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The “Real Cost” of a Wedding DJ

The “Real Cost” of a Wedding DJ

 

If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, you know that the cost of essentials like decorations, catering, and entertainment varies by place and vendor. Of course, you don’t want to break the bank but you don’t want to have a “below average” wedding either by choosing the cheapest options.

The most important “big ticket” areas on which to focus your budget are the venue space, the alcohol and food catering, and the DJ. There are a ton of DJs in the Adams/York County area, so how do you choose? And how much do they cost?

The average cost of a wedding DJ in our area is $1,300. Realistically, you could see professional DJs charging anywhere between $800-$4,500 depending on the type of setup you wish to have for your guests (add-ons, lighting, photo booths, etc). We want to share with you the real cost of a wedding DJ because we don’t want you to blow your budget. Keep reading to find out what to expect from DJs at varying price points.

 

What Does a Wedding DJ Cost?

Time, money, and resources are what set apart a budget-friendly DJ from a full-time professional DJ. Professional DJs spend more time and put more money into their sets and equipment while more cost-friendly DJs may just use DJing on the side as an extra source of income. Here’s what various prices likely indicate when it comes to the expertise of the DJ:

 

Cost-Friendly DJ: Under $1000

There’s nothing wrong with checking the cheapest-priced DJs for certain events, but it might not be the right option for your wedding. Let’s face it, wedding receptions are mostly centered around the music and couples count on the DJ to act as an emcee to keep the ball rolling.

This price might make sense if you have a friend who is a DJ and she’s giving you her services at a discounted price as a wedding gift. Often wedding DJs in this price range are testing the waters and they might not have as much experience with weddings. Don’t forget that most venues require a business license and insurance, so be sure to see all documentation of this from a DJ.

 

Middle Ground DJ: $1,100- $1,500

The average cost of a wedding DJ in the U.S. is just between the prices above. In this bracket, DJs have slightly more experience, but more than likely are still DJing part-time. Since they probably have another full-time job, they might not have as much time to prepare for your wedding as someone who DJs full-time.

Keep in mind that all DJs have to start somewhere. You could find a stellar DJ in this category who is working on getting her name out there. Keep researching reviews and ask questions before signing any contracts.

 

“This is my career” DJ: $1,500- $4,500

There is a reason couples pay this much. From the hours the DJs put into preparing for a wedding to the wide range of services they offer, this is truly the full package. DJs in this price range are professionals, experienced, and committed to making sure the day meets your expectations.

This DJ will spend hours upon hours putting together music selections with your recommendations, answer questions thoroughly, and absolutely kill it as your emcee. They likely have all the venue’s favored and required qualifications, licenses, and insurance.

 

Additional Costs

The prices above are only a fraction of what you could end up paying if you are looking for additional things such as special lighting and photo booths. Be sure to compare DJ services and reviews to their prices before deciding if they fit your budget. We don’t recommend settling for the so-so DJ because you wanted the laser light show.

The costs above are only guidelines. Depending on where you live, prices differ. There are amateur DJs that overcharge and quality hidden gems who undercharge. It is important to do your research, interview DJs, and ask questions to figure out if one is your perfect match!

 

The “Real Cost” Isn’t in Dollars

The real cost of a quality DJ isn’t the number on the check you hand over once the contract is signed. A quality DJ costs what they are worth, but it’s what they are doing on the backend that separates an average DJ from a great one. There’s a lot of time, resources, and commitment that go into the preparation of professional DJs.

 

Time

Undeniably, a professional DJ will take 10-30 hours to prepare for a single wedding, whereas a hobbyist may only spend about 5 hours. She will take the time to get to know you and your soon-to-be spouse, to get a feel for who you are as individuals, and to learn about your music tastes. This interview process makes it much easier for a DJ to create a schedule and stay on track (every professional will do this).

 

Resources

DJs do much more than just throw together a mix of songs on a playlist. Experienced DJs know what equipment is the very best and set aside time to learn how to master it, as well as learn new techniques to mix music so there aren’t any awkward pauses between songs.

 

Loyalty

When you hire someone who DJs as a side gig, you are sharing time with the other priorities in his life. When something comes up with his full-time job while preparing for your big day, or worse ON your big day, which do you think he’ll choose – your wedding that’s a side gig or the day job that pays the majority of his bills? It’s a no-brainer to pay a bit more for a DJ that commits her time and energy to be present on your wedding day.

 

The Value vs The Price

We understand how important it is to set and stick to your wedding budget. It’s great to save a buck where you can, but when it comes to a DJ, don’t settle for less. After all, you are throwing the most important party of your life!

