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How Your Washington DC DJ Service Can Make Your Entrance Grand!

Your Washington DC DJ Service will have a major impact on your wedding and your guests’ enjoyment of it. How can the Wedding DJ Service not have a major impact when so much of the day features a musical accompaniment? Not so long ago most weddings had the ceremony at a church and the cocktail hour and reception were held elsewhere. That was not a Washington DC norm, it was nationwide.

The norm now is that every part of the wedding takes place at the venue. That includes the ceremony. So that means that the DJ Service you choose for your wedding is making an impact on your guests from the moment they arrive to the property. No other vendor has that impact. Only the venue does.

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Of the many festivities that take place The Grand Entrance is one where the DJ can make a significant impact and where you can set the tone for your celebration. Here are a few planning tips and ideas to make your wedding entrance grand!

Song Choice

Everyone here has experienced the emotional impact that music can have.

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Think about being in the stadium of your favorite team and you hear “We will, We Will, Rock You!” You already hear the drums in your head as you read this!

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Think about this line: “Oh, my love. My darling, I‘ve hungered for your touch. Are you, still mine……!” You can already envision this scene and are probably thinking the word “Ditto!”

Nothing will have a greater impact than the song that you choose for your Grand Entrance. There are tons of song suggestion lists only a Google search away. YouTube is another way to get ideas. If you already have a song that is “yours”, share that with your guests.

Lighting

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By utilizing lights, you have the opportunity to create a festive atmosphere! Spotlights are a wonderful way to enhance the moment, as they will ensure that all eyes will be on you.

Next to music, nothing makes a greater impact in terms of ambiance, emotion, and mood than lighting. Think about it. When you plan a romantic moment with your partner do you turn every light in the room on? Of course not! Why? It ruins the mood.

How about the Christmas tree at the National Mall at Christmas time? Sure, it looks great decorated but they have a lighting ceremony for a reason. It creates excitement!

You can create that same feeling by adding a Spotlighted Grand Entrance to your DJ Service. For Perfect Harmony Entertainment it is one of the DC Event Lighting Services that we offer. We offer to include a Spotlighted First Dance as well should you choose.

A great thing about adding this option to your DC DJ Service is that you get to share it. Put your parents in the spotlight! Think about how great a feeling it would be for the members of your bridal party. They have made a commitment to you and went thru fittings and rehearsal. Imagine how you will make them feel as they enter to roaring applause and the celebrity spotlight!

Choreography

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There is making and entrance and then there is making an entrance! Spice things up by incorporating a dance or a short routine and you and your bridal party enter. You don’t have to be a great dancer. You simply have to be willing to loosen up and have a little fun.

If you are looking for ideas, YouTube is a great resource of things you might want to do as well a epic fails that you don’t.

Our team at Perfect Harmony Entertainment does far more for our couples than provide great music and fun activities such as our photo booth. Our focus is to help our couples and corporate clients create the events they have envisioned. We do that in part through offering tips and advice and sharing our event experience.

Music serves as the driving force behind an unforgettable wedding experience! Perfect Harmony Entertainment provides our couples and clients with exemplary service to help them create fantastic events!

If you are planning a wedding or corporate event in the Washington DC area we would love the opportunity to learn more about your plans. Our DJs routinely travel to all areas within a 90-minute drive of the District of Columbia including Leesburg, Rockville, and Frederick.

Our demand is as large as our service area! If you would like to check our availability for your date or chat about your event, click the link below or simply send us a text. 

The Ultimate Guide To Wedding Dances!

Wedding memories linger on far after the celebration is over! After all, unless you are an in-demand celebrity with every move documented by the paparazzi, this will be the most heavily photographed day of your entire life!

The special dances as I call them consist of a specific couple or a specific group of people who take their places on the dance floor. The most common of these are: the 1st Dance of the bride and groom, the parent dances (father & daughter | mother & son), and the bridal party dance.

These dances can be very fun and create a memorable moment. Some couples include every member of their wedding party and invest hours practicing. Most take a traditional approach and practice their first dance a time or too.

Like most wedding activities, there is no right or wrong way. This is your day! You should do what will make you feel the way that you want to feel and create the vibe that you want to share with your guests. Whatever you choose, you should keep in mind that if the dances or any other activity involves embarrassing moments, it’ll be hard to forget for you, your guests, or both.

Commonly Asked Questions About Wedding Dances

Question: What is proper wedding dance etiquette?

Answer: There is more than one answer to this question, depending on what you choose: the traditional dance or what's currently in style. Traditionally, there's a proper order for brides and grooms to dance with each other. Dances at more contemporary weddings are totally up to the bride and groom.

Typical Wedding Dance Order

Although there's a specific order for the typical wedding dance, any part of it may be changed according to needs and tastes of the couple. Make sure the entire wedding party understands their part.

  • After the introduction of the bride, groom, and the rest of the wedding party, the bride and groom share the first dance.

  • For the next dance, the father of the bride dances with the bride.

  • The next dance the groom asks his mother to dance.

Remember that all of these are editable. There may be variables that alter the order, such as a disabled or deceased parent. Often there may be two fathers | daughter dances due to divorce.

