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Wedding Prices

By brianandersondeejay | October 16, 2017

The video above poses the question, “why are weddings so darn expensive?” It suggests that wedding prices are just plain too high.

But are they?

This video is worth watching because it addresses an important question, something we deal with all the time: why can’t wedding vendors be more transparent in their pricing by listing all their package price on their website?

Price shopping alone can ruin your wedding

The question seems pretty reasonable, except that it has the potential to ruin your wedding day.  If you select vendors on price alone, and not on quality, reputation, creativity and flexibility, you’re going to end up with vendors who aren’t a good fit for you for all kinds of reasons.

That’s what so often happens when companies list prices: prospective brides shop on price alone, which is dangerous.

Wedding prices are an incomplete metric

Let’s use the example of an avocado, like they do in the video above. Unlike wedding services, avocados are a commodity, which means they are especially price sensitive.

You wouldn’t pay $8 for an avocado, as they suggest in the video above, especially when the national average is $1.18 per avocado.  On the other hand, you might pay $2 if it is organically grown, because that is important to you. By the same token, $1.18 may be too much if the offerings on your store shelf are overripe.

You get the idea. All avocados aren’t the same, just as all entertainment companies aren’t the same.

DJ Brian Anderson loves price questions!

DJ Brian Anderson loves price questions when it comes time for you to plan wedding entertainment. The video offers good advice: offer potential vendors a price range that fits your budget, which helps us present you with the options and add-ons right for your style and budget.

Ultimately, no price is a good price if you don’t love the quality of the service you receive. That’s why wedding prices alone are an incomplete metric when it comes to assessing potential vendors. Be sure to include quality, reputation, creativity and flexibility in your considerations.

DJ Brian Anderson is proud of our website. It reflects who we are. Spend a little time on it, beginning with our wedding services page. Check out our planning tools. And then contact us. Nothing beats a phone call (256-638-3535) to help you get to know a company and receive the exact info you’re looking for.


 

The agony and ecstasy of a destination wedding

By brianandersondeejay | October 9, 2017

destination weddingWhy in the world would anyone in their right mind want a destination wedding? Traditionalists bristle at such a notion. In fact, there IS some serious agony and ecstasy associated with a destination wedding. This blog will fearlessly lay it on the line for you, our faithful readers:

ECSTASY—> Simplicity

You’ll spend less time planning your wedding with a destination wedding.  A lot of wedding couples appreciate the entire stress-free vibe of less planning.  When planning a wedding in the bride’s home town, couples have to make well over 1000 decisions. Each decision is a cause for stress.  Destination weddings at resorts often provide turnkey packages which include an onsite wedding planning consultant which radically reduces stress-causing decisions.

AGONY—> Destination weddings may exclude key family members

Let’s face it, not everyone can afford to haul their entire family off to your destination wedding. You may find yourself deprived of loved ones who you really would like to share in the biggest day of your life.  Even more, family members who would like to come may be resentful that you’re putting them in a position of mortgaging the house to fly off to Timbuktu to indulge your destination wedding fantasy.  Then there is the issue of mobility and age.  Elderly grandparents and aunts may not be up to traveling long distances.

ECSTASY—> Destination weddings may exclude key family members

On the other hand, do you have problematic family members you’d rather not attend your wedding?  Destination weddings are a great way to whittle back your list!

AGONY—> Legal red tape

If you’re getting married in another country, you may have to wrangle with a different language while getting all the proper forms necessary to get married there, especially if you’ve been divorced before.  That’s why destination weddings are more popular with younger couples getting married for the first time.

ECSTASY—> Enjoy a better honeymoon

By combining your ceremony and honeymoon, you may be able to get a package that makes a dream honeymoon location more affordable.

AGONY—> It may ruin your honeymoon

Think about this carefully:  do you want your family hanging around on your honeymoon, because it’s something you may have to deal with if you have a destination wedding.  After all, they may not want to shell out all those bucks just to pack up and jet home the next day.  You may find yourself entertaining Uncle Buck when you’d rather be relaxing in your honeymoon suite.

