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Powder Ridge Mountain Park wedding DJ

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For the second time in as many weeks, J&S Entertainment was selected to provide the sound, lights and ceremony services for Jeffrey and Mallory’s mountain top wedding ceremony and reception in the lodge. This time the ceremony was at the top of the mountain overlooking picturesque Middlefield, CT. Down in the lodge, we transformed the room with uplights and starry night ceiling projection and provided wireless speakers outside for seamless music between the lodge and the patio. It was a fun event and the clients were very satisfied.

Wedding DJ for backyard reception in Killingworth CT

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J&S Entertainment was chosen by Todd and Heidi to handle the lighting and entertainment at their backyard wedding reception in beautiful Killingworth CT this past Sunday. We setup an amazing sound system and light the tent with 25 uplights and our starry night projection package. When the sun finally set, the tent looked amazing. The guests danced all night!

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!!”

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.

Spring Wedding Season

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Booking vendors for spring and summer weddings shouldn’t be done at the last minute.  Make an appointment with the professionals at J&S Entertainment while we still have availability for the 2012 wedding season.  Dates are booking up fast so don’t delay.  We can help you expertly plan the entertainment portion of your event.  And with the added touch of our lighting enhancements the room ambiance of your reception will be talked about for years to come.  Call us today at 203-318-4004 or come visit us at the Madison Beach Hotel wedding showcase on November 19 and 20th.

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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