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A Good DJ is a Must!

The most cringe-worthy sentence to any wedding vendor who’s been around is, “my friend is actually DJing my wedding”. Yikes. When a friend DJs your wedding it’s probably a lot cheaper, it may even be free. However, it’s definitely NOT a good idea! DJs are the reason wedding receptions sink or swim, and here are a few reasons you should consider a professional DJ over a cheap one.

Reception Coordinator

First off, a Disc Jockey/Emcee is responsible for running the show all night long. That includes getting things set up like the toasts, cake cutting, first dance, etc. Without a professional DJ, you may end up with someone who’s unexperienced in running a wedding, and maybe even someone who’s altogether unaware that these are even their responsibilities! A professional Disc Jockey and Emcee will know how to run the reception smoothly and will make sure the night you planned goes exactly how you envisioned.

Attention-Getter

Along with running the order of events for the reception, a DJ should also be able to command a room so that everyone can be on the same page and the night can run the way it was planned to. By not knowing how to take control of a wedding reception, a DJ will likely end up shoveling off the responsibility of running things over to the bride and groom. It is, after all, the bride and groom’s reception. If the DJ who was paid to do it can’t perform, then it’ll kind of have to be them.

Disaster Diminsher

Finally, a professional DJ has been through many situations and can power through any unfortunate event. Unfortunately, we still haven’t found a way to make wedding days immune to the accidents and crazy stuff life throws at us. However, we have found a way to look past the crazy, unfortunate things that happen and make weddings fun and special no matter the circumstance. Things happen on wedding days all the time, like medical emergencies, power outages, mix ups with wedding vendors, etc. Having an experienced and professional DJ will give you piece of mind knowing that the night will go on, no matter the circumstance.

Professional wedding DJs are a must for a wedding reception. After all, if you get a bad cake, you have a bad cake, but if you get a bad DJ, you have a bad reception. It’s well worth the money to get a good DJ. Make sure your wedding reception is the best you could imagine it to be!

View our Fort Lauderdale wedding DJ profiles here!

R and B Garter Toss Songs

Finding the right song for the groom to toss the bride’s garter to all of the “available” men and boys in attendance at his wedding is a moment captured in video and pictures. Play the perfect R&B garter toss song to accent your moment.

R&B is the most popular music style in America and finding the right one for the Garter Toss is our goal. See a list of our favorites below and if you have one not on our list, be sure to submit it as a comment.

 

R&B Garter Toss Songs

Ridin’ Solo – Jason Derulo
2010, Jason Derulo

If I Was Your Girlfriend – Prince
1987, Sign ‘O’ the Times

Nobody – Keith Sweat feat. Athena Cage
1996, Keith Sweat

I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
1979, Prince

Don’t Wanna Be a Player – Joe
1997, Booty Call

Bump ‘N Grind – R. Kelly
1993, 12 Play

You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
1975, Hot Chocolate

Whatta Man – Salt ‘N’ Pepa and En Vogue
1993, Very Necessary

Addicted – Ne-Yo
2007, Because of You

Do Me – Bell Biv DeVoe
1990, Poison

Better Man – Leon Bridges
2015, Coming Home

Suit and Tie – Justin Timberlake and Jay Z
2013, The 20/20 Experience

Pony – Ginuwine
1996, Ginuwine…the Bachelor

Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) – Parliament
1975, Mothership Connection

Superfreak – Rick James
1981, Street Songs

Earned It – Weeknd
2015, Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack

Step In the Name of Love (Remix) – R. Kelly
2003, Chocolate Factory

How Many Drinks? – Miguel
2012, Kaleidoscope Dream

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
1987, Center Stage

Drunk in Love – Beyoncé
2013, Beyoncé

Hotline Bling – Drake
2016, Views

Yeah – Usher
2004, Confessions

It’s a Man’s Man’s World – James Brown
1966, Released as a single

The Man – Aloe Blacc
2013, Lift Your Spirit

Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
2001, Survivor

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. Pharrell
2013, Blurred Lines

Hope you enjoyed this list of R&B garter toss songs.

Site credit to www.myweddingsongs.com

How to Walk Into Your Reception Like a Boss

YES! You made it through the wedding ceremony! Now, it’s time for your first announcement as a married couple. Walking into your reception is ​kind of ​a big deal, and you don’t want to wait until the day of to figure out how you’re going to make your grand entrance! These days, moments like this are captured not only for your official wedding video, but also on a few dozen smartphone cameras, and possibly shared across multiple social media platforms, but no pressure!

No need to scour internet forums or frantically search YouTube videos for ideas. At Complete Weddings + Events, we’ve witnessed thousands of entrances through the years (some awesome, and some not so awesome). From choreographed dance moves to props, we’ve seen it all. So, we put together the perfect “How To” guide just for you to make sure you walk into your reception like a boss.

 

Don’t be afraid to be goofy. If it’s not a little awkward you’re not doing it right. You have to fully commit, and remember that everyone is there to celebrate YOU! When the guests see you having fun, it automatically sets the tone for the rest of the reception. Comedy is your friend!

Get the whole bridal party on board. The bride and groom are the main attractions, but it’s even better when the whole group gets in on the fun to build up the momentum for the new married couple’s big announcement! Encourage them to get creative, and props are always a fun addition. Sunglasses, hats, or switching outfits (pending both parties are on board) can elevate an entrance from bland to grand. Props help take some of the pressure off because there’s something else for people to focus on, and they help spur creativity!

Be yourself! Some people go for the shock value and others go for sweet and romantic -but whatever you do, make sure it feels authentic for you. At the end of the day, you want to be comfortable and able to enjoy YOUR moment to its fullest.

If dancing isn’t your thing, you can use dramatic lighting to take your moment to the next level. Complete’s lighting experts will help make your entrance all about you. From Old Hollywood with dim lighting and a spotlight, or neon flashing lights for the rockstars out there.

 

Now, let’s look at some epic entrances (and fails) to get inspired for what TO DO and NOT TO DO.  If being outrageous isn’t your style, here are some entrances even your grandma can get behind.

Let’s take a look at the the video that inspired people to start getting more creative with their entrances: The JK Wedding Dance Entrance. Granted this is a wedding entrance, not a reception, but with over 97 million YouTube views it’s deserving of a mention! If you have been been living under a rock and haven’t seen this yet, you’re in for a treat! It has it all – the whole bridal party, props, music, authenticity and most of all FUN! Enjoy!

Who doesn’t love a good riding lawn mower entrance. Now that’s authentic!

 

DO have a wedding party dance party once the bride & groom make their entrance!

 

DO learn choreographed bridal party dance moves / dance offs!

 

DON’T knock the bridesmaid over!

 

 

We hope you are inspired to create your own unique moments! Once you have your ideas ready, you can work with your DJ to play the perfect soundtrack as you and your bridal party walk in. Our DJs have all of the best playlists to make your entrance one for the books! The best part is, you get to decide because after all, it’s all about you! Happy wedding planning. If you’re ready to get your party started from photography, videography, DJs, photo booth or lighting, contact Complete Weddings + Events. We would love to help you celebrate your special day!

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