The cost of a DJ is only a piece of the puzzle. What is included in that number and what will the DJ provide for your special day? The “real cost” isn’t the numerical value, but the best value for your dollar.

 

HD Entertainment hosts a team of extremely talented professionals who are fun and love to bring special moments to life. There is no event too big or too small. Let us make your day magical. Contact us today to talk about your dream wedding.

 

Micro Weddings: The New Wave

Micro Weddings: The New Wave

There is something about being surrounded by the people who mean the most to you on the day you marry the love of your life. Traditional wedding ceremonies are filled with extended family and family friends you felt obligated to invite out of guilt, only to then find yourself running around awkwardly thanking people you haven’t talked to in years. Did you really spend your time the way you wanted to on what’s supposed to be the best day of your life?

 

Many couples have opted out of inviting all their neighbors, cousins, and parents’ friends for much smaller, more intimate “I do” moments. COVID-19 started this trend. Couples were forced to either change their date or do what they could, considering the social distancing mandates. Although, we have a funny feeling that micro weddings are here to stay.

 

What is a Micro Wedding?

 

A micro wedding is like any other wedding, with fewer chairs. The soon-to-be wedded still dress their best from head to toe, meet at the altar, and seal the deal with a kiss. They are held anywhere from a backyard to the most beautiful destinations in the world.

 

Micro weddings are all about the feels. The special atmosphere of being surrounded by the people who mean the very most to you is magical. These smaller, intimate weddings are meant to reflect the personalities of the couple to create an unforgettable celebration of love.

 

Why Would a Couple Want to Have a Small Wedding?

 

Great things come in small packages. There are many reasons why couples would want to have a smaller wedding, here are a few:

 

  • Relax with closest friends and family
  • Couples aren’t wasting time or money on people they won’t speak to in five years
  • Splurge on the things that matter most to couples

 

When you don’t have as many guests to spend money on, you can focus your attention on details of the wedding, the location, the dream dress, and more.

 

Celebrating Later

 

Just because you decide to have a small wedding, that doesn’t mean the celebration has to stop there. Couples can still have a party later, you can think of it as the reception. The party can be back home in your small town, at a venue or someone’s house, with all the guests you would have had at a large wedding.

 

Typically, the celebration is a bit more informal than a traditional wedding reception. There is still food and music, and maybe even a first dance and speeches. There are many ways to go about the party, but the best part? What you do is totally up to you! Intimate weddings and the parties that follow are perfect for couples who want to get creative. While the party will still cost you money, it won’t burn as deep of a hole in your pocket as a large and lavish wedding.

 

The after-party can include fun outdoor activities and of course a DJ, and that’s where we come in.

 

Why HD Entertainment

 

At HD Entertainment, we are used to working with versatile events. There is no event too big or too small and we have the experience and resources to make your day extra special. Whether it’s a large wedding with 200+ guests or a post-intimate wedding party, we know how to do it right. Contact us today to talk about your dream wedding.

 

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional DJ For Your Corporate Party

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional DJ For Your Corporate Party

When it comes to corporate events, business owners want to show off their company in the best way possible. From the venue to the catering, to the music and atmosphere, all these factors work together to create a night you want your employees to talk about in the office on Monday morning.

To create a fun and relaxed atmosphere, the most important element is the music. The right music should make someone want to sing, dance, or simply tap their foot to the beat. The wrong music selections could break an event, so it’s crucial to remember when looking for a DJ to choose a professional who knows how to go above and beyond to “wow” guests and create a personalized experience for the event,

Corporate events should be a time for deserving employees to let loose, kick back, and enjoy some time with co-workers outside of the office, but the event itself should remain professional. If there is a sure way to set a professional tone for any event, it starts with hiring a professional DJ.

 

Why Hire A Professional DJ?

Professionals will do a lot more than just play music; they act as an MC and run the show. It is a DJ’s job to elevate the mood and set the tone for your corporate event. The bigger the event, the more responsibilities are put on the DJ to keep the event running smoothly. Let’s explore the most important reasons to hire a professional DJ at your next corporate party:

 

Professional DJs Keep The Event Rolling

You can think of a DJ as a vocal itinerary of the night. They will let you know what’s going on, what to expect, and when to cue guests for things like food and song changes. A professional DJ will keep the night moving and do whatever it takes to read the room before making their next move.

 

Professional DJs Play Diverse Music

The best and most current music should be played at a corporate event unless otherwise discussed. While there are timeless classics that everyone will know and love, everyone appreciates a little bit of a mix. A professional will keep an eye out on what the dance floor is looking like or read the mood of the room, one bad song could damage the image of a company.

