A couple’s first dance is one of the most iconic moments of any wedding. When I think back on the day Brandon and I got married in 2013, there is so much about that day that is just a blur, but the one thing I do still remember very well was our first dance. Leading up to our wedding Brandon told me that he wanted to pick our first dance song himself and that he wasn’t going to tell me which song he had picked, so our first dance song was a complete surprise to me. Brandon did good though! He chose “Give Into Me” by Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester. It was the perfect choice for us! But, he is a wedding DJ, so I don’t know why I was even surprised, right?!
Now, enough about us, let’s talk about your wedding! Are you struggling to narrow down which first dance song fits the two of you best? Well, hopefully, we can help. Here is a list of twenty-five of our favorites. Maybe you will love one too!
I’m sure you are feeling overwhelmed by all of these songs. No worries, you can listen to each song all in one place over on our Spotify first dance songs playlist. Just click here.
Before I sign off though, I have a bride tip for you! When I look back on our wedding day I have one real regret…..we didn’t hire a videographer. That was a terrible idea because there have been so many things about that day that I wish I could go back and relive. So, If you are on the fence about hiring a videographer, don’t be! Trust me, it’s well worth the extra investment, and let’s face it, I’m sure you’re already over budget anyway. 😉
Well hello, friend! This week is week two of our eleven-part wedding song choice series. Today, we are sharing our top twenty favorite wedding recessional songs to help you joyfully walk arm and arm back down the aisle as a new misses. Typically brides want this song to be upbeat and happy because well….. it is a moment worth celebrating, and this song also helps to set the tone for the vibe of your upcoming cocktail hour.
So, without further ado here are twenty recessional songs we love!
Now, I know what you are thinking, “This is going to take me forever to listen to each of these songs.” No worries! We’ve made an easy to listen to Spotify playlist that includes each of these songs, and maybe even a few more. All you have to do is follow this link and listen away!
Did you just get engaged over the holiday and now you find yourself asking – now what?!
Well, it’s time to hop into the wedding planning process now, because the sooner you get started, the more you will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy being engaged! To help you get started today, we have outlined five steps for you to take to begin planning your wedding with ease (and still have fun while doing it)! So, let’s get started!
#1 Hire a Wedding Planner
You can immediately eliminate a ton of pressure from the start by hiring a wedding planner. Who else will have all the best tips, tricks and ideas than a person whose entire career is spent planning weddings? You might ask what a wedding planner can do for you? In amongst many things, a wedding planner can help you establish a realistic budget for your big day while educating you on current trends, venues, and vendors.
Additionally, a professional planner (And I’m not talking about your Aunt Sally turned wedding planner for the day) can help you choose the best venue that fits your style, wedding size, and budget. A planner can refer you to florists, bakers, caterers, photographers and DJ’s whom they know personally and trust! You can cut down on the number of phone calls, and the time you would have spent communicating with vendors through hiring a planner because they will handle that for you. In turn, having less worry and stress will make the days leading up to your ceremony much more enjoyable.
#2 Begin Compiling a Tentative Guest List
It’s never too early to start planning your guest list. Choosing exactly which people you do (and don’t) want to invite to your wedding can be one of the most challenging parts of the planning process – so it’s a good idea to start early! Sit down with your fiance and start talking about who is most important. You can start by asking yourselves who must attend your wedding. Once you’ve established that, then you can begin chatting about which guests are still significant but a bit lower down on your list. Getting an idea of the exact number of guests you hope to invite is especially important when choosing the size of the venue you’ll need.
#3 Choose a Few Possible Wedding Dates
Flexibility is beneficial when planning your wedding, so we suggest selecting two or three potential dates for your big day! This advice might sound strange but imagine if your heart is set on one particular day and then you, unfortunately, learn your perfect venue is booked that day. With a few different dates in mind, you can more easily secure the venue, caterer, photographers, and of course DJ that you really want. Also just as a side note, some venues may have discounted rates on certain days – so being more flexible with the date of your wedding can also save you money if you are on a budget.
#4 Select and Secure Your Wedding Venue
Once you decide on your guest list and find a venue available on your day – book it! Do not make the mistake of waiting because most wedding venues book up very quickly, some as much as 18-24 months in advance. When it comes to wedding planning, it’s not just about “saying yes to the dress” but also “saying yes to the venue.” It’s imperative that you book your venue at the beginning of your wedding planning process. The venue quite literally sets the stage for every other step that follows it.
PS. If you need recommendations, we know some GREAT ones!
