If You Don’t Dance – Why Should Your Guests?

Wedding DJ at Arrowhead Pine Rose Wedding

The vows are complete – CHECK

We have tons of great photos – CHECK

Dinner was delicious – CHECK

The cake is cut – CHECK

The Dance floor is full – Check??

When it comes to creating a great wedding reception to be enjoyed by you, your family, and friends, there are a few things the happy couple should keep in mind. Believe it or not, there is actually a science behind a successful dance floor at wedding receptions. If you and your fiancé are on a mission to end your wedding reception with a full dance floor, you have a little more work to do than choosing songs. Believe it or not, the Happy Couple has more to do with the success of the dance floor than any other single factor!

It’s true. The fact is that wedding guests are like lost little dogs and are generally only interested in doing that the COUPLE is doing. If the couple has no interest in dancing – guess what? Your guests may not have interest in dancing either.

If you want to keep your guests entertained throughout the night, here are 10 Tips that can help create the best wedding reception experience for them:

Tip #1

Plan the open dancing portion of the evening to be 2-hours or less.

Not only will you have a better chance of keeping more people on the dance floor longer, but those who may normally burn out early might surprise you and remain on the floor all night! empty-dancefloor-520x301 When the dance floor goes longer than 2-hours, guests will eventually get too tired and leave the party early… and nobody wants a half-empty dance floor at the end of the night. As a rule – Leave them wanting More!

Tip #2

The couple MUST stay “On or Near” the dance floor throughout the entire open dance portion of the evening.

Wedding guests are generally shy to begin with as they are entering a party where they do not likely know many of the attendees. They do, however, know one or both of the newly married couple – so whatever the couple is interested in doing, is more likely what the guests are interested in doing. In fact, the first 30-45-minutes of open dancing is the most crucial point in time where the couple can determine if their guests are going to dance or not – and I cannot count how many times we’ve opened a dance floor at a wedding reception only to find that the photographer just “stole” the couple for additional photos half-way into the first dance song – and by the time they return to the dance floor, more than HALF of the guests have already left the party! As a rule If you disappear early – so will your guests! (they probably think you started your honeymoon early)

Tip #3

Do not start your outdoor dance party too early

Starting an outdoor dance party too early, especially while the sun is still shining, is often the worst way to get guests dancing. Why? Because people, in general, do not like dancing in bright light. This is just a reality.  People are generally apprehensive about dancing in the first place – now turn on all the lights and you’ve just sent most of them running away looking for a dark corner – or worse – leaving your party too early! Consider starting your event later and shorten it up a bit. Rule of thumb – if you have 80-guests or less, your ideal wedding ceremony, reception and dance floor should total 4.5 – 5-hours. If you have more than 150 guests, 5.5 – 6-hours for ceremony, reception, and dancing is ideal. If you and your friends want more dancing – plan a shuttle to an after-party at a local bar or club.

Tip #4

Choose upbeat, mostly-recognizable music for cocktail and dinner hours

Think FIRST about your audience. I see this all the time; a couple just loves a certain style of music that puts most people to sleep! They happily crank out their Spotify playlist, loaded with tracks that the general population won’t recognize, and then…. eventually….. “zzzzzzzzzzz.”

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Then – after agonizing through 2+ hours of sleepy Emo, Jazz, or Classical music, they expect their guests to just “JUMP UP” after dinner and start dancing! Sorry, Not gonna happen! Sorry. As a rule, mix in at least 50% recognizable upbeat tunes with your unique tastes of music and share a “little” of your styles with your guests.

 

Tip #5

If you do not dance, your guests may not dance either

If you are not dancers yourselves, why are you planning an event that ends with a dance party? A wedding reception should reflect “your” ideal party and if your “ideal party” does not include dancing, perhaps you should rethink your timeline.

For example, if you are both gamers, maybe consider having a board game challenge for the last couple hours of the evening while your DJ keeps the mood upbeat and exciting. Maybe a tournament-style evening with prizes for winners. Talk to your MC/DJ and create an event that will be fun for everyone – even if it does not include dancing. This is a great way to include everybody and keep them at your event longer! (as long as we are not playing “Cards Against” with your grandparents).

Tip #6

If you Do dance – Encourage your guests to do the same!

OK – so maybe you are both dancers. The rules above still apply regarding where you need to be. If the dance floor is open – stay on the dance floor. Even the most shy wedding guests are 82% more likely to dance if the newly married couple is dancing. Why? Because they want to do what YOU are doing! Let your guests know that there will be dancing. It may go without saying for most, but including a timeline with your invitation that clearly shows “Dancing” is a great way for your guests to plan ahead. Trust-Me-You-Can-DanceI have also seen some super fun signs placed around an event encouraging dancing as well.

