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Griffin Alliance on The Wedding DJ Show podcast

I just got off the phone with Nik Edser from NikNat Entertainment  as a guest on his podcast, The Wedding DJ Show.
We had a chat about lots of different DJ and Wedding industry topics including our history, changes in the DJ industry in general, benefits of DJ bodies such as the DJAA for the industry and Brides and Grooms and the pros and cons of Elitism in the industry.
Check the Podcast out here

 

 

 

Wedding DJ Review:

Wedding DJ Review

Wonderful review of Wedding DJ Jason at the Murray Street Vineyards

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Wedding Processional Song ideas

Here are some great songs for your Wedding Ceremony:

All My Life – KC & JoJo
Amazed – Lonestar
Amazing – Alex Lloyd
Angel – Shaggy
Art Of Love – Jordan Sparks
At Last – Etta Jones
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
Beautiful – Mariah Carey
Breathe – Faith Hill
Bridal Train – The Waifs
Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Ingrid Michelson
Count On Me – Bruno Mars
Crazier – Taylor Swift
Heaven – DJ Sammy
Everything –Michael Buble
Everytime We Touch – Cascada
Fairytale – Taylor Swift
Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley
Fallin’ – Alicia Keys
From This Moment On – Shania Twain
Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran
Half Of My Heart – John Mayer
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Van Morrison
Heaven – Bryan Adams
Hold Me In Your Arms – Southern Sons
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Is This Love – Bob Marley
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Kiss From A Rose – Seal
Kiss Me – None The Richer
Kissing You – Desiree
Kiss Me – Jason Walker
Latch (Acoustic) – Sam Smith
Let Me Love You – Mario
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Love – Nat King Cole
Love Is Easy – McFly
Love Is In The Air – John Paul Young
Love Like This – Natasha Bedingfield
Love Me Tender – Norah Jones
Love Story – Taylor Swift
Loving You –Minnie Riperton
Marry Me – Jason Derulo
Marry Me – Train
Mine – Taylor Swift
Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Never Tear Us Apart – INXS
Nothing’s Real But Love – Rebecca Ferguson
Our Song – Taylor Swift
Save The Last Dance For Me – Michael Buble
Stand By Me – Ben E King
Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
This I Promise You – Ronan Keating
Thousand Years – Christina Perri
To Be With You – Mr Big
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
With You – Chris Brown
You And Me – Lifehouse
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
Your Song – Ellie Goulding
You’ve Got The Love – Florance & The Machine

Wedding Music Playlist

Wedding Playlist help

I often get asked about how to create a Wedding Playlist for people that are having a DJ for their wedding. Here’s my advice:

  • Ask your DJ for advice!
  • Check your personal Record, CD and iTunes Collection to see what music you enjoy listening to
  • Make a note of the songs you like dancing to when you go to parties and everyone is a bit drunk. You can even ask the DJ at those parties what they think too!
  • Check out streaming playlists like Spotify, once you “like” certain tracks, they will add extra tunes to your playlist and you can yay or nay them while you’re surfing the web, commuting or doing work. Then you can export your playlist to give to your Griffin Alliance Wedding DJ
  • You don’t need a massive playlist, we can only play 20-25 songs an hour and there is only so much time for each type of music. Make sure you leave some room for the DJ to add music to switch between genres and take requests from your guests too!

 

Wedding DJ price

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I often get asked in online wedding forums for recommendations on “reasonably priced X for my wedding” including DJ and MC services.

We don’t usually give prices on the fly as we need to know all the details of the particular wedding so that we can make sure that we include everything that’s needed rather than a cookie cutter approach, but I can definitely understand why people want to know rough pricing, especially when setting budgets (something I HIGHLY recommend) at the start of the planning process. Remember that you can always have money left over if you budget correctly, but if your costs blow out then it may mean you’re going to be cutting back on your honeymoon spending money!
I thought I’d write up a bit of an article about general pricing for wedding DJs and MCs, this applies mainly to my base in Melbourne, Australia and is relevant to most of the regional centres around here such as Mornington Peninsula, the Yarra Valley as well as the CBD and Docklands. It also pertains to Adelaide and the surrounding winery region.

 

Mates Rates – Free or cheap

PROs: This is the cheapest option and is great if you have someone that is happy to do it for you

CONs: It can feel like exploitation to the person if you end up making extra requests of their time, about 2-3 times the time DJing AT the wedding is involved in “putting together” a wedding, a lot of DJs that don’t normally perform at weddings don’t know that, they may not have the music required if your aunty wants some ABBA and theyre used to DJing Psy-Trance. Not a problem if you’re clear with what you expect up front and if they’re happy with that.
If they get sick then you also need to have a backup plan as they are your friend, but other DJs will want cash to cover for them in the event they have to pull out on you. It can also suck DJing at your friend of families wedding, as much as everyone wants you to have fun, DJing well takes a lot of work and you can’t just get drunk and party like you would if you were a guest, plus youre working while all your mates are on the dancefloor.

