Our Client of the Month is… Courtney (Koehler) & Casey Wigant!

Groom, Casey, and his groomsmen

Groom, Casey, and his groomsmen

We’re back into wedding season so it is getting harder and harder to pick the client of the month because they’re all so awesome! On April 2nd, we had our photo booth out at the iWireless Center for Courtney and Casey Wigant’s wedding. We had a blast! There was a line all night long for the photo booth which we brought props and a memory book for. Needless to say, their memory book was full and it will be a great reminder of how amazing their wedding reception was.  We had a ton of big groups in the photo booth including the groom and his groomsmen.

 

Congratulations Courtney and Casey!

-Johnathan and the Master Entertainment Staff

 

Community Life

With April wrapping up and May just around the corner, it is definitely feeling like summer around here. It is also still the middle of my convention season if you will. As many of you know, I invest heavily in education and attend many expos. I also have a marketing consulting company and speak at many industry conventions.

In April, we packed back up and headed to Las Vegas for the second time in as many months. This time for Photo Booth Expo. I hosted a full day workshop one day and spoke 4 other times while I was there. Good thing I wasn’t sick and had a voice the entire time.

While in Vegas, I got a chance to visit my brother again and eat some good food (including some of the best pizza I have had at Pizza Rock). While, not really a gambler, I did manage to win some money at craps and Aaron Brown seemed to have an uncanny ability to win at bingo… yes bingo.

That’s it for Vegas but now on to Jacksonville, Florida and then Phoenix, Arizona. Then, I will finally get to stay home for a while and spend some time with my wife and two sons. Mason (now 16 months) seems to be becoming quite the rascal and seems to love throwing things for reaction. Logan (now 3), leads a busy life between daycare and preschool. It is really tough to leave them so much within such a short time frame.

May will be another crazy busy month, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Until next month,

-Justin

What’s your back-up plan?

Okay, you have booked the DJ that will perform at your wedding reception, but what will happen if he or she does not show up? No wedding planning is complete without having a backup plan just in case something goes wrong.

Having a plan B is important when you are planning your wedding, anything could go wrong. For instance; you could hire a wedding limo to take you to the church but if the limo driver is taking his/her sweet time to come pick you up, your plan B is to use uncle Nigel’s limo, which is parked somewhere in the compound and is serviced and ready to go.

Agreed, wedding planning is not easy on the pocket, even the smallest wedding can turn out to be pocket-draining.

One of the worst things you can do is to tighten the purse strings when it comes to hiring a DJ to entertain you and your guests at your wedding reception. Yes, you may be tempted to hire an individual DJ instead of hiring a reputable DJ company just because the individual DJ is charging you 100 to 500 dollars less than what a professional DJ company is charging.

Hiring an individual DJ is not a crime, but it is a rather risky thing to do, a number of things can happen.

  •  Your DJ could fall ill or could get hit by a bus on the night of your event and may not be able to show up in order to perform at your event.
  • Your DJ could book another (lucrative) gig and just gives you your deposit back – this happens especially when you do not sign a contract with the DJ. There are many stories involving DJ’s who do not keep their promise.
  • Your DJ may just go out of business and may not even have the decency to inform you.

Having a backup plan is MUST!

It is in your best interest to hire a reputable DJ company; this is because a full-time DJ company always put a plan B in place in case anything goes wrong. If your DJ is unable to show up due to unforeseen circumstances, then the company already has a backup DJ who is also well trained, highly experienced and totally committed to ensuring that you and your guests have a really great time.

With a reputable DJ company, you can count on not only having a skilled backup DJ, you can also count quality service because a DJ company can afford to purchase world class sound equipment that will make the music and announcements sound crystal clear.

DJ companies are also fully insured, thus providing protection for you and your guests in case there is an unanticipated accident.

Your Wedding Theme

Whether it’s a traditional, formal, or off-the-beaten-track wedding, you’re putting the whole event together yourself by planning its every phase. These days, with so much available on the Internet, it’s easy! All you need is some time and a clear idea of the feeling you want to get across.

Start with a theme and you’ll have a coherent image you can use throughout the entire wedding. You may be surprised, in fact, how potent just a word or concept can be, once applied as your marriage theme.

