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Wedding DJ at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT

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Amy and Christopher’s intimate wedding reception for about 80 guests took place in the rustic and intimate “Makeshift Theater” at the Hill-Stead Museum this past Saturday. The bride and the wedding designer chose our uplighting package using a warm candlelight color and requested that we don’t set up any scrims or facade as to not distract from the rustic room decor. Of course we were happy to oblige and set up a very nondescript CT wedding DJ system and 25 uplight fixtures strategically placed around the room. J&S Entertainment also provided the wedding DJ ceremony system with music and microphones. For the wedding ceremony in the “Sunken Garden” we set up a very compact P/A system with lapel microphones clipped to the officiant and the groom so that the entire service and vows were clearly heard by all of the guests. We orchestrated the flow of the wedding party and played the prelude, processional and recessional music as well. Following the ceremony, we provided the cocktail hour music through our main DJ system transmitting the music wirelessly to a set of speakers in another area of the mansion. The dancing crowd was great and everyone had a blast! We thank Amy and Christopher for choosing J&S and we wish them the very best in the future.

Using a friend to DJ your Connecticut wedding reception?

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Are you planning on using a friend to DJ your wedding reception?… Are you sure you want to do that?

Having an inexperienced friend to DJ your wedding is not only a great way to lose a friend, it’s much like hiring a blind limousine driver to bring you to your reception.  It’s a one way ticket to disaster.

With the economy in the condition it’s in today we see more and more brides cutting back on their budget by using a friend to DJ their wedding.  Statistically speaking, 70% of post reception brides would have increased their DJ budget by 50% or more!

At J&S Entertainment Co.  Our wedding DJ experience is second to none in the state.  We have been the premiere source for CT wedding DJs since 1988.  We are not the lowest priced but far from the highest.

Your CT wedding DJ has the power to make your reception an unforgettable event for the rest of your life.  With over 100,000 titles of music ready for instant play, on-site backup equipment, top of the line commercial gear and years of Connecticut wedding DJ experience, why would you trust the most important part of your wedding reception to a “friend.”

But don’t just take it from us.  Let’s hear what some other CT wedding professionals have to say.

When asked:  “What would you say to a bride if she is thinking about using a friend to DJ her wedding?”  Christine Hussey, Director of Sales at The Inn at Longshore said this:

“My professional advice is not to hire friends as vendors. I have seen too many lost friendships follow after the wedding. Hiring a wedding professional is always the route to go, they have the experience and knowledge to ensure that the day unfolds the exact way it is supposed to. Having people work weddings that have no experience tends to stress out the other vendors because they have to “cover” for the person who is not the professional. Experience with scenarios lends itself to anticipating an unknown on the day of and professionals are able to deal with this quickly and efficiently.”

And Erin Calvimontes, Owner at Divine Celebrations Event Planners said:

“As a professional planner, I have had this scenario come up many times before and my first question always would be; “is your friend a professional wedding DJ?” and depending on the answer, if she actually knows, I would educate her on the important of having a professional wedding DJ.  Things can go from good to, bad to, worse, in a matter of minutes with a non-professional DJ who is not trained to “read the crowd”, react to the mood of the guests, switch up music to keep the mood lively, and actually keep the FLOW of the event running smoothly.

Educate her on the fact that a professional DJ is not just an “autopilot” IPOD with a microphone but, an entertainer with years of experience running events, a large library of music to fit everyone through all generations, and comes with a great personality at no additional cost!! LOL

You do get what you pay for!
Good luck!!”

New Years Eve Party DJs

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Looking for a Connecticut DJ for your New Years Eve party?

If you haven’t booked a CT DJ for your New Years Party, give us a call.  We’re almost all booked up.  We are offering a spectacular New Years Eve party package that is sure to bring in the New Year with a bang!  We have packages available that include an incredible sound system, dazzling lights, fog and a confetti cannon for a club like scene and a New Years party you’ll be sure to remember for years to come!  Give us a call today for more details.  But hurry, we’ll be all booked up soon!

Madison Beach Hotel Bridal Showcase

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Please join us at the Madison Beach Hotel Bridal Showcase this Sunday, 11/20/11 for a sneak peak at the new venue.  See the brand new event facilities, taste a sampling from the chef, meet a select group of talented wedding and event planners including: Photographers, Florists, Entertainment, Wedding Specialists and more.  Of course J&S Entertainment will be on display.  Come down and meet with us.  You’ll have the opportunity to see our state of the art sound and lighting equipment and learn how we can transform your wedding from ordinary to extraordinary!  Please RSVP at with the Madison Beach Hotel 203.245.1404 Space is limited so call soon so you don’t miss out.  Tell them you read it here at CTweddingDJ.com.

