So, Kristin, did you always know you wanted to be a DJ when you grew up?
I get asked this question all the time! Valid question, since I own a DJ company! :) But actually, growing up I wanted to be a pediatrician, and then a teacher, and then an immunologist, and then a teacher, and then a preschool teacher, and then a teacher. My photo is a dead giveaway of that (total teacher face)!
When I actually grew up I worked at Wells Fargo Bank and thought I would work there for a lot of years. After that was a no go, I became a Realtor. My husband, Adam, was a home builder and it was perfect that I be the Realtor for all of his projects. I was a Realtor for about 5 years and it was great! I learned A TON and it was very fulfilling. When the market crashed in 2007 we had decisions to make - ride it out or roll the dice. We rolled the dice.
Adam had always been a hobby DJ (since he was 14!) and in a road trip conversation we decided that DJing should no longer be a hobby - it should be our family's business. And so we went for it!
Truth be told, I have never wanted to be a DJ. And spoiler alert, I am not a DJ (never really have been). But I will tell you what - I have gained more growing a company from the ground up than I ever could have in any other profession. So here is what I have become, now that I a tried & true grown up:
It has been a wild ride with so many highs & lows and lessons along the way. I am ever so grateful that we rolled the dice all those years ago. This career IS what it's all about.
Thanks for listening!
Sound Wave Events
Are you looking for some ideas for wedding songs that are so not 2017? Us too! We have searched high and low and these are our favorite wedding songs for 2019
DINNER / COCKTAIL HOUR
Are you kind of over Christina Perri & Jack Johnson? Try these instead to bring that loving, romantic feel:
Don't get us wrong, we still LOVE Thinking out Loud by Ed Sheeran for a first dance song but it did come out in 2013. While it is a beautiful love song, we just feel like there are so many other options. Here are two fave 2019 first dance songs:
We know the classics will always keep the dance floor packed - and we love that! Here are a couple of more we will be spinning this year:
So the task is at hand - hire a DJ. Most people have never hired a DJ before and it can be hard to know where to start. You are not alone, my friend! It can be an overwhelming task.
Sound Wave Events
Planning an event for your friends, family, donors, or co-workers? YASSSS! Events are a great way to mark milestones, celebrate successes, and raise funds for your organization. But this question lays in wait......how can this be an event that people are talking about for months and years to come? As we discussed this very question with our event team, it came down to one simple thing.....
MAKE IT INTERACTIVE!
That is the answer we keep coming back to - the more interactive an event is, the more successful it is. The reason this is so powerful is because shared experience (especially fun, embarrassing, memorable experience) binds people together. That's what this is all about right - making memories and connection? Okay, okay, sometimes it is about raising money too. ☺ So, the more you can create interactive experiences for your guests, the more they will connect with each other (and you or your organization), and the longer they will remember the fun they had.
What type of interaction is best for your group may vary depending on your goals and priorities, but here are some ideas:
Sound Wave Events
Preparing for your wedding rehearsal but not quite sure where to start? We can help! There are a couple of key things to go through at your rehearsal:
1. Walk the venue and review your layout, set up instructions, etc. Make any needed changes and notify applicable parties.
2. Run through the ceremony with your officiant and wedding party. The main goal of the rehearsal is to help your wedding party and family feel confident walking down the aisle. When they leave, they should know:
3. Run through the full ceremony with your Officiant so you are comfortable and confident with how the process will go the day of your wedding.
4. Lastly, who should attend the rehearsal?
Hope this helps as you plan your rehearsal! Let us know if we can assist in any other way!
Sound Wave Events
As your wedding is getting close it is time to start planning your timeline. This can be a daunting task, especially as it is probably your first time taking this on. We have some helpful tips for you! Here we go:
PLAN YOUR WEDDING BACKWARD
Say what?!?! Plan my wedding backward?? What does that even mean? It means, start at your end time and plan backward from there. Most couples pick a wedding start time randomly or based on what times other weddings have started that they have attended. This won't always create the type of experience you are hoping for. Take for example if you plan your ceremony at 3pm and want your wedding to end a 11pm. This will give you almost 4 hours of dancing time. This can be great IF you and your group love, love, love dancing. Maybe you plan to start your wedding at sunset, say 7:30pm, but have to end at 10pm per venue rules. This will leave you with only 20-30 minutes of dancing. Does this fit with your ideal? So ask:
HOW MUCH DANCING TIME DO YOU WANT?
This is key. Are you a dancing fool or a hang and chat type of person? How much time would you like for dancing, mingling, and celebrating after all the festivities are done? Also consider your sunset time (look it up!). Do you envision dancing during sunset, during the day or at night? Now next...
HOW LONG ARE YOUR GUESTS WILLING TO SPEND AT YOUR WEDDING?
