Pop quiz: when you hear “DJ,” what is the first word that comes to mind?
Chances are, things like music, dancing, or weddings came to mind. And that, friends, is where we’re about to get funky.
While we LOVE bringing the party to weddings and receptions all over the Gulf Coast and would not be where we are now if it weren’t for the awesome brides and grooms we meet along the way, there are some other creative and maybe outside-the-box events that could be completely enhanced by hiring an AnyDayDj.
To name a few…
Corporate parties. While a party with your coworkers may not be the top choice of places you would like to be (or maybe it is!), add some of your favorite jams and it’s an instant success. Now, if they would only give you that bonus…
Picnics. Okay, so maybe it would be a bit much to bring a DJ to your casual afternoon picnic for two, but we won’t judge if that’s what you’re thinking! Family reunions, summer celebrations, or any other reason you decide to picnic, we love bringing the beat outdoors!
Grand openings. If you are opening the next best thing around town, whether that’s a shop, restaurant, or other business, you have to bring consumers to your location in order to be successful! That’s where we come in. Music makes people happy; happy people make happy customers.
Holiday parties. There are only so many rounds of “pin the nose on Rudolph” people can play before they’re ready to dip out. Spice up any holiday party, big or small and any time of year, with your guests’ favorite tunes and it won’t be long before you hear, “this was great! We hope you throw another party again next year!”
Birthdays. No matter the age of the birthday boy/girl, we will play the perfect genre and time period to get the party-goers be-bopping.
Church functions. This list could be a long one if we tried to compile every sort of church event and function that could use a DJ. We love churches and we love music, so let’s put them together at the next picnic, social, yard party, building dedication, or youth retreat!
Trivia. Who doesn’t love Trivia? Enough said.
School dances or parties. Middle school, high school, college, Greek life… we love them all. At school dances and parties, it’s all about keeping up with appearances and delivering only the hits. AnyDayDJ has a degree in Cool, so it’s practically a no brainer to include us.
Bonus: We can also provide dance floors, uplighting, and more!
So, the next time you are planning a function and wondering what it could be missing, think DJ. We will bring the party to ensure it’s an event that will be enjoyed and remembered by all.
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In the South, we have four seasons: hot, disgustingly hot, Football, and Christmas. While we don’t get much in the sense of changing leaves or falling snow, we do have some pretty spectacular weather and views, which makes couples from near and far want to share their vows along the Gulf Coast.
While nationally June takes the cake for most popular wedding month, along the Gulf Coast, we have two times of the year that bring the most wedding bells- Spring (Mid-February through early June) and Fall (September to mid-November), with October seeing more weddings overall.
There are a lot of factors that go into deciding the date or time of year to hold your wedding:
Spring and Fall work extremely well for many couples who choose to get married in our area because it’s not in the heat of Summer, there aren’t many major holidays to compete with, and even though there are many football games to be seen in the Fall, you can often work around them, stream them at your reception, or ask for your guests’ forgiveness (kidding…sort of).
The best part about it too, is that these wedding seasons are long enough that you are often not paying a high premium to have your dream wedding accompanied by welcoming weather.
Many brides believe that choosing an off-season wedding date will knock a chunk off their budget. While this may be true in some areas (think the melting snow of May in Massachusetts… say that 10 times fast!), you can still snag great vendors within your budget during peak season on the Gulf Coast. If you still aren’t sure an April or October wedding is doable for you, try a weekday or afternoon affair to save some dough while delivering a memorable and unique event.
When choosing a wedding date, think about how you want to feel on your wedding day and how accommodating you wish to be for your guests. While it is truly about what works best for the bride and groom, do you really want to make your guests choose between attending your wedding or having Christmas Eve with their family, or between sweating their tooshies off at your outdoor July ceremony and staying where the climate is cool and air conditioning is plenty?
You really can have the best of all words when choosing a wedding date on the Gulf Coast. Whether you are envisioning a perfect spring day with colorful flowers and sunshine galore, or an elegant and rich Autumn soiree where your guests will still be warm enough to leave their coats at home, your dream wedding is possible here.
