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6 Wedding Traditions Couples are Skipping in 2023

Like the seasons, trends move swiftly, and the wedding industry is no stranger to change. While weddings are known for traditions, many couples are switching things up and bringing their unique flavor to the mix. If you’re not a fan of the wedding march, don’t worry! You’re not alone. There are plenty of ways to customize your wedding to reflect you and your partner. So, wondering what to keep or change? Here are six wedding traditions couples are skipping in 2023.

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Playing hot potato with the bouquet 

We’ve seen a bouquet toss in every romantic comedy we’ve ever watched. However, this tradition is losing traction. Nowadays, couples want to preserve their flowers by planting them in a garden or drying them for a display. Some also believe this trend is too cheesy for their liking, while others feel it’s a bit sexist for their taste. So enjoy your flowers, and if throwing the bouquet is a tradition you can’t picture your day without, go for it!

Requiring best man or maid of honor speeches 

Did someone say public speaking? Count us out! There’s nothing simple about speaking in front of a crowd, especially when achieving the perfect balance of wittiness and charm is expected. Now that some couples aim for more intimate celebrations, there’s no time for multiple toasts. 

Retiring this tradition is undoubtedly a relief for future best men and maids of honor with social anxiety. So, if you’re not a fan of this to-do, scratch it from your timeline and focus on dancing the night away. 

Capturing family photos    

It’s no secret that tensions run high in some families. As a result, keeping clashing family members separate during a photoshoot is tough. That’s why many couples would much rather skip family photos altogether. Instead, you can capture candid moments with a photographer and rent a photo booth as a fun addition to your reception.   

Being given away

While walking down the aisle with a parental figure seems sweet, some modern couples point out that it can feel objectifying to be given away to someone else. No one should feel like a package en route to someone’s home. Alternatively, you can stride down the aisle by yourself or walk hand-in-hand with your partner. Of course, making your way to the altar with a parent or guardian can be an empowering experience if you always imagined it. Just do what feels good to you!

Appointing separate sides at your ceremony

Why designate separate sides when you can give your guests free rein? The latest trend allows friends and family to sit wherever they like. This seating approach is ideal for couples with similar friends who want to avoid awkward conversations about why someone sits in a certain spot. Skip the drama and instead let people find their own seats.

Sticking with old-school playlists 

Remember what we said about the wedding march? It’s okay to switch out traditional songs for ones that better represent your relationship. While the wedding march is a triumphant and classic tune, it’s not for everyone. 

More couples are opting for unique songs throughout their ceremony. So whether you play an Ed Sheeran ballad or an upbeat instrumental, it’s much more fun to customize a playlist that fits your taste.

When it comes to weddings, trends are constantly changing, and new traditions are blossoming. So go traditional or unique, but whatever you do, make sure your wedding is the perfect representation of who you are as a couple!

Casa Real Events Wedding | Joe and Megan

Today, we’re giving you a glimpse into a dazzling Casa Real wedding to celebrate the union of Joe and Megan. It’s a delight to work at Casa Real and witness how they customize their venue to bring personal touches representing the striking couple.     

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At the entrance of Casa Real, Joe and Megan share a kiss in front of a gorgeous fountain surrounded by greenery. The pop of the wood detailing of the arched doors and stone front blends the romantic elements of the architecture. 

Look as the loving couple enjoys a moment among the blossoming roses and rich plants, bringing color and brightness to their beautiful day!

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Casa Real’s natural stone exterior makes for the perfect contrast to the white bouquets and deep wine-colored bridesmaid dresses. 

Meanwhile, the castle-esque backdrop sets the stage for a classy shot with the groom and his groomsmen posing together in front of the fountain.

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Megan and Joe

With a grand fountain with Spanish accents and antique light fixtures, the bride and her father are treated to a stunning entrance.

At the altar, the sweet couple share their vows beneath a fairytale archway of green vines. The white stone pillars elevate the grandeur, making the moment more memorable.

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As guests moved to the reception hall, it was hard to miss the dazzling crystal chandelier lighting up the dance floor with sheer white ceiling swag extending across the space, creating a magnificent sight. 

But that wasn’t the only thing taking centerstage — white rose bouquets dressed up each table as simple, classic centerpieces!

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Joe and Megan’s first dance had their guests in awe as the floral gobo wash design speckled across the dance floor and illuminated the beautiful couple. 

