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Trending for 2019: Giant marquee letters for weddings, quinceaneras, and events! This is the perfect way to personalize your wedding. Don't settle for the same look that everyone else has. Create a classic, timeless look by adding our 4 ft lighted marquee letters for your special day! For weddings, we can simply add the word "LOVE," or we can add "Mr. & Mrs, Mr. & Mr., or Mrs. & Mrs," etc.
We can also add your name, initials, a couple's initials, company name, etc. If you're celebrating a birthday, we can set up the birthday number, such as 15, or XV, 16 or XVI, 21, 30, 40, 50, etc. This is also perfect for wedding anniversaries, too! Many people are going all out and celebrating baby's birthdays, as well, by renting 1, 2, 3, etc.
Adding these marquee letters are also great for amazing photos! Wow your guests and have one of a kind photos for your wedding or special event! For more info, visit our giant marquee letter rentals page, today! If you're looking for more 2019 trends, check out our wedding trends, photo booth trends, or quinceanera trends, articles, for great tips and info! Contact us, today, and let's celebrate something special, together!
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As one of the leading DJ and photo booth companies in the Austin and central Texas area, we provide our services for weddings, quinceaneras and parties, all year! We play a large variety of music, suitable for all ages. We're in Texas, so it's no surprise that for most of our weddings and events, people want to hear Texas Country music! So we decided to help our clients and anyone who is looking to make a playlist for their event!
It was tough to make this list, since there are lots of great Texas Country songs that we play. We made a list of the Top 15 most-played Texas Country songs. We also included the YouTube links, so you can listen to them. We know there are many more great songs, but here's what our clients have often requested. :)
Top Texas Country Wedding Songs
If you want more song ideas, check out our more recent article, 20 Great Texas Country Wedding Songs. For non-traditional wedding processional/recessional song ideas, check out our 20 Great Non-Traditional Wedding Processional/Recessional Songs article. If you want to add more fun, upbeat songs for your wedding reception, check out our Top 200 Must-Play 2019 Wedding, Party & Event Songs article.
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Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in 2016, but has been updated.
If you're planning your quinceanera, in Austin, San Antonio, or anywhere, then you have already figured out how much time it takes to do! It's literally like an intro to wedding planning class! :) Quinceaneras require just as much time and effort as weddings from the planning standpoint. They're also very similar to weddings with the details and even the vendors you'll need to make your quince special!
Luckily, as one of central Texas' leaders in the quince industry, we're here to help. We are a part of quinces, every month, all year long. We get to help many quinceaneras and their families, celebrate this pivotal milestone moment! We're always honored to be a part of these special moments. Also, Jason & Diana are certified wedding/event planners and have created their exclusive planning forms for ABDJs' clients. We noticed that many people struggle with the day-of-timeline, so we created this timeline to help. Simply download the timeline and fill it in with your info.
As always, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help!
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The new, 2019 photo booth trend is spreading like wildfire! We're now offering our "follower photo booth" for weddings, parties, quinceaneras and events in the Austin, San Antonio, and central Texas area! You may ask "ummm... what is a follower photo booth? Is your photo booth going to follow/stalk me?" :) We promise not to stalk you or your guests, but we will certainly walk around and follow the fun and capture the fun moments!
Problem: Long Photo Booth Rental Lines :( Solution: The Follower Photo Booth!
We know that the one drawback of the photo booth is that well, it's a booth area! It never fails, as soon as the photo booth opens, there's a long line of people, waiting to take their photos. Sure, you can easily wait in line, but sometimes there are hundreds of guests and the lines can get long. :( Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths is here to change that!
We're taking the booth, out of the photo booth! We've created our follower photo booth to get rid of the annoying lines! Who has time to wait in line? We want to help you take your fun photos, and get back to the party! We'll bring our follower photo booth to you! Here's how it works:
We know you may not want the hassle of carrying around your photo strips, or you may lose them, so this also eliminates that problem! We just love solving problems! :) You can still take as many photos as you want to, of course.