 

Professional DJs Provide Their Own Equipment

In the middle of planning everything that needs to be checked off the list for a successful event, the last thing you want to worry about is getting the right equipment for a DJ. A professional DJ will do this part for you. Not only will they bring their own equipment, but it’ll be the best quality equipment to give your guests the best experience.

 

Professional DJs Step Up To Make the Event Less Stressful

Professional DJs are experts at parties. They take a tremendous amount of stress off of staff members and those in charge of planning the event. They can help with announcements such as when it’s time to eat, awards, and recognitions. A professional will be used to talking in front of large crowds, making it easier for your company leaders who might not naturally hold the same public speaking skills.

 

Professional DJs Can Make Your Company Look Good

Not only will an experienced DJ look and sound professional, but using the best resources will help your company image. They will ensure they are playing appropriate music while keeping the culture of your company in mind. A professional DJ will also avoid making rookie mistakes like mispronouncing names or having too many pauses between songs.

 

Hiring a professional DJ doesn’t only benefit a company’s image, but also employee participation in the next event. If any of your staff wasn’t able to make it to this party, you’ll want them hoping they can come to the next one based on what their co-workers had to say! A DJ is one of the most important choices you have to make, so you’ll want to make sure they have experience and they are a trusted professional. For more information about hiring a professional DJ for your next event, contact us at HD Entertainment today.

Hot Hits For Summer 2021 Weddings

Hot Hits For Summer 2021 Weddings

Many weddings were canceled or rescheduled in 2020 for obvious reasons, making 2021 a very busy year for brides and grooms to get back on track with their wedding plans. We know there are a thousand things to be done when it comes to planning (or replanning) a wedding. After a lousy year full of quarantining and canceled events, you deserve to have the best wedding playlist to remind your guests just how fun life can be. We have managed to put a list together of songs that will keep the crowd jumpin’ all night long.

Our list has been compiled from The Hot 100 Chart Billboard and we chose ten that we thought are sure to flood the dance floor.

 

Levitating / Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby

First up, we have the queen herself, Dua Lipa! Although her single version is great, DaBaby just adds the little bit of flair and funk this song needed to create the perfect beat. It’s one of those songs everyone will know as soon as the music starts. There is a reason this song has been in the first five on the charts for 34 weeks straight!

 

Peaches / Justin Bieber

Especially for younger couples, Justin Bieber brings back a sense of nostalgia for most millennials. From watching him as a child singing Chris Brown on YouTube, to having song after song climbing the charts since 2009, it’s a no-brainer everyone will know his voice as the melodies begin. This one will irresistibly leave anyone at any age tapping their foot from their chair.

 

Kiss Me More / Doja Cat ft. SZA

The recently released Doja Cat hit has been climbing the charts since it was released in April. If you turn on the radio, there’s a good chance you might hear it! It’s always nice to play songs you know most people will know, we recommend this one.

 

Blinding Lights / The Weeknd

Whether you’ve heard it on the radio or hopped on the Tiktok trends during quarantine, “Blinding Lights” is an oldie but a goodie. It’s still up and down on the charts after being released at the end of 2019. From sports lovers who watched the Super Bowl to die-hard The Weeknd fans, everyone should know this song.

 

Best Friend / Saweetie ft. Doja Cat

“That’s my best friend…” Your bridal party will appreciate this one. The perfect hype song for a bride and her bridesmaids to jam out to on the dance floor or the dressing room!

 

Mood / 24Goldn ft. iann dior

Just when you think you’ve had enough of all the dancing, this song will make you turn right back around and put you back in the boogie “mood.”

 

Leave The Door Open / Bruno Mars & Anderson Paak

These two soul men encourage people to be “dancin’ and romancin’” in their climbing hit. Whether you want to dance slow with a partner or feel the rhythm on your own, this romantic, feel-good song is a must-have during a wedding reception.

 

Goosebumps / Travis Scott & HVME

Travis Scott never fails to make you feel like you’re in a nightclub during every one of his off-the-chart hits. The beat will literally give you goosebumps!

 

Lil Bit / Nelly & Florida Georgia Line

Country music lovers will appreciate this one. Rap meets country, somehow Nelly and Florida Georgia Line always nail the duets together. This song keeps climbing the charts week by week, we are sure you will be hearing it a bunch this summer!

 

Good 4 U / Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo’s spin-off of “Misery Business” is every millennial’s dream come true in her newest hit. It’s all over social media and we can imagine the ladies will be all over the dance floor this summer with this one singing their hearts out.