And we can’t forget about the photo booth, where friends and loved ones crowded in for a fun photo op!

Megan and Joe Real California Wedding

Join us in celebrating Joe and Megan. May the next chapter be full of joy and laughter!

 

We would love to extend our gratitude to the following creative partners who contributed to this beautiful Casa Real wedding!

 

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8 Old-School Classics to Fill Your Wedding Playlist

When it comes to wedding planning, plenty of decisions are on your plate. From selecting caterers and local venues to creating the guest list, you may feel something is missing on your checklist. But one thing you don’t want to forget about is your wedding playlist. Music brings your special day to life while getting the party started.

Whether you’re searching for a funky beat or a romantic ballad, there are plenty of tunes you can use to fill your wedding playlist. But if you don’t know where to start, here are eight classics to complete your wedding day and fill the dance floor.

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Photography: Hazy Lane Studios

  1. Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely

This upbeat R&B and soul track is not only a favorite among wedding couples but will immediately melt hearts all over the dance floor.

  1. Train – Marry Me

There’s nothing like a sweet ballad to keep the crowds in awe. With lyrics lending themselves to forgetting your troubles and starting a new chapter of your life, you will feel like you’re falling in love all over again. 

  1. Etta James – At Last

Reminding listeners that the long-awaited moment has finally arrived, this beautiful melody is the perfect song to debut your love and new life together.

  1. Ed Sheeran – Perfect

While everyone is head over heels for love at first sight, Ed Sheeran’s Perfect is a sweeping anthem celebrating imperfections through the companion’s eyes. With soft vocals over piano keys, this song will make you two feel like you’re the only ones in the room.

  1. Elton John – Your Song

Imagine a song dedicated to you on your special day. This simple ballad is sure to bring a swelling sense of love through its blend of lyrics and soulful singing. 

  1. Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

A beautiful classic, Unchained Melody allows you to slow down and savor the moment with your partner. This gem is perfect if you’re searching for a song with a slower tempo. 

  1. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight

This jazzy tune will surely transport you back to a simpler time. The trumpets and Sinatra’s vocal crescendos will leave you with a bright sparkle in your eyes. 

  1. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

Looking for an uplifting tune? I’m Yours features a simple combo – a ukulele and vocals. As soon as the ukulele plays, you will find yourself swaying in your partner’s arms with guests bobbing their heads (or lighting up the room with their phones).  

  1. Shania Twain – From This Moment On

From the country legend Shania Twain, this power ballad hits the core of love with a gorgeous resolute of marching into the future with the love of your life. It’s an excellent choice for the first dance or first kiss. 

  1. Hall and Oates – You Make My Dreams

Who says happy endings only happen in movies? Hall and Oates beg to differ! You make my dreams is a fun bop perfect for dancing, laughing, and getting everyone up out of their seats.

We hope this vault of classics inspires you to pick the songs that speak to your heart and fill your day with endless memories. For more assistance with your wedding details, RSVP to our next Event Services Showcase today!

Krysten and Quang California wedding

Casa Real Wedding | Krysten + Quang

Krysten and Quang were treated to a gorgeous wedding day for a gorgeous couple! We love showcasing the love that radiates from our couples during their big day, and this special wedding was no exception.

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Romantic yet moody vibes set the scene for Krysten and Quang’s New Year’s Eve nuptials, all the way from their first look to the big countdown.

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Now, what’s more memorable than glittering stars everywhere you turn? Our dazzling market light curtain and twinkling chandelier transport the starlit sky into the comfort of Casa Real’s spacious ballroom.

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Beauty shone from every corner, from the glowing couple to the elegant table designs. You can tell how much thought Krysten and Quang put into their big day!

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As for the holiday mood lightning, the real secret weapons were our uplighting and the warm glow of candles throughout the space. 

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Congratulations Krysten and Quang! May you two have a long and happy marriage!

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A huge thank you to the wonderful vendors — this beautiful day wouldn’t have been possible without all of you!

Photography: Leo Pham Photography | @leophamphotographer

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents 

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents 

Wedding DJ Guest Requests

Should Your Wedding DJ Allow Guest Requests?

When you’re planning a wedding, one of the many decisions you’ll make on the way to the aisle is the type of music and entertainment you’ll have for guests. Do you hire a DJ or a live band? Do you create your own playlist or let them run with it? 

