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Your Wedding DJ: To Take Requests or Not Take Requests?

Your Wedding DJ: To Take Requests or Not Take Requests?

When hiring a DJ for an event, you may assume you have to fill out a playlist for the entire span of the event, but that’s not true. DJs will help create a playlist but will leave space for additions, and often, a DJ will allow you to decide whether or not to permit guests to request songs during the event. It’s not required, and it’s not uncommon for the hosts to choose to leave this option off the table. However, there may be a benefit to allowing your guests to take things into their own hands.

 

Requesting music that guests want to hear can help keep the party going. Maybe there is a fan favorite that hasn’t been played, and it’s just what everyone needed to get out on the dance floor. Or maybe everyone wants to see your cousin break down to a high school throwback! If you feel anxious about leaving the song choices up to your guests, you can always provide the DJ with a “do not play” list. This will allow you some control over the types of songs being played while still being flexible enough to give your guests a say!

 

Another idea is to leave a space on the RSVP for song requests. Then, as RSVPs come flooding in, you can take inventory of the requested songs and compile a list for your DJ. Keep in mind that only a few slow songs are necessary, so filter out some of those and stick with the upbeat music for a more lively evening! 

 

Allowing guests to provide music suggestions can offer additional fun and variety to an already great event. And your DJ will do everything in their power to engage with the audience, recognizing that sometimes it does take the crowd’s input to keep the party going. 

 

If you allow your guests to request songs, trust that your DJ can use their expertise to determine whether it will go over well with the crowd as a whole. Hiring a DJ who will understand your style and keep your evening on track is one of the most significant benefits of working with HD Entertainment. We take your suggestions to heart and create the best possible atmosphere for your big day! 

 

If you have any questions about our processes or booking information, check out our website at https://hdentertainmentdj.com!  

The Difference between a DJ and an Emcee

The Difference Between a DJ and an Emcee

When you find yourself planning a wedding or any other big event, you likely have heard the titles DJ and emcee used interchangeably. This can confuse you because they are actually two very different jobs. For your next event to be one talked about for years, you need to make the right decisions about the music. So let’s explore the difference between a DJ and an emcee.

 

What is a DJ?

Traditionally a DJ is a professional who handles the music. Make note that we said professional. Sure, anyone can have a family member play some poor-quality mp3s at your event. They also probably do so on equally poor-quality equipment. However, when it comes to your event’s entertainment level, a DJ can make or break it. A professional DJ plays the right songs at the right time, mixes music, and takes requests from guests. One essential tip is to be involved in the initial music selection process. Make sure the DJ has a general understanding of what your attendees like. You’ll want to give the DJ some freedom to choose music, but it is helpful for them to know what you and your guests want to listen or dance to. 

 

What is an Emcee?

An emcee, particularly at wedding receptions, is responsible for the program. An experienced emcee will handle all announcements for the day. They will also keep guests active and entertained for two reasons. First, a good emcee will excite your guests and keep the party rolling. Second, they’ll ensure your guests know what is next on the schedule. They direct traffic, so to speak, so that everyone knows what is next and where they need to be. A good emcee makes you look good. After all, this is your event!

 

Who do I need?

Depending upon the size of your event, you may need two people. In some cases, for smaller events, one may suffice. The key is to have a conversation with whomever you are looking at hiring for your event. Find what they are capable of doing. If they can provide credentials and some testimonials from previous clients, they may be a good fit for what you need. 

 

Ask around

Choosing the DJ or emcee for your event is a HUGE decision. Don’t be afraid to check in with friends to see who they used for their own events. Compile a list of potential choices and talk to all of them. One person to leave off the list? That one friend or family member who offers to do the event for little to nothing. You will regret it in the long run. 

 

Give HD Entertainment a call, whether it’s a DJ or emcee you need. We love serving the south central PA and northern MD areas and look forward to making your next event one for the ages! Visit our website at hdentertainmentdj.com to learn more.

How Many Months in Advance Should I Book a Wedding DJ?

How Many Months in Advance Should I Book a Wedding DJ?

 

While there is no set rule on how early you should begin booking wedding vendors, we often go with the phrase “the sooner, the better!” The pandemic has only exemplified the trend for longer engagements. Couples are now taking an average of 18 months to 2 years to plan for their big day. Even though couples are waiting longer to get married, they often have plans set far in advance, so it’s best to start as soon as possible!