Think about the last wedding or event you attended, how long did you spend there? Are you comfortable asking your guests to spend 4 hours with you? 6? 8? 10 hours? How long will the guests be drinking during this time? Will they tire out? Will it be hot at your wedding? What makes sense for your group? With these things in mind, consider how much time you want after the special activities to dance, chill, and celebrate. :)
NOW PLAN YOUR SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
Once you have your end time and how much dancing time you would like, you can build in time for your special activities, dinner, and cocktail hour. Here is a guide of how long special activities take:
Anniversary Dance - 5 Minutes
Dollar Dance - 10 Minutes
Cake Cutting - 10 Minutes
Garter Toss - 5 Minutes
Bouquet Toss - 5 Minutes
Parent's Dances - 5 Minutes Each
First Dance - 5 Minutes
Toasts - 5 Minutes per Person
Dinner - Less Than 100 People - 45 Minutes
Dinner - More Than 100 People - 60 Minutes
Grand Entrance - 5 Minutes
Cocktail Hour - 30-60 Minutes
Ceremony (Standard) – 30 Minutes
Ceremony (Full Mass) – 60 Minutes + travel time from Cathedral
DETERMINE YOUR CEREMONY START TIME
Once you have worked through this exercise, you can work backward to your ceremony start time. This will ensure that you plan enough, but not too much time for your wedding. We hope these tips help you plan your perfect day!
Want to talk more about your timeline and how to put it all together? Contact us today - we are happy to help!
Sound Wave Events
Ahhh Pinterest how we love thee! An unlimited resource for wedding and event ideas at the touch of our fingertips. The one thing we have noticed about a lot of images we see online is that they don't point out the important lighting that made the photos possible. As you are planning your decor, consider how lighting can set the mood, highlight items, and create the atmosphere you are dreaming about. Here are examples of the most popular lighting options that will help your vision come to life:
Have you given thought to having a First Look for your wedding? A First Look is a special moment where the groom sees the bride for the first time, before the wedding. This is different than the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the ceremony and there are some good reasons more couples are choosing a First Look for their wedding reveal. This is a very personal decision but worth giving some extra thought:
1. Savor the Moment: No rush, no stress, just a perfect moment for the two of you to enjoy the beauty of your wedding day. First look moments typically happen privately - just Bride, Groom, Photographer and Videographer. This makes it intimate, special, and meaningful. While walking down the aisle has it's own magic, often there are so many things running through a bride's mind (like don't trip, don't trip - lol) that it is hard to take in the moment of that bridal reveal. A first look sets that moment aside and makes it memorable.
2. Capture His Reaction: Having a private moment for a first look allows you (and your photographer) to capture your groom's reaction to your wedding day beauty. These photos are harder to get during the ceremony and are priceless!
3. More Time for Photos: The time between a ceremony and the beginning of a reception should hopefully be no more than 45 minutes. After about an hour, guests start to feel restless and ready for the reception activities to begin. You can definitely get your photos done in 45 minutes but it is much less rushed to have a couple of hours to get the shots that are most important to you - including photos with your wedding party and family. With these done, you have time after the ceremony to spend some much needed one on one time together and get a few more special photos.
4. Curb Your Emotions: A wedding day can be a little emotional - or a lot emotional. So many things going through your mind and lots of nerves. A first look can help calm your emotions so during your ceremony you can feel more present and less nervous. One of our Brides swears she would have been a hot mess during her ceremony without the First Look - it helped her relax and feel more at ease as she said her I do's.
When it comes to making a decision about whether or not to have a first look, remember that there is no right or wrong - just right for you and your wedding. Happy wedding planning,
Sound Wave Events
Ever wonder if you should have a day of coordinator for your wedding - or what a day of coordinator even is? How does a coordinator differ from your DJ?
One question we get asked a lot by brides is, "If my DJ will make sure my special activities run smooth at my wedding, do I need a day of coordinator?" Great question! There are some main differences between your DJ and your Day of Coordinator. Yes, a good DJ will ensure that your special activities run smoothly, but a Day of Coordinator is your wedding day personal assistant. She will make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time ALL DAY. Sure, you have your DJ the start of the ceremony or reception and for the evening to help with things....but what about all the details that lead up to this important evening and the many details that are not related to music or timeline on the day of your wedding? Here are some of the things that you can expect from your DJ vs your Day of Coordinator:
A Good DJ Will:
A Day Of Coordinator Will:
So, do you need a Day of Coordinator? It may be worth looking into. Can your mom, sister, or maid of honor take care of these things? Sure....but do they want to focus on this all evening or enjoy the festivities? We highly recommend researching your options. Here are a couple of referrals for you:
Ready to plan your awesome event?