 

Aside from the planning, the decorating, and the food, choosing the right DJ should be one of the top priorities as it’s an important factor to a memorable wedding. In a perfect world, most couples would love to build the best upbeat playlist to create an unforgettable experience for their guests. Unfortunately, with all the other factors that go into making a wedding happen, couples do not have the kind of time to do that. Instead, they must rely on a DJ to make the magic happen behind the music.

From the first dance to dinner to finally inviting guests onto the dance floor, a DJ is responsible for keeping the party going and never letting the moment dull. At HD Entertainment, we are confident that we can make your special day one nobody will forget. Learn more about our all-female award-winning DJs here.

9 Local Corporate Event Venues You Forgot About

9 Local Corporate Event Venues You Forgot About

Whether your company is large or small, it’s a kind gesture at the end of the year or a successful quarter to show love, appreciation, and support for your employees with a corporate party. And, it is just as important during other types of corporate events, such as team-building events, seminars, and conferences, to give your employees a space to be comfortable and let loose outside of the office.

York and Adams Counties and the surrounding region are full of spaces to rent for events. Not every office party has to be extravagant, but they should be well thought out and held somewhere else other than where your employees work day in and day out.

We have put together a list of venues that you may or may not have forgotten about for your next corporate event.

 

Bay City Seafood Restaurant – Hanover, PA

Bay City Seafood Restaurant is located in Hanover, PA. Here you have the option to hold events indoors in their banquet space, or depending on the size of your company, they even have an outdoor patio as well. The maximum capacity for events is 275 people and there is plenty of space for them. Choose between buffet-style or plated dinner entrees from seafood to land options, as well as a variety of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Bay City has it all when it comes to alcoholic beverages, like alcoholic punch bowls and open cash bar services.

When it comes to hospitality, Bay City knows best. Their dream was always “to have a big restaurant” and they did just that. What started in a Volkswagen bug in 1963, is now a big beautiful venue for celebrations, business meetings, club meetings, showers, and parties. Bay City prides itself not only on its quality food and impeccable service but also on the memories that last long after events end.

Learn more about holding events at Bay City here.

 

The Altland House – Abbottstown, PA 

The Altland House is a grill and pub that features two private rooms and is located in Abbottstown, PA. The Altland House is ideal for smaller companies – their rooms accommodate a maximum of 125 guests. However, larger companies can rent the entire restaurant for events too. The restaurant is home to Center Square Brewery and the brewery can be used for private events. A unique feature of this venue is that they have 10 guest suites for any overnight accommodations.

The Altland House dates back to 1750 and is one of the oldest continuously running taverns in the United States. They offer free tours to help you decide if their venue is right for you. You can find more information about the historic Altland House here.

 

The Bridges Golf Club – Abbottstown, PA 

Who would have thought golf clubs aren’t just for golf? Although, many companies will have golf outings for their employees. Whether it’s an employee golf day or a company party, The Bridges has you covered. From the outdoor patio, the views of the fairways on a day with clear blue skies are breathtaking. The Bridges is an ideal venue whether you want an indoor or outdoor party and has multiple spaces to choose from. The Clubhouse occupies up to 90 guests and the deck has a maximum capacity of 175 people.

The Bridges is home to Green Horizon Grill and the food is absolutely delicious. You can’t go wrong with a venue when there is something for everybody! Contact The Bridges for your event here.

 

Ballroom on Broadway – Hanover, PA 

The word “ballroom” may have you thinking this venue is for weddings only, but that is far from true. Ballroom on Broadway is located inside The Markets at Hanover in Hanover, PA. It is a customizable, modern venue with the potential to flatter any event. The space is perfect for corporate events due to its flexible space options, on-site event management, catering, and plenty of parking. You don’t even have to worry about capacity caps because they can accommodate groups of all sizes!

The neutral venue allows you to stage the room the way you want, making it highly favored for corporate events. Not to mention it is an extremely affordable option. Check out more information here.

 

Hickory Falls – Hanover, PA

Hickory Falls Family Entertainment Center is no longer just a fun center with games and a jungle gym for children. There are now spaces for people of all ages! The Cascade Room is their venue for special events, tucked away from all the madness happening at the arcade. Who knows, maybe your team will be up for a round of laser tag after your work meeting or party down below! That’s the perk of hosting meetings and parties at a fun center.

The Cascade Room is now accepting bookings through 2021 and beyond. Click here for more information.

 

The Lodges at Gettysburg – Gettysburg, PA

The Lodges at Gettysburg is a beautiful venue with over 6,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space. “Gloryridge” is the name of their main lodge with a ballroom, wine room, technology room, and they even offer outdoor space and activities to get your staff out of the boardroom. Events at The Lodges are effortless as they provide planning and catering services that will see every detail of your vision. They offer discounted group accommodations for team-building activities and provide overnight accommodations as needed.

