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Questions to ask the DJ After You’ve Popped the Question

It’s no secret that a DJ can make or break a wedding reception. The last thing you want is someone who doesn’t know how to create a vibe! Yet, there are so many options on the market for a DJ that it can be an intimidating task to find the right one. This makes the interview process all the more stressful. It’s essential to ask the right questions to get the very best for your big day! 

First and foremost, let’s cover a few basic interview questions.

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How long have you been a professional DJ? How many weddings do you do per year?

This question gets overlooked time and time again. You definitely don’t want your big day to be your DJ’s first event! So, ensure your DJ is well-seasoned in the wedding and events industry before signing on the dotted line.

How would you describe your style? What are your favorite types of weddings to DJ?

A typical answer you may hear is that they can match any style or “vibe.” But go beyond that by getting to know the person behind the business! What are their favorite weddings and events? The answer will reveal whether your DJ knows a good time!

Do you have any recent references?

You can’t have an interview without asking for references! Imagine how much better you will feel knowing there was a very happy couple who loved this DJ just weeks before you spoke with them. It’s crucial to build confidence and credibility with the vendors you choose.

Is our date available?

This is the most critical question. Ideally, you’ll know this before the interview. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time!

 Next, it’s good to get to know your DJ, how they will conduct the wedding reception, and let them get to know you, your preferences, and how you want your big day to look!

Can we have a “do not play” or a “must play” list?

This is YOUR day! It is imperative that you get to customize all services to your liking!

Do you offer any assistance in choosing music for special parts of the day?

There are so many options for first dance songs! Why not let the professional help you decide if you struggle to find the perfect tune?

Will you serve as our emcee?

The last thing you want is to falsely assume your DJ will oversee your reception schedule, only to find out they’re not. So make sure your DJ will cover every requirement you have.

Will you be the one performing at our wedding? If not, can we meet our DJ?

If you’re meeting with a company, it’s important to know who will show up for your wedding. Your day will run much smoother if you like the chosen vendors!

Lastly, let’s make sure all the loose ends are tied.

How much are your services? How and when do you take payment? Will you require a deposit? Are there any additional charges?

Although you might know some of these details before you meet, no one likes a financial surprise while wedding planning. So let’s make sure there aren’t any surprises!

Do you bring all the necessary equipment? What about backup equipment?

A DJ without the proper equipment wouldn’t be ideal for your reception. Make sure they have everything they need — otherwise, you may need to consider AV rentals, which will add to your budget.

What time will you arrive to set up? Will you take breaks? If so, how many and how long? What time will you tear down to leave?

Logistics, logistics, logistics! Your venue will appreciate knowing this upfront as well.

Everyone wants a stress-free wedding day! Feeling confident in your vendors, DJ included, will allow a refreshing deep breath and no added nerves on your special day.

5 Considerations for Choosing an Emcee

When planning an event, most people focus on the food, venue, and entertainment. However, let’s not forget that the guests’ experience throughout the celebration is what they’ll remember most! If there’s one expense you shouldn’t skimp on, it’s hiring a professional DJ who can also serve as an effervescent emcee.

Choosing the right emcee not only ensures that everything stays on schedule, but that the crowd is engaged and enjoying themselves all night long!

Here are some valuable tips on what to look for when hiring an emcee:

 

Excellent delivery is key

You don’t want an emcee who mumbles to themself onstage. Instead, your emcee should be an effective communicator: someone who is able to project their voice, maintain eye contact and engage with your audience. And, of course, they should sound enthusiastic to keep the energy of the room high!

 

Choose a good listener

Nothing holds the attention of a crowd better than good banter. An emcee isn’t a keynote speaker; they should know how to listen to the audience and invite them to respond. So, remember to look for someone who is not only a good speaker but can also pick up on interesting dialogue opportunities. 

 

They should be prepared for anything and everything

Your emcee should have a clear understanding of the planned structure and itinerary of the event so they are ready to keep things flowing no matter what. There will be moments when they will need to improvise. During lulls in the program, like technical glitches or waiting for the next toast, they will have to work the crowd to maintain the energy. A good emcee also does research on the details of the event, like special audience members that need to be recognized during the program or the pronunciation of important names.

 

Find an emcee who is mindful of the time

One of the key responsibilities of an emcee is to ensure that the event starts and ends on time, which means they need excellent time management skills. If one segment goes on for longer or shorter than expected, they should be aware and be able to adapt as needed.

