How much interaction do you want?

May 15, 2017

 

packed dance floors

What single factor will determine the success of your wedding? Packed dance floors.

If you’re like the typical bridal couple, success is defined by the dance floor.  If it is empty, the wedding is considered a failure.  If it is packed, it is considered a success.

If it is packed all night long, well, that is the gold standard for wedding success, at least according to the many couples we’ve worked with over the years.

DJ Brian Anderson specializes in packed dance floors …

… and knows how to motivate wedding guests to get out of their seats.

Here’s the deal, though.  Each wedding couple is unique.  You’ve got your own personality and your own idea on what defines class, style, and energy.

Some Alabama brides want their reception to have the feel of a dance club, complete with high energy music and fabulous club lighting.

Others like elegance and dreamy lighting right out of a fairy tale.

And some like a combination.  We’re flexible and taylor each event to the style of the wedding couple.

You also need to consider the level of interaction you’re looking for from your DJ/MC.  The more interaction, the more dance floor participation.  We are masters at making even your shy guests feel comfortable getting out of their seats and joining the fun on the dance floor.  And we’re able to do it without cheezy gimmicks or tacky songs.

And we never, ever make anyone uncomfortable.

How much interaction is right for you?

Let’s talk.  Tell us about some of the music you’d like to hear played at your reception.  Tell us about your guest list and venue.

Together, we’ll establish the parameters that determine successful weddings.

In our hands, your wedding celebration WILL be a success, complete with a packed dance floor.


 

How to look fantastic in wedding photographs

By tom quiner | April 8, 2019

great wedding photographsEvery woman wants great wedding photographs. So what is it exactly that makes wedding photographs great? Let’s face it, it begins with you. If you think that you look great in your photos, chances are you’re going to love your wedding photographs all the more.

This doesn’t discount the ability of your wedding photographer, because good photographers know how to bring out the best in you. But there are some practical things you can work on to make your photographer’s job easier and to look fantastic in your wedding photographs.

Super model Tyra Banks offers some good tips:

  • Extend your neck (see above). Don’t be a “no-neck monster.” No one likes the “double chin” look.
  • Smile with your eyes.
  • Focus your gaze, even if you’re not staring directly into the camera. In other words avoid the aimless gaze which creates blandness. You want intensity!
  • Don’t slouch. Stand erect. Stiffen your spine!
  • Be yourself (as long as you’re not slouching!)
  • Practice your smile. With practice, you know the type of smile that flatters you most. Some prefer an open mouth, toothy smile. Others, a closed mouth smile.
  • Get your teeth whitened. The reason some don’t like open mouth smiles is their teeth. Whitening helps and gives you confidence.
  • Self-conscious? Work on poses where you’re looking away from the camera. If you do, remember the tip above: to focus your eyes on something in your view.
  • Slightly hold your chin up. According to Ms. Banks, it elongates the neck, de-emphasizes large foreheads, and simply flatters you.
  • Bend your knee. It accentuates your femininity, as you can see demonstrated by super model Alessandra Ambrosio (below):

great wedding photographs

  • Emphasize a shoulder. Simply turn your body to the side, but then turn your shoulders toward the camera. This approach narrows your hips in the photo.

These are simple tips that consistently produce great wedding photographs.

Here’s a tip that will produce great wedding entertainment: go with DJ Brian Anderson. Just as a good photographer knows how to bring out the best in his subject, we know how to bring out the most fun in a party. Check us out without obligation. Or give us a call if you’d like some quick pricing info: 256-638-3535.

The customized first dance song

By Brian Anderson | April 1, 2019

customized first dance songYou know the old saying: you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole. The problem presents itself all the time when it comes to wedding music. Sometimes couples hire a band, and the band just can’t provide the customized first dance song they so desperately want.

But DJ Brian Anderson can.

“Just the Way You Are”

Take Billy Joel’s iconic song from 1977, “Just the Way You Are.” It was Billy’s first gold single.

The song is so awesome that The Knot puts it at #24 on their hit list of the top songs for a first dance.

The genius of the song is its lyrics. Here’s an excerpt:

Don’t go changing to try and please me

You never let me down before.