You can find more information about the venue and request a proposal here.

 

Greystone Brewhouse – Dillsburg, PA

Nothing says “corporate party” like having your event at a brewhouse! Greystone Brewhouse is located in Dillsburg, PA, and accommodates up to 200 people. They have both indoor and outdoor spaces. With minimal limitations, Greystone is the perfect venue for your craft beer connoisseur employees.

To learn more about holding events at Greystone Brewhouse, you can visit their website and contact them here.

 

The Links at Gettysburg – Gettysburg, PA

From seasonal decorations and menus to the breathtaking views, The Links at Gettysburg is a perfect place to host a corporate party. They can accommodate up to 225 people in their Clubhouse, as well as their own tents to entertain outdoors.

The Links has recently updated their website, making one exclusively for special events. Fill out an event inquiry here.

 

Historic Round Barn

Located in Biglerville, PA the Historic Round Barn is a family-owned and operated venue that is one of its kind. Built in 1914, it is one of the few truly round barns still standing today. The intricate architecture built against the rolling, orchard-covered hills creates a scenic setting and a relaxing atmosphere.

To rent the barn, fill out the form on their website.

 

When you were thinking of where to hold your end-of-year event for your employees, did any of these venues cross your mind?

Now the last component to a good party you won’t want to forget is hiring a trusted DJ to keep the people moving and grooving all night (or day) long. The venues listed here allow you to bring your own DJ and at HD Entertainment, we provide the best. Just like you want to go above and beyond for your employees, we do the same for each of our clients. We provide music and entertainment to show your employees that you care.

When you are ready to discuss your next corporate party or event, a professional from HD Entertainment will be ready to assist you.

 

Moving Your Celebration Along With A DJ

Moving Your Celebration Along With A DJ

Can you imagine a wedding without music? We can’t. What about a wedding without structure or coordination? You won’t find out how valuable structure can be until you don’t have it on the most important day of your life!

Without music, a wedding has little to no support or structure. Not only does it enhance the experience for your wedding party and your guests as music tends to lift spirits, but it also moves your celebration along throughout the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and so on. The right music creates the ideal ambiance for a bride and groom to celebrate. From walking down the aisle to the first dance, music must be done right. The wrong music will not only be uncomfortable for guests but also detract from the significance and elegance of the celebration.

The role of a music provider, whether it is a DJ or a band, is to always keep the ball rolling, never allow a dull moment, and build a relationship with the guests so everyone feels comfortable to get jiggy on the dance floor. Weddings require social music, not necessarily the nonstop beats you find at the club, but music that allows for conversation and invites dancing. An experienced DJ will pay attention to the volume, tempo, and energy during each stage of the celebration.

A DJ in particular can also provide the structure, timeline, and coordination of the event no matter how big or small, in the absence of a wedding coordinator. Our DJs will always defer to a hired planner or coordinator, but you should rest this job in the hands of a hired professional, DJ or planner, in any case.

The music during your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception should all be different and heighten as guests’ desire to have fun increases. The planned changes in music can also alert guests that the ceremony is beginning, direct attention, and provide a fun atmosphere in general.

 

The Ceremony

One of the biggest mistakes a couple can make is to start a ceremony in silence. Most guests arrive 20-30 minutes before the ceremony begins, but the wait will seem a lot longer if they have to wait in silence. While traditional ceremonies have prelude, processional, and recessional music, there is room to express yourself as a couple. The music should reflect the seriousness and commitment between the couple. Music during the ceremony creates an emotional impact and can be used as a signal for guests to be seated or get quiet.

 

Cocktail Hour

Upbeat music takes any event to the next level. The cocktail hour is the stage of a wedding where friends and family are taking time to connect. The music should be lively, but quaint. It’s common to hear jazz music or drum beats. Nothing too crazy, the real party hasn’t started until the bride and groom come back in from taking pictures!

 

The Reception

Now, we can get the party started. The music at the reception will make or break the whole vibe of a wedding, making it essential to hire a trusted, experienced, and successful DJ (that’s us!) to take charge of gauging the direction of the night. A DJ will also understand how to engage your guests at an appealing pace. The first 15 minutes of the reception are crucial to giving the guests an idea of what type of music will be playing for the remainder of the celebration.

 

The First Dance

It’s always bittersweet to watch a newly wedded couple dance alone during their first dance. However, a common mistake is allowing the first dance to go on for too long with just the bride and groom in the spotlight. And sometimes couples don’t want that much spotlight. While a wedding is about the couple, you should keep your guests in mind too. Consider inviting them to dance with you after 30 seconds of swaying back and forth. If you want to have your entire 5 minutes, we invite you to do the whole song too!

