Monthly Archives: March 2014

Is Your DJ Really A DJ?

Bride Shopping for DJNaturally everyone loves the prospect of getting the goods and services that they need at the very lowest price… Who wouldn’t? And couples planning a wedding are certainly no exception. However, it is not uncommon for a bride to buy the most beautiful dress she can afford, book the perfect venue, and serve their guests fillet mignon for dinner.

But, when it comes to choosing a DJ they will often cut every corner in order to save a few dollars. And why shouldn’t they, after all, don’t all DJs really basically do the same thing… play music? The short and simple answer is… Absolutely not! The long answer is… it’s really difficult to compare when most DJs are not really DJs at all.

Buyer Beware!! Unlike other occupations, like a doctor for example, where in order to call yourself a doctor you must go to school and become certified, there is no such regulations for becoming a DJ. So although there are DJs who have studied and practiced long and hard and spend their days full-time practicing their craft in order to ensure that your wedding is truly an awesome experience, there is no consumer protection from those who think that buying a laptop computer and a pair of speakers qualifies them to guide, direct and entertain you and your guests at your wedding. So unfortunately, when it comes to your wedding it is truly “Buyer Beware”.

Amateur DJImagine for just a moment that you are a guest at a wedding and that you have just flown from across the country in order to participate in the celebration. As the reception is about to begin a young college aged DJ walks over to the microphone and begins to speak. It only takes a few words before you recognize that speaking and entertaining is not what he does for a living. As he introduces the wedding party and mispronounces about half of the names you are already beginning to feel embarrassed for the couple. As the music begins to play you are wondering if the DJ has any clue whatsoever as to the typical age and genre of the guests, and the quality of the sound is not much better than the boombox you left at home.

If you have ever been a guest at a wedding yourself then you know from experience that guests will notice everything, after all, they are a captive audience and have nothing elso to do but follow along with what you are presenting to them, and your presention will speak volumes. In order to participate in your celebration many of your guests will have a great deal invested in both time and money, and as your very first party together as husband and wife, this is your opportunity to shine in the eyes of your guests.

It has often been said that the “entertainment will likely make or break an event”. Yet it is not at all uncommon for a couple to book “that guy” who works at Walmart for a living to play the role of DJ at their wedding because he was able to give them the cheapest price.

The real truth is that in this economically challenging and competive market all DJ’s really charge the same. What? But you’ve called numerous DJs and they all gave you vastly different prices. How is that the same?

Different levels of professionalism, knowledge, skills and experience will dictate what an entertainer feels that you really need for your wedding and will take that into account when giving you a price. A part-time amateur DJ with little wedding experience for example, may feel that low quality illegally downloaded music on laptop computer plugged into a pair of budget speakers is all your wedding needs, while an experienced professional entertainer may feel that practice, rehearsal, and training along with high quality music and a concert quality sound system is what your once-in-a-lifetime wedding deserves.

Buyer BewareSo as a “Buyer Beware” conscious bride and groom you will need to ask the question: “If one DJs price is higher or lower than another… is the cheaper service shorting you on services you need, or is the more expensive DJ charging you for services you don’t need?

You have likely spent months planning the perfect wedding, accrued hundreds if not thousands of dollars in wedding expenses, and you have invited guests who are traveling from near and far in order to participate in your celebration… so perhaps the most important question of all is… Who will you trust to ensure that your celebration will be remembered fondly for a lifetime?

It’s important to note, if your wedding is not everything you hoped it would be it is doubtful that you will look upon the few hundred dollars you seemingly may have saved by booking an amateur DJ as a real savings.

Months of careful planning, a lot of expense, and many precious memories are at stake. Would’t you agree that choosing the one you will trust with your once-in-a-lifetime special event is worth very careful consideration?

By: Michael McCune

Tucson Wedding Network Meeting at Club Congress


Michael & MarcClub Congress Tucson ArizonaClub Congress in downtown Tucson on Monday, March 10, 2014 was the setting for the Tucson Wedding Network’s “Club Style” networking event. Director’s Michael McCune (Weddings of Distinction – Tucson DJ Service) and Marc Summesett (CE Entertainment) are always looking for opportunities to mix things up …”Networking should never be boring”… and tonights meeting at Club Congress was no exception.

There was a great turnout of membership and even a little dancing. I am sure it comes as no surprise that I kicked my heals up on the dance floor more than a few times and of course Marc can’t resist an open dance floor. Thanks DJs Ryan and Fernando for keeping the music spinning. I think everyone who attended had a great time.

We would like to offer our gratitude to Elizabeth Harrington, Banquet Managmer at the Hotel Congress for hosting this months meeting and for providing snacks for our members.

MolleeA special thanks to Mollee Fitzgerald with Peace of Mind Event Design as she took the reigns on this months party extravaganza and did an exceptional job planning, organizing, and orchestrating most of the event details. Of course, that’s what Mollee does so if you are in need of planning or coordination for your event I highly recommend Mollee. She has been working with event planning and coordination for many years, but recently branched out on her own and created her own business. Good luck on your new venture Mollee I am sure you will do great!

The Tucson DJsThe music and party vibes tonight were provided courtesy of Ryan Johnson with Motion Music Entertainment and Fernando Gonzalez with DJ Raza where they tag teamed the core entertainment and showcased their talents and personalities. Both are truly awesome professionals and we are fortunate to have them among our network and tonight event was exceptionally fun because of their hard work and dedication to our network. Thank you guys!