 

Most engaged couples begin booking between 9-12 months before the wedding. This means they’ve already researched and selected their top candidates. If you don’t have a vendor in mind, take a few weeks to compare options and make a list of your desired services/expectations. If you already have a DJ in mind, it’s still important to consider which packages and pricing fit your needs before reaching out for their availability. 

 

Another thing that may impact how far in advance to book a DJ is when you need one – the day of the week and month of the year will be a significant factor. Wedding season is considered April through October, and Saturdays during those months book much faster than other times of the year (or days of the week). If you’re planning a shorter engagement, consider a Friday wedding or choosing a month outside of that window. This is especially true if your top DJ pick is already booked for another time.

 

Finally, consider for how long you’ll need the DJ. DJs can book events that are shorter but may interfere with availability during the rest of the day. So if you’re looking for a DJ to run your ceremony and reception, it’s best to try to book further out. That way, they have an appropriate amount of time blocked off in their schedule.

 

Your wedding day should be exactly what you want it to be, and your DJ should want to do everything they can to help make it special, so be sure to choose a good one! 

 

Looking for a trusted and award-winning DJ? Contact HD Entertainment today to learn how we can make your wedding unforgettable!

 

How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost?

How Much Does a Wedding DJ Cost?

 

When it comes to hiring a DJ for your wedding, there are several things to consider regarding what it might cost. As with any vendor, DJs will charge varying prices depending on the packages available and the client’s desired outcome. Most DJs are willing to modify packages to meet client expectations, but it may come with additional fees! As we go through a list of things to consider, take some time to jot down your thoughts, so you have a clear idea of what you want.

 

Though DJs don’t exactly work on an hourly salary, one of the most significant things to consider about the cost is the amount of time the DJ is needed. For example, when hiring a DJ for a wedding, it is likely cheaper to hire a DJ for just the reception instead of for the ceremony and reception. Knowing and understanding the timeline for the event will help you determine how long you will need a DJ and potentially help you save a significant amount of money. Be mindful of set up and tear down times, as well. While some DJs include this time in their packages, others don’t.

 

Many couples do not understand the planning many vendors, including DJs, put in before even arriving on site for the event. Playlists, final calls, suggestions for couples, selecting music with the couple, and many other things need to be factored into the time you’re paying for. It’s much more than a few hours on the wedding day!

 

Also, consider any odd-on services you might need. Everything from monogram lighting to dancing on a cloud will likely cost a little bit more than a basic package. While these enhancements bring a fun element to the party, they will increase your budget. If you already know these are non-negotiables for your event, plan a little extra wiggle room for your DJ costs!

 

And lastly, when you hire a DJ, one of the most worthy things to spend money on is their experience. Hiring a DJ with years of experience will not only ensure your party goes all night long it will also mean less worry on your end. Experienced DJs might cost more, but they have greater knowledge in troubleshooting things! Equipment malfunction? An experienced DJ can keep you and your guests from even realizing there’s a problem!

 

At HD Entertainment, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality, experienced DJs for any event! Check out our website for packages and DJ biographies to get to know us a little bit more!

 

What Makes Central PA Wedding Shows Unique?

What Makes Central PA Wedding Shows Unique?

 

Wedding shows are not necessarily a new trend for 2022, but we want to take some time to explain why the Central PA Wedding Shows should have your attention this year! We love to offer a fun-filled experience for our brides and their friends and families!

 

Boutique-style 

Our shows offer brides and guests an opportunity to interact with vendors in an intimate setting. We just love that we can bring everyone together in one space to really make the planning part easier! The boutique-style is beneficial for brides who are just starting the planning process and need to see a variety of vendors in a short time span. While vendors have the option to present their product or service in a booth or non-booth setting, we are confident that you will find exactly what you are looking for!

 

Venue-based shows offer: 

We take pride in moving the Central PA Wedding Show around to different venues in the area, so not only are brides meeting vendors, they are also experiencing a potential venue at the same time! It gives brides a chance to look at an event space they may not have previously considered! Our show moves from Harrisburg, Hanover, Mechanicsburg, Greencastle, and Gettysburg. No matter where you are looking to host your wedding, we have vendors and venues to best fit your vision for the big day!

 

Fantastic prizes and cash towards your big day 

While many wedding shows offer gift bags with free goodies or a raffle for anyone registered, the Central PA Wedding Show gives you the opportunity to win over $20K in cash and prizes! We have pulled together the very best to shower brides-to-be with everything they may need to make planning their wedding just a little bit sweeter!

