4 Things Your Wedding DJ SHOULD Be Doing

4 Things Your Wedding DJ SHOULD Be Doing

Pushing play should not be the only things a DJ does throughout the evening. Unfortunately some may just do the minimal requirements, which is why many of the greats are given a bad name. You’ve heard of them, the “iPod djs.” They throw on a playlist and spend the remainder of the night looking uninterested and rarely engaging with their crowd. It’s why many may choose to go cheap or not even book a DJ at all. So I came up with a list of things your DJ should offer and why you really do get what you pay for.

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1. They schedule sit down meetings

Whether it’s a wedding event or corporate, your MC for the night will want to know what your ideal format is, to properly prepare. Maybe it’s a hand out of awards through out the event, with various music requirements at specific moments. Or it’s a run down of what music for which dances, recession or even dinner music for a wedding. If your DJ has not made an attempt or does not offer this service, this could be a red flag for what is to come.

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2. They require a deposit and contract

Contracts may seem daunting but they should be made to protect both parties. The deposit is to confirm any dates so your DJ isn’t booked for another event. Business professionals including catering, photography and video NOT doing this, may not be properly licensed nor experienced. Watch out for a businesses that do not require a deposit before important bookings such as a wedding.

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3. They make your event easier to plan

Often, DJs have a better understanding of your event than you do. Weddings especially! Most of the time when I sit down with couples getting married, we come across things they hadn’t thought of. Games with the guests, special dances and even music options when they felt lost in choosing the right songs. Someone that has a good understanding of your needs, (even when you didn’t know you needed them) can make your planning process feel more complete.

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4. They can offer outside resources

Someone in the party industry should have a fair set of contacts and if are unable to connect you directly know someone that can. Many wonderful DJs are great in offering information on different vendors and their options. While it’s definitely not a requirement for a DJ to help you find those resources, it’s a good sign that they understand the industry they are a part of.

Why cheap djs aren’t good and good djs aren’t cheap

DJs serious about their craft go above and beyond the call of duty. They are professionals that are consistently learning new ways to be better DJs. They take courses on how to MC an event, understand sound and set up and take the proper steps to become licensed and insured.   Anyone can become a DJ, but the greats invest just as much in you as you do in them.

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Having a wedding for under $5000

How My Daughter Kept Her Manitoba Wedding Under $5000

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Imagine my surprise when my Daughter told me they had completely paid off the wedding just days before the ceremony.  I knew she was resourceful but a wedding under $5000 seemed crazy to even me. The wedding included a reception dinner, dancing and an open bar! Some sacrifices surely made in order to keep the budget low, but well worth walking into their new marriage debt free. She shared her insider secrets that kept her wedding both affordable and fun.

Entered WEDDING contests

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Well worth the $40 tickets, the couple had checked out the Wonderful Wedding Show where they entered for just about every contest they came across. Within the month they had won 5 FREE custom suits from EPH Apparel while participating in their Instagram contest. These high quality tailored suits can easily run up to $500 each.

Went with a DESSERT TABLe instead of Cake

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It was literally the hottest day of the summer and had there been a cake, I imagine a pile of mush. Instead her sister made mini carrot cake with cream cheese icing and chocolate cupcakes. There was a sign with “Pimp Your Cupcake” including various selections of candies and treats to decorate. They saved money by shopping at bulk barn. And to beat the weather, prior to the event the cupcakes had been stored in a fridge over night. They made for easy transport and refills throughout the evening.

CHECKED OUT QUIRKY VENUES

Her Husband’s Aunt and Uncle own a beautiful property just outside St.Claude Manitoba. The spot was perfect for photos and they just happened to have a beautiful trellis for use. They graciously opened up their home and property for the wedding ceremony.

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In the near by town they rented a pole shed ($100) and a fridge truck ($50) available with camping for $10 around reception area. The fun part getting creative with their decor and set-up.

Waited for WEDDING DRESS SALES

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My Daughter is a sale shopper and it runs in the family. She found a beautiful Maggie Sottero Dress on sale for $300 off the rack at 7th Avenue Fashions. After $270 of alterations she was good to go. She then changed into a beautiful white lace dress from HUSH for $96 to saving the Designer dress from any stains or rips. This also saved her, from the heat. She  decided to sell the dress only worn once for a few hours during ceremony and photos.