 

Cheap Multi-operational DJ company – $400-600

There are a few Australian DJ companies based on the high volume – low cost Wedding DJ model

PROs: Theyre cheap and they usually have backup systems in case their DJ gets sick on the day. Great option if you want an DJ and Sound System but don’t want to worry about an iPod. Some of their staff are quite good, sometimes you get a bargain!

CONs: Their staff generally get poached by other companies quite quickly if they’re any good DJ (since companies like ours pay 200-700% what they pay their staff). Quote often they use jukebox software instead of DJ software so that they can reduce their DJ training time from months to less than an hour. Generally they’re great at playing the wedding classics but often their music library is for generic weddings. The MCing is also generally pretty generic.

Cheap solo operators – $400-800

PROs: You can find a lot of good solo DJs that are reasonably priced and great value for money, a lot work full-time day jobs and often use the cash they get for weddings to pay for their DJ gear purchases during the year. There are a lot of these available during off-peak season (winter, in Melbourne) but much less during summer season.

CONs: Check what their procedure is if they get sick or someone wants to book them for a higher price. Some DJs dont guarantee your booking and will call you to let you know that they can’t service your wedding, it’s important to know if that is the case when you book so that you can leave some extra budget aside in the case you need a last minute DJ to cover your wedding. Most companies like ours charge extra for last-minute bookings as it adds a lot of extra work for us to make it happen.

Expensive Multioperational DJ Company – $700-2000

PROs: Their reputation is important as people are booking based on trust, value and reputation and NOT price. They usually pay the best and so can attract the best talent. They usually have backup systems, infrastructure and staffing in case of sickness and equipment failure.

CONs: They’re more expensive. Some companies are run by sales people purporting to be DJs but have no experience DJing themselves. The way to check this is to just Google the owners of the business and see if they’ve ever had any press as a DJ, check their photos and you can even do background checks to see if they’ve been bankrupt before. That’s why me and David put our personal numbers on the website, because we know that trust is important and we love talking to brides about DJs and MC stuff!

Expensive solo DJ company – $800-3000

PROs: They’re usually the TOP DJs in the field and like to control the process of working wth their clients, quite often they work full time as a DJ and MC for weddings. They have thousands of hours of experience.

CONs: They get booked out, sometimes years in advance. If they get sick then they usually have a network of great DJs that they can replace themselves with, but it may not be the same “style” as them that you may have had your heart set on.

 

 

Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: Matt Bradshaw

Meet our wedding master of this week, Matt Bradshaw.

Matt Bradshaw is a singer-songwriter producer-performer now living in Melbourne, Australia.

Over the last sixteen years, he has played literally thousands of shows spanning China, the UAE, SE Asia, Europe, the USA and Australia.Matt Bradshaw

In the studio, Matt has ten CD releases to his credit both as a solo artists and with other acts (including two international releases), he has a publishing contract with Sony Asia for songs written in Mandarin, and as a live performer, has appeared on television and stage as a lead and backing vocalist, guitarist, keyboard player, bass player and actor.

He has written film scores [“RockStar”, for Tropfest] and TV show themes [“Get Ace”, a cartoon show with worldwide syndication, just entering its second season], he has worked with a number ex-Australian Idol performers [Dan O’Connor, Matt Chadwick, Guy Sebastian, Ricki-Lee] following their TV appearances, he is currently the Musical Director for Dracula’s Theatre Restaurants [ongoing for more than a decade] and performs live some six-to-eight (or more!) times a week, and in April he completed the orchestrations for an Arena Spectacular version of the movie Hairspray, starring Simon Burke, Christine Anu and Tim Campbell. All this in addition his regular touring commitments, corporate events and of course, weddings.

Matt has worked with and/or as support act for: John Foreman, KISS, Guy Sebastian, Collective Soul, Ricki-Lee, America, Mark Seymour, UB40, Daryl Braithwaite, BoneyM, Jon Stevens, James Brown, Matt Hetherington, Limahl, INXS, Creed and Human Nature to name but a few.