So now, no more waiting in long lines, no more photos in just one place, and much more fun, unique photos! We'll capture you and your guests on the dance floor, at the bar, at your table, outdoors, or wherever you'd like to take the pictures! Contact us, today, about our Austin/San Antonio photo booth rentals and ask us about our new follower photo booth! We look forward to hearing from you!
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If you google "questions to ask you wedding dj," you'll get over 67 million results! You'll probably check out page 1 and maybe page 2, but how do you determine which DJ or DJ company will best suit your needs? A great way to do this is to narrow down your results to your top 3-5 companies who meet your price range, have available DJs, and are reputable. Once you do that, be sure to reach out to them and ask for a quote for what you need. Be sure to let them know the date, number of hours you need music for, if you need them for the ceremony and reception, or just the reception, and the type of music you're interested in hearing. Once you've received quotes, the next step is to ask them questions, to determine who will best meet your needs.
Here's a great list of questions to ask your DJ! This is a list of our most frequently asked questions from our customers and our answers! Feel free to use our list of questions to ask your DJ, even if you're not booking with us! Simply copy/paste our questions and delete our answers, of course. :) Here is the list.
Question 1. Can we create our own playlist or request songs to be played?
Answer: Absolutely! We encourage all of our clients to fill out our music planning sheet that will have the genres of music you prefer, as well as a list of favorite artists and any must-play or do-not-play songs! We do not charge extra to create your playlist. We have a huge online music library that has all genres of music. We even have a helpful "popular songs" section, which provides guidance and suggestions for key moments songs, such as first dance songs, father/daughter songs, etc. This is your wedding and you should be able to decide what we play!
Question 2: How many people will be working the day of our wedding or event?
Answer: It depends on the needs of your event. We typically have two people at every wedding/event that we do, but sometimes, just one person is available. We may have additional people come early, to help us set up, but by the start time, only one or two people will be at the entire event.
Question 3: Will you need a dinner or drinks for you or your staff?
Answer: We do require a vendor meal for any wedding or event that is 4 hours or longer. We ask this because our staff will arrive 2 hours before the start time of any event, and break-down for about 1 hour, after an event, which is a 7 hour day.
Question 4: Do you or your staff drink alcohol on the job?
Answer: Absolutely not. We've seen many other DJs, photo booth staff, photographers, and other staff, help themselves to a plate of food and help themselves to the open bar, which we completely do not understand. We've seen other staff intoxicated, while on the job, and we're always amazed at how they stay in business. We're professionals and we do not do this and require that all of our staff do not do this, either. We'll gladly accept water or non-alcoholic drinks.
Question 5: Do you bring all the necessary equipment for our event or do we need to provide anything?
Answer: We've heard of other DJs and DJ companies requiring the customer to rent the sound system, which is surprising! We bring all the equipment we need for every event we provide services for. For the DJ, we simply need an 8X8 area to set up, near a standard power outlet. The photo booth also has the same requirements. We do require a 6 foot table to be set up in the area where you'll want the DJ. We will bring our own linen, or a linen can also be placed on the table. We provide our own photo booth table.
Question 6: Do you bring back up equipment, in case anything happens?
Answer: Yes, we certainly do. All of our DJs are very experienced and know how to handle a situation where they may need to make adjustments, if equipment isn't working correctly. We always check-in with our staff during set up and are available "on-call", if problems arise at any time during the event.
Question 7: Do you have other staff, available, if the DJ or photo booth attendant gets sick or has an emergency?
Answer: Yes, we have 6 DJs that work with our team and we always check-in with every DJ, the week of the event. We also check in with the DJ and/or photo booth staff 24 hours before the event and then again, 4 hours before the event start time, to ensure they're going to make the event. If a DJ or photo booth attendant is sick or has an emergency, we will notify the customer immediately and provide an experienced, professional staff for the event.
We've NEVER had a DJ no show and don't plan to! :)
Question 8: What is your cancellation policy?
Answer: Our cancellation policy states that all deposits are non-refundable. after 72 hours. We will, however, refund 100% of any payments made toward the balance, outside of the deposit. Fortunately, our deposits are very reasonable. Most DJ companies require 50% of the total balance to book an event and the deposit is non-refundable. We do not do this. Our deposits are fair.
