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. 😉
Recently, Brandon and I had the privilege of being interviewed for a guest blog piece on Twin Oaks Farm Wedding’s Blog (see the original post here). Laura Lyn did a great job drawing us out with the questions she chose to ask, and we thought all of you might like to know us a little more intimately as well. So here you go!
Will you share your love story with us? How did you guys meet?
Brandon and I met while I was visiting a friend of mine in Albany, GA for the weekend. I lived in Florida at the time, and Brandon was down in Albany visiting the same couple on the same weekend. I found out later that he had heard I was coming and wanted to meet me. I, on the other hand, had absolutely no idea who he was until I met him that weekend. I didn’t even pay him much attention until Saturday night when everyone decided to begin singing karaoke. He went up to sing, and to my surprise, he was very good! It peaked my interest in him, and the rest is really history. We’ve been together ever since.
What was your wedding like?
Our wedding?! Well, let’s start by saying this. From the time we got engaged to the time we got married was 7 weeks!! Yes, we planned our wedding in 7 weeks, and no, we weren’t pregnant. lol Our schedules were just very busy at the time and spring wedding season was quickly approaching and is one of our busiest times from a business standpoint so we decided why not just go ahead and get it done. Thanks to the fact that we had so many great friends in the wedding industry we were able to pull together an amazing winter wonderland themed wedding in just weeks. We had a small intimate garden ceremony with only 30 guests and then followed up with a large 250 guest wedding reception in Downtown Macon. It was truly a blast and we wouldn’t change a thing!
Alright, tell me a little about your DJ business. When did you open? What do you specialize in?
Brandon created the business in August 2011 under its original name Macon Nite Life. When he initially started, his focus was on small events and evening karaoke gigs because at the time he was still employed full time as an electrician. We met in February 2012, and I still remember asking him what he did for a living, and he said, “I’ve been an electrician for 12 years, and that’s what I do full time, but I’ve also recently started a DJ company.” When he mentioned the “DJ company part” I literally laughed and moved on to something else because it didn’t sound like a “real job” to me.
Well fast forward a few more months, and I went with him to a wedding he was DJing. As I was there, I started to see that being a Wedding DJ is so much more than the random party DJs that I had seen in the past. As a wedding DJ, you truly have to command your audience. You have a lot on your shoulders and so many things to coordinate. There are no second chances once you pick up that mic, it’s on you to make sure that your couples special day is exactly the way that they wanted it. To my surprise, Brandon did this very well, and I thought to myself I think we should do this DJ company thing and if we are going to do it, we need to do all that we can to be the very best.
So…..six years have now past since that wedding, and many changes have been made. Brandon said goodbye to electrical work. We now are known as Legacy Events 119, and through much personal sacrifice and hard work we managed to create an award-winning luxury entertainment company specializing in DJ/MC services, lighting design, and photo booth rentals that spans two states. What a ride it has been!
For any other couples that may decide they not only want to do “life” together but also want to WORK together…like you guys, do you have any worthy advice for them?? 🙂
It’s important to set boundaries and know each other strengths. In running our business Brandon and I each have our owns roles and assignments. Brandon obviously handles the events and is the face of the brand. He handles wedding flow, wedding vendor relations the day of, and of course all of the entertainment needs of the day. I, on the other hand, am in charge of branding decisions, marketing, social media, and networking. By capitalizing on each of our strengths and remaining “in each other’s lane” has allowed us to truly work together successfully. Now when it comes to our home life and who is in charge of what chores…..well we still haven’t really figured that one out yet! lol It’s a work in progress.
Let’s talk about brides and grooms for a minute. What is your biggest piece of advice for brides and grooms when hiring not only their DJ but all of their vendors?
