Top 10 Questions for Photo Booth Package

Top 10 Questions you Should Ask before Selecting a Photo Booth:

  • What do I get in your 5 hour package? http://aspecialeventdj.com/photo-booth-rental/
  • Do you have props? Yes, and the variety is ever changing as we replenish weekly.
  • About how many guests per hour/Pictures per hour do you normally see at an average event? Max is 40 groups per hour, translates to 400 guests per hour.
  • Are the pictures high quality? Yes, very high quality, all of our booths have a Canon Rebel SLRS Digital Camera.
  • Is the booth high quality? Yes, constructed to withstand weekly use and we run weekly maintenance to insure continued high quality results.
  • Since I have the photo booth for 4 hours and my reception is 6 hours, how will you get in and out without being disruptive? We set up prior to your guests arrival and quietly tear down when the 4 hours is up (additional charges may apply)
  • Is the booth easy to operate for my guests? Yes, and our Photo Booth Operator will answer any questions they may have to insure their experience is fun and positive.
  • How many booths do you operate? Right now we have 5 booths but they are becoming so popular, we may be expanding to more booths.
  • Is your group professional, will my guests be impressed? Yes, we dress and act appropriate for all events.
  • Do you have an Agreement I need to sign? Yes, our Agreement is very simple. You Agree to hire us, we agree to bring our booth and let your guests create fun memories of your reception.
  • How much is your deposit? Our Photo Booth price is $895 for four hours and we require a $100 deposit, the remaining balance is due 7 days prior to the event.

Kanye West, Kazakhstan and Your Wedding

If you had the money, would you pay a musician $3 million to play at your wedding? You probably just had a mild heart attack and with good reason; that is a hefty sum to pay for one performer, no matter who he or she is. I mean, we all have bills to pay ““ student loans, mortgage, rent, credit cards etc. ““ so for most of us, $3 million is a ludicrous amount. That, however, didn’t stop Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

He paid hip-hop superstar Kanye West $3 million to appear at his grandson’s wedding. He performed a number of songs including “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” While the grandson was overjoyed, Kanye is facing international criticism for appearing at the wedding. Kazakhstan has a history of human rights abuse. Clearly, that didn’t come up in conversation between Kanye and the Kazakhstani President.

If you’re a fan of Kanye West and his music, but can’t afford his $3 million price tag, you can still enjoy the sweet sounds of Yeezus at your wedding at a much, much lower fee; you just have to coordinate with your DJ. The relationship between you and your wedding DJ should be an organic collaboration, a back and forth, where the two of you come up with the song list of you and your partner’s wildest fantasies. Nothing is stopping you from having a song list featuring Sinatra, ABBA and Kanye. Remember, this is your special day. If a song doesn’t please your ears, it shouldn’t be played at your wedding.

This is what makes a DJ so important to a wedding’s success, especially the DJs at A Special Event DJ. While a DJ can come up with a song list, it’s important you help him or her PLAN that song list. Wedding music is like wet clay; you’re the potter, so shape it! If you want it to look like Kanye West, it will look like Kanye West! If you’re in the Iowa or Illinois area and looking for a wedding entertainment, give us a call! We can guarantee you our price tag isn’t $3 million!

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/sep/02/kanye-west-gig-kazakhstan

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Ten Popular First Dance Wedding Songs

Choosing a first dance song for your wedding can prove to be a challenging undertaking for many brides and grooms. While some couples may have a “song”, others have the task of going through their music library and finding a song that best represents their relationship.

Whether you choose a classic song like Etta James’ “At Last”, Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E”, or a more recent song like Train’s “Marry Me” or Michael Buble’s “Everything”, the options are endless. Over the years, these songs and countless other songs have become popular first dance songs.

Here is a list of our ten favorite first dance songs:

Etta James’ “At Last”

Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”

Michael Buble’s “Everything”

K-Ci & JoJo “All My Life”

Brad Paisley’s “Then”

Train’s “Marry Me”

“Endless Love” performed by Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross

Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me”

Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful”

Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E”

What is your favorite wedding song of all time? Share with us some of your favorite first dance songs! If you are planning a wedding in Iowa or Illinois, contact A Special Event DJ for all your sound and lighting needs!