 

Tip #7

Make More Money with a Money Dance

OK – So this is kind of related to open dancing as I often use a Money Dance to “loosen up” the guests prior to opening the dance floor for the evening. Although we only see roughly 45% of our weddings include a money dance, tacky or not, it is a great way to get guests on the dance floor. Best single piece of advice to get more money: include an event timeline in your wedding invitation that clearly shows “MONEY DANCE.” Many guests may see this as an opportunity to bring along some extra “Benjamins” in lieu of buying a gift. Keep in mind that most folks do not carry much cash with them these days. So unless you have your Venmo or PayPal account open and active, if you don’t inform your guests ahead of time to bring a little coin, they may not have anything extra to donate to the Honeymoon fund.

A couple final notes on a Money Dance

– Keep the Music Upbeat and Fun – There is nothing worse than slow dancing with your relatives – (creepy). Also, let your Photographer and DJ know to encourage guests to join the money dance to get a great “one-on-one” photo with you and your spouse! (sneaky, huh?) – And finally, most important – do the Money Dance BEFORE the cake is cut if at all possible. Some people are just going to sneak out of your party – and the cutting of the cake is the “unofficial invitation” for some people to leave. Don’t let those wallets walk away too early!

Tip #8

Children can make a dance floor fall flat

(You are welcome to disagree with me on this, I am only speaking from personal experience from hundreds of weddings)

kids on dance floorWatching kids dance can be entertaining – it can also be why the majority of your guests are not dancing. As mentioned in previous blogs, “kids generally do not like weddings.” Unfortunately, when kids are part of an adult event, they can often either become a burden to their parents – or become a distraction to your wedding guests. When parents are busy watching their kids dance, they stand or sit along side the dance floor and clap and cheer them on – or even ask the DJ to play silly kids songs. As a result, those adults who would normally want to dance, end up just watching the kids “take over” the dance floor – and often decide to pack up early and leave your wedding!

I’m not saying that dressing up the kiddies in tiny tuxes and delicate dresses for a ceremony is out. However, couples should consider, that unless they are restricting children from their wedding, that they “spring” for a couple baby sitters to handle the kids in a location away from the reception. Allowing kids to run around a reception all night may prevent your dance floor from ever filling up.

 

Tip #9

Place the Bar and Photo Booth near the dance floor

Keep your guests near the dance floor. If you place your Photo Booth or Bar too far away or in another room, you will likely lose your dance floor at some point in the evening. Additionally, the second a couple runs to the photo booth or bar – guess what? Guests follow them! (wedding guests are like lost little dogs) Work with your DJ and coordinator to place the bar and photo booth close to the dance floor to encourage guests to remain dancing as long as possible.

Tip #10

Let your Professional DJ do what they do best – DJ

OK – So most of us do not want to hear the Chicken Dance at our wedding. That is understandable. However, while “you” may be tired of popular dance party songs like the Cupid Shuffle or Cha Cha Slide, they may just be what your guests need to get up and dancing. Placing otherwise popular songs on your DO NOT PLAY LIST can prevent your DJ’s ability to read your crowd and play the best track for the moment.

Yes, it IS your party, but remember that you are hiring a professional DJ to entertain your Guests on your behalf – so you might want to “suck it up” and join in on a “cheesy classic” or “line dance” early in the evening to help your guests stay on the dance floor longer. You hired several professionals to assist with your dream wedding day and your DJ likely prides themselves on the ability to read a dance floor and keep the energy going for at least 90-min to 2-hours. Giving them a list of songs that you are certain will bring your guests to the dance floor is great, but don’t overwhelm your DJ with too many selections. Allow your dance floor be a little organic and let your DJ take requests and help keep it flowing so it ends on a high note!

Whenever we meet with a couple prior to booking their event, we always ask what their expectations are regarding the D/MC and entertainment for the event. Most of the time, they are expecting that their family and friends will certainly want to dance. If that’s the case, just be certain to ask yourselves the questions above.

Planning ahead is the BEST way to keep your guests entertained and enjoying your wedding to the fullest!

2017 Couple’s Choice Award – 9 Years Running!

Arrowhead DJ and Events, Honored For Excellence With 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award®
Lake Arrowhead, CA – January 11, 2017 –

WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced Arrowhead DJ and Events as a winner of the esteemed 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for DJ, Lighting and Photo-booth Entertainment in Southern California!

