The Importance of Wedding Music


There are two aspects of wedding music that need to be addressed when planning your big day. First, you may wish to select certain music or arrange for professional soloists or musicians to play during the actual wedding ceremony. But at the wedding reception, it’s pretty much anything goes when it comes to selecting wedding music, provided it’s tasteful.

Right away is the time to plan your wedding music. Good talent gets booked fast and you don’t want to end up having to select the brand new DJ with only a few weddings under his belt or something even worse. Booking your music a full year in advance is advisable but at a minimum, you should know who will be showing up and what he or she will be playing at least six months prior to the wedding date.

For most weddings, selecting the music for the wedding ceremony isn’t that complicated because most often, it’s controlled by the person in charge at the location where the ceremony will take place. When you’re researching your wedding ceremony options, be sure to inquire about any guidelines with respect to wedding ceremony music as these could possibly impact your decision. If the ceremony is being held outdoors, check for electrical hook-ups or book live musicians.

Wedding music during the ceremony is basically secondary to the ceremony itself so the music is really meant to sort of ‘fill in the gaps’ during the non-speaking periods such as while guests are being seated, during the procession, and while lighting the unity candles. Of course, it’s your wedding and it can be custom-designed.

The music that’s played at the reception, however, is going to mean the difference between a successful reception and one that’s ho-hum. This is where things can start to get complicated. When you begin searching for wedding reception music, you’ll realize rather quickly that you have a lot of options. You can book a live band, a professional DJ that’ll play pre-recorded music, or you can buy that CD full of top wedding songs and have someone act as the DJ. Most couples opt for a professional DJ as this person is able to keep the reception flowing and knows the ins and outs of making your reception amazing and memorable.

It’s important that you both agree on the type of wedding music you want played at your reception. There are ‘traditional’ songs that almost always are played at certain points during the reception such as the father/daughter dance, the cake cutting, the dollar dance and so on. Then there is all the music in between. Do you want jazz, country, R&B, new age, Italian, Latin, Jewish-inspired, or a little bit of everything? That’s an important decision to make because the musicians you select have to be able to deliver what you want or you won’t be happy.

Try to book experienced professionals for your wedding music. Always ask for and check references. Even contact the Better Business Bureau. If booking live talent, arrange to hear a live performance before booking. Scrutinize the contract before signing to make sure all parties agree on the number of hours music will be provided and that everything that has been agreed to is in writing. Find out the cancellation and refund policy, too.

The Wedding Favors


Celebrating the unity of two people for eternity is the foremost purpose of a wedding ceremony. It has been this way and will continue to be this way for as long as the tradition lives. Wedding guests are invited to share not only in the joyous occasion but also to bear witness to the union. There is something spiritual about standing before all those who are special to you and making a lifelong commitment to someone for others to hear, which is what really transforms two people into a married couple.

To show an appreciation for their guests, for the time they have taken out of their busy lives to be part of the wedding, the bride and groom shower their guests with wedding favors. These wedding gifts or favors have been the tradition to thank the wedding guests for their thoughtfulness, their gifts, and help in any way given to the couple in making the wedding a special occasion.

Wedding favors traditionally are given to all of the guests that have been invited to the wedding reception. Of course, more expensive wedding favors are available and there are many weddings for which these higher-priced wedding favors are appropriate, but favors are typically inexpensive gifts, averaging in the $1 – $3/person price range. Numerous wedding favors are available in just about any category one could imagine, from sterling silver picture frames, to personalized edible chocolates, and even fragrant bath soaps.

Selecting wedding favors is not that difficult at all, nor is it necessary to purchase these well in advance of the wedding date. Most are readily available at online and retail outlets that specialize in these kind of wedding accessories. You don’t want to wait until the last minute however, as that is a particularly hectic time. You will need to allow ample time for personalization or shipping if you select an item that requires special ordering, for example; an unusually large quantity, or an exclusive item. To be on the safe side, two to three months prior to the wedding date is a good time to make your wedding favor selections. Once you have them in your possession, the only other thing you need to worry about is getting them to the reception before the guests arrive and presenting them in a unique and beautiful manner appropriate for the occasion.

