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Jennifer & Dr. David Landers

My 3rd of 3 weddings this weekend ended at a new venue for me Fourty50 in Addison. This place is right down the road from some of my favorite restaurants incuding The Loving Hut (Vegan Buffet) and Blue Goose Cantina (Amazing Mexican food) as well as the Coconut Grill (Thai food to write home about). Fourty50 was a very spacious venue with a nice feature of a draw curtain which let us separate the cocktail hour from the main ballroom. This enabled us to flip the room while the guests could enjoy drinks and appetizers without seeing the magic behind changing the main room from ceremony to reception layout.  

 

I got got to work with one of my favorite planners in DFW, Amanda Travis and her team from Fete & Frivolity wo blew me away with their floral arrangements and putting together an amazing evening. 

 

I can’t lie though, the desserts that Jennifer and David picked out were probably the best options I’ve had all year! 

 

 

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Congrats to Jennifer and David, your wedding was so much fun! 

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Denise & Ray Landin

For the 2nd of 3 weddings this weekend: Saturday I was back at Lone Star Mansion (which was flippin’ amazing because I got to leave all my gear set up from the nights prior wedding!). I got to test drive my brand new Antenna system for my microphones and wireless speaker systems! (That’s what that Tie Fighter looking apparatus is, lol).

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This bad boy will pick up or throw a flawless signal dang near as far as the eye can see, which is great for something as important as weddings so there’s no drop outs in sound and we can be clear and out of the way from everyone for a clean set up!

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the ceremony was brief and beautiful (and the audio was flawless (;

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I snagged a photo of the cake cutting and yes...that IS what you think it is!

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it’s R2D2! I always get so pumped when the grooms cake is a special order.

 

 

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congratulations to Denise & Ray, I wish you endless years of happiness!

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Jeremy & Patricia Hamblin

So all excuses aside, I apologize for slacking on keeping the blog up to date. I get so busy with life and totally forget about this thing from time to time.

 

Anyways, this past weekend we had what I like to call a “Hydra” aka “A triple Header”. We had the pleasure of being a part of 3 amazing weddings all within 3 days and man was it a whirlwind of awesomeness!

We kicked off the weekend with Friday’s wedding for our first Bride & Groom out at one of my all time favorite venues Lone Star Mansion. Lone Star Mansion is one of the few venues in DFW that has us listed as their Preferred Vendor for DJ and Photo Booth (Thanks, guys!). This naturally means that we are booked out there quite often (which is amazing because the staff and crew are so flawless at their jobs which makes mine that much easier!).

Jeremy & Patricia’s wedding was Beauty & The Beast themed with an encased rose at every seat and a castle cake fit for a princess!

We provided what I like to call the “Sharks & Explosions” package which basically means they booked out everything we have to offer. DJ, Wireless Uplighting, one of our Signature Motion Monograms, and our beautiful wooden Photo Booth with our Premium Props and our new awesome laser cut custom Hashtag Signs! The venue looked magical!

 

I managed to snag video of their beautiful “Secret Last Dance” where you can get a taste of some of the uplighting features we provided (: 

 Overall, it was a breathtaking evening and an absolute pleasure providing so many services for their big day!

 

 

 

 

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Creating A Flawless Wedding Reception Timeline

Figuring out the best timeline for a wedding reception can be super tricky! There are so many events and seemingly small details scattered throughout the day that the average person has no idea even goes into a wedding! After helping plan and host over 550 weddings, I have developed some awesome tips to designing the perfect timeline for your big day. 

Take these tips with a grain of salt and always trust your professional wedding planner to design the perfect plan for you. However, if you are a DIY bride, these few hints can be a total game changer for your dream wedding. (;

Brace yourselves and maybe hit the restroom or grab a lite snack, this is gonna be a long one...


Grand Introductions

After your guests have made their way to your reception, it's always awesome to announce the arrival of the bridal party and the epic couple of the millennium aka YOU!

Getting everyones attention and have a fun upbeat song to bring your bridesmaids and groomsmen into the party with style as the DJ announces their names giving them a few seconds of the limelight leading up to you and your new Husband/Wife in all your amazing glory!

Special Dances

I usually like to do the first dance and parent dances directly following grand introduction, then go into dinner afterwards. This way we still retain all the guests attention from the grand intro during the dances and avoid background noise and conversation with clanking plates and such from people still eating if we were to wait until after dinner to do them. Your guests aren't trying to be rude, but it is certainly a huge distraction from a very important moment in the night. 

