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Whether in Columbia, SC or Anchorage, Alaska, how well your DJ programs the music will make or break the festivities. On your big day, his judgment of what (and when) to play the music you want—to achieve the response you want—will determine how the reception entertainment is perceived and how much folks enjoy themselves.

We provide innovative Disc Jockey Entertainment throughout the Columbia, SC Area, and will help design and deliver your DREAM WEDDING—from the most elegant formal reception, to an exciting full-throttle celebration! Being YOUR wedding DJ is our full-time job. We are: well-prepared with extensive planning completed for YOUR event, fully-experienced serving brides and grooms for decades, well-equipped with new and modern gear all backed up on site, fully-insured providing you with complete coverage, members of the American Disc Jockey Association delivering what is promised and striving for perfection. Call us! We look forward to furnishing references and inviting you to visit one of our events. 800-359-5618

 

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PROGRAMMING MUSIC EFFECTIVELY


The music selection is the most important aspect of a Disc Jockey’s performance. In a nut-shell, the customer and guests at a given event will decide whether a DJ a good one or a poor one based primarily on the music that he plays at their event. For newer DJ's who have not yet mastered their interactive and MC skills, it is even more important that they quickly learn how to choose and mix GOOD music.

    1.    A "set" is a group of two to six fast songs that go well together for varied reasons, such as genre, era, or bpms. The length of your set should vary according to the type of event you are playing, and how the people are reacting on the dance floor. At weddings, and other similar events that require a variety of music, it is generally accepted that you should keep your sets short in the early stages of the event. As the night wears on, you can lengthen the set, provided that the dance response warrants it.

Generally speaking, a DJ should organize your sets beginning with the slower BPM's, and gradually increasing in speed. This strategy typically generates excitement on the dance floor.

    2.    A disc jockey shouldn’t let their personal preferences in music influence their decisions on what to play. This is one of the most frequent mistakes made by "rookie" DJ's. Newer DJ's show up at an event all hyped up to play their favorite kind of music, only to turn people off, and make a bad name for themselves.

One of the first signs of a DJ who has matured into a professional is that he or she can almost totally put aside personal preferences in music, and play what is necessary to make the event a success.

Another sign of a mature DJ, is one who acquires a taste for music that he or she previously disliked. Generally, this comes about when DJs receive requests for a type of music that you do not usually play. There is something about seeing people enjoying themselves on the dance floor that allows one to acquire a taste for a type of music that one previously hated!

Proficient Disc Jockeys can think of their music library like an auto mechanic thinks of their tools. Each song is like a tool, and certain tools work well for some jobs, and not so well for others. When DJs learn what tools to use with their music selection, they will quickly become in hot demand for your services.

    3.    DJs should play a selection of music that will appeal to as many people as possible. It is never possible to satisfy everyone, but one should attempt to play a variety that will please the majority of people, most of the time.

    4.    It is easy to forget the older people in a crowd when top 40/dance music is working well at an event. However, one should constantly be asking oneself, "when was the last time I played country, or oldies, etc" to satisfy the older people. If a DJ waits too long to play a given music group, they will get complaints from guests. When a variety of music is necessary, the main objective is to prevent someone from coming up to your table asking, "When are you going to play some country (or oldies)?" It is adviseable to keep in mind what has been playing and making sure that one blends in the necessary variety of music in their rotations.

    5.    The larger the variety of people and music tastes, the shorter the sets you should play, and the more frequently you should rotate the variety of music necessary. EXAMPLE: If there is a large group of people and the DJ is getting requests for country, oldies, top 40/dance music, you should keep your sets shorter (three to four songs typically) so that each type of music will be represented more frequently. (The DJ would not want to play 7 songs of urban-dance music in a row in this situation. This will SURELY draw complaints from the older people who want to hear a different type of music.)

One other factor to consider, is how long people have been dancing. People tend to wear out, and get a little tired after fifteen or twenty minutes of fast dancing. An experienced DJ never forgets to give them a break!

    6.    A common situation occurs when the older people want to dance to the slow songs, and the younger people will dance to the top 40/dance music. In this event, the DJ might consider choosing two slow songs in a row to cover two different music groups, such as country and oldies. This will accommodate the older people, and allows one to jump back into the top 40/dance music for the younger crowd. Two slow songs in a row are strongly suggested in other situations also. If the DJ is having success with all types of up-tempo music, their second slow song should be from the same music group as the next fast set they intend to play.