The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. The prestigious awards are given to the top local wedding professionals across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Arrowhead DJ and Events. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“The Couples’ Choice Awards’ ninth year features one of the most impressive groups of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals yet,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “It is our honor to work with high-caliber merchants, such as Arrowhead DJ and Events, who not only make a couple’s big day possible, but also contribute to the more than 2.5 million U.S. reviews represented on WeddingWire. We congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievements.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Arrowhead DJ and Events is highlighted on WeddingWire, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals in the U.S.

Arrowhead DJ and Events is thrilled to be one of the top Entertainment companies in Southern California on WeddingWire. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We truly value all of our clients and appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn a 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award.

For more information about Arrowhead DJ and Events, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at www.arrowheaddj.com.

To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers around the world are able to read over 3 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses globally. It provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 800 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

Cover Your Ears!

Cover ears one“Bride Asks Everyone To Cover Their Ears During Her Marriage Vows For A Very Important Reason.”

Emily Verrochi and her husband Tom made everyone at their wedding ceremony cover their ears as they spoke their wedding vows. Why did they do this I hear you ask? Well, the couples best man and brides brother, Jonathan is gay. He attended the wedding with his partner, but in Australia for a wedding to be legally binding specific words must be recited in the vows. The words include the following phrase:


‘Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.’ 

 

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The couple felt strongly that the wording should be changed and were keen to show their objection:
‘If it’s something you feel passionately about or have a strong opinion about, do something or say something during your ceremony to acknowledge your point of view.’

[revised and reposted from “viral thread”]

8 Years In A Row!

Lake Arrowhead’s Own Arrowhead DJ and Events Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016
Lake Arrowhead, CA – January 6, 2016 – WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Arrowhead DJ and Events  as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for Wedding DJ Services in Southern California!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Arrowhead DJ and Events. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“We are thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, committed group of professionals for the Couples’ Choice Awards’® eighth year,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “We are proud to continue to serve as the industry leader, with over 2.5 million consumer and peer reviews, and feature award-winning merchants such as Arrowhead DJ and Events who understands the impact reviews have on their successful businesses.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Arrowhead DJ and Events is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 400,000 wedding professionals globally.

{Enter Your Business Name} is proud to be one of the top {Enter Your Service Category} in {Enter Your City Name} in the WeddingWire Network. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016.

For more information about Arrowhead DJ and Events, please visit us online at www.arrowheaddj.com.

To learn more about the Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 2.5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 14 countries in North America, Latin America and Europe, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 650 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

Awesome Floral Tie

Love this groom’s jacket and Awesome Floral Tie!

When you’re in the wedding industry AND planning your own big day, like Keely, the bride from today’s gorgeous wedding, you’ve definitely taken more than a couple mental notes from the many weddings you’ve attended. When she said, It’s almost overwhelming all the things that you can do to make your wedding unique and different and beautiful, we could totally understand where she was coming from. So with that, and being on a budget of about $7000, she and her now-hubby, Aaron, got inventive with DIY-ing their decor while simultaneously keeping things simple. Below, they share more about their epic location + throughout the post, we’re sharing more about how they made their beautiful day unique to them!

Favorite Moment from the Wedding…

Some of our favorite memories consist of when we were taking photos. David was the best possible photographer we could have chosen, and made our day 100 times better. It felt like we were with a long time friend the whole time. When he took us away for portraits before and after the wedding, it felt like the only time we felt truly at peace and stress free. The whole wedding day was a bit stressful, but getting whisked away amongst beautiful scenery and getting to just cuddle and get lost in each other in front of the camera was so wonderful. Right after the ceremony, we drove down this insane mountain as MARRIED PEOPLE. It was the most amazing moment to take a breath and realize, wow, this is it. We are finally married. This is the best. We loved it. Having my little sister walk me down the aisle was also really amazing. It was just precious to walk hand in hand with her to my groom, who she also adores. That stunning backdrop, my perfect groom, it couldn’t have been better. Seeing him shed a tear about made me want to run to him as fast as possible, too. I was so ready to just cuddle him and get married. The entire ceremony was really my favorite part.

Check out the entire Blog at Green Wedding Shoes

 

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Hand Painted Wedding Cakes

(reprinted from The Inspired Bride)

Wedding season is upon us. More brides get married in spring and summer than any other time of year. With the sun shining and gorgeous flowers blooming and nature creating breathtaking scenes, it’s no wonder! Speaking of creating breathtaking scenes, one of the hottest trends for this spring/summer wedding season is hand-painted cakes. Not sure why? Take a look below and you’ll see!

