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November Event Showcase

Event Services Showcase: November 16

Wouldn’t it put you at ease to have a dependable team to bring your wedding vision to life? We’d like to think so! Luckily, we’re hosting our Event Services Showcase on November 16, so you can get a glimpse of our services and meet the Fantasy Sound team. 

November Event Showcase

Immerse yourself in the magic of our photo booths, chat with our DJs, and take a look at our gorgeous chandeliers. And don’t forget to bring your questions and ideas – we’d love to hear them!

Join us for our following openings:

  • 6:30 pm
  • 7:30 pm
  • 8:30 pm

You can RSVP here to save your space. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Elliston Vineyards

Venue Spotlight: Elliston Vineyards

The Livermore area has a lot to offer couples who are tying the knot! Livermore is home to a diverse selection of wedding venues, so if you’re searching for a gorgeous location to host your special day, you’ve come to the right place. In this Venue Spotlight, we are showcasing the beautiful Elliston Vineyards!

Elliston Vineyards

Photography: Hazy Lane Studios

Elliston Vineyards offers several beautiful spaces, including:

  • Terrace Room: A private reception room set into the hillside with vaulted ceilings and floor-length windows. It’s ideal for indoor events.
  • Outdoor Patio: This outdoor space is perfect for cocktail hour: A wooden deck surrounded by trees and sparkling lights. Plus, it has a wooden gazebo, which serves as an excellent backdrop for pictures. 
  • Garden-Style Ceremonies: Alongside the historic stone mansion, Elliston Vineyard hosts outdoor ceremonies where guests can explore the garden, large lawn, and gazebo.

Engaged couples also receive access to a getting-ready suite, so they can prepare on-site. 

In addition to a gorgeous setting, Elliston Vineyards also offers:

  • Day of coordinator
  • In-house catering
  • Bartender and beverage packages
  • Wine tasting 
  • Parking services and attendants 
  • Head table

Are you ready to view Elliston Vineyards and see if it’s the right venue for you? Get in touch with Elliston Vineyards at info@elliston.com to set up a tour.

Address: 463 Kilkare Rd, Sunol, CA 94586

Phone: (925) 862-2377

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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.

wedding day playlist

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!

Real Fantasy Sound Wedding

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 

Photo of the Month – Edison Bulbs

We love an Edison bulb moment, but what we love even more is how quickly everyone’s eyes go directly to the stars of the show! What more could a couple want than custom lighting design that accents the décor while also naturally drawing all eyes to you? 

Edison bulb

Photography: Kat Ma Photography

Don’t even get us started on the beautiful florals that add a lovely pop of color against our hanging wooden arbor and gilded geometric chandeliers. And the romantic vibes of the silky, textured drapery truly make the white sweetheart table come to life! Champagne uplighting is the perfect finishing touch to set the romantic stage here at Casa Real

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Event Services Showcase: September 14

We’ve missed you during our summer hiatus! We’re back and ready to party, so we hope you’ll join us on September 14 as we kick off our first Event Services Showcase of the fall. 

Fantasy Sound Event Services Showcase

Photography Credit: StillNation Photography

Come check out our photo booths with all the included props, talk playlists with our DJs, and bask in the glow of our chandeliers. We promise you’ll have those creative juices flowing before you leave! 

Be sure to sign up for a timeslot so we can be ready for you! You can join us at 6:30, 7:30, or 8:30 — take your pick. 

If you’re really excited to knock out a bunch of items on your list, feel free to sign up for a 1:1 instead! We are ready and excited to meet with you Tuesday – Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If those times don’t work for you, don’t hesitate to reach out — we can get you on the books another time, no problem! 

Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation!

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!

25 Best Songs for a Wedding

25 Romantic Songs for Your Wedding Ceremony

One of the biggest challenges couples face during the wedding planning process is selecting the perfect music for the wedding ceremony! Music is an integral part of your wedding day and sets the tone for the ceremony, so we understand the pressure.