Enhance Your Wedding Reception With Customized Up Lighting

Brides constantly look for ways to enhance their wedding reception.  One of the newest trends to hit the reception areas includes adding up lighting to create a unique ambiance. UpPaletine, IL DJ Services and Photo Booth Rental lighting maximizes your decoration dollars and helps you create a memorable event. LED up lighting is vivid, customizable and creates a perfect, “look and feel”.  They add drama, romance and even a special sparkle to your décor.

Depending on what type of wedding you have, what colors you like and what matches your wedding party, the up lighting can be custom created to give you an extra look all the guests will be sure to remember.

The reception hall or banquet area is one of the most memorable parts of any wedding.  It’s one of the first things people notice.  The look of the area, the lighting, the unique décor that adorns the curtains, tables and dance floor make a huge impression.  Up lighting only enhances those areas.  It’s extremely versatile and amazing how many different looks and designs can be created.  The best part is, brides are open to taking the risk and trying something new and different.

Brides are more willing to invest in ambiance. Our vivid Up Lights are adjustable to match the colors of your wedding and will enhance the ambiance of your night. We already use LED up lighting to light up our DJ system.  You can take advantage of the same look at your next wedding.  We’ll work with you to pick the right colors and create the perfect ambiance.

The Perks of Hiring a Wedding DJ vs. a Live Band

DJ Music ServicePlanning a wedding can be one of the most exciting, yet hectic times of a couple’s relationship. Creating the guest list, sending out invitations, and choosing the perfect wedding attire, are just a few of the decisions that must be made; and the music choice plays a major role in creating the type of atmosphere desired. Choosing between a live band or a DJ, may not seem as important as many of the other items on a wedding to-do list, however, choosing the right type of music can either make a wedding reception a fun and memorable candidate for a YouTube video, or easily forgettable.

However, there are pros and cons to hiring any form of musical entertainment, there are many reasons why hiring a DJ, as opposed to a live band, may be preferable. Often live bands tend to have a very specific musical personality, they may specialize in pop, oldies, rock and roll, or R&B; but most DJs come with a large and diverse collection of music. DJs can also change genres and themes at just the push of a button. You may want to begin your reception with some quiet romantic mood music, but then choose to crank up the party during cocktail hours. A live band can certainly start the reception with a few slow songs and then transition into dance tunes, but not with the amount of options that are available to a DJ, who now has access to a whole world wide web of music. It is much simpler for a DJ to spontaneously switch musical styles upon request, than it is for a band to switch to a new set list of songs.

A Special Event knows that after so much care and detail has been put into the planning of this most special day, a bride and groom deserve to relax and party with their guests, without worrying about whether or not the music will be current, diverse, and appropriate for the crowd.

Here is a summary of some of the perks that come with hiring a wedding DJ:

–Many bands specialize in a certain genre of music, a DJ offers a large variety of different genres and has the ability to go back and forth between the genres very quickly.

–It is much easier to make song requests when you have a DJ.  A band may know a wide variety of songs, but DJs use modern technology that gives them access to just about any song that has been recorded within the last few decades. This also eliminates the chances of an off-key singer ruining your favorite song.

–If space and time is an issue, hiring a DJ instead of a live band can solve that problem. DJs have much less equipment to deal with, which makes for an  easier set-up and break-down at the end of the event.

–Last, but certainly not the least of wedding concerns, is the budget. Wedding DJs can also be a lot less stressful on the wallet; unless the DJ is a famous celebrity, it is usually more economical to pay one person, than it is to pay a 5 piece band.

Putting Together a Winter Wedding Mix

As the snow starts to fall, the thoughts of a glistening winter wedding with ice, falling snow and shades of blue and silver start to adorn wedding banquets and receptions.  A winter wedding can be a great experience, providing a warm or inviting gathering from the cold harsh realities of the weather outside. A winter wedding music mix from the DJ will add a complimentary feel to the wedding, but treading the line of cheesy or to “themey” is tough to do.

Mixing genres and styles is the key, but interspersing a nice winter themed song is a great way to get people in the right mood. You still want to have people up and dancing, so mixing in other songs keeps people warm and excited, but every once in a while you can slow it down and add to the wintery chill.