    7.    Experienced DJs normally play the basics; the dance floor is not the place to educate the public on the latest and hottest new music. More often than not, a DJ will clear the dance floor with a new song. The exception to this principle would be for school dances.

    8.    "Two and Out" Rule - Don't beat a dead horse.........if a Disc Jockey starts a set of up-tempo songs and gets little or no dance response after two songs, it is time to slow things down or try something else.
"The Slow Song Is  A Crutch" – At many events, there will be approximately twice as many people willing to dance to a slow song as a fast song. If one recognizes this, one will learn that when nothing else works, the slow song will normally draw people on the dance floor. This concept ties in with the "two and out" rule listed above.

    9.    If a DJ tries a particular type of music at the beginning of an event, and it doesn't work, he should stay away from that type of music for a while. However, just because something doesn't work in the early stages of the event does not mean that it won't work later on. Guests might not have been ready to dance at the time. Often, later in the event, the guests will pack the dance floor to a type of music that didn't work in the beginning of the event.

    10.    If the group requires a wide musical variety, as is often the case, the variety should be introduced quickly. By so doing, the Disc Jockey has sent a message to his audience that he does, in fact, have a variety of music for everyone, and that he intends to play it. This will put people at ease, especially the older people who thought that the DJ might play music for the younger people only.

    11.    When playing for a party or dance, if one notices that there are not many people there yet, and more are expected, the DJ might not want to play many of their "absolute best" songs that are often the best tools to motivate people to dance. In this event, they night wait thirty to forty-five minutes prior to playing the really good stuff. They should, however, be careful not to delay playing the best music for too long, which might easily disillusion the folks who are already present.

    12.    When the DJ plays a particular song that packs the dance floor, they should attempt to play another song that is very similar to it, i.e. if one plays "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and it packs the floor, one should follow with a similar song such as "I Can't Help Myself". 

    13.    Oldies are an important part of  the DJ’s music selection at most events. There have been many movies and TV commercials that have included songs from the 40's to the 80's. This makes these songs familiar to the young and old alike. When playing for a variety of age ranges, selecting songs that appeal to two different generations is desirable, thereby attracting more people to the dance floor.

    14.    Reading the crowd is an important aspect of the job. One must observe the people on hand. A good DJ might need to go fishing with a variety of baits until he discovers what the”fish” are biting on, but in addition, common sense signs often are very prevalent and communicate loud and clear what genres of music will be well-received.

    15.    As a general rule, one should not play the same song more than once per event. There are some exceptions to this rule, but one should try to avoid repeating a song. Naturally, sometimes a song is extraordinary, and will be requested twice. In this case, there should be a good space of time between presentations.

 Adapted from an Article by Paul Beardmore, DJ University

 

Where do you want your wedding?

Adapted from an article submitted by Jeanette Hawkinson

Here are suggestions of some other wonderful locations that brides have chosen for their unique and personalized weddings. These suggestions apply to Columbia, SC, or anywhere your having your ceremony and reception.

The bed-and-breakfast offers a charming backdrop to a wedding, often with a Victorian touch, one or several large fireplaces, decor straight from the pages of a magazine layout, a wraparound porch, and perhaps a yard with a lovely landscape. The bridal couple can book the best room in the house and enjoy a splendid breakfast brought to their bedside the next morning. To find a bed-and-breakfast in your area, check the local tourism board or ask your travel agent for the highest rated B & B nearby. Several bed-and-breakfast guidebooks and Web sites exist, but a more localized search will turn up the best results for you.

Mansions and historical estates are among the most beautiful and unique choices for wedding sites. Very often, the house is ornate, with gilded accents, Victorian dcor, elegant lighting, and sweeping staircases. The home may have a lovely sunroom or porch and beautifully landscaped grounds with gardens or fountains. As it is such a major departure from the usual wedding site, the commonly decorated church, and the standard reception hall, guests are enthralled with the environment, often wandering around to explore rooms and marvel at the scenery. These houses have long histories and personalities of their own, and the bridal couple will become a part of it. To find a historical home or estate that is open to the public rental or use, contact your local historical society.

From the enormous enclosed party yachts to a smaller, privately owned yacht that holds 12, weddings afloat can be a wonderful choice, a qualified officiant will marry you on deck as the sun sets over the horizon and the lights of the city form your backdrop. So many couples love the idea of sailing off into the sunset, choosing this romantic and private option, that a great deal of wedding cruise options have arisen in the industry. Check with your local travel agent for the best wedding cruises in your area, or thoroughly research privately owned yachts for rent with a crew.