ECSTASY—> Save money

They way one wedding planner put it, “You get the honeymoon and wedding at the same time for a half the price of what a wedding would cost in the U.S. or Canada,”

AGONY—> You may not be the star of the show

Some resorts schedule lots and lots of weddings in a day.  You may see a lot of other brides and their guests flitting around.  And then there are beach weddings.  How would you feel if the ‘tall and tan and lovely girl from Ipanema’ saunters by while you’re saying your vows and all eyes are on her … and not you?  Just askin’!  Despite their best efforts, resort staffers may not be able to keep the public at bay.

ECSTASY–> DJ Brian Anderson!

If you hold your wedding right here in Alabama, you can enjoy unrivaled wedding entertainment with DJ Brian Anderson! No need to travel halfway across the world!

Is a destination wedding right for you?  For most couples, the agony outweighs the ecstasy.


 

How to pack for your honeymoon

By brianandersondeejay | October 2, 2017

Men and women have totally different ways to pack for their honeymoon, as the humorous video above points out. Nonetheless, there are some rock solid honeymoon packing tips that apply to both genders.

Honeymoon Packing Tips

TIP #1: Be sure to label your luggage on the inside and out. Even more, make your bags standout with a unique, colorful luggage tag so it is not mistakenly taken by someone else with a similar bag. Don’t let missing luggage slow down your honeymoon!

TIP #2:  Create a packing checklist. It’s just as easy to overpack as it is to forget critical items. Checklists make packing more efficient and less stressful. By the same token, checklists reduce your risk of leaving items behind at the end of your honeymoon.  I’ve attached a real, nice checklist for women I found from a website at www.HouseMixBlog.com to get you started.

honeymoon packing tips

More honeymoon packing tips

TIP #3:  Travel light. Be honest with yourself, traveling heavy is hard. It’s more expensive. It’s unwieldy. You work up a sweat. Your luggage breaks. And if you are really, really honest with yourself, you never use everything you’ve packed. Traveling light is so much easier. A website called www.TravelJoy.com advises brides to ‘recycle’ and accessorize:

√ RECYCLING: Instead of bringing 8 tops and 8 bottoms for 8 days of travel, try bringing half that amount and then mixing and matching outfits. It will help you feel like you are wearing something new without adding bulk and weight to your bag.

√ ACCESSORIZING: Adding scarves and jewelry to simple outfits is the another way to increase your travel wardrobe. A bright blue scarf and some fun earrings will make a black dress look different than it does with only a simple belt and a simple chain necklace.

TIP #4:  Start with your non-clothes necessities. Here are things your really need to have;

√ Drivers license.

√ Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmations.

√ Passport and visas.

√ Credit cards. Leave behind those you don’t need.

√ Reservation confirmations.

√ Medical prescriptions.

√ Photocopies of everything listed above. Make 2 sets: one to carry with you; one to leave behind in your hotel.

√ Phone #s for your doctor, credit card companies (in case they’re stolen), and house and pet sitters.

TIP #5:  Carry key items on the plane with you, such as medications in their original bottles, tickets, itineraries, emergency contact info, change of clothes, and a few fun and light items, like magazines, e-books, or playing cards.

These simple tips will help you relax and enjoy your honeymoon all the more!

Congratulations … and bon voyage!

[Don’t forget to check out DJ Brian Anderson’s wedding services!]

Why 2 out of 3 brides prefer a DJ to a band

By brianandersondeejay | September 25, 2017

 

The DJ advantage

I’m like you:  I love music, and I love a good band.

In fact, DJ Brian Anderson is friends with many top notch bands throughout Alabama.  Having said that, the Knot conducted a nationwide survey of some 18,000 brides and learned that 2 out 3 hired a professional DJ instead of a band.

One DJ advantage really stands out with brides here in our area:  flexibility.  We can play about any song you want by the artist of your choice.

