Think about adding a green screen backdrop or DJ facade as décor ideas for your upcoming event! This is a great way for you do to something different for your guests and spice it up a little.
Why limit yourself to just one backdrop when instead, your guests can choose from different images each time they take a picture in the photo booth. The choices for images are endless! You can also choose to use 5×7 prints, photo strips or even 4×6. The green screen backdrop does not take up any more space or need any other requirements than our Open-Air Photo Booth.
A customized DJ Façade can make the appearance of the DJ table extremely sleek and elegant. Using a DJ Façade is a very simple and nice way to accent any venue and any occasion. This route is a great way to supplement a monogram that you won’t use again. The façade will conceal the entire DJ table giving the traditional setup an entirely new look!
Not only do your guests get to keep a copy of their images from the photo booth but after your Big Day, the Newlyweds get their own keepsake! The light weight fabric used for the DJ Façade actually goes home with the couple to keep and create a keepsake to have for years to come! There are a ton of Do-It-Yourself ideas that you can design to showcase this token around your home after the wedding.
Being familiar with bridal shows is a great way to prepare yourself for wedding planning. Bridal shows are a helpful way to interact with a variety of industry professionals under one roof. This one stop shop is the ideal planning tool for the modern busy bride! So get prepared to grab a bunch of brochures full of vendor information and make the most of your bridal show experience!
You are still searching for a DJ, florist, videography, tuxedo and cake. When will you ever find the time to make the calls to find availability and pricing. Bridal shows are full of ideas and packed with others who share the wedding excitement you have. Not only do you get more information on the services you still need to book, but you can even possibly book vendors and finalize some wedding planning details. Take this opportunity to chat with vendors face to face to see if their services fit your needs!
What to Expect:
Each vendor is going to want to give you details on the various services and packages they offer. They are also going to require some information about your vision and how you want your special day executed. The vendors will also be looking for some basic contact information from you and most likely your budget. This will help them ensure that your expectations can fit within what you are willing to spend. Don’t just approach the vendor booth and ask, “hey, how much?” Yes, you have a budget that you want to stick to but you will also want to consider what is being included in each package as well as the training and experience the professional has in weddings. Be sure to ask questions regarding cancellation fees, back up plans, insurance and most importantly, contracts!
How to Prepare:
Make a list of vendor priorities. What do you still need most? Once you decide on the bridal show(s) you want to go to be sure to pre-register for the event. You will likely become a V.I.B. *very important bride* and be given access to the list of vendors attending the show. This way you can see if any vendors you were already considering working with will be at that bridal show and map out a plan of attack. Which booths do you definitely want to visit, the vendors of high priority, and which vendors you can wait to book later.
Be sure to take your checkbook or credit card to the bridal show since most vendors offer a “show special”. This is a discount offered to the to-be-brides that want to book any services that day. Saving money is always a plus with wedding planning. So be sure to do your research on vendors you are interested in before going to the bridal show. Hopefully you can take advantage of some savings!
It is likely that any vendor you speak with that offers services that seem to fit into what you are looking for is going to follow up with you after the bridal show. The vendor just wants to be sure that you do not have any additional questions regarding their services. You may still be interested, or you may have decided to go in another direction and book a different vendor. If you have, obviously, that is fine…after all, this is your wedding. Just try not to keep the vendor who is following up with you on the line. Let them know you are no longer interested so that they can release the date and book services for someone else.
Bridal shows are a fun and great experience, so gather your bridal brigade and enjoy a day of planning the beginning of the rest of your life!
As the fall rolls in either your planning is just beginning or you have taken it into overdrive. Either way, you are trying to come up with new and creative wedding ideas that will make your Big Wedding Day stand out from the rest.
Keep in mind that many fresh ideas can work out wonderfully, however, it is never a bad idea for you to run some of those creative wedding ideas by the Industry Professionals to ensure that your initiative will go over smoothly and not be a bust. Your Wedding Planner or Coordinator has most likely been in the business for a number of years and has seen far more Weddings than any of your family members or friends that have input on your Wedding Ideas. Many social media platforms will give what seem to be new and creative wedding ideas until you actually execute them and find the flaws that a Wedding Professional may have been able to foresee.