And did we mention? The first 50 couples to register and attend each show will receive a free set of wedding bands courtesy of Bridal Registry!

 

Face-to-face with the area’s best vendors

You will get to meet the area’s most reputable and professional wedding vendors, including DJs, venues, photographers, bakeries, photo booths, travel, catering and more so that you find the perfect vendors to make your wedding day everything you imagine it to be.

 

Though we know there are many bridal expos and wedding shows to choose from, we hope you’ll come see us at the Central PA Wedding Shows in 2022!

 

Top Wedding Venues in the Harrisburg Area

Top Wedding Venues in the Harrisburg Area

 

It isn’t easy to choose just a few venues in the Harrisburg area to talk about. However, we’ve narrowed it down to a few that truly stand out with exceptional customer service and unique venue spaces. These venues also offer indoor and outdoor options and great views or exquisite indoor spaces. We hope this provides some insight and direction for those looking to book a wedding in the Harrisburg area. 

 

The Manor at Mountain View

The Manor at Mountain View has the perfect location in Harrisburg but still encompasses small-town rustic charm. The Manor truly caters to the bridal party and their guests in every way! The bridal suite includes a kitchenette and lounge area for the bridal party. In addition, the groom and his groomsmen have a tavern complete with gaming stations, foosball table, lounge, and dressing area. How perfect!

The outdoor wedding space features a three-tier pergola and Koi pond to highlight the serenity of an already gorgeous view! There is an option for an elegant indoor area if you’re looking to book in a colder season. If you want to extend the evening or party all weekend long, the Manor offers a yard games area with corn hole, yard Jenga and giant connect four-in-a-row, and a fire pit for s’mores. If you’re not convinced already, schedule a tour today to see it for yourself!

https://manoratmountainview.com 

 

Strock Enterprises

Located in Mechanicsburg, PA, Strock Enterprises offers a beautiful, rustic setting for a small to a medium-sized wedding. All venues were renovated to include the modern amenities you or your guests may need. Strock Enterprises specializes in charcoal-grilled specialty meats, so get ready to dig in! When you book your wedding with this team, they will go above and beyond to piece together the perfect mix of sides, platters, and desserts for you and your guests.

Couples that book with Strock also gain access to customized flower arrangements – from bridal bouquets and centerpieces to corsages and boutonnieres. Strock can help take care of it all! 

Strock features comfortable accommodations, home-style cooking, and exceptional hospitality from the very beginning! 

https://www.strockenterprises.net/the-catering-barn 

 

The Carlisle Vault

Down the road from Harrisburg is one of the most unique spaces we’ve had the honor to work in. The Carlisle Vault is an elegantly refurbished space. The 200-year-old bank provides a fantastic backdrop for a wedding ceremony or reception. 

How many other venues offer an original bank vault as a passageway to the reception hall? The massive floor-to-ceiling windows, balcony, and historic bank details around the bar will complete the look of your unique and perfect day! While the space is not made for larger weddings, it is truly exceptional and worth taking a tour of!

http://carlislevault.com/Weddings/ 

 

The Willis House

The Willis House in York, PA, is a lovely, rustic venue that we’ve visited often. It’s a little further from Harrisburg, but worth the mention! The event space features a pavilion that overlooks a pond on the property. There is a separate patio space for a cocktail hour, and the use of the bonfire is a fun option for a special and comforting feature on your big day.

Parking coordination is provided for the day of the event to add convenience for family and other guests. The Willis House also offers an option for on-site event coordination, which includes meetings to create schedules, set up decor, and manage rehearsals. 

http://historicwillishouse.com/contact/

 

Once you choose your fantastic space, you’ll need a DJ to help with everything from ceremony music to lighting to upbeat music that gets your guests dancing! Contact HD Entertainment today to see how we can add to your special day.

 

Why You Should be a Wedding Show Vendor

Why You Should be a Wedding Show Vendor

Do you own a business or sell a product that lends itself to the wedding industry? Maybe you never thought about putting your business into that market, but realize now brides could use your services. Not sure where to reach the biggest audience for the least amount of effort? Wedding shows are an incredible way to reach a wide audience in just one afternoon! Our wedding shows are venue-based and allow for a large crowd in just 3 hours. Take advantage of wedding shows and showcase your business or service for future brides in the area!

 

Becoming a vendor at a wedding show usually involves contacting the coordinator. HD Entertainment is hosting several wedding shows in the first quarter of 2022 and we’d be happy to reserve a space for you! If you are interested in setting up at a wedding show, there are some things to keep in mind.