Of all the events of which Matt is a part, weddings are his favourite, and to get to be a fundamental part of a couple’s most special of days is an honour he doesn’t take lightly. The planning of a wedding can be a high-pressure affair, but with his personable style, attention to detail and wealth of experience, you can be assured that once you’ve enlisted Matt’s services, there is nothing you need worry about. Except perhaps your speeches. :-)

“Hi Matt, thanks so much again for helping make our day so very special. Leanne and I had a great day and the feedback we have had has been amazing including how much everyone enjoyed your music. The day turned out exactly as we had hoped and if were to it again we would not change a thing. Awesome job thanks!” – Leanne and Peter Van Summeren – wedding @ Patterson River Country Club 2016.

“We are so excited that you guys have gone to such great lengths to get here. We really really appreciate it so much. Thank you so much, you absolutely made our night.” – Lauren and Nick Avery – wedding @ St Helens, Tasmania 2016.

Check out his Agency at: Space Between Notes

Check out his website at: Matt Bradshaw

Find him on Facebook at: MattyBBradshaw

Email: management@mattbradshaw.com

Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: DJ Ben

L&G-25_BenMeet our weeding master of the week, DJ Ben.

For the bridal couples who want their wedding reception to be FUN, you can’t look past Ben from DJ Ben Events. Ben has worked as a DJ for almost 23 years and focuses his current role as being a wedding host…planning & running the entire night with and for his clients.

His upbeat, friendly and at times whacky sense of fun is often included through interactive games and segments designed to actively include the wedding guests and tailored towards each wedding couple. He also has an impressive history of 11 years on radio, 2000 individual club nights and interstate and overseas wedding bookings.

DJ Ben was awarded the ABIA Best Wedding MC in SA in 2015 and continuously delivers wedding receptions filled with laughter, music and interaction to around 45 couples each year.

Check out his website at: www.djbenevents.com

Find him on Facebook at: DJBenEvents

Email: ben@djbenevents.com

 

Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: Shaun Scott

Meet our wedding master of the week, Shaun Scott.Shaun

With nearly a decade of experience in the entertainment industry and his current role as principal DJ at the state’s highest rated multi-supplier or wedding DJs, Shaun draws on a diverse range of experience in the wedding and event industries.

With nearly a decade of experience in the entertainment industry and his current role as principal DJ at the state’s highest rated multi-supplier or wedding DJs, Shaun draws on a diverse range of experience in the wedding and event industries.

Shaun Scott

He is know by many brides as the person who made THE difference on their wedding day, combining sensitivity with attention to detail to create a once in lifetime experience.

He is know by many brides as the person who made THE difference on their wedding day, combining sensitivity with attention to detail to create a once in lifetime experience.

Check out his website at: www.griffinalliance.com

Find him on Facebook at: Griffin Alliance

 

Kelly & Michael’s Wedding at Mount Lofty House

Welcome to our Griffin Alliance Real Wedding blog, we supplied the Wedding DJ for Kelly and Michael for their wedding day and they were kind enough to allow us to do a write up about it! Enjoy, we hope you get some inspiration for your wedding day from this beautiful couple.

From vintage dress to beautiful garden views, these South Australian nuptials were a celebration to behold.

It was a beautiful summers day when Michael got down on one knee in the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens and popped the question to Kelly. And of course her answer was ‘YES!’

The couple straight away decided on ‘Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church’ in Stirling East to have their ceremony. As a young girl, Kelly would attend Sunday morning church services there with her family. With its quaint historic façade and its garden setting, it always stuck with Kelly.

“We both wanted a catholic church ceremony, so the church was pretty important to us,” Kelly recalls.

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“Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church has always been my favourite church.”

With the ceremony location sorted, they just had to find a venue. Staying in the Adelaide Hills seemed fitting for their vintage rustic theme, so Kelly and Michael booked in Mt Lofty Coach House for their reception.

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“We wanted to stay close by so we went to see the Coach House at Mount Lofty House. It was the first and only venue we looked at. With its white textured rustic walls, beautiful timber deck and lawn area topped off with a spectacular view – how could we say no.”

Kelly loved the beautiful old building.

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“I love the beautiful autumn leaves. The gardens at Mt Lofty House are simply stunning. Absolutely breathtaking views.”

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“Michael and I live in Port Lincoln, so we came over to Adelaide a week before the wedding to finish off any last minute preparations. The night before the wedding I stayed at Mt Lofty House with my 2 bridesmaids.”

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“Surrounded by autumn leaves, it was the perfect backdrop for a wedding.”

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Baby’s breath and daises were Kelly’s flowers of choice – complementing her tasteful full lace vintage dress. Her hair down, dressed in soft curls and two daises.

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“I just love my dress in this photo. It’s a modern day vintage dress by Essence Australia. My beautiful bridesmaids are dressed in lemon yellow lace dresses from Review.”

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“This vintage shot is one of my favourites.”

The couple proved there’s style in simplicity – nothing too formal yet still classy.