Anniversary Dance

Then, to jar everyone out of the “dinner mood” I use the anniversary dance. Let me explain. First we brings everyone in a relationship out to the dance floor. During the dance we call out increments of time. If they have been together for that amount of time or longer, they can continue dancing, if not, we ask them to step off the dance floor and we dwindle it down to the longest running couple where we share in an amazing round of applause for their tremendous effort and perhaps even ask them for some helpful hints/survival tips for the other couples.

Naturally this song is terrible right before open dancing because we don't want to "yoyo" everyone on and off the floor which is why I love to use it right before cake cutting and toasts so it's a nice transition to point peoples attention towards the cake table.

*I only advise not to do the anniversary dance if there has been a recent death or divorce in the family that will bring on some painful emotions. Otherwise, It's an amazing addition to any wedding timeline!

Cake and Toasts

Cake is always better done before toasts in my opinion. This way we can cut the cake and then divert attention from the cake to the toasts. By doing this, we give the staff much longer time to start cutting up the cake and prepping it for the guests to enjoy instead of having them run to the table like wolves and swarming the staff making them feel rushed to cut. Not to mention giving the bar plenty of time to pour champaign toasts if they have that in the budget. 

Bouquet and Garter Toss

After kicking off open dancing, I like to treat the Bouquet and Garter Toss kind of as an intermission in the dancing. I keep an eye out on the floor and if I notice people are getting tired and we are thinning out on the floor. Then would be a good time to do the tosses to let people catch their breath, grab a drink, and revitalize back to the floor afterwards with a good crowd pleaser! It’s much better than sticking to a specific time and killing the vibe of a full dance floor.

Last Dances (Yes, Two Of Them!)

Finally, I like to always have 2 last dances. The first featuring all the guests should be an upbeat song. Slow dances exclude a lot of guests that are single or just not wanting to slow dance, so something upbeat and exciting is great to get everyone on the floor.  Once that is over, we announce for everyone to head outside and prep for the grand exit. 

While everyone heads outside, we then have the couple share their last dance completely alone in the building (along with DJ & Photog). Giving them a moments peace to share with just each other to end their perfect day together and soak up the emotions. Their day often flies by so quickly, it’s nice to let them slow down and realize what has happened and share a nice dance and private talk to wind it all down. The photographer has a chance to get some amazing last photos of the couple as well (;

The secret last dance also gives the staff plenty of time to wrangle up the umm...incapacitated.... guests and line everyone up and pass out sparklers or glow sticks, etc.

Telling everyone that the couple wants to share their last dance alone also helps to rush the guests out of the building with all their personal belongings which is a great way to get those lingerers that tend to stand around and talk inside and endangering you of getting charged extra for going over on time. 

I know everyone has their own ideas of the best format for timeline, and this is just mine. lol


So in closing, this format is my ideal layout for a perfect wedding reception timeline:


Grand Intro

First Dance

Parent Dances

Blessing/Welcome Speech

Dinner

Anniversary Dance

Cake Cutting

Toasts

Open Dancing

Bouquet/Garter

Group Last Dance

Secret Last Dance

Grand Exit


If there are any planners out there reading this, let me know what you think or if you do it a different way for a specific reason that I am unaware of, please share! I’ve only ever known to think like a DJ and I am sure there’s stuff I’m not thinking about.

- DJ Jeff
Forerunner Entertainment

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Ashley & Gerald Jones

It’s always exciting to get to go back to Lone Star Mansion and this weekend I had that very pleasure! 

I worked alongside the amazing Weslan Photography and I can’t wait to see the photos she and her team captured! These blurry dark photos I have simply don’t do the beautiful decor justice! 

 

We provided not only our DJ services but also our Wireless Uplighting, one of our signature Motion Monograms, and our gorgeous wooden Photo Booth!

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Congrats guys, your wedding was stunning and a super crazy party! 

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The Perfect First Dance Song

So you are officially planning your wedding day. You have quickly realized that there is a boat load of details you need to figure out from the floral arrangements, to the decor colors, all the way down to the napkins. 

Planning your day is difficult enough, then you have the stress of figuring out the PERFECT song for you to share your first dance with the person you love. We want to make this part a bit easier for you by showing you what our other clients have been choosing for their first dance. 