#5 Research and Hire Your Wedding Vendors
As we mentioned earlier, a wedding planner is a tremendous asset when it comes time to choose your wedding vendors. However, if you decide to do all the planning on your own then make sure you do your research. Bad vendors can destroy a wedding! Now is when I would like you to please pause and reread the previous sentence because I cannot emphasize it enough! This principle applies to your photographer, videographer, florist, baker, caterer and most certainly applies to your DJ and Master of Ceremonies!
Next, once you have done your research and decided on the professionals that you would like to use do not hesitate to book them. It may be surprising, but as a DJ company we have some dates that book out as far in advance as 12-18 months for us, so it is critical to book early especially if you are planning to get married on a Saturday, or during popular wedding seasons such as the Spring or Fall.
We know that all of this info is a lot to take in, but based upon our experience we promise that if you follow these five simple steps you will be on the right track to planning one memorable wedding! So Cheers from Brandon and I, and happy planning!! Oh and if you need a super cool and crazy fun DJ…..let’s chat!
Think about the last fun wedding you attended. What do you remember most about it? Among the first things to pop into your mind were probably the food, the drinks, and the music. Those are the top three aspects of a wedding that guests say they remember the most. Now that it’s time for you to plan your own wedding, we are sure that you want your family and friends all to have a good time, and remember your special day for years to come. So we put together eight steps you can take to ensure that your wedding is as fun as it can be!
1. Provide transportation
Providing guests transportation is crucial in the event they will be coming from out of town and staying in a hotel. Offering them a ride from the hotel to the wedding venue will keep their planning to a minimum. Plus, they’ll probably have a great time riding a bus or trolley to and from the wedding venue together. This will help keep spirits high and contribute to your guests’ feeling involved.
2. Allow your single friends to bring a date
This might drive up the cost of your wedding, but allowing your single friends to bring a date will pay for itself in good times. Go ahead and pay for a few extra plates of food and invite them to bring their significant other, even if you don’t know them. Who knows, your wedding could be the start of another beautiful relationship, and soon you might get an invitation in the mail for your best friend’s wedding.
3. Give your guests an itinerary
You have worked hard to plan the events of your wedding day, so why not share the plan with your guests? This will help make your guests feel that they are fully involved in the wedding, and with specific times for each event, they’ll know what to expect and when. You don’t have to go crazy with this. Just include the essentials, like what time intros will begin, what time dinner will begin, and when the dance floor is scheduled to open.
4. Keep downtime to a minimum
Plan the timeline for your special day to ensure that you keep the action constant. Too much downtime allows room for guests to become bored. A great way to prevent this from happening is by providing music during cocktail hour, drinks, hors-d’oeuvres or even a photo booth. There shouldn’t be any question about where or when guests can grab a drink, and don’t keep them waiting too long before you open the floor for dancing. As long as the drinks are flowing, the music is upbeat, and there are plenty of snacks before dinner, your guests will feel satisfied and welcome.
5 . Make sure the music isn’t just for you
It might be tempting to choose all your favorite songs for your wedding playlist, but you have to consider your guests. Feel free to pick plenty of songs you love, but make sure you sprinkle in some that your guests will enjoy, too. Keep the music upbeat and fun so your guests won’t have to think twice about getting out on the dance floor.
6. Ask toasters to keep their speeches short and sweet
Wedding toasts can be fun, but if they drag on for too long, your guest’s minds are bound to begin to wonder. Nobody wants to listen to your best friend drone on for twenty minutes about how much she loves you. Politely ask your toasters to keep their speeches short, that way you and your guests can get back to the party.
7. Offer late-night food options
Even after eating a full meal, drinking and dancing takes a lot of energy. It’s a good idea to consider offering some munchies for your guests to eat toward the end of the night. This doesn’t have to be a full second course, just something simple like chips and dip, sliders, or mini tacos. Choose something that fits the theme of your wedding, and offer it to your guests to snack on while they party.
8. Lead the way by having fun yourself
Perhaps the most important aspect of ensuring that your guests have a great time at your wedding is by having fun yourself! If your friends and family see that the bride and groom are happy and enjoying their wedding reception, they are sure to join in the fun. Don’t let the stress of wedding planning carry over to your wedding day. That’s all behind you now, and you deserve to enjoy yourself.
Are you recently engaged and looking for wedding inspiration, reputable vendors, or just a place to get started? If so, join us on Sunday, August 13th at Santa Fe River Ranch located just North of Gainesville for the Summer Wedding Expo. Doors will open at 2:00pm for general admission ticket holders. VIP access tickets are also available for purchase, but space is limited. General admission tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
What You Can Expect
Premier Wedding Vendors
Amazing Prize Giveaways
Show Specials & Discounts
Reception Table Designs
Local Food Trucks
How to Prepare
Decide what you want to get out of the event. i.e. inspiration, advice, see the latest trends.