Question 9: Is there an additional charge for special-requested dance floor lighting?
Answer: If there is a particular light that you request that we do not have, then we can obtain the light(s), if needed, for an additional charge.
Question 10: Do you provide an "MC" for our event, who will make necessary announcements?
Answer: Yes, we will gladly be the MC for your event, at no additional charge. Many companies charge an extra fee for an MC, which to us, is crazy. So the DJ will not say a word, unless you pay him/her? Wow. Again, we're fair and don't do this.
Question 11: Do you have bilingual DJs, who can make announcements in Spanish? (If you need this)
Answer: Yes, many of our DJs are bilingual, and can do this. If there is another language in which you need announcements, we will certainly let you or one of your guests make any announcement(s), with our PA system. We've done several weddings/events where other languages were spoken/used, (Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Hindi, ASL, etc.) and clients designated a person to make announcements for guests, in addition to our announcements.
Question 12: How long does it take set up and break-down your equipment?
Answer: Depending on the needs of your event, the set up can take anywhere from 60 minutes, up to 2 hours or more. Most weddings and events that we've done in venues in Austin and Central Texas, take about 60 - 90 minutes, to set up. Break down takes about one hour (or more if using multiple systems).
Question 13: Is set-up/break-down time included in the time we purchase or charged separately?
Answer: We do not charge extra for set up; your time starts when the music starts, not when we arrive to set up. You are also not charged for break-down time, either. Exception: if you need us to set up earlier than 2 hours, or break-down later than one hour after the event ends, there is an additional charge. Example: wedding ceremony starts at 5 pm, and we'd normally arrive at 3 pm, to set up, but you need the DJ or photo booth to set up at 12 pm. Many companies do not include set-up/break-down time and charge additional fees for this time. Again, we do not do this, unless it is the above exception.
Question 14: What do you typically wear?
Answer: We always dress appropriately for the occasion. Our staff will wear slacks and a button up dress shirt. For outdoor, summer events, we have company Polo shirts we typically wear, with slacks. If we need to dress more formal, please let us know and we certainly can do this.
Question 15: Is there a minimum amount of hours to book?
Answer: Yes, we require a two hour minimum for DJ and/or photo booth services.
Question 16: Will the DJ take requests?
Answer: Yes, we can certainly take requests. We will do our best to play all requests, given that we have the song and there is enough time to get through the written playlist and must-play songs. We ask all our clients to let us know if requests are okay and ask for any restrictions on requests, such as: "Yes, play requests, but no rap, metal, etc."
Question 17: If the crowd is shy or not dancing, do you motivate the crowd to dance?
Answer: We rarely have to do this, but yes, we certainly can. We do numerous weddings and events, all year, so we know what people like and want to dance to. We play great music and people will dance!
Question 18: Can you assist me in finding music for our ceremony or reception?
Answer: Yes, we'll be glad to assist you in planning your ceremony and reception music. We also have numerous planning tips on our blog! Click, below, to browse through our blog for lots of great tips and advice!
Question 19: Do you provide any other services for weddings or events?
Answer: Yes, we certainly do! We provide: photo booth services, uplighting, monogram lighting, sound for live ceremony performances, custom music mix/mash-up, projector, projector screen and more!
Question 20: When is the final balance due?
Answer: The final balance is due 3 weeks before your event. We'll meet in person, or via phone, 3-4 weeks before, to go over your planning forms, answer questions, and collect/discuss the final payment. Many customer also opt to pay payments, and if they do, we send a new invoice, reflecting the payment and remaining balance, each time.
Question 21: Do you take breaks during the ceremony/reception?
Answer: Though most bands will take breaks at events, we do not take breaks.
Question 22: What if my DJ becomes ill or cannot make it to my event?
