Are Guest Requests Good?

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Every couple wants their guests to get involved in their wedding reception. Nothing is worse than seeing everyone sat at tables and looking bored. Getting them up on the dance floor is great, and can be the perfect way to celebrate your marriage.

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Of course, when your guests get involve, they might want to make their own song requests. Whether it’s their chart hit favorite, a cheesy wedding reception standard, or something obscure, it might not be the song you want to hear on your wedding day. However, it could be one of your old favorites that you’d forgotten about.

So how do you handle guest song requests? There are a variety of ways, and a great DJ can work with you to figure out what’s right for your wedding day. Whether it’s a no play list, a time later in the reception set aside for requests, song guidelines for requests, or running requests by you before they’re played, we can make song requests work for you.

If you’re planning a wedding in Michigan, we can help create the perfect entertainment for your wedding day, whether that includes requests or not! Get in touch today to find out more about what we do.

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Wedding DJ Myths

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Without great entertainment, a wedding reception can be a bit dull. Having a wedding DJ can be a great choice, and can be a way to get your guests dancing and really enjoying themselves. However, there are plenty of myths about wedding DJs. Here, we take a look at a couple of them and offer the truth.

Myth #1: A DJ will determine the entire playlist

Truth: A good DJ will work with you to find out what types of music you like. This includes genres as well as specific artists and songs.

Myth #2: You will determine the entire playlist

Truth: A good DJ will use your preferences and the mood of the room to decide what song to play and when. This makes the music much more interactive than working from a set playlist.

Myth #3: A DJ will talk through the reception

Truth: A good DJ will only talk when it’s necessary, such as to make announcements. This keeps the focus on the music, which is what everyone wants to hear!

If you’re looking for a great wedding DJ for your Michigan wedding, give us a call today!

Entertainment at Small Weddings

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Small weddings are a big trend. Even big name celebrities like Keira Knightley are opting for intimate weddings. A small wedding has its own particular entertainment requirements, though.

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Many couples opt for a smaller wedding so that they can reduce the stress — and cost — of their big day. However, this doesn’t mean that you can skimp on elements like entertainment. Whether you have 25 guests or 250 guests, you can’t just plug an iPod into some speakers and hope for the best.

A good wedding DJ is responsive to the crowd, whatever the size. This means that they can get the party going, and know when it’s time to throw in a slow song. This can be even more important for small weddings. With fewer guests, the atmosphere can be much more fluid. (If half of a big wedding are sitting a song out, it’s a lot less noticeable than when half a small wedding sit one out!)

If you’re planning a small wedding in Michigan, get in touch to find out what we can do to keep your guests entertained.

Capturing Your First Dance

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Your first dance as husband and wife is one of the most special moments of your wedding reception. You’ll want to ensure that it’s captured properly so you can remember it for years to come.

When you choose a wedding photographer, be sure to check out their shots of other couples dancing. Do the pictures look blurred with the action? Do the couples get lost in any dance floor lighting?

The best photographers are prepared for any type of dance, on any type of dance floor, and can capture it perfectly. If there’s a big height difference between you and your fiance, it’s also worth keeping an eye out for any angles a photographer seems to favor, in case it won’t work for you as a couple.

Another big part of capturing your first dance is the song you choose to dance to. Your choice of first dance song is a very personal decision, and one that need to be made by you as a couple. Finding the perfect song is often about remembering your special moments as a couple, and choosing something you both really like.

Whatever the song, JD Entertainment can help you have the perfect first dance for your Michigan wedding. Give us a call to find out about all the great services we offer!

Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield Married

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As stars of television classics, Melissa Gilbert and Timothy Busfield are no stranger to being the center of attention. However, this week it was because the pair were married in an intimate California ceremony.

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The two chose a Wednesday wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. Although many of their wedding details haven’t been made public, we do know that Melissa wore a stunning red dress.

She told People magazine that she loved the color and what it stood for. She said it symbolized passion, fire, and love, and was the perfect choice for their wedding. It also looked beautiful next to Timothy’s traditional tuxedo.

The wedding was the third marriage for both, and the couple have been engaged since the holidays. The pair had known each other for close to 20 years, and their wedding is said to have captured a sense of romance.

If you’re looking for your own romantic wedding here in Michigan, get in touch with us to find out what we can offer.

How To Include Children At Second Wedding

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It’s no surprise that second weddings often bring children..and step-children into the mix. Sometimes a child can feel left out or that they’re losing a parent.