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The couple just wanted their guests to have a good time.

“I love this shot because we look so relaxed and happy.”

“Keeping the day small and intimate was important to us. We had 60 guests – all of the people who are special and important to us.”

“It was great to see all of our beautiful family and friends there.”

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When asked her favourite parts of the day, Kelly giggled and said, “The whole day was perfect.”

“I wouldn’t change a single thing about the whole day. From our beautiful ceremony to our amazing reception party, chatting and dancing the night away with our family and friends. It’s hard to pick just one or two moments – the entire day was absolutely perfect.”

However, walking down the stairs to the church with her dad, Kelly said was pretty special.

“My dad came from overseas so it was pretty special to have him walk me down the aisle.”

“As I got the church, my stomach was full of butterflies but I was so excited at the same time.”

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Kelly and Michael met back in 2011 at Friday night drinks at the Archer on O’Connell Street. They “hit it off” and the rest is history.

Guests from interstate and overseas made the trip to mark this special moment of their journey together.

The speeches entertain the crowd, as they laugh along with the jokes and stories – the type that always gets shared at weddings.

“Every father hopes that their daughter will meet somebody, a partner in life, that’s sensible and considerate – and I’m sure that Kelly has made the right choice,” Kelly’s father, Tony, says proudly.

Michael and Kelly stand up the front arm in arm talking to their guests.

“She had me before hello,” Michael tells the crowd.

“To the birth of our son Blake being the most special of anything we’ve experienced so far together – today comes pretty close.

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Kelly and Michael were so happy to be able to share their special day with their beautiful son Blake.

Kelly and Michael shared their first dance to Ed Sheeran – thinking out loud – with nothing but smiles on their faces.

“The Ed Sheeran song was one that both Michael and I could agree on. It’s a song that we both love and will be happy to listen to in years to come. The lyrics are lovely.”

The day, for Kelly, was full of love and laughs.

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“We wanted to make sure our bridal party enjoyed every second of the day. And the photos were one of our favourite parts.”

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“I love the look on the groomsmen’s faces!”

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“Our wedding cake and cupcakes from Lee’s Cakes were beautiful. With flavours such as Lemon curd, red velvet and raspberry swirl they were a big hit with the guests too!”

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When asked about their photographer, she said: “I loved our photographers creativity, especially in this shot.”

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“We gave him an idea of the type of shots we wanted and on the day he ran the show and everything turned out perfectly.”

Congratulations newlyweds!

Kelly and Michael’s celebrated their love on a beautiful, relaxed autumn afternoon. The entire day was really relaxed, allowing the couple to soak up each special moment.

It was a completely wonderful experience and we’d like to thank you for sharing your special day with us.

Featured on #1 wedding celebrant in Adelaide

Check out my interview with Celebrant Camille Abbott, about how to choose a great wedding DJ and other insider tips to save you time and money while planning your big day.

She was voted #1 wedding celebrant in SA at this years ABIA awards!
Check it out  HERE

There is also a BONUS just to keep you reading until the end of the interview; Camille has created a FREE 10-page ebook: ‘Wedding Ceremony Music Guide’.It includes:

1) the sections of a civil ceremony that need music,
2) the different kinds of songs that work and why,
3) how many songs you’ll need to choose for each section AND
4) a list of over 300 tunes to help you plan!

Its quite good – check it out!   HERE

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Mount Lofty House

A popular Adelaide wedding venue get’s a makeover


Wedding DJ, David Bartholomeusz from Griffin Alliance, reviews Mt Lofty House so brides and engaged couples can consider it as a reception venue for their special day.

Mount Lofty House: Coach House

As promised, I’m reviewing the new Coach House room at Mount Lofty House. For those of you who haven’t considered Mt Lofty House for your wedding, this is for you.

MtLH-02Mt Lofty House has completely changed over the last 3 years. The Mercure Group have taken it over and converted what was an already excellent venue into just something absolutely fantastic, so this space is completely new.

A lot of you probably don’t know this space even exists – it’s called the Coach House. It’s done beautifully and has employed very good-looking staff (for all you ladies!). This is a small intimate room which is a great venue for a cocktail function. They’ve got about 100 down for cocktails tonight for the wedding and I’ve shown you the room but this is what you really want to see!

Stunning views of Adelaide for your wedding reception venue

MtLH-04The view just outside of the Coach House room will blow your mind! Guests are spoilt with beautiful views of the gardens and the Adelaide hills from a beautiful little deck. And there are even a few little lawn games for guests. Everyone is contained in a beautiful little space, so this is just a perfect venue for bride’s who love a garden setting.