To be blunt….you get what you pay for! This applies to every vendor category, but specifically when it comes to hiring a DJ it cannot be stressed enough. When you begin researching DJs while planning your big day you will quickly find that there is a very wide price range. In short, there is a reason for this. There are amateur DJ’s and professional DJ’s out there and unfortunately unless you do your research on this before your wedding day (which we beg you to do) you will not realize the key difference between the two until after your big day has already happened and it didn’t go the way that you had hoped. To summarize, a professional wedding DJ/MC handles far more than just playing music at your wedding. Simply put, playing the music is the smallest part of what a wedding DJ does. The key to a awesome wedding DJ at the end of the day is how well they can handle the flow of your event and do they do it with class?! You must always keep in mind that the DJ you chose is standing in front of your guests representing you and is responsible for creating a welcoming atmosphere for you and your guests throughout the entire event. In summary, you have worked so hard planning your wedding day. You have the most beautiful flowers, the most awesome venue, you have found a dress unlike any other bride that came before you, and your photographer is fire….. don’t leave the “experience of your wedding day” to chance. Studies have shown that guests remember two things at the end of the night, Was the food good? and Did they have a good time? The experience matters so make sure to give it lots of thought when planning your very special day.
I may be a bit presumptuous, but I think that almost all couples want a FUN wedding. What’re the keys to success for a fun wedding?
Interactive couples! Through the planning process, we need as much input from the couple as possible. What makes them happy? What is fun to them? Over the years what genres of music have they enjoyed with their friends? What music did they listen to with their friends in college? These are all important things to share. When wedding day arrives though there is one thing that truly effects how “fun” a wedding is…. Brides and Grooms must join their guests on the dance floor! Guests feed off of their couple, and if the couple insists on hugging the side wall all night often times their guests will be more inclined to as well. Everyone loves to see the happy couple on the dance floor enjoying themselves. They came to celebrate with you, so make sure you celebrate with them!
We are just getting into 2018 wedding season. Do you foresee any big trends when it comes to receptions for this year?
Hands down the biggest wedding trend of the year is having a fireworks show! We have already had the pleasure of celebrating with two couples this year that included a fireworks show at their reception, and have another upcoming couple planning to do the same. It makes for lots of fun, and the guests truly enjoy it.
What do you feel like you guys provide to your couples that sets you apart from others in the industry? Like, what do you “hope” that your couples say after working with you?
Well here is where we could go on and on and bore you by saying that we have the most state of the art equipment, lighting that can transform any room, and an awesome online planner that couples love to use. And, all of those things would be true, but one of our recent brides wrote a review about us after her wedding and said one of the best things we had ever had written about us. Caitlyn said, “They are just all around genuine and cool people that you want to be your friends long after the wedding is over!” That one sentence summarizes what we hope all of our couples feel after working with us.
You guys have worked at venues all across the Southeast. What kinds of things make your job easier when working at a venue?
Good communication! We like to know in advance where we are to set up when we arrive, where power is located and if their are locations on the property where power isn’t available, is there shelter for our equipment at all times, where are we permitted to load in our equipment, and one of the most important things for us to know is where can we park during the event. Parking can be a real challenge, especially at inner-city venues.
Fun Facts About Us Rapid Fire Style!
What do you listen to in your car?
Lindsay: Depends on my mood! But, its usually between country music or hip-hop and every once in a while I throw in some old school Sam Cooke or 90’s artist such as Jewel or Alanis Morissette.
Brandon: My XM pre-sets in my truck are- Pop2K, 90s On 9, The Highway, The Heat, SiriusXMFly, and The Blend
Your favorite song to play for ceremonies?
Lindsay: Hands down “My Last Name”-Dierks Bentley
Brandon: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”- Stevie Wonder as the ceremony recessional
Current favorite song to play at receptions?
Lindsay: “Finesse” Bruno Mars & Cardi B
Brandon: “I Want To Dance With Somebody” Whitney Houston
Most cringe-worthy song request?
Lindsay: Honestly I am so over brides walking down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. I can say this because I even used it to walk down the aisle at my own wedding, but it is now truly the most overused wedding ceremony song to me.
Brandon: “Single Ladies” by Beyonce for the garter bouquet, Saying that this song is overplayed and overused would be an understatement.
What’s your prediction for hit First Dance songs for 2018?
Lindsay: “You Make It Look So Easy” Jason Aldean
Brandon: “Millionaire” Chris Stapleton
First Dance song that you consider tired and overused?