Recently, one of our previous Brides thought it would be a nice touch for guests to send a song request in with their RSVP. It was definitely a great idea to try to involve their guests in the event with their song requests and Kudos to the Bride for “thinking outside of the box”, but this added confusion to the guests because they thought their song would definitely get played. After the wedding, the Bride gave us a call to say that in retrospect she wished she “would not have done that.” Additionally, she said if she could give any advice to future clients she would advise them not to do anything like this. Realistically there would have been no way to play 150 guests request in addition to the main events of the evening within the 5-hour reception! If the Bride & Groom approve, our DJs are always willing to take guest requests on site at the event.
Usually, for a 5-hour reception complete with first dance, cake cutting, mother/son & father/daughter dances, garter/bouquet toss, and the anniversary dance leaves only about 2 hours of dancing for the evening. 2 hours of dancing equates to around 30 songs; most of which you as the Bride & Groom have chosen and some that the DJ chose to maintain guests on the dance floor and high energy through the evening.
In certain event situations it would be preferred that guests make song requests. A class reunion or Sweet 16 Birthday Party would be an ideal setting. On your Wedding Day, there is a superior expectation and many special moments that you will cherish for a lifetime. Hiring the right entertainment for your Big Day will ensure that your guests remain involved and engaged throughout the evening. Why waste your creative juices on something you have already paid your vendor to do? Be inspired to continue to come up with original and innovative ideas for your magical day, but also keep your Industry Professionals in the know to help implement your plans.
Planning a wedding is an exciting endeavor but can be stressful due to a list of wedding mistakes to avoid. Often, couples spend many hours making preparations, rethinking their decisions, and doing lots of consultations. They have to juggle between their own interests and the expectations of family and friends. Even with all the preparations that go into it, some couples fail to pull off a successful wedding. So, where do couples go wrong?
Having One Dress in Mind
Be realistic and flexible about the kind of dress you will wear on your wedding day. Keep an open mind and consider getting a dress personalized instead of moving from shop to shop looking for your ”dream dress”. When you have a fixed mindset, you will spend several days just looking for the perfect dress and end up not finding it.
Going the DIY Way:
Seriously, you cannot be a “jack of all trades” when it comes to planning and preparing for your wedding. You need to hire a wedding planner to help you develop a realistic budget and to handle wedding arrangements. If you decide to go the DIY route, you can blow your budget and fall short of expectations.
Failing to Stick to a Budget:
Financial discipline is key to the success of a wedding. More often than not, weddings fail because couples fail to stick to their budget. You’ve got to prioritize your needs and allocate money to the most fundamental things. Don’t stretch your budget. It could mean the difference between making guests happy and leaving them disgruntled.
Choosing a Bad Venue:
No matter how beautiful a venue is, it will not do you any good if it doesn’t offer you and your guests the convenience you need. Look for a spacious venue that will cater to all guests and activities on the wedding day. Don’t decide on a venue that will force you to adjust arrangements or manipulate space.
Getting Your Seating Wrong:
Think about a seating layout that will maximize views and participation. Think about older guests who have limited movement and visibility. Ideally, your seating arrangement should let guests see what’s happening without craning their necks.
Overlooking the Needs of Guests:
As much as the wedding revolves around you, you should always keep the needs of your guests at the top of your mind. Guests have expectations and genuine needs which need to be catered to during your big day. Make sure that you have enough seats, bathrooms, a variety of cuisine and ample parking.
Hiring a friend instead of a Professional DJ
Your childhood friend may be able to pull off a few tricks, but that doesn’t mean he can work the crowd and get your guests up off their feet like a Pittsburgh wedding DJ can. Chances are your friend will struggle to play the kind of music that resonates with the guests. Don’t gamble, hire a professional Pittsburgh DJ who has experience.
Through the Roof Expectations:
Sometimes, couples want to pull off celebrity style weddings without factoring the cost and the logistics required. Have realistic expectations and personalize your wedding. In fact, a personalized wedding with the perfect touch can leave a greater impression than a reality-show kind of wedding.
Your wedding day should be one you and your guests remember for years to come, not one you hope to soon forget. Make sure your big day has everything it takes to be memorable and leave your guests raving with the wedding DJ services from Steel City DJ. Our team of professionally trained entertainers know just what it takes to get the party started, and can keep it going all night long. Do not have your special day be anything less than magnificent and contact the team at Steel City DJ today.