Love angels, for example? What could be more perfect than finding ways to incorporate angels in every phase of your wedding?

From the flowers to the guest favors to the vows, you can find a way to carry out the theme through the entire event. Is it to be a casual wedding of two Renaissance types? The Renaissance theme is compatible with the wedding ritual, and makes for an unforgettable event.

Getting married on February the fourteenth? Hearts and flowers are perhaps the most traditional and best beloved of all wedding themes!

When you’re planning your wedding, save time to choose the music with care. Get together with whoever is providing the music and talk about the right pieces for the two of you. There is nothing that sets the tone like music, and your wedding music will live in your memories for the rest of your lives.

The rings, the vows, the wardrobe…all the choices you must make to create an intimately personal expression of your love, are made so much easier by following a theme. But the idea behind it all is what counts.

You can choose one word to describe the spirit you wish to be your wedding, as if the coming together of two hearts creates a separate entity with one quality.

Is it joy? Is it contentment? Is it a giddy, bubbly, mirthful adoration? Pick a word or a phrase and keep it in mind. It’ll tie everything together and make the experience more perfect. And your wedding theme can become a foundation throughout your marriage.

For your wedding.

For each other.

For your life.

And Our Client Of The Month Is… Joanna (Griffin) & Ryan Neumann!!

Kourtney, Ryan, Joanna, Johnathan

Kourtney, Ryan, Joanna, Johnathan

It was a beautiful Winter’s day in February when Joanna Griffin and Ryan Neumann tied the knot! This couple was a blast to work with from day one. Both are so full of joy and excitement. I got a call on January 4th that they had booked the Hotel Blackhawk and were getting married in about 2 months and needed everything. We got together and started the planning immediately!

Our lead designer, Alyssa, along with Lisa Hunt from L’Couture quickly put together a few things and sent it over to Joanna and Ryan. They were glad for all the help and wanted to make this a night to remember; and we did just that. The Gold Room was elegantly decorated and lit with our uplights. We draped off the stairs going to the dance floor and moved it to the center of the room. We also DJ’d the evening, keeping the dance floor full and hoppin’ for the night.

Best Wishes to you two!

-DJ JoCo, Kourtney, and all of us at Master Entertainment

Community Life

Justin with Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer

Justin with Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer

One fourth of 2016 is gone already. Do you believe it? The years pass by quicker and quicker as I get older and life becomes even busier. It seems there is no time to just stop and take it all in. Logan is 3 years old already and Mason is 1. I am sure before I know what happened they will be 4 and 2. So how is your year going?

Are you still on track for your new year’s resolutions and goals? If you are like most people, then likely no. The good news is that if you are still on track with a new behavior, by this point it should be engrained in your subconscious mind and be second-nature. When I was more involved with hypnosis, 21 days was the magic number for behavior modifications. I must admit that some of my goals need revisited again.

I am also now upon a very busy season personally. I just got back from speaking to 1,000+ disc jockeys in Las Vegas on marketing and management. While I was there, I got a chance to meet and get a picture with Jon Taffer of Bar Rescue tv fame and of course see my brother, Brian, who is a Vegas transplant from here in the QC.

In two weeks, I will be back on a plane again headed to Las Vegas to present. I am hosting a one day private marketing workshop and also presenting at an expo for photo booth owners (with likely 1,000 in attendance from over 30 countries). Two weeks after that it is off to Florida to do some learning and then a few days later off to Phoenix. Busy busy busy.

April also marks the unofficial kick off of busy season for Master Entertainment so things are quite hectic. As I write this it is the last week of calm before the storm. We are very, very excited to be busy and blessed to have many of you as customers and clients that make it that way.

Until next month,

-Justin Miller

 

Should You Feed Your DJ?

buffet

There are a lot of things to consider when planning a wedding and feeding your guests will be one of the main ones. There will be concerns about the amount of food that will be needed and there will be nightmares featuring empty tables and lines of guests queuing up and there being nothing left.

