10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding Entertainment

Music can make or break your Wedding day. It’s often one of the things guests talk about afterwards, whether good or bad! Much thought should go into the planning of the Wedding entertainment for your special day. Here are our top 10 tips we have picked up along the way to help you out.

 

1) Don’t snub the idea of a band or DJ before doing some research

This is usually the first place to start and generally it’s whether you want live music with a band or with a DJ or…is it something you are going to try and do yourself. Your Wedding entertainment budget can be a deciding factor but do some research and be sure to ask around for recommendations from friends or your venue. Remember, the cheapest is not always the best option.

 

2) Have some Pre-Ceremony music as guests arrive

It’s a good idea to have some background music playing as people arrive and start to mingle. Aim for around 20-30 minutes otherwise, without music it can seem like quite a long wait. If you’re doing it yourself think of easy listening music with a little bit of tempo. Not sure what to put on your playlist? A DJ can often provide this music for you (as well as the Ceremony and the Reception music), which could save you organising playlists and a sound system. This should be something you need to consider as you start to decide what your Wedding entertainment will consist of.

 

3) Consider a sound check

It’s good to check with the venue if they have any limitations with Wedding entertainment and entertainers…whether that is noise, power, space etc. Ask the venue manager what they feel usually works well at their venue or within the space you’re occupying. Also ask if there are any requirements for the entertainer you may have booked. If your entertainer hasn’t been to the venue before it’s a good idea to suggest they do a walk-through before the day.
 

 

4) Meet your musician/entertainer in person before the date

It’s not always easy to watch a Wedding entertainer before your big day as they’re usually performing at a Wedding! It’s highly unlikely the couple will want random people turning up at their big day to scope out the entertainment. Enquire if they are playing anywhere public which might be an easier option. Otherwise, arrange a pre-Wedding catch up to discuss the day in person (or via Skype if in person isn’t possible). That way you get to see them, discuss elements of the day like music, timing, special requests etc.

 

5) Make a note of the must-play songs

Give your DJ or band a list of your favourite songs when discussing your Wedding entertainment. This includes a list of ‘must-plays’, which may include your favourites as well as songs you know your guests will love, or your parents would really appreciate hearing. If it’s a band, talk to them first before you book as you’ll want to know if they can play the songs or if it’s the style of music they play. If it’s a DJ, be sure they are open to your suggestions. A good DJ should be open to your requests; it’s not a chance for them to play what they want. Some may specialise in a certain style of music so it’s a good thing to ask when doing part of your research. If there’s something they don’t have and struggle to get, they may ask you to supply it and if you have a version of it that’s great!

 

6) Keep an eye on the volume

You don’t want to make it hard for your guests to talk to each other. It’s a good idea to specify times you want softer music and times when you want it to be louder for the dancing and partying. Some entertainers can get carried away with the moment so if it gets too loud don’t be afraid to go over and mention it to them…for the greater enjoyment of the rest of the evening.
 

 

7) Don’t choose a really long first-dance song

A song that goes on can be a bit of a drain for both the guests and yourself. Do you really want to be swaying in front of everyone for longer than you have to?

Do a few run-throughs if planning to do some choreography to the track you’ve chosen and think of things like when you want the bridal party to join you and when you want to invite up the rest of the guests too. If it’s a really long track, work with your DJ who may be able to edit it to make it shorter.

 

8) Thinking about a ‘do-not-play’ list is a really good idea

You and your soon-to-be-spouse should sit down together to decide the list of songs you want your entertainer to perform or play on the day. It’s important you both have a say. Just like picking your ‘must-play’ songs, a ‘do-not-play’ list is also a good idea. Avoid having songs you really dislike for whatever reason played and ruining your day.

 

9) Get guests to RSVP any requests they may have

To really get an idea of what your guests may like when it comes to the music for your Wedding day then consider asking them to suggest one song when they RSVP.  It gives them the chance to hear one of their favourites and, if they have some input then they’ll be more keen to get on the dance floor when their song comes up.
 

 

10) Think of your guests, not just yourselves

You may have some quite eccentric or particular music tastes but remember you’ve invited a number of people to enjoy the day with you so accommodating their music tastes is vitally important to them sharing the day with you and enjoying it. You may love 90’s grunge but your guests may like a range of other genres to get them up dancing and celebrating your big day while your older guests may like to hear some 80’s and 90’s. Perhaps leave some of your more obscure favourites towards the end of the night or just select a couple of ‘must-plays’ that will keep you happy and give you a chance to rock out.