DJ flexibility matters to brides

Take the timeless classic song for a wedding first dance, “The Way You Look Tonight.”  It was written way back in 1936 for a movie called “Swing Time” with lyrics by Dorothy Fields and music by Jerome Kerns.

Many local bands don’t know the song.  And for those that do, can they compete with the polished, professional arrangements and vocals that a Michael Bublé provides?  Just listen to the video above.  It’s hard to beat those seductive Latin rhythms that caress your ears, isn’t it? And Bublé is simply the best!

On the other hand, perhaps you’d rather hear the great jazz artist, Harry Connick Jr., singing your first dance song as only he can do it: with jazz!

Or maybe you love the super smooth voice of Adam Levine:

Looking for romance on steroids?  How about the legendary Tony Bennet singing a duet with the lovely Faith Hill?

How about a retro interpretation of the song by Chad & Jeremy?

You’ll never go wrong with this definitive interpretation by the Chairman of the Board himself, Frank Sinatra, and a simply swinging arrangement by the great Nelson Riddle.

Great artists make a great song like “The Way You Look Tonight” their own.  Which version do you like best?

Here’s the thing:  a DJ can play whatever version fits your style and personality.  DJ Brian Anderson has these versions and more.  We can get whatever you want if we don’t.

This flexibility is a significant DJ advantage, one that contributes to the popularity of DJ Brian Anderson at Alabama weddings.

What songs do you want to hear at your wedding reception? And who do you want singing them? Check out our musical database and start planning the wedding of your dreams!

How to ruin a friendship

By brianandersondeejay | September 18, 2017

don't let a friend DJ your wedding

Do you value your friendships? Whatever you do, don’t let a friend DJ your wedding. It’s a recipe for disaster, unless he or she is an experienced professional with at least 50 weddings under their belt.

As regular readers of this blog know, entertainment makes the event. It is the great equalizer for brides on a budget.  Great entertainment compensates for the need for most of us to moderate our desires when it comes to which package we select from our caterer, photographer, and florist.

But if the entertainment is legendary, your reception will be legendary, too, even if you had to cut back a little on other areas of your wedding.

Don’t let a friend DJ your wedding!

Here’s your risk, and it’s a big one: you try to cut corners by having a friend play some tunes off of his iPod at your reception. Not only will you put your friendship at risk, you put your entire wedding reception at risk when your guests start to leave early.

DJing involves far, far more than just playing music. In the hands of a professional DJ like Brian Anderson, it is an art form that energizes and entertains your friends and family.

We know how to read an audience and play music that packs the dance floor. Even more, we know how to engage even your shy guests to move them from their seats to the dance floor.  It’s done so naturally, but the talent to do that was honed by raw experience.

Your friend just doesn’t have that experience. Nor does he have the experience to MC a wedding reception.

Announcements have to be timed perfectly. They need to be coordinated with the rest of your wedding vendors. A wedding reception doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  There are a lot of moving parts. Our skilled professionals are the quarterbacks to pulling everything together so your party flows like clockwork.

And there are practical reasons professional wedding entertainment is priceless. DJ Brian Anderson offers the professional pre-planning, the professional lighting options, the professional microphones and cutting edge sound equipment, and the professional photo booths that  transform ordinary receptions into extraordinary ones.

Two out of three brides hire a professional DJ company

Your friend just can’t bring these resources to the table. This is why two out of every three brides in the U.S. hires a professional wedding DJ company, according to a massive survey of 18,000 brides and grooms by The Knot.

We’ve heard way too many horror stories from people who let their friend DJ their event. Their friend only played his favorite music. Few people danced. The equipment was terrible. There was no first dance. The cake-cutting was ruined. No one could hear the toasts because the microphones and speakers were horrible. Speaker feedback was distracting. The party ended an hour early.

Isn’t your friendship worth more than this? Don’t put him in the position of disappointing you.

Even more, isn’t your wedding reception worthy of a legendary party? Yes, it is, and the key is the entertainment. Entertainment makes the event every time. Learn more about how DJ Brian Anderson can make your wedding dreams come true, while saving your friendships!