Answer: We have several DJs that work with us, and one of the owners is always open, in case this happens. Fortunately, this has never happened! We require our DJs to let us know as soon as possible, preferably at least 5 days before the event, if they cannot make it. If this happens, one of the owners will personally DJ the event. We will review all of the wedding documents, to be sure we have all the music and ensure that all the event needs are covered.
Question 23: What time will you arrive to set up for our event?
Answer: We arrive approximately 1.5 - 2 hours before the start time of any event, to set up our equipment. If the 360 package is booked, we will usually arrive 2.5 - 3 hours before the start time of the event.
Question 24: How does it work if I have a band playing and only need you to play during the ceremony, cocktail hour, and for the band's break, later on during the night?
Answer: We base our rates based on the time we start and end any event. If we start the ceremony and then stop playing since there are live musicians, we cannot technically be on "break," since we're there at the event and cannot leave. So we will charge based on the total amount of time we're there, from the time we start until the time we end (we don't charge for setup/breakdown time).
Question 25: How will you decide which of your DJs will DJ my event?
Answer: During our initial conversations, we'll discuss the music you want for your wedding or event. Based on your music choices, we'll select the DJ that best fits your needs. Although all of our DJs are very familiar with all genres of music, we have some DJs who really love certain genres. We'll do our best to match you with the best DJ for your event. All of our DJs are very professional and experienced, and have done hundreds of weddings and events. They're all sure to do a great job!
We certainly hope this list of questions has been helpful for you. As always, if you have additional questions, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help!
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Come join us at the January Bridal/Vendor Mixer, at Flor Amor! Flor Amor is located at 2108 Payne Avenue Austin, TX 78757. The map and directions are below. Simply click the Google Map to get driving directions.
Come join some of Austin's top wedding and event vendors in a fun, casual non-salesy environment! We're excited to work with Sharon Yancey, owner and Master Florist, at Flor Amor, in Austin, Texas. Flor Amor does an amazing job providing fresh cut seasonal floral arrangements, weekly corporate floral ambiance arrangements, wedding bouquets, ceremony decor, and event flowers. Flor Amor provides bespoke floral designs with superior value!
Join Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, Ashley Eubanks Photography, and many more of Austin's top wedding vendors at this fun mixer! We're looking forward to meeting you!
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If you're planning your wedding or event, take a look at The Hummingbird House, in Austin, TX. We recently partnered with the Hummingbird House and we're offering special packages, for Hummingbird House events, only! :) So if you're already booked there, contact us, today, and let's discuss our special packages for your wedding, quinceanera, or event!
We'll be happy to work with you and provide our wedding DJ services, a photo booth rental, uplighting, lawn and giant game rentals (which are perfect for their outdoor area), or any of our other options to make your wedding the wedding you've always dreamed of! We have common packages to start with, but no two weddings are the same, since no two couples are the same. We will create the perfect package for your perfect day!
If you're still searching for a venue, be sure to consider this great wedding/event venue! Hummingbird House has a very unique outdoor area, with its picture perfect 5 1/2 acre lush tropical setting! They can accommodate up to 200 guests and have great amenities, too! Be sure to contact Courtney and the great team at Hummingbird, today! We look forward to working with you and ensuring your wedding is unique, memorable, and fun!
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For months, you’ve been planning the décor for your special day—but what do you do with hundreds of mason jars, candle holders, and floral arrangements once the dust has settled and the honeymoon is over? If you recently got hitched and now you have no idea what to do with all your leftover decorations, don’t get out the trash can just yet. It may seem daunting at first, but there are plenty of ways to reuse, donate, or recycle your wedding décor.
How to Organize Your Décor
First thing’s first. To avoid drowning in a sea of leftover table decorations and bridal magazines while you figure out what to do with your décor, it’s time to get organized! Create a system so that you stay organized and on top of things. This means keeping like items together (family photos go in one container; mason jars go in another) and using clear plastic bins to store everything.
You could also delegate stuff to your bridesmaids or groomsmen (yep, just because the wedding is over doesn’t mean you can’t ask them for help)—if, for example, dealing with the centerpieces feels overwhelming to you, don’t hesitate to see if your friends can take them off your hands.