Once you have decided how many friends and family you need to cater for there will be plenty of other things to be considered. What will you feed them and will it be a sit down meal where they are served by caterers or a buffet style were they will have to get their own? Both have their advantages as with the buffet they will be able to take as much of what they want as they want while the sit down variety will be easier for the guests but more expensive for you. Wedding etiquette is also something to be considered.

The next thing to consider is whether or not to provide a meal for the DJ and the rest of the people who are helping out on the big day. They will be working a long day and if they were in an office or factory they would be entitled to breaks so why should this job be any different. The alternative to providing a meal could be the DJ leaving the wedding for an hour and going to a fast food place to get a sandwich.

It does seem to be more and more popular to provide a meal for all the vendors you have hired and will be good wedding etiquette. It may not be in the contract although there will be some who will bring up the subject while you are discussing the event. The problem can come when they have other people with them. If this is the case it may be the case that they will offer to pay for them to be able to eat as it would be unfair to expect an extra meal to be paid for.

The good news is that some caterers will include the cost of the DJs meal into the price they give and this will often be at a reduced rate as they will not get the same meal as the guests. It will also not come with alcohol as clearly the DJ will not be drinking while they are working. Having the wedding DJ eat dinner as a guest will not add a great deal to the overall bill.

Often the DJ will become a close friend so it would be nice to ask them to join the rest of the guests when the meal is being eaten, especially if it is a buffet. There is no reason why they cannot put together a track that will just play as background music and let them have a decent break and a nice meal. At least this way you can guarantee a happy DJ and well presented entertainment.

Wedding Cake Tips

cake

The wedding cake is the cake of all cakes. It is characterized as a huge cake, different from the usual cakes we have on ordinary occasions. In most cases, wedding cakes are layered or multi-layered and are heftily decorated with icing, beads, and other embellishments that would reflect the grandiose of the event. On the top is a small image of a bride and groom, or a monogram, or something that shows the character of the bride and groom.

Wedding cakes can go from the simplest to the most complex decorations; each has its own artistic distinctions depending on the creative juices of the baker. They should conform to the main purpose of the cake, that whatever embellishments it possesses, it can still be edible and can be eaten.

Because the wedding cake is such an important part in the wedding celebration, here are some tips you need to know in case you will be buying a wedding cake in the future.

  1. Check on the length of time required for ordering your wedding cake.

Time is such an important factor when making wedding plans. Of course, you would not want your wedding to be hurriedly done or rushed. Because the wedding cake is a part of the wedding plan, it is important to devote an appropriate amount of time in ordering.

It is best to ask your favorite bakeshop on the time frame that they usually give with regards to wedding cake so that you can make early orders if it will take such a long time to create your wedding cake. This way, you will not be in a hurry coming up with a wedding cake to be served on your wedding day.

  1. Verify the details of the cake and its cost.

A lot of couples are so fascinated with the luscious treats that go with their wedding cake, they don’t realize that each embellishment and every twist and turn embedded in the cake has a price.

Therefore, it is best to confirm what you want and the cost before picking up the cake. Most bakeries will determine a couple’s budget and then offer suggestions and ideas to keep it within that amount. Remember, any changes or additions made after the initial price will most likely add cost.

  1. Tell your baker about the details of your wedding.

If you plan to have an outdoor wedding/reception, let your baker know. Cakes are big, but they are delicate. The elements of nature do not mix well with a cake. If your cake needs to be outdoors, or in a building cars can’t drive to, tell your baker so they can make any necessary adjustments to ensure your cake gets where it needs to be and stays looking amazing the whole time.

  1. On a budget? Why not decorate your own wedding cake?

It is not so uncommon nowadays to find somebody decorating his or her own wedding cake. In fact, it is a feasible idea especially to those who have a very tight budget. It can also be fun! Some couples are forgoing the big cake altogether and instead serving cupcakes. There are many ideas and directions online to making and decorating your own cake. Remember though, with making your own cake comes added responsibility. The cake can’t be made too far in advance or it could turn stale by the time your wedding comes. You also don’t want to wait until last minute to make the cake, in case there’s a problem and you have to start again. The days before the wedding are hectic and busy. Enlisting the help of good friends and family can be beneficial.