Here’s a couple songs we love during winter weddings.
Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone (Baby It’s Cold Outside):

It’s probably best known for it’s appearance in the holiday movie, “Elf” staring Will Farrell. It has a nice little tempo with a great-intertwined vocal duet. People of all ages love getting up and dancing with a special someone when this song comes on.

Zac Brown Band (Colder Weather):  It’s a popular hit for all of our country fans out there. It’s slow tempo and mixed in violin builds as a wonderful chance for couples and friends to get out on the dance floor for a nice slow song.

Depending on when your wedding falls, you can always mix in a popular Christmas song also.

Planning For The Weather On Your Wedding Day

After Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast a few weeks ago, we thought it would be a great idea to share some planning tips for your wedding to avoid big weather issues and problems.  Planning your wedding takes a lot of time, effort and money to make sure everything you want to happen goes off with as little problems as possible. In Iowa, where weather can be difficult with storms, snow, hail and of course, the possibilities of tornadoes, planning a wedding around weather is a big part of the process.

There are so many things to worry about on the day of the wedding; the last thing you want to worry about is weather or some sort of super storm hitting the area. Let’s see if A Special Event can help plan your wedding around the weather.

1.  Start from the beginning with the date.  Pick your date and location around a time when the weather is statistically better.  The spring is peak tornado season, running March through May.  Spring weddings are great, but avoiding this time might be for the better.

2.  If you’re considering an outdoor ceremony, make sure there is a backup option for an indoor ceremony or a tent the ceremony can be moved to.

3.  Communicating with all the people involved in planning your event is vital.  DJs, photographers, caterers, planners and any other vendors involved in the planning should be communicated with so you don’t lose deposits or have any issues with someone or some aspect of the wedding not showing up.  We always communicate with our clients to make sure the event is still going on in the event of poor weather.

4.  Make sure your gown is safe from the weather. Avoid going outside at all costs if it starts to rain and keep it safe in the event a big storm hits the area.  The last thing you want is a flood to ruin your wedding gown before the wedding.

5.  One of the final tips to consider is staying optimistic about the situation.  In the end if weather does hit, don’t let it ruin your day.  Having a positive outlook and attitude will make it transition a lot easier.  Also, keep your guests alerted to the situation. Let them know they’re safe and if you have relatives coming in from out of town, ensure their safety and keep them comfortable when they get there.

Great Couples, Great Receptions, Great Venues – Real Weddings! (Oct.20, 2012)

We are very blessed to work in an industry that allows us to be part of the “best day” of a couples’ life together!  A Special Event works hard prior to your event to build a working timeline with you so that on your Special Day you can relax and have fun with your guests at your reception!  We specialize in Great Entertainment customized for you.  With almost 10 years of experience executing great events we can help you plan the perfect Reception!

Our system blends in seamlessly with your decor to create the perfect ambiance at your reception!  DJ Dustin expertly lit the dance floor with our innovative speaker covers and lighting for just the right effect at the Andrews/Eichman Wedding this week-end at the Des Moines Izaak Walton League.  Our fun-loving DJ even named the moose he shared space with for the night!  Abby & Kalon had a great night of dancing and having fun with their guests.  What a great memory to look back on over the years!

DJ Zack kept the all guests at the Huettman/Smith Wedding dancing and having fun at the Ramada Tropics on Saturday!  Our innovative lighting draws your guests to the dancefloor when the house lights go down! Our DJs at A Special Event are experts at making sure all of your guests, young and old, are having fun! Dj Zack’s motto is: Relax & have fun-its a wedding!  He makes sure everything from introductions to toasts, to the last dance of the night, flows smoothly – start to finish.

DJ Caleb is an expert with sound!  He blended the existing Hickory Hall system with ours to create the perfect sound and light show for the Kane/Langkamp wedding on Saturday.  Melissa and Andrew had the picture perfect night with their friends and family thanks to DJ Caleb’s perfect execution of A Special Event’s Great Entertainment.

DJ Dylan had everyone on the Dance Floor at the Wilson/Broome Reception at Lotus Moments Event Center in Des Moines!  Matt & Chantelle spent the evening making memories with all of their guests with A Special Event creating  just the right ambiance for the evening.  A Special Event works hard with you in advance of your Special Day to organize your timeline of events so that you can relax and have fun at your reception! Its easy for our DJs to show up, take charge, and have fun, because they have all the details they need on paper to ensure a flawless evening!