Keep in mind that the main goal of dancing or any activity is to create and share moments with those that matter most and in the manner that you feel comfortable. Be yourself and be genuine because after all, that person is the person that your family and friends love and admire.

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Fun Wedding Dance Trends

Couples are getting more creative with their wedding dances, and you're likely to see a variety of moves on the dance floor. Some of them post to social media and YouTube, so you can do a search to see what others are doing.

Any of these trends may be copied or used for inspiration:

  • A choreographed bride and groom ballroom dance that is clearly well rehearsed. This typically takes a few dance lessons and preparation.

  • A surprise bride and groom dance that has been choreographed to shake up the reception. This typically starts out slow and romantic. Then the music stops, the bride and groom look at each other in mock surprise, and then they bust out some moves that have the guests doubled over laughing.

  • Wedding party dance that looks like a stage production. What better way to bond with bridesmaids and groomsmen than spending your evenings leading up to the big day in a dance studio?

General Wedding Dance Tips

  • For the first dance, choose a song that you love and one that speaks to the relationship between the two of you.

  • Practice dancing to the song before the wedding. If either of you has little or no experience on the dance floor, take a lesson from a professional. A few lessons will make a huge difference and give you confidence to dance in front of others.

  • Don’t forget to account for the length of your wedding dress. If it is long or has a train, bustle it so you don't trip over it.

  • Wear shoes that are comfortable for dancing. If you aren't used to high heels, wear lower heels or flats. Note: This can also affect the length of the dress so factor this in if a change of footwear is planned.

Timeline & Playlist for Open Dancing

After the bridal couple dances, and all of the parent dances have been completed, it is time to open the dance floor to the guests. Couples should choose their song list for dancing based on who will be attending and their sensibilities. Although the wedding and reception should be primarily focused on the bride and groom, it is always good form to show respect for the people who have taken time out of their busy lives to share the experience.

Choose a song list that suits your tastes and the sensibilities of the guests:

  • You may not want to subject some of your guests to hardcore hip-hop music, so start out with music that is milder in content. If your grand parents and great uncle are there, they will appreciate some music from their era.

  • In a subtle way, you can let the guests know that the music will change as the afternoon or evening wears on, so they can enjoy the earlier part of the night and leave when they sense the transition to something that might make them uncomfortable.

  • Include the parents of the bride and groom in song selection. You don't need to let them choose every song but giving them some choice shows that you respect and care enough to make them happy.

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Music serves as the driving force behind an unforgettable wedding experience! Perfect Harmony Entertainment provides our couples and clients with exemplary service to help them create fantastic events!

If you are planning a wedding or corporate event in our service area, we would love the opportunity to learn more about your plans. Our DJs routinely travel to all areas within a 90-minute drive from Chambersburg PA.

This convenient location permits us to offer wedding DJ | Photo Booth | Event Lighting services to clients from Washington DC to Frederick MD, as well as wedding DJs for couples celebrating in Lancaster and Harrisburg PA.

Our demand is as large as our service area! If you would like to check our availability for your date or chat about your event, click the link below or simply send us a text.

Need a DJ in the Harrisburg | Lancaster area? You should ask your prospective DJ these questions.

We have provided DJ Services in the Harrisburg and Lancaster area for many weddings and corporate events. Often the couple or business who reaches out to us has never needed a DJ Service before now. This article is designed to make that process a bit easier and provide answers about our company.

When you have never needed a service before it can be daunting and downright nerve wracking! This is a natural reaction. How do you know what questions to ask? How do you know if it is any good? Most importantly, how do you know if it is worth it?

This is certainly true when selecting a DJ for your Maryland, Central PA, or Northern VA wedding or corporate party. Most people have hired a DJ about as many times as I have hired a roofer to replace the roof on my home. Exactly, zero times!

The DJ is one of the most important choices you make. The DJ Service is the only service other than the venue that your guests will experience from the moment they arrive. After the one-hour ceremony, the one-hour cocktail hour, and the one hour for dinner and special dances; the DJ and only the DJ, will be responsible for entertaining your guests. 

There are no fun dance shots from the photographer. There are no great Instagram posts of the Best Man doing “The Worm” without a DJ who not only plays the right music but plays it at the right time. If that doesn’t happen, that 120-person guest lists drop to 30 faster than you would believe!

We know that most people don’t make a habit of hiring DJs, so we’ve made a list of important questions that you should ask all potential DJs. Not only have we listed the questions to ask, we have provided our answer so you can see if we are the right DJ Service for you.

What is your style?

With DJs it can be a bit difficult to determine a person’s style. Unlike a band, the focus is not on the DJ. There are generally two types of styles. One is the DJ Kahlid style who represents the club style or “Hype DJ”. This DJ Style is often on the microphone during and between songs attempting to interact with the guests. This style of DJ draws more attention to themselves than the next style of wedding or event DJ.

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The next style of DJ is typically a more polished speaker and using the microphone when necessary. This certainly means acting as the MC and announcing the formal events such as the First Dance and Cake Cutting. They typically will only use the microphone when needed during their dance sets. Examples would be for a song dedication, a sing along song, or to reset the dance floor.