25 Best Songs for a Wedding

Photography: Kat Ma Photography

But, as any DJ should, we also happen to know some of the best weddings songs around — so let us help!

Here are 25 songs to consider for your big day:

Prelude 

  • Better Together by Jack Johnson
  • Rewrite the Stars by The Piano Guys
  • Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
  • Maestro by Hans Zimmer
  • Fearless by Taylor Swift

Pre-processional

  • Over the Rainbow by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  • Marry Me by Train
  • Baby, I Love Your Way by Peter Frampton
  • Oh, It is Love by Hellogoodbye

Processional

  • Open Arms by Journey
  • How Long Will I Love You? By Ellie Goulding
  • Only Time by Enya
  • You Are The Reason by Calum Scott
  • Beautiful Day by U2

Recessional

  • Hallelujah Chorus (from The Messiah) by George F. Handel
  • Spring Allegro (from The Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi
  • We Found Love by Rihanna and Calvin Harris
  • I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
  • On Top of The World by Imagine Dragons

Postlude

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Tammi Terrell & Marvin Gaye
  • Soldier by Gavin DeGraw
  • For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter, The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia
  • Feelin’ Alright by Joe Cocker
  • I’ve Been Waiting For All My Life by Tootsie

Remember, this is your big day — make it yours! It’s important to work with your DJ or ceremony musicians to create the perfect playlist. Need help? Let’s chat!

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.

questions to ask your DJ

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.

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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New Press: Popped! | Holiday Proposals

With the holidays upon us, we loved seeing Kevin’s latest feature on Popped! as he speaks to planning meaningful holiday proposals!

According to The Knot, peak proposal season falls between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day with 40% (!!) of engagements taking place between November and February. The most popular days are, of course, for holiday proposals:

  • Christmas Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Valentine’s Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving behind us, we are in the early stages of engagement season — and we can already feel the excitement brewing in the wedding industry!

So this feature on Popped! is a timely roundup if you’re considering popping the question in the next few months. Read it here.

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Here’s a tidbit from the article, as Kevin suggests how to celebrate holiday proposals:

Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services says, “One of the best things about planning a proposal around the holidays is that your family and friends will likely already be in town, so you can organize a celebration fairly easy without drawing suspicion. Whether you choose to hold an impromptu engagement party or pop the question during a holiday get-together, you’ll be able to make the occasion even more special by having your loved ones involved.”

Read the full feature on Popped here!

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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!

Event Services Showcase

You’re Invited: Event Services Showcase on November 17

The clock is ticking — our next Event Services Showcase is just around the corner! Join us next Wednesday, November 17, as we show off the exciting new inventory we have in stock along with all of our lighting and décor all-stars.

Event Services Showcase

We can’t wait to meet you and show you how we can help to transform your event design! Bring your questions because we’re ready to answer them ALL.

Our much-loved chandelier selection will be on display alongside other lighting elements for you to see for yourself. Oh, and while you’re here, make sure to take a spin in our Photo Booth!

We have three time slots available for you to choose from:

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

RSVP to the Event Services Showcase!

Looking for a more personal 1:1 consultation? We’ve got you covered. While we won’t be able to accommodate this at our Event Services Showcase, we would love to have you visit our office during business hours to discuss. You can schedule a consultation any time between 10 a.m. – 5  p.m. between Tuesday and Friday, or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We can also make it work Wednesday and Thursday evenings, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Schedule a personal consultation

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New Press: WeddingWire – Vendor Cancellations

Last-minute wedding vendor cancellations sound like a nightmare, right? It certainly isn’t the ideal situation. Rest assured that the rest of your event team knows what to do — especially your wedding planner.

Kevin chimed in on this topic for a roundup on WeddingWire alongside a number of other wedding experts.

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Kevin’s take on vendor cancellations:

“Your planner will help you find a replacement in the blink of an eye. This is what they have been hired to do and will handle it quickly and professionally. They may even consider the vendor team you already have, and one of them might be the solution to the problem.”

See the full article on WeddingWire to learn what to do about a last-minute vendor cancellation!