BEWARE celebrity wedding crashers!

By brianandersondeejay | September 11, 2017

If you are planning your wedding, you may want to put security arrangements in place to keep out celebrity wedding crashers. They are everywhere!

The list is shockingly long. These celebrities crave attention. They lurk in the wings ready to leap into the spotlight and deflect attention on to themselves and away from the poor, unsuspecting bride.

TAYLOR SWIFT: Celebrity wedding crasher!

Who, you may ask, are these dastardly celebs? Can you believe Taylor Swift?

I know, know, everyone thinks Ms. Swift is this sweet, young thing. But at the first sound of wedding bells, who knows, she may show up at YOUR wedding, turning your entire celebration upside down. You’ll be the one in need of bodyguards!

JASON DERULO: Celebrity wedding crasher!

And then there is Jason Derulo. Any singer with a hit song called “Marry Me” is a high risk celebrity wedding crasher, as this couple found out!

ANDREA BOCELLI: Celebrity wedding crasher!

Even a legendary singer like Andrea Bocelli got in the act! He came all the way from Italy to crash a New Jersey wedding! Really, Andrea!

And the list goes on: Tim McGraw. Justin Timberlake. Bill Murray. Tom Hanks. Bill Clinton. Kevin Hart. Josh Gad. Jennifer Hudson. Even Queen Elizabeth! ALL have been caught in the act of celebrity wedding crashing!

Celebrities are coming out of the woodwork at weddings everywhere! I know you probably don’t have a security detail as a budget item for your wedding, but with the risk of celebrity wedding crashers at peak levels, perhaps you should bite the bullet, even if you have to take out a loan.

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Okay, I’ve had a little fun with you. EVERYONE wants a celebrity to crash their wedding. However, in case Taylor Swift doesn’t crash your wedding, I have good news: DJ Brian Anderson has a ridiculous library of music that we will bring to your wedding.

We can play any song you’d ever want to hear from Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, or Andrea Bocelli. You name the artist, we probably have the song that means so much to you, or we’ll get it.

It’s the next best thing to having a celebrity there. Besides, you don’t need celebrities to make your wedding magical. Your marriage is all the magic you’ll require. We’ll provide the DJ entertainment, fairy tale lighting, and photo booth to make it a celebration for the ages.


 

Best all time wedding movies

By brianandersondeejay | September 4, 2017

Wedding movies are so fun. They unite an audience because everyone has wedding experience, either as an attendee or a participant. So when various antics, disasters, and human foibles are projected on the big screen, well, it can be delightfully entertaining.

DJ Brian Anderson gets a big kick out of wedding movies, because I’ve seen it all in real life! When you entertain at wedding celebrations on a weekly basis, you can’t help but encounter some zany escapades that fall into the ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ category!

I couldn’t help but laugh at a recent wedding ceremony that was held on a Sunday afternoon. The poor priest officiating the service kept referring to it as a funeral instead of a wedding. That got a ton of laughs. He explained that he almost never performs weddings on a Sunday, and that funerals are more typical on Sundays, so it was tough for him get his mind out of funeral mode and into wedding mode.

(For the record, Sunday weddings can often times save you money, since most couples prefer Saturdays. Some wedding vendors offer more favorable pricing on these “off” days.)

Entertainment Tonight’s list of best wedding movies

Entertainment Tonight compiled a list of their favorite wedding movies in the video above. Here’s their list of their top seven, along with their respective box office receipts:

7. My Best Friend’s Wedding | $299 Million

6. 27 Dresses | $160 Million

5. Bridesmaids | $288 Million

4. The Wedding Planner | $95 Million

3. The Wedding Crashers | $285 Million

2. The Wedding Singer | $123 Million

1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding | $368 Million

wedding movies

Wedding movies are so much fun!

There’s money in wedding movies!

The risk of watching movies like these is that most brides don’t have Hollywood budgets! Some brides get a little overwhelmed and fret that their wedding celebration will pale by comparison.