While DJs bring a lot to the table (no pun intended), it’s important to select a wedding DJ you can trust to keep the party alive. And in searching for the best fit, you’ll want to ask the all-important question:

How do you handle song requests as a wedding DJ?

There’s only one right answer: It’s up to you! A great wedding DJ leaves that decision to the couple, as it’s a matter of preference. 

While we leave it up to our couples, we generally support guest requests as it adds an element of interaction to the celebration. If guests pick songs they love, it will surely get them on the dance floor! (Plus, there may even be some jams you forgot about in the shuffle of planning your wedding!)

Wedding DJ Guest Requests

But accepting guest requests doesn’t mean you lose control of your wedding vibe. Here are a few suggestions for opening the floor while maintaining the right energy:

Collect song requests before the wedding.

A popular way to involve guests in the party process early is by asking for song requests on the RSVP card. This will get your guests thinking about your big day and, when the wedding day arrives, they’ll be excited to hear their song! To jazz it up even more, consider placing RSVP cards conveniently for the wedding DJ to pick them out and shoutout your guests’s requests. Nothing brings the hype like a spotlight!

Create a “do not play” list.

Don’t worry about hearing songs you hate on your wedding day. If there are certain songs you can’t stand, create a “do not play” list to share with your DJ! That way, you aren’t surprised by a song that makes you cringe on the dance floor. That goes for those overplayed wedding songs that might feel a bit cliché for your big day. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries with the songs you don’t like!

Discuss expectations with your DJ.

Of course, most couples’ main concern is that someone will request a song they hate or one that isn’t appropriate for the rest of their guests. (There’s no need to make grandma blush on your wedding day!) That’s why working with an experienced DJ is essential. 

A DJ with wedding experience will know which requests are worth taking and which aren’t a good fit for your big day. It’s their job to keep a pulse on the vibe of the party, so you can trust a seasoned DJ to take all requests with a grain of salt. 

Make sure to set clear parameters around the style of songs you would like played. Just like your well-considered decor, your music needs to fit the vibe too. So share all the details, like your favorite artists, whether explicit music can be played, and which genres you would like to avoid. 

Remember: This is your big day and your wedding DJ is there to make it all the better! Just like your other vendors, it’s vital to find a DJ you love and feel comfortable working with. After all, the DJ runs the party — so pick the best party manager you can!

Venue Spotlight: Ruby Hill Golf Club

Ruby Hill Golf Club, located in Pleasanton, California, is ready to book your big day! Ruby Hill provides the perfect setup for any wedding style with a plethora of wonderful additions. 

Ruby Hill Golf Club Ballroom

Photo Credit: Shani Studios

Their beautiful venue offers a variety of event spaces, including:

  • The Clubhouse Ballroom: This stunning space features a grand staircase with a spacious ballroom and balconies with breathtaking views. You don’t want to miss out on the two-story event space with lots of natural light!
  • The Grille: No wedding day is complete without an outdoor cocktail hour in the beautiful Southern California weather. The Grille is an outdoor covered area for the most perfect cocktail hour!
  • Outdoor Ceremony Space: This little slice of heaven features a pergola with flowers and vines to serve as the perfect ceremony backdrop.

There are two dressing areas for wedding party members to get ready and enjoy the day. 

Ruby Hill Golf Club has plenty of additional benefits for couples as well, including:

  • Complimentary dance floor 
  • Complimentary cheese and fruit with champagne in each dressing room 
  • Five and a half hours of dedicated time for the ceremony and/or reception 
  • On-site catering and event staff 
  • Tables and chairs for up to 250 guests 
  • Table linens and linen napkins 
  • China, glass, and flatware 
  • Complimentary on-site parking

Are you ready to see this dreamy space for yourself? Give our friends at Ruby Hill Golf Club a call! 

Phone Number – (925) 417-5840

Address – 3400 W Ruby Hill Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94566

helpful wedding planning resources

Wedding Planning Roundup: Helpful Resources

Wedding planning shouldn’t be stressful! With a few tips, tricks, and support, the journey to the aisle can be fun, enjoyable, and stress-free. Lucky for you, we’ve done a little research for you!

Here are some helpful resource to guide you along the way.