Online shopping has made finding appropriate wedding favors very easy. Type ‘wedding favors’ into Google and you’ll get pages of web sites offering every type of wedding favor you could ever want. So where do you begin? It’s definitely a good idea to consult your budget worksheet first so you know the price range to focus on. From there, think about what makes you and your partner unique. Do you both love golf? Are you wine connoisseurs? What about a theme? If your wedding has one, there’s sure to be a favor to complement that theme. Do you want the favor to be the place holder? If so, select one that allows you to write the person’s name and table number. Creating your own wedding favors is another option and can end up being the most unique wedding favor of all and one that your guests are sure to treasure!

Wedding favors most suited to the occasion are the ones that reflect your personal style and personality. So select something that you personally enjoy and that your guests will appreciate and remember your wedding and you for a long time to come.

Gifts for the Wedding Party


The wedding party is comprised of all the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ushers that the bride and groom have chosen to be by their sides for their special day. They are the people that are closest to the bride and groom, and have been there for the couple long before the wedding day. Gifts for the wedding party are a special way to recognize their contributions.

Gifts for Groomsmen

There are a number of fantastic gifts available for groomsmen and ushers in the wedding party. Choosing gifts can depend on the individual interest of the men. If the group is interested in sports, there are a number of sports themed gifts including golf, baseball, and football. Other good ideas are cigar sets or a glassware sets. All these gifts can be personalized with the men’s names and details of the wedding. Engraving the personalization is a special and meaningful touch for the gifts for the wedding party.

Gifts for Bridesmaids

A bride has many options for choosing gifts for her bridesmaids. Jewelry is always a great idea. It can be worn during the wedding and after. There are some amazing sets of bridal jewelry available for the bridesmaids ranging from simple pearls to elegant diamonds. Cosmetics sets and cosmetics bags are a good idea. They can be given to the bridesmaids prior to the wedding and be used that day during wedding preparation. Handbags and jewelry boxes are also great gifts for bridesmaids.

There are so many options for wedding party gifts. The bride and groom should really consider the interests of their attendants when choosing gifts to choose one that truly suits their personality and will be a sincerely meaningful gift. Gifts can be lavish or just something simple to symbolize the appreciation the bride and groom have for their attendants.

In preparation for the wedding, the wedding party is truly able to bond with the bride and groom. Through all the events and all the preparation, those in the wedding party are able to help the bride and groom prepare for the most important event of their new lives together. Giving gifts to the wedding party is a wonderful way to thank them for all they have done throughout their friendship and during this special time.

The Invitiation



The most important purpose of a wedding invitation is to let guests know the particular details of the wedding so be sure that these details are accurate. You will want to hold off on ordering your invitations until you have finalized all of the details to ensure that your invitations are printed with correct information. In order to avoid confusion that results from misinformation on you your invitations, it is critical that you proofread your invitations several times to ensure that all of the information in correct. Once you have proofread the invitation a few times, you might consider having someone else proofread it as well. This is sometimes necessary because it is easy to overlook a mistake on your invitation when you know what the invitation should say. Sometimes your mind will subconsciously fix the error, making it appear as though everything is correct when it really isn’t.

Check your names and your parent’s names, if they appear on the invitation, carefully to confirm they are spelled correctly and also check the spelling and punctuation of the rest of the text. Wedding information that is accurate and contains no errors is sure to make a wonderful impression on your guests and can help to avoid guests from missing parts of the wedding because they were misinformed by inaccurate information on the invitation.


Our Client of the Month is… Kayla and John Ledbetter

John, Kayla, DJ JoCo

John, Kayla, DJ JoCo

On August 27th, we had the pleasure of working on Kayla (Williams) and John Ledbetter’s ceremony and reception. I met these two at Ducky’s Formal Wear a while back. I was in getting my tux fitted and they were in looking for groomsmen’s tuxedos. We got to talking about their wedding and we made a great connection. We were able to step in and make their dreams come true. We DJed and emceed the night as well as had our photo booth there and did some awesome lighting with both Bistro and uplights. Our Designer, Alyssa, made Jumer’s look amazing with rustic center pieces, candles, card box, and backdrops while décor floral and wedding party flowers were designed by Kathy Mistic from the Silvis Hy-Vee. It was an amazing night and we are so happy they chose us to be a part of it. Everything came together perfectly!

