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Confetti Cannon to add a touch of magic to your event

Add a touch of magic to your event or celebration with one of our Confetti Cannons. Don’t rely on the cheap handheld confetti options when you can create quite the statement with our professional Confetti Cannon that can rain confetti down on you exactly when you want it. It’s an ideal extra element for your First Dance, Product Launch, Awards Evening or even a special announcement, grand entrance and more.

 

You also have the option of  choosing the colour of your confetti so a perfect choice to suit your theme or brand. LED lights on the Confetti Cannon make an even bigger statement!

 

Keen to make your event go off with a bang? Get in touch with us today and let’s discuss making your event one to remember!

 

(Confetti Cannon is only available in addition to a DJ hire booking and not available for hire on own).

 

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Top 10 Father-Daughter Dance Songs for Your Wedding

There’s not another day more emotional for a father than his daughter’s Wedding day. Dancing with his ‘little girl’ really is the icing on the cake and one both of you can cherish for years to come. But choosing the right song can be the hard part. We hope these songs help you choose the right song and either way, it’s a moment you both won’t forget and you’ll always be his ‘little girl’.

1) Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses

 

2) Tim McGraw – My Little Girl

 

3) The Temptations – My Girl

 

4) Paul Simon – Father and Daughter

 

5) Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely

 

6) Amos Lee – Sweet Pea

 

7) Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

 

8) Heartland – I Loved Her First

 

9) Bruno Mars – Count On Me

 

10) Krystal Keith – Daddy Dance With Me

 

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Now Accepting Credit Card Payments

After a number of requests from clients, we are pleased to announce we are now able to take payments by MasterCard or Visa.

 

Understandably people use their credit card for a number of reasons, whether it’s for Airpoints™, Cashback rewards or other types of rewards offered by their bank and for some it’s just easier to be able to have the flexibility if they want it.

 

So now you have a couple of other options on top of paying by direct credit or internet banking! We even have it set up so you can pay directly from your invoice we send you. It’s just another way booking with Ridler DJ makes it all a seamless and stress-free part of organising your event…whether it’s a birthday, wedding or Corporate event.

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!

 

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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

 

 

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!”

     


     

    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

     

    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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