 

Find out more about what Ridler DJ Hire can do for your Wedding entertainment HERE

 

 

Book Your Corporate Christmas Party Now

Christmas is literally around the corner so if you’re planning your Corporate Christmas Party, then it’s a good time to get in touch with Ridler DJ Hire and take advantage of our great Christmas special offer!

 
Christmas is a great time to thank employees and partners for their hard work throughout the year while also boosting morale. Typically a Corporate Christmas Party can be any day of the week with Corporate Events often held on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, not just a Saturday night. We’ve even provided Corporate DJ Entertainment for company picnics and BBQs during the day and it’s a great way to add some atmosphere and have all the music taken care of for you.

 
There’s some dates available now for your next Christmas Party and we’d love to be a part of yours! We’ve got quality equipment and a great range of lighting and special effects to add that extra ‘wow’ to your event. From moving lights and effects lighting to smoke machines, bubble machines, confetti cannons and so much more.

 

CORPORATE CHRISTMAS PARTY SPECIAL OFFER

Get in touch to book your Corporate Christmas Party with us on any weekday in November or December and save $100 on your booking! Just submit a booking enquiry HERE and use the promo code: XMAS2017

 
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Winter Weddings

When planning your Wedding, consider a Winter Wedding. There’s some great reasons to plan your Wedding in Winter and here’s six of them!
 

1. The price is right
 Wedding venues quickly become booked solid through summer months, which means your dream venue may be unavailable for a year or more. By planning a winter wedding, you’re far more likely to secure the venue you want, when you want, without peak season prices.

2. Colour comes to life
 Winter’s bare boughs and frosty carpets provide an ideal canvas for splashes of colour. Bold accent hues pop while soft pastels such as aquamarine look ethereal when juxtaposed against a snowy landscape. Incorporate nature’s best in your theme. Consider a chocolate brown pinecone motif, or weave winter wonderland symbolism throughout the event.

3. Embrace layers of love 
Gorgeous fabrics deemed too weighty for summer – such as sophisticated silk satins and heavy lace – become luxurious possibilities in winter. Look beautiful, but stay warm by wearing a dress with sleeves, or a donning a decorative coat or jacket. 
‘A winter wedding is a fabulous opportunity to not only wear a stunning dress but to consider layering,’ says designer Anna Schimmel. ‘Adding a bridal jacket to your ensemble essentially gives you two looks [wear your jacket outdoors and remove it for your reception]. I also advise winter brides to have fun with a cover-up. They can pair a simple gown with a shrug embellished with ruffles or strong detailing.’

4. Picture this
 The New Zealand winter sets the stage for stunning wedding photos. From Mount Ruapheu to Mount Cook many of our mountain ranges are snow-covered, and the South Island’s magnificent glaciers also make particularly breathtaking backdrops. Winter’s overcast weather creates flattering, ambient lighting. Plus, you don’t have to worry about squinting into the sun during the portrait session. 
The North Island experiences more rainfall in winter than any other season so if you’re planning outdoor photos, have an indoor back-up plan.

5. They’re all yours
 There are fewer public holidays during the cold months – which is ideal if you’re planning a multi-day event, as your guests’ accommodation options are likely to be plentiful and more budget-friendly. Furthermore, your wedding is unlikely to clash with your guests’ own holiday-weekend plans. Even boutique luxury accommodation, such as Auckland’s Mollies and the South Island’s Blanket Bay have reduced room rates, so you can get luxe for less. However, if you’re planning a ski resort destination wedding, you’ll be competing for space with thousands of snow-goers, so you’ll need to book accommodation well in advance.

6. Pamper party 
If hitting the bars in town seems a little ‘been there, done that’ for your hen party, suggest to your bridesmaids that they make the most of winter by embracing the season.
Why not pack up and head off to the mountains for a ski/snowboard weekend? By organising a group lesson for newbies even the most timid snow bunnies can enjoy hitting the slopes. If pampering is more your thing, what better place to kick back in winter than the hot pools? Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa has been voted one of the top 10 day spa resorts in the world. In addition to featuring a variety of massage therapies on the menu, it offers private thermal pools, perfect for a girls’ gathering. 
On the shores of the South Island’s Lake Tekapo, Alpine Springs Spa & Winter Park is all about celebrating the winter season. As well as hot pools and a spa, they have an ice hockey rink and state-of-the-art snow slope, dedicated entirely to snow tubing.
 