Know your wedding date – if you’re not sure, try to have a few dates in mind.
Bring your calendar and know your availability so you can schedule appointments.
Wear comfortable shoes
Bring your entourage.
Get ready for inspiration because it’s coming your way!
We cannot wait to see you there! Keep updated with everything #santaferiverranch by liking their Facebook page and following @santaferiverranch on Instagram!
We encourage anyone planning a luxury wedding in North Florida to come to this exclusive bridal event!
Over the years the term “DJ” and “DJ Company” has truly evolved in meaning. If you think anything like I did before I got into this business I automatically thought a DJ was just a person who had a hobby of collecting a lot of music, and if they didn’t have anything better to do on a Friday or Saturday night they might happen to come play some of their music at a friends graduation party, bonfire, or backyard wedding. Little did I know that being a “DJ” meant so much more…..
Time and again we receive phone calls from clients who are looking to hire a DJ for their wedding or private event, and the conversation often begins something like this, “So I know you’re a DJ, but what exactly does that include?” Therefore I decided to take a few moments to go over our services and what we have to offer.
Massive Musical Library
Music helps to set the tone for any event. Whether it be a small client appreciation dinner on your back patio, or the fairy tale wedding that you have been planning since you were five, we have the musical inventory to fit any event or taste.
From the moment you become our client you will receive your own personalized online planning account that will allow you to listen to music, and make selections right from your own computer or electronic device all the way up until the day before your event. If you desire we also can provide you with a special password that will allow your guests to select music as well. Regardless of who chooses the music, we always play only radio edit versions to ensure that your event remains clean and tasteful throughout.
Master of Ceremonies
We cannot emphasize enough how important a well organized MC is to any wedding or private event! The role of the Master of Ceremonies is to ensure that everything runs according to plan, while at the same time keeping guests engaged and entertained. Both Brandon and Kevin act as not only the DJ for your event, but also the MC. They handle all of the formalities, including welcoming your guests, releasing tables to dinner, announcing special dances, and also things as simple as directing guests attention to the location of the guestbook or photo booth. The key feature that sets Brandon and Kevin apart from other MC’s is their attention to detail. For example, before announcing the cake cutting they always take the time to touch base with the caterer, coordinator, or event staff to verify that they are prepared to actually cut the cake.
Otherwise you could run into a awkward situation where you have a couple standing at their wedding cake with all eyes on them and no one to help them actually cut it! With that being said, and as I’m sure you already know, there are a lot of intricate details to consider when it comes to planning any event. Therefore, it is very important to remember that no matter how much planning you do ahead of time ultimately it will be in the hands of your Master of Ceremonies to ensure that it is executed flawlessly once the microphone is on and all eyes are on them. Are you willing to leave that to chance?
Up Lighting, Dance Lighting, & Monogram Lighting
Lighting is the simplest investment you can make to take your event to the next level. It allows us to transform any venue or event space into a visual work of art, while at the same time highlighting elements of your decor such as the cake, floral arrangements, and dance floor. We feel so strongly about the power of lighting that we include up lighting in all of our wedding packages. Our Majestic and Gala Package also include monogram lighting similar to what you see in the photograph featured below.
We find that our clients explain our work even better than we can. Our bride Megan’s wedding was just last month, and we loved what she had to say in her review! In two sentences she summed up so much of what we try to do for our couples! Megan said, “They listened to everything we wanted for our wedding and captured it flawlessly. They took my scattered ideas and turned them into the most magical night of our lives.” Brandon and I were so excited when we read Megan’s words. Comments like hers are why we do what we do!
Now that we have given you a few things to think about, stay tuned for part two where we will explain the importance of quality sound and clear presentation for your wedding ceremony, and details on our photo booth. Until then, happy wedding planning!!!!!
Congratulations!!! If your reading this most likely you just got engaged over the holiday season!! Love is in the air! But, whether you recently got engaged, or you have been engaged for sometime, January makes for an exciting time in the wedding world. It’s Bridal Show Season, and we want to meet you!