We are already halfway through with the year and I am sure Ed Sheeran will put out another 16 songs that will be straight up first dance fodder but here is our Mid 2018 top 20 countdown to the most popular first dance songs for our weddings in the Dallas Fort Worth area!

20. "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson

 

Now you can know what other couples have been choosing so you can fit right in (or know what to avoid if you are looking for something unique!)

Feel free to save this playlist and give them all a listen on your next drive across the city or with a nice bottle of wine with your to-be-spouse and see which song is YOUR favorite. 

 

Didn't see your song on the list? Tell us what your first dance song was/is in the comments below!

 

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Kelsey & Nick Shaw

These days, rarely do I get to experience a new venue. After DJing over 550 weddings, I’ve been pretty much everywhere within DFW. However, this weekend I finally had the pleasure of working at the beautiful Stone Crest Venue out in McKinney and I loved every minute of it!

First off, I am always excited to work with the ever amazing Angela of Pretty Little Planners . Time and time again she has proven to be capable of amazing things and this weekend was no different. It was a smash success across the board!

We started off the day before the ceremony with a super cool classic Jeep converted to serve champagne and beer from Fetch Me ChampagneMakeup by Krista Ann was the artist of the day and handled the Hair and Make Up for the ladies.


Fleurs De France Floral put together all the gorgeous arrangements, and Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant provided all the amazing aromas of enchiladas and tamales! We then got to enjoy the AMAZING cake by The Cake Stand.

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I was so busy working that I didn't snap very many photos but I'm sure Cactus & Coast Photography got all the good stuff and will share with us soon enough! All the rentals were provided by Beautiful Event Rentals, and beautiful they were!

It was definitly a hot one in Texas this weekend and I knocked out this entire bottle of water shortly after the ceremony, lol. That beast was 101.4 fluid ounces!

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I snapped one last photo of Nick and Kelsey sharing their secret last dance at the end of the night where I played "I Get to Love You" by Ruelle. This was a surprise song that Kelsey picked out and was an excellent ending to a perfect day.

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What a blast it was to share this excellent day with Nick and Kelsey and I was happy to be their wedding DJ!

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Barbara & Quinten Nagg

We hit the road this weekend and made the trek down to Old Bison Ranch way down south just past Forreston, Texas for Barbara & Quinten Nagg’s intimate wedding. They had less than 40 of their closest friends and family join them for the special occasion and it couldn’t have been more perfect! 

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I HAD to pull over and snap this photo about 15 minutes out from the venue... Looks like something from a Windows XP desktop, lol.

Somewhere I made a wrong turn and found this creepy setting straight out of a zombie flick...

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alas, I’ve found the venue!

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The ceremony was beautiful under the old oak tree overlooking the pond. The weather even cut us a break and felt great! It was my first time to work alongside Brittney Wesley and her team and I'm super excited to see the photos that Life's Enchanted Moments Photography captured!

Obviously, one of the best parts of the night; the cake cutting! 

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They booked our uplighting and Motion Monogram package. This design is called "Growing Together" and it turned out amazing!

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it was a great ending to a great day, and I was so happy to be their Wedding DJ!

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Jennifer & Preston White

We celebrated Jennifer & Preston White's wedding out at Piazza In The Village which if you didn't know, has a pretty unique feature of live streaming the wedding ceremony for out of town friends and family that cant make it to the wedding which I think is totally rad!

I got to work alongside Kirstie Leslie once more from Captured In This Moment who knocked out all amazing photos and made new friends with Brandon & Tristin Neal from Radiance Wedding Films who shot the epic video footage, all of which I can't wait to see.

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Krystal Powell at The Kreative Consultant did an fabulous job as always with her beautiful floral arrangements and was a team player and even provided tons of flowers for the Cake-Aholics to decorate the AMAZING cake with. And just look at that grooms cake...Ballin!

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Here's a quick video of the groomsman getting down out on the dance floor.

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I always love having the couples share their Sweetheart Dance alone in the building, its nice to give them that last moment of their big day to slow everything down and soak it all in. 

I had a blast wrapping up this weekend with Jennifer & Preston and it was an absolute pleasure being a part of their big day!

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Amanda & Steve Avalos

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!

We partied hard this Saturday with Amanda & Steve out at the amazing Villagio Resorts in Burleson. The weather was a bit hot at first but definitely cooled down once the night set in. The Ceremony was held outside on the patio overlooking their beautiful little lake and the bridal party looked like movie stars rocking Blush, Burgundy, Dusty Blue and Navy Blue. Krista Dusenberry and Kelsie Kelso handled all the ladies Hair and Make Up and did a fantastic job!

