Hump’s Annual Bags Party

DJ JoCo, Jackie and Blake Humphrey at the end of the night

DJ JoCo, Jackie and Blake Humphrey at the end of the night.

We had the pleasure of DJing Hump’s Annual Bags Party for the 2nd time on Saturday, August 22. We provided DJ services, announced during the tournament, and kept score. This is the 9th year Blake and Jackie Humphrey have hosted this party for friends and family. It was a great time! The day consisted of 32 teams playing a double elimination tourney. That’s 6.5 hours of game play! Food was catered in by Bridges Catering and dessert was brought by the guests. Besides bags, they also had a giant Jenga game. These guys know how to throw a party! We’re already looking forward to next year!

This is a good example of events we provide for besides weddings. DJs add great entertainment to any party and help keep the day flowing.

Don’t Overlook the Importance of Wedding Music

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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.

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Group picture!

Group picture!

Master Entertainment was hired to bring in their Photo Booth at our Class Reunion over the weekend. I highly recommend M.E. if you have a gathering of this kind or even Weddings! This is not like the old black and white photo booths, the pictures were in color and crystal clear. We all had fun with it and now have those memorable pictures on our Class website besides the ones we were given to take home with us. Johnathan who ran the booth also made it personable and FUN! After talking to one of the Committee members, it sounds like we will be looking you up for Future Events! -Mary Wiemers

 

I had a great time at United Township Class of 1970’s 45th Class Reunion. They made great use of the photo booth and took a TON of pictures. We look forward to seeing them again at their 50th!

-Johnathan

5 Tips on Selecting the Best Wedding Reception Location

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Being disc jockeys, we get the opportunity to evaluate many reception facilities while having little or no bias to “sell” one location over another. Most brides and grooms know where they will be holding the ceremony before they decide where to have the reception, so we have compiled five observations that can help you when selecting your venue.

 

Distance – If people have to drive a long way to get from the ceremony to the reception, some will get distracted or decide to do something else. Try to keep the reception within a 15 to 30 minute drive of your ceremony. If it is not possible to get a reception hall close to your ceremony, make a caravan. Have the bride and groom lead the parade, and people will follow you to your reception.

 

Time – Time is just like the distance issue. If your reception is several hours after the ceremony, people will get busy doing other things and not show up for the reception. Try to start the reception within an hour or two of the ceremony. If you don’t want to start your wedding dance at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, plan a cocktail hour. Serve some drinks and get people to mingle. This will be one of the few times that both families will be together. Encourage family members to share stories about your childhoods.

 

Size – People like their personal space, and they have most likely spent an hour packed into a church for your ceremony. If you let them spread out, they will enjoy themselves more. Make sure your reception hall has plenty of room for your guests. The people renting the location might tell you it holds 200 people, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will hold 200 people comfortably! Make sure to visit the venue before booking.

 

Climate Control – Having a summer wedding? Is your reception hall air conditioned? If people sweat while just sitting, they won’t dance. On the flip side, if they are cold they won’t dance either (who wants to dance in a parka?). Also make sure you know who has control of the thermostat so the temperature can be adjusted if needed. Chances are your reception will be warm and stuffy while all the guest are there, but as they trickle out during the night the room will begin to cool down.

 

Smoking – This is a hot button issue, but if your reception hall is non-smoking, you can fully expect smokers to leave your reception for 15-30 minutes every hour. If enough of them leave the reception area, you may find a large percentage of your guest just hanging out in the smoking area. This can be a big problem if you have many smokers in your wedding party. You don’t have to allow smoking, but it is something you should consider, especially if anyone has any health problems like asthma or allergies that could be triggered by smoke. If you decide not to allow smoking in the reception area, how close is the nearest place for a smoker to go? Is it close enough that you will be able to get needed wedding party members during events like the bouquet toss or garter auction?

 

Facility coordinators will no doubt bring up several other factors for you to consider when you interview them for your booking, but these are often missed items, especially if they don’t favor the potential venue. If you keep the overall picture in mind and work with your wedding planner or event coordinator on the decorating ideas, you will no doubt have an enjoyable and memorable wedding reception.