 

A great sense of humor is a must!

There’s nothing worse than a boring emcee! You want someone who can brighten up the room and keep the crowd engaged with funny anecdotes and jokes. Trust me, when you make sure your guests have a great time, they will remember the event for years to come.

 

And there you have it! We’ve rounded up five qualities to look out for when choosing an emcee. Remember: your emcee is one of your greatest assets. They can make or break your event, so choose wisely!

12 Questions to Ask Before Signing a DJ Contract

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Signing a DJ contract on the dotted line can be intimidating.  Even scarier is when a non-refundable deposit is given and a contract is signed, but a million questions are left unanswered after the “deed” is done.  

That’s why it’s essential to ask your DJ the right questions to make your big day an unforgettable one. What’s better than a killer playlist that has you and all your guests shaking your groove thangs? 

Before we get into the real nitty-gritty questions, do not disregard the obvious ones either.  Be sure to fully understand the full rate, a breakdown of what the package includes, and their cancellation policy before singing a DJ contract.  This will help you stay within budget and know your rights if your celebration is postponed or canceled. 

Let’s get into other questions that will make a world of difference in your big day. On a day where so much is counting on many people, trusting who you hire is a must!

 

Again: What is their rate, what is covered (in detail), and what do they charge for overtime?

Understanding the services you are paying for will give you peace of mind in an otherwise busy process. A thorough breakdown will help you make the best decision if you are interviewing more than one DJ or weighing out the options of hiring a DJ versus a Band. Also, do not forget to ask for their overtime rate! In some cases, the party does not want to stop and you want to be sure it is affordable.   

 

Are there any additional fees outside of the rate given?  

Nobody likes hidden fees.  Be sure to ask if they charge for mileage, song requests, or speeches.  The last thing you want is to be surprised by an unexpected charge.  Also, be sure to let them know about the venue’s parameters and ask if there are additional fees if the event is canceled.  

 

How far in advance do they need to be booked?  How often are they booked?

Some DJs are booked out months in advance, which can spoil your well-intentioned plans if you don’t book early.  Be sure to ask for specific dates and deadlines to hire the DJ of your choice. You also don’t want to book a solo DJ that is consistently overbooked.  Otherwise, you risk their burnout impacting your big day. Instead, consider working with a company with multiple DJs available for booking so you can take your pick. 

 

Do they have insurance?

Many venues require DJs and other wedding pros to carry their own insurance.  Confirm this information upfront so you can be confident they’ll be able to perform on your big day. (Plus, this will protect your investment from any day-of issues that may arise, like no-shows or equipment malfunction.)

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How long have they been DJing at weddings?  Do they have videos or a portfolio of their work?

This question will give you a feel for their level of expertise.  Remember, the DJ is the center of entertainment.  They should know how to read the room to get people on the dance floor and suggest good songs for the first dance or father-daughter dance.  Their tenure will give you a sense of peace that they will make the best of your big day.  Ask them to provide you with videos of their work to get a sense of their style and vibe.

 

Do they provide any special lighting effects?

It’s not 1999 anymore, and strobe lights are out. Fortunately, there are plenty of modern lighting solutions that can set the mood! Will your DJ provide anything, like uplights or neon signage? How do they operate the lights?  What special effects can they provide to match the energy of the dance floor?

 

Will you meet again before the wedding? When is the deadline for submitting your music requests?

Be sure to close the loop on all outstanding uncertainties. See if they need to do a walkthrough of the venue or if you can provide pictures of where they can set up.  If a certain playlist is going to be made or a specific part of a song needs to be looped, get the deadlines for the deliverables.  The last thing you want is to have your DJ scrambling at the last minute only to find they cannot accommodate your requests.

 

How much time will they need for setup, soundcheck, and breakdown on the day of the event?

Venues tend to work with strict timelines.  Be sure you are giving your DJ all the time they need to set up properly around the power outlets they will need and provide them with time to fix any issues that may arise.  Also, make sure to give them enough time to break down their equipment at the end of the night.  Time is of the essence and having all the correct information upfront will allow for creating an accurate timeline.

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What kind of space or stage do you require for the DJ? If the venue does not provide what is needed, who will make arrangements for the stage? Who is responsible for renting it?

Having this information upfront will prevent any last-minute surprises on your big day.  From a budget point of view, this will also help you know if funds can be allocated to the request and to know if the DJ is hirable or not.