From this moment on, it is up to the DJ to keep the night moving and to keep guests from standing on the sideline. Always have a conversation with your DJ about the “must-play” songs and the do-not-play list. It is important to play the music that will appeal to everyone and save your obscure favorites for your honeymoon playlist!

 

How We Can Help

Great music energizes a crowd and an energized crowd makes for a great party. Music helps break the social barriers among guests, helps them to loosen up, and lends shape to a celebration where the bride and groom are the centerpieces. Because music is so important to your special day, we provide the best quality DJs just for you. And a hired hand, coordinator or DJ, can make or break your timeline, structure of the day, and overall happiness when you accomplish all of the important aspects you wanted to cover on the biggest day of your life.

 

At HD Entertainment, we are professional and experienced DJs that will work with your vision in mind to plan a wedding that keeps the focus on you and creates an environment of unforgettable enjoyment. Contact us today to book.

 

6 Types of Events That Benefit From Having a DJ

6 Types of Events That Benefit From Having a DJ

Let’s be honest, DJs can easily be the life of the party if the music selection is on point. The right music is essential for setting the tone of any event. While live entertainment offers the excitement of actual performances, a DJ offers convenience, diversity, authenticity, and better volume control. It is imperative to hire DJs who are well-rounded and have played at many different events. A DJ who has strictly only done weddings may not be the DJ you want at a food truck festival.

We have compiled the definitive list of events for DJs:

 

Weddings

Wedding DJ

 A no-brainer and maybe even a little cliché, but what is a wedding without a DJ? A DJ is a necessity unless the happy couple booked a band, but DJs are far more versatile and please guests of all ages. DJs usually have a more diverse playlist, so you won’t be stuck listening to one genre of music all night.

Corporate Events
Corporate events DJ

Imagine taking your office out for all their hard work. Are you going to commemorate them with elevator music? We hope not. Allow all of your employees to let loose with not just good company and drinks, but good music too. Not only will your employees have a great time, but you will also shine a light on your company culture. Having a grand opening? Create a festive atmosphere with the right music!

Nonprofit Events

Noprofit events DJ

Nonprofits especially have to make every dollar stretch. Have you thought about asking for an entertainment sponsor? Instead of asking for a donation of services, why not include them in your event marketing? It’s more publicity and involvement for all parties.

Parties & Celebrations
Parties & Celebrations DJ

From a 14th birthday to an 80th birthday, a DJ is a sure way to liven up the party. As more people are jazzing up their once-in-a-lifetime celebrations, the demand for DJs has increased. Celebrations like bat/bar mitzvahs and quinceañeras will need a DJ for the dance floor!

Festivals
Festivals DJ

Music festivals typically have live bands, but what about other types of festivals? Food truck festivals and wine festivals deserve entertainment too. DJs can also fill in space between acts and can provide equipment for announcements and directing attention. Not to mention music will help pass time in the long lines associated with these events.

Shopping Events
Shopping Events DJ

The black Friday lines have only gotten worse and worse over the years, the same with any big store event. While you may only see DJs in larger cities for these events, there is no reason smaller areas shouldn’t “think big” when it comes to hiring a DJ for sales events.

   

There is no better time than now to book a DJ for your 2021 and 2022 events. From weddings to corporate events, as the world opens up more and more each month, there is going to be a higher demand and slim time frames. Contact us today for more information about our packages and what we can offer you and your guests!

Top 5 Wedding Venues in Lancaster, PA

Top 5 Wedding Venues in Lancaster, PA

Close your eyes and think about your dream venue, what do you see? Maybe it’s in a rustic barn or maybe a vineyard? What is important to you? Lodging for your guests? All-inclusive wedding packages? Whatever your vision may be, we are sure one of these Lancaster, PA, venues is perfect for you. After all, they are the best!

We would like to start this off by saying that these venues are based on a few different key factors. First, they all have a Lancaster, PA, address. Many venues are in the Lancaster “area” but are actually located in Wrightsville, Manheim Twp, Elizabethtown, etc. Secondly, these venues are listed from The Knot, a trusted wedding resource when it comes to venues and important wedding planning tools. Lastly, the locations chosen are 2021 Best of Weddings Winners and qualified for the Best of Weddings Hall of Fame over four years in a row. Not every venue-seeking couple may agree that even the most luxurious, successful wedding venues are “the best,” but we are presenting you with the statistically best chosen wedding venues in Lancaster, PA.

From a barn wedding to art studio venues, Lancaster offers everything in between to match the dream wedding you have always desired.

