Major kudos to mydeejay.com! Their list of questions to ask a Colorado Wedding DJ are right on. I was actually researching a strange question that I hear from some of my potential clients. They’ll sometimes ask me if they can come to a wedding to see me perform. The answer I always give is,
I won’t ask you if I can invite someone to your wedding, so I can’t ask any of my other clients if you can come to theirs. However, I can give you references.
So I was looking for the site that was suggesting that people searching for a Wedding DJ ask this question, when I came across mydeejay.com’s Questions to Ask Your Wedding DJ. I perused through and they all seemed to be pretty legit. Finally at number 17, I saw it.
17. Can we visit you at a performance?
Hopefully the answer to this question is “no.” We’re sure that you wouldn’t appreciate the DJ inviting prospective clients to your wedding to see him in action. A professional DJ should be willing to take a stand for his clients’ privacy and not offer this as a possibility. Professional wedding DJs never allow this.
A trick question! You sneaky dogs! I have no problem with this. Sometimes, professional DJ’s have to fight the stigma that comes from being in an industry where people may play some music for a party one night and think they have what it takes to act as Host, MC, DJ and all the other responsibilities we as Colorado Wedding DJ’s take on when we agree to handle the most important day of your life. All’s fair in Love and Hiring a Wedding DJ!
Here are a few other highlights from their great article. These things must be asked of any Fort Collins Wedding DJ that you are considering for your big day.
18. May we speak to your references?
Speaking to a wedding DJ’s former clients is a great way to get a feel for what it is like to work with them, and any DJ should be ready and willing to allow you to speak with their references. He should also be willing to contact several of these references in advance of providing you with their information, so that they have his permission and so you feel comfortable calling them.
Former clients of the DJ will be your best source of real information about your Colorado Wedding DJ.
1. Do you offer a written contract?
All of the wedding disc jockeys you interview may not have the same standards of professionalism. A written, legal contract is one of the first indicators of whether a DJ is professional and reliable. Furthermore, a contract establishes the DJ’s obligation to the client and outlines what is required for the DJ’s success, by outlining his setup requirements and other factors related to his performance. For this reason, a written contract is absolutely essential and any DJ not using a written contract should not, in our opinion, be considered for a wedding reception.
A contract is essential. While mine are as simple as can be, they contain the most important information, the hard and fast time and place that the engagement willt take place. I can’t tell you how many times brides have been horrified when a DJ didn’t show because they thought the couple said the wedding reception was as the Hilton, not the Marriot. Big difference.
If you are looking for a Fort Collins Wedding DJ, definitely give this list of questions from mydeejay.com a read! Great article!
As a Colorado Wedding DJ, I enjoy watching how different couples customize universal themes to make them a little piece of their own for their wedding. Everyone has centerpieces. Everyone has decorations. A little ingenuity and personal flair is often the piece that guests remember as the element that made it the thing that only that particular couple could have used. Sarah Burks and Peter Moore did a fantastic job with this at their wedding at the Marriot in Fort Collins.
Besides their music tastes, I’ll admit I don’t know a heckuva lot about these two. My method as a Fort Collins wedding DJ is to just take care of what I need to take care of, leaving my couples plenty of time to handle other responsibilities. I do my best to make it easy on the couple while still being able to deliver the exact sound that they want for their wedding.
Sarah and Peter both seem to enjoy the outdoors. Their reception room at the Fort Collins Marriot was beautifully decorated with all the trimmings. There were two elements that really made it their own.
First, they framed the dancefloor with sections of lodgepole pine that held a display of lights above it. The construction of the frame was hidden by perfectly placed burlap. It gave the ballroom setting of the Marriot a rustic feel, and placed special emphasis on the dance floor, making it seem even more inviting than it would have with only my perfectly chosen songs.
Second, they had fresh cut sections of the wood that served as the bases for their centerpieces, and as the bases for their array of pies they served for dessert. The freshly cut wood sections were appealing because nature made them that way. They are a part and example of this wonderful creation and, as a wood lover myself, I wasn’t very surprised at how good they looked. It didn’t hurt that the pies that sat on top looked fresh and delicious as well. It
was almost as if they didn’t need bases for the pies but the fact that they were there added that little extra element that said that someone put thought, care and love into the preparation of this special day.