 

Do they provide wireless mics for the wedding ceremony?

It’s 2021 and the minimal, wireless look is in.  But, not everybody works with wireless mics yet, so if you want them, make sure to ask in advance. Think about what will serve you and your partner best for the ceremony, toasts, and other speeches.

 

Do they have backup equipment like mics, batteries, speakers, and power cords?  Does their equipment require special outlets?  Do special arrangements need to be made?

This is about dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s.  The last thing you want to worry about on your special day is having people run to the closest store because something is not working correctly.  Make sure the people you are trusting with your wedding are being proactive with a contingency plan in place to have a perfect, seamless day.  

 

Does your DJ require a meal?

While it is a common courtesy to order vendor meals from your caterer, some event professionals require a meal in their contract. Ask this question to ensure you are ordering the correct amount of food.  You will avoid the awkward eye stares of hunger while everybody else indulges in some delicious food.  Keep in mind that extra meals will accrue a higher catering cost, so be mindful about accounting for these expenses early, so you stay within your budget.  

Your main objective is likely to stay within your budget, but you should also aim to get the best quality for your buck. Asking your DJ (and other event pros!) the right questions will give you peace of mind that things will go smoothly on your big day.  Overall, you want to know that whoever you hire has your best interest at heart.  A DJ can make or break your big day, but with thorough interview questions, you will set yourself up to have the day of your dreams.

What Has Glen Riggs of Fantasy Sound Been Doing in Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with our very own Glen Riggs! 

Glen has been with us at Fantasy Sound since 2017 and has quickly become one of our most popular DJs. His generous spirit, energetic attitude, and infectious smile make him a natural entertainer and an absolute joy to work with. He is currently self-quarantining here in Livermore with his husband Keith and their son Bryan. Let’s see what he’s been up to!

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? Haven’t put many miles on my cars at all!

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? I’m a hugger, so I’ve really been missing that physical connection 🙁

How have you been spending your time? Working my day job and playing the role of Crisis Homeschool Teacher.

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? Best Donuts!!!

What have you been binge watching? So cliche…Tiger King

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it?Yes! My friends and family celebrated me with a drive by, tagging my yard, food and socially distance love!

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? None at all and that is ok!!!

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? A giant Wedding party!!!

Thanks for sharing your quarantine activities with us, Glen!

October Events

We’re excited for our next round of prospective couples that we hope to meet at this month’s DJ meet-and-greet! If you’re looking for a skilled, experienced DJ for your Big Day, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Stop by our meet-and-greet on October 22 from 10am through 12pm.

Interested in joining? Be sure to RSVP here – these spots fill up quick, so be sure to secure your place while you can!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Ceremony

How To: Coordinate Your Wedding Ceremony

Coordinating your wedding ceremony can be quite the undertaking, especially considering that there are so many moving parts to look after. From getting the wedding party in order to making sure the flower girl(s) and ring bearer know their cue and the officiant is on schedule, it’s enough to make one person’s head spin! Thanks to your amazing wedding party (and coordinator!), you won’t have to go through it alone.

One of the most important steps when it comes to coordinating your ceremony is to simply get organized. Create a timeline for your wedding day and communicate this to the wedding officiant. This will help him/her ensure that your ceremony doesn’t drag on for too long. After a while, your guests will be ready to eat, drink and be merry! Remember to mention any special rituals (i.e. lighting a unity candle, rose presentation, or jumping the broom) that you wish to perform during the ceremony as well.

Next, get into the details of which friends and family members will be playing which roles. Outside of assembling the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the bride needs to determine who will be the maid, matron or maiden of honor and, of course, the groom needs to choose his best man.

There are serious duties that come along with holding a high office in the wedding party, so choose wisely! The matron or maid of honor and best man are in charge of assisting the couple throughout the ceremony and most importantly, holding on to the rings.

Don’t forget about the little ones in your wedding party! You’ll need a ring bearer and flower girl(s). In particular, the ring bearer will need a trusted adult to hand him the wedding rings before he walks down the aisle. If you have a younger, more rambunctious ring bearer on your hands, swap the real rings for decoys that he can carry down the aisle instead.

Once your wedding party is situated, start thinking about your guests’ needs. One thing’s for sure, they’ll need a place to sit! Make sure that you have greeters or ushers on hand to pass out programs and guide everyone to their seats. Also, while you’re checking off your list, remember that everyone will need to hear what’s going on at the altar. Ensure that you have a solid sound system so that the officiant and your vows are heard loud and clear.