What to Do with Your Décor
Now for the fun part! Here are some of the all-time best uses for your old wedding décor:
Decorate with it
There’s no reason why you can’t use some of your wedding décor as home décor. For instance, if you have a bunch of leftover candles and candle holders, spread them around on coffee tables, on bookshelves, or on your dresser. Incorporate any linens, pillows, or blanket you bought for guests into your home (keep in mind that when you’re wedding planning, it’s a great idea to consciously pick items that will fit in with your existing décor at home).
Did you collect family photos for your wedding? Add them to your mantle at home or create a whole new gallery wall with all your framed photos. Take any leftover flowers, press them, and hang them in a shadowbox on the wall. There are countless ways you can decorate your house with your wedding treasures.
Keep it for another party
Want an excuse to throw another awesome party? Hang onto all your old décor and use it to spice up another celebration! It doesn’t have to be wedding-related—use your leftover balloons for a children’s birthday party or put out leftover candy during a get-together with friends.
Although you may be tempted to toss everything in the trash, try to resist the urge. If there are some customized items that can’t be reused or gifted, be sure to recycle what you can. You could also try taking items to Goodwill or a local thrift store.
Donate it to another couple or a charitable cause
Chances are, you probably know another couple about to get married, so why not donate some of your old décor to them? Ask around to other friends and family members and see if they know anyone in need. Weddings can be incredibly costly, so if you know a soon-to-be-hitched couple who may not have all the money in the world, consider donating your decorations to them.
You could also donate your décor to a charitable cause: For example, if you’re wondering what to do with all your floral arrangements, there are several companies (including the Bloom Project and Petals with Purpose) that will take your flowers and distribute them to hospitals and nursing homes. If you have time, consider delivering them yourself.
Save your leftover bottles of alcohol
Ah, the wedding booze—when the bar closes, what do you plan to do with all those leftover bottles? If you have a bunch of half-empty bottles of wine and liquor left after your big day (and you had your wedding in a private venue), ask your caterer or day-of planner to set aside any open bottles at the end of the night. For identical bottles of liquor, combine bottles and fill them up, and take them to your bar at home. Let's be honest: You probably deserve a drink after all that wedding planning, anyway. Some liquor stores allow you to bring back your unopened bottles after the big event. Do some adequate research ahead of time to see if that's an option for you.
Whatever you do, after your wedding is over, don’t just throw away all your décor! After all, you probably spent months agonizing over all those decorations. Plus, chances are that you’ll regret getting rid of that beautiful family altar you crafted or those intricate DIY centerpieces you spent so long making. But even if you do want to throw out some of your old wedding stuff, at least you know you did your due diligence to repurpose most of it. When the time comes to say goodbye to the leftover, makes it easy on yourself by hiring a trash removal service in Austin so you can just Otherwise, it’s time to get creative: Recycle, reuse, or donate your decorations.
Guest Contributor: Abigail Golder
Prom season is approaching quickly! It's time to book your central Texas/Austin prom DJ, photo booth rental, and anything else you may need. If you haven't booked your prom entertainment, it's definitely a good idea to get it done by Valentine's Day, or the end of February at the latest. Great DJs get booked quickly. Most schools will book their prom DJs and photo booth rentals in the fall semester, sometimes the first week of school! Our first 2 proms were booked the first day of school!
We already have 3 proms that booked us last semester. We are booking our 4th prom, by the end of the week! We'd LOVE to be a part of your prom, too! We offer many optional upgrades to make your prom unique and different from all the other proms out there. You can add uplighting, a custom monogram, a video monogram, lawn/giant games, giant lighted marquee letters and much more. Check out our custom monogram article to see the awesome variety of monograms that we offer. We can add a school logo, or text to the monogram, as well as the photo booth pictures.
Check out the video, above, to see why we're clearly the BEST choice for your prom or school dance! We work with EVERY school district in Travis County and many surrounding districts, too! Don't forget, we offer discounted rates to schools, too!