Serving pies and having a ceremonial pie cutting also was a great personal touch, and was a first for myself and many others at this wedding.
Sarah and Peter also let me know, as should you when you are dealing with your Colorado Wedding DJ, an extensive list of their favorite songs. They took the time to fill out the form on my website and were quite specific about what they wanted to hear and the musical themes that they wanted to have for
their big day. They wanted lots of Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Nickel Creek, Newcomers Home and other newgrass and bluegrass, and I was more than happy to oblige. We partied into the night and had a great time. It was truly a special wedding, and since they really personalized it, belongs only to Peter and Sarah.
Ahoy, BFF’s of the Bride or Groom!! You’ve been asked to be the Best Man or Maid/Matron of Honor, and you couldn’t be more pleased. Then you remember, “Oh my goodness! I have to make a speech!” Public speaking is a big fear for a majority of the population. Well, never fear, young Paul Robert is here to give you a simple ‘how to’. My tips won’t just get you through it. You may be feeling like a stand up comic if you just devote some time and these tips to your big speech.
These tips will work for Best Men or MOH’s. At the weddings I handle, the Best Man usually goes first.
Speeches, just like stories, should have three parts. Beginning, middle and end.
1. Beginning – “Hello, my name is ______. I know the Bride or Groom through _________. I’m so happy to be here.”
2. Middle – Pick a theme and stick with it. Stories have 1 plot. So should your speech. Think of a specific thing that you’ve experienced with your friend that demonstrates a wonderful quality about them. Example, “When _____ and I worked together, she was the rock I needed to lean on to get through the day, so you are so lucky to be married to such a rock.”
3. End – “So, a toast, to ____ and ______.” Don’t be afraid to use something that’s already been written. Quoting someone is not plagiarism. It’s flattery, and a great thing to say about a situation may have already been said.
How long should my speech be? NOT long. If you go more than 3 minutes, they’d better be rolling in the aisles. Less is more.
This video is a little painful. I noticed he says “To start off…” at one minute and 14 seconds in. That’s not starting off. That’s standing there with a microphone in your hand looking a little doofy for the time it takes to say the Pledge of Allegiance TEN TIMES.
You needn’t rush yourself. If you go in with a plan, you won’t have to worry about going too long. Much can be said and conveyed in 3 minutes.
1. Burn the Groom, Flatter the Bride. If you are going for comedy, that is. Classic crowd pleaser. It goes like this. “I’ve known Groom since I was a little boy. When I met Bride, I wasn’t sure about her at first. As I got to know her, I began to realize that she is the kindest, smartest, hardest working person that I ever met. I mean, she (insert admirable action here)’s in her spare time. She’s pretty, she held a ridiculous GPA. I mean, what are you doing with this guy?” A smooth segue to “But seriously folks…”
2. Be Sincere. I truly feel like I could have just written that for the entire content of this blog. It is the most important thing. If you are sincere, and don’t take too long, it’s very hard to go wrong.
3. Save the stories about past escapades for the hunting trip. No matter how impressed you are by all the good looking women the groom has gotten to know, much of the rest of the crowd won’t be.
3. Keep your face and the microphone still. Your Colorado Wedding DJ better have a great voice, perfect pronunciation, and great announcements. For the Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor, we just want to hear what you have to say. Hold the microphone chin high, one palm’s length from your mouth. Keep it there.
With all that said, I wouldn’t be opposed to going in without any content planned and just speak from your heart. Some of life’s best moments come from just being in the moment. Keep a little bit of structure in mind, speak kind words from your heart and enjoy it!
Across from the main campus of Colorado State University, one of the most established institutions in Northern Colorado, stands another well established member of the community, the Hilton Fort Collins. The Hilton offers an international, world class feel melded with the type of personal interaction that reminds you that you are still in one of America’s most quaint and unassuming towns.
