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Wedding Basics: Reception Floor Layout

Hello there, my name is Stephen Scott, and I am a Las Vegs Wedding DJ, the following post will share some of my insight on how and why the Wedding Basics are important, and how easy it is to turn the basic activities into an Amazing Wedding.

What’s wrong with this picture?

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I hope this is obvious when you see it set up, but this floor plan is horrible.  We’ve got two tables directly between the dance floor and the DJ table.  Just fundamentally horrible, set up by people who don’t know what they’re doing.   I won’t give this venue the benefit of being named in my blog, but trust me, I did voice my complaints in person.  If a bride and groom are planning their first wedding, and say something like “let’s just have the dance floor in the middle and put the tables around it” I understand they might not have a lot of experience with wedding planning.  The venue, on the other hand, did not do their job, and set this up in an unprofessional manor.

Wait, what’s the big deal?  What’s wrong with this picture?

I’m going to keep this answer simple – my blog audience is aimed at brides and grooms looking for insight and advice, not professionals.  (there are certain technical aspects of speaker / light placement that I’m not going to go into here).

In general: by placing the entertainer in the corner, you’re not likely to have premium entertainment coming from a secondary location.  People like to say that the bride & groom are the stars of the day, but in my 20+ years of experience, I have yet to see a B&G get up and put on a show for the guests.  It just doesn’t happen – that’s why professional entertainers are called upon.  So, when putting the main form of entertainment back in the corner, this in practice means you don’t really care about your guests having a good time.  Right off the bat, you’re letting your guests know it’s going to be a boring night.  (that doesn’t sound like an amazing wedding to me)

SPECIFICALLY:  there are two tables between the DJ table and the dance floor.  All of the people sitting at those two tables with have the speakers blaring in their ears, and the disco lights will be shining right in their eyes.  So there’s 16 people who will be annoyed, not entertained, by the DJ you’ve paid money to entertain.  (that doesn’t sound like an amazing wedding to me, or a good use of your money)

How do you fix this?

This is VERY easy to fix.  As a rule of thumb, the DJ should be DIRECTLY next to one edge of the dance floor.   Always Every Time.

And if you’re not sure where the dance floor should go in relation to the DJ, guest tables, head tables, and the room in general – ask your DJ to meet you at the venue and go over the room beforehand.

This should be a good test for both the venue and the DJ.  please read below

What does this say about the venue?

This is an easy way to tell if the venue is LAZY.  I mean as a business, not the individual people that actually work there.  There are many times a lazy business will be staffed by people that work too hard (by design)
What I mean by a LAZY venue, is that they try to cut corners and costs.  They want to hire as few people as possible. It takes time and money to move the dance floor around for a variety of room layouts.  The floor plan shown above with the DJ in the corner ALWAYS comes up at places that are understaffed.  The managers try to have a one-size-fits all approach to their business.   Which might be great at McDonald’s but aren’t you looking for a special place to have your wedding?
They know that you as a first time bride & groom probably won’t notice something like the floor plan until it’s too late to change, and try to get away with a shortcut based on your lack of experience.

What other shortcuts are they going to try to get away with?  (how’s that food taste?  how long will it take the servers to come by? how much do they help with the planning and stress?)

What does this say about the DJ?

This is an easy way to tell if your DJ is average or premium.  It’s the same thing for a DJ business – they can be LAZY for the same reason.  If they don’t want to meet with you and go over the floor plan together, it’s probably because they’re trying to keep costs down.  That’s one less meeting they have to go to.
Unless the DJ has worked at that particular venue enough times to go over different floor plans by memory, than you’ll  know instantly what kind of DJ you’re dealing with.
A DJ that doesn’t want to take the time to see the room beforehand is NOT going to take the time to personalize the performance – they’re going with the one-size-fits-all approach.  Is that what you want?

Trust me, the floor plan will not make or break your Wedding Reception.  I would be surprised if the Event from the picture above was even aware something was wrong (except for those 2 tables – who all stood up and walked around when the music got loud)  I made sure to spend some extra time walking around the reception so that the guests enjoyed themselves.  But it’s an important indicator.

Is your DJ willing to do the extra effort, meet you in person, go over things together so that you’re comfortable AND you make the right choices.   Or will he just show up and play music?  If you don’t want a boring wedding reception, don’t hire an average, one-size-fits-all DJ.