Congratulations Kayla and John!

-DJ JoCo, Alyssa, and the Master Entertainment Staff

Community Life

3 Doors Down at the Fair

3 Doors Down at the Fair

My favourite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something.” -Groucho Marx

September is upon us and it one of my favorite months. First off, it is my birthday month. Secondly is starts the bridge between summer weather and fall weather. It marks the beginning of autumn. Changes are evident and life keeps moving.

August was of course busy though I did get to so some fun activities. I sat through a severe thunderstorm while watching 3 Doors Down at the Mississippi Valley Fair with my wife. We also got a chance to take the kids to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque. If you haven’t seen this place, it is worth checking out. Way more than I expected in terms of size and quality.

Of course this time of year, weddings are plentiful. September and October are both crazy busy as we both work for and attend weddings. We are seeing a lot of rustic decor trends right now which I think fit well with fall.

When I think of fall, I also think of Halloween being just around the corner. I enjoy this so much I even owned a haunted house one year and continue to consult with a couple to this day. While I do not like the blood and gore, I am a huge fan of the production and behind-the-scenes of these “shows”. If there is one thing we love at Master Entertainment, is it big productions.

As I write this our staff is prepping for several large events: testing equipment, finishing decor, meeting with clients to plan, and pulling together all the details of the normal day to day right now. That being said, we also have our eye to the winter and start to book up with holiday parties right now. If you haven’t checked out what we do for these events, give us a call. We have a way to make the event very fun… really!

Until next month..


And Our Client of The Month is.. Andrea (Weekley) & Marion Calmer!

DJ JoCo, Andrea, Marion, Brittany

DJ JoCo, Andrea, Marion, Brittany

Andrea and Marion’s ceremony and reception were held at their private lake house in Alpha, IL. We had so much fun working with them to plan this amazing day. We started with a beautiful ceremony across the lake where they arrived on hayracks and large tractors. The reception building and tent were decorated wit h a rustic feel: hay bales, mason jars, burlap, and lace. The building, measuring 40’x80’ and built for the reception,  was used for the dinner buffet, band, and dancing. Along with uplighting the building and the 60’x120’ tent,  we also hung bistro lights, brought in a lighted LED dance floor, and set up the “dancing on clouds” effect! Once the band finished, it was time to start the party.  After a couple hours of DJing, we turned everyone’s attention to the sky above the lake where we were all treated to a private fireworks show. This was truly a fantastic day.

Congratulations Marion and Andrea!

-DJ JoCo, Brittany, and the Master Entertainment Staff

Community Life


Cars lined up and ready to go!

Cars lined up and ready to go!

Greetings Loyal Master Entertainment Fanatic! I hope that your summer has been going great and you are taking some time to enjoy the summer months. Here at the Miller household things have been as  busy as ever (as any of you with kids know).

While I tend to stay inside and hide when the temp is over 90, there have still been some chances to get outside and have some fun. Our two boys have enjoyed being pulled around behind our bicycles in their child trailer. Only problem is they seem to think they are in a chariot and Mom and Dad are their horses. I hear “wheeee” and “go faster” quite often our of Logan’s mouth.

I also got a chance to head to Las Vegas yet again this year for another public speaking gig. Temps out there were something ridiculous like 115 degrees. Guess I have never been there in the middle of summer, but it felt like someone had a blow-dryer turned on high pointed at me.

Despite the heat, I got outside and spent a morning at Speed Vegas. SV is a racetrack designed just for people to rent and drive exotic cars as fast as possible while being as safe as possible. Take your choice of Mustang, Corvette, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche… you name it. I chose a Mercedes and managed to get going 125mph on the straightaway. I highly recommend this activity if you are in Vegas and want to do something besides gamble. The place is brand new (still under construction) and the staff is great.

We have also worked some amazing weddings this past month including one that contracted a professional fireworks display over their private lake. We have had several new offerings out this month and continue to bring innovative ideas to our events with the addition of our in-house designer and décor rental services we added earlier this year. We offer a TON of different services now all in one stop with the attention to detail and high quality we are known for. If you have not already, I invite you to like us on Facebook ( so you can see all that is new.

Until next month…