The ceremony is the highlight of your entire wedding day, so make it a good one! Create an experience that everyone will cheer about for years to come!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

July Events

We’re excited for our next round of prospective couples that we hope to meet at this month’s DJ meet-and-greet! If you’re looking for a skilled, experienced DJ for your Big Day, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Stop by our meet-and-greet on July 16 from 10am through 12pm.

Interested in joining? Be sure to RSVP here – these spots fill up quick, so be sure to secure your place while you can!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

First Dance

First Dance Favorites

After you’ve said your vows and sealed them with a kiss, it’s time to get the party started! The first dance will kick things off, which means you’ll need to have the perfect song on hand. Whether you want to slow dance beneath the stars or turn things up a notch, we’ve got you covered. Take note of a few of our favorite songs that’ll give you the first dance of your dreams!

Photo credit: Tyler Vu Photography

Photo credit: Tyler Vu Photography

“At Last” – Etta James
What a relief it is to finally marry the guy or girl of your dreams! “At Last” is a wonderful record for the couple taking a more classic approach to their first dance. You can’t beat swaying to James’ smooth vocals and the songs beautiful lyrics. Every newlywed can relate to the feeling of at last finding true love, which makes this classic perfectly fitting for a first dance!

“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
In the chorus, Sheeran croons, “So honey, now, take me into your loving arms.” Could this song be any better for a first dance?! “Thinking Out Loud” celebrates an eternal love that holds strong even through old age. Play this song as you sway across the dance floor and the song’s magic will surely rub off on your marriage!

“Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Here’s a lovely song that will help create an “unforgettable” moment out on the dance floor. The Coles sing about falling in love with someone so incredible and that special someone finding you just as incredible in return. Everyone will be swooning once your DJ puts the needle down on this record!

“I Found You” – Alabama Shakes
Need a love song with a lot of oomph? Put Alabama Shakes’ “I Found You” at the top of your go-to list. Their upbeat single is an excellent choice considering that you’re going to have many reasons to tear up the dance the floor with your mate. For the couple that wants abandon the traditional first “slow” dance, here’s a great way to shake things up!

You can’t go wrong with any of these amazing songs. You’re bound to give your guests a show that they’ll never forget!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Vendors

Best Ways to Qualify Vendors

You can’t have a fantastic wedding without equally fantastic vendors! Luckily, finding the right vendors for your Big Day is just a few clicks away. Check out these wonderful resources that will help you qualify the best vendors for your wedding!

The Knot & WeddingWire
Both of these sites will be your best friends throughout the planning process. You can search for wedding vendors by category and easily find reviews and photos. You can also learn about other key details, such as pricing and amenities. On WeddingWire, the site breaks down each vendor’s rating by factors such as quality of service, responsiveness and professionalism, which can be extremely helpful!

Social Media
Now’s the time to put your social media stalking skills to good use! Head over to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what folks are saying about your potential vendors. Check out whether or not the tone of conversation in their mentions on Twitter and comment sections on Facebook and Instagram is generally positive. Also, look up their hashtags and get a good idea of what goes on behind-the-scenes. 

Yelp
There’s a wealth of information on Yelp as well. Their reviews often include photos, which is a major plus! Also, Yelp is much more than just reviews and ratings. You can request a quote through the site and find out which vendors are currently offering a deal. 

Website Testimonials
Of course, you have to visit each vendors website to take a look at their testimonials. Think about your vendor deal breakers and the quality of service you would like provided and see who matches up. If a vendor doesn’t have testimonials listed on their website, don’t be afraid to request referrals in-person. 

With these resources, you’re bound to find your ideal wedding vendors!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

The Thread

Press: The Thread

We were so excited to see Michele and Matthew’s gorgeous wedding on The Thread! As you may remember, these two lovebirds tied the knot on Valentine’s Day with a breathtaking ceremony in Livermore, CA. Check out the newlyweds’ stunning union here!

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Press: Catersource

We loved seeing our very own Kevin’s article featured in Catersource talking about Wedding Decor Trends for 2016! Who knows better than the trend-starter himself? From metallics to jewel tones, you won’t want to miss his roundup of what’s in this year.

Check out the full article here!catersource

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Fun and Creative First Dance Medley!