More often than not we are contacted by prospective clients who just want to know, “how much do you charge?” Unfortunately, that is not as simple of an answer as you may think. There are far more details that go into giving an accurate price for a DJ for any type of event. We’re not saying that pricing isn’t important, because for obvious reasons it is extremely important, but when is the right time to ask?
Most Bride & Grooms are getting married for the first time and have never done this before. So they are ignorant to the actual responsibilities and worth a DJ, Photographer, or Cinematographer has to their wedding. There is a lot more that goes into DJ Services for a Wedding rather than just pushing buttons. The DJ/Entertainer is Solely Responsible for the Great Time, or the Crappy time, your guests are having.
There are many, many other Qualifying Questions to ask to see if the DJ is in fact a Professional or a Hobbyist. When we hear you ask the question “How much for a DJ or Photographer or Videographer?” What we are hearing is, “Give me the Cheapest option you have. I don’t really care about Quality, but only finding the Cheapest Price like a Blue Light Special at K-Mart!”
Now you may be reading this and scared to ask “How much?”, Don’t Be! Just don’t make that your first questions when sending an Inquiry Email or making a Phone Call.
Think of finding a DJ this way, when you call for a New Car Insurance Quote, they can’t give you a cost right away. They have to find out more about you and your history like did you have 4 accidents, and 2 speeding tickets? Well your rate is going to vary, right? Same thing for your DJ/Entertainment. If you are having an outside Ceremony, we have to bring more equipment. If you’re having cocktail hour in another room, we have to bring more equipment. You want video screens, up lighting, monograms, and more… We have to bring more equipment. Now you see where I’m going with this, right?!
Now that you understand a little more into our world and now you’re asking yourself, “So what questions do I ask then?” GREAT QUESTION!
Here are some questions that will help you figure out if you are dealing with a Full-Time Professional, or a Hobbyist that only cares about your wedding after they worked their 40-50 hour Full-Time job!
First off, are you free for my wedding date?
Are you able to meet my needs? (Insert the vision of your Dream Wedding Here)
How often do you update your equipment, and what is your backup plan? (Most Full-Time DJ/Photographers/Videographers will update their equipment every year or two)
How many people work for your company?
How is your staff trained, and educated? (Did they just start being a DJ by learning over YouTube, or buy a Digital Camera at Best Buy and started calling themselves a Professional to get business?)
Do you have any Recommendations, Referrals, and Reviews? (Most Professional Companies are Recommended by MANY Venues, other Vendors, and a long list of past clients)
***Important*** Do you have Workers Comp Insurance, and Liability Insurance, and what are your Minimums? (Check with your Venue, but most Venues require a minimum of One Million Dollars in Liability Insurance)
What is your backup plan in case the DJ/Photographer/Videographer gets into a Car Accident, has Food Poisoning, or even a Death in the Family on the Day of my Wedding? (The company should have an On-Call Staff of Employees, not Contractors from another company, on stand-by just in case something unforeseen happens)
Do you have Professional Written Contracts? (Not something that is written on a Napkin, or that just says “I’m your DJ”)
Do they have an Online Planner to help with your planning process and take the stress out of planning your wedding?
How many years have they been in business?
These are just some questions to get you on the right path. These questions will help you figure out who is legit or who is just running a game on you. Unfortunately, technology has made it easier to get into the DJ Industry and people create an easy website which may look great, but there are 2 important things they lack – Education & Training! Now a day anyone can download thousands of songs illegally and call himself or herself a DJ. But what makes the Professional’s stand out are their years of knowledge, training, and Hundreds to Thousands of referrals. So do you research, and ask more questions than just, “Hey, How Much?!”
