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A big challenge for couples can be trying to figure out how to get as many of their guests to stay at the reception for as long as possible.  As a DJ, I try to make sure I play a wide variety of music to make sure all the guests enjoy the evening and stick around to dance and celebrate.  Kacie and Trevor included some extra special events ] to keep many of their guests involved til the very end at their reception at the Embassy Suites in Moon Township.

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Their wedding reception had so many special touches that reflected the couple’s styles and hobbies, but the most popular had to be the Euchre tournament which ran throughout the evening.  Guests battled it out for a chance to play against the newlyweds.  Kacie and Trevor had also included some subtle details at the reception, my favorite would be the special flowers in the bouquets that were made from the pages of a Harry Potter book!

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I love couples who spend the time finding ways to share parts of themselves with their guests, but I don’t know if I’ve ever had the chance to work with a couple with such unique and inventive ideas.  Their friends and family were treated to a celebration like no other!

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Family always plays a huge part in the planning and execution of every wedding.  Some folks try and try to keep that involvement to a minimum, while others embrace the fun of having everyone be included in the big day.  Kristen and Charles made their reception at the Embassy Suites in Moon Township one that everyone from ages 1 to 100 would enjoy.

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The ballroom at the Embassy Suites looked amazing with gold and pink colors.  I was able to provide uplighting for the large room, which helped create the perfect atmosphere for the celebration.

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Kristen and Charle’s reception was beautiful and elegant, but also allowed for families with children to stay and party right along with the adults.  Everyone joined in and sang and danced all the way until 1AM!  The newlyweds are now headed off to Jamaica for some time away on their romantic honeymoon.

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Probably the thing I love most about being a wedding DJ is how different every celebration is, based on the preferences of the bride and groom.  I love working with people to make sure the music of the day reflects their taste and style.  I was fortunate to work with Erica King and John Fisher on their reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel, which was a celebration that was a great time for all of their friends and families.

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The ballroom at the Embassy Suites was decorated beautifully, and allowed for plenty of space for all of the guests to have a marvelous time.

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Erica and John chose excellent genres of music to keep everyone happy.  For the dancing portion of the night they chose a mix of mostly modern music, sprinkled with some hits from the 80’s and 90’s as well.  These high-energy selections really kept the dance floor packed all night long.

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For their first dance, I was able to make a custom version of Brad Paisley’s “Then”, which more adequately matched Erica and John’s relationship.  It worked perfectly for this special moment.

When it was time for the dancing to begin, none of the guests hesitated to get up and start celebrating!

As the evening came to a close, Erica and John were surrounded by their closest friends and family as everyone danced to “The Time (Dirty Bit)” by the Black Eyed Peas.  Everyone was singing “I Had The Time of my Life” at the top of their lungs, and it was clear that they truly had.  The newlyweds gave their guests memories to last forever.

This year I’ve had the pleasure of being DJ for the weddings of several people I’ve know for many, many years.  Throughout 2011 I’ve been anxiously waiting to play at the reception of Nicole Meyers and Curtis Clow at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Moon Township, PA.  I’ve known Nicole and her family since my earliest DJ gigs, and I was honored to help make the day extraordinary.

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I provided music for the ceremony and cocktail hour, as well as the reception.  It was wonderful to play a part in the entire celebration.

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Nicole and Curtis worked with me to create a music playlist that really reflected their tastes perfectly.

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Throughout the festivities, there was a special peacock feather theme.  I was able to include this in their dance floor monogram.

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The couple had their first dance as newlyweds after dinner.

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Once it was time to dance, guests jumped to the large dance floor to get down to a wide variety of great music.

When it was time to say goodbye, the guests formed a giant circle around the newlyweds to cheer and sing.  Nicole and Curtis are off on a well deserved honeymoon in Hawaii.  I can’t thank them both enough for having me as part of their amazing wedding day.

When I consider all of the changes I’ve seen at weddings since becoming a DJ, one of the biggest is people’s opinions regarding line dances.  It used to be that almost every reception began with a series of line dances to warm up the crowd, but now people tend to look for different ways to pack the dance floor and avoid using any type of group dances.  Imagine my surprise when Patricia Dichiera and Rick Galloway not only wanted to include lots of line dances, but found a great way to highlight them at their beautiful reception at the Embassy Suites in Moon Township, PA.

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Each guest table was named after a traditional line dance such as the Locomotion, Electric Slide, and even the Chicken Dance.  Guests were instructed to hit the dance floor when their song was played.

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Also, every place setting had a blank “wish” card for each guest to fill in a special message to the newlyweds.  The guests then hung the cards on the wish tree which made a great addition to the venue.

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Along with the line dances and typical reception music, the dance floor also filled during many modern songs.  It made for a great mix that had selections for everyone of every age.

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Patty and Rick were so much fun during the planning process, and it became obvious how much they enjoy being around each other.

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One thing that makes a DJ’s job easy is having a couple who loves to dance.  Patty and Rick were on the dance floor, constantly singing and dancing with their guests.

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The wedding was a complete success, and proved that a great mix of traditional and modern ideas can make a reception elegant and unique.  At the end of the night, Patty and Rick were excited and completely ready to begin their 2 week honeymoon in Hawaii.

Scheduling the flow of a reception can be a difficult task for most people.   The challenge is to make sure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently without feeling rushed.  While it’s important to include the events that are special, no one wants to make the guests feel bored or left out.  I love to work closely with my clients to help them figure out what works best based on their needs and priorities.  This past weekend I was very excited to DJ at the wedding reception of Kala Wilhelm and Matthew Lenart at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Moon Township, PA.  The entire evening couldn’t have transpired more perfectly.

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The Embassy suites really helped keep things on schedule.  The 150+ guests enjoyed cocktails in the beautiful foyer and then entered the ballroom for dinner and dancing.  There were little special touches throughout the venue that were sweet and romantic.  I loved the special chocolate strawberries on top of their wedding cake!

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After the introductions, the newlyweds had their first dance.  Their connection to each other is unmistakable.

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Kala and Matt made a fantastic song list for me to use throughout the evening.  They chose a wide variety of music including 80’s rock and oldies, as well as newer Top 40 hits.  The wide mix was a big hit with their friends and family.

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I was thrilled to get to see Robin & Jason Scibek at the reception.  I had been the DJ at their wedding last July where I first met Kala and Matthew.  I just love these two!

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One of Kala and Matthew’s concerns about their reception was making sure there would be plenty of time for dancing.  Once it was time to pick up the tempo I found out why.  Their friends and family crowded the dance floor and never left!

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Kala was just beaming (and dancing) all night long.

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I continually tell my clients that time has no meaning on the wedding day.  It’s nearly impossible to predict what time each event will happen since there are so many factors happening.  The stars simply aligned for Kala and Matthew this weekend as everything occurred exactly as planned.  There were tons of time for dancing.  Even after FOUR ‘one more song’ requests, the guests left wanting even just a little more.  Kala and Matt created an evening that was simply perfect both for them and all of their guests.  I couldn’t be happier for them!

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