Sale SHOPPED for BRIDE’S MAID DRESS

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Le Chateau Warehouse is an amazing spot for sales and as I said earlier my daughter goes straight for those racks first. After some digging they found 2 beautiful teal dresses for $60 each with a couple of cute $12 sale shoes. The Brides maids were happy and could wear the dress again for other occasions with ease.

Stuck to a SMALLer WEDDING LIST

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The Wedding social was for the friends, showcasing music their crowd wanted to hear while the wedding was for close family members. Many people feel obligated to invite all family members but it’s important to share your special day with those you feel add to your life. At least that’s how this Bride and Groom chose their list. They had just under 60 people attending their wedding.

SUPPORTED LOCAL RESTAURANT

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One of their favorite spots to eat was “The Line Up” in Winnipeg square. A business only open Monday-Friday. They saw an opportunity to help a local business make some extra cash without breaking the bank. They sat down with business owner Cary Davis and chatted about a simple menu that would be fairly easy to prepare but tasty as hell. They chose 2 salads, one quinoa and one oriental. The protein was BBQ saffron buttered pork, chicken and beef skewers with vegetable options. People went back for seconds and even thirds. With the left over at the end of the night, they were able to donate a healthy amount to Siloam Mission the very next day. (We highly recommend doing this.)

They did the work!

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With the help of family, friends and of course their awesome wedding party, they set up the lights, put together the tables and the bride even made all of the decorations. It’s not for everyone and some couples want to simply out source that work, we hear ya! However this couple knew that for every hour they paid someone else to do it, they would have to work at their regular jobs that much hard to pay it off. So they made sacrifices and worked hard. In the end they had a lovely wedding packed full of amazing memories, laughs and tears of joy.

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They gave themselves just over a year to plan, save and pay off the wedding. Presentation obviously helps with the costs but so does our Manitoba fundraising option of throwing a Wedding Social. And an additional way they saved on costs was registering for wedding shower gifts that would be used at the wedding, such as the Glass Lemonade containers and delegating enough tasks to family and friends so that they would not have to hire people outside for necessary tasks. The majority of their budget went into food, sound and photos while much of their energy went towards planning, details and presentation.

Check out more photos from the wedding HERE!

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3 Easy Things To Do, To Get The Wedding Planning Started

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Planning a wedding can feel like an emotional roller coaster. You might start off excited but most couples agree, things can feel overwhelming quite quickly. Whether it’s family members with their unwanted opinions, or businesses suddenly bombarding you with offers you are not sure if you should spend your hard earned cash on. Once you start looking at prices, you might be wondering how you’re going to pay for everything? So we came up with 3 ideas to get the wedding planning started while keeping your heart at ease.

1. Make friends with Pinterest.

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I’ve always found this app to be a one stop shop for ideas, DYI projects and helpful budget saving article ideas. Sometimes just getting the ideas flowing can help you start to shape your wedding plans. A quick search of any terms that appeal to you and you’ve got stunning photos to pin for your dream wedding. A clean app that stores your ideas under your various creative boards for reference whenever you please, at ease. This will help you visualize your dream day.

Visit DJ Kenny Beats’s profile on Pinterest.

2. Take control.

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This is your day, your wedding. If the two of you want to elope that is your choice. If you don’t want to invite the crazy auntie that drinks too much or that mean guy from work, you don’t have to. Many couples feel pressure from family and friends during a time which is really for the couple. It’s their day. What better way to strengthen that relationship as a team than by saying, “We’ve got this.”

3. Give yourself options.

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So you’ve got your pinned board ideas, you’ve taken control of the situation and now you can start playing with your options. Maybe it’s a small rustic wedding. Or you want to have a destination. Giving yourself options and being able to weigh out the pros and cons of each situation will help you choose the best wedding for you. Once you pick your ideal wedding, you can go in that direction with confidence knowing you’ve made a decision on your own terms, together.

The work may not be done yet, but you now have a goal in mind, which will help the rest of the planning process come together.