Don’t imagine you’re too familiar,

And I don’t see you anymore.

I wouldn’t leave you in times of trouble,

We never could have come this far

I took the good times; I’ll take the bad times

I’ll take you just the way you are.

Perfect.

Great lyrics, great melody

Couple it with a haunting melody and you have the makings of a classic. Wedding couples love this song for a first dance, but they don’t necessarily prefer Billy’s version, because it has been covered by the best performing artists around, like Harry Connick Jr:

Diana Krall released a sultry version that begs to be danced to, nice and slow:

Looking for a more soulful rendition? How about Barry White!

There are some good local bands. We know most of them and would be happy to refer you to the best. But a band may not have “Just the Way You Are” in their repertoire.

It may not be their style. With DJ Brian Anderson, you’ll get get a customized first dance song exactly the way you like it, performed by the artist of your choice.

Looking for a more swinging version of Joel’s hit song? How about this masterful reinterpretation of the song by the Chairman of the Board himself, Frank Sinatra?

With DJ Brian Anderson, you CAN afford a big band. You CAN have have a Diana Krall or a Harry Connick Jr. singing on your first dance. You CAN bring Sinatra back to life to make your first dance magical.

No matter how good a band, you can’t get a customized first dance song. With us, anything is possible, including the version of the song that started it all:

The next step? Check us out without obligation.

Best wedding jokes for the best man’s toast

By Brian Anderson | March 25, 2019

wedding jokesThe wedding toast is an art form. Most best men at weddings aren’t experienced at the art form, which is why we blog on the subject so often. Wedding jokes make a nice ice breaker if you are ever assigned the honor of raising a glass in a wedding toast.

The best jokes are clean-cut. You don’t have to be off-color to get a laugh and unite wedding guests in celebration. In fact, grossness or mean-spirited humor can really backfire.

So be funny, not profane.

Your fearless blogger mined the wedding humor floating around the internet to present you with some very funny ways to begin your wedding toast. Here are some pretty good ones from a website called Ranker:

A little girl at a wedding asked, “Mommy, why do brides always wear white?” The mom replied, “Because they’re happy, dear.” Halfway through the wedding the girl whispered, “Mommy, if brides wear white because they’re happy, then why do men wear black?”

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“Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?” And the father replied, “I don’t know, son, I’m still paying for it.”

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A woman was telling her friend, “It was I who made my husband a millionaire.” “And what was he before you married him?” asked the friend. The woman replied, “A multi-millionaire.”

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If your wife laughs at your joke, it means you either have a good joke, or a good wife.

I found a few good wedding jokes at i News:

“I’ve been asked by many how I’m going to cope with my best friend being married and spending all of his time loved up at home. I’m thrilled! I’ll finally be able to talk to women without him cramping my style.”

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“Just a couple of rules before we begin. If you have a mobile phone – leave it switched on, entertain yourselves. And if anyone texts you any good jokes, send them my way.”

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“[Groom’s name] asked me to be his best man a year ago — although I never actually received a formal invitation to the wedding.  Let’s hope I haven’t eaten someone else’s meal by mistake — but more likely, he was saving himself the cost of a stamp.”

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“A best man is similar to a dead body at a funeral.  You’re expected to be there, but if you say too  much, people start freaking out.”

Here are some funny wedding jokes from Readers Digest

Even though there was a blizzard raging outside, I made it the half-mile to the bakery, where I asked the owner for six rolls.

“Your wife must like rolls,” he said.

“How do you know these are for my wife?” I asked.

“Because your mother wouldn’t send you out in weather like this.”

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And here’s one more nugget from Readers Digest:

A man tells his doctor that he’s incapable of doing all the things around the house that he used to do. When the examination is over, he says, “Okay, Doctor. In plain English—what’s wrong with me?”

“Well, in plain English,” says the doctor, “you’re just lazy.”

The man nods. “Now give me the medical term so I can tell my wife.”

If you’re charged with the honor of making a toast at an upcoming wedding, you can’t go wrong with a little good-natured humor.  We hope one of these jokes fits the bill.