Ahh, the wedding toast. People love to hate them, love to cry with them, and love to replay all the gory details of the bad ones. For the lucky person chosen to give the wedding toast, it can be especially nerve-wracking. What do you possibly say on the most important day of someone’s life, with 100+ of their nearest and dearest listening in with scrutiny? There are certainly some dos and don’ts of wedding speeches to avoid embarrassment and create a memorable experience for all who hear it.
Here are some examples that will hopefully inspire you:
“…May you have a life of love and happiness.”
“…To a lifetime of joy.”
“…May you never forget the love that you share today.”
“…To the bride and groom.”
While there are hundreds of things you could say to encompass your well wishes, just be sure you deliver a closing sentiment that is upbeat, heartfelt, and memorable.
What wedding speech dos and don’ts would you add to the list? What attributed to the best (and worst) speeches you have heard? Let us know below!
Many wedding traditions invoke feelings of affection, sentiment, and adoration for the bride and groom, as well as their guests. Things that happen at just about every wedding you could attend that just pull on your heartstrings and make you swoon over the love you are privileged to witness. That’s what weddings are about after all…bringing together a host of people to witness the “to have and to hold,” “you may kiss your bride,” “they lived happily ever after,” plus a grand celebration.
One wedding tradition that always catches the eyes and hearts of onlookers is the first dance as man and wife. Oh, the groom sweeps in with his wife, both sporting a huge grin, and the announcement is made that they will now dance. Everyone looks on with wonder, waiting to see what happens next. How could anything possibly go wrong??
Oh, let us count the ways…
1.The couple didn’t practice
Hopefully at least one half of the couple is familiar with the tempo of the song they chose (we hope they chose it) so that someone can lead. If you don’t practice, or maybe you’ve never even danced with your new spouse (yes, we’ve seen it happen), how could you possibly be confident to be the complete center of attention for three to five very long minutes with no clue where to put your feet?
Even if you aren’t choreographing every move, it is always a good idea to practice a few times. Check out some YouTube videos, shuffle around your living room, make fun of yourselves. Maybe you want a dip or spin incorporated… how would your partner know this if you don’t practice and communicate that ahead of time? Your reception will go a lot more smoothly if you can both be familiar with the song and how your wedded dancing debut will go down (hopefully you leave your 6th grade school dance moves at home or in the 90s where they belong).
2. The couple should get a room
Okay, so maybe you and your partner have danced together… a lot. And perhaps you’re good at it (maybe too good?). That doesn’t mean that a reception hall, with a white dress, tux, and your closest family and friends all watching is the time to show off your Dirty Dancing moves. Keep it classy, will ya? We all thank you, and you may even thank yourself in 50 years when your grandchildren decide to watch your wedding video.
3.The DJ isn’t included
Now look, we’re not saying the DJ has to choose your song; that is a decision that should happen between you and your partner and hopefully you pick something that has meaning and value to your relationship. What we are saying is that your DJ needs to know what song you choose (and the version you hopefully practiced- there is such a thing as cover and acoustic versions, you know) ahead of time so that we can make this a very special and seamless moment in your reception. Wouldn’t it be tragic if there were a misunderstanding between Lucky, the romantic duet by Colbie Calliat and Jason Mraz, and Lucky by Britney Spears, circa cheesy and sparkly 2001?
The bottom line is your first dance deserves to be as perfect as possible. No matter what your vision is for it- whether you want a classic waltz, more flowy and natural, or a totally choreographed performance- you can achieve that with the right preparation, communication, and resources. If dancing isn’t really your thing, discuss this with your partner to see what kind of vision they have and if a compromise needs to be reached.
Above all, plan for a first dance that you can feel comfortable with, enjoy, and not mind being heavily videoed or photographed. So whether you’re dancing to the Postal Service or Etta James, make it memorable (in a good way).
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