I’m Stephen Scott, and I believe the little details DO matter, and they DO add up.

 

 

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The Real DJ Steve:

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Stephen Scott (The Real DJ Steve) started his first Wedding DJ business in 1996 while living in Honolulu. During his 20 years of entertaining since then he has mastered the art of reading a crowd. He’s an open format DJ that always stays current, mixing the hottest hits of today with the all-time favorite songs.

 He has performed across the country, playing whatever musical style fits that particular crowd. His move to Las Vegas in 2015 has been so successful that he has started his own talent agency to book events together with other local artists so that they can also enjoy the DJ lifestlye.

Please email therealdjsteve@uniteddjslasvegas.com if you would like a copy of the free Wedding Planning Guide:
“Have Fun At Your Own Wedding!”

MORE MUSIC NEWS AND INFORMATION ABOUT LAS VEGAS WEDDING DJs IN GENERAL CAN BE FOUND THROUGHOUT THIS BLOG AND ON OUR REGULAR WEBSITE:  TheRealDJSteve.com

We’ll be back next time with more ideas on how to ENJOY your Wedding

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Wedding Basics: Father Daughter Dance

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Wedding Basics: Father Daughter Dance

Hello there, my name is Stephen Scott, and I am a Las Vegs Wedding DJ, the following post will share some of my insight on how and why the Wedding Basics are important, and how easy it is to turn the basic activities into an Amazing Wedding.

Father Daughter Dance

There’s always a First Dance for the Bride and Groom, and depending on the circumstances there is usually a Father / Daughter Dance and sometimes a Mother / Son dance. This post will give you some things to think about when it comes to the Father Daughter Dance.

think small (and personal)

First of all, this does not have to be an elaborate activity. This is one of those special moments that is special because it is small and personal. There is plenty of time to take a few minutes and and just share a dance with one of your parents. The whole room will clear out and give you some space, and even though there will be music, enjoy this quiet time in the middle of the storm.

think about your dad (and why you want to dance with him)

Hopefully, you’ll have some good memories about growing up and what they have done for you. Think about what you would say if you had three minutes or so alone to let them know how you feel. It may be a few specific things, it may be a whole lifetime of feelings, but I know that you’ll remember what you say the rest of your life. The crowd will just morph together in the background, and it will be just the two of you, (for just one quick moment)

think about a song

Now that you’ve visualized that moment, was there a song already in your head? If so, go with your first choice. If you’re not sure, I have a few song suggestions below. I did a little research for this newsletter, and I made a list of every song I’ve played for these dances for the past twenty years and counting. Some of the popular choices get repeated over and over again because they were specifically written with this dance in mind. But notice that there are several, several other songs that have been chosen for one reason or another. There is no right or wrong choice in this matter* as long as it makes you two happy, it’s OK with me.

Popular Father Daughter Songs:

“Butterfly Kisses” has been far and away the most popular Father & Daughter song in my experience, with “I Loved Her First”, and “Because You Loved Me” close enough to call them a tie for second place.

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Bob Carlisle: Butterfly Kisses
Heartland: I Loved Her First
Celine Dion: Because You Loved Me
Natalie Cole: Unforgettable
Frank Sinatra: The Way You Look Tonight
IZ: Over The Rainbow
Temptations: My Girl
Tim McGraw: My Little Girl

 

But you will also notice a wide variety of songs chosen for personal reasons.

Backstreet Boys: The Perfect Fan
Beatles: In My Life
Bellamy Brothers: Let Your Love Flow
Ben E. King: Stand By Me
Ben Harper: Steal My Kisses
Billy Joel: Lullaby
Bob Carlisle: Butterfly Kisses
Bobby Darrin: Beyond The Sea
Boston: Let Me Take You Home Tonight
Bryan Adams: Everything I Do, I Do It For You
Cat Stevens: Morning Has Broken
Cat Stevens: Wild World
Celine Dion: Because You Loved Me
Chopin: Spring Waltz
Chuck Wicks: Stealing Cinderella
Crystal Shawanda: You Can Let Go
Eagles: Best Of My Love
Enya: Only Time
Frank Sinatra: I’ll Be Loving You Always
Frank Sinatra: The Way You Look Tonight
Gipsy Kings: Eschua Me
Heart: Dog & Butterfly
Heartland: I Loved Her First
Paul Simon: Father And Daughter
Phil Collins: Trashin’ The Camp
Phil Collins: You’ll Be In My Heart
Pink Floyd: Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Randy Travis: Forever and Ever Amen
Rascal Flatts: My Wish
Rod Stewart: Maggie Mae
Sabrina Carpenter: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
Sam Cooke: Nothing Can Change This Love
Stained: Zoe Jane
Steven Curtis Chapman: I Will Be There
Temptations: My Girl
Tim McGraw: My Little Girl
Tony Bennett: The Way You Look Tonight
Trace Adkins: Drive
Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison: Days Like This
Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey

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But Wait, there’s more!

now that the elements are are all together in you head,

think about how you want to put them together

Sometimes, you might want to dance with a little flair. We can combine parts of a slow and fast song together if you actually want to “dance” for everyone. Or, if you (or your Parent) is a little shy, I can ask other couples to join you on the dance floor. We don’t have to have the isolation moment if you don’t want it.

Or, if you want to do something extra personal and special, I (and several other DJs) could help out by recording some of your thoughts and adding them in with the music. The voice overs will make sure you don’t forget what you wanted to say, and also lets your guests in on this private moment. You could say something about them, they could come in and say something about you, there are plenty of ways to make a song your own with the voice over technique.

 

Hopefully, the list of songs, or the visualization technique, or letting you know about the voice over technique will help you get an idea of how you would like this moment to be. Don’t stress out about what “you are supposed to do” – if you think it’s the right thing to do, it probably is.

 

And one last thing,

think about how happy you will make your parents feel by doing this.

And always remember: this is your big day – it’s supposed to be fun.

Upgrade By Simplifying
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The Real DJ Steve:

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Stephen Scott (The Real DJ Steve) started his first Wedding DJ business in 1996 while living in Honolulu. During his 20 years of entertaining since then he has mastered the art of reading a crowd. He’s an open format DJ that always stays current, mixing the hottest hits of today with the all-time favorite songs.

 He has performed across the country, playing whatever musical style fits that particular crowd. His move to Las Vegas in 2015 has been so successful that he has started his own talent agency to book events together with other local artists so that they can also enjoy the DJ lifestlye.

 

Please email therealdjsteve@uniteddjslasvegas.com if you would like a copy of the free Wedding Planning Guide:
“Have Fun At Your Own Wedding!”

MORE MUSIC NEWS AND INFORMATION ABOUT LAS VEGAS WEDDING DJs IN GENERAL CAN BE FOUND THROUGHOUT THIS BLOG AND ON OUR REGULAR WEBSITE:  TheRealDJSteve.com

We’ll be back next time with more ideas on how to ENJOY your Wedding

 

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DJ Prices: How much does it take to hire The Real DJ Steve

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For a copy of my current fee schedule, please e-mail:  TheRealDJSteve@UnitedDJsLasVegas.com

I am aware that a Wedding is a big investment, and I do everything I can to make sure you get the most out of your investment.  And for the most happiness, you need high levels of guest participation and energy from the crowd.  I have perfected my process of getting to know each Bride & Groom as real people, and tailor my performances to each individual event.

My fees will be higher than the average Wedding DJ, and that’s because I provide a premium DJ service that produces exceptional results.  I’m not just throwing more and more lights on the dance floor, or bringing the biggest speakers I can find;  I’m sharing YOUR story, bringing YOUR friends and family together, and creating the Time of your Lives.  There is a difference, and people will notice it.

I know for a fact that you can find a Wedding DJ out there that charges half of what I do – don’t be surprised.  If you’re wondering why, to borrow some musical lyrics “If I gotta explain it to you, you ain’t never gonna understand.”  I’ve been doing this for over 20 years, working hard, perfecting my craft.  Someday, maybe some of those DJs will work their way up to my level and charge accordingly.

The easiest way to find out if I’m worth the premium price to you, is to go and meet one of those other DJs, then come in and talk to me.  If you can’t instantly tell the difference in quality, then don’t hire me.

I’m not really interested in being an “average” Wedding DJ – I want to be a part of the best day of your lives (so far).  If you want to remember your wedding day as the most fun you ever had, let’s get together.

I’m here to make your day SPECIAL.

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