Feeling the Love at Recent Wedding Expos

With the end of the Wedding season, comes the start of the Wedding Expo season and we were excited to be involved in two of the main ones in Auckland – the Grand Wedding Show and the Bride & Groom Show.

 

We had a lot of fun talking to brides-to-be, couples, mothers and mothers-in-law and many others who were investigating a range of options for their upcoming Wedding. It’s such an auspicious occasion and a lot of thought, planning and money is involved to celebrate two families becoming one. We were able to engage with those looking for information and ideas on what we could offer them and how the entertainment plays a part in that celebration.

 

Not only did we offer those attending both Wedding Expos a special offer if they booked with us but we also gave visitors at both events the chance to win up to $1,000 worth of Wedding entertainment from us! This covered the actual DJ services on the day, the sound and lighting equipment and much more.

 

Our Winners were over the moon and extremely grateful for the chance to have something ticked off for their Wedding. It also saves a lot of money on their Wedding budget! Our Grand Wedding Show winners were Stuart and Katy for their Wedding in 2019 and the winner from the Bride & Groom Show was Amanda and Lloyd for their Wedding in late 2018.

 

That’s $2,000 in Wedding entertainment given away! We can’t wait to work with them on making their big event one big party to remember for them and their guests!

 

Remember if you got a quote from us at the Expo or you were at the Shows and want a quote then you have until May 31 to confirm your booking to receive our Show Special discount! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!

 

Bride & Groom Show
Wedding Expo Bride & Groom Show

 

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

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!
 

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!”

 


 

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

 

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!

 
 

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!

 

The Art Of Marriage

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things…

It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude
of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation
and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience,
understanding and a sense of humor.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best.

by Wilferd Arlan Peterson