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If you're looking to add a great DJ or photo booth rental for your Valentine's Day event, contact us, today! We can provide a great DJ, a Valentine's theme photo booth, including Valentine's props, a red backdrop, etc. We can also add your Valentine's Day event text, such as: "Valentine's Day Bash 2019" or a company logo, etc. Our photo booth will also let your guests take home great pictures, printed in seconds, after they take pics. They can also upload the pics to their favorite social media!
The DJ can also provide a custom monogram, red or pink uplighting, or any other colors to bring your theme together! We have giant letters that can be added, giant games, lawn games, etc. The DJ/MC will be happy to do raffles, giveaways, facilitate fun games, etc. Adding a DJ or photo booth is always a great way to keep your guests entertained! So if you're considering adding a DJ or photo booth rental, contact us, today, and let's celebrate together!
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As one of the top DJ and photo booth rental companies in the Austin, San Antonio, and the central Texas area, we provide music and entertainment for weddings, quinceaneras, parties, and events, every weekend, all year long. Around 80% of our events are weddings! So, we know a thing or two about weddings! :) There are many great DJ song lists out there. Simply doing a Google search for "top wedding songs" will bring you thousands of results! Over time, we've noticed that many of the songs in our list, below, always packed the dance floor at weddings! Of course every DJ has his/her own preferred "go-to" songs, and the top songs that are played at weddings and events may also vary by region.
Our job, as DJs, is to ensure that our clients and their guests have a great time! We know there are literally millions of songs out there and there may be some great songs that we left off the list, but these are the top songs that we frequently play at weddings. This song has a range of different songs, from different genres and decades, so that all your guests can enjoy dancing to music they love! That being said, here is our list of the top 25 fun wedding reception songs that get people dancing!
Overall, we play all the music that our clients prefer or ask for, first. If they allow us to take requests, we'll play those songs, as well, if they fit with the client's preferences. Some clients may want only Country and Texas Country, while others may want only 90's, or only Top 40. We generally recommend that you have a variety of music, since your guests may all have different musical taste. The above songs usually pack the dance floor at weddings here in the Austin and central Texas area; however, these songs are great hits and should pack dance floors all over the country!
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If you're considering booking Zilker Clubhouse for your Austin wedding, quinceanera, or event, you've come to the right place! :) We have direct experience from two sides. First, as wedding DJs and photo booth providers, and second, as guests at an event there. So here are our thoughts, based on our experiences. Oh, and no, we were not paid to write this. We're simply trying to help anyone who is considering this venue for their wedding or event.
I like to start with the cons, simply to get them out of the way. I want to end on a positive note! :)
Cons of Booking Zilker Clubhouse in Austin, TX
Pros of Booking Zilker Clubhouse Austin, TX
Now, let's get to the pros of booking at Zilker Clubhouse. There are a few great things about booking here! Let's discuss these.
Overall, the Zilker Clubhouse is a great venue, if you know what you're getting. Check out more info and read the complete list of details about renting Zilker Clubhouse in this PDF. We hope this has been helpful! As always, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help in any way that we can.
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When most people think of wedding ceremonies and sometimes wedding reception songs, no one thinks about fun songs, or even songs that they have in their Spotify list or on their phones. Most people are used to the traditional wedding classical music for ceremonies, and for receptions, the key moment songs can vary, too.