CT DJs prefer the Madison Beach Hotel for weddings and parties

Bridal Showcase – Information Update

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CT DJs prefer the Madison Beach Hotel for weddings and parties

In a previous post regarding our involvement in the bridal showcase at the Madison Beach Hotel, we indicated that the event was to be held on the 19th and the 20th of November.  This has been changed to Sunday November 20th only.  Space is limited and if you are in the market for a banquet facility or wedding vendors, this is a must see event.  You will have an opportunity to see the newest and arguably the most beautiful beachfront facility in Connecticut.  There will also be a taste sampling from the Chef and wedding specialists and preferred vendors will also be onsite.

J&S Entertainment, you top choice for DJs in Connecticut will be showcased on the 1st floor.

Click here to take a look at the brochure put out by the Madison Beach Hotel.

Space is limited so please RSVP with the hotel and let us know if you’re coming to see us.

Holiday Parties

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J&S Entertainment Co. is proudly accepting bookings for holiday parties.  Dates are already filling up fast so head on over to our contact page and request your date or give us a call today.  We want to make your next private or company holiday party a huge success!

Hurricane Irene

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As is the case for most of the Connecticut shoreline, CT DJ, J&S Entertainment is also without power. Thankfully all of our CT weddings went off without a hitch last weekend and we expect they will this weekend too! It appears as if the venues hosting all of the CT wedding DJ bookings for this coming weekend are fully functional and we have a generator at our office. Our internet is down so email communication is difficult so be sure to follow up with a call. Our number is 203-676-6683. We are still keeping all appointments this week with our clients and prospects and we are fully ready for the wedding bookings this weekend. Irene can’t keep us down! Hopefully tripical strom Katia won’t follow the same track and give us a double whammy!

Should you hire a friend for your wedding?

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A few weeks ago I was headed out to DJ a wedding for a great couple down New Haven, CT. This was a fairly recent booking within 30 days of the wedding day. My clients were originally going to have a friend DJ for them. Turns out, the friend bailed and hasn’t been heard from since. Some friend. 🙁 This is one of a handful of weddings I have booked over the years due to a friend of the bride or groom not coming through. Perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise. Sometimes the real damage happens when they DO show up.

So this begs the question, “Should you hire a friend for your wedding?” My two cents…no. When couples hire me, at some point I ask them about the other vendors they’ve hired. It’s important for me to know who all the players are. That’s part of my process. When a couple tells me they are considering having a friend do the photography, or the catering, or the wedding planning & coordinating, the first thing I always ask is “Does your friend do this professionally?” That can make all the difference in the world. A professional is an expert who is a master in a specific field. Professionals most often do what they do for a living, commercially, and not just at home for fun.

I’m not a major sports nut, but the NBA finals are going on right now. For a moment, compare your wedding to a big game in the NBA finals. You’ve put an enormous amount of work into this game. Blood, sweat, tears, countless hours of planning and strategy has gone into this day. Then, imagine someone made the decision to have a friend come in and be your point guard. Or visualize one of your friends being a referee. To save even more money, you could have another friend run the sound system and music programming for all your fans. That person could even use the microphone to talk to the crowd. For pictures, your cousin Glen has a new camera and is getting better and better all the time. He could come in and shoot. This will be fantastic! You probably see where I’m going with this. The game will still be played, but all of your fans will be disgusted by the game, upset with the referee, bored and unmotivated by your DJ, and weeks after the game when you look at the photographs, you’ll be in tears because every important shot you wanted was missed.

This is not a stretch. And I understand there are tremendous savings in having a friend help out at the wedding. Times are tough for all of us and every dollar counts. My advice? Don’t hire your friends, unless they are professionals in the industry. Plan your wedding early, with plenty of time to save up for the right players to do the job. I often talk with couples not just about the details here and now, but how they will feel 5, 10…25 years from now. When you look back on your wedding day, you don’t want to feel regret. You don’t want to push your wedding album to the back of the closet because you’re embarrassed to look at the pictures or show them to friends & family. You don’t want to relive your first dance when your DJ friend started playing the wrong song or the music just stopped while all your guests were watching you, or he got up and said something completely inappropriate or offensive. Those memories last a lifetime and you can never, ever go back and do it over.

If your friend is truly a friend, bring them in for your wedding. But only as a guest…

Wedding DJ or Wedding Entertainment?

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Many times I’ve thought about whether I should call my profession a “Wedding DJ” or “Wedding Entertainment.” In recent years, the craze seems to be that we call ourselves “Wedding Entertainers” and that’s fine I suppose. For me that term immediate conjures up an image of someone cheesy showing up to DJ your Connecticut wedding, someone with hats, props, bad jokes, and self-absorbed stories. But, for the purposes of SEO I’ll include the entertainment phrase in my website. I mean, I do after all entertain guests at weddings. I DJ, I MC, I help plan, coordinate & direct the big day. I keep guests informed about what’s going on throughout the night. So yeah, I suppose that entertains people. But cheese has NO place in what I do for my profession. I DJ weddings in some of the best venues in the state. The Madison Beach Hotel in Madison, Woodwinds in Branford, Anthony’s Ocean View and Union League in New Haven, Aqua Turf in Southington, The Society Room in Hartford, Saybrook Point Inn in Old Saybrook and many other great venues all across CT. I help brides and grooms create a night that will be remembered forever.

