The best thing I can say is that they were super organized and attentive and extremely accommodating. I think for all we got from them (a custom GOBO light of our names, uplighting for around the reception room, audio system and wireless microphones for the ceremony and reception, dance floor lights, about 8 hours of coverage, emcee services, etc) we got a really good deal from a quality company. They were a pleasure to work with. But unfortunately, no matter how much we communicated everything to them, things didn't come off the way we had envisioned them in our heads.
He did play a good mix of music and there were definitely people dancing, but it didn't seem like a lot of the songs Mr Fix It and I had specifically hoped for were played much. It could have just been that I didn't hear half of them while I was chatting with guests or that we simply ran out of time, which TOTALLY happens at wedding receptions!
I had put trivia questions on the guests' tables asking them to answer the question in order to get the bride and groom to kiss. About 3 or 4 people came up with their answers immediately after the grand entrance but that was it. The DJ didn't really walk around encouraging the guests to answer the questions while dinner was being served and people were hanging out.
Probably our biggest let down though was in the way the grand entrance came off. Mr Fix It and I are HUGE UFC/MMA fans (mixed martial arts/ultimate fighting championship). We love to watch the fights and host fight nights with friends and such. So I suggested a creative grand entrance that incorporated this idea by coming up with little introductions and nicknames for each member of the bridal party to be introduced with.
We spent a lot of time coming up with personal introductions and corresponding songs for each bridesmaid or groomsmen to come into. We even played videos of the fights for our DJ's in one meeting and specifically told them how we wanted the introductions to be pulled off. I even specifically noted parts of each song that we wanted played while each bridal party member was introduced so they would have something to dance to and get the crowd laughing and such.
Well, unfortunately, our DJ didn't nail the grand entrance voice as well as Mr Fix It hoped he would. And I guess the old addage "If you want something done right, do it yourself," really would have played out here because Mr Fix It even suggested that he record the intros himself for the DJ to play for us. But I thought it would be better to have the live version rather than a recording.
And the DJ didn't pick the best parts of each song for each party member either. For example, for our friend, Jerry, we wanted Britney Spears's Womanizer to be played...but only the chorus. Because Mr Fix It always jokes about what a player he is with the ladies. But when he was introduced, the DJ played the very beginning of the song where there are no real words and a very slow beat...it didn't come off well at all.
We also wanted the intros to be real quick, one right after the other, because we had a large party and we also wanted to keep the energy flowing and fast. But our DJ took too much time and waited too long for each party member to get all the way into the reception room. We had specifically told him when and how to begin each intro, but it didn't come off the way we had wanted. Oh well.
Regardless of the let down, it was still unique, different and fun and a lot of our guests mentioned they thought it was funny and creative. So you can see for yourself here:
Though it didn't come out quite the way he hoped, we did get some wonderful shots of our bridal party from the photographer:
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My best suggestion to you is to remember that when you are meeting with vendors, you can NEVER OVER communicate! And when you have something you are asking a vendor for that is not typical of what they provide, be sure to test it out! Make them do a demo or audition to prove that you are all on the same page. :)
Share Time: Did any of you have a vendor really let you down? Or did you have something that you thought you communicated well to your vendors to have handled only to have them not meet your expectations?
Unless otherwise indicated, all photos by Robert Mullins