Before your initial consultation with him/her, ask yourself what you want in a DJ. Do you want someone who interacts with the guests between every song? Someone who encourages people to get on the dance floor. Or someone who announces key formalities like toasts and your cake cutting ceremony, and keeps quiet the rest of the time?

Perfect Harmony Entertainment is a professional company who believes that the bride and groom should be the center of attention and not the DJ. Our mission is to make professional announcements and then rock that dance floor! Not a single person at your wedding came to see or hear us talk all night long. They came to party with YOU!

Can we provide a Must Play and Do Not Play list?

Every couple has different musical tastes. It wouldn’t be a good idea to give your DJ full reign to play whatever they want. Ask how you can submit a must-play list, play if possible, dedicated to a specific person, and a do not play list. Does the DJ offer an online system or another way to submit songs?

If you become overwhelmed ask him/her to provide sample lists or suggestions for good songs to play based on actual wedding experience.

Perfect Harmony Entertainment provides access to a smart phone and online web portal for all our couples. With the swipe of a finger our couples can listen, select, and create playlists for every portion of their celebration. Songs and be marked as must play or do not play with the press of a finger.

Have you already started creating a wedding playlist on “Spotify”? That’s awesome because you can sync it right to our wedding planning application and save even more time. And, in case you are wondering, no we do not rely on Wi-Fi to DJ a wedding or corporate party! We own our music.

 

Q: How do you handle requests from guest?

A: The short answer to that is, it is up to you. If you would like us to accept song requests from your guests, we will. If you would prefer that we stick to your playlist and our experience to fill in, we won’t.

Let’s be upfront and honest. After a few glasses of champagne, your guests are going to get loose, and they just might think they’re dancing at a club, rather than a wedding. This means they’ll beeline for the DJ to request whatever comes to mind.

Your wedding DJ has limited time to play all the songs that you provide to them, so adding in extras could get in the way. Not to mention, you don’t want inappropriate or terrible songs to be played at your wedding just because someone who is under the influence of alcohol requested them.

We never forget that our most important our loyalty is to you and producing the best result possible.  We abide by your playlists. We strive to be current with all the music trends and know what will and will not fit the style and vibe of the party you want to create.

 

Q: Do you play at Ceremonies and Cocktail hours too?

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A: While there are a percentage of couples who have the traditional church wedding ceremony and the reception at a different venue, most now opt to hold the entire event at the reception venue. I would estimate that we provide the Ceremony Sound Service for about 85% of the weddings we perform at each year. For Cocktail hour service I would estimate that the number likely increases to about 95% of the weddings we perform at we provide the Cocktail hour entertainment.

Weddings that are taking place at the venue typically require either two or three sound set ups. The Ceremony Service is typically the only event taking place on that part of the venue property that day. We bring a dedicated sound system for that service. If you prefer to use them, we provide wireless lapel and/or wireless handheld microphones.

The next two portions of the event are the Cocktail Hour and Reception with the reception including Dinner. Those most often take place in the same area of the venue property. For this portion we bring a larger sound system that is designed for dancing.

In some venues the Cocktail Hour takes place in a location that is not where the Reception is taking place. At those venues we bring a 3rd sound system to use in that location.

We provide our couples with non-stop music. The only breaks are during the times you want it to be quiet such as during the exchange of vows or during toasts. We don’t inconvenience your guests by attempting to relocate sound equipment as they move from one area of the property to another.

Q: Can we meet with you before we hire you?

A: We are happy to meet with our couples and clients over coffee or wherever they might feel comfortable. If an in-person meeting is not convenient we offer on line meetings thru Zoom.

Q: Do you serve as the MC?

A: For most weddings we serve as the Master of Ceremonies. We utilize a two person DJ team to endure that the MC is directing the attention where it should be focused. We don’t want the guest’s attention to be focused on a DJ tucked behind their booth as the wedding party makes their Grand Entrance.

Another benefit to the two-person team is that the entire equipment tear down is done outside of the view and at no inconvenience to your guests. Many times, there is an outdoor ceremony and depending on the weather forecast we may not be able to leave that set up until the end of the event.

We work for our client. We have had occasions where a family member of the bride or groom served as the Master of Ceremonies. It is your party! We are there to serve you and create the event you want.

Our team at Perfect Harmony Entertainment does far more for our couples than provide great music and fun activities such as our photo booth. Our focus is to help our couples and corporate clients create the events they have envisioned. We do that in part through offering tips and advice and sharing our event experience.

Music serves as the driving force behind an unforgettable wedding experience! Perfect Harmony Entertainment provides our couples and clients with exemplary service to help them create fantastic events!

If you are planning a wedding or corporate event in our service area, we would love the opportunity to learn more about your plans. Our DJ’s routinely travel to all areas within a 90-minute drive from Chambersburg PA.

This convenient location permits us to offer wedding DJ services to clients from Washington DC to Frederick and Baltimore MD, as well as wedding DJ’s for couples celebrating in Lancaster and Harrisburg PA.

Our demand is as large as our service area! If you would like to check our availability for your date or chat about your event, click the link below or simply send us a text. 

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