Brandon & Lindsay: “Thinking Out Loud”-Ed Sheeran
Favorite wedding food you’ve ever eaten?
Lindsay: Any wedding with a mashed potato bar. Mashed potatoes bars are my jam!
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.
So you just got engaged! That’s exciting, but now comes the fun part: planning the wedding. There’s a lot of work to do, and that might sound stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. The best advice we can give you is to get started booking services for your wedding right away. The whole process is much easier if you give yourself plenty of time to make decisions, especially because many popular venues and top wedding vendors are booked up a year or more in advance. You want to make sure you get exactly what you want for your special day, and the easiest way to do that is to start right now. Before you start making phone calls, though, you’ll want to make a few key decisions. Follow these steps when you’re planning your wedding, and it will be a piece of cake.
1. Decide On A Date
The most popular months for a wedding here in the South are April, May, June, October, and November. These months are popular mostly because of the weather. It’s not too hot, and not too cold. Because of this, though, many venues and services fill up very fast during the Spring and Fall, so if you’re not planning at least a year or two ahead, you might want to think about a different month. The date doesn’t have to be set in stone right away, though, because your dream venue might not be available on the first weekend you have in mind, but it could be wide open the week before or week after. Being flexible with the date, at least in the early stages of planning, will really make things easier.
2. Make A Budget
Once you have your date decided, you need to get a budget in order. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on your wedding, and keep that in mind for the rest of the planning process. It’s much easier to control your spending if you think in terms of how much of your budget remains, and it helps keep everything streamlined. If it fits your budget, this would also be the right time to hire a wedding planner. A good wedding planner can take a lot of the stress away from planning a wedding, and they can help you secure the best vendors that will fit perfectly into your budget.
3. Choose A Venue
Unless you’re getting married in your backyard, the venue is probably going to eat up the biggest portion of your budget. Start making phone calls and touring venues, keeping in mind their capacity and availability. You should have a general idea of how many people you want to invite, that way you can choose an appropriately sized venue. Once you find your wedding venue of choice, don’t hesitate to book. Nail down a precise date and pay a deposit before somebody else comes along and reserves the day you want.
4. Book Wedding Services
Now that you’ve got your venue, it’s time to start filling it up with wedding vendors. You should prioritize things like a good photographer and catering, especially if you’ve chosen a busy time of year to get married. If you’ve opted for a destination wedding, you might want to do some tastings with caterers in the area while you’re in town touring venues, that way you can knock them both out in one trip. You’ll also need to contact a stylist, a florist, a cake designer, and an officiant (to marry you), and a band or DJ (we can help with this! check out our info here), at least 8-12 months in advance of the wedding. Think about the vibe and the flow that you’re aiming for, and work from there.
5. Send Out Save the Dates
You’re coming to one of the final stages of planning a wedding, and it feels amazing. You can picture it now, everything is in order, and now you just need to make sure that your friends and family will be there to celebrate with you. Now is the time to secure a stationery designer to create your Save the Dates! Like everything else, this should be done well in advance of the wedding date, at least six months or so, especially for a destination wedding. Designing the Save the Dates several months ahead will give the stationery company plenty of time to print your invitations, and will give your guests the time needed to make arrangements to attend such as taking time away from work, booking a hotel room, and securing flights to celebrate with you.
Now, you are definitely on the right track! Let the countdown begin, and try not to go crazy with anticipation!
We just cannot express what an honor it was to receive the call from the Macon Telegraph last month letting us know that Brandon was the first place winner in the category of Macon’s Best DJ in the 2016 Best of the Best!! We simply could not have achieved such an award if it wasn’t for the support of all of you. Over the last five years we have grown and accomplished so many things that were once only things that we would talk about at night while sitting and watching television together. You believed in us, you believed in our brand, and you believed that Brandon had the ability to make your wedding reception everything that you had ever imagined it to be. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for your support. And most importantly, thank you for allowing us to live through so many of life’s great moments alongside you as not only your DJ, but as your friend.
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!!!!!