 

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These gorgeous, hand-painted cakes from Sweet Confectionary are the perfect example of what brides are looking for this year. We love the elegant floral details in the paintings and the beautiful embellishments on these cakes.

 

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This unbelievably beautiful hand-painted cake from Tallant House features vintage-looking roses in striking shades of pink. This is the perfect cake for a shabby chic or vintage wedding, and is sure to make heads turn at the reception.

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Even those who love abstract art can take advantage of this trend. We love this beautiful and bright abstract hand-painted cake from Cake Central. Adding another element of interest, this three-tier cake is hexagon in shape and would work very well for an art-based wedding.

 

This three-tiered beauty has everything we love to see in wedding cakes: ruffles, hand-painting and gorgeous shades of peach. The painting work on this one looks almost like stained-glass! It’s perfect for a formal or non-formal wedding and great for spring or summer.

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Is it possible for a cake to exist that is just too beautiful to eat? If it is, then we believe it has to be this one. This breathtaking cake is four tiers, with the bottom tier consisting of four small round cakes. It is embellished with beautiful pink flowers and the hand-painting is phenomenal. The detail is unbelievable, with filigree and pretty flowers.

 

What do you think of these hand-painted wedding cakes? Would you have one at your wedding? Which one from today’s post is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

We can Learn A Lot from a 3-Year Old

Audio Techniques Even Three-Year-Olds Can Perfect: Part One
(Written by Cory Lorentz from Shure Microphones)

a 3 Year Old Schooling us on Mic Technique
a 3 Year Old Schooling us on Mic Technique

A few years back, I found myself out in the garage packing up gear for a weekend gig. My daughter, who was about three years-old at the time, asked if she could sing on one of the microphones she had her eye on. She treated me to a punk-ish version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” complete with singing and screaming in the appropriate places (use your imagination). As I watched my daughter parade around the driveway that had instantly become her stage, I took note of one thing: Her mic technique was damn near flawless!

She held the mic at the handle, brought the capsule close to her mouth for quiet points of her performance, and held it away when she decided to belt out any lyrics that she felt demanded attention. This was a wireless mic, heavy and wide for three-year-old hands. Still, she had no urge to grab the mic around the grille, and she intuited that if she holds the mic close to the place on her face where words come from, then she’ll be heard loud and clear. This got me thinking about all of the questionable mic techniques I’ve witnessed over the years, whether it be at a live concert, televised musical performance (awards shows, talk shows, etc.), political town hall or debate, or even a game show.

Holding a Mic: The Wrong Way
Starting backwards on this list, the game show mic technique has been something I think we’ve all seen. Anyone remember The Price Is Right when Bob Barker hosted the show? The stick-like microphone he used never quite made it past his mid-section. This worked for Bob, but was undoubtedly a nightmare for the engineers on the show. Chances are, the mic gain had to be set quite high to pick up Bob’s commentary. Thankfully there were also boom mics on the stage to compensate for what the mic and this questionable technique failed to pick up. If I were to venture a guess, someone suggested that holding the mic too high in the shot would take the attention away from Bob’s face. This is where what you see and what you hear struggle. The lights and camera always win.

The participants at a town hall type of political debate, or any type of audience-driven Q & A, also tend to suffer from this “game show” mic technique, but it’s for a different reason altogether. Politicians and keynote speakers have pretty much gotten mic technique down. These people talk a lot and work at being heard loud and clear. Hand a microphone to an audience member, however, and they suddenly become Bob Barker. They hold the mic at their mid-section, and they speak in a normal, conversational tone. The microphone in your hand is most likely set at a respectable amount of gain to accommodate both female and male commentary; however, it is incapable of attracting the audio from your face if you do not speak to the microphone itself. Holding a mic in the middle of your chest and speaking outward, barely touching the mic diaphragm, will produce lackluster results. Sure, we might be able hear you saying something, but the clarity and impact will be diminished.

Holding a Mic: The Right Way
Think about it this way… When someone is speaking to you and they turn around or bend down mid-sentence, you suddenly can’t hear the other half of the point they’re trying to make. You ask them to repeat it, and they act frustrated and suspect you weren’t paying attention. Back to the person with the mic in their hand, holding it close to their chest… Ask this same person to bring the mic closer to their mouth, and they suddenly begin to speak very quietly into the microphone. While it’s true that there is amplification involved here, you do need to put a little bit of work into it. The way to go: speak directly into the mic in a normal tone. Do like my daughter: bring it close to your mouth if you’re speaking quietly, and pull it a bit farther away if you’re going to holler. And remember to keep your hands on the handle rather than on the grille.