.

3. KNOW HOW TO REMIX AND MASH-UP

If you aim to be the best DJ, you have to know how to mash-up, remix and produce your own music. Various software like Audacity and Pro Tools make the task a lot easier for today’s DJs.

4. CROWD READING

As a DJ you have one job; keep the crowd happy. The best way to ensure that you’re doing that is by learning how to read a crowd. If you can read the crowd then you’ll always know when it’s time to kick the energy up a notch or relax a bit until the room warms up.

This is a DJ skill you can learn inside or outside the DJ booth simply by watching. When you go to a club to hear another DJ, sit back and watch the floor. Take note of when the numbers on the dance floor start to dwindle and notice how the DJ responds. Then think about how you might respond.

You will need to determine if that empty dance floor is because they hate the Top 40 crap you’re playing or if it’s because the bar is suddenly empty. These things happen in waves and your job is to figure out when you need to do more and when you need to do less.

5. BE THE MUSIC!

It’s true every other person you meet is a DJ today. Even a kid can detail you how and from where to download songs; how to add simple effects from any open source music software; how to mix songs; etc.

Technically everyone is a DJ.

As a result, being a robot and playing a track just for the sake of performing your job is as dull as listening to music in a worn out Walkman. Be more physically and emotionally involved in music just like great examples of David Guetta, Avicii, DJ St. Louis and many others.

Searching for the perfect DJ for your wedding can be a daunting process. For most brides and grooms, this is their first time hiring a DJ and there are so many factors to consider. Here’s our list of common mistakes made by brides & grooms when selecting a wedding dj:

1. Thinking that a DJ is someone that just plays music

So many people realize after their wedding just how much a DJ does behind the scenes… even with a wedding coordinator, the DJ is the Ringmaster for the entire event and is always prepared. For example, there’s nothing worse than having a photographer changing batteries right when the toasts are announced. A professional wedding DJ brings the organizational skills and the experience of knowing how to bring a cohesiveness and a smooth flow to your Big Day so you don’t’ have to think about anything but enjoying yourself.

2. Hiring an Amateur or Part Time DJ

Don’t put the most important day of your life in the hands of an amateur offering “amazing deals”, or worse, your “friend that has been DJing as a hobby for 10 years”. Don’t have your reception ruined by someone that is not qualified or equipped to entertain your guests or provide a variety of great music. Leave this to a reputable professional that can back up their work with solid recommendations.

3. Hiring the DJ at the last minute

One of the biggest if not the biggest mistake couple make is to lag behind when planning the wedding. They decide very late to find the vendors that will work for the success of the wedding and also put the entertainment part at the very last position.

Most of the best DJs with good reputation are already booked well in advance, and most couples choose Saturdays in the summer to celebrate their wedding with the family. Your choices are limited and when the best DJs are already taken, you might end up with the amateurs. Finding the DJ you want is not as easy as you think, don’t believe they’re all the same.

4. Not Seeking To Identify the DJ’s Personal and Professional Skills

Once you took the first step searching for your DJ don’t think that’s enough to have a great reception. If you enjoyed the DJ’s mix, this does not mean that it will be the perfect DJ for your wedding. The next steps would be to learn to know the professional skills of your DJ. It could be either on the telephone or through e-mail.

The first interaction with your DJ should give you an idea on his personality. How the DJ talks on the phone, how and when he replies or send you e-mails and when you meet. To ensure how he come across punctuality appropriate manner and if he carries themselves professionally during your consultation.

The music preference could also play a major role in the choice of your DJ. He may be perfect for the club, and not good enough for a wedding.

5. Skimping on entertainment budget just to save money

A wedding cake lasts about ten minutes once it’s cut… the food lasts maybe half an hour at best…the champagne is gone in seconds… and yet, many brides spend more money on each of these than they do on the entertainment that lasts all evening and is the one thing that people remember longer than any other part of your wedding reception. You really do get what you pay for… you will quickly forget the pleasure of low cost while enduring the pain of poor quality entertainment! A good rule of thumb is about 1-3% (no kidding!) of your total wedding budget on a professional DJ, or 8-15% on a live band.

