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8 Signs of A GREAT WEDDING DJ

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

If Your Wedding DJ Isn’t Doing These 8 Things, You’re In Trouble . . .

We all have heard horror stories about overpriced and underprepared wedding DJs.

Yes, a wedding DJ can truly make or break a wedding reception – which is why this is one of the most important decisions a couple can make when planning their special day.

A great wedding DJ is not only very talented, but thoughtful, passionate, a good listener and conscientious as to the needs of the couple getting married, which is what it’s all about.

A great wedding DJ is many things, and offers eight such examples of what your wedding DJ MUST be:

1 – GREAT DJs Listen!

A great wedding DJ will closely listen to your instructions and make sure he understands your EVERY wish. Great DJs know this is the biggest day of your life, and that you’re trusting him/her with determining the flow of the day. And they take the responsibility seriously, ALWAYS putting the needs of the couple first.

2 – GREAT DJs Pronounce The Names Right!

Chicago wedding DJ / Elevated Event Design Professional DJs & Master’s of Ceremonies take the responsibility of your formal announcements very seriously. With this, they make sure EVERY name is pronounced correctly. They practice this and go over it with the couple in the weeks beforehand to make sure it’s perfect.

3 – GREAT DJs Play YOUR Requested Music, and read the crowd . . . The perfect combination!

If your DJ is a professional, he or she knows that having the Bride and Groom’s favorite song(s) are paramount. Just as important is having a DJ that knows how to read a crowd and play to that crowd. If he or she doesn’t, the event could be a disaster.

4 – GREAT DJs Plan Ahead With The Venue!

A great DJ always contacts the venue before the wedding day to secure all setup logistics – when the doors open, where to park, where to bring in the equipment, any particular venue rules, etc.

5 – GREAT DJs Never Assume!

A great DJ never assumes. For example, he or she will have exact directions to the venue beforehand. This may sound obvious, but “we’ve all heard of DJs who were late to a wedding reception,” says Budz.

6 – GREAT DJs Test Everything Ahead Of Time!

Great DJs arrive at least a couple of hours before the event begins to unload equipment and set-up and test the sound system, which has been thoroughly tested prior to his arrival. Great DJs adjust sound levels, check microphones, and position speakers to take advantage of the room’s acoustics. Every location has it’s own distinctive acoustics, and a great DJ knows how to maximize this. If outdoors, great DJs adjust the sound according to layout, weather, etc.

And a great DJ ALWAYS has a backup system ready to go in case of equipment failure.

7 – GREAT DJs Are Poised, Presentable Professionals!

Great DJs are always well dressed, well groomed, well rested, relaxed and in control. Again, this may seem obvious, but that’s not always the case! This comes with thoughtful preparation.

8 – GREAT DJs Always Work & Plan Ahead With Others Involved!

Great DJs always synchronize their efforts with those of the venue staff, wedding photographers, videographers and other involved to ensure a seamless flow among everyone during the entire event. A great DJ locks down all logistics and timing BEFORE the event, not during!

Here at Elevated Event Design we have truly experienced DJs and we provide the best Chicago Wedding DJ experience.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Ceremony Music

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

While the wedding reception is a celebration and you expect a certain kind of music that your guests will enjoy dancing to, choosing your wedding ceremony music can be considered a very important but difficult decision for the bride and groom.

Times have changed and fewer weddings are taking place in traditional church venues, meaning that organ music isn’t a realistic option for most couples anymore. Some venues may have grand pianos, but most will expect you to make your own wedding ceremony music arrangements. They may provide a list of recommended vendors, or your wedding planner will give you several options.