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Ridler DJ and the thrills of Western Springs Speedway!

Ridler DJ is proud to be involved in the 2016/17 season of speedway at the Vodafone Western Springs Speedway, playing music at every event held over the Summer to the thousands of spectators there to witness some of the action, thrills and speed at the iconic Speedway track.

Attracting thousands of Speedway enthusiasts and families wanting an entertainment filled night out, the Vodafone Western Springs Speedway is certainly a place to satisfy engine-heads, speed fans and mums & dads with kids.

Throughout each of the home speedway events, Ridler DJ will be there playing music as part of the entertainment and production crew so make sure you get along to the speedway this Summer and enjoy a fun night out with friends and family!
 

Check out the full race schedule of the Vodafone Western Springs Speedway HERE
 

Keep On Running with ASB Auckland Marathon

For the second year, Ridler DJ was set up outside the new ASB North Wharf on Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter for the Auckland Marathon which see thousands of people take to the streets around Auckland to participate in a range of running distances.

Outside the ASB North Wharf and the Viaduct Events Centre, ASB had a cheer squad there to support, motivate and cheer on those running past as they head for the finish. A squad of bright yellow t.shirts and motivational slogans on placards gave runners a bit of a boost for the final section.

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Ridler DJ was there too, providing a fun and uplifting atmosphere through music. From 7am through to the final runners/walkers approx. 11:30am, we played a range of music styles for all ages groups participating in the event and all upbeat and fun songs to help get them through.

Once again, Ridler DJ was providing the music for another iconic Auckland event and if we’re honest, we’d rather be playing the music than running it!
 

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It’s Beginning To Feel A lot Like Christmas

It’s that time of year when planning for the end of year Christmas function or celebration takes place and now is definitely the time to start considering your Christmas function entertainment.

November/December is typically the timing for Corporate and Workplace Christmas Functions so many dates are in demand, with Friday and Saturday nights becoming limited so it’s best to get in as early as possible. We’re available for your Friday/Saturday evening, weeknight party or if you’re wanting some music for your weekend picnic/family/social day.

Ridler DJ has experience working with a number of companies to provide the entertainment for their employees or customers to really celebrate and finish the year off with a bang. It’s a great way to say thanks! Whether it’s a party or an awards evening, talk to us!

We provide quality professional sound equipment and the latest lighting technology with a huge range of options available to really make your event stand out. From flashing lights to a specific colour theme or your logo lit up on the wall or floor…we can do it all. We can also work in with a majority of leading AV companies who may already be providing your sound and lighting so we can just ‘plug in and play’ and liaise directly with them to make the whole process simpler.

Find out more by getting in touch with us today.
 
 

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!

Find out more HERE
 

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.

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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.

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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.
 
 

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!

 
 

Corporate Christmas Party DJ

When it comes to needing a Corporate Christmas Party DJ for your Corporate Christmas Party you need to ensure you’ve got the best. Ridler DJ has the experience in a range of corporate events to make your event go off without a hitch. We’ll work with you to ensure that as your professional Corporate Party DJ, we deliver on your expectations – aiming to exceed them!

 
From Corporate Christmas Parties, awards evenings, social club or team building events to your product/campaign launch, new store opening, Fashion Show, Conference, brand activation, meeting & trade show, Roadshow, Exhibition and more – we have a Corporate Event DJ able cater to them all.

Tell us what you need and we’ll make it happen. We’ll work with you to make your corporate event a success!

 
We’re able to provide a full Corporate Event DJ set up complete with sound & lighting or work in with other audio visual companies…with experience working with Oceania Audio Ltd, Monstavision, Edwards Sound Systems, Staging Connections as well as others.

 

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We have some of the best equipment available on the market. With top quality sound equipment, professional microphones, a range of static/wall wash or wall uplighting/custom monogram and LED effects lighting (that can be customised to suit your particular event), staging, truss stands, projectors & screens and so much more. We’ll work with you to ensure what you require is arranged.

 
Not every event is the same and neither is the audience so we’ll work with you to ensure we provide the right music mix for your particular event. We have a massive range of music from the rock n’ roll era of the 50’s to today’s Top 40 and dance. Whether it’s background music or dance floor fillers, we can make sure that it’s the right mix.

 

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Find out more about hiring a Corporate DJ for your Corporate Event or Corporate Office Christmas Party HERE