Check out the amazing first dance surprise that Jennifer and Zachary prepared for the guests at their Bella Rosa wedding! We absolutely love it when our couples use their first dance as an opportunity to showcase their personalities- and you can tell Jennifer and Zachary were having a blast out there! A huge congratulations to the happy couple- we loved working with you on your big day!

 

 

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Spring Wedding

Tips for Planning a Spring Wedding

Spring is in full swing, which means more couples are heading down the aisle! Whether you’re all set to tie the knot this season or next year, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind as your Big Day approaches. Get into these wonderful tips for planning an unforgettable spring wedding!

Ensure that your venue is Spring weather-proof
Spring weather is notoriously unpredictable so be prepared for an unpredictable forecast. Check with your venue to see if they have indoor accommodations and/or temporary outdoor structures, such as tents. Most importantly, don’t forget about the allergies that come with spring weather. Make sure that your venue has adequate air conditioning to keep everyone’s sniffles under control. You may even want to stock up on tissues and allergy pills just in case!

Remember, it’s peak season!
Keep in mind that it can cost you a pretty penny to get married in the spring, compared to other times of the year. Vendors are busier during peak season and everyone wants to get married. Engaged couples looking toward the next spring season should be mindful of the deals that come about during the off-season so they can plan ahead to save on their budget. Items like dresses and tuxes can be purchased during the off-season for a fraction of their original price. Setting a date during the middle of the week as opposed to the weekend or earlier in the day (think brunch!) will also shave down the overall cost of your wedding.

Embrace the seasonal blooms
There are a variety of gorgeous floral options in the spring, so stay seasonal! From the all-time favorite, peonies to lilacs, roses and hydrangeas (a low cost option), there is no shortage of beautiful florals to choose from. Even better, many blooms, like peonies, come in a variety of pastel hues that can complement your wedding’s color scheme.

Book your vendors early
Time is of the essence when it comes to booking vendors for a spring wedding. After getting engaged, it’s time to hit the ground running! Waiting until the last minute severely lessens the pool and quality of your options, so don’t wait too long. Also, don’t get too attached to a wedding date before you meet with potential vendors. Getting married during peak season will require some flexibility.

Spring is a beautiful yet busy time of the year for the couples! Plan accordingly to make the most of your wedding experience!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Instagram Roundup!

It’s that time again! We’re sharing a few unforgettable Instagram shots from recent weddings – enjoy!

Bonnie and Kelly – The beautiful bride stunned in her lace gown!

 

Laura and Billy – What a gorgeous setting for the couple’s first dance!

The best night of my life. #LCandBILLS

A photo posted by @bel.all on

 

Erma and John – These doting newlyweds are such a beautiful couple!

❤️#ermaandjohnhappilyever

A photo posted by @richellejoane on

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Photo by Lyndsay Undseth Photography

How To: Factor in the Guest Experience

From the moment you get engaged, your loved ones will be going out of their way to express their excitement and joy about your impending nuptials with bachelor/bachelorette, engagement, and bridal parties. Return the love by enhancing the guest experience at your wedding with all of the bells and whistles that will wow your guests. Check out these great ideas to help you design a wedding that amps up the guest experience!

Song Dedications
When creating your wedding invitations, include a space for guests to dedicate a song to you and your partner with their RSVP. Let your guests be as romantic or playful as they choose with their requests. The DJ can include the songs in a special request hour during the reception or play them throughout the night. Either way, ensure that those who have requested a song receive a special shoutout from the emcee!

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Photo by Bridal Guide

Mass Transportation
Give your guests a memorable ride to and from the wedding. Deck out a trolley, wagon chariot or give your guests a tour of the city with a double decker. Get everyone pumped up by supplying a little pre-wedding bubbly and a rocking playlist to go along with their ride. Mass transportation allows your guests the opportunity to bond and the freedom to party hard at the reception!

Signature Cocktails
Signature cocktails don’t have to be reserved for the bride and groom. Honor your guests by creating signature cocktails for each table at the reception. Keep in mind who will be seated together and create a drink that will represent everyone’s personalities. Your guests will be thrilled to order up their own signature cocktails!

The guest experience can make or break your special day so it’s important to put on a show that will wow everyone. Give your guests an experience that will send your wedding into the record books!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

The Fantasy Sound Difference: DJs

This is the fifth chapter of The Fantasy Sound Difference series. The first chapter highlights our drapery services, the second chapter highlights our chandeliers, the third chapter highlights our gobo washes, and the fourth chapter highlights our spotlights.