When it comes to your wedding reception planning, selecting a quality DJ for your upcoming wedding celebration isn’t a joke, go with the company that gives you the best entertainment with crowd pleasing variety dance music and packed dance floors: DJ Brian Anderson, the wedding entertainment specialist. Make sure you leave enough in your budget for decor lighting and photo booth! Contact us today at 256-638-3535!

Ten stupid wedding planning mistakes

By Brian Anderson | March 18, 2019

stupid wedding planning mistakesTrue story: A guy was getting married out of state. His fiancé told him he had one responsibility: to get the marriage license. Get ready for stupid wedding planning mistakes #1.

1. Not knowing marriage license requirements

This guy knew that the state in which he was getting married had a 5 day waiting period before a marriage license would be issued. He went in on Monday with his bride-to-be, but forgot to pick up the license on Friday. Stupid!

Every state has different requirements. Be sure to know yours. Some states require you to get married within a certain number of days of receiving your license. For example, it is 30 days in Alabama, but 60 in Pennsylvania.

2. Blowing your budget on the gown and catering

Some of the first things a bride does is to shop for her gown and line up a caterer. These two items can get pricey. Don’t overspend, or you may not have enough money left for photography and entertainment.

3. Not budgeting

By the same token, you MUST have an overall budget set BEFORE you spend a dime on your wedding. A budget helps you avoid mistake #2 mentioned above.

4. Jumping the gun on mailing save-the-date cards

Wait until at least until eight to ten months out. Be sure your guest list is set first. After all, someone you think you want to invite when your wedding is a year out may not “make the cut” when you get down to the nitty-gritty.

5. Waiting too long to order your wedding dress

Custom-made dresses take time, lots of it. Order early. Even off-the-rack gowns that require alterations take time.  Play it safe.  Have your gown ordered at least six months out.

6. Not hiring a professional videographer

Wedding surveys of couples after their wedding day has come and gone reveal how important memories are to these couples. They regret not having their wedding ceremony and reception video taped by a pro.

7. Scrimping on entertainment

Same thing as above. Entertainment costs but ten percent of a typical wedding, but provides ninety percent of the fun. Couples regret underspending on the entertainment and not adding in decor lighting and photo booths.

8. Insufficient postage

Many wedding invitations are square.  Square envelopes require an extra fifteen cents per invitation to mail (70¢ total). Why?  Because they need to be hand-sorted by the Post Office.  Don’t make a common, stupid mistake and put insufficient postage on your wedding invitations.

9. Over-inviting

Let’s say your venue holds 250 people.  Don’t invite a ton more people knowing that a certain percentage can’t make it.  What happens if they do show up?  You’ll turn people away at the door. Just ask the fire marshal in case you have any doubts.

10. Getting stressed planning your wedding

Stress is a common malady for those of you planning your wedding right now.  Stress is caused by having to make well-over a thousand decisions on a deadline.  You can reduce and even eliminate stress by starting early and utilizing either a wedding planner or online wedding planning tools, like DJ Brian Anderson offers our clients.

We’re all human.  We all make stupid mistakes.  This blog will make you a little smarter as you plan the biggest day of your life.

Don’t let your wedding gown budget get out of control

By Brian Anderson | March 11, 2019

Get ready for 100 years of wedding fashions in one-hundred and eighty seconds! This video is really fun for future brides shopping for a wedding gown. As you watch, be aware that it’s easy for your wedding gown budget to get out of control:

Here’s the deal when it comes to selecting your wedding gown:  take some advice from brides who’ve already done it. Brides.com reported on a survey of brides and grooms conducted by the online wedding registry company, zola.com, AFTER their wedding had come and gone.

Here’s where wedding couples wish they’d spent less:

In other words, these couples had spent their budget, and the bills had come due. When asked what they wish they had spent LESS money on, wedding day attire came in #4 on the list, along with:

  1. Flowers & Decor (22% wish they had spent less)
  2. Hair & Makeup (20% wish they had spent less)
  3. Catering (19% wish they had spent less)
  4. Day-of Wedding Attire (19% wish they had spent less)
  5. Invitations (17% wish they had spent less)

This doesn’t mean the gown isn’t important. It is. After all, when these same newlyweds were asked what wedding elements actually made their wedding unforgettable, day-of-wedding attire was #4 on the list (behind the DJ, which was #3 on the list!).