6. Not Guaranteeing Who Your Actual DJ Will Be

Ensure the DJ you want to work with and are meeting is the actual one that shows up to do your wedding. Some companies book your business then send a “fill in” DJ to perform at your wedding that may or may not be qualified to do so.

7. Forgetting to ask if the DJ has liability insurance

The last thing you want to do is spend your Honeymoon budget on Attorney’s fees, just because a friend tripped and fell on the dance floor… a professional DJ service will have liability insurance to cover the event, and it’s ALWAYS OK to ask for a printed copy of their coverage.

8. Not Having a Plan B with Your DJ

As we already seen at your Wedding Day, incidents which you nor the DJ has control over could happen! To be on the best side it’s better to prevent than to repair. You don’t need to have a clue about DJ’s equipment to make sure the music will play all night. But don’t forget to ask for a back-up equipment that’s it! An Equipment’s failure could be the end of your great party.

Good music is one of the essential elements you need to make a memorable party, be it a college party a sweet sixteen or a holiday wedding ceremony. With adequate guidance, getting the right DJ for your party is not as daunting as it is perceived to be (knowing the right questions to ask is quite a good start). So here are a few questions you should ask your prospects before making your decision. 

How many years have you been in the business – and how often do you DJ?

There’s hardly any other aspect of life where experience pays more dividends than DEEJAYING. This is one of the most important questions you should ask your prospective DJ. In looking out for experience, you should however, consider the fact that not everyone has 25 years’ worth of experience like StarPower DJ Jeff Haber. Just make sure that your choice DJ meets up with the five-year standard. 

You shouldn’t forget to check the frequency of your prospect works, this is quite important so you don’t employ some guy who only gets to work once a year. There’s a name for such people around here and it’s called AMATEUR; trust me you don’t want to be working with them.

Another point to be noted is the kind of experience involved. Your DJ’s experience should be in sync with the nature of wedding you intend on having.

Can I give you a custom playlist? 

Experts have suggested that it is quite helpful to agree upon the playlist before signing off of any contracts. If you want a playlist of your own, you should do well to discuss it with your DJ prior to the wedding. Most DJs are usually delighted in a client who requests a custom playlist as this gives them an inkling of what the client wants.

 Another point worthy of consideration when it comes to choosing a playlist is the type of wedding reception you intend to have. If you want your guests to dance then you should consider playing songs that the guests like and not songs you favor.  In such a case scenario, you may want to choose a professional DJ who is able to read the crowd and play the right songs at the right moments.

Experts also suggest that you should give your DJ a list of songs that you totally detest so they can be duly avoided. It is the most important day of your life, you should get what you want.

Is your equipment tested and trusted?

If you pay close attention to your budget, you’ll realize that you’re spending quite a chunk of cash for a disco service. It is only fair that your prospective DJ run a supervised test so as to give you an assurance of the integrity of his/her equipment. Your DJ should have a public liability insurance or else they’re breaking the law and all his equipment should come PAT certified.

Eclectic or restricted

Depending on your budget, you may want to know if your DJ is an all-rounder or restricted to the music. There are many professionals who offer either of the two options. Some couples/wedding planners may choose to employ an all-rounder as this reduces the cost of running the wedding. In this issue, there are no right or wrongs only preferences.

Any backup plans?

A professional is measured by his backup plan. You should make sure that you discuss this issue at length before making a decision. Make sure the DJ has backup for his equipment and make room for any indisposition/absence.

So there you have it, a few basic questions you should ask your prospects during an interview. You should note that there are various professional DJ for different types of events. Just do well to find the one that suits you best.

Saint Louis, – January 10, 2017 — Premier Entertainment Services, LLC has been selected for the 2016 Saint Louis Small Business Excellence Award in the Disc Jockeys classification by the Saint Louis Small Business Excellence Award Program.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Saint Louis Small Business Excellence Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Saint Louis Small Business Excellence Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Saint Louis Small Business Excellence Awards Program

The Saint Louis Small Business Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding small businesses that serve the Saint Louis area. Each year, our selection committee identifies businesses that we believe have achieved outstanding marketing success in their local community and business classification.

Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. These are small businesses that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Saint Louis area a vibrant and vital place to live.

The Saint Louis Small Business Excellence Awards was established to reward the best of small businesses in Saint Louis. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to award the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

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As an event planner or couple, it is your duty to ensure that the entertainment sector and all other relevant aspects of the wedding are running smoothly. What most couples who are planning a wedding fail to realise is that saving money by hiring an amateur DJ for your wedding comes with a high price tag. 

Getting the right DJ for that special day is something you don’t want to downplay.  You don’t want a situation where your wedding turns to a disaster because the DJ didn’t get it right. Even if it means cutting out a substantial part of your budget to hire a professional DJ, then just do it.

Here are a few issues you have to understand before you downplay on the importance of employing the services of a professional Wedding DJ.

AMATEURS DO NOT INVEST TIME IN THEIR PERFORMANCE

The amateur DJ is probably doing it for enjoyment and if something goes wrong, well who cares! On the other hand the experienced professional risk his entire reputation and career with every performance.one bad review might crumble his entire business and he is fully aware of this face. It is your wedding and you deserve the best. 

Your party DJ is responsible for coordinating the timeline, orchestrating the introduction and flow of events, working with your other vendors, managing the guests, reading the crowd and making sure the right song is played at just the perfect time.   

                                                                                                                                                           An amateur DJ lacks the experience required to calibrate to the particular mood of the event as well as the mood of the audience. More so, an amateur lacks the experience necessary to select suitable songs to provide your wedding guests with the ultimate entertainment experience. Deejaying is an art that involves beat juggling, back spinning, scratching, phase shifting and beat cutting amongst many other skills, of which an amateur rarely possesses.

YOUR GUEST WILL ONLY DANCE TO THE RIGHT SONGS

The right songs have to be played at the right time and in the right order following the mood of the crowd in order to maintain the atmosphere of fun. Oftentimes the mood changes and your entertain needs to adapt as these changes occur.

You can’t make your guest dance to the songs you love if they don’t share your preferences. Your DJ needs to read the crowd and has the experience to build sets of music around their preferences.

NO INSURANCE, INADEQUATE OR NON-EXISTENCE BACKUP EQUIPMENT

Trust me on this one. If something mistakenly happens to the DJ’s equipment, you don’t want to be held responsible for replacing it. A professional will be insured, but with an amateur, you will most likely end up spending extra cash.

Also, you can never be sure that with an amateur, the equipment will be able to work flawlessly. The speakers you saw working adequately in somebody’s house might turn up embarrassing you inside a hall full of people. The quality of equipment is a reflection of the DJ’s level of professionalism.

With an amateur just tell your money goodbye, because in most cases amateurs do not offer a money back guarantee when they screw up. A reason being that, most deejays are not under any stipulated contract agreement. With professionals, this is not the case.

PEACE OF MIND

That moment when you having the time of your life because you are finally getting married to the love of your life, the last thing you want on your mind is whether the DJ is going to be late, if he has the right songs or if he has drank too much.

 After all, you already have gazillion things on your mind, like you are already checking your nice hair, trying to stay comfortable in your dress and probably keeping the peace between family members. Don’t give yourself one more thing to increase your anxiety.

Choosing the right DJ for your wedding is a decision that you will not want to downplay. If possible ask for advice from professional event planners, it would be such a shame if you didn’t  have a lovely wedding ceremony because you thought DJ St Louis was too expensive and decided to go for uncle Tom. Think of the weddings you have been to. What made them enjoyable and memorable? Why do they stand out in your mind? You are likely remembering a DJ with a great personality, an amazing mix of music, or quality sound. 

Since you want people to have an epic and awesome time at your occasion, ensure you avoid the above mistakes when settling on a suitable DJ to accommodate your requirements. Take the tips seriously if you want your wedding to be enjoyable and memorable.