I have always been a fan of music. I have always been a fan of technology. What better way to put these two things together?
I was that kid who stayed up late cobbling together various audio components then using them to mix various songs together. Although I desired to become a DJ then, it was not meant to be.
I started doing sound (and other audio/visual work) for the various churches I have attended since 1992. Through this work I started doing sound for wedding ceremonies.
Fast forward and my wife and I were attending a wedding where the DJ was just horrible. He was not dressed appropriately. He was using an old home stereo that kept cutting out. He had no microphones. He played the same songs over and over.
Finally, my wife turned to me and said "So how much would it take for you to get setup and do this? You need to do this". We agreed to a budget that night and here we are!
I have been involved with wedding ceremonies for over 25 years. I have the understanding of what it takes to make a ceremony successful from the standpoint of the music and the sound (microphones).
It is very important to me that the bride and groom, as well as the officiant, be heard by the guests. I can put the bride at ease that the ceremony will unfold as she desires with no problems.
MY FAMILY DOES NOT REALLY LIKE TO DANCE. WHY HAVE music AT MY WEDDING?
Music provides a background for each phase of your event. It adds depth and texture. Imagine a movie with no music! It helps guests process the visual of the event. Music provides markers for our memories, and can help us recall with fondness the details of the day! Tradition dictates a processional and recessional for the ceremony, and background music during the mingle/cocktail hour and dinner hour adds warmth. And while you or your family may not put a priority on dancing, some of your gusts certainly will enjoy it!
WHY DON'T I JUST HAVE A FRIEND PLAY MUSIC FROM AN IPOD?
First of all, because your friends should be a guests enjoying the day! Many friends will volunteer to help you in any way they can, and that is a fantastic thing about friends. But music lasts for the entire length of the event and requires constant attention, not to mention hours of preparation. As a professional DJ I have thousands of songs and can choose the correct song for each moment of your day. I can read the crowd and adjust accordingly. Mixing skills help keep everyone excited during the dancing phase. Then there is the practical aspect. I bring a professional grade sound system that is designed for this purpose! Plus I have a variety of microphones for the ceremony and the reception. In addition I have some exciting dance lighting to provide the right mood!
DO I GET TO CHOOSE THE MUSIC?
I will give you the opportunity to provide me with a sampling of songs you like. I use this information to build a playlist for your event. In addition I give you the opportunity to provide me with a "do not play" list.
DO YOU TAKE REQUESTS?
I will entertain requests, but I do not make promises. If a request fits in with what is happening then there is a good chance I will play it. I have had some really out there requests! Of course if the Bride or Groom makes a request I will do everything I can to fulfill it.
DO YOU PROVIDE MC SERVICES?
Absolutely! I will provide MC services all through your event. From announcements and introductions, supporting the toasts, and keeping things moving through the traditional elements.
How can you be sure that we will be heard during the ceremony?
I provide a separate body pack style microphone for the bride, groom and officiant. The bride's mic is a special white microphone that hides inside the dress. While the microphone cannot be seen, the bride can be heard loud and clear!
What time do you arrive?
I arrive at least 2 hours before guests are scheduled to arrive. Also, it takes me about 45 minutes to breakdown and pack up when the event is over.
What do I get when I hire you?
You get everything I have. I bring a professional PA system with over 3000 watts of power. I bring dance floor lighting that includes washes, lasers, strobes, moon-flowers and rotating spots. I bring microphones for the ceremony and reception. I bring an extensive collection of music in many genres. And I bring a professional approach to my job.
What if I have a soloist that will sing during my ceremony?
I can provide a microphone and, if needed, play a backing track. Further, if you have an instrumentalist with an electric instrument I can provide a place to plug into my sound system.
What do I need to do to reserve a date?
We can meet to discuss your musical preferences and the elements of your ceremony and reception. We will then review the contract. a 50% deposit secures the date.