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Joche Westmoreland and his team at joche W. events put together all the decor and held the night together with the planning expertise of Tina. They really do breathtaking floral arrangements, I wish I would have snagged a photo to share.

 

There was an amazing Mariachi Band they played throughout the Cocktail hour and a portion of dinner but I didn’t get their name. I’ll update the blog if/when I get that info.

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I was especially excited to work alongside one of my favorite photographer/Videographers, the Husband & Wife Duo Brittany & Jeremy Bay with Bay Productions. (At the time of writing this, if you take a look at my website header video, they shot most of that footage.

Olivers fine foods handled the noms for the night, I didn't get a chance to try it but everything looked delicious.

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#tagmebro was the Photo Booth entertainment for the night and was busy the whole way through. See: My awkward session, lol

And lastly, the deserts for the evening were provided by Confections in cake and had everyone drooling.

All in all, it was a wonderful evening filled with over 3 insane hours of a full dance floor thanks to yours truly!

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I moved one of our wireless speakers outside at the end of the night so they could share their private last dance out under the stars and it was worth the effort to see them happy (: 

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Congrats to Amanda & Steve on your amazing wedding and I hope to party with you again at the 10 year anniversary party (;

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Samantha & Taylor Abrego

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Audrie Dollins from Sweet Memory Photography was kind enough to let us feature these amazing photos of Samantha & Taylor and we cannot wait to see the wedding pics once they're done with editing!

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Forerunner provided not only the soundtrack of the evening but Samantha & Taylor even had our beautiful wooden photo booth capture the fun of the night! We had DJ Nathan & Photo Booth Attendant extraordinaire Dawson taking great care of their big day out at Morgan Creek Barn in Aubrey, Tx

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DJ Nathan took a moment to hop into the Forerunner Entertainment Wooden Photo Booth to snap a few photos in front of our premium "Bubbly Pink" Mermaid Sequin Backdrop. Our booth lets you instantly email or text message your session directly to your phone to share on social media and friends!

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Gotta love those dark and blurry cell phone photos, lol!

Nathan had a guest help out and snag a quick photo of him with the couple to end the perfect night. It was an absolute pleasure providing our photo booth and DJ Services for Samantha & Taylor's big day (:

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Jessica & Ryan DeJohn

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The Gentlemen of the wedding party wore Navy Blue suits, while the ladies wore Blush / Dusty Rose dresses with make up by LB Rosser. The wedding was adorned across the room with Gold & Copper Decor.

Shout out to this young gentleman in the white. Those dance moves were unrivaled, lol!

We had some gorgeous weather today with a high of only 74 degrees! Jessica & Ryan tied the knot out at the beautiful The Room On Main deep in the heart of Dallas and it couldn't have been more perfect!

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The Flowers arrangement's provided by Lizzie Bee's Flower Shoppe were gorgeous. Dinner was a combination of Mini Slider Burgers and a Taco Bar provided by CN Catering. Deserts were to die for with the Cake by Elena's Cakes (Swear the Brides cake tasted like a designer Twinky!) and there were even cookies on every table that were not only amazing but also made by the uber talented Bride (Jessica's Bake Shop) as a wedding favor for all the guests!

Some of the fun was also captured by the in house photo booth provided by The Room On Main of which I took part of, but I can't wait to see the photo and video by Lorena Burns Photography and Bella Flora Films!

Huge congrats to Jessica & Ryan, we wish you the absolute best out of life and were so happy to be your Wedding DJ!

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Jayme & Michael Drozd

it was a gorgeous day out at Stonebridge Weddings & Event Center for Jayme & Michael. They tied the knot under one of the “Top Ten” largest Live Oak trees in Texas! Stonebridge is actually one of the most gorgeous venues I've personally DJed at. Expansive meadows of perfect green grass, along with a peaceful little river flowing from the pond on through to the other side of the property.

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It was such a fun and energetic party the whole day through and I just about died laughing when I saw these oversized cutouts of the bride and groom's heads out on the dance floor!

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My favorite feature is their giant patio with trees providing plenty of shade that extends off a hill concealing a hidden area underneath featuring some swings to lay and enjoy the scenery and weather. 

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Another sweaty and awkward selfie along side some beautiful humans, lol. It was such a blast and an honor to be a part of their big day. (:

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