Ten Wedding Things You May Hesitate Spending Money on (But Will Be Glad You Did) (Wedding Chicks)

You only plan your dream wedding once, so let’s be sure you get it right! Here are a few tips from the experts. Check it out!

Eight Wedding Shortcuts to Avoid (Brooklyn Bride)

It’s so easy to get planning fatigue and want to cut corners. Trust us, cutting corners will not make your life easier (or your wedding better)! Give this article a read, so you don’t cut the important corners. 

Seventy Best Processional Songs for Your Wedding Party (Brides)

Are you having trouble choosing the perfect processional song for your perfect wedding party? Let’s narrow that list down a bit and review some of the best!

Having a Small Wedding Party? How to Have the Awkward Conversation with Friends (Brides) 

No one likes feeling left out or having tough conversations, so this article is here to help you! Those talks don’t have to be hard; follow the tips in this post to make it an easy discussion.

Groom Duties: The Ultimate Groom Checklist (Brides) 

Even though it’s easy to joke that the groom has it easy, let’s help him out a bit, shall we? Here’s the list he needs in his hands for the big day. 

With a handful of helpful tips and a little bit of knowledge, your wedding planning won’t have to be stressful, and you can enjoy every step of the process!

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.

4 Outdoor Adventures for Your Livermore Wedding

There is never a wrong time to get married in Livermore, California. The weather is gorgeous year-round, so beautiful wedding pictures are a guarantee! And if your guests are coming from out of town, there are plenty of outdoor opportunities to keep them (and you!) busy during their stay. 

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite local gems for your loved ones to enjoy, whether they’re seeking an adrenaline-filled weekend or prefer a calmer stroll through nature.

Brushy Peak Reserve 

Brushy Peak Reserve 

Talk about the perfect escape! Brushy Peak Reserve is typically less crowded than some of the other nature attractions in the area Plus, it’s free to enter (bonus!). 

These sun-filled trails are accommodating to many different types of adventure. However, you won’t want to forget your sunscreen! Whether you’re bringing horses or dogs or your favorite running shoes and bicycle with you, there are plenty of options to welcome you to your next scenic adventure. 

East Bay Del Valle Regional Park District

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While more developed than Brushy Peak, East Bay Del Valle it comes with its perks! If you’re looking for a place to swim, sail, fish, kayak, or boat, this lakeside adventure awaits. 

Don’t know where you want to start? The visitor center can direct you to the right location for you and your loved ones. Be sure to bring some money with you; there will be a few fees or costs associated with things such as entrance, parking, or adventures out on the water, but rest assured it will be worth it!

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Center

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Shadow Cliffs has something for everyone! There are numerous trails to accommodate hikers of all experience levels. The world is your oyster, from beginner trails to trails ranging up to 118 feet in elevation! 

Want to cool off with a dip in the lake? Seasonal swimming is also available, along with a refreshment stand. Across 80 acres, there’s plenty of room for you and your guests to stretch out and explore!

Sycamore Grove Park 

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As part of the Livermore Area Recreation and Parks Department, park rangers give free guided walks throughout the 847-acre park. So whether you’re looking for paved or dirt paths to enjoy, you have plenty of options for your hiking, biking, walking, or riding needs. There is a small parking fee, but feel free to leave your wallet in the car. You won’t need it after that!

No matter where you and your guests choose, you will not be disappointed! Livermore, California is a wonderful destination to get away and celebrate your loved ones thanks to its beauty and charm. 

So whether you and your guests are spending time adventuring pre or post-wedding, or you’re enjoying your big day in the beautiful outdoors, your guests will thank you for the beautiful time they enjoyed celebrating you and your partner.

Event Services Showcase

LAST CALL: Event Services Showcase – Jan. 13

The clock is ticking — have you RSVPed for next week’s Event Services Showcase? Join us on January 13 for a step inside the Fantasy Sound experience. We can’t wait to have you!

Here’s what you can expect at our Event Services Showcase:

  • Answers to all of your questions from our amazing team of event pros
  • A chance to try out our photo booth for yourself
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with our crew of DJs
  • An up-close look at the lighting fixtures we’re known for

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Make sure to pack your planning notebook because you’ll gather ideas, inspiration, and advice to support your journey! Consider us your partner in event planning — all we have to do now is meet and make it official. We’re ready when you are. #LetsDoThis

Just make sure to RSVP for one of these time slots to save your spot:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

Save my seat for the Jan. 13 Showcase!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a meet-and-greet, which means there will be other couples in attendance. This allows us to highlight our many products and services to the group at once.