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Why not prove to them that they’re just as much a part of this new union as ever before by following a few simple steps:

Choose a memorable song and dance with them – Most children love to dance with a parent.  When you take the time to make them feel special with your own song and dance, they’ll feel ever so close to you and that they’re still just as important.

Let them show off – Children love it when their parents are proud of them.  Why not ask them to sing a song that reminds them of you?

Serve fun, child friendly food – We all love cake at a wedding but why not also serve a special cake just for your kids?  Topped with fun things like gummy bears and chocolate kisses they can cut their own cake (with you of course) right after you cut yours as a couple.

Parents who include their children in a wedding are to be commended.  They’ve taken the time to truly help their children make the transition into their new family dynamic.

What have you done to make children feel special at a wedding?  We’d love to hear it.  Do you need help doing something memorable at your own wedding?  Give us a call and let’s chat.

JD Entertainment helps support PARTY AT THE PORT 2013

JD Entertainment is proud to announce their support for the 2013 Party at the Port event in Michigan. JD Entertainment will be donating it’s extra-special talent for free and all proceeds from the event will pay for 10 ‘Make-A-Wish Weddings’ in the Michigan area.

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The Party at the Port is a great charitable organization that helps couples who are affected by life-changing illness. The Party at the Port event is Detroit’s biggest and most exclusive fundraiser – the event hopes to raise further funds to help couples who are facing challenging and difficult times the opportunity to marry – by offering free-of-charge weddings!

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JD Entertainment wants to encourage all their customers and friends to come see us.  For more information please visit The Party at the Port website. If you want to help charity and attend one of Detroit’s most chic fundraisers, then you need to get down to the Party in the Port 2013 event.

Details:

PARTY AT THE PORT, FRIDAY MAY 10, 2013: 130 Atwater Street, Detroit, Michigan

Admission from 6pm

How To Choose a Michigan Wedding Entertainment Company

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Dear John,

My wedding is in four months and I’m dying to find a wedding company in Clinton Township who can offer entertainment and wedding photography at a reasonable price?  Can you help me please? – Deanne

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Dear Deanne,

We feel your pain.  Hiring a wedding entertainment company is tough work when everyone says that they’re the best.

JD-entertainment-referencesTo help, we’ve included 10 questions to ask an entertainment company when interviewing them:

  1. Do you have my date open?
  2. Have you done events at my ceremony and/or reception location before? If not, are you familiar with them?
  3. How long have you been a wedding DJ in the area?
  4. How many weddings have you done? How many do you do in an average weekend?
  5. What sets you apart from your competition?
  6. Are there any other services that you provide, such as lighting design, videography or photography?
  7. How far in advance do I need to secure your services?
  8. Can you provide me with 3–4 recent brides that I can contact for references?
  9. What are your rates?
  10. What happens if my wedding goes overtime?  How are we charged?

Not every wedding DJ is created equal.  Make sure your personalities mesh and that they truly understand your style and vision.  If you need help choosing a wedding DJ, please give us a call.

Sponsored Charity for 2012 – Turning Point Women’s Shelter

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JD Entertainment is proud to announce that they have picked Turning Point Women’s Shelter as their sponsored charity for the 2012 holiday season.
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Turning Point Women’s Shelter provides resource and programs available to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to regain control of their lives.
Turning Point’s simple philosophy is to work toward ending the use of violence as a means of oppressing and controlling others, and endorses the concept of helping people assume power over their lives.

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JD Entertainment loves that Turning Point serves the community by educating about the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, and as a voice advocating for the people we serve. Turning Point is dedicated to the development and promotion of model programs that address the root causes of violence, and to the enhancement of the quality of life for present and future generations.
Turning Point has a long history of providing advocacy for domestic and sexual assault survivors, both locally and throughout the State of Michigan. It has been recognized on multiple occasions for their outstanding work. For over 30 years, Turning Point has remained committed to keeping people safe from violence.
For more information regarding Turning Point, please visit their website at http://www.turningpointmacomb.org/tp/, their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/turningpointmacomb?fref=ts or call them at 586-463-6990.  Please feel free to contact us if you or anyone you know needs help getting in contact with the wonderful people at this amazing charity.
Please help JD Entertainment and our commitment to helping this wonderful charity and all it does for our community by becoming a fan on our Facebook page.