 

5. Riverdale Manor

Starting us off is ten-time Knot Best of Weddings Winner for Central Pa, Baltimore, and Philadelphia at 4.8 stars, Riverdale Manor. This gorgeous 19th century farmhouse is located in the heart of Lancaster County. Have your wedding outside in the pavilion overlooking the riverfront or from inside the beautiful ballroom. No matter the aesthetic you’re looking for, Riverdale Manor can accommodate, along with 200 guests. Between the affordable price and all the 5-star reviews, Riverdale Manor is the perfect venue for couples looking for a simple but elegant wedding.

 

4. Excelsior

Next at 4.9 stars is the vintage charm, Excelsior, located in downtown Lancaster. The national historic landmark is a property complex that was designed for hosting “one wedding per day” for no less than 100 guests with maximum seating up to 275 guests. With indoor and outdoor spaces, this venue is perfect for a modern wedding. The space offers seamless planning with a wonderful and knowledgeable staff ready to ease the wedding stress of any couple. The industrial yet vintage tone of Excelsior will leave your guests wanting to have their future ceremonies here as well! A great venue if you’re looking to stray away from the barn wedding trend.

 

3. Mulberry Art Studios

Another 4.9 star, vintage venue at Mulberry Art Studios. A beautiful place for your friends and family to explore, enjoy, and remember. Indoor only and can hold up to 250 guests, they are known for surpassing expectations and creating a unique canvas that is different for each wedding held there. If you like options, Mulberry Art Studios is the venue for you. They let you choose your own catering and even art out of their museum that you can use as decor for your celebration – truly allowing the couple to choose their own vision for their special day.

 

2. The Farm at Eagles Ridge

A stone farmhouse that dates back to 1820 has been lovingly-restored with modern amenities to bring us to our first 5-star venue in Lancaster County on the list. The venue includes 150 acres of spring-fed ponds, historic buildings, and lush greenery and flowers. A beautiful space to tie the knot with up to 200 of your friends and family. The venue offers all essential amenities and accommodations with flexibility to choose your own catering, entertainment, and flower arrangements. Not only will The Farm host your ceremony and reception, but also your dress rehearsal and engagement party for a unique and charming experience. For those of you who are searching for a rustic, elegant barn wedding, your search now ends!

 

1. The Barn at Silverstone

The number one wedding venue in Lancaster, PA is…*drum roll*…The Barn at Silverstone. While the historic venue has been carefully restored, the original architecture and masonry has been preserved to create unforgettable memories among couples and their guests. Natural stone and wood features, exposed ceiling beams, and a custom bar area add a rustic aesthetic to any couple’s big day. There are different areas of this venue that have their own unique character to match every couple’s vision. With seating of up to 200 people and full wedding packages, it’s hard to pass up a venue this great and accommodating.

 

We know it has been a tough year for couples as they navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic to plan, or re-plan, their wedding day and honeymoon vacations. We hope if your original plan has fallen through, maybe we have helped by giving you new ideas for venue options.

HD Entertainment is the area’s only all-female award-winning DJ company. We are currently booking for select 2021 dates and most 2022 dates. No event is too small, too large, or too far away. Contact us today for more information.

 

8 Trend Predictions For 2021 Weddings

8 Trend Predictions For 2021 Weddings

After a messy year in 2020 full of cancelled events and rescheduled wedding dates, we should know better than to plan in 2021. That doesn’t keep us from compiling the must-have and most exciting wedding trends predicted for the year!

If we have learned anything in the last year, it is that we must adapt to the changes and new normal brought on by COVID-19. While weddings are starting to look a little different, that doesn’t mean they have to be any less special. We have created a guide explaining the top trends for weddings this year because, let’s face it, the show must go on.

 

Elopement

It’s quite romantic to think about marrying your significant other on a tropical island or at a meaningful destination in peace and quiet. With many health-conscious family members struggling to check “Yes” on your RSVP, you can elope this year without the guilt that typically comes along with it. There has never been a more accepting time to ordain your best friend and adventure with your partner to your favorite place to tie the knot.

 

Outdoor Weddings

Outdoor weddings have always been the trend, but for obvious safety reasons we will be seeing an increase in outdoor events for there is more room to stay socially distant. With indoor gatherings accounting for most Coronavirus surges, we will happily opt outside to party with the birds and the bees!

 

Live Streaming Pre-Wedding Parties

2021 may change the way you involve your loved ones on your special day. Live streaming proposals, virtual bridal showers, and watching your favorite couple say “I do” is one way to ease the Zoom-fatigue for those who cannot attend your wedding parties in person.