Any new brides that are considering Mt Lofty House, the Coach House area is a great choice if you’re looking for an intimate venue overlooking the gorgeous hills of Adelaide. There are also 3 other spaces that you could have your wedding in that will accommodate anything fro 30 people for a sit-down wedding, right through to about 150 people.

MtLH-06The Coach House is just one of the great spaces up at Mt Lofty House, so don’t be afraid to come and check out to find the perfect wedding reception venue for you!

And of course, the Griffin Alliance team can arrange all of your entertainment. Talk to our team of wedding DJ’s today on 0417 819 553.

National Wine Centre

Hey there, it’s David Bartholomeusz here from Griffin Alliance DJs, once again.  Hey, how are you going? I’m just at the National Wine Centre.  I just want to show you around outside before we go in, in case you’re considering this venue for your wedding reception.

NWC-250315aYou can see this beautiful outdoor area where everyone gets together beforehand, absolutely fantastic!  And then, you get the view right in to the Botanic Gardens as well.  So, it’s a beautiful outdoor space where people can come and gather beforehand.  Now the thing I really like most about the National Wine Centre and why I think it’s worth checking out is because there’s a lot of different spaces so you have got a lot of different options in terms of what you can do here.  I’m DJing in this small room over here called the Vine’s room, which, for up to 50 people is absolutely fine and they’re having a beautiful cocktail party.  In here, you’ve got the grand ballroom and it’s just absolutely massive.  So, there’s also two other rooms that you can use as well.  So you’ve got a really a big range of option from a very small intimate group to a huge, massive wedding as well.  So, whatever is your group size, it’s really worth coming in here and having a chat with the team.  They’re very professional.  Misty is the person I’m working with tonight and she’s been absolutely fantastic and so organized.

NWC-250315bSo, I’ll just run you around in to the Vine’s room so you can check that out and have a look what they have done with the place.  Probably, the number one drawback for this venue, I would say it’s that it’s a little bit clinical, so, if you want to have a real country feel to the music and the setting and that sort of stuff then some other venues are really good for that.  So, you know, that’s not you’re not going get a vintage wedding for your day out this venue but in terms of having a great time, this venue is absolutely ideal. The other thing that I’ll point out a huge pro of this venue is their production team and their operations team are just absolutely spot on because they do a large number of events.  So, you kind of get almost an international hotel level of service.  So, to sum up this venue and like I said, no matter what your wedding size, this venue has got a room for you.  This is David Bartholomeusz from Griffin Alliance DJs. Hope it’s useful for you.

Longview Vineyard

Hey David Bartholomeusz from Griffin Alliance DJs here.  I’m just showing you the area for the ceremony at Longview Winery.  Really, really awesome here.  As you can see out over here, lots of socializing out over the vineyard, absolutely beautiful.  There’s a bar up there.  And this is a beautiful big tree here which I wouldn’t normally make a fuss over a tree but it’s just this beautiful, a striking distance.  So, if you want a real country to your wedding plus elegance, certainly for your ceremony, that’s how you walk down the aisle.

Hey, how are you going?  Dave Bartholomeusz here from Griffin Alliance DJs.  I just thought I’d show you a little bit about Longview Winery, just the pros and cons of this venue.

LV_hero-300So, as you can see, really, really beautiful and I think it was really, really hard to set things up. Probably the biggest pro of this venue I think is it got a huge amount of country character.  So you can basically do the venue up as nice as you want but it doesn’t have to be ostentatious.  So, you can get a real feel of elegance but without a huge amount of ostentatiousness I guess.  I really want to show you the outside area but it’s windy today.  It’s not usually super windy up here so that’s a bit of a surprise but it’s a beautiful balcony up here and then stretching out to the lawns.  I’ll put some pictures of the lawn areas set up for the ceremony, as you can see that. Beautiful venue, it’s very well worth checking it out if you’re thinking of getting married up here. David Bartholomeusz from Griffin Alliance DJs at Longview Winery.  If you want to know about it then give me a call on your domino and tell you what I know.

Gomersal Winery in the Barossa Valley Review

Hi, it’s DJ Dave here, just reporting in from Gomersal Winery.  Just in case you’re thinking about having your reception here, just to give you a bit of an idea of what the place is like.