Weekend-long getaways are also popular now. Couples are choosing to have not only the 15-minute ceremony and the four-hour reception, but also a full weekend of activities and time shared. Couples who have chosen this option say that a weekend outing to the beach or the mountains brings the family together. Planned tours, fun family competitions, cookouts, fancy dinners at four-star gourmet restaurants, and horseback riding on the beach are just some of the ideas these brides have had for their weekend weddings. The time spent together leads to bonding of the entire extended family, and this vacation-type atmosphere is far more relaxing than one emotionally intense day. So think about which kind of weekend getaway you want: a beach weekend, a ski weekend, or a grand touristy romp though the nearest major city, and book your plans for three days of activityplus your wedding.

A beach wedding is also a lovely idea, one shared by many celebrities and couples who have an affinity for all things seaside. Beachside weddings are usually very informal, with the bride in a slipdress and perhaps bare feet, and the guests dressed up in informal clothing. Booking a site for a beach wedding depends upon the rules of your region. Most private and public beaches do require you to get a permit for a public gathering, cooking, or alcohol consumption, so find out from your town hall about the realities of this option for you.

An arboretum is a popular choice among brides right now. With its natural beauty and flawless design, the smell of the blooms, the arrangements of greenery, the fountains, and the butterflies, it is a piece of Eden. No wonder so many brides book their weddings in arboretums or botanical gardens. There they can be surrounded by English or tropical gardens without paying a penny to the florist.

Other site choices include scenic parks, lighthouses, museums, art galleries, country clubs, restaurant decks overlooking a calm lake, a clearing in the forest, or a specially booked site at an amusement park, casino, or hotel.


Place Cards & Escort Cards - What's the Difference?
Adapted from an article written by Tracy Bloom Schwartz, Creative Parties

Whether in Columbia, SC or another locale, this question comes up frequently and people use the word interchangeably. In fact, there is a difference.

Escort Cards: These cards are used to let each guest know what table they are assigned to. The classic escort card is a small envelope with the guest name on the envelope and the table assignment on the card inside. You can use the words "You are seated at table ___ " or you can just give the table number assignment, as the word table is implied. For a very personal touch, you could write a note to each guest. A tent card, folded at the top, is also as an escort card. The design of these cards is only limited by your imagination. They can have bows, dried flowers, ribbons or anything that compliments the theme. You can use any color of ink. They can even be a "thing". We are doing a summer wedding and using a heart shaped seed packet with an organza ribbon as the escort card. At another wedding we are putting the card in a charming, small silver and gold flowerpot, which then becomes a gift for the guest. We have used colored stones. The important thing to think about is that the guest has to hold on to this "card" until they go into the formal part of the evening.

What you write on the escort card: The most formal designation is: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith. This is the same as how the guests were addressed on the formal invitation envelope.

Informal alternative: Mary and Robert Smith
• If someone brings a guest, you can either put their name on the same card or you can have two separate cards. If you choose to use one card for both, the woman should be listed first, though many people put their invited guest first even if it is a man.
• If a husband and wife have different names, we usually put the women's name first.
• When putting these cards on a table, we always put them in alphabetical order.

Place Card: The place card is on the table at the place assigned to the guest. There is a choice in where you seat your guest at the table. Some of the choices are:

1. Husbands and wives (or couples that come together) are seated at the same table, but not next to one another. In this case guests should alternate, male and female. The person seated to the right of another is considered in the position of honor.

2. Couples that come together are seated next to one another.

3. Couples that come together are seated at different tables.

At a round table, the best seat is facing the honored guest.

The place card itself can vary from the most formal, an ecru or white card with a, gold or silver bevel edge laid on a formal folded napkin to a theme related item, such as a Mardi Gras mask. The only requirement is that the name be on it somewhere.

What you write on the place card: In the formal approach, the name is written: Mr. Jones, if there are two Mr. Jones at the table than the first name is used, i.e. Mr. Mark Jones. In an informal approach you can use either Mark Jones or Mark. The last name would be required if there are more than one of that name at the table. The important issue is to be consistent.

Personalized Menu Card: A personalized menu card is an alternative to a place card. These should be considered when giving your guests a choice of entree. The regular menu would have each guest's name printed at the top and set at each place. If the menu card is not personalized, you may chose to only use 3 or 4 menus at the table or one at each place.

Name Cards: This refers to a card you might give out to a friend. It does not refer to anything that relates to a table setting.

May your Columbia wedding plans go smoothly. Music on the Strand's DJ ENTERTAINMENT looks forward to being a part of your special day!

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