Old School Entertainment LLC
1740 Dale Rd Cincinnati OH 45237 US
|Posted on May 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM||comments (38)|
So you are on a tight wedding budget, and wondering where you can cut a few corners. Unfortunately, many couples have been wrongly advised to skimp on the reception entertainment.
In recent years, there have been several articles about how the technology of the day will allow you to "self-serve" your reception music via the iPod, as opposed to hiring a DJ. While the concept is interesting, and is initially attractive from a purely economic standpoint, there are several aspects of doing this that are unrealistic, inconvenient, inefficient, and cost far more than you think. Let's look at the facts of most receptions and see why this idea has no legs.
RECEPTION VENUE HOUSE SOUND
The typical reception venue's house sound system will consist of ceiling mount speakers. While these speakers are adequate for speeches and dinner music, they lack the frequency range, power, and low-end response for a party. Would you dance to an overhead speaker with less frequency response than a good car stereo? To overcome this issue, the option would be to rent a professional sound system at a cost of $400-$500. Keep in mind that this price range typically does not include delivery, set up, break down, or return of the equipment to the rental facility. Of course, you could do all that yourself, or get Uncle John to do it, but isn't this supposed to be a celebration for you and your guests to enjoy?
DJ VERSUS iPod... The rest of the story.
Aside from the sound system, there is dance lighting, emcee duties, planning assistance, music library, and the rarely understood talent of "reading a crowd". None of these things can be provided by an iPod.
Leaving the emcee duties to a family member may sound like a good idea, but do you want Uncle John working at the reception? Your family members and friends are there to celebrate with you. This also applies to the music flow. Will you simply create a playlist and let it go for 4-5 hours? What about timing? Will you spend hours calculating the timing of the music? If not, will Uncle John have double duty? What about requests? Will the iPod look at your dance floor, see that it is empty, and do something to fill it?
Good Disc Jockeys will spend ample time consulting with you on the flow and musical choices for your reception, and use his or her professional experience to properly announce your grand entrance, and the events of your timeline. They will also read your crowd, co-ordinate with the venue staff, photographers, and other vendors to make sure that everyone is in their proper place at the proper time.
Do yourself a favor the next time you read an article that says you should do it yourself... Hire a professional DJ within your budget. Expect to spend at least $700 on a quality wedding DJ service, and avoid DJ brokerage services. Statistics show that nearly 80% of people remember the entertainment more than any other aspect of the reception. Save the iPod for personal use.
|Posted on May 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM||comments (1)|
It's Wednesday, and that means time for Vol. 2 of our series on great dancing songs. Once again we will list 5 musts, and 1 that is a habit more than a must.
1. Love Shack - B52s
2. Yeah - Usher
Not one for out of the gates generally, but when people start getting tired, they can't resist dancing anyway.
3. Cupid Shuffle
4. Faithfully - Journey
5. At Last - Etta James
Classic for your more mature guests.
Now for the song that has become a habit. Still a great song, but not a must.
Brick House - Commodores
Share your thoughts, and check back next Wednesday for Vol. 3!
|Posted on April 30, 2014 at 9:35 AM||comments (2)|
There are great songs...and there are great DANCE songs. For the next 4 Wednesday's we will share 5 great songs to fill a dance floor, and 1 song that while it may not have hit the do not play list, has been wildly over used. Share your opinions!
1. V.I.C - Wobble
The Wobble is a participation dance sure to get your party moving. It is easy to learn, and your guests that don't know it, and the ones less likely to dance at all, are sure to hit the dance floor when they see everyone having this much fun.
2. Isley Brothers - Shout
The young and the older will dance to this classic from 1959
3. Pharrell Williams - Happy
There is no doubt that this will be the song of the year at the Grammy's. We think that it will be over used pretty soon, but for now, it is a must.
4. Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
Frank is timeless, and when it is time to slow it down (which is often forgotten), this song will have your more "mature" guests ready to get down for sure.
5. Salt N Peppa - Push It
The 80's gave us great dance music. This song will always fill a dance floor.