It’s just that I think most people go to google and type “Connecticut wedding dj”…

…yep

CT DJs 10 tips for a perfect outdoor wedding

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CT Wedding DJs J&S Entertainment is committed to providing usefull information to help you plan your perfect Connecticut wedding.  Our CT DJs share their experiences and knowledge at CTweddingDJ.com

If you’ve decided to have an outdoor wedding,
congratulations! Outdoor weddings are romantic and beautiful. However, they aren’t as easy as they may look. Outdoor weddings come with additional caveats and pitfalls, but if you follow these tips, you’ll be sure to shine on your wedding day.

Make your guests comfortable Think about what the weather
will likely be at the time of day and month of the year of your outdoor wedding. Sunny and hot? Don’t leave your guests uncomfortably melting – have your ushers give guests ice-cold bottles of water as they are seated. Consider printing your wedding program on a fan so that guests may cool themselves. Don’t forget to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well. For a very warm location, look into renting large electric fans (don’t forget a generator) and/or a tent to shade the suns rays. If it will be cold and damp, make sure
you tell guests that so they can wear extra layers. A simple xeroxed insert will do. You might want to have lap blankets on hand, or rent portable heaters.

Have a backup plan What will you do if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just in case. Many brides and grooms opt to have their ceremony outside and reception inside. In a pinch, the tables can be scooted to the back of the room during the ceremony. A tent is another option, but only for light to moderate rain storms. A heavy rain will soak the ground underneath, leaving guests with soggy and muddy shoes. Make sure any tent you rent is sturdy so it won’t flip over, and that it has thick and weighted sides.

Plan for Wind Many outdoor weddings suffer from windy
conditions. Avoid light fabrics like chiffons and china silks in your dress and the bridesmaid dresses. Tell your hairstylist that you’ll be having an outdoor wedding so she/he can plan a style that won’t leave you looking like Cousin It! Men in the wedding party should use pomade or other styling product. Again, tell your guests in a printed insert so that they can plan accordingly. And of course, make sure your tent will stand up to gusting winds or find an indoor backup plan.

Can everybody hear? When you picture your dream wedding
at the beach, you’re probably not hearing the roaring of the waves, the rushing wind, or the local kids running and screaming around you. Look into renting a sound system with clip mikes for the bride, groom and officiate. Your CT DJ or band may be able to easily arrange this for you.  At J&S Entertainment, this is a very common practice.  We often provide a second P/A system for exactly this purpose.  In this scenario, you’ll have the option of playing all of your prelude, processional, ceremonial and recessional music through the system as well!

Decorations One of the bonuses of an outdoor wedding is the natural beauty around you, lessening your need to decorate. But you still need to do some work. Visit the site a week before your wedding to make sure the grass is mown, the ground raked, and the flowers have bloomed. If your wedding is at a public park, you may want to ask the groomsmen or friends to do this the morning of your ceremony. If it’s been an especially cold season, you may need to supplement the flowers with some potted bulbs from a florist. Other decorations you may want to consider include an arch or trellis to focus the ceremony and frame the bride and groom as they say their vows; strings of lights or lanterns in the trees; luminarias; torches; or farolitas.

Make things tasty outside Does your caterer have
experience planning an outdoor wedding menu? Make sure they’re planning things that will keep well outdoors in the heat. Avoid things like mayonnaise salads or dishes which must be served cold.

Don’t leave your guests parched Since alcohol is
dehydrating, consider serving a variety of lemonades, teas and punches. Be sure to have plenty of ice and water around as well. For a fancy cocktail, why not serve a classic mint julep or a mojito? The mint will refresh and cool your guests.

Those pesky flying things Be sure to put out citronella
candles or a bug zapper so that your guests won’t spend the whole ceremony swatting at the air.

Here comes the sun Consider timing your outdoor wedding
for sunset where your guests will see you take your vows surrounded by the warm glow of the sun. Those having a daytime outdoor wedding should orient the ceremony so that the sun will be on guests’ backs rather than in their eyes.

Permits Don’t forget to contact your city parks department or other local government to get a permit for an outdoor  wedding. Be sure to ask about rules concerning trash removal, candle or torch lighting, and pre-wedding photography.

Avoiding Outdoor Wedding Pitfalls
By Nina Callaway, About.com Guide

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