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Alternatives to Wedding Clichés

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.

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Use Lighting to Enhance your Venue

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!

Up Lighting 

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 Lights

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.

Outdoor Lighting

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.

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Creative Lighting Ideas

We’ve got the perfect idea to make your event go from basic to extravagant. While you were thinking you needed more flowers or larger centerpieces to accent your venue, really all you need is something as simple as lighting design to make the difference!
With the use of pin spotting, spotlights will accent any tables or centerpieces you choose. The dance floor will look amazing with a monogram with your initials or any other fun design your imagination can come up with! The use of up lighting will set the tone for the day, as your color choices will only emphasis your venue. Don’t compromise quality for affordability. All of our lights are professional grade LED to ensure that no one is injured and the heat doesn’t damage anything. Since they are battery operated, you won’t have to worry with concealing cords or over loading any breakers. Your guests will enjoy the creative lighting ideas Steel City DJ has for your entire venue!

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Wedding Planning – Cost Cutting Ideas


There are many creative ways to save money on your Wedding Day. Although you may not be aware of costs of certain services until you begin planning, you quickly find out that everything adds up so any cost cutting is essential! If you can try keeping these Wedding Planning – Cost Cutting Ideas in mind when planning they may help maintain your budget, without cutting corners. Try not to get carried away with the tasks you enjoy doing and do what makes best sense first during planning.

Set Your Budget

Once you have determined your Wedding Budget, decide what means most to you and what you are willing to be flexible on. Some vendors have put together a few packages they think may help aid in decision-making. But be sure to inquire about what is included in each package. Are you able to add to, or take away any services built-in the package? Are services available to add a la carte to guarantee you get specifically what you want if a package is not working for you? Asking these questions up front will ensure you get exactly the services you need for your Big Day without any extra “fluff”.

Be Creative

If your date isn’t set in stone, try planning for the off-season or consider a Friday or Sunday for your celebration. The majority of weddings are not held on these days, which makes prices more negotiable. Also, try having your ceremony and reception at the same venue. This will help to reduce you rental fees and the wedding coordinator will help keep you on track with planning.

If you really want to get that fancy 5-tier cake for your guests to see, by all means GET IT! Have your baker create an edible bottom tier for your cake cutting and the top tier to save for your anniversary. Save money by making the layers between mock cakes and serve your guests from an already sliced sheet cake from behind the scenes. Imagine how much time you will save! Immediately after you cut the cake your guests will be served. Don’t make them wait while the server takes your cake to the back to be sliced!

Preferred Vendor Recommendations

Make your planning a bit easier by listening to the professionals who have personally seen specific service vendors in action. Most venues have a list of Preferred Vendors, for a reason. They have seen more Entertainers, Photographers, and Videographers than any one member of your family or friends. The venue is putting their reputation on the line with giving you their recommendation. Once you receive your Vendor List, still do your research, but keep in mind that recommendations do not come to those who don’t put in the work to receive such a compliment. You’ve done the work in selecting the venue, now it is time to take the vendor recommendations to help with further planning!

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Wedding Entertainment

There is much that must be taken into consideration when planning your wedding, including making sure that your reception entertainment matches the vibe you want to encourage. While many opt to hire a Pittsburgh DJ opposed to a live wedding singer, you must confirm that your DJ is more than just a human jukebox—or someone who turns on a playlist and hangs out for a few hours. Below are just a few reasons why your wedding DJ and entertainment are so crucial.

It Is the Entertainer’s Job to Make Things Fun

Without a DJ and other wedding entertainment, there isn’t much else to do at your wedding. While your friends and family can always enjoy a few wedding snacks, and catch up with one another—this will only take up so much time. This is why it is essential to have something else to pass the time. Even those who do not want to get up and dance can people watch and enjoy the ambience.

Great Entertainment, Makes For Great Wedding Video and Photos

Your wedding photos and wedding videos are images you will cherish for many years to come. On top of that, weddings are one of the few times that you will have all of your friends and family gathered together in one location. In order for your photos and video to live up to your expectations, you need more than just a talented photographer and videographer—but also a talented Pittsburgh DJ who will ensure that there are many excellent opportunities to capture your guests enjoying your special day.

You Want to Encourage Dancing and Interaction

When narrowing down your selection of Pittsburgh Wedding DJs, you want to search for someone who is good with people. Someone who can see when the energy is getting low, and adjust the music accordingly. Someone who will see when the energy is high—and will keep it there. Also, someone who is willing to mix and customize your music selections, and even throw in music that celebrates your culture or religion. If you so desire, also look for a DJ who will get the crowd going by playing line dances and maybe even a quick game or dance off.