Simply use common sense.  Don’t blow your wad on the gown. According to The Knot, the average bride spent $1509 on her wedding gown budget in 2017. Be sure to save budget for your entertainment.  When these couples were asked for the top five wedding elements that they wish they had spent MORE on, the DJ made the list:

  1. Videographer (25% wish they had spent more)
  2. Photographer (22% wish they had spent more)
  3. Wedding Planner/Coordinator (20% wish they had spent more)
  4. Flowers & Decor (12% wish they had spent more)
  5. DJ/Band (10% wish they had spent more)

Couples just like you say that DJ entertainment actually made their wedding more unforgettable than their gown.

So when it is time to select a DJ company for your upcoming wedding celebration, go with the company that gives you a lot of entertainment for the value: DJ Brian Anderson, the wedding entertainment specialist. Make sure you leave enough in your budget for decor lighting and photo booth!

More wedding trivia for curious couples

By Brian Anderson | March 4, 2019

wedding triviaWeddings are fascinating. Traditions and spending habits vary by culture, geography, and religion. We had tremendous feedback when we published a previous blog on wedding trivia, so we’re going to mine the rich trove of wedding trivia with even more wedding trivia for recently engaged couples.

Answers appear at the bottom of this blogpost:

How much does an average guest spend on a wedding gift?

  • $78
  • $88 
  • $98
  • $108

Who started the Western tradition of wearing a white wedding gown?

  • Queen Victoria 
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Mary Pickford

On average, how much will members of the wedding party spend on attire?

  • $160
  • $180
  • $200
  • $220

What is the national average catering cost per person at weddings?

  • $40
  • $50
  • $60
  • $70

What does the phrase “tying the knot” signify?

  • That lives become intertwined in a new, knotty relationship at marriage
  • That emotional grooms need to wear a necktie to control the knot they feel in their throat at the moment they speak their wedding vows
  • The unbreakable pledge between two persons in love that cannot be unraveled

How much does the average wedding spend on a band for the reception?

  • $1247
  • $2247
  • $3247
  • $4247 

What percentage of couples hire a DJ instead of a band for their wedding reception?

  • 46%
  • 56%
  • 66% 
  • 76%

Queen Victoria got married on February 10th, 1840, an illustrious union with Prince Albert.  How much did their wedding cake weigh?

  • 25 pounds
  • 50 pounds
  • 100 pounds
  • 300 pounds 

How much does an average, modern couple spend on their wedding cake?

  • $228
  • $328
  • $428
  • $528 

Ready for the answers?

How good is your wedding knowledge? Let’s find out! Here are the answers:

How much does an average guest spend on a wedding gift?

  • $88

Who started the Western tradition of wearing a white wedding gown?

  • Queen Victoria

On average, how much will members of the wedding party spend on attire?

  • $160 (plus $64 on accessories)

What is the national average catering cost per person at weddings?

  • $70

What does the phrase “tying the knot” signify?

  • The unbreakable pledge between two persons in love that cannot be unraveled

How much does the average wedding spend on a band for the reception?

  • $4247

What percentage of couples hire a DJ instead of a band for their wedding reception?

  • 66%

Queen Victoria got married on February 10th, 1840, an illustrious union with Prince Albert.  How much did their wedding cake weigh?

  • 300 pounds (it was 14 inches tall and 10 feet in circumference!)

How much does an average modern couple spend on their wedding cake?

  • $528

Here’s more wedding trivia for you: if you want to pack the dance floor at YOUR wedding celebration, simply call DJ Brian Anderson, the wedding specialist.

The celebrity wedding crasher epidemic continues!

By Brian Anderson | February 25, 2019

Will it never end! The celebrity wedding crasher epidemic has reached a fevered pitch. Former presidents, country singers, actors, and comedians continue to barge into the wedding celebrations of unsuspecting couples.

Will you be next?