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8 Tips for Brides Shopping for Dresses in Winnipeg

I’ve read more articles on this than I can shake a bouquet at. I feel that I can even brag about being a pro since I have 2 daughters getting married (one this year and one next year). So we’ve got this shopping for dresses thing down to a science. Unfortunately not all of the situations we ran into were great, but they lead to one amazing experience and 2 of the most perfect dresses, for the most unique of sisters in one shop.

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Give yourself plenty of time

Whether you are ordering a dress, or getting one off the rack and altered, give yourself plenty of time. My recommendation would be at least a year before you wedding. Sometimes you get LUCKY and the dress you fall in love with fits like a glove and you can still sit down in it. Consider having the salon clean and press it for your perfection if you are buying off the rack. Remember to check with their recommended time in advance.

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CALL AHEAD

We got lucky and were able to walk in on a Sunday, but as the wedding season approaches… that’s not always the case. Some salons are appointment only so they can take care of your needs and have the available staff necessary.  You will likely need an appointment for alterations too, as many seamstresses are not always in.

KNOW YOUR BUDGET AND ENFORCE IT

With my first daughter, we went into a swanky looking salon.  Upon being introduced to our salesperson she asked what the budget was. This was confusing to us as moments later she showed us a dress more than double the budget.  Was the dress amazing on her?  My daughter is gorgeous who are we kidding. Had the cost not been followed with the need for a remortgage… it was the perfect dress.

Consider the cost of alterations, taxes and perhaps shipping. Do you want some extra bling on a belt to go with that dress? How about a veil? Flowers? Headband with enough glitter to look like you were attacked by Tinker Bell? Yup…it’s gonna cost you. Decide where you want to spend the money and where you can save.

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Dress for the occasion

Heels or flats? Don’t forget the undergarments and make up. Looking in the mirror and seeing your hair in a lovely style will go a long way towards finding the look you are after. Leave the black strappy bra at home and consider a nude strapless. It’ll give you a better sense of how the gown will actually look and feel. If you’ve got accessories in mind, bring those too, but place them on after you put on the dress and before you take it off.

ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF

I saw a lovely dress under the budget. I quickly mentioned to the sales lady that I would love to see her try it on.  Her reply, “Oh no, that’s not her style.” Even after telling the attendant she’d love to try it on, she repeated that it was not her style. Needless to say, we walked out of the store and searched else where.

Strike 2 – Even if something is outside of your “style” if the sales person is not allowing you freedom to choose, it’s time to move on to another store because the experience may go down hill from there. But there is hope!

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KEEP YOUR MIND OPEN

A week later, we came across the most perfect boutique just on the corner of Academy Road and Larnark Street called 7th Avenue Fashions.  It was the best experience we could have asked for.  With the budget in mind we were invited to look through the aisle of sales racks. It was like a heaven filled with beautiful wedding dresses.  As we started pulling dresses the sales ‘angel’ was there to bring them to the dressing room.

Of course as my duty as mother of the bride and faithful viewer of “What Not to Wear” and “Say Yes to the Dress” I was well versed in the rule that you must try on things that you would not have considered.  We didn’t walk in planning to find a dress that day. I can hardly express how beautiful they all were. A choice was made and is stored safely at my home away from the prying eyes of a fiancé and tucked safely away from cats.

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Keep your AUDIENCE MINIMAL.

Ultimately you want to bring someone you are closest to who will listen to what you want. They can certainly give great suggestions and opinions but will remember it is your day and your style. It should be a fun experience.

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“Keep it fun”

It’s the best and single advice, as stated by Melina De Luca co-owner of 7th Avenue. And I couldn’t agree more. Absolutely! Make it a day.

Brides: Humour your Mothers and try on a couple of her pickings. You never know if she might just find you “the dress.” Worked out in our case.
Mother of the Bride: It’s your Daughter’s day. You can smile, tear up and agree wholeheartedly with her choice.

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A New Experience With Your Special Event DJ

Having frequented my fair share of events and wedding socials through out the years, I knew it was time to take the party atmosphere into my own hands. Who better than someone that knows what patrons are looking for and will get up out  of their chairs to dance . No longer will people have to wait until an hour before closing, for the evening start up.

Offering you an experience you can’t find anywhere else, I bring you the top jams of the season, old favourites and a refreshing vibe. Book me today.