iPod or Spotify For Wedding or Live DJ

A Wedding is a very special event but can often come with high costs. Trimming these costs is quite high on the priority list of many couples and often, the one thing that suffers the most is the entertainment. Entertainment plays a huge part in your day and if done correctly, can ensure you and your guests have a night to remember. So, iPod or Spotify For Wedding or Live DJ to get the job done?

You might think that because I’m a DJ myself I’m biased… and I am, but for a number of good reasons.
 

iPod or Spotify For Wedding or Live DJ


 

iPod or Spotify

An iPod or Spotify is basically the 21st Century version of a jukebox; however, with the former, you need to spend time picking all of the music you want to listen to whereas a Jukebox usually comes with it’s own playlist.

Chances are you won’t have a selection of songs on your iPod to easily fill the whole night, so you’ll need to spend plenty of time before the wedding purchasing songs from iTunes and then organising them into an appropriate playlist. If you’re considering Spotify, you’ll need to purchase Spotify Premium to avoid obnoxious ads playing after every couple of songs (and you’ll need to spend time creating a playlist as well).

If you decide on an iPod, I would suggest keeping it hidden away from guests. As the night goes by, guests decide what music they want to hear and continually skip songs (sometimes half way through!) until their jam comes on. It also results in songs being repeated, sometimes numerous times, because people may have missed their favourite song earlier but are now ready to dance. If you do decide to go for an iPod, you will need to hire a decent sound system to play your music which will set you back a couple of hundred dollars, especially if the venue doesn’t already have one installed.
 

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One of the benefits of hiring a professional DJ is that they will turn up with all the music ready to go, plus you can suggest any particular songs you want played prior to your event so you can still listen and dance to your favourites. No need to download songs or spend hours putting together playlists! The DJ will provide background music during dinner right through to the first dance and onwards, making one less thing for you to worry about. The DJ should come with all their own sound equipment and if you want some elegant or ‘party’ lighting, then this can easily be provided too. They will have experience at gauging what music works for you and your guests on the night. Atmosphere, mood and the age group of those on the dance floor will all depend on what songs are played and when.
 

If your budget can’t quite stretch to hiring a DJ for the whole day, consider creating a playlist of music for the reception dinner (just don’t forget the iPod on the day), then arrange for a DJ to come in for the first dance and the partying.
 

A few things to remember about your wedding entertainment…
• Although it may appear that you are only paying for the “4 hours” you see of a professional wedding entertainment company at your wedding, normally they will invest between 12 and 30 hours of time to your special event.
• Shop around to get quotes but remember, the cheapest price is not always the best. Take into consideration the experience, professionalism, and equipment provided.
• During wedding planning, brides say their highest priority is their wedding dress, followed by the reception site and caterer. Often, reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities! Within one week after their reception however, a large proportion of brides say they should have made the entertainment a higher priority!
• Finally, the majority of wedding guests say one of the things they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment (Band/DJ). Good wedding entertainment = a great time. It’s worth getting right!
 

This was a blog topic created for and featured on AucklandWeddings.co.nz

 

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Wedding Planning – What To Book When

It’s an interesting experience now being on the other side of Weddings. I recently proposed to my girlfriend of almost 8 years (yeah I know, about time) when we were over in Rarotonga at Labour Weekend. That in itself was interesting. Not only did she almost bust me in the jewellery shop at the Auckland Airport before we even left but halfway in to the holiday she also found the receipt that I (stupidly) took out of my bag while sorting it out and put it on the TV cabinet in the hotel room. Anyway, the surprise of it happening was lost except for the possibility of me asking her on the trip or not. About 24 hours later I did. On the beach on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Phew! First task done right?!

 
The thing is, and the point I’m making, is now rather than being on the side of helping others with their Wedding entertainment, I’m now in the position of organising my own Wedding and there’s a bunch of stuff I need to sort before I think about the entertainment. Things like the date, the venue, the budget, who to invite and the list goes on!

 
I think the first task is coming up with an estimated budget. I say estimated because you don’t really have any idea how much it’s going cost so the first thing we started doing is researching venues. This is the most expensive part of a Wedding if you include the venue hire plus the food and a drinks package (both typically a based on a ‘per person’ rate). You would think after over 16 years of DJaying all over Auckland and beyond I would know the perfect venue…I don’t. Typically, I paid no attention. I mean I know have contacts I’ve developed at many venues but that kind of all goes out the window until we have worked out what we want.

 
I think you need to do some investigation in to venues first and foremost and have discussions with your partner around what you both want, what style of Wedding, an approx. number of guests…and from there, you may then have a very slight idea to be able to work out the budget, the date etc. After all, the date may depend on what venues are available and these are often booked out well in advance, especially if you found a venue you really love.

