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

 

 

The Next Big Wedding Song Of 2017?

Ed Sheeran’s done it again. He’s released another song “How Would You Feel?” which could become (and we’re putting bets on it!) the biggest and most requested Wedding song of 2017.

 
You are the one girl
And you know that it’s true
I’m feeling younger
Every time that I’m alone with you

We were sitting in a parked car
Stealing kisses in the front yard
We got questions we should not ask but

How would you feel, if I told you I loved you?
It’s just something that I want to do
I’ll be taking my time, spending my life
Falling deeper in love with you
So tell me that you love me too

In the summer, as the lilacs bloom
Love flows deeper than the river
Every moment that I spend with you
We were sat upon our best friend’s roof
I had both of my arms round you
Watching the sunrise replace the moon

How would you feel, if I told you I loved you?
It’s just something that I want to do
I’ll be taking my time, spending my life
Falling deeper in love with you
So tell me that you love me too

We were sitting in a parked car
Stealing kisses in the front yard
We got questions we shouldn not ask

How would you feel, if I told you I loved you?
It’s just something that I want to do
I’ll be taking my time, spending my life
Falling deeper in love with you
So tell me that you love me too
Tell me that you love me too
Tell me that you love me too

 

Songwriters: Ed Sheeran
How Would You Feel lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
 

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.
 

Credit: As seen on New Zealand Weddings

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.
 

First Dance

Live DJ

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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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!

 
 

Bride And Groom Wedding Show 2015

This weekend (May 3) is the 20th Anniversary of the biggest Wedding show in New Zealand – the Bride and Groom Wedding Show at the Ellerslie Event Centre.

 
Experience the fun, excitement, and glamour as New Zealand’s top wedding specialists gather at Ellerslie Event Centre; where there will be hundreds of gorgeous ideas, on-trend inspiration, fashion shows, instant prizes and competitions to enter – everything you need to plan your dream wedding in one place, on one day with options for all budgets.

 
The Bride and Groom Wedding Show has stacks of beautiful inspiration across four floors of top wedding specialists, plus stunning displays of marquees and bridal cars in the gardens to help you envision your special day.

 
Again this year The Ridler Mobile DJ will be there showcasing what we do and answering any questions you may have about your upcoming Wedding Day. Come and see us on the second floor at stand 107 to see what we’re about and how we can make your special day a success..whether you want something simplistic when it comes to your entertainment and lighting or want to add a bit more ‘wow’ to your big day. We have the quality equipment and a wealth of experience to work with you through the process…plus enter to be in to win $1000 towards your Wedding entertainment from us*! All you need to do is enter to win at the stand!

 
EVENT DETAILS
Bride and Groom Wedding Show
Sunday 3 May
9am-5pm
Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
Website: www.brideandgroom.co.nz
 
*Terms & conditions apply
 
 

Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith Mash-up

When two of the biggest artists in the World and two of their biggest songs get blended together…it sounds a little like this.

 
Both Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are popular Wedding songs for either the Ceremony or the First Dance. Perhaps you could now look at having both at the same time..?!

 
Sam Tsui & Casey Breves do a great job on this, singing “Thinking Out Loud” and “I’m Not The Only One” simultaneously! – check out the video below!

 

Done & Dusted: Bride & Groom Show 2014

A massive day at the Bride & Groom Show yesterday at the Ellerslie Event Centre.

 
Thanks to everyone that came by and spoke to us about our services and options we offer for Wedding services and apologies if we didn’t get a chance to! Our stand was pretty crazy for most of the day! We hope that we managed to talk to most of you though and answer any questions you had.

 
We also spoke to a few people at the Bride & Groom Show about their upcoming Wedding and gave out quotes at the time. Don’t forget if you didn’t get a chance to talk to us at the show there is still a chance to take advantage of our Bride & Groom Show “Show Special” of 20% off. Just head over to our contact page and submit a quote enquiry and tell us you saw us at the show to be eligible for the discount too. A reminder the Bride & Groom Show offer is only available till this Friday 12 May and you need to have confirmed your booking and paid the minimum $100 deposit before then.

 
We’ve made our website as informative as possible in the hope we can give you a good idea on what we do, what we offer and answer any questions you may have. Have a good look around and if you have any questions or want further details please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

 
I hope we can provide our services for your upcoming event and don’t forget we can also do Engagement parties (if you’re not quite at the ‘big day’ stage yet!).

 

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Bride & Groom Wedding Show 2014

New Zealand’s largest wedding show is coming up on Sunday 4 May, and is a must-attend event for all couples getting married.

Experience the fun, the excitement, and the glamour of the Bride & Groom Wedding Show as New Zealand’s top wedding specialists gather at Ellerslie Events Centre, where there will be hundreds of inspiring ideas, fashion shows, giveaways and competitions – all you need to plan your dream wedding in one place, on one day, whatever your budget!
 

The Bride & Groom Show attracts over 160 exhibitors, occupying the four floors and beautiful grounds of the elegant Ellerslie Events Centre at Ellerslie Racecourse, in Auckland. Whether you have just recently got engaged or seeking the perfect finishing touch, the Bride & Groom Show has inspiration for every aspect of wedding and honeymoon planning. You’ll have the opportunity to taste cakes and bubbly, meet designers, view portfolios, see bouquets and table settings, and hear live music.
 

Come see us!
Find out about what The Ridler Mobile DJ can offer you when it comes to your Wedding entertainment. This is a great opportunity to talk to us about your options, our availability, get a quote and find out and what we can do to make your special day one to remember. We would love to see you!

Catch up with us on the day and enter to win up to $1000 off your Wedding entertainment! Plus, if you do book with us on the day you’ll save 20% on our quoted price!

 
Come by and see us at stand 107 on the second floor and find out a little bit more about us and what we can do to make your big day even more special…and be in to win!
 

EVENT DETAILS:
The Bride & Groom Wedding Show
Ellerslie Events Centre, Auckland
Sunday 4th May 2014 – 9am-5pm
www.brideandgroom.co.nz