For the most part, you’ll need to choose between one of the following three options:

DJ
Using a DJ isn’t just for wedding receptions anymore. Gone is the image of the chatting, goofball DJ spinning tunes while he talks your guests through the “Electric Slide.” Now music professionals with highly technical sound systems are the ones playing disc jockey at wedding ceremonies and receptions. If your wedding ceremony and reception are at the same location, using the same DJ will probably save you money because you’re not paying two completely different kinds of music by different people. And, if you’re married (pun intended) to having a complicated traditional song, usually performed by an large instrumental group or an organ, in some more remote locations, the DJ may be your only options for hearing recognizable versions of your wedding songs.

Instrumental Soloists
A single violin, harp, piano, guitar, or ukulele is more than enough music for a romantic wedding ceremony. As long as the venue isn’t too large, you can probably have acoustic music without any electronic enhancement. If the wedding hall is enormous or outdoors someplace that can be windy, you may want to make arrangements for additional audio support so that the music can be heard by all of the wedding guests. A trumpet solo of a well-known wedding entrance march performed by a very skilled musician is simple and classic and truly attention grabbing.

See More: Listen to Our Playlist of Anything-But-Boring Classical Wedding Songs

Music ensembles
They come in many varieties, from a string quartet to duets between a piano and flute, or any other number of instrumental combinations. It’s not a good idea to ask two professionals who don’t usually perform together to collaborate unless you want to pay for a lot of rehearsal time — you’re much better off finding an established group with good references from other brides and grooms.

Occasionally, brides and grooms have very talented friends who will offer to sing a special song at the wedding ceremony. Unless they also play their own musical instrument, make sure that you arrange for a practice session with the musicians you’ve hired ahead of the actual ceremony. It’s important to make sure that everyone is in the same key, and following the same cues.

Top Wedding Trends for 2016

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

1) More and more monograms!
This could just be my preppy heart hoping and wishing here but I’ve noticed an uptick in the popularity of customized and monogrammed gifts this past year so I’m predicting that trend will ripple into the wedding world. Here’s a few pretty ideas I’m hoping to see lots of in 2016: Monogrammed … bridal sashes, bouquet ribbons, bridesmaids dresses, favors (cookies are always fun to monogram!), bridal shoes, and wedding cakes!

2) Groom’s detailing
I predict it’s going to be the year of the groom! While the focus will never really leave the bride, I’m feeling that more thought is going to be put into the groom’s appearance in 2016 – from custom tailored suits to imaginative bouttonnieres, the groom is taking center stage! Look for textured fabrics like velvet and seersucker to step up and for playful colors and patterns to be popping up in ties, bowties, ascots and pocket squares.

3) Hello, Cascading Orchids
I’m expecting a surge in popularity of the beautiful cascading orchid bouquet. This look was popular in the 1920s and 1930s and I think it’s about time for it to come back full circle, don’t you? It’s beyond luxe and romantic!

4) Buttoned backs
Buttoned backs will always be a classic and favored look but I’m predicting they’ll be especially popular in 2016!

5) Streamlined bouquets
Even though I’m predicting a surge for the organic-styled cascading orchid bouquet, I think there will also be a tendency toward more streamlined bouquets.

6) Farm-to-table Menus
Farm-to-table is nothing new but I expect to see an uptick of the concept in the wedding world this year. Whether the couple’s wedding is at a sustainable farm/garden or in the heart of a city, I think couples will be placing a higher priority on the quality (and creativity!) of the food they are serving guests.

7) Death of the Flower Crown
Does anyone else feel this trend has run its course? I’m hoping for a simpler look for 2016 – maybe a single flower behind the ear?

8) Intimate Gatherings
I’m predicting a rise in intimately-sized weddings for 2016. Large weddings can be amazing but more and more brides and grooms seem to be wanting an intimate setting in which they can focus on each and every guest.

9) 2-Piece Gowns
Whether for engagements or weddings, I’m expecting the crop top trend to continue into 2016.

10) Simpler Color Palettes
Ombré was fun but I’m looking to 2016 for more back-to-basic wedding color palettes. I’m expecting a return of 1-3 colors with an emphasis on blue-white, yellow-white and the always classic all-white palette.

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