Gomersal1So, I’ll just talk a little bit about the pros and cons of the venue.  I’m not really here to tell whether it’s good or bad because as you’ve probably already know, it’s not about a venue is good or bad, it’s about whether it’s right for you.  So, I have to say I’ve not seen this venue done up this nicely, it’s just absolutely fantastic and it’s a real credit to the team here and that’s probably my number one pro for Gomersal Winery as a wedding reception venue.  It’s that Gaby and her team are just 100% supportive with doing what you want to do.  Last time I was here, I saw this venue done complete differently but it’s just absolutely fantastic!

gomersalProbably the biggest con, I would say for this venue, is the sound restrictions.  It’s not to say, do not come here, absolutely not!  The sound level is pretty good but it’s not high, high so, if you want to have a crazy, crazy party with lots and lots of loud music, this is probably not your best choice.  They would love you to be able to turn the music up really loud but they’ve got neighbors that just force you to lower the music

Gomersal2So, just gonna come over here and show you the cake because whoever made this cake just needs 10,000 gold medals.  Look at that, chocolate on the one side and there’s the traditional wedding cake on the other.  It’s just so phenomenal!

So, sound aside, there is probably one other factor to consider, it’s a pro or con and you can actually see it and not see it today, which is, this venue needs a fair bit done to it to look awesome, so, that might be a con but as you can see , if you’re willing to put in the effort, having a venue like this is an absolute pro because  you can do with exactly the way you want and once again that‘s where Gaby and the team come in, They are so supportive of allowing you to be creative and just do whatever you like with this venue.

So that’s Gomersal Winery, reviewed for its suitability as a wedding reception venue.  Thank you for checking it out.

How to hire the perfect Wedding DJ

A lot of brides ask me this question, as they only hire a wedding DJ once but I have done it over 5000 times. Here is the recipe that had us independently voted the best multi-operator DJ service in Adelaide last year

 

1: Book about 12-20 months out

This is simple supply & demand. Unless you have a time machine, myself and the other top 10 DJs in Adelaide can only DJ 52 Saturdays a year. That’s 520 weddings that we can do. There are about 6000 weddings to be done. We book out. And pretty much all of us are booked out for most dates about a year in advance. So if you want the best, get in first. Once we have promised a bride we wont change our booking no matter how much money you offer. That’s one of the reasons we came to be known as the best!

 

2: Use someone who has won awards

An experienced, hard working DJ has a lot of brides wanting to tell the powers that be that they did a stellar job at their wedding, and like all industries there are bodies that collect this information and then make it publicly available. One of the other things they do is give us permission to use special logos that identify us as industry leaders. The touchstone for me is that if a DJ has an award from two independent industry groups, they are usually a cut above the rest.

 

3: Use someone who has good independent ratings

Without external accountability even the best of the best have no incentive to give your wedding the personal attention and service it deserves. Ensure that your DJ has signed themselves up for such a service and that your personally will have the chance to deliver scores & feedback to the service after the wedding.

 

4: Choose someone who charges between $700 and $1200

I place DJs at all sorts of events ranging from children’s parties to 21sts, huge corporate events, and at regular pub & club gigs. After analyzing the data from over 15,000 DJ placements I have a very good understanding of what investment creates what result. If a DJ plays the wrong song at a specific time at a kids party of 21st, this often makes no difference to the enjoyment of the event. However, that same error as you and your husband step on the dance floor for your first dance represents a fundamental failure of your event. We have fond the sweet spot for ensuring that the DJ is qualified for your wedding, but not getting ripped off by someone who is okay, but is not rating any higher than someone half other price is between $700 and $1200. Below $700 the DJ may make a fundamental error and ruin the most important day of your life. Once you get to $1200, paying more wont usually yield you any better result.

 

David Bartholomeusz has DJed at 797 wedding and knows that no 2 weddings are alike through helping over 5000 brides from Adelaide, and Rural South Australia and Melbourne and Country Victoria prepare for the most important day of their life and connect with the best available DJ in their area.

Top questions to ask your wedding DJ

Questions to ask your Wedding DJ

So you have a potential DJ in the phone. What can you ask them that will quickly give you a gauge of whether they might be the right person to have behind the decks on your wedding day?

 

1: Who might I know that you have DJed for?

This is a question worth asking, as an experienced DJ will be confident that you will know someone they have DJed for, since they have DJed at may weddings. By asking this you also get to see how the DJ reacts to pressure & scrutiny. On the night there will be plenty of that so get a taste of how they handle the pressure before the big night!

 
2: Can we request songs?

If the DJ says no to this questions, don’t book them. What ever they say, it means one of 3 things and all are bad. Either they are inexperienced and don’t know what songs to say no to, they are a club DJ who only plays one style of music and ant be versatile for all your friends & family, or they are lazy and just want to play generic party winners all night and not make the wedding unique and truly yours. 

 

3: Can I meet the person who will cover for you if you get sick?

If they say no, it means that they don’t have a backup plan in place. Veteran weddings DJs have experienced accidents & illness and so they know that a backup plan is need for the most important day of your life. Listen to their backup plan. If it sounds well thought out, you want have found the right DJ for your wedding!