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From the very beginning Johnathan and everyone at Master DJ were great!

We booked our photo booth during the Black Friday sale and were very pleased that there was a payment option that allowed us to do two smaller payments, instead of one full payment- with all of the expenses weddings bring, its nice to be able to split the costs into smaller payments!

Johnathan was always available to answer any questions we had, and always had great suggestions to help make our wedding night the best it could be! We had the premium package, and Johnathan suggested we do a smaller photo booth during cocktail hour, and the mega-booth during the reception. Our guests couldn’t stop talking about how awesome it was that there was a photo booth available during cocktail hour! And the mega-booth was perfect during our reception! We have a large family and many friends and were able to fit everyone we wanted into the photo booth!

We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out, and highly recommend Master DJ for any events you may need a photo booth for! Johnathan and the staff at Master DJ are very helpful, and professional!

~Amanda and Justin Belz

Reception at Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Community Life

My friend Aaron and I enjoying Raging Bull in Six Flags

My friend Aaron and I enjoying Raging Bull in Six Flags

We are in the middle of summer. Before we know it fall will be here. This summer has been crazy busy on many fronts with tons going on.

My wife and I hosted the annual family fourth of July gathering but by now that seems like ancient history.

My wife and I were able to spend some time together at the county fair for some good ol’ fashioned fun at the demo derby. The skies were threatening but we dodged the major rain.

Last weekend I even got a chance to visit Six Flags in Gurnee with my buddy Aaron and take in some roller coaster action. It was a great time even though I fell asleep on the ride home. I must be getting too old for this kind of excitement.

In my consulting business, I got word that I will be speaking in Vegas next year on the same stage as Jon Taffer of the show Bar Rescue so I am pretty excited about that. Also looking forward to the Chamber of Commerce annual meeting next month and hopefully grabbing a photo with Daymond John of FUBU and now Shark Tank. It must be a celebrity kind of year. I love Shark Tank and think it is awesome he is coming to the QC.

We have some crazy events coming up in August and hopefully will have some amazing pics and video for you soon on our Facebook so if you haven’t already, please become a fan at www.facebook.com/mdjqc

 

Until next month…..    -Justin

July Client of the Month: Shanna (Loos) & Joe Schneiderbauer!

DJ JoCo, The Schneiderbauers, and Kourtney

DJ JoCo, The Schneiderbauers, and Kourtney

On July 25th, Kourtney and I had the pleasure of DJing and Emceeing the Loos/Schneiderbauer wedding at Stoney Creek in Moline. This wedding was beautiful! We uplit the whole room, DJed, Emceed, ran the photobooth, played the shoe game, and accommodated a surprise slide show. Joe and Shanna were great to work with and we had fun just planning the wedding. I would say that we kept the dance floor hopping.. literally! We moved it 2 feet from all the dancing. Stoney Creek’s employees all commented to me that Joe and Shanna really know how to party because this was the best wedding of the season!

Congratulations Joe and Shanna!

-DJ JoCo and Kourtney

Shoes Suit A Man’s Need Perfectly

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If a man wanted to go fly fishing in a beautiful creek in the mountains, he might not be concerned about how stylish his Shoes are because they will be encased in a pair of waders that reach up well past his waist. These Shoes will suit a man’s need perfectly while fishing but will not look very well when worn for dining or dancing.

Shoes that are dressy are perfect for the man that has some where special to go. The dress style in the Shoes he chooses can be slip-on, loafers or those that tie with Shoestrings that can also be uncomfortable if worn for long periods of time. Knowing what the dressy occasion is will allow a man to choose the pair of Shoes that is perfectly suited for the occasion.

In order for some occasions to turn out well, a man must be comfortable with the Shoes that they have on their feet. A day at the beach would be the perfect occasion for Shoes such as flip-flops because there is sure to be plenty of sand around that can be quite hot at times and burn the feet if it is allowed to linger very long. Sandals could be worn but they are not often perfect for the beach because the dressy styles of sandals are really rigid and make it hard for people to walk on sand correctly.