If you end up with a DJ, who only provides music, but not full entertainment your reception may fall flat. Consider the factors above when creating and narrowing your short list of Pittsburgh Wedding DJs. Make sure your special day stands out with help from Steel City DJ. At Steel City DJ, we are proud to offer professionally trained Pittsburgh DJs to not only make sure your event runs smoothly, but also keep the party going for you and your guests. Make sure your wedding is something you and your guests will never forget, book the Pittsburgh Wedding DJ services of Steel City DJ.

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Wedding Band vs Wedding DJ

Setting the Debate – Wedding Band vs Wedding DJ

It is never an easy decision to make. Although music is indisputably one of the most important aspects of a wedding celebration, choosing how to provide it—not to mention music that best fits the mood—can be difficult.
For receptions in particular, people usually go with either a DJ or a band to play the tunes. Choosing the right method can make the difference between getting the guests happy and dancing or leaving them bored and unmoved. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of going with a band or a DJ at a wedding reception:


The Advantages of a Wedding Band

The obvious selling point of the wedding band is the live performance. It can synergize with the atmosphere of the crowd, thus never feeling musically out of step. As a result, the band gives the reception the touch of sophistication and elegance, with trained musicians having the full ability to heighten the excitement or cool it down when necessary. But keep in mind; bands need to take breaks in order to stay fresh. The other down side to having a wedding band is that they don’t usually have a professional emcee. Without a professional emcee your wedding reception can seem unorganized and may seem like it is dragging.


The Advantages of a Wedding DJ

DJs are less expensive—in a good way. Getting a professional DJ to perform at your wedding reception is relatively inexpensive. When you think about your total budget, you should allocate 10-15% toward your DJ services. Most couples only budget $1500 or less, which may not be enough! Plus, a trained DJ is more than just a music provider. Add some outstanding emcee skills and professional training and the party is guaranteed to go all night long. While interacting with the guests, the DJ can encourage people to dance or have fun, inject reasonable ad-libs to certain tracks or get a call-and-response chant going. It is also a huge plus that the DJ, with a catalog of songs from all over the place, has a wider range of musical styles at his or her disposal.


The Verdict

Ultimately, the choice is yours. Before you make your decision, consider a number of factors, such as the type of music you and your spouse (and possibly your guests) like, the amount of hall space for the reception, and how much you are willing to spend for entertainment. Also, in addition to interviewing the band or DJ, you can ask if they have a back up plan for your special day and if they have the proper insurance to play at your venue. These things can help you make the best decision in choosing the right person for the job.

No matter if you chose a band or a professional wedding DJ, your choice will play a big part in how successful your reception turns out to be. Make sure you make a decision that guarantees your reception will be a hit with you and your guests by hiring the Pittsburgh DJ services of Steel City DJ. Our team of Professionally Trained Pittsburgh DJs really know how to get the party started, giving your reception that little something special to truly make it a night to remember! Discover why so many of our clients and their guests simply can’t stop raving about us. Book your Pittsburgh DJ services with Steel City DJ and let us add something special to your big day.


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Thanksgiving Day

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we would like to take this time to share how Thankful we are for our clients. In this business, a good word can go a long way and we truly appreciate each and every one of you who have helped make us a leader in the Entertainment Industry. As you enjoy the Holiday with your loved ones, please be sure to take the time to cherish what you are Thankful for this year. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and may God Bless you and your Family!


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November Booking Special

Now through the end of November we are running an exclusive special on booking DJ services, lighting décor and Photo Booth rentals. If you are planning a Holiday Party, Graduation Celebration, Wedding Reception or anything in between let us lend our professional knowledge to help impress your guests!

Book a 4 hour DJ for just $795 ($175 each additional hour).  We can accent your venue with an uplighting package for $295 with 10 LED lights. Or add a photo booth to your night for 4 hours at only $650+tax!

Call us at (412) 951-4323 to get more information on our November Booking Special and to check availability for your date!

**Please note: Your event date does not have to be in November, but to take advantage of these special rates you need to book by November 29, 2014**

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Happy July 4th to ALL!

There are thousands of firework displays that will light up the nations sky this 4th of July. However you choose to celebrate your Independence Day we hope for a safe and fantastic Holiday Weekend! Enjoy a safe and wonderful holiday with your family and friends!

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God Bless our Men & Women who have Served this Country!

Weather you are taking advantage of retail sales, spending time with friends and family, or just taking the day off to relax please remember what Memorial Day is really about. The soldiers that lost their lives defending our freedoms and our country need to be observed on this day. Be sure to find time to honor and remember those who fought for our Country.

Thank you to all of our service men and women for your sacrifice!

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