With that said, we’d love to connect with you one-on-one! If you are ready to book with Fantasy Sound or want to schedule a personal consultation, we are happy to accommodate that as well!

We are available for consultations from Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

Save The Date: Event Services Showcase – Jan. 13

Won’t you join us as we ring in the New Year with our next Event Services Showcase? Come out on January 13 and see why we’re the top event lighting & entertainment provider around!

Meet with our team of professionals, test out our photo booth (props included!), see our renowned lighting fixtures up close and personal, and talk wedding playlists with our amazing DJs. It’s the ultimate Fantasy Sound experience, and we’d love to see you!

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You’ll walk away with ideas, advice, and information to provide plenty of event inspiration — and maybe even a follow-up appointment to kick off the planning. So make sure to bring your questions and event details. We hope to see you at our Event Services Showcase on January 13!

Just make sure to RSVP for one of these time slots to save your spot:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

RSVP for the Event Services Showcase!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a meet-and-greet, which means there will be other couples in attendance. This allows us to highlight our many products and services to the group at once.

However, If you are looking to connect one-on-one or are ready to book with Fantasy Sound, we are happy to accommodate that as well!

We invite you to schedule a personal consultation from Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Need something outside of those times? We’d love to accommodate you. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

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4 Reasons We Love Winter Weddings

Winter is quite a romantic season, making it perfect for saying “I do.” There’s no better time for couples to cozy up by a fire, go ice skating, or enjoy a lovely evening stroll. Here in California, we all love a little winter coziness and are complete suckers for dreamy winter weddings!

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Whether you’re still deciding on your wedding season or you’re eagerly anticipating a wintry celebration of your own, here are some of our favorite things about winter weddings!

You can get creative with your menu.

Whether you’re going for a grand affair with hundreds of guests or prefer to keep the celebration small and intimate, food and drinks should never be overlooked when planning your wedding!

What’s great about winter weddings is that you don’t have to limit attendees to the usual chicken or beef options. The cold weather means anything goes—as long as it’s hot! You can get more creative with the menu by serving crowd-pleasing comfort foods and seasonal cocktails and beverages. Hearty soups, stews, classic mac and cheese, spiked apple cider, hot cocoas, and mulled wine are all worth considering.

You get your pick of some beautiful color palettes.

Who said winter weddings had to be boring or monochromatic? Couples often add touches of deep jewel tones such as red, burgundy, navy blue, and emerald green in their decorations. They add an element of elegance, and are quite a sight when paired with metallic accents! And with or without snow, the rich colors make a striking contrast against the overall grayness of the weather.

A winter wedding also never fails to create a romantic and cozy vibe. If you want to set a homey, inviting mood on your big day, you can add touches of rich browns and tans to evoke campfires and snug log cabins.   

You will have more vendor availability with less budget.

Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life, and we know you want to create the most magical, memorable celebration possible. The vendors you pick can make or break your event, so it’s vital to put a lot of careful thought into choosing them! In the winter, vendors have more availability, so you’ll have a better chance at creating your dream team.

And of course, you also need to consider your budget because you don’t want to dip into your long-term savings or go into debt planning your wedding. Luckily, you have a good shot at booking highly-rated, sought-after vendors, and snagging their services at a lower rate! Why? Because winter is “off-season” in the wedding industry, so you’ll often see a drop in prices. It’s almost too good to be true!  

Your guests will be eager to join.

Many couples choose to say their “I do’s” during the summer. By hosting yours in the winter, you don’t have to worry about competing with other weddings or summer vacations! Plus, most of your guests will likely have additional time off for the holidays, so it won’t take much convincing to extend their breaks to accommodate your wedding. It’ll be much easier to get all of your favorite people in the world together for the celebration of the season!

As they say, winter is the most wonderful time of the year! If a wintry wonderland wedding is in your sights, you’re making a great choice. Enjoy your wedding preparations!

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New Press: Elizabeth Anne Designs

New press alert! We’re delighted to see Kevin included in this fun roundup on Elizabeth Anne Designs about the wedding traditions to keep and the ones to let go!

