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There are only two things I know that can be spent in this life: money and time. When planning a wedding it is best to identify how much of each you have and make plans accordingly. Some of the best advice I ever received about planning major events was to try and figure out to the best of my ability what I thought things would cost – then double it! This way, the surprises that come along the way won’t have as much impact and expectations can be more realistic.
Some examples of surprises that impact a bottom-line would be things like security guards when serving alcohol, damage deposits, cake stand rentals (on top of the cake costs), delivery fees, service fees for cutting a cake, mandatory gratuities (as well as voluntary ones), etc. Many DJ companies charge mileage fees, set-up and teardown fees (or hide these in their “hourly rate”), insurance fees and more. The list goes on and on.
When planning in advance as to what vendors to book and when, I always advise brides & grooms to book their venues first and then anything else that is one-of-a-kind. If your favorite musician is available for that day, book them as soon as possible. Same thing with a quality DJ & MC. Since most entertainers are not big companies with multiple “clones” of the same product available, it is good to ensure that they are committed to your event early in the process.
Cakes, flowers, linens, and even catering can all wait until later in the planning process as these can be duplicated by many companies. For example, a bakery can bake many cakes for the same day, but a specific band or DJ can only be at one event that night.
Lately, I have seen a lot of wasted food and cake at many weddings. Since this is a major expense (as well as alcohol), try to be conservative on estimates for food – especially desserts and cake. Most guests do not eat two pieces of wedding cake, so make slices slightly smaller and talk to your baker about accuracy in guest count. I have posted a video with a lot of cake ideas that I have seen in the past couple years:
When the day is done and my bride & groom are finally married, people often look back at the things that they remembered the most. The venue and the entertainment are always closest to the top of the list. Food, cakes, linens, formal wear, dresses, limos, etc. all have a smaller role in the overall impact of the night. Have fun during the process and best wishes in your planning!
The Metroplexers are sounding great and can provide your party, special event, wedding, corporate function, etc. with an exciting live-music show that is fun for all ages. We are a four-piece band with guitar, bass, keyboards and drums.
All four of us are also singers, so harmony vocals and a variety of vocal textures are all part of our show. And since we are a smaller band, we can play in places where others cannot. We can also add DJ & MC services to your event for “the perfect mix”.
The Metroplexers are having a great year playing weddings, special events, and even special night club showcases. Most professional party bands in the DFW area are too expensive for a lot of budgets or they are simply too big. Did you know that many venues do not allow bands of 5-pieces or more? Lots of bands are just too big or too loud for many events.
That is why The Metroplexers were designed specifically to be wedding, party, and corporate friendly. All-time party song favorites from the 1980s, 1970s and 1960s played live along with full DJ & MC services by Mike Mahnich (who plays keyboards in the band). Check them out tomorrow at Lone Star Roadhouse in Dallas.
Summertime in Dallas and Fort Worth is so fun! Apartment complexes, hotels, community event centers, assisted living facilities, HOAs and more are all looking for fun things to do to make this the best summer yet.
The old stand-bys of backyard barbecues and pool parties are all-time favorites, so why not enhance a winning idea with professional entertainment that will make the event super-memorable? Here are some ideas and what to expect:
A DJ for your Pool Party - This is a great idea for parties large or small. The right size sound system for your event from 20 – 200 people is easy for the right professional. Combine that with a wireless microphone and your pool party can have hosted games, raffles, hula-hoop contests and more. Get community businesses to donate prizes or sponsor food and drinks and the cost is minimal. All you need is a dry (and shaded) area with a table and electricity nearby and you are good to go!
Book The Metroplexers party band – This band is made for community events or parties with 200+ guests. Always a great mix of party music that is family-friendly, we also incorporate DJ music with endless variety. Since we are a four-piece band, we can fit in small or large areas including a back yard. Put us on a stage or on the sidewalk – either way your block party, car show, 5K fun run or other special event will be extra special!
Host a Dive-In movie – When it gets dark outside and you are wrapping up an evening barbecue event, nothing is cooler than watching a movie while floating in a pool. Full-sound and a projector with a giant screen make for a very memorable event. Watching favorites like Finding Nemo or Jaws are a good fit for the watery environment. Adequate space is needed for a big screen and no fees can be charged for admission due to copyright laws. Check the weather too because moderate wind can turn a big movie screen into a big sail.
For Saturday events ending before 3:00pm or any other day or evening during the week, prices are very reasonable. Combine any or all of these ideas with your local community and you will have one unforgettable summer event!
Come see me play with two of my bands on 11/23/2011 at Lone Star Legends in Garland, Texas. First up is my rock & roll party band, The Metroplexers featuring our new line-up with guitar player, Randy Howard. Lead singer, Larry Porter has moved from guitar to bass.
The Metroplexers are opening for my other band, Streetlight People - The Music Of Journey. All Journey – All Night!