The Hilton boasts many assets. First, the name still means something. You could be the friend of a CSU college student or an international business person and the Hilton still feels like the accommodations are just for you. The name also implies that the building will be beautiful, and it is. That becomes evident even as you approach the entrance, and is confirmed as you cross the threshold of the lobby and the ceiling disappears into the atrium. Elegance and class are not always easily accomplished, but from the Hilton, would you expect anything less?
Another essential aspect that the Hilton offers is an award winning staff. I hosted a banquet in 2010 where one of the Hilton Fort Collins employees won Hospitality Employee of the Year. It’s simple. If you need something, ask. If it’s possible, you’ll probably find what you need. That has been my experience, and as I’ve pointed out in previous blogs, my measure of a great staff is if they treat me well, because I’m not paying them. I’m working there as an outside contractor. I’m not a client or paying to stay in the hotel, and I always have more help than I need.
Thanks to Kate Reid for the fun and informative interview.
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This blog is about the ‘New Hotness’ when it comes to music. First let me disclaim…these are not songs that I play at every wedding. When I DJ your wedding, I will play what you want me to play.
But, if your crowd likes chart topping hits (I know I do!) these are some you might hear at weddings and clubs this year and beyond.
10) Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars. The guy sounds like Michael Jackson. Any questions?(Great video too!)
9) Forget You by Cee Lo. It is not a love song at all, but it’s just sooo excellent!
8 ) Born This Way by Lady Gaga. This one will move up the chart as the year progresses.
7) We R Who We R – Ke$ha
6) The Time (Dirty Bit) by the Black Eyed Peas
5) Higher by Taio Cruz
4) Evacuate the Dance Floor by Cascada. It’s big in sound and solid on melody.
3) Raise Your Glass by Pink. Just like the song says…raise it up!
2) DJ Got Us Falling In Love by Usher – I hope that this lyric rings true for you.
And the #1 Dance song for your Colorado Wedding in 2011 is….
1) Nothin’ On You by B.O.B. featuring Bruno Mars. Beautiful beat, beautiful message, beautiful song.
Dynamite by Taio Cruz was released last year but is still turning people on.
Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston is very solid work as is Parachute by Ingrid Michaelson.
The town of Laporte, CO is one of the last places to stock up before heading into the wild and scenic Rocky Mountains. It’s a peaceful place and an angler’s paradise smattered with horse properties and ranches. It’s quaint with a feeling of recapturing beauty of the past. It also is the home of one of Colorado’s most beautiful wedding venues.
The Tapestry House in Laporte, CO is a dream location for a wedding. It is unique in many ways, so for a bride and groom who are looking for something that their crowd is sure to remember, a visit to the Tapestry House will not disappoint.
The first thing that anyone notices about the Tapestry House is its absolute beauty. The grounds are perfectly manicured and border a working ranch that captures a true feeling of the West. Everthing is perfectly in its place.
As you walk through the gorgeous landscaping outside and approach the house, the facility becomes even more amazing as you are told that if you book the Tapestry House, not only do you have a perfect reception and ceremony location, but you actually are allowed to treat the house as your own during the duration of your booking. That means you get the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms, the downstairs kitchen and living rooms–the whole house is yours. And what a house it is. The detail of the woodwork is immaculate. Each doorknob is of artisan quality. The posh house sets the mood for elegance, class and fun. You’ll feel right at home sliding into that once in a lifetime dress or tux.
Without the talented and focused staff at the Tapestry House, the gorgeous grounds and buildings would be almost pointless. Fortunately, the people who keep this facility running are dedicated, knowledgeable, easy to approach and helpful. I know that from a vendor standpoint, I feel like I’m the groom when I work there. I ask for help on something, and the staff is almost immediately on their wireless with someone, taking care of my every need, and I just work there. If they treat me that way, I can only assume that the treatment of their customers and clients goes above and beyond.
Thanks to Bridget Pasquinzo, Ceremony Coordinator at the Tapestry House for the interview. Listen to it to hear about their Spring Specials and more.
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Dr. Leslie Paris threw a party for her people over the weekend at the Hilton Fort Collins. The theme was “Take a Step back to August 15, 1969, Welcome to Woodstock!” Here are some photos from that gig.