 

4: Have you won any awards?

There are independent organisations that recognise outstanding service in the wedding industry. These groups usually take feedback scores from brides to decide who deserves to wear their badges of honour. These organisations also seek out the best in the industry as their reputation depends on recommending only the best. So if someone has awards from more than one industry group, they are probably a straight shooter!

David Bartholomeusz has DJed at 797 wedding and knows that no 2 weddings are alike through helping over 5000 brides from Adelaide, and Rural South Australia and Melbourne and Country Victoria prepare for the most important day of their life and connect with the best available DJ in their area.

 

What To Look For When Hiring A DJ

How can I tell the difference between the right DJ for my wedding and a bozo who is going to turn all my hard work in to a yelling contest between bridezilla and drunk DJ devilspawn? I’m glad you asked!

 

1: How have they performed in the past?

Is the DJ subject to an external rating system that gives them a rating out of 10 as rated by previous brides? Have they won any awards? Have you seen this DJ play at a wedding before, or do you know someone who has? If its no to all of these questions then look online for agencies that have rating systems or DJs who have won awards. Failing that, ask people you trust to recommend. But don’t go to facebook. This will inundate you with a list of people who are friends of your friends and have DJ decks set up in their house. These people are probably not qualified.

 

2: What incentive is there for them performing well at your event?

Other than the DJ being a nice person; which is very hard to tell when they are trying to convince you to give them a thousand bucks, what incentive is there for them to do a good job? The nest incentive is an independent rating system that allows you personally to rate them and where the independent person either publishes this information or uses it to decide who will be given paid work in the future. Failing this, using someone who is known to your hefty big brother or works for your mum can be a good move. But a rating system is best as it gives the DJ a clear and direct reason to behave in ways that will lead 10 out of 10 from you.

 

3: Will they discount their price?

This is a really diagnostic one if you are booking tour DJ between 20 and 12 months before the big day. A good wedding DJ knows that they will book out pretty much all of their available dates about 6-12 months in advance due to the fact that demand for them is greater than the number of weekends in a year. So ask your DJ for a discount. If they say “I’m sorry, but if you want me, this is my price”, this tells you that they know that they have demand and will book out, which is a very good indication that they are on the level.

 

4: What happens if they cant do the gig at the last minute?

Asking your DJ what will happen if they cant do the gig at the last minute is also quite diagnostic as you will usually get 1 of 2 answers. If the DJ says that that won’t happen, they are not prepared and have n backup. No matter how awesome they are, zero backup presents a complete wedding failure potential for you. If the DJ says that they work with an agency or group that will send another DJ to cover, this means that the DJ is open & honest that sometimes sickness & accidents happen and they have prepared for this eventuality.

 

I hope this is useful for you in choosing your DJ. Remember. All of us are flashy & fun but only some of us have the substance to practice what we preach.

 

David Bartholomeusz has DJed at 797 wedding and knows that no 2 weddings are alike through helping over 5000 brides from Adelaide, and Rural South Australia and Melbourne and Country Victoria prepare for the most important day of their life and connect with the best available DJ in their area.

Top Ten Wedding First Dance Song Ideas from your wedding DJ

Griffin Alliance Wedding DJ: Top Ten First Dance Song Tips!

For anyone about to get married in Adelaide or Melbourne; our wedding DJ can assist with the difficult task of selecting the right first wedding dance song. Take a look at the following terrific wedding tips that are guaranteed to make easy work of a task that is quite hard for most couples. Regardless of if you are thinking of live music or considering a wedding DJ to entertain you and your guests; this information will definitely help with choosing your first dance song. Get ready for some wicked tunes and hopefully some smooth moves on the dance floor!

Our Adelaide and Melbourne wedding DJ knows first-hand how many couples struggle with choosing the best first dance song. But rest assured these sure-fire tips will have you both gliding effortlessly across the dance floor like a couple of old dancing pros; left feet and all!