Here are some Questions that are in Wedding Blogs that are not as relevant as you think:
Can I come see the DJ perform at a Wedding before I make my decision
The Answer should be No. Think about this. Your needs are not this Bride and Grooms wants and needs for their day. You are going to show up to someone else’s PRIVATE Wedding wearing Jeans and a Nice Top, and stand in the corner of the room for about 10 to 15 minutes looking like creepers. You can’t get a full experience of a Wedding in 10-15 minutes! You don’t want to stay longer than that because you already feel under dressed and out of place. You walk in at the exact time the DJ is doing the Cupid Shuffle and let’s say and you HATE the Cupid Shuffle. You don’t think of anything else besides the DJ playing the Cupid Shuffle and he is for sure the WRONG DJ for me. Not thinking that this is NOT YOUR wedding, this is someone else wedding, and that Bride LOVES the Cupid Shuffle! So you now have a horrible taste in your mouth for no reason at all, because you can’t get that vision out of your head. So even if that was one of the Best DJ’s around, you are going to miss out on that because you are being close-minded.
The other option instead of going to see the DJ is to see what Venues Recommend that company. No Hotel is going to recommend a company that is going to make them look bad. The Venue obviously works well with this company and they have probably seen Hundreds of DJ’s through their doors every year. If they made the Preferred Vendor List, then they are somebody!
The Other Question and we get a lot of is this:
Do you have a sample clip of the DJ so I can see what he/she does?
The Answer should be Maybe to No. Why you ask? Let me use the same example in the previous question. You hate a certain style of dancing, or even Line Dancing. Then we have it in the sample video of one of our DJ’s teaching the Wobble or Cha-Cha Slide. You don’t like that, and now you think that is part of everything we do, and we HAVE TO DO THAT at EVERY Wedding we perform at! Which is FALSE! Think about this… Anyone that knows what they are doing with video editing can make ANYONE and I do mean ANYONE Look Good on Video. Heck, I can make my Grandmother look like an Amazing DJ. So be Leary of what you might see, it could be all Smoke and Mirrors compensating for the lack of knowledge the DJ/Entertainer really has to offer.
We understand that pricing is very important when planning one of the most special days of your life. But starting the conversation by just asking how much isn’t the route to go. Make sure to ask more questions about the quality of services you will be receiving and if the DJ/Entertainer will be able to create the vision you have for your Wedding. Ensuring the company has the proper insurances, back up plans as well as great reviews from vendors and clients is a huge help in making the right decision as well. Think of what you are looking forward to for your Wedding before sending the inquiry asking, “How much do you charge?”
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you should do what you can to make it special for yourself, your spouse and your guests. Unfortunately, it is also very easy for a wedding to fall victim to some horrible clichés. People seem to have an idea of what should be at a typical wedding, and the sad fact is that many of these ideas have become trite and dated. If you want your wedding to be truly unique, you would be wise to take heed to these 4 Alternatives to the Worst Wedding Day Clichés.
Using the Same Tired Music
If you’ve been to at least a few traditional weddings, you’ve no doubt heard the Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel. Even if you’ve never been to a wedding in your life, you’ve probably heard the Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel. It is a beautiful piece of music, but it is also played at a lot of weddings. The same goes for The Wedding Marches by Richard Wagner and Felix Mendelssohn. They are forever associated with getting married, and it’s a safe bet that nobody really wants to hear them anymore.
Instead of the same old music that gets overplayed, pick out songs that actually mean something to you and your spouse. Even if your favorite songs don’t sound like traditional wedding music, there are bound to be some Pittsburgh wedding DJs who can find some nice arrangements that will still sound beautiful and suit the occasion.
Musical clichés don’t just apply to the wedding ceremony, either. Often, it seems like there is a standard playlist for wedding receptions as well. This includes alleged crowd pleasers such as The Chicken Dance, The Electric Slide and Every Breath You Take (a song about a creepy stalker, incidentally). You can almost set your watch by what gets played at a typical wedding reception, so find some Pittsburgh entertainers who aren’t afraid to dig up some more obscure yet memorable music for your reception, especially if it fits you and your spouse’s personalities.
Smashing the Cake Into Your Spouse’s Face
Not only do a lot of people find this kind of tacky and cliché, but it could ruin makeup, hair and clothing. Sharing a piece of cake with your spouse is cute, but there’s no need for you to shove cake into each other’s faces.
Too Much Posing for Photographs
The best part about photography is how it captures a moment in time. Some setup and posing before a wedding photo is fine, but going too far to achieve the perfect wedding photograph just makes things look and feel awkward. A few candid photos of the happy couple and their guests having a good time is much better.