Now for the over used song that while still in use, and still a great song, we think is now a habit for receptions, and not necessarily a must play.
Kool and The Gang - Celebration
|Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:57 AM||comments (3768)|
Wedding planning can turn into months of obsessing over endless details, stressful deadlines, family drama and enough to make you want to elope. Your perfect day can be planned in 30 days or less, and we will prove it!
Week 1: Set the date, budget, guest list, and style.
Since the average wedding cost $29,000 in 2012, keep in mind that the larger the guest list, the closer you get to that number. The average wedding guest list is @140 people.
What style suites your taste? Will you go for the big formal, a dressy cocktail party, or a more laid back party celebration?
In setting the date, keep in mind that you can literally save THOUSANDS, by booking your reception on a Friday or Sunday. Call venues, check availability and book your date. Don't forget to think outside the box, and check with restaurants that have large enough private areas for your reception.
Week 2: Set up Registries, Create a Wedding Website, and order invitations.
Pick where you want to be registered, and we recommend creating a Wedding Website with a service like "The Knot". Once you have the site, you can easily link the registries with the site for quick and easy way for guest to find out where you are registered.
Now that you have your registries and Wedding Website, order your invitations, and be sure to include the information as to the site, so that your guests know where to go to for more information.
Week 3: Vendors Week
This will be the toughest week of tasks. You will need your DJ, Photographer, Cake Baker, Florist, transportation, and Videographer. Visit websites, get quotes, and do yourself a favor by asking each vendor for suggestions for other services. We know who does a great job, and who is in your budget. Old School Entertainment offers packages with select partners who we know will do a great job, and can refer you to other vendors that we know offer great service and value. This can save you time and money.
Week 4: Find a Wedding Gown, Tuxes, and Bridesmaid Attire:
Bridal salons host sample sales all the time where if you’re lucky, you could buy and take a designer gown home with you same-day. Or, check out any number of popular ready-to-wear stores that are now carrying wedding-worthy white dresses. There’s BHLDN with dreamy vintage-style dresses, Ann Taylor for classic and simple silhouettes, and even Nordstrom for the variety factor to name a few.
For the men, I have 2 words... Men's Warehouse.
Now.... Relax and enjoy the fact that you are headed toward the happiest day of your life knowing that everything is in place.
|Posted on April 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM||comments (5)|
You are planning your reception or event, so how much sound do you need? Well the answer is simple..... It depends.
Certainly, much of the decision will be based upon the size of your event, but the other things to strongly weigh are your personal tastes, musical genre, and room configuration. See our blog post on Reception Configuration for additional information.
If your room is extremely large, you simply are not going to have good coverage with a 2 speaker sound system. Sure, everyone will be able to hear in most cases, but if this is supposed to be a party, then just hearing it isn't enough. If your room is large, it will be necessary (at a minimum) to supplement the sound with an extended set up, (additional, strategically placed speakers) to provide evenly distributed sound. Getting too small a sound package for your event will result in the system having to be pushed to limits that will cause distortion. Secure our smaller sound system for cocktail parties, or receptions and events with (typically) fewer than 75 people, big bass response is not required, or rooms that are compact in size.
One Thump or Two?
If you intend to have a lot of dancing, and your genre of choice includes pop/hip-hop, or other "bass intensive" genres, then sub woofers will be needed. They provide great low end response, and a true dance party/club feel. Typically, it is best to have two subs properly spaced to provide the best sound and coverage. Our Gold Package will provide clients with excellent sound coverage and low end response for any event up to 250+ guests. Remember, volumes have no limit as to how much they can be reduced, but there are hard limits as to how much volumes may be increased.
Cocktail Hour or Ceremony Sound?
If you are having a portion of your event in a separate room, a "mini set up", may be needed. These set ups are ideal for ambiance, and ceremonies and may be added to any of our packages.
The Mother of ALL Sound!
If your event is extremely large 300+ people, and you want to have the ultimate sound experience, then our Platinum Package is for you. Large club quality sound to dance the night away!