When it comes to a great wedding, it’s hard to argue that there’s anything more important than good, quality music. If you look back at the weddings you’ve attended, we’re willing to bet most of your memories are on the dance floor! Whether it’s the cheeky announcements or the perfectly crafted playlist, a wedding DJ is often what brings the entertainment to the reception. Read on to see what sets Fantasy Sound DJs apart from others!

Two for one
When you book a DJ with Fantasy Sound, you’re not only getting a disc jockey but also an MC (aka a Master of Ceremonies)! That’s right – you don’t need to bribe your brother-in-law to make announcements throughout the night and you certainly won’t have to worry about guests not knowing what’s happening next. Our DJs are highly skilled at being MC and are happy to take over both roles.

Ceremony included
Quit worrying about the ceremony – there’s no need with Fantasy Sound! Our DJ packages come fully equipped with a ceremony sound system, as well as a microphone for the officiant. Bet it feels good to check that off the to-do list!

Practice makes perfect
We’re proud to have built a solid team of DJs, each with over 15 years of experience behind the turntable. You can trust us – we’ve been doing this for quite some time and we’re pretty sure we’ve seen everything out there. Go ahead and try us. 🙂

It’s all you
When it comes to song selection, we are strict believers in personalization. We don’t have a generic playlist that we play for couples who don’t care (although we’d be happy to create one for you!) – instead, it’s entirely up to you! Whether you want to pick and choose the whole night’s repertoire, share some favorite artists or genres, or leave it up to us, we guarantee that your wedding night playlist will be crafted just for you.

Let’s be friends
Some DJs deal with couples over the phone or email and some couples even prefer it (we get it – you’re busy!). We’re not really like that, though… We believe that building a relationship with our couples is the number one way to really tap into their musical preferences and provide them with their perfect night. We like to meet at least two times before the Big Day, just to really get to know you – and we hope you’ll get to know us too!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Happy New Years!

Cheers to 2016! We want to sincerely wish everyone a happy new year filled with lots of love and prosperity. 2015 was a wonderful year and we can’t wait to see what 2016 has to offer!

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

November Events!

Wow – let’s take a minute to really soak in that it’s November. We’re all a little shocked at how quickly 2015 is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love the holiday season. In fact, we’re crazy about it!

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Share in our holiday cheer this month at our DJ Meet-and-Greet on November 21st, from 10 am to 12 pm. We hope to see you there! For more information and registration, please RSVP here.

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

How To: Scale Back When You’ve Gone Over Budget

So you’ve gone a bit over your budget for the wedding – it’s okay, really! You and your partner are not the first and will certainly not be the last couple to go a little overboard with wedding expenses. The key to budgeting for your wedding is knowing where to indulge and where you should be trimming the fat. A few scale backs here and there will have you back on budget in no time and one step closer to your dream wedding!

Invitations
Who doesn’t love a fun DIY project! Make your own wedding invitations and save the date notifications in lieu of outsourcing. There are tons of great companies, like David’s Bridal and Canva, that will allow you to create stunning invitations online that won’t break the bank. What better way to invite guests to your wedding than with invitations designed with your own personal touch!

Flowers
If you find yourself having to scale back on wedding expenses, it wouldn’t hurt to look back over your floral budget. When trying to save pennies, staying in season with your floral selections is key. For example, having peonies at your October wedding may not be the best idea considering that peonies typically bloom in the springtime. Consider whether or not there are other areas in your budget that you would prefer spending the extra money it would cost to import out-of-season florals. Also, think of alternatives like garden roses or opting for more greenery in your floral arrangements. Your florist will be the very best expert to turn to and help guide you with creative options.

Food
There are a plethora of options when it comes to your wedding menu and it is important to weigh them when scaling back in your budget. For instance, having a buffet instead a formal sit-down dinner may be more cost efficient. You won’t have to worry about supplying a wait staff or costly table décor because guests will be spending a considerable amount of time traveling between their tables and the buffet. Lastly, reconsider the type of food you will be serving. Try opting for lighter finger foods over a full three-course meal. Not sure what’s the best fit for you? Touch base with your caterer to brainstorm ideas!

Entertainment
Scaling back doesn’t mean your wedding entertainment has to suffer. If the band you booked is stretching your budget a little thin, think about going with a DJ instead. Booking a DJ is a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck. Wedding DJs not only provide music, they can emcee and supply lighting for the reception.

