Archive for July, 2013

Adam Ant & Diana Ross on the same stage….STOP IT!!!

Wonderful love song by ever cool Bruno Mars. Their is no official video, but this one’s pretty good.

Whattaya think?

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Saturday, July 13th, 2013. Twenty plus years my career as DJ- hard to believe I‘ve never performed before today at Tashua Knolls C.C in Trumbull, CT. Nice venue, wonderful staff and wow(!) what a food orgy did they deliver for cocktail hour! So here we were, having transitioned from the wettest June on record into what is shaping up as the hottest July on record. Today’s 95 degree furnace is what greeted this wonderful couple, Lydia & Will to Tashua Knolls. Bride and Groom arrived early to reception to complete pictures prior to their guests’ arrival. Subsequently they were able to enjoy Cocktail hour with their guests. It baffles me why more couples don’t plan ahead to do the same….

Their Hi N-R-G Intros were a blast with each couple performing their own smart routine to their chosen Intro song. Upon navigating an ‘arch’ deployed by their wedding party to the stylings of Bruno Mars’ “Marry you”, Bride & Groom transitioned (with an assist from their wedding party) into a choreographed performance to Usher’s “Scream” to the delight of all in attendance.

First dance as husband & wife was shared to Bruno Mars’ “Rest of my life” (beautiful song- check it out under category Music Related.

After the obligatory Toasts a fabulous dinner was underway during which Lydia shared a dance with her Dad to Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t she lovely” and Will with his Mom to Boyz II Men’s “Mama”.

Dinner couldn’t end soon enough and found both Bride and Groom spending most of evenings’ remaining hours on dance floor enjoying the company of friends, family and great music.

While (still) residing in Florida, Will & Lydia’s immediate goal is to return home to settle in Connecticut where the majority of their family and friends live.

All the best guys, and I look forward to seeing you back in Connecticut real soon!

DJ Kurt / Saltwater Farm Vineyard

DJ Kurt / Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Importance of the DJ

Ask anyone who just attended a wedding reception what they remember most and the answer is always “How Much Fun They Had” and unfortunately many times “How boring it was”. The success of any wedding reception is always measured by “How much fun the guests had”. What were the most memorable parts? Was it the packed dance floor all night? The great selection of music played by the DJ? The smooth and timely orchestrating of all the traditional events by the DJ/Emcee?

Who is responsible for the guests having a good time? Not the venue, not the photographer, not the videographer, not the cake person, not the wedding planner! No it’s the DJ ! Although all of those vendors mentioned are important and play a key role in your reception, the person who really determines how your guests remember your wedding reception is always the DJ.

There is an old familiar saying that holds true ” The DJ can make or break your reception”.

So why is it that so many couples wait till the last minute to hire the most important person for their reception? The first is the most obvious. When a bride gets engaged the first thing she does is look for a location for her reception.  She begins to visualize how she wants everything to look. Everything from the table placements to the flowers and the linens. Next is usually the photographer and then everyone else.

So why do so many couples wait to choose their DJ?  After 20 plus years of providing DJ entertainment for weddings and speaking with so many couples I have found two main reasons. The first and most important is “ A lack of understanding the role of a professional DJ and secondly poor performance on behalf of so many DJs

A Professional DJ does more than just play music. A Professional DJ is the emcee, event coordinator, entertainer and more.  Whether it’s the order and timing of the traditional events, reading the audience, playing appropriate music etc. the DJ is the one who bears the responsibility of insuring you and your guests enjoy themselves. It is important to be in constant communication with your DJ so that he or she understands what type of reception you want and what you expect of them.

Some couples want a fun, energetic and interactive DJ while others prefer a more reserved DJ.  Whatever your preference you must let your DJ know.  A professional Connecticut DJ looks for detailed information up front.  What traditional events will you be doing, when you would like to do those events, establishes a timeline for all vendors so they understand the flow of events for the evening, the type of music you want played, the volume level of the music etc.  There are so many things an experienced and professional DJ does, but is not always seen or understood by engaged couples, families or guests.

A DJ with Class specializes in  planning and performing elegant wedding receptions. I meet individually with all brides and grooms to carefully personalize and plan this special day. A typical pre-consultation discussion includes important details such as the timing and arrangement of traditional events (wedding party introductions, special dances, bouquet toss etc.) special dedications, programming of the music, location of the equipment etc. to assist you making an informed decision on why I am best suited at delivering (and exceeding) your expectations. Dismiss any pre- consultation that does not cover all the aforementioned.

Since your DJ is also the Master of Ceremonies this planning insures a smooth running reception. I  typically will meet with couples 1-3 times depending upon the complexity of their reception. A typical reception I perform usually has a minimum of 10 hours of planning, plus the time it takes for setup, breakdown and the actual reception performance. All in all I have anywhere from 15-25 hours invested in a wedding reception.  However I only charge for the actual reception performance (usually 5 hours) and ceremony (1 hour) if I am contracted to provide the music and equipment for it.

