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Wedding Tip #5 - Feel Free to Mingle

Generally, the bride and groom and their wedding party will go through the buffet line or be served their meal first. As such, they likely will finish eating before the rest of the guests. The couple, as well as their wedding party, should feel free to get up and mingle when they finish their meals. When it’s time to do things like the toast, a professional disc jockey/emcee will have them return to the head table as needed.

JD the DJ to Present Award at AfWPI Recognition Gala

On February 2, 2010, the Association for Wedding Professionals International (AfWPI) will be holding its 10th Annual Recognition Gala at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, where professionals will gather for a festive black-tie affair to pay tribute to those in the wedding industry. JD Firestone (JD the DJ) of JD Productions Quality DJ Entertainment will be presenting the AfWPI President's Award to the member who has set the best example of leadership in AfWPI throughout 2009. JD, who himself is nominated for AfWPI Professional of the Year for 2009, is looking forward to being a presenter: "It's an honor and a privilege to be among the entertainers who will recognize peers in my industry. I'm very excited to have that opportunity!"

Wedding Tip #4 - Involve Your Guests

The couple should consider various ways to involve their guests so they feel as if they are part of the celebration, rather than just observers. There are many ways to do this from the subtle (e.g., having guests write wishes to the newlyweds on cards they drop into a wish bowl) to less-subtle (e.g., ice-breakers and games to release tables for the buffet, centerpiece giveaways, and specialty dances such as the "Generations Dance" where a song is played in honor of marriage as the disc jockey seeks out and highlights the longest-married couple). A professional disc jockey/emcee will have various suggestions on how you can involve your guests!

Wedding Tip #3 - It's Your Celebration, But Consider Your Guests

The bride and groom should customize their celebration to suit their tastes, while still considering their guests’ needs. Although the couple may have their favorite styles of music, their guests may enjoy a variety. Giving the disc jockey leeway to play a broader selection and take requests will make for a better event. Also, while the couple may not want to participate in group dances, their guests (especially those still single) may want to participate. So remember to consider your guests when planning your musical entertainment.

Wedding Tip #2 - Encourage Groom to Take Part

Although it is often said "it's the bride's day," she should encourage her groom to take part in the planning of the ceremony and reception. The more involved he is, the more successful the event will be as it will better represent both of their expectations, personalities, and dreams! They should choose the events and music together when meeting with their professional disc jockey/emcee. While the bride may have her preferences, she should allow the groom to offer his input as well. Also, it is okay to disagree. For example, if they cannot agree on a first dance song, then perhaps use her selection for the first dance and his selection for the farewell dance.

Wedding Tip #1 - DJs Create Memories!

The key thing a bride and groom should keep in mind when selecting musical entertainment for their wedding is that disc jockeys don't just play music, they create memories! So the couple should select a professional disc jockey/emcee who will be sensitive to the atmosphere they want created, who will keep the focus on them while involving their guests, and who will consult with them to plan the event to ensure it flows smoothly and is stress-free.