Your wedding can be better than a Hollywood movie!

Don’t worry, your wedding can easily exceed any you see on movie screens, even if your wedding budget is on the ‘normal’ side, which is most of us. Everything depends on the entertainment. If your guests are having fun, they aren’t even going to notice if your reception is a buffet or a sit down dinner.

DJ Brian Anderson offers a rich selection of entertainment options with attractive package pricing.

Uplighting transforms a plain hall into a palace

Check out our wedding DJ entertainment services, uplighting, and the always popular Brian Anderson photo booths. Entertainment provides 90% of the fun at wedding receptions, but only costs 10% of the typical budget.

Just as a good Hollywood wedding movie provides you with great entertainment on the silver screen, DJ Brian Anderson will provide you with fabulous wedding entertainment, defined by packed dance floors, flawless MCing, and a spirit of fun.

It’s your turn. Your wedding CAN be better than a movie. Start planning your dream today.

Why Photo Booth is perfect for weddings

By brianandersondeejay | August 28, 2017

 

Photo Booth wedding funThere are two types of wedding receptions:  regular ones and Photo Booth ones.  Photo Booth wedding fun always transforms a reception from a regular affair into something very special.

As a DJ company that specializes in wedding receptions, we marvel at the almost magical pull Photo Booth has on your guests.  They won’t stay away from it.  They CAN’T stay away because Photo Booth wedding fun is so darn irresistible!

Photo Booth wedding fun!

You’ll have guests at your reception who are extremely shy when it comes to getting up on the dance floor.  They’re just not comfortable dancing for a variety of reasons.  And yet ultimately they’ll have more fun if they get out of their chairs during the course of your party.  Well, Photo Booth is the perfect antidote to shy guests

It’s fun.  Inhibitions melt away in an instant as they get caught up in the goofy fun DJ Brian Anderson’s Photo Booths offer.

Alabama’s Photo Booth company

Our fun props are guaranteed to create delightful photo ops.  Memories will be created in an instant and preserved forever by this Alabama Photo Booth company.  These are the pics that will flood social media in honor of your wedding celebration.

There’s another reason Photo Booth wedding fun will transform your wedding reception from a regular affair into something very special:  it helps to keep the dance floor packed!  When shy guests aren’t in the Photo Booth, they’re on the dance floor since Photo Booth has melted away their inhibitions.

It is truly a beautiful thing to behold.

DJ Brian Anderson creates the perfect “organic” party by the fusion of  DJ wedding entertainment and Photo Booth wedding fun.  When your guests aren’t dancing, they’re at the Photo Booth.  When they’re not at the Photo Booth, they’re on the dance floor.  It all happens so naturally, so organically, so to speak, in our hands.

Be honest, your wedding reception IS special, and you should strive to realize your dreams with the proven entertainment potential of Photo Booth.  Let DJ Brian Anderson transform your wedding dreams into an evening of magic!


 

Marriage is good for your health

By brianandersondeejay | August 21, 2017

 

Marriage is good for your health

We live to celebrate. No celebration is more special than a wedding.  DJ Brian Anderson knows, because we specialize in wedding entertainment. But did you also know marriage is good for your health?

It’s true!  Another wonderful reason to celebrate weddings.

Comedians who like to poke fun at their spouses love to make marriage the butt of their jokes. For example:

In the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens.

In the second year, the woman speaks and the man listens.

But by the third year, they both speak and the neighbors listen.

The longterm beauty of marriage

When you set aside the foibles of each of us and look at the longterm beauty of marriage objectively, you’re faced with a shocking realization: marriage is good for your health!  According to research, you will actually live a longer, healthier life if you’re married.

Marriage is good for your healthThis research was conducted by Scott Haltzman, MD, who is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University in Rhode Island. He is the author of The Secrets of Happy Families: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment.

Marriage health benefits

Check out these amazing facts.  Married people:

√ Live longer than single people.