One of Georgia’s largest Bridal Show’sThe Georgia Bridal Bash is coming up next Sunday at the Historic Terminal Station in Macon. We will be there to meet you and discuss what Macon Nite Life can do to make your wedding reception everything that you ever dreamed it to be!! The wedding planning fun will begin at 2:00pm and the first 150 Brides to register will receive a swag bag at the entrance full of goodies. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online by clicking on the following link http://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgia-bridal-bash-tickets-16451835884
And just a little spoiler……..we will be offering a Special Bridal Show Discount 😉
Happy Thursday everyone! Last week we had the pleasure of attending Wedding Wire World 2015 in Washington, DC. First off, the city is just beautiful. We had the opportunity to explore on Sunday when we arrived, but Monday morning came quickly. Monday and Tuesday were filled with so many talented speakers and wedding industry experts that it is a good thing we took notes. Bill Rancic, winner of the very first season of The Apprentice, was of course one of the stand out presenters during the conference. His presentation was beyond inspiring, and his own story a courageous one. My personal favorite though was Monte Durham from TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. If he ever decides that the wedding industry is no longer for him, he should try his hand at comedy. We laughed throughout his entire presentation! He was just great, and even agreed to take a selfie with us! Not to be overlooked by all of these celebrities though was Alan Berg. He is absolutely amazing when it comes to his knowledge and ideas on how to make your business a successful one. The entire trip was made worth it just to hear him speak alone I feel.
Now I’m sure all of you are wondering how does our little DC vacation benefit you?! Well first, we now have TONS of new ideas that we plan on incorporating this year into your weddings and events! But……the second item on the list is the most exciting to us….. we pulled the trigger and purchased a photo booth! Yay!!! We’ve been playing with the idea of adding a photo booth to our service line-up for well over a year, so we saw the opportunity and went with it! It has so many different features and gadgets on it, but that topic in itself is worthy of it’s own blog post so stay tuned!
The conclusion is that overall, except for missing our flight to DC on Sunday morning, the entire trip was such a great experience! We hope that the things we learned over the two days we were there will help us to make your events even more special throughout this year, and once we run out of new ideas thank goodness it will be time again to attend Wedding Wire World 2016!
I am pleased to announce that Macon Nite Life has rolled out a new web based organizational program for all of our clients called DJ Event Planner. As of this week, this software program is now accessible from our website. I know Brandon and Lindsay are just as excited as our clients we have told about this amazing program. It is especially exciting for planners, technology lovers, military couples (since you can access the planner anywhere in the world where there is internet or Wi-Fi) and music lovers (since there is a musical database uploaded). I’m going to quickly point out the main points in this program as kind of a tutorial to help get you started.
Once you book with us, you will be given a username and password to log into the system. From the main screen there will be navigational tabs across the top that are used for general information such as your events, your profile, and our contact information. In the middle of the page you will see a live countdown to your event!! HOW EXCITING!! Next to this there are two tabs labeled “plan my event” (which is where you will be able to plan your event) and “event details” (which has all the basic of the event including venue and payment details). If you click on “plan my event” you will be able to manage the music you want to be played. You have the option to make the following playlists: must play, play if possible, dedication, play only if requested, and do not play. We know that some people love the Cha Cha Slide and the Wobble while others cringe when they hear it. You will be able to access the musical song database to search for songs or artists, and you can even sample the songs! We have even put in the top songs for different lists, especially for all the special weddings songs (grand entrance, first dance, father-daughter, etc). We really like this song request option because you can add, or take away songs, as often as you would like right up until your wedding day. Picture listening to a song that was your fav jam back in the day. Now you add it quickly before forgetting all about it. Underneath the manage the music section you will see the planning tools and timeline. If we will be DJing your ceremony as well as your reception you will see a planning form for both. Feel free to fill out as much or as little as you would like. These forms are intended to plan your event, as well as help us to get to know you better, and allows us to find out what your vision is for the most exciting day of your lives!
This was just a quick tutorial to point out the main points in our new program. We are thrilled to be offering this amazing program for our clients, free of charge. Our goal is to make this planning stage of your event as stress free as possible, and we feel like this program helps out tremendously. We are still able to send the planning form via mail or email if you would prefer those instead of this program. If you have any questions on using this program, let any of us know. And in the meantime, we look forward to helping you plan the most exciting day of your lives!!!
Are you newly engaged and looking for luxury entertainment for your upcoming wedding? If so, we will be showcasing our wedding entertainment services at several Bridal Expos throughout Georgia and North Florida during the months of January and February. We would love to meet you, get to know you, and allow you to get to know us. When you attend a bridal show you will see the pages of bridal magazines come to life right before your eyes, so whether you are planning a glamorous production or an intimate affair, these shows are wedding design events that you don’t want to miss.
Please follow the link below to view our show line up and locate the show that will be most convenient for you to attend.