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Kevin speaks to the freedom of limiting toasts at a wedding for the sake of the event timeline. Check out the full feature for more wedding tradition insights!

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!

Event Services Showcase

REMINDER: Event Services Showcase is BACK!

Have you signed up for our Event Services Showcase yet? It’s just around the corner, so you have just over a week to register and join us for our first showcase back in action! Come out to meet the Fantasy Sound team and learn more about the products and services we provide to bring your event to life.

Event Services Showcase

Next Wednesday, we’re hosting three sessions:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

Check out our renowned lighting fixtures in their full glory, pop into our photo booth and say cheese, and get to know the folks who will turn your dream into a reality.

I’m in! Sign me up!

Looking to connect one-on-one? Let’s do it!
You can schedule a personal consultation from Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

How to Budget for Wedding Lighting + Entertainment

Marriage is an important milestone in a couple’s lives and is often seen as the beginning of happily ever after. A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so it’s no surprise that many couples want to celebrate it in the best way possible. This involves months, or even years, of planning every detail so that their vision comes to life and everything is perfect on the big day. One of the trickiest yet most crucial parts of wedding planning is the budget.

A wedding doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful or meaningful. The couple will likely appreciate their wedding more if they didn’t have to go into debt for it!

Good lighting, however, is one thing couples should not scrimp on. Not only does it allow the guests to appreciate the elements in the room, but it also sets the perfect mood and ambiance. The cost involved can range from $200 to $5,000, depending on the chosen venue and the couple’s requirements. For example, outdoor weddings often need more lighting, for practicality as well as aesthetics.

And of course, while guests may forget the exact flowers in the bride’s bouquet, the flavor of the wedding cake, or the calligraphy on the invitation, they’ll never forget the experience! The ceremony, the dancing, and the music are what your guests will remember forever. Entertainment is one thing you shouldn’t overlook when planning your event.

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For those who need help budgeting for their wedding, here are some valuable tips:  

Organize your wedding budget.

Whether you are planning a simple wedding or a grand affair, an organized wedding budget spreadsheet is a must! This simple tool allows you to keep track of how funds were designated along the way and how much money is left. It will keep all the important numbers in one place and help you make more realistic decisions.

Work together to budget for your must-haves.

Whether it’s the budget or event details, it is vital for couples to be on the same page about their wedding. This involves discussing and understanding each other’s preferences. The final decision should take into account both their joint and individual needs to ensure the wedding budget is allocated to keep both partners happy.

Do your research from the start.

Do you want to book a DJ or a ten-piece band? Have you decided whether a custom monogram wash or a gorgeous chandelier is needed? What you agree on determines how much you spend, so do your research beforehand. Then, when you start interviewing vendors and getting more involved in the process, you’ll know exactly what you need!

Connect with lighting & entertainment companies.

Getting estimates from the companies you’re interested in will help create a realistic budget for the wedding and reception. Plus, it will help you compare packages to ensure you’re getting what you want at the best rate. Just be sure to check in on companies’ online reviews to ensure they’ve kept other clients happy!

There you have it! Having a detailed budget plan from the start can save you an incredible amount of time, energy, and resources. If you need more help with your wedding lighting and entertainment, let’s chat!

4 Tips to Keep Wedding Guests on the Dance Floor

When you think about the weddings you’ve attended in the past, what do you remember most? Do you remember the flavor of the cake or what was served for dinner? Or, are your greatest memories about breaking it down on the dance floor with your favorite people?

Thought so. 

When you’re planning your wedding, it’s essential to book a DJ that will serve as an expert emcee and infuse your wedding night with energy.

Here are four other ways to get the party going!

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Kick off the party the right way

Transitioning from dinner to dancing can be challenging if you don’t take the energy up a notch. Fortunately, a great DJ will know just the trick! With the right set of upbeat songs and a natural hype master on the mic, your guests will be fighting their way to the dance floor. Consider starting out with a dance competition to build the excitement from the start of the evening!

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Set the mood with lighting

Even the best tunes won’t inspire your guests to boogie if the lighting isn’t right. Stuffy overhead lighting will have people feeling uncomfortable and unlikely to hit the dance floor. Dim the lights and use some colored uplights to create the right ambience to match your playlist. If you want to go the extra mile, add in some romantic market lights for a sweet and inviting setting.