√ Experience fewer strokes and heart attacks.

√  Have a lower risk of depression.

√ Have a lower risk for advanced cancer.

√ Survive longer when cancer does strike.

√ Are better able to survive major operations.

He looked at mortality rates for married women at age 45 years of age.  They have a 90 percent chance of living to age 65 verses unmarried women who only have an 80% chance of living that long.

The difference for men is even more dramatic.  Married men live on average 17 years longer than single men!

Marriage IS good for your health!

Marriage is so therapeutic to men, that a married man with heart disease will live an average of four years longer than a single man with a healthy heart.

And did you know that unmarried people spend twice as much time in hospitals as married people?

Both unmarried women and men have much higher rates of depression than their married counterparts, but with men, the differential is glaring.  Unmarried men are nine times as likely as married men to suffer from depression.

Former late night talk show host and funny man, David Letterman, even admitted that divorce is harmful to your health, but he had to insert a punchline, of course:

“According to a new survey, people who get divorced die early. People who stay married live longer. The difference is they just wish they were dead.”

Now, now Dave!  Let’s remain positive!  The research is in:  marriage leads to happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Marriage is worth celebrating!

Let’s celebrate!  As you plan your wedding celebration, check out our wedding entertainment services, our fabulous event lighting, Alabama’s favorite Photo Booth, and our handy, online planning tools.  DJ Brian Anderson is the wedding celebration specialists you’ve been hearing about!

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage.

Here’s a passionate spaghetti and meatball recipe for newlyweds!

By brianandersondeejay | August 14, 2017

passionate spaghetti and meatball recipe

Italians know how to love life, beginning with their spaghetti and meatballs.  This blog commends their panache for living, and goes even further with this philosophy:  great food enhances marriage.  So here’s a passionate spaghetti and meatball recipe for newlyweds which will enhance your marriage!

Italian cuisine offers endless possibilities on the creative use of pasta.  In this recipe, the meatball is king.  You’re going to savor them.  At the same time, the pasta gives you something fun to do with your fork.

To enhance the sensuality of this recipe, immediately lower the lights.  Then open a nice bottle of cabernet and pour a glass for each of you.  Furthermore, select some nice music with an Italian flair.  You can’t go wrong with Andre Bocelli.

Okay, get ready to live life to the hilt with this passionate spaghetti and meatball recipe for newlyweds!

Ingredients make the difference in this passionate spaghetti and meatball recipe!

Meatballs:

4 slices hearty white sandwich bread, crusts removed, torn into small pieces

8 ounces (1 cup) whole-milk ricotta cheese

2 pounds ground pork

1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup), plus extra for serving

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 large eggs

2 shallots, minced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Sauce:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

10 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Ready for the passion? Here are your easy-to-follow instructions:

  1. FOR THE MEATBALLS: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Then set wire rack in aluminum foil–lined rimmed baking sheet and spray evenly with vegetable oil spray. Next, combine bread and ricotta in large bowl and let sit, mashing occasionally with fork, until smooth paste forms, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add pork, Parmesan, parsley, eggs, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon zest to bread mixture and mix with your hands until thoroughly combined. Then divide meat mixture into 24 portions (about 1/4 cup each) and place on platter. Roll meat between your wet hands to form meatballs and space evenly on prepared wire rack. Roast meatballs until browned, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through roasting. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  3. FOR THE SAUCE: Meanwhile, combine oil and garlic in Dutch oven set over low heat and cook until garlic is soft and golden on all sides, 12 to 14 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover, with lid slightly ajar, and bring to simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sauce has thickened slightly, about 30 minutes. Also, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4.  Nestle meatballs into sauce, cover, and transfer pot to oven. Bake until meatballs are tender and sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes. Transfer meatballs and sauce to serving platter. Sprinkle with basil and serve, passing extra Parmesan separately.
  5. Finally, serve over pasta that has been lightly oiled with olive oil.

Bon appétit!

Planning a wedding? Then check out this recipe for great entertainment!