 
So what do you book and when?
I’m writing this because entertainment is something people leave till last when Wedding planning, when in theory this should also be booked around the same time as your other suppliers. To get a quality DJ or band, getting in contact early is important as they are typically booked out well in advance. If you are getting married in the peak Wedding season (January-April) or on a Saturday this is more of more importance. If you’re planning a Wedding around the lead up to Christmas remember you’ll also be competing with Work Christmas Parties.

At the time you are starting to lock in your venue, photographer, videographer, florists, caterers and celebrant, also start investigating your entertainment. This will help to avoid disappointment down the track. This is typically done 12-18 months in advance.

All the best with your Wedding planning. I know I’ll need it!
 

Book Your Corporate Office Christmas Party

Christmas is around the corner so if your office is planning to celebrate with a big bash then get in touch with Ridler DJ today to book a DJ for your Corporate Office Christmas Party.

 
With only a couple of months till Christmas, plans are no doubt underway for your Corporate Office Christmas Party and Ridler DJ can help by providing top notch DJ entertainment that can be catered to suit all ages. With a large music selection we can play a mix of songs from the classic oldies through to the latest pop, dance and hip-hop.

 
Friday and Saturday nights are obviously the most popular so getting in early is a must, however there are some limited dates available. If you’re planning a weeknight function or a weekend afternoon get together then we can more than likely help out as demand for these times aren’t as high. However be aware that Wedding season also starts to add to the demand as the weather becomes more stable and warmer.

 
Get in contact with us today to secure your DJ entertainment for your upcoming Corporate Office Christmas Party and see what we can do for you. We love a good party and we’re sure that you and your team will have a blast and end 2015 with a bang!

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11 Wedding Tips For Newly Engaged Couples Planning Their Wedding

Planning a wedding can be tricky and overwhelming, but not if you break it down into bite-sized chunks.

Here are 11 Wedding tips for newly engaged couples planning their Wedding you can follow:
 

1. Set a Timetable

The minute you get engaged, everyone will be asking for your wedding date. A typical engagement lasts anywhere from six months to a year and a half or more, but also think about what season you’d prefer, any major holidays or family events you’d like to avoid conflicting with, and how long you predict you’ll need to plan.
 

2. Dream Up Your Style and Pick a Location

Close your eyes and picture your fantasy wedding. What do you see? While you’re picturing your perfect wedding, here are some key questions to consider:

  • Big (everyone you know) or small (just close friends and family)?
  • Outdoors or in? Home (one of your hometowns or your current city) or away (a destination wedding)?
  • Modern, classic, romantic, vintage, rustic or all-out glam?
  • Fancy, casual or somewhere in between?
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    3. Set Your Budget

    Sit down with your families and figure out how much everyone is contributing. This number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so be sure to work out your budget before you start planning.
     

    4. Draft a Guest List

    As you begin to build your guest list, you’ll need to consider a number of factors. If you have a particular ceremony or reception site in mind, for instance, you’re going to be limited by how many people it can accommodate. Keep in mind that more guests means higher prices, as catering costs are generally calculated on a per-head basis.
     

    5. Register

    Worried that you’ll look gift-grabby if you register ? Don’t! With all the engagement parties , bridal showers and well-wishing relatives in your future, everyone will appreciate your foresight.
     

    6. Insure Your Engagement Ring

    There are two basic ways to do it: As an extension of your renter’s or home owner’s policy, or through a company that specializes in jewelry insurance.
     

    7. Choose Your Wedding Party

    Remember, the earlier you ask, the sooner you can enlist their help. And keep in mind that your wedding party is agreeing to spend their hard-earned money and donate their precious time.
     

    8. Consider Hiring a Consultant

    If you’re a super-busy couple, have demanding jobs or have big dreams for your wedding weekend, then you should hire a full-time wedding planner to help you prepare your entire event. You can also hire a part-time consultant to devise a wedding blueprint before you launch solo into the preparations. Another option is a day-of coordinator, who will make sure everything goes smoothly on your wedding day.
     

    9. Book a Venue for Your Preferred Date

    Your reception venue will become the backdrop for virtually all your photos and can influence everything from heavy hitters like your budget and guest list to smaller details like your menu . Ensure that you get the look, price and extras you want by scouring local listings, shopping around, scheduling visits and booking early.
     

    10. Scout for Your Priority Vendors

    If you just can’t imagine getting married without a certain local band playing at the reception or a photographer whose work you love, act fast. Many top wedding photographers and other in-demand vendors are hired more than a year in advance, and once they’re booked, they’re gone.
     

