We have had lots of great response and compliments to our 2014 "New Rig". In fact several of our 2015 clients complimented us on how clean, polished, and professional it looks. It provides an amazing light show experience in the hands of a qualified artist.
However, we are always finding ways to improve, and maintain our leadership in providing high quality wedding entertainment. So, at the beginning of April we will be announcing our updates for 2015. The updates will apply to both our Premier and Streamlined services.
Stay tuned, as we will be announcing these changes April 2, 2015.
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So, you're planning your wedding, and when you get to the part where you choose your wedding DJ & entertainment you think to yourself, "Hmmm, I was at a wedding where there was a photo booth, and I really liked that."
Photo booths have been a popular option for a number of years now. However, photo booths have a lot of limitations. For starters they don't work with all of the great technologies we use today. They are also a bit of a distraction from the party since only so many people can fit into them at once, people usually have to leave the dance floor to use them, and they often times don't match your decor which can make them a bit of an eyesore.
Photo booths don't capture the story of your night. There are no candid moments in a photo booth, and the candid pictures that show genuine expression are always the best pictures. So who or what does capture the story? Most hired photographers don't stay past the first couple spotlight dances of a reception. If you remember, people used to get disposable cameras and rely on their guests to just pick them up and start shooting with them. Usually what would happen is that people took a few shots then set them down and forgot about the disposable camera. If you were lucky a couple people actually used up the all of the film in the cameras, but the pictures typically didn't turn out very well.
We now live in the times where most people have smartphones, and most people are shooting pictures and videos with them constantly. Especially at parties! Think about it. As soon as something interesting starts happening at least 10 people have a smartphone out recording video or still pictures.
Your wedding day is a day where you want to soak up every moment, and be able to recall those moments for the rest of your life. Not only that, but people want to be able to share their moments on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
At SoundFire DJ we see the value in bringing the photo booth concept into the 21st century. That's why we've partnered with Eversnap to bring our clients the best solution for capturing the story of their night.
Eversnap makes it easy for your guests to automatically upload the pictures they take with their smartphone throughout the evening to a dedicated album for your event.
What's also great about it is that you can start using it as soon as you start the journey of planning your wedding. Dress fittings, cake tastings, venue scouting, engagement photos, and more can all be captured to preserve those memories, and capture the story. Also, for the night of your reception, we can run a live slideshow of your photos that not only include the pictures leading up to your wedding night, but also updates LIVE as people take pictures at the reception! Eversnap also moderates every slideshow to ensure that only appropriate pictures make it into the album as well. So just in case a certain former Packer quarterback shows up at your wedding and gets too happy with his camera phone . . . Eversnap makes sure that picture doesn't make it onto the big screen.
Eversnap is one of the great finishing touches we offer for your celebration.
There's so much more we could share with you about this awesome service, so give us a call, and experience the difference!
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We're going to give one of our first pro tips about DJ's today. It's not only something that frustrates nearly every DJ, but it is also one of the biggest mistakes people make when picking out a DJ or any other service provider. The first question a DJ usually gets asked is, "How much do you charge?" Hiring any professional for your wedding is like doing a job interview. Think about any job interview you've been in. The money is almost always one of the very last things to come up, and for good reason too.
Here are some much better questions to ask, and further proof why price is always the last question you should ask.
1. Please tell me about you and your services?
Not all DJs are the same. Different personalities, levels of experience, background, and more is why some DJs work for some weddings & parties and others don't. You want to be able to have a good relationship with your DJ so personality is key, and you don't want to leave your important day in the hands of someone inexperienced.
2. May I see you perform at another wedding?
Here's a trick question that instantly tells you if you have an amateur or a pro. If they are willing to let you crash another person's wedding, who will they let show up to yours? If they say "Yes" to this politely decline and move on.
3. Do you like to dance?
If you have a DJ that doesn't like to dance chances are that DJ will stay in the booth all night. At the same time you hope they're not over the top too. Most wedding parties want an entertainer that is going to interact with the crowd and keep the party going. Make sure your DJ matches your style.
4. Are you insured?
A lot of wedding reception halls are starting to clamp down on DJs not being insured. This is one of those things that brides don't find out about until about a week before their wedding. Then the DJ can't play, and the bride are groom are scrambling to find someone else who is insured that is free on short notice. Icing on the cake: you're probably going to lose your deposit from the DJ too.
Lastly, use your instinct. If you have a good feeling with the DJ set up a meeting with them to sit down face to face. Chances are you'll meet at a coffee shop and get free coffee during your meeting (you will with us).
After reviewing what you talked about on the phone, then it is the best time to start talking about price for three reasons.
First, you can read the DJ a little better to make your decision. If they seem confident and well-spoken, that's a good sign. If they're nervous and fumbling their words, you may want to reconsider.
Second, if the price sounds good based on the value and talent they bring most DJs will have the ability to get your date secured on the spot.
Third, the DJ will want to book your wedding as well, and this is a good time to negotiate services. Don't expect them to throw things in for free, but they should be able to flex or tweak their packages to work with you (i.e. If the DJ includes certain lighting you don't need, can you get a discount if it isn't used?)
We hope this pro tip helps you be more successful when picking out a DJ. Our goal is that we want you to have the best wedding, and the best customer service. If you have a date coming up just send us a message to check our availability!
P.S. This is what can happen when you make selecting your DJ all about price:
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