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Mix it up throughout the night

Not everyone shares the same taste in music, so be sure to mix up your playlist with songs from a variety of genres. When you work with an experienced wedding DJ, they will help you settle on the perfect blend of top 40s, hip hop, jazz, oldies, and dance music. That way, you can be certain that all of your guests will have a chance to show off their moves.

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Set a shining example on the dance floor

If the dance floor is looking sparse, hop up and show them how it’s done! At a wedding, guests tend to follow the newlyweds’ lead — so, go on and get your groove on. Pull up your wedding party members to join you and you’ll be filling the dance floor before you know it. Did someone say dance circle!?

 

There you have it — four easy ways to build the hype and host a wedding party your guests will never forget!

8 Songs to Include on Every Wedding Playlist

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Choosing the right DJ to host your wedding is challenging. But, that’s not all —you also have to select the must-have songs that need to make it to your wedding playlist. 

Your wedding playlist should bring back moments of nostalgia, speak to your love story, and show your guests a great time as they celebrate your nuptials. 

We have compiled a list of perennial songs that will gather all your guests onto the dance floor—or even showcase their vocals. As the saying goes: No matter the age difference, music proves we are all the same.

So, let’s kick this list off:

 

“I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas

This song gives a solid 30 seconds of beat build-up — perfect timing for people to run to the dance floor! Once the lyrics start playing, how can anybody deny that your wedding will be a good night? After all, isn’t a wedding all about the feelings?

 

“September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire

Who can forget the night of the 21st of September? Don’t worry — this song is a great fit no matter what month you tie the knot!  The joy is in the melody and you can rest assured all of your guests know this jam.  

 

“Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities

This song is an energy-builder—it carries a good tempo for the dancers and head boppers. The lyrics say, “You could be my luck; even if the sky is falling down, I know that we’ll be safe and sound.” How can it not be added?

 

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston

What is a wedding reception without listening to the Prom Queen of Soul? Just picture yourself dancing the night away in the arms of your beloved. Now, imagine your loved ones doing the same thing all around you. Win-win!

 

“Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun

With a catchy beat, this Indie Alternative sing-along song is a MUST! Aside from its upbeat tempo, the lyrics pay tribute to a love that makes lovers feel like they are walking on a dream! Sound familiar?  

 

“Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees

Transport your guest to the 1970s, a la Saturday Night Fever! All your guests will smile as they sing along with the dynamic trio and their unmistakable falsetto. Trust us, you will have feet on the dance floor and mouths belting out the tune with this song on the list.

 

“Crazy in Love” by Beyonce

You don’t need to be in the Beyhive to appreciate this bouncy hit that’s all about love! The dramatic intro of trumpets calls for everybody to make their way onto the dance floor. Everybody will be ready to get crazy in love shaking their tail feathers away!

 

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

It’s Frank Sinatra! Need we say more? This 1964 classic will have everybody swaying on the dance floor. Imagine hearing, “There is nothing for me, but to love you and the way you look tonight,” as you dance the night away. (Heart melts!) 

Feeling inspired to pull out the archives for the best songs that speak of your love? Get to it! Picking pieces for your wedding playlist can be tricky. Be sure to talk to your DJ and ask for help. Share the list you currently have (as well as those songs you can’t stand!) and gauge their thoughts on it. Have your DJ suggest popular wedding songs to add to the mix. After all, this list is the fun, endless one. 

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.

Should I hire a DJ?

When it comes to wedding entertainment, there are a lot of choices available. Some opt for a live band, others choose to go with a DJ, while still others think an automated playlist will suffice. The decision can be a tough one, so read on as we discuss some of the considerations to keep in mind.

What does your budget look like?
Take a look at your overall budget, as well as how much you have allocated to the entertainment category. Live bands are the costliest option for music, whereas DJs can be much more budget-friendly. Of course, the iPod playlist is always an option for casual get-togethers, but we highly encourage avoiding this route unless you’re ok with occasional lulls, paid advertisements, and/or the lack of a professional MC.

How much space does the venue have?
This is a major consideration when deciding between a band and a DJ. Regardless of what size a band is, it will take up more space than a solo DJ. When you include their instruments, stage, and other A/V devices, it can add to be a large amount of space. For some, having a live band is well worth it. For others, it may not be the best (or even possible) choice for their venue.