*Up Next - Dance Lighting
|Posted on April 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM||comments (91)|
When planning your big day, one of the most important things to get right is the reception venue and its configuration. Over the years, I have seen some great ones, and some awful ones. Many couples, planners, and venues make a great effort in determining the room size and configurations based on the number of anticipated guests, but place lesser emphasis upon guest/event traffic flow, and DJ/dance floor placements. Let's take a look at these sometimes overlooked concerns, and apply two tips to perfect the night.
It's extremely important for your event to have an ease of traffic flow through your event timeline. From your grand entrance, to the last dance, you won't want to have to snake your way through tables, (or in the case of a very large reception) travel back and forth across a huge room.
1. Match your configuration to your timeline:
Looking in from the main entrance: If your cake is located in the far left corner of the venue, your wedding party table is right wall center, and the dance floor is straight ahead toward the rear wall, you would be best served by cutting your cake prior to your first dances. It allows you to flow back toward your table (if needed) as you cycle through your timeline. This gives the venue staff ample time to portion the cake for your guests while you dance, and toss the bouquet/garter, and puts you on the dance floor when open dancing begins.
Some venues will have a tendency to place the DJ in a corner. In the worst cases we have seen, placement of 20-30 feet from the dance floor with guest tables between! Often this terrible configuration is done in an effort to make the dance floor the center of attention, and while I agree with the concept, the execution makes for an uncomfortable evening for the guests at those tables.
2. NEVER PLACE TABLES BETWEEN THE DJ AND THE DANCE FLOOR.
They say that typing in all caps is the equivalent of yelling....Well maybe I am, but that is only because of how important it is to never do this. Never allow your venue to do this. Never allow your planner to do this. Did I say NEVER?
While this won't affect the reception during dinner, it will when the party starts. Professional speakers put out anywhere from 200-1000 watts RMS of sound with SPL's of 90 (a jackhammer)-136 (rock concert) db. That's technical jargon for "the poor folks sitting at these tables are at risk for an unpleasant night at best, and hearing loss at worst."
Utilizing these two tips will help you to insure a fun and memorable evening! For more ideas and advice on planning visit the link below, and share your comments and questions with us!
|Posted on March 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM||comments (11)|
|Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM||comments (92)|
When it comes to vendors for your wedding day, there are many things to consider. One of the top things many couples have to think about is the budget. Typically, vendors in any particular service area are fairly competitive on pricing with similar service options. When it comes to DJ services, there can be some undesirable surprises.
Every year, we book 3-5 "911 weddings" where the DJ has bailed out of the reception within a week or two of the date. How in the world does this happen? Simple.... 90% of these occurrences were a result of hiring a "cheap" DJ. If a DJ is quoting 6 hours of service for $300...RUN! Here's why:
Some DJ's will "low ball" a quote simply to get a date on the books, only to cancel should a higher paying event come along. No professional DJ that we know would accept that, which leave only the untrained, or desperate to choose from. The end result, (even if he/she supplies a replacement) will likely be someone with low end equipment, and sub-par skills.
Would you not be suspicious of a discount lawyer, doctor, or perhaps a nearly new Mercedes for $500? We think you should be. This is not to say that one needs to over spend for services, but at the same time, If it appears to be too good to be true, it probably is.
Here are a few booking tips:
1. Plan on budgeting $100-$300 per hour as a range for a reputable and dependable DJ
with pro grade sound and lighting.
2. Seek out local DJ services with 3-5 DJ's on staff. These operations will have
hand picked their people, and tend to be more concerned with the quality of work
over the number of bookings.
3. Avoid places like Craigslist or Thumbtack when seeking services. While some good
services may list on sites like this, they are also a haven for ones to avoid.
|Posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM||comments (475)|
The First Dances are a tradition, but you don't have to be traditional. Here is a video of one of the BEST Mother/Son dances we have seen to date. This wasn't our wedding, but Old School Entertainment will work with you to create non traditional moments like this.
|Posted on March 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM||comments (30)|
The top 10 According to mojo.com. What are yours?