“Ball and Chain” Jokes
This isn’t always on the wedding planner or the couple getting married, but jokes about “the ol’ ball and chain” went out of style years ago. And yet, people still think they’re hilarious when they imply that the groom doesn’t want to be at his own wedding. If you’re planning your own wedding, don’t try to make this joke in photos or anything else. It stopped being funny years ago and comes off as kind of tacky and offensive now. No good Pittsburgh wedding DJ or entertainment service would make those jokes, and neither should you.
Make your wedding one of a kind with help from the Pittsburgh entertainers, photographers and wedding DJs at Steel City DJ. Featuring some of the best entertainers in the industry,Steel City DJ has the knowledge and expertise needed to take your wedding day to a whole new set of heights and leave your guests raving for years to come. Contact Steel City DJ today, and discover how we can make your special day truly a once in a lifetime affair.
Don’t wait until the last minute to call vendors and check pricing and availability for your Wedding Day. Recently we have received a number brides call us during the final 3-4 months before their Big Day because the DJ they originally booked realized they were double booked and had to cancel! Any professional entertainer is going to check their schedule before booking anything and that should be a given. In the slim chance that the DJ decides that he will not be able to fulfill his contractual obligation in providing great entertainment for your special day there should be some sort of back-up plan so that you are not stuck in a bind.
Be sure that you not only require a contract for your professional services, but also understanding the contract is just as essential. Once that contract is signed there should be no reason to back out of it. Sure, things come up such as family reasons, an unexpected accident or anything unforeseen. However, any professional will have back up staff and equipment so that in the event that something keeps your DJ from entertaining your guests at your wedding reception you shouldn’t have to go scrambling looking for a replacement.They should already have someone lined up with the same amount of training and experience as who you choose. Why would you want the added stress in trying to find a DJ in such a short amount of time when you thought you already obtained someone and made payments to them?
When you are getting information on the services you want to book be sure to ask questions. Insurance, back-up plan, song selections as well as contract terms and conditions are all topics you want to discuss with your vendor before moving forward. Give us a call at our office if you have questions regarding any services. We also have some really good tips under the Resources tab on our website.
Book your Picture Perfect Wedding with Steel City DJ during our Valentine’s Day Special! The Open-Air Photo Booth is a great addition to any party. Let your guests put on TONS of props and act silly in front of the camera! You even get a scrapbook as a great keepsake gift as well!
Call us today to book your DJ at the special rate of $900 for 5 hours! This includes access to our online planning site with plenty of song suggestions for your upcoming event! Add the Photo Booth to your event for just $200 per hour and only $100 for the Idle Hour.
Planning the Perfect Playlist for Your Wedding Day
The music that you select for your wedding day should be as perfect as every other aspect of this occasion. From the music played during the ceremony to the songs played at your reception, your choices should reflect the theme of the day. Your wedding playlist should be an accurate reflection of the kind of music that you and your betrothed appreciate. The trained professionals at a DJ service can offer much assistance as you plan the details of your playlist. A trained professional may be able to provide insights based on experience, so consulting such a service before you start planning could be a wise strategy. Additionally, a DJ service can help to set the tone for your wedding and even keep the party going well into the night. The following are a few points worth considering as you organize the music for your special day.
Stay True to the Theme
If you want an elegant theme for your day, then all of the details should correspond with that wish. This includes the style of music you choose for the day. Selecting classical or mellow jazz pieces would be quite appropriate for such a wedding. If your wedding theme is casual and fun, then your music choices might be more modern and upbeat. Playing the latest hip-hop singles at a wedding with a formal tone would probably seem odd to your guests, and doing so would be incongruous with your chosen theme.
Choose a Theme and Music That Make You Happy
No one should dictate your wedding theme and the music you play except you and your beloved. You should both be happy with the tone of the event, and you should each approve of the music that is played. If you both want to play upbeat country music on your wedding day, you might consider planning a wedding with a ranch or country theme. If you dream of playing romantic ballads at your reception, then a more romantic theme would probably be appropriate. Just be sure to do what makes you and your partner happy – this day is supposed to be a celebration of your love for each other.
Consider the Season, Date, and Time of Day
If your wedding is in the winter, seasonal holiday songs could be appropriate. If it’s during the week of the Fourth of July, you might ask the DJ to play several patriotic tunes. The time of day should also be taken into consideration. If your wedding reception is a sit-down luncheon, you might want to plan for music that serves well as a background for conversation. If your reception is at night, then music that people can dance to for hours could be the perfect choice.