Renting a Photo Booth for Corporate Events

Photo booths are almost synonymous with weddings these days.  They’ve become one of the more popular forms of entertainment at receptions along with the music and dancing.  As their popularity has grown, the uses and events they get rented out to have grown as well. Photo Booths have been around for a long time. Advances in technology and the instant ability to share information, more specifically pictures, on social media has led to a higher demand for photo booths.  They’re a perfect way to entertain guests and create special, fun memories at the same time.

We’ve paraded our photo booth around to a variety of events.  Birthday parties, sporting events, elementary, middle and high school events & functions, and of course weddings have all called upon our services and our photo booth.  We also have worked with several charities on fundraising. One of the areas where there’s been an increase in rentals is corporate gatherings.  We stumbled across this article in Dallas, Texas describing the increase in demand and popularity at corporate gatherings and events.

“It’s easy to see why corporate event planners have taken to photo booths with such fervor. Allowing employees, management, even entire departments to take a turn in a photo booth adds to the company’s chemistry. Having pictures to show around the office, share on the company Facebook page or post on their blog is a wonderful way of expressing a company’s personality and sense of fun.”

People always walk out of the booth with a smile on their face, having a great time.  The booth can boost morale and create a positive experience for employees and management.  Our booth is 5 feet by 5 feet and can accommodate up to 10 people.  Our booth is elegant and will professionally fit into any business environment.  We’ll also include an attendant to assist with any questions you may have or assistance you may need.

Successful Party Planning Tips

For our first blog we thought we would share with you some of the tips we have picked up over the years for Planning a Successful Party. Please leave us a comment and let us know what you would love to read about in our next blog!

1) Hire A Special Event DJ & Photo Booth company

2) Don’t Forget:  Your guests will do what you do!  If the Bride & Groom (or Party Organizers) are on the dance floor having fun – that is where your guests will be!

3) Don’t set your elderly guests right by the DJ’s table or speakers.  They will have a much more enjoyable time conversing with others at their table a little removed from the center of the action.

4) Don’t over-analyze your timeline for the evening!  Trying to plan the order of events down to the minute is likely to be an exercise in frustration!  Work with your Entertainment Company to build a timeline of events and then on the day of your event – relax and let your DJ facilitate your Event.  He has years of experience, and will keep your night flowing seamlessly.  To many details can “bog down” your evening and put your guests to sleep!

5) Place your DJ near the Dance Floor – not in some “out of the way” corner!  He will need to have a good view of the room, and the dance floor to keep your guests engaged and they will naturally look to him as the Emcee of the evening.

6) The Golden Triangle:  When working on the venue “lay out” remember this simple rule.  The Dance Floor, Bar(s) and Photo Booth all need to be in the main reception hall.  Your guests will naturally gravitate to these areas – that is where the fun is!  When the Bar(s) or Photo Booth (or dreadfully both!) are located outside of the main reception hall (in the foyer/hallway) your guests will be MIA on the Dance Floor.

7) Let your DJ work with the Venue Coordinator to expertly light your dance floor.  If the area is too bright,  your guests will shy away.  If the area is too dark, your guests will be hesitant to join.  A dimly lit dance floor is romantic and draws people in!

8) Don’t “Micro-Manage” your music lists!  A Special Event DJ wants all of our Brides to build a “must play” and “do not play” list – it helps us “dial in” on what kind of music you will dance to.  Keep in mind that your guests will dance to what they know.  After hundreds of events we can definitively tell you this: Just because you really enjoy obscure 90’s grunge rock, it is not likely that your guests will.

9) Don’t underestimate the importance of your Entertainment Vendors!  We cannot stress this point enough!  We have heard hundreds of “horror stories” from people who didn’t place enough emphasis on this when planning their Event,  with disasterous consequences.  Your DJ can make or break your event.  Choose a Professional Company and be prepared to pay a little more for Professional Services.  Would you choose your Caterer or Cake Vendor based on price alone?

10) Work with your DJ about 3-4 weeks out on your timeline and song choices. Get a working agenda in place early – adjustments are easy to make along they way.  Waiting until the week prior to your wedding only adds stress to your already busy schedule and increases the chance that an important detail might get missed.  Plan Proactively not Reactively!