Reception Music: A song list is available on our website that allows you to listen to song samples and compile your very own request sheets. I offer several filters to help choose your music by genre, year, artist and specialty, Top 200 from each decade, etc. You can easily build, print and email your own Must Play or Do Not Play Request List. Guests can even make requests via my website for your reception. These requests are kept in a separate database and can be deleted by you if you would like.

Interactive Website: I provide all my clients with their very own user name & password so they can access all the features of the Client area including their own Music Library, Ceremony + Reception Planners, Love Story, etc.
 MOST IMPORTANTLY: I realize all weddings are not the same. I realize it is your day and you should have it your way. I work closely with all of my clients to help them customize their special day. Your reception should reflect your own tastes and personality.  I truly love what I do, and despite my many years in the business, I never take anything or anyone for granted. I am as enthusiastic about every new job as if it were my first.

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On a blazing hot 1st Saturday of July, Debbie & Rob exchanged their vows at the at the surprising Bella Vista banquet facility located at Hawk’s Landing Country Club in Southington, CT.

The view from the Ceremony site with the first Tee as backdrop, alone was worth the good fortune of an invite to this wonderful couple’s wedding celebration. With ceremony complete, guests made their way to the air- conditioned confines of Bella Vista where a sumptuous Cocktail hour awaited.

With some interesting (Wedding Party) choices for intro songs (Skrillex- Bangarang, Mims- This is why I’m hot) ; Bride & Groom, really two big kids at heart came pounding onto the dance floor to Saliva’s- “Ladies and Gentlemen”. A tender Love Story segued their first dance (to) Blake Shelton’s- “God gave me you”.

Towards end of dinner found Debbie & Rob leading their family and friends on the dance floor,  where most genres of music were sampled, everything from a Viennese Waltz and Polish Polka to the B-52’s , Pitbull &  Macklemore.

As I said in your Love Story,  I wish both of you a wonderful rest of your life’s journey and with your children to light the way, I’m confident both of your glasses will be overflowing.

Alles gutes!

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What beautiful weather awaited Pamela & Greg’s wedding day. Not a rain cloud in the sky, humidity lifted and a gentle breeze- you couldn’t ask for more. As an added bonus, the Pavilion on Crystal Lake just the week before had the Ceremonial area in the woods as well as the path leading to it beautifully finished in paver stone.

Post- Ceremony the guests made their way indoors for Cocktail hour and the (also) newly canopied deck.

Introductions were a blast, with the wedding party forming an Arch on dance floor for Pamela & Greg to navigate as they arrived to “Feel this moment” by Pitbull & Christina. Transitioning directly into first dance they opened with a an Instrumental “Bella Luna” with some smooth moves on their part (you guys took dance lessons- right;-) before totally catching their guests off- guard, abruptly transitioning into a hot ‘Cha Cha’ to the strains of Pitbull’s- “I know you want me”. Invited, the guests poured on the dance floor to enjoy Pam & Greg’s hi N-R-G dance.

During the first two courses of another wonderful meal by Jonathan’s staff, Parent dances unfolded. At dinner’s end, cake was cut with an assist from Michael Franti-“Say Hey”.

After Cake, the Bride, her ladies and guests once again commandeered the dance floor (this fun- loving couple was all about the party and dancing!) allowing only a momentary respite for a ‘bouquet toss’…..then right back to dancing to a DJ Kurt mix of “Harlem Shake / Sandstorm/ Can’t hold us / Cupid shuffle.

Awesome couple, awesome wedding….I have the BEST job in the world!

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This month of June…..I just feel compelled to mentioned the weather- constantly raining (more than 10 inches for the month!) and lots of humidity. Yet, not one of my 10 June weddings experienced rain for (outdoor portion) of the celebration.

Rebecca and Aaron’s wedding was no different. And their wedding took place at St. Clements Castle in Portland. You would be hard pressed to find a prettier setting in the state of Connecticut for a wedding.

Their ceremony overlooked a breath- taking vista of the Connecticut River valley. OK so it was or rather became a ‘breezy’ afternoon, just prior to start of Ceremony. So much so that the beautiful handmade Chuppah took flight just prior to Ceremony start time. We were in good hands though, as Sarah’s Uncle, JP Peter Anderson held his ground and delivered a very memorable service celebrating the newlyweds.

After the obligatory toasts (an especially lighthearted one by BM Sean Filipo!), wedding party and guests enjoyed ‘stations style’ dining, with Cake cutting and Parent dances segueing after dinner dancing. And what an eclectic mix of music we celebrated to, everything from disco to hip hop, country, touch of techno and current Top 40 dance.

Wonderful couple, fun guests, GREAT TIMES!

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