Planning a wedding may not always go according to your pre-planned budgeting goals. However, there are endless ways to scale back and still create the same wedding experience you envisioned from the start!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Amelia and Brett’s Palm Event Center Wedding on Every Last Detail

We’re in love with our latest wedding feature on The Every Last Detail! Amelia and Brett’s purple, California wedding was a total eye-catcher from the vibrant bouquets to the stunning views of the Palm Event Center vineyard. We’re so grateful to have been the DJ for the newlywed’s special day. Click here for the full feature with photos by Blueberry Photography!

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

October Events

Can you believe it’s October already? We’re a bit in shock at how quickly 2015 is going by, but we’re surely having fun with it! This month, we hope you’ll join in on the fun and come out for our DJ meet-and-greet on October 17 from 10am to 12pm. It sure would make our day to meet you!

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Kirsten and Tobey’s Glamorous Wedding at Casa Real

We gave you a sneak peek at Kirsten and Tobey’s big day a few weeks back and we couldn’t wait to share! This Casa Real wedding was unforgettable and we were delighted to be a part of their special day! Read on for all the juicy details…

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Elegant crystal chandeliers lit up Kirsten and Tobey’s ceremony area, along with their delicate selection of floating candles in glass vases.

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Crystal chandeliers also played a part in the reception, as did a soft GOBO print wash on the dance floor. Kirsten, Tobey, and their family and friends made great use of the dance floor (lots of happy, sore feet at the end of the night!) and we loved having the opportunity to DJ for them! Their playlist was on point and even the guest requests were lots of fun. 🙂

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Congratulations to this incredible pair – you two are an inspiration to all and we wish you all the very best! Here’s to you, Kirsten and Tobey!

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Our deepest gratitude goes out to Jessica Angeline Photography today for sharing these awe-inspiring photos!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Sneak Peek: Kirsten and Tobey’s Casa Real Wedding

Kirsten and Tobey’s Casa Real wedding stole our hearts – and with good reason! These two were a delight to work with and we’re excited to be sharing their big day with you today. Elegant chandeliers, a custom GOBO print wash, a fun photo booth, and our DJ’s specialty tunes helped turn this pair’s white wedding into a dream come true.

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A huge shoutout to Jessica Angeline Photography for capturing such incredible photos! Check out her behind-the-lens view of Kirsten and Tobey’s big day on her blog and tune in later this month as we look at this wonderful wedding.

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Exciting News from WIPA!

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We are delighted to announce that we’ve been selected as a finalist for WIPA’s 2015 Excellence Awards! We’ve been chosen as a finalist for the DJ category and we look forward to joining all of the other wonderful finalists next Tuesday, September 15 at the WIPA Awards Ceremony at the Wedding MBA. Fingers crossed!

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Jessica and Chris’ Palm Event Center Wedding on Wedding Chicks!

Be still our hearts! We’re over the moon to share our latest feature on Wedding Chicks of Jessica and Chris’ wonderful celebration at Palm Event Center. Don’t miss the fun wedding – check it out here!

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Kudos to Hazy Lane Studios for the stunning shots!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Visit Us in September!

School buses are warming up, leaves are starting to turn, and the air is getting a bit crisper – that’s right, it’s September and fall is fast approaching! With September getting into full swing, we invite you to our monthly DJ meet-and-greet on September 19, from 10 am to 12 pm.

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(Incidentally, our meet-and-greet falls on International Talk Like a Pirate Day – so we hope to see you there, matey! Argh!)

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

How To: Dress Up the Dance Floor

Generally, the dance floor is the spot that gets the most action during a wedding. With people moving and grooving, it’s important to dress up the dance floor without making it difficult for guests to show off their moves. It also plays the setting for your first dance, so it should exude romance! Let’s look at some ways to make a splash at your reception and get everyone on their feet!

Overhead Lighting
Chandeliers and other hanging lighting options can provide an intimate atmosphere, akin to dancing under the stars. It can also offer a wonderful focal point upon entering the reception area – the perfect way to ‘wow’ your guests! These lighting options are classy, while also being functional. Additional lighting effects can be added to increase that ‘wow’ factor, so keep reading for more inspiration!

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Washes
GOBO pattern washes are a wonderful way to customize your wedding and add a special touch to the reception area. These pattern washes can be customized to your preferences and can be projected onto the floor or onto the walls – it’s completely up to you!