Think About the People Who Will Be in Attendance
While you should certainly choose the types of music that you and your betrothed appreciate, it is also polite to consider your guests when organizing your wedding playlist. If elderly relatives and young children will be at the reception, you should abstain from playing anything too risqué. If you have a song or two in mind that may not be appropriate for mixed company, save them for the late-night dancing when only those who would not be offended will still be present. Alternatively, you could host another party when you return from your honeymoon, and invite only your peers who will appreciate a trendier tone and music.
A fun option is to play a few popular songs from each of the last seven or eight decades. Doing this may ensure that all of your guests are able to enjoy music they identify with and remember. A professional may be able to help you plan this kind of a playlist seamlessly.
Select the Right Tunes for the Most Special Moments
Don’t forget to discuss the various noteworthy moments during the wedding that should be matched with suitable music. You’ll want to choose a piece for the ceremony that is meaningful to you and your beloved. Other significant moments may include the first tune played at the reception, the song that accompanies your first dance as a married couple, and the piece that is played when you cut the wedding cake. Your DJ can help you to explore some viable options for these moments.
Like all of the other details associated with your wedding, you probably want the music to be perfect. A professional DJ service can help you to accomplish this goal. By discussing your preferences and expectations with your loved one and the DJs at Steel City DJ, you should be able to devise a Wedding Perfect Playlist that suits your wedding day beautifully.
Whatever the venue may be, the room your special event is being held in may not have adequate lighting to accent the room. Even if the standard lighting is on a dimmer switch, which allows you to provide different levels of lighting in several areas of the room, it will most likely not be advanced enough to provide you with the specialized look and feel that supports the ambiance you are trying to achieve. Below are just a few lighting and design tactics Professionals use to transform your next event into something out of the ordinary.
Pin Spot Lighting
Pin spot lighting can be used to highlight a specific area of the room for the entire evening. It can also be used to direct the guest’s attention to where you want it to be throughout the night. A great example of pin spotting could be the use of a spot light that shines on a keynote speaker at your event, or on your Wedding cake! See how we used pin spot lighting on these centerpieces here!
A fast and easy way to transform a fairly standard room into a space that feels fresh and new is to utilize up lighting. Up lighting is ideal for events where there is not time or budget for decorations, or for venues that are not traditionally used for special events. For example, adding up lighting to neutral walls of a warehouse will instantly make the space feel warmer and more inviting. Choose from either colorful up lighting that matches the colors and décor of your event, or get more creative and combine special effects to create a customized aesthetic.
Special Décor Lighting
While up lighting can certainly be incorporated with special décor, you may have a client who desires a more advanced look that will go beyond just lighting plain walls. This can be achieved by using string chandeliers, hanging lanterns or moving heads which project patterns and colors with advanced LED technology around the room. What this means is that the projected images will not only wash over the walls of the room, but can be projected on the floors and ceilings as well! The projections can change throughout the event, or be used as part of a presentation during the event.
Moving heads can be used to project the patterns and decor mentioned above, but their wide range of mobility allows you to further customize event lighting. Moving heads can rotate between 360° to 180°, and allow for pan, tilt, and circular mobility.
For freedom and flexibility, much of today’s professional lighting can be used both indoors and outdoors. That being said, the attention to detail regarding the event’s ambiance, entertainment, and focal points must be of greater concern when working outdoors—especially if the event is at night. Even if the lighting is meant to be fairly dim, it must be bright enough so that it is safe to move throughout the venue. On top of that, you must consider how to light paths and walkways that lead to other areas of the venue. Last but not least, even if you check to see when the sun is expected to set, there is always potential that you will lose your natural lighting earlier than expected—so your lighting plan must have a plan B.
Lighting the Scene
Above are just a handful of lighting tactics that can be used to both illuminate, and set the tone for any type of event you may be planning. Give your event that extra special feel with the event production services from Pittsburgh’s Steel City DJ. Specializing in corporate event entertainment and production, Steel City DJ is able to provide you with all the equipment needed to brighten up your event with mood enhancing light design. For all your Pittsburgh lighting needs, contact the pros at Steel City DJ.