  1. Choose lyrics that tell the story of you and your beloved; something that defines who you are as a couple. Generally the old classics are popular and safe choices. These also tend to be very romantic and stylishly elegant.
  2. Never select a song that either of you don’t particularly like or one that was special to either of you in another relationship. Not a good idea!
  3. Timeless is best as it has to last throughout the years. Will you still enjoy listening to your wedding song in 25 or 30 years times? Wedding DJ advice is to choose wisely!
  4. Check out each other’s music collections – CD’s, old records and even those of your parents as you may come across something perfect! Worth looking at!
  5. It’s vital to pick a wedding dance song that you and your husband can dance to! Sounds like common sense, but this one’s a common issue especially if one or both of you cannot dance. Dance lessons will take care of this problem and you should at least speak to a dance instructor or someone that can dance as to what style of dance would best suit the song!
  6. Regardless of how much someone loves a song; if it has lyrics that would make your grandmother blush; don’t even consider using it! Seriously let it go! Just say no and choose something without any derogative innuendos or sexually explicit language!
  7. Songs like Frank Sinatra’s – ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ or Phil Collins – ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’ are great old fashioned classic choices. You may also like to invite your maid of honour and best man to join you on the dance floor early; like asap if you are really nervous! If you need a Wedding MC then let us know, it can make a huge difference!
  8. How about injecting some humour if you don’t really like the seriousness of the whole first dance scenario but feel obligated to include it? Songs like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’ or even South Pacific’s ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair’!
  9. It’s best to keep the first dance down to four minutes or less. Any longer than that feels like for ever and you also run the risk of boring your wedding guests!
  10. Practice makes perfect! This goes for the dance itself as well as making sure the band knows the song if having live music. Your wedding DJ also needs to be informed of your choice.

So now that you’re equipped with these fabulous Wedding DJ tips; it’s onwards to adventure! Time to learn how to move it on the dance floor! Now what about that Father – Daughter dance?

If you’re looking for a professional Wedding DJ or MC in South Australia or Victoria then we’re waiting for your call!

 

Questions about booking a wedding DJ: part 1

I got a message from someone in this comment thread about Wedding “Hacks”:

“The first would definitely be about pricing. How exactly does a DJ gauge their price? Obviously you have equipment you have to set up and take down, but does it matter how many people are there? How interactive you have to be? If the bride and groom request certain music? We’re very budget conscious, our venue is insanely cheap considering (especially considering it’s in Orange Country which is the devil when it comes to cost of living). They have their own sound system, speakers we essentially can hook up an ipod to, but I see the value in having a DJ who can keep the energy and party going. My fiance initially thought we could just have a friend do the announcements, but I disagree. Basically what is the value of having a good DJ? And what are good questions to ask while looking for one?”

I’ll split this up into parts to make it easier:
Q: How exactly does a DJ gauge their price?
A: There are a few different ways DJs set their prices.
– Whatever people are willing to pay
– Based on experience of the DJ (ie people with more experience tend to only do more expensive gigs)
– Usually the easier or more fun the gig will be, the cheaper the DJ will quote
Q: Obviously you have equipment you have to set up and take down, but does it matter how many people are there?
A: Equipment is a big problem with mobile gigs as 99% of customers won’t know the difference until the event starts. Better DJ companies have full backup systems in case something goes wrong. Best thing to do is ask them what equipment their DJs use and ask a friend that knows if they’re using professional equipment. If theyre not willing to tell you what equipment they use then that is a big warning sign.
Q: How interactive you (DJ) have to be?
A: Depends entirely what type of wedding you would like. Some couples prefer it to be chilled out, others to party hard.
Q: If the bride and groom request certain music?
A: Yes, check that the DJ is happy to play requests and if they can bring them or if you have to supply them. DO NOT book a DJ that isn’t willing to take requests from your guests unless you are 100% sure they will play the right thing.
Q:They have their own sound system, speakers we essentially can hook up an ipod to, but I see the value in having a DJ who can keep the energy and party going.
A: Check that the sound system is actually built to be played loud, a lot of venues say that you can play music through it, but it may not be very loud as a lot of venues have speaker systems built for speeches and background music.
A: This goes against most DJ company owners in that I believe that an iPod is entirely fine to use for a wedding. I think that if you dont have the budget for a DJ then an iPod is actually better than a crap DJ. The benefit of having a good DJ is that they can make the evening go smoothly, they can modulate the music for the whole night on the fly and they can try and please as many of your guests as possible. If you want a dancefloor all night then that is hard to achieve with an ipod.  There are some more thoughts on ipod vs DJ here.
Q: My fiance initially thought we could just have a friend do the announcements, but I disagree.
A: Either way is fine. I recommend if you have someone that is a good MC in the family then that works best as they can make some jokes and they already know at least half the people in the room already which makes it a bit more personal. If you don’t have someone confident then get a DJ that can MC or you can even get a separate MC. Either way check when you are booking if the DJ can MC and if it costs extra. Also check with the venue to see if you need the DJ to bring a microphone as well and get this quoted up.
Q: Basically what is the value of having a good DJ? And what are good questions to ask while looking for one?”
A: The value of having a good DJ is:
– To entertain your guests
– To take care of everything to do with the entertainment of your guests (kind of an insurance policy) so that you don’t have to worry about it.
Hope that answers some of your questions!
Daniel Toop (DJ 2P)