Bikers require Shoes that will conform to the pedals on the bike and would ensure that they were not too wide on the sides. Wearing dressy Shoes would be out of the question and sandals would not work well at all. The Shoes that would fit a man’s need for this type of sporting event will have to have soles that grip and laces up the front to the point where the rider feels that they are tightened enough but still allow them to move the toes.

There have been great achievements in the design of footwear worn by swimmers. The Shoes that suit the aquatic feats of divers are made from materials that are thin but grip the feet with great strength. These styles of Shoes also offer a swimmer some great safety features when walking around a pool because they are equipped with soles that allow the water to slip right through. These Shoes are perfectly styled for beach wear too because some of these Shoes have psychedelic colors which are very up-to-date with the latest footwear fashions that people prefer

How To Make Your Own Wedding Favors

potpourri wedding favorsEverybody knows that a wedding is a costly event to organize. Gone are the days where the parents of the bride paid for the day in full. Now it is common for those actually getting married to contribute to the costs and many people feel that they do not wish to begin their married lives in debt, courtesy of the wedding itself.

There are simple ways in which you can reduce the costs at a wedding without compromising on tradition, taste and quality. One of the easiest

things to do at a lower price is the making of your own wedding favors. These can be expensive if bought for all of your guests and making your own allows you to reduce this cost significantly. It also gives you the opportunity to personalise them to your color themes and the fact that they are handmade makes them more special for your guests to receive.

The first thing to do is to decide what to put in your favors. Most people choose to use pot pourri or confectionery in them. Once you have decided this it is important to gather all of the materials you will need together. The best place to make these is at a table where you have sufficient room to lay everything out but have it close to hand for when you need it.

You will need to decide on a color for your favors. This can be to match the décor of the room where they will be displayed or a color found in your bouquet or bridesmaid dresses. Then select an accent color to compliment this. For example, should you decide on yellow as your main color you may choose purple to compliment it.

You will need to purchase pre-cut wedding favor wraps. These can start at as little as $10 for 50. Then you simply place an amount of the filling in the centre, gather the wrap around it and tie the top with a small length of ribbon. The easiest way to do them quickly is to take your time making the first one and add or remove the filling until the amount is perfect. Then try different lengths of ribbon until you have the one you like best. Once you have one favor which is exactly how you want it, dismantle it again. Keep the parts together and use them as a guide for all of the others. Cut multiple pieces of ribbon, using the length of the completed favor to ensure it is the length you require.

Planning a wedding can be stressful and making your own favors may seem like an additional burden. However, it is a great way of lowering costs. Why not get your bridesmaids round, open a bottle of wine (or two!) and between you they will all be made in no time.

Destination Wedding Advice

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We are more mobile than ever, so let’s take advantage of it by choosing to get married in your dream location. If you love the ocean, but you live in a land locked part of the country, a destination wedding may the perfect choice for you. The destination could also serve as the location for your honeymoon and a vacation spot for your guests.

When we think of destination weddings we may think of white sandy beaches, but you may choose to have your wedding at a national park, the mountains, or a historical site. You may decide to get married in the birthplace of your ancestors. Such a wedding could give you and your guests an opportunity to visit another country or another continent.

Destination weddings are a lot of fun, but there is some work involved and you need to plan in advance.

If you are getting married in the U.S., be sure to contact the marriage license department of the destination county. It would be smart to call a local wedding planner for a consultation. The help of a wedding planner at your destination could save you a lot of headaches. You have to make sure that you understand the legal documents and requirements to get married in your destination county.

If you are marrying outside of the U.S., be sure to contact the country’s embassy for legal requirements. If you are not comfortable dealing with embassies, contact local hotels for information. Wedding professionals at your destination hotel should be able to provide you with valuable information. Many popular destination wedding locations offer on site wedding coordinators armed with a lot of great information.

Keep in mind that in very remote areas, you might not be able to find anyone to provide the wedding services you desire. If you’re planning to invite guests, keep their needs and interests in mind, too.
A destination wedding could mean savings since your wedding ceremony and your honeymoon can be at the same destination.