Cover charge is only $5.00 for an entire night of music and fun. Hope to see you there!
Most people know me as a professional DJ & MC. But with my specialty being wedding ceremonies and receptions, I am sometimes open on Friday nights. So what is a full-time musician/disc jockey to do to keep busy? Well… start a fantastic-all-Journey-music “tribute” band, of course!
I have been playing keyboards and singing even longer than I have been a disc jockey, so when my friends brought a rare musical opportunity to my attention, I could not say no.
This kind of band does not play very often, so have no fear about scheduling conflicts with upcoming events. With my solo work as a DJ & MC, Voice Over Professional, and Musician, I have had to keep a tight & varied schedule for years.
What does money management have to do with hiring a DJ for my wedding? Who is this guy that is writing this article anyway? What does he know? Well…
Lately I have had some interesting conversations with brides & grooms about their wedding expenses. I am pleased to say that one of the trends that I have recently observed is that brides & grooms are seeking to have wedding ceremonies and receptions that do not cause them to go into debt. Call it “the new economy”, being frugal, or just being practical – brides & grooms these days want the most value for each dollar spent.
Among so many other things (like playing music for example), a good wedding DJ & MC should also bring you a wealth of knowledge about how to speak with other vendors, tips and tricks to save money, cautionary tales of ways to avoid getting ripped-off, how to receive value-added packages etc.
As an experienced wedding disc jockey, I have seen lots of vendors in action, so it is in my best interest to make sure that my bride & groom will be happy on their special day. If I can help them save money along the way with different ideas or recommendations, then I see that as an unwritten obligation.
Yes, I am a wedding professional. But I am also a happily married parent of three kids and I know the hardships and stress that money problems can bring a family. As I see young people moving toward their wedding day, I am always aware that the number one cause of marital strife is non-other than debt & money problems. This surprises some. But as our society seems to be getting better educated in the ways that money works, I am pleased to see the trend of moving away from frivolous expenses and putting money where it will mean the most on your special day.
The American Disc Jockey Association conducted a survey of brides just after their wedding day and determined that the one item above all others (except for the venue) that they would have paid more attention to was the wedding reception entertainment (like a DJ or Live Band). In the minds of most guests, the wedding DJ & MC (more accurately the music played and the announcements made) were the most critical factor to the success of the event. This means that the success of the DJ & MC contributed to the overall success/failure of the event regardless of the quality of the food, flowers, videographer, photographs, dresses, formal wear, decorations, party favors, etc. This is what adds value!
When making the selection of key components for your reception try to “remember what people remember” and that getting the cheapest price isn’t always the best value. Also remember that getting into debt to pay for a one-day event can put a touch of grey in what should be a beautiful day. Brides & grooms receive a lot of gifts on their wedding day, and one of the best gifts to give yourself is a wedding day that is debt-free.
Note: even if you are not one of my happy couples, I am pleased to share tips & tricks with you to save money on your wedding day. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you are a professional disc jockey and a musician, you get to see a lot of fun events. Super Bowl parties are coming soon and The Metroplexers are ready-to-go with a brand new look and sound for 2011.
Molly, Kyle, Larry and Mike (me) are all “real players & singers”. Did you know that a lot of party bands are really playing to pre-recorded tracks? Not us! We work hard to make every note played and every word sung the best that we can. Our unique blend of four musician/singers has us sounding like bands that are often twice our size.
That’s good for us all, because we can fit on any stage and in any budget!
Thanks to Tom Petroski for mixing our sound. Check out our new demo:
I have been playing piano/organ/keyboards since I was a young boy, but it really wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized how blessed I am by God to have such a talent. Music has always been a part of my life and now as an adult, music has given me so much; a livelihood, commonality with others, relevance with my kids, and the ability to serve others in the best way I know how.
I am so blessed to be a part of a new band/worship community at First United Methodist Church Richardson (FUMCR) called “Access”. Access is a worship community that meets every Sunday at 5:00pm in the main worship center at FUMCR. Click the links for more information.
My small addition to this service is as the keyboard/synthesizer player on the worship team. We rehearse every week and then play our songs every Sunday. Below are some recent pics from a rehearsal in October.
The service is a casual, family-friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere. So come check us out this Christmas season.
This past Friday night, The Metroplexers had a blast as the entertainment for the MD Pathology Affiliated Laboratories 23rd annual holiday party. These doctors, lab technicians, and administrators provide area hospitals with test results that help patients get properly treated for a variety of ailments.
The event was held at the Prestonwood Country Club, Hills location in Plano, Texas. We got to play the role of “Dr. Feelgood” by playing our mix of classic hit songs from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Our four piece band plays non-stop for about an hour at a time and then we fill-in the sets with a live DJ (me!). Add in a fun gift exchange game, dancing, and a fine dinner, and you get a fantastic night…which is just what the Doctor ordered.