Ryan and StephanyThe photos from the event were taken courtesy of Stephanie Bloom with In Bloom Images. Stephanie is an active and valued member of our network and we appreciate Stephanie for stepping up and offering to take photos for tonight’s event. Stephanie typically works as a team along with her husband Ryan who typically does the video, and together they offer photography and videography services for weddings and events and I’m sure they will be more than happy to chat with you about your next event.

And finally, thank you Arizona Party Rental for providing our large and cushy ottomans.

The Tucson Wedding Network offers a host of service oriented vendors and dedicated wedding professionals so please visit our website for a complete listing of our members.

Below are some additional photo highlights courtesy of Ryan and Stephanie…

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By: Michael McCune

Price Wedding at Hacienda Del Sol in Tucson

Hacienda Del Sol in Tucson, ArizonaOn Saturday, March 1, 2014 It was an exciting and fast-paced ceremony and reception for David and Erin Price that lasted a full eight hours and was filled with dancing, fun and many Welsh traditions from beginning to end.

I really enjoyed working with David and Erin because they were so full of energy and excitement and open to a range of ideas and suggestions in regards to creating a truly fun, and exceptional experience for themselves and for their guests.They both worked diligently with me for months creating this unique event that was filled with dragons, bagpipes, dancing, singing, and much more.

Their event included a special surprise from David’s father who brought in a full entourage of bagpipers,drums and traditional music which had everyone clapping and cheering, including myself. The brief video clip below shows some of the Welsh traditional highlights including a unique dancing rendition to the Tom Jones version of Delilah that you won’t want to miss.

The wedding was originally intended to be outdoors in the beautiful garden courtyard of Hacienda Del Sol in Tucson,however, the weather simply was not cooperating and brought wind and rain that forced a last minute redirection indoors. The space was rather tight and the need for ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing to fill the same space definitely created some special challenges, but with an great crew and awesome teamwork we mangaged to pull it all together with very few glitches.

Another unique hightlight that showcased David and Erin’s creativity were their custom made and very unique centerpieces, each one different, that were etched in glass with Welsh dragons and a location that had some meaningful significance to David and Erin. David added a final touch with some very nice digital lighting effects.

As a DJ in Tucson it is a great pleasure to work with clients that could so easily become great friends and I hope that their will be opportunities in the future see and visit with them again. They are one of those couples where you feel all of the work and effort was worth while because I am sure they we be together for a lifetime and will cherish their wedding day forever.

By: Michael McCune

Why a Master of Ceremonies is essential at your wedding?

Wedding receptions today are very different from wedding receptions of only a few years ago. Sites like youtube and facebook, etc., have forever changed the the way we view weddings.

The ability to see what others have done and to share ideas globally have made the simple traditional weddings of the past seem far to boring and mundane to be acceptable for modern brides and grooms and their guests.

In order to meet the needs, goals and values of modern couples, DJs have had to evolve accordingly in order to avoid the fate of the dinosaurs. The simplistic role of the DJ spinning records for an enthusiastic dance crowd has spiraled into multiple complex roles including… Entertainment Director and Master of Ceremonies where the DJ now is often responsible for the guidance and direction of the entire ceremony and reception, as well as creating unique and personal events and activities in order to engage guests and audiences who have become increasingly more difficult to entertain.

Backyard weddings with potluck dinners have been replaced with beautiful and often expensive venues with more extravagant dinners and a full line up of both traditional and non-traditional events and activities that need to flow perfectly while sticking to a schedule, and this is what your Master of Ceremonies is all about.

The word MC (short for Master of Ceremonies) is a buzz word that you’ll often see floating around on many DJ websites, however, its meaning in regards to modern weddings is truly lost on most DJs, which is why the term “Buyer Beware” is so applicable today more than ever.

The term MC is often used on many DJ websites merely as a reference that the DJ will simply make whatever announcements the bride and groom may need at their wedding. Whereas many DJs use the term MC to indicate a passive role at your wedding because they will still likely depend upon guidance and leadership throughout the event.

Pioneers within the wedding entertainment industry such as Scott Faver and Randy Bartlett have been intrumental not only in expanding my own skills but in pushing the limits of creativity for brides and grooms worldwide.

A true Master of Ceremonies incorporates a very special set of skills and will assume an active role in both the planning stage as well as throughout the wedding as a leader, guide and director to ensure that all events and activities flow smoothly and stress-free start to finish while engaging guests throughout the wedding, including the dance floor. A Director is something that every weddding needs in order to keep it all together, and of course, FUN!

But what about if you already have a wedding coordinator to create your timeline, do you still need a Master of Ceremonies? Well, unless your wedding coordinator is also a professional wedding entertainer they will likely do just fine for creating a very basic timeline, but they will likely have no real plan as for how to implement the timeline in a fun and entertaining fashion. Their timeline will likely consist of… Dinner is at 7:00 PM… Toast at 8:00 PM… Etc. However, their plan will probably not include direction for how to transition smoothly from one event to another while engaging your guests. For that, you will still very likely need a Master of Ceremonies/Entertainment Director.

Imagine for just a moment what a Broadway show might be like without the added vision of and polish of a great director… Potential disaster! This is why for many producers their choice for director is often more important to them than their choice of actors and actresses. If you think about it, how often have you thought that a movie you had not yet seen will likely be good just because it was directed by Steven Spielberg?

So… Who is going to direct your Blockbuster wedding?

By: Michael McCune

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