Tim McGraw seems like a nice, sensible country western singer. And yet watch how he sneaks onto the stage at this couple’s wedding to sing, “My Little Girl.”

Really, Tim! Does a guy with ten number one country albums really need the lime light that bad?

And what about Kevin Hart and Josh Gad? These hotshot actors waltzed right into an unsuspecting couples wedding celebration and took over. Watch:

It’s not as if they’ve never been in the spotlight before!

Even former president, Barack Obama, got in the act at a country club wedding!

Even one of the warmest, fuzziest singers around, Ed Sheeran, got into the act! In Ed’s defense, though, he was invited by a radio station who bought the deserving couple a nice wedding celebration.

Watch Ed in action:

As we’ve written before, everyone would love to have a celebrity show up at their wedding. It just seems to happen a lot!

In case a celebrity doesn’t show up at your wedding, DJ Brian Anderson can compensate by playing your favorite music by your favorite artist on ridiculously high-end equipment with clear, controlled sound.

Speaking of Ed Sheeran, he covered one of Elvis’ best wedding songs, “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.” An earlier blogpost highlighted some of the versions around. What do you think of Ed’s take on this classic?

Who sang it better, Ellie, Sir Elton, or Lady Gaga?

By Brian Anderson | February 18, 2019

Your Song is on The Knot’s list of the 50 best first dance songs. This was Elton John’s first big hit, and to this day, it is still considered one of his best.

Sir Elton recorded it when his vocal chops were at their best, as you can hear below in this remastered recording:

Elton’s tender melody is a perfect match for Bernie Taupin’s lyrics, which includes this classic line:

“I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words,

how wonderful life is while you’re in this world.”

Imagine dancing your first wedding dance to this incredible song. Ah … but the question is, to whom’s version of this song should you dance?

As with any classic song, other great artists flock to it with their own unique interpretations.

Remember our earlier blogpost, “Fabulous Cover Songs that Blew Away the Original?” Sometimes the upstarts exceed their masters.

For example, the English singer, Ellie Goulding, knocks Your Song out of the park with this haunting rendition:

Ms. Goulding reharmonizes the verses to give her own, unique stamp of approval to Sir Elton’s and Bernie’s masterpiece.

One of rock’s biggest super stars, Lady Gaga, takes it in a different direction with her husky vocals:

Millennials with a penchant for classic rock may find themselves drawn to Three Dog Night’s 1970s cover of Your Song.

Not to be outdone, movie director, Baz Luhrmann, incorporated Your Song into the movie, Moulin Rouge, with over-the-top audacity, as you can see below:

You just can’t look away as Ewan McGregor woos Nicole Kidman in this vibrant cover of a classic song.

Which version is best? That’s your call, because this is your wedding. DJ Brian Anderson can play any version you prefer. We offer the flexibility, the professional flair, and the state-of-the-art technology to create a magic moment that declares, “this is your song.”

Marriage reduces stress

By Brian Anderson | February 11, 2019

marriage reduces stressAmericans are stressed, according to the American Psychological Association. The good news is that marriage reduces stress by helping us cope better in tense situations.

This is interesting stuff. Researchers in the Comparative Human Development department at the University of Chicago conducted a study on stress.

Researchers tasked graduate students with playing a series of computer games. The games tested economic behaviors.

Here’s where it gets interesting: they analyzed the saliva of participants before and after they completed the games.

Saliva contains cortisol, which is known as the “stress hormone.”

To make sure the students were stressed, researchers told them that these computer games were actually tests and a course requirement that could have a major impact on their future employment opportunities. Talk about ratcheting up the stress!

As expected, cortisol levels shot up in all participants, and interestingly, females experienced higher levels of increases than men.

The lead researcher, Dario Maestripieri, observed something even more amazing:

“We found that unpaired individuals of both sexes had higher cortisol levels than married individuals. What we found is that marriage has a dampening effect on cortisol responses to psychological stress, and that is very new.”

Another reason to get married!

If you’re planning your wedding, be sure to check us out. The sheer excellence of our entertainment, attention-to-detail, and extraordinary planning tools is sure to lower your cortisol levels! Spend less time worrying and more time celebrating with DJ Brian Anderson!