    11. Shop for a Wedding Dress

    Begin your search by browsing dress photos online. Then, learn the lingo before setting foot in a dress salon. Read up on silhouettes, necklines, trains and hues that might flatter you. The season will also affect your choice.
     

    Source: NZ Bride

    Adorable 4 Year Old Lays Law Down To Dad Before Wedding

    This 4 year old girl is so adorable. Jojo is going to be a flower girl at a Wedding but she can’t help but explain a few things to Dad beforehand. In this video, she takes all of the precautionary measures to make sure dad doesn’t embarrass her by calling her name as she’s doing her flower girl duties. She comes to the conclusion that “Dad you don’t know anything about Weddings at all!”

     


     

    100 Movies Dance Scene Mash Up to Uptown Funk

    Uptown Funk was the biggest hit of Summer 2015 and now you can check out some of these classic movie dance scenes (100 of them in fact!) in this 100 Movies Dance Scene Mash Up done to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars. It’s got all the greats: Tom Cruise in Risky Business, Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, the catwalk-off in Zoolander, Grease, Dirty Dancing, Aladdin, The Naked Gun, Rush Hour, The Lion King and many many more!
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    Australia’s Most Expensive Wedding

    Traffic chaos amid what has been dubbed ‘Australia’s biggest wedding’ as deputy mayor of Auburn (a suburb in Sydney), Salim Mehajer’s mega-wedding to wife Aysha pulled out all the stops with its fleet of helicopters, cavalcade of luxury sports cars, a jet flyover and bikies lining the street!

    The extravagant Wedding reception took place at a venue overlooking Iron Cove on Sydney’s Parramatta River, where a towering wedding cake stood almost as tall as the beaming bride herself.

    The two married in an Islamic ceremony earlier this month but their Wedding party took place on Saturday and is being talked about as ‘Australia’s biggest and most expensive Wedding’.

    The newlyweds, flanked by drummers, walk through their assembled guests as an indoor pyrotechnics display explodes around them. The newlyweds and their guests then break into dance.

    Neighbours and Police say they weren’t properly informed and traffic chaos ensued.

    This is one Wedding that has definitely gone to the extreme!

     

    Video: Iconic Films Australia

     

    Creating DJ Entertainment Experiences

    Creating an experience for our customers is always at the forefront of our minds. We utilise our experience and knowledge to create the right atmosphere to work hand in hand with your event objectives.
     

    Yes music is the key factor in what we do but there’s also so much more professional DJ companies like us can also provide. Lighting is a massive factor for some events and while for some events like Weddings it’s not all that important, other events like School Balls or Corporate Events may require a little more.

    Ball-1

    Recently we were booked to provide DJ entertainment for one of the University of Auckland Halls for their annual Ball. This event needed something a little ‘extra’ when it came to lighting and special effects. Additional speakers to provide the right depth and coverage of sound for the space they were in at Ellerslie Event Centre as well as a range of effects including laser lights, uplighting, LED effects lights and a bubble machine.

    Ball-3

    The result was an amazing light show that just topped the night off…with bubbles that added to the DJ entertainment (as even university students can’t resist but try to pop and swipe at them as they float past). The effect the bubbles have when the various light rays shoot through and reflect in them is also an amazing sight.

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    Every event is different and some events need more sound or effects than others but it’s a matter of working with our clients and discussing options, budget and what the end result could look like from our many years of experience providing DJ entertainment that makes all the difference. Making your event one that you and your guests enjoyed, and will remember, is our end goal.
     
     

    Free Bubble Machine

    WINTER SPECIAL: Free Bubble Machine

    To make Winter more fun, book a DJ with us for any event between June 11 and August 30 and get the use of our Bubble Machine for your celebration FREE!

    A Bubble Machine is a great effect that looks cool and keeps with kids and adults entertained – just watch them trying to catch one or pop one…!

    So book a DJ with The Ridler Mobile DJ for your special function or occasion and get the use of our Bubble Machine…absolutely free!

    Get in contact with us today!

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    Bride & Groom Show Winner

    Another great year at the Bride & Groom Show this past weekend at the Ellerslie Event Centre and we got to speak to a number of people about their upcoming Wedding.

     
    At the show we ran a competition for visitors to be in to win $1,000 towards their Wedding entertainment from The Ridler Mobile DJ. We literally had hundreds of people enter to win a prize that could really make quite the difference to a Wedding budget.

     
    We are very pleased to announce that the winner was KELLY NGAKURU! CONGRATULATIONS! We’re looking forward to your big day and can’t wait to work with you to provide you with an amazing entertainment solution for your special day!