We're seeing more and more people making their wedding ceremonies and receptions as unique as they are, by choosing songs that fit them! While there are a variety of genres, we encourage people to choose the music for their ceremony and reception that best fits them. Here are some popular Country songs that we see used in many of our weddings. If you're looking for Texas Country songs, be sure to check out our Texas Country Wedding Songs article, or our Top 15 Texas Country Songs article. By the way, if you're having a wedding in Texas, you must include a song from one of those lists, or any George Strait songs will work, too. haha :)
Country Wedding Ceremony Songs
"Beautiful Every Time," by Lee Brice
"Bless the Broken Road," by Rascal Flatts
"Valentine," by Jim Brickman and Martina McBride
"Cowboy Take Me Away," by Dixie Chicks
"When I Said I Do," by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
"Makin' Plans," by Miranda Lambert
"Lost In This Moment," by Big & Rich
"Look at Me," by Carrie Underwood
"Wanted," by Hunter Hayes
"From This Moment On," by Shania Twain
"Your Everything," by Keith Urban
"First Love Song," by Luke Bryan
Country First Dance Wedding Songs
"God Gave Me You," by Blake Shelton
"It's Your Love," by Tim Mcgraw and Faith Hill
"I Don't Dance," by Lee Brice
"I Do," by Jessie James Decker
"You Move Me," by Garth Brooks
"My Best Friend," by Tim Mcgraw
"You Had Me From Hello," by Kenny Chesney
"Making Memories of Us," by Keith Urban
"I Run to You," by Lady Antebellum
"Mine Would Be You," by Blake Shelton
"I Cross My Heart," by George Strait
"You're Still the One," by Shania Twain
"Breathe," by Faith Hill
"Me and You," by Kenny Chesney
"Dance Real Slow," by Easton Corbin
"Amazed," by Lonestar
"Then," by Brad Paisley
"Whatever It Is," by Zac Brown Band
"Holding on to You," by Miranda Lambert
"Speechless" Dan + Shay
"Tennessee Whiskey" Chris Stapleton
Parent(s) Dance(s) (Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Mother/Daughter)
"My Wish," by Rascal Flatts
"I'll Be," by Reba McEntire
"Anything Like Me," by Brad Paisley
"I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack
"Like My Mother Does," by Lauren Alaina
"Mother Like Mine," by The Band Perry
"The Dance," by Garth Brooks
"The Baby," by Blake Shelton
"All-American Girl," by Carrie Underwood
"Love Like Crazy," by Lee Brice
"My Little Girl," by Tim Mcgraw
"Don't Blink," by Kenny Chesney
"How 'Bout Them Cowgirls," by George Strait
"There Goes My Life," by Kenny Chesney
"I Loved Her First," by Heartland
"It Won't Be Like This for Long," by Darius Rucker
"Daddy's Hands," by Holly Dunn
"Mamas Song" Carrie Underwood
Couple Introduction Country Songs (Wedding Grand Entrance)
"That's My Kind of Night" Luke Bryan
"Check Yes or No," by George Strait
"Lovin' You Is Fun," by Easton Corbin
"Homegrown," by Zac Brown Band
"Sunshine and Whiskey," by Frankie Ballard
"Me and My Gang," by Rascal Flatts
"Party People," by Florida Georgia Line
"Stuck Like Glue," by Sugarland
"Somebody Like You" Keith Urban
Last Dance Country Songs (End of Reception)
"Friends in Low Places," by Garth Brooks
"Honey Bee," by Blake Shelton
"My Eyes," by Blake Shelton
"Carrying Your Love With Me," by George Strait
"These Last Few Days," by Lee Brice
"Your Man," by Josh Turner
"True Believers," by Darius Rucker
"Rewind," by Rascal Flatts
"Baby Be My Love Song," by Easton Corbin
"Just a Kiss," by Lady Antebellum
"When the Stars Go Blue," by Tim McGraw
"This," by Darius Rucker
"Run Away With You," by Big & Rich
"That's Where It Is," by Carrie Underwood
"She's Everything," by Brad Paisley
"Perfect Storm," by Brad Paisley
While there are numerous other great songs from all genres, these are some of the popular examples of great Country songs that we often play at weddings. Don't forget to check out our online music library, for more examples of songs, from a variety of genres.
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When it comes to tipping, wedding DJs, and wedding vendors in general, are not exempt from tipping. Remember, your wedding vendors are still providing a service to you and your guests. The biggest question is, how much should you tip your wedding DJ or band? Do you have to tip them or any of your wedding vendors? The short answer is: it depends. You may be wondering, well, it depends on what?
