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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

CT wedding DJs at the Madison Beach Hotel

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CT DJs prefer the Madison Beach Hotel for weddings and parties

CT DJs – J&S Entertainment Co. is proud to be the preferred disc jockey service for Connecticut newest and finest beachfront hotel, restaurant, banquet, and conference facility. The Madison Beach Hotel features 33 elegantly appointed waterfront rooms and suites with private balconies, a luxurious spa and fitness center, two beachfront restaurants, a charming gift shop, and Connecticut’s premier wedding and conference destination.

Over the years we have provided DJ service for countless weddings, parties and functions at the Madison Beach Hotel.  The hotel was recently torn down and completely rebuilt to be the premier shoreline destination in Connecticut.  If you haven’t booked a venue for your next wedding or party yet, you owe it to yourself to check out the Madison Beach Hotel.  Contact Beth McDevitt at 203-245-0005 for booking and please be sure to mention J&S Entertainment.

CT DJ J&S Entertainment Co

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J&S Entertainment Co.  We are Connecticut wedding DJ professionals

Our CT DJs have seen a growing trend with brides and grooms with respect to the planning their wedding reception and the activities during the course of the day.  More and more our DJs report that while planning the wedding “traditions” that they would like to eliminate most of the “traditions” and be non-traditional.  This in turn is becoming the new tradition.  But don’t think of it that way.  The simple fact is that more often than not couples desire a low-key approach to many of the festivities that some people assume need to be overdone.  They don’t!  I low-key approach to how your wedding DJ handles your reception is not out of the ordinary.

What we’re talking about here is the parent dances, how the cake cutting is handled, the boquet and/or garter toss, etc.  Our CT DJs would like to remind you that there are no set rules.  While planning your wedding, you are the boss!  Our DJs won’t push you to do anything you don’t want to.

During the planning stages of your CT wedding reception, discuss your likes and dislikes with your DJ.  We’ll listen and we won’t “overcook” your CT wedding reception. 🙂  It’s your day to remember forever and we’ll help you make it perfect!

We’re Hiring!

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Are you looking for an exciting new part time career?  Do you have a passion for people and music?  Are you outgoing and have great public presence?  If you answered yes to these three questions, you just might make a great DJ!  At J&S Entertainment, Connecticut’s premier mobile disc jockey service, we’re looking for new DJs.  No experience is necessary but is definitely a bonus.  We offer on the job training and provide all of the equipment and music necessary.

Why Choose CT DJs from J&S Entertainment for next party?

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Why Choose J&S Entertainment to DJ your wedding or party?

J&S Entertainment has been a leader among the Connecticut Disc Jockey services available.  In a sea of many, J&S stands out above the rest.

J&S has a great music playlist.

We bring tens of thousands of songs to every party. Not just songs, but big hit songs. Our library spans 7 decades, dozens of genres and is over 75,000 songs in depth.

A proven track record.

We’ve performed at thousands of Connecticut weddings, class reunions, birthdays, anniversary parties and corporate events. We’re proud of the trust we’ve earned from our clients.

State-of-the-art sound equipment.

Even the world’s greatest music would be wasted on a second-rate sound system. So we invest in the best.   We boast brand name equipment like Rane, Bose, Shure, Denon, DAS, QSC, Pioneer, JBL, ElectroVoice and more– names that professional Connecticut party DJs have come to trust for faithful sound reproduction.

We’re people people. But we’re not clowns.

A “wacky” DJ may be great for children’s parties. But adults quickly grow tired of a DJ who demands all of their attention. Most parties call for a DJ with strong master-of-ceremonies skills and the wisdom to use his own words sparingly. You are the star of your party, not your DJ.

Personal service.

We offer each client unlimited contact with us while planning the party. And you’ll have plenty of opportunity to share with your Connecticut DJ exactly how you’d like your event to proceed. By party time, your DJ will be a trusted friend, not a total stranger.

We’re small.

Imagine a company actually bragging about such a thing. But in the DJ business, being too big means losing quality control. We have four professional DJs, each with at least 20 years experience. And this is important: Our DJs are not independent contractors brokered out like some of the big guys.  Unlike the giant companies, we don’t just buy dozens of sound systems, and hire DJ’s off the street to work for gas money. Our people are professionals. They’re paid well. This is our business, not a hobby. You deserve no less. 

We hope that, after you’ve done some objective research, you’ll conclude that we offer the finest service, with complete peace of mind, at a fair price.

Professional Connecticut Disc Jockeys for your wedding reception

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Connecticut DJ professionals: all the sizzle, without all the hassle.

Professional Connecticut Disc Jockeys for your wedding reception.

You’re planning a wedding or party. And you’re probably already overwhelmed. Wouldn’t you like someone who can help take the stress out of your planning, and still make your reception the most talked-about party of the season? That’s where we come in. Everything we do at J&S Entertainment is designed to make your entertainment planning simple and stress-free. Our web CT DJs J&S Entertainment professional Connecticut wedding disc jockeysite puts all the resources at your fingertips to let you research us, hire us and help us put on a party that will make you proud.

When you have a question, we answer it promptly. When something changes unexpectedly, we can adapt with no fuss. And we’re very sensitive about making sure all of your guests feel welcome and involved, so everyone goes home with a great memory of your party.

In more than 23 years as mobile entertainment professionals, we’ve encountered just about every twist and turn that’s likely to confront us. We have a “Plan B” and “Plan C” for all the surprises that are certain to pop up. So we never lose our composure, and we can ensure a seamless, elegant affair, from your first phone call to the last note of music.

This is why J&S Entertainment Co. is recognized as the standard by which Connecticut DJs are measured.

Planning a wedding or party in Connecticut and need a disc jockey?  Give J&S a call today!

Wedding Entertainment Professionals

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Since 1988, we at J&S Entertainment have earned our reputation as the very best entertainment choice in Madison, CT and around the state for wedding receptions and other special events that must be fun!

Your Connecticut wedding is not just an average event.  You need more than just an average CT DJ.  You need the best DJ that Connecticut has to offer!  That’s where J&S Entertainment come in.

We provide the finest entertainment because we treat each and every client as a valued partner. We work with you to find out what you like and dislike, and what your vision is for your wedding reception or party. We then add our years of experience, our enthusiasm and our professional abilities, and work hard to make your party great! That sounds simple, but, in this world of cookie cutter and average service, you’ll really appreciate the personalized attention we will give you.

We know that you are not like everyone else. We also know you want to have a great, fun, and memorable party. We would love to work for you to make that happen!

Looking for a great DJ in Connecticut?

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J&S Entertainment Co. is a leading Connecticut Disc Jockey service located in Madison CT. We have been entertaining satisfied clients since 1988.  Owner and DJ/MC Joe Bunovsky has over 20 years of experience in the CT DJ industry.  Having performed DJ and MC services for thousands of events, night clubs, weddings and parties Joe has the experience you’re looking for. If you are looking for a DJ in Connecticut for your wedding reception, party, or any celebration.  Give Joe and the CT DJs at J&S Entertainment a call today!

 

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