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RSVP: Upcoming Event Services Showcase!

We had a blast at our first Event Services Showcase back in September! Now, we can’t wait to welcome a new set of couples to our next one in November.

Mark your calendar, as the next Event Services Showcase is set for Wednesday, November 17th. So make sure to RSVP as soon as possible to save your spot and start thinking about what you want to know!

Event Services Showcase

When you visit, you’ll get to meet the Fantasy Sound team, learn about our services, and ask all the questions that have been arising as you plan your big day.

You’ll also get to test out our Photo Booth and see our renowned chandelier selection and other lighting elements up close and in person.

RSVP for one of three time slots:

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

Save my spot at the Event Services Showcase!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a meet-and-greet, which means there will be other couples in attendance. If you are looking to connect one-on-one, we are happy to accommodate that as well!

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. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

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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.

Lucy and Doug’s Romantic Wedding!

Lucy and Doug tied the knot in a romantic red and white ceremony. Take a look at some of the highlights below!

A big thanks to Lori Rittinger Photography for the 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.

Ashley and Jon’s Wedding Celebration!

Another day, another draw dropping wedding! This time we’re highlighting Ashley and Jon’s fun and dramatic day. A big thank you to Travis Watts Photography for all of these great 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.

Instagram Roundup!

It’s time for another roundup highlighting some of our favorite recent weddings- check it out below!

Thuy-Ann & Dominic: A beautiful first dance for a glowing couple.

…and a happily ever after. Congrats you two! #laitheknot2017 #familyreunion #tpxfun

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Nick & Jenna: This wedding was full of fun and romance that we couldn’t get enough of!

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Melanie & Ricky: This couple was so adorable during their first dance, and oh that drapery!

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Don’t miss our Instagram roundups every month on the blog!

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!

We’ve got another fabulous roundup of recent weddings for you! Check out all of the stunning details below:

James & Ann-Jilian: This stylish couple looked truly happy on their big day! 

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Jacob & Shayna: What a beautiful and romantic day this was for this happy pair!

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Thuy Ann & Dominic: This first dance was one we’ll remember!

…and a happily ever after. Congrats you two! #laitheknot2017 #familyreunion #tpxfun

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Stay tuned each month for more of our Instagram Roundups!

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.

Trisha and Jagan’s Casa Real Wedding

Bringing Trisha and Jagan’s wedding to life was so much fun! We just loved all of the beautiful colors and details, and couldn’t wait to feature it! Check out all of the amazing moments below.

A big thank you to Tyler Vu Photography for sharing these beautiful images!

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.

Monica and Jeremy’s Palm Events Center Wedding

We’re so excited to kick off October with Monica and Jeremy’s stunning and romantic wedding at the Palms Event Center! We loved working with this happy couple, and couldn’t be more excited to share their photos.

A big thank you to Lumitone for these beautiful images!

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.

Gabbie and Daniel’s Wedding

Gabbie and Daniel’s fun and rustic wedding was so much fun to be a part of, and we couldn’t wait to feature a few sneak peeks on the blog! Take a look below at this happy pair of newlyweds.

 

 

A big thank you to Andrea Fong Photography for the 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.

Instagram Roundup!

We just can’t get enough of seeing our wonderful couples tie the knot! Take a look at some recent highlights in our Instagram Roundup!

Desiree & Jonathan: These two are just bursting with happiness after saying I Do!

Julie and Erik: We loved watching this sweet couple enjoy their special day!

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Jonathan and Jamie: These two were all about romance, and boy was their wedding full of it!

Mr & Mrs #happilyforeverarellano

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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.

RW: Clayton and Natalie’s Ranch Wedding

We’re thrilled to share Clayton and Natalie’s gorgeous private ranch wedding, complete with rustic elements and a four-hooved friend!

Congratulations to the happy couple – we hope married life is treating you well!

Many thanks to Lyndsey Garber Photography for sharing these breathtaking photos with us and Lindsay Lauren Events for coordinating and designing this gorgeous 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.

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.