 

It is wise to be prepared with your own booth accessories. 

Most venues provide a table, but for a more professional look, consider bringing your own table cloth, brochures, and samples of whatever product or service you provide. Your table should show what you offer in a clean and organized manner to best attract future brides. 

 

Thinking outside of the box is key to standing out at a wedding show. 

Your product or service may not be conventional to a wedding show, but things like recipes, homeware, cookware, and more are still on a bride’s registry! By getting in front of a bride early in her planning process, there’s a better likelihood she will be willing to invest in your products and services for the wedding or after! 

 

Wedding shows are a great way to network. 

Fellow vendors may have friends or family that they can refer to your business! Getting to know those around you and what they offer can open doors that weren’t previously available. It also opens the possibility of trading products or services to better market your business. Maybe someone at the wedding show sells stationery that you can purchase to better market your brand! It’s a win-win!

 

Wedding shows are more than just selling to a future bride. 

Wedding shows are also about developing relationships with couples just starting out on their journey. If you have a business or product that couples could use throughout their marriage, chances are good you’ll develop customers for life. Sell cookware? When they need a new pan, they’ll contact you! Take photos? When the happy couple wants to document their fur baby or their newborn they’ll give you a call.

Interested in becoming a vendor at the Central PA Wedding Shows? Visit www.centralpaweddingshows.com for more information. We have both booth and non-booth options available, depending on how you’d like to target couples. Can you afford to not be in front of couples during the 2022 booking season? What is your game plan for 2022, 2023, and beyond?

Top 3 Wedding Venues Near Gettysburg, PA

Top 3 Wedding Venues Near Gettysburg, PA

With our decade of experience in the wedding industry, we’ve gathered some of the best inside information on venues in central Pennsylvania. Looking at wedding venues can be overwhelming – there are so many! So, we have compiled a list of our favorite venues in the Gettysburg area to give brides a starting point.

 

The Historic Round Barn – Biglerville, PA

The Historic Round Barn is an authentic barn venue just outside of Gettysburg, PA. Built in the early 1900s, the venue features intricate architecture against orchard-covered hills. The Historic Round Barn offers an outdoor ceremony space that overlooks the barn making a great view for guests and a stunning backdrop for photos.

The building itself is a white dome barn with a vaulted roof. When strung with lights, it becomes a dreamy rustic-themed event space that guests will adore. Because the space is round, guests have the best view no matter where they sit. The Round Barn offers some amenities such as tables, chairs, and onsite shuttles. Parking is no issue on the property, and seasonal specialties are available from the surrounding farmland as part of the menu for your event.

Visit http://roundbarn.farm for more information.

 

The Links at Gettysburg

The Links at Gettysburg offers indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces. The terrace overlooking the golf course is beautiful in any season, and there’s plenty of dance floor inside! The Links provides wedding experts to assist you with everything from touring the venue to planning the last moment of the reception. They will alleviate your stress and truly make it the best day ever.

With room for up to 250 guests, The Links is a great space for larger parties. The venue provides clear packages and pricing. Packages feature ceremony/reception spaces, tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, china, and more. The wedding planner at the Links will be sure to go over all the details. We’d love to see you at the Links!

Visit https://www.gettysburgweddingvenues.com/ for more information.

 

The Lodges at Gettysburg

Last, but certainly not least, The Lodges is another wonderful venue in the Gettysburg area. One of the most outstanding features is the view of Hunter Lake! There’s even the option of a horse-drawn carriage for extra romance. The Lodges at Gettysburg is a timeless ceremony space, and the ballroom is perfect for an unforgettable reception hosted by HD Entertainment!

The Lodges offers onsite accommodations for wedding guests and group activities on the grounds. Wedding planners are available to ensure menus, decor, and other needs are taken care of to reduce the stress of planning. The Lodges offers fun additions such as a sunset cocktail party on the patio or breakfast picnics the next morning, making it one of the best venues in the area.

Visit https://www.gettysburgaccommodations.com/weddings for more information.

 

When you’ve found your event space, you’ll need a DJ for everything from ceremony music to upbeat dance music at the reception. Contact HD Entertainment to see how we can make your day even more special.

Hiring a DJ?

Hiring a DJ?

 

If we had one piece of advice to give to someone who needs to hire a DJ it would be to research, research, research. A good DJ can take an event from mundane to major hit! However, there are so many different styles and options available, and not every DJ will be able to make your vision come to life. We’ll explore what to look for in a DJ for your event.