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Photo Credit: Hazy Lane Studios

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Monograms
Why not personalize your wedding in the ultimate fashion? Custom monograms of your and your partner’s names or initials are a lovely touch and are the perfect addition for that first dance!

Drapery
If there’s one thing that can add drama and dynamics to a dance floor, it’s drapery! Drapery comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes, so there is surely an option to match your chosen theme. As the fabric is quite versatile, drapery can be used in a number of different ways, so it’s time to get creative!

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Give your guests a wedding to remember and dress up your dance floor!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

August Events

Bogni_Montoya_FairyTalePhotography_20121001at203615_0_lowWhen your wedding comes around, you won’t want to forget your dancing shoes! Are you still looking for a quality professional DJ for your wedding? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Fantasy Sound would love the opportunity to be a part of your big day and we can’t wait to learn more about how we can make it all the more special.

Visit us on August 22 from 10 am to 12 pm for our monthly DJ meet-and-greet and get to know our talented DJs, up close and personal. Want to join in on the fun? RSVP for August’s meet-and-greet here – we can’t wait to meet you!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

 

Amy and Mike’s Dazzling Wedding at Palm Event Center!

We’re crazy about Amy and Mike’s Palm Event Center wedding and who could blame us? From Amy’s sparkling hairpiece and elegant lace gown to the glorious floral arrangements, they had quite the fairytale wedding. We were delighted to not only provide the lighting for their big day, but we also had the opportunity to DJ and provide a photobooth for the lovely couple. Our deepest gratitude goes out to Amy and Mike for including us on such a special day!

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Take a peek at the full feature on Lyndsay Undseth‘s blog! We loved working with her and she has quite a way with the lens. 🙂

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

James and John’s Stunning Palm Event Center Wedding

A huge shoutout to James and John and their fabulous wedding at the Palm Event Center – your love inspires us. It was truly a day to remember, so be sure to read on to see it in all its glory!

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Brian_Cariaso_Apollo_Fotografie_Fine_Art_Wedding_Photo__Video_ApolloFotografieJJ43_low Oh, and aren’t you just crazy about their custom monogram? We couldn’t contain our excitement when they asked for a San Francisco skyline – we adored the opportunity to share our love for our City by the Bay!

Brian_Cariaso_Apollo_Fotografie_Fine_Art_Wedding_Photo__Video_ApolloFotografieJJ44_low Congratulations James and John on your everlasting love and commitment. We were so honored to be a part of your special day and we hope married life is treating you well!Brian_Cariaso_Apollo_Fotografie_Fine_Art_Wedding_Photo__Video_ApolloFotografieJJ82_lowOur thanks go out to Apollo Fotografie for sharing their images with us – they’re phenomenal!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

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Michele and Matthew’s Casa Real Wedding on Black Tie Bride!

We’re honored to see one of our weddings featured on The Black Tie Bride! Michele and Matthew’s gorgeous Casa Real wedding took a classic gold and ivory theme and turned it into something beyond fabulous. Hooray for stunning photography from Dana Todd Photography!

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From our side, we provided elegant crystal chandeliers, as well as a patterned GOBO wash and a custom monogram (to go with the monogrammed tiered cake!), which added to the luxurious feel of their big day. We had the pleasure of DJing as well – we always love serving our Fantasy Sound couples to the extreme!

Check out the full feature here!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Chris and Jessica’s Vineyard Wedding at Palm Event Center

Hip hip hooray! We never get tired of seeing our wedding features, so today we’re sharing Chris and Jessica’s wedding at Palm Event Center on Hazy Lane Studio’s blog!  Their wedding was lit with gorgeous 30-light iron chandeliers and a custom GOBO wash for ultimate romance! We also were lucky enough to DJ this exciting wedding – but you’ll just have to check out the pictures to see the wedding in all its glory!

Our kudos go to Hazy Lane Studios for such wonderful pictures – a true talent!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

July Events

Are you spending your summer planning your wedding poolside? Well then it’s time to take a break, and come see us! We love the summer (must be that California blood!) and we want to share our favorite season with you. This month, we’ll be hosting our monthly DJ meet-and-greet on July 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Haven’t been able to make it out before? Now’s the time to meet our top DJs and get to know what they can do for your wedding day! Invite the whole crew – we want to meet you and your loved ones and learn more about your big plans!

If interested, please RSVP with our online form so we can look forward to meeting you! Hope to see you there!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.