 

Intimate Weddings

The wed-now-party-later approach. Formal or informal ceremonies with under 25 attendees, intimate or “micro” weddings, are becoming more popular. Couples who are doing this tend to have a larger wedding celebration mentally planned for post-pandemic. Intimate weddings take away the stress of having to socialize with the hundreds of people in attendance and allow you and your partner to focus on each other and spend quality time with each and every guest.

 

Eco-friendly Weddings

From buying the dress from designers who commit to eco-friendly practices, to hosting responsibly, there are numerous ways to keep your wedding day green. Many venues are now offering in-house catering that use locally sourced produce and meats. Couples are doing away with plastic straws and even encouraging guests to take home flowers and decor.

 

Road Trip Honeymoons

As travel bans make planning an overseas honeymoon close to impossible, there is plenty to see right here in the United States! I think we can all agree that social distancing plays a huge part in the safest ways to travel and adventure anymore. Avoiding crowded airports and tight airplanes is a great way to start safely honeymooning during a pandemic. So pack the car, it’s going to be a long ride!

 

Flexible Wedding Budgets

With couples not spending thousands of dollars on catering and reducing their guest list, there is an increase in flexible wedding spending. With the money you are spending (or saving), you and your partner can afford the extravagant fashion to take breathtaking photos of your special day or put the money towards a dream vacation post-pandemic.

 

Online Shopping

One of the most fun parts of wedding planning for brides is going to the bridal shop to try on dresses and accessories. We miss our bridal shops dearly. Until such is safe, online shopping is the best alternative. Just because you’re at home, cozy on the couch in your pajamas, doesn’t mean you can’t buy one of the most stunning wedding gowns on the market. From budget-friendly buys to lavish couture, many online bridal shops have understanding return policies for brides.

 

Whatever the trends, remember this is your day. Make it your own and everything you have ever dreamed of it to be, despite the state of the world. If you are planning or replanning your wedding and still on the hunt for entertainment, we can help. Contact us to provide your guests with the best post-pandemic party experience.

 

5 Tips to Hiring a Memorable Wedding DJ

5 Tips to Hiring a Memorable Wedding DJ

The main goal of your wedding is to make it an unforgettable night not only for you and your significant other but for your guests as well. From booking your beautiful dream venue to the delicious spread of food to a bumpin’ reception, there are many factors that will go into planning your special day. One of the most determining factors for a fun, upbeat reception is your choice of DJ. A reception can go south quickly with an empty dance floor. Moral of the story, great music makes for a great party. When it comes to hiring a DJ, much like finding your spouse, you will “just know” when you’ve found the right one. We have provided you with the tips to hiring a memorable DJ for your wedding that will leave your soon-to-be married guests asking where you found them!

Professionalism

We are raised to never judge a book by its cover. This statement is valid in most aspects of life, but first impressions are important when it comes to hiring a wedding DJ. A great DJ shows professionalism in all manners. From the way they dress to being well-groomed to maintaining a calm and controlled demeanor. If something goes astray during your wedding, a good DJ will know how to attend to wedding disasters and can act accordingly. Experience is key. You definitely don’t want to hire an inexperienced DJ and you certainly don’t want your wedding to be their first gig. Professional DJs will do their best because not only do they want your wedding night to be memorable, but they know they have a reputation to uphold. 

Reading The Crowd

You will want to ask a DJ how they pack the dance floor. A good, experienced DJ will have a passion and knowledge for all genres of music to predict the response of guests in the room when certain music plays. Knowing what music to play and when to play them is an important skill to make sure your DJ has. DJs will have varying styles and approaches to getting guests out on the dance floor. Some will use microphone interaction while others will focus on good music and taking requests. Most DJs will be able to adapt to certain requests and situations, but it’s important to make it clear what style of DJ you’re looking to hire from the start. 

Respects Your Wishes

While there are songs we can’t imagine not hearing at our wedding, there are other songs we know will make us cringe at the drop of the first beat. A good DJ will respect your wishes of what you do and do not want to hear at your wedding reception. After all, it is YOUR wedding reception. 

Party Packages

Other than great music, find out what else DJs offer in their packages. The high-tech sound systems and suitable lighting for different stages of the reception are a given, but what makes them different from their competitors? Photo booths can be a fun addition to any party!

Chemistry

Much like the feeling of meeting “the one”, you will just know when you’ve found the right DJ for your wedding. They will understand your needs and desires for the night and assure you they can make your dreams come true. With the right DJ, you won’t have to carry all the stress and anxiety that comes with planning a wedding. 

Your wedding is one of the biggest celebrations of your life and a great DJ will make it special. We are the area’s only all-female award-winning DJ company, and we book quickly! Check out our wedding services at HD Entertainment to see what we can do for you!