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April and Tanner’s Reception

Tanner and April's Reception

Below are some of the photos taken during April and Tanner’s reception this past summer. An outdoor wedding at a private lake with over one hundred guests.

Photos courtesy of Phillip Faulkner Photography (www.dawgprints.net)

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Who am I not?

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Who am I not?
When describing what kind of Wedding DJ I am, I have to first explain to folks who have seen me do a trivia show that I am not that guy. When I’m doing trivia, I’m providing the entertainment for the evening at a bar or restaurant. When I’m DJing your wedding, I’m not.
This amazes me because I have seen wedding DJs that don’t seem to get it. I remember going to a wedding for my wife’s family and seeing the wedding DJ handing out plastic maracas by running all over the dance floor. Then later during the garter ceremony, he kept handing the groom giant flashlights to find it.
It was awkward at best, and infuriating at worst.
When I DJ your wedding, I understand that my job is to make sure your reception is fun, and that the Bride and Groom are the star. We will discuss the type of reception you want, the songs you want to hear, and the atmosphere you are wanting me to provide.

Why hire a DJ?

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With I-Tunes and family members eager to help, why go through the expense of hiring a DJ for your Wedding?
First, equipment, I bring multiple speakers, cords, mixers, microphones, and extension cords. Something will not work at your show, and I am prepared.
Second, you want this particular song to play at this particular point in the ceremony? I have done a sound check at home to be sure that th…is will work smoothly. If it’s a big moment, I’ll have it cued on two devices ready to go in case one freaks out. I’ll throw a switch and no one will notice that the first device failed.
Third, being a good DJ is hard. Keeping the dance floor full. Accepting appropriate requests. And monitoring the flow of the reception to make sure big things are on time (bouquet toss, cake cutting, etc.) Don’t put that pressure on a relative.
Fourth: Experience. You want someone who has done this before. Someone who will wear the proper attire, knows the equipment, and your requested playlist. Someone who is respectful to your guests, the facility staff, and to you.

The hardest wedding I’ve ever set up for

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This past weekend was the hardest wedding I’ve ever set up for. The venue was outside at a beautiful private lake with cabins and docks and a small pavilion. It was a fantastic venue. The only unfortunate thing was that the terrain prevented me from parking close and required me to haul all of the gear by hand. 2 17” speakers, 2 DJ Tables, 2 Speaker Stands, A box of equipment that included over 200 feet of speaker cables, extension cords, microphones, wireless mics, mixers and more. I stopped by on Friday before rehearsal and did a mock set up.

I don’t usually do this, but because of circumstances including using some new equipment and because I was providing the music and live audio for the ceremony, I wanted to make sure all was okay. I arrived at about 5pm on a very hot June day in Georgia. After bringing my equipment down, setting up, and then leaving for my 8pm¬†trivia show I was fairly confident. On Saturday I arrived at 10am, to reset. The wedding wasn’t until 5pm that night. So after setting up again, and covering everything in case it rained, I left at noon.

All total I spent 4 hours just on the setup to make sure everything worked perfectly for the bride and groom. Typically, I don’t need that much time. But I wanted to make sure everything was flawless…and it was.

The picture is what I looked like following the Friday set up.