 

First, make sure to talk to potential DJs! Personality plays a huge role in setting the mood for your event. A DJ should be able to express the desired feel of the occasion through music and engagement with the audience. To get to know a DJ better, ask questions about their career or even their hobbies. Why did they become a DJ? What they do in their free time will tell you a lot about who they are and whether they will be a good fit for your event.

 

Next, understand how they will build a playlist!

 

  • Will they stay strict to the songs chosen by the host or will they add in songs as well?
  • Will they be making all of the announcements at the event?
  • How will they handle song requests from attendees?
  • Will they add in any of their own games/activities?
  • Do they have enough music to keep people dancing all night long?

 

Asking questions like this will uncover more about how the event will go and keep both parties aware of expectations.

 

Finally, read through the contract. Yes, that seems obvious, but knowing timelines, cost, and potential add-ons will give you a full picture of what packages are available. The contract should provide a rough timeline including set-up and tear-down so the venue can be informed. It should also include if any additional meetings are required before the event to finalize playlists and timelines. Additionally, the contract should have a record of all add-ons needed such as up-lighting, custom monogram, and lights for the dance floor. Many DJ companies offer additional tech to enhance the atmosphere. The options are endless! All that’s needed is a DJ to make it all come together.

 

Contact HD Entertainment to learn more about our all-female award-winning DJ company. We’re here to answer your questions.

 

Wedding Shows – What to Expect

Wedding Shows – What to Expect

 

If you have never attended a wedding show, you likely have a few questions. We want to help ease your mind and answer your questions in detail. Wedding shows occur throughout the year and attract hundreds of brides-to-be. We want to help you make the most of it!

 

When should I attend a wedding show?

We recommend that a bride attend at least one show in the beginning stages of planning. Many vendors book quickly and require deposits to hold the date of the event, so the sooner the better! Wedding shows often change a bride’s mind about what she’s looking for. Maybe you’re dead-set on a princess-themed extravaganza but find that a classy, simplistic style is more attractive after seeing it in person. Seeing vendors and style options in person will help solidify your vision.

 

How long will it take?

Wedding shows tend to pack a lot of punch into one morning (or afternoon). Expect a show to last at least 3-4 hours. We recommend purchasing tickets online, if available. The line for tickets is one of the longest lines at the show. Things can also get pretty packed inside, depending on the venue. Be sure to arrive early for an opportunity to talk to vendors one-on-one. Also, be sure to eat a little something before you go as crowds tend to thicken near the sampling tables. Though it might be worth the wait because there’s usually a variety of samples available from the different caterers!

 

What will I see at the show?

The exhibitors will bring their very best products and services to each bridal show. From wedding dresses to photographers and DJs, there will be so many different types of vendors available to talk costs and package details! There will even be vendors you did not consider before such as tailors and people who preserve your bouquet. The exhibitors are also up to date on the latest wedding trends!

Specific to bridal gowns, many wedding shows put on a fashion show to highlight the newest styles and allow brides to get an idea of what they’re looking for. Photos are typically allowed (without flash), but be sure to get the designer name, too, if possible!

Another important offering to look for at bridal shows is same-day discounts! Many vendors offer “book now” discounts and giveaway opportunities that can help save you some money. So, it helps to be open-minded about booking that day.

 

What (or who) should I bring with me?

Bring whoever you feel most comfortable with and who will support your plan for the day. Your partner or a close friend or family member would be a good option. We recommend keeping your group small to minimize confusion and overwhelm.

Bring a pad of sticky notes and a pen to jot down your name, email address, phone number, and wedding date for any vendors who may need it. You’ll likely get a lot of information that day that you’ll want to remember. Use those sticky notes! Taking photos with your phone as you go through the show will also help you remember things later on.

To make the most of your time, try to plan ahead which vendors you’d like to see and in what order you’d like to see them. Create a short list of the things you need, your budget, and your vision for your wedding.

 

What should I wear to a bridal show?

Bridal shows do not typically have a dress code. Our biggest recommendation is to dress comfortably. Venues may require a lot of walking to see all exhibitors and it will take some time to see everything. A cute pair of white sneakers would be great for the bride-to-be!

 

Wedding shows are a great tool to help you create the best wedding experience. Take your time and do not rush through them. The best thing you can do in the planning process is to ask questions. Bridal shows are the best place to do so! Look for us at an upcoming show.