You know what can really make or break your big day? WE DO!
I often share with clients that their guests will always remember if the food was good and if they danced at your wedding. I always encourage my couples that money is well spent if you have a DJ that has experience, reliable equipment, and can keep your guests dancing through the night.
PR Events had the amazing opportunity to meet with owner of White Rose Entertainment. Jeff Verschage has been in the industry for over 20 years and has performed over 6000 weddings in Central Florida. His amazing team is made up of 20 DJS, trained to ask the right questions and match the needs of the clients and their music profile to the right professional.
Catch the full video at the link below, but here are some of our favorite questions!
Why White Rose Entertainment? EXPERIENCE. When you are not sure or have a question, the White Rose team can help provide multiple options to guide the couple. WRE has trained DJs that understand the many details of a wedding and the important questions to ask you to ensure they do not miss a beat. Most importantly, these professionals do this EVERY WEEKEND and know how to properly perform a wedding.
How important is it to have a professional wedding DJ company? If you push play on a playlist, you lose opportunities to read the crowd. There is not a Master of Ceremonies (MC) to introduce the couple and you are lacking in every way. A professional wedding DJ understands what is supposed to happen. For example, before you have the Maid of Honor standing to make a toast, I need to check that the catering team has made it to all the tables with that champagne and the photographer is in position.If you are spending money on a photographer, it is worth it to spend the money on your entertainment to ensure those moments are being caught.My team is trained by me and have followed me for at least 6 months assisting on the day of wedding to do it the way I do, down to the words are scripted and how to read the music profile.
How do you keep the party going?
What makes a wedding dj good? If they play what you want to hear and makes you dance. I love to ask the crowd what it is that will make them get up and dance and then shout them out before the song plays. Soon, they will be hollering songs out. The other way is how we build the schedule. If we can get the guests standing during a special moment, they are already on the floor when we drop the music. Every guest came to have a good time.
How do you work with a planner?
On the day of, the planner is the single point of contact and I take my cues from them. It’s a partnership. The planner may grab the bride and groom, while we grab the parents for a toast to make sure everyone is board and ready to go. So many things change daily and momentarily throughout the day. I love being the person that the planner looks to to make things happen smoothly and instantly. Another reason why it’s important to have a two person team, one to keep the music and party going, while the other is behind the scenes, working out any kinks in the day. But, there are so many things that a planner does day of that the dj can’t do while keeping the guests and couple dancing.
KEEP, TOSS or UPDATE?!- This is the fun part of our series where we look at traditional wedding situations and decide if we would keep, toss or update it!
Private last dance– KEEP IT! The couple gets a private moment, and the couple have a chance to line up for the grand exit. It is personal preference whether you want it to be just the two of you or surrounded by all your friends and family.
Bouquet and Garter Toss– Update! 90% of your guest have a different vibe of what you like, so TELL US! We can give you ideas such as giving the bouquet to the longest married couple, or the garter just appears rather than taking it off, break away bouquets.
Photo booths-Keep It! It’s fun and can be doubled as a party favor.
Interactive Activities– Depends on your crowd, are they a personal and get to know each other crowd, or do they want to party? A professional wedding DJ will ask you the right questions about your family dynamics to get some of these ideas in your meeting
Live Bands/Entertainment- Keep! If you can afford it in your budget, it magnifies the night. DJs are great for to accompany live entertainment to pick up during slow times without a hard stop, and can be switched back and forth for breaks, dinner etc. Keep in mind that they should be added to rather than in place of DJs.