What does your music selection look like?
Do you have a lot of must-have songs? Are you hoping to have a song that isn’t a traditional wedding song? The great thing about a DJ is that they have access to nearly any song that you’d like at your wedding. Bands, on the other hand, are limited to the songs that they already know how to perform. Some will offer to learn new songs for you, but it may come at an extra cost.

There are a lot of considerations to think about when making the decision, so be sure to talk to your partner about it before jumping to any conclusions. It’s your day, so go down the route that will add to your perfect 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.

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Feature: Events by Satra

We love seeing our events through the eyes of our creative partners- just like this fun recap of Mina and Ian’s special day at Palm Event Center! The decor is simply to die for, so be sure to see it for yourself. To see the full feature, check out Events by Satra‘s blog here.fantasy sound

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.

Real Wedding: Alison and Ken’s Wedding at Palm Event Center

We’re thrilled to share Alison and Ken’s gorgeous Palm Event Center wedding with you today! From the warm and inviting outdoor ceremony to the fun and energetic indoor reception, their wedding was truly one for the books. Read on to see more!

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Edison bulbs and LED string lights were quite a lovely touch, but it was the wedding party who stole the show with their drum ceremony!

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These two were so much fun to work with and we were delighted to see their dreams turn into a reality!

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Congratulations, Alison and Ken! Thanks so much for letting us be a part of your day- we are so honored! Also, special thanks to Jenny Soi Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

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

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.

August 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 August 27 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.

Press: Huffington Post

Happy Friday everyone! We were ecstatic to be featured in this Huffington Post roundup about how creatives start their mornings. Kevin’s steadfast rule is to avoid checking e-mails until he gets to work to make sure his mornings are just for him. See the full article 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.

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.

April Events

We’re just loving this gorgeous spring that is upon us! With that, 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 April 9 from 10am through 12pm.

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Photo: Tyler Vu

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.

March Events

We can already feel spring upon us and, with that, we welcome the wedding season with open arms! The offseason is always nice for us to stretch our legs and reevaluate our products and services, but there’s nothing that makes us happier than a busy wedding season. 🙂

Getting married and still looking for a top-tier DJ? Stop by our monthly DJ meet-and-greet on March 19 from 10am to 12pm. All of our DJs are eager to get to know you, so be sure to come on by!

For more information and to register, please visit our RSVP page. We 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.

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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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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.

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Party Add-Ons For Your Reception

Wedding receptions are a venue for guests to let loose and celebrate the union of two newlyweds. Sure, music will be the main source of entertainment, however there are other party add-ons that can enhance your soiree. You’d be surprised by what your DJ could contribute to the reception besides turntables! There are also many companies that offer unique rentals. Elevating the guest experience is what the reception is all about so don’t forget the add-ons!

When deciding on which party add-ons to include during your reception, make the DJ your first stop for suggestions. They are, of course, your entertainment experts! Some DJs are able to throw in fully customizable photo booths with their packages. Couple this with a trunk full of props and you will have another party on your hands! Outside of photo booths, ask about your DJ’s lighting services. Custom monograms and uplighting can completely transform the look and feel of your reception.

After you have sorted out your lighting and photo booth options, set your sights on party rental companies that offer concession items like snow cone and antique popcorn machines. These are an excellent way to keep your guests satisfied between the ceremony and reception. No one can resist the aroma of freshly popped kernels!

Lastly, what’s a party without games? Move the celebration outside with a few rounds of horseshoe or corn hole. If going outside isn’t an option, set board games or puzzles on each table. Whichever avenue you choose, your guests are sure to have a good time breaking the ice with a little friendly competition.

End your wedding night with a bang by throwing a reception that your guests will never forget. You can’t go wrong when you pack great food, music and party add-ons into the ultimate 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.

Melissa and Drew’s Vineyard Wedding

We had so much fun working with Melissa and Drew, so it was quite the enjoyable recap when Events by Satra shared her take of the special wedding! Wente Vineyards played the striking backdrop for their vows and we just loved designing the lighting and creating their solid wedding mix. Oh, and be sure to check out that breathtaking cake! Tune into the full blog post 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.

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.

January Events

With the new year upon us, we want to get to know you! Whether you’re getting married next month or in 2020, we’d love to hear more about your special day. Stop by and say hello or give us a call!

Join us this month at our DJ Meet-and-Greet on January 30th, 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.