Believe it or not, some wedding vendors have tipping built into their contract. Some vendor contracts will specifically add a 15% - 25% gratuity onto the total bill for the servers or other staff. We've seen many venues do this, catering companies, bartending companies, and yes, even wedding DJ companies, too! We get it, tipping is a nice way to incentivize the staff who work to do a great job, but in our opinion, it's more beneficial to the vendor than you. Why? Well, this is money that they can promise their own staff, without having to directly pay it out of their own pockets or profits. You, the client, are directly paying the gratuity. Is it fair? Yes and no.
Yes, it's fair, because well, it will be in the contract that this is required and hopefully, you read the contract thoroughly! No, because vendors should want to pay their staff well and not force the clients to spend more, just to keep the staff happy. This is our policy. We don't require tipping and leave it 100% up to the client. If the client wants to tip us, great! If they don't, that's totally okay, too! We're happy to get a "thank you," and always very happy to get a great review from happy clients!
We pay our DJs a great pay rate to keep them happy and we offer our own bonus programs and incentives. None of which rely on the client to pay for. We're certainly not bashing anyone who does include mandatory tipping. We're just choosing to do things differently. The main reason is because tipping should always be optional, in our opinion. If you're less than happy with the service, being forced to tip for a service you were unhappy with just doesn't seem fair to us. :(
Our advice is to read the contracts, thoroughly, and find out about tipping, if it isn't in the contract. If it's mandatory, ask about what happens if you're not 100% happy with the service? Are you still required to tip for bad service? Hopefully not!
The bottom line is this: If you're 100% happy with your service and feel a tip would be a great idea (if it's not mandatory in the vendor contract) a 10% - 20% tip would certainly be appreciated by your wedding DJ! Many times, clients will simply tip $50 - $150 to the wedding DJ and this is more than acceptable. We know that some wedding DJ companies can charge upwards of $2000 - $4000, which means $200 - $400 tip (for 10%) and this is a lot! We get it. Do you have to tip even 10% - 20% of the bill? No, you do not.
As stated above, $50 - $150 is the average tip we've seen. You can tip more, or even less, if you'd like. Remember, wedding DJs get paid a decent salary and are not paid $2.14 like some waitstaff may be paid at a restaurant. If your wedding DJ is not getting paid what they want to be paid and expect a tip, that's a problem for the DJ company to solve, not you. There is not any DJs making minimum wage or less, for their work, so don't worry if you don't have the budget to tip 10% - 20% of the total bill. Again, your DJ will be happy with any tip that you do leave, because at the end of the day, wedding DJs want their clients to be happy and a happy client that simply says "thank you for doing a great job" is always appreciated, with or without a tip! :)
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Book Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths for your wedding, party, Quinceanera, or event, by January 31st and save $100 off of your total package price, or receive one free optional upgrade! For a very limited time, we're doing this promotion because we want to help you have a fun, memorable wedding or event, and save a little, too! :)
Whether your wedding or event is in Austin, or outside of Austin, we've got your covered. If you already have your wedding DJ booked and you simply need a photo booth rental, we can provide only a photo booth, as well! We also recently added a San Antonio photo booth rental office, so we can provide a DJ or photo booth for San Antonio weddings, quinceaneras, parties or events, too!
No, we WON'T make you buy the most expensive package, just to save. It is from ANY package, or we can even create a custom DJ package, just for your needs. This offer applies to new inquiries, only, and the booking must occur between 1/6/19 - 1/31/19. Please email us for more details. Remember, the deal ends January 31, 2019. Contact us, today, to learn how you can easily save $100 on your event!
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Wedding planning can be quite challenging, since there are numerous details to consider. There are so many details and things you never thought about. Luckily, Jason and Diana, of Austin's Best DJs, are also certified wedding/event planners and we’re here to help you every step of the way!
Wedding Ceremony Tips
Cocktail Hour Planning Tips
5. What songs are best for the cocktail hour?
After the ceremony is complete, Cocktail Hour begins, to allow the couple and wedding party to take pictures. Most couples choose soft, background music to be played for the hour (sometimes 1.5 hours). Cocktail hour is the perfect time to play all of your favorite songs that perhaps may not be "danceable" or slower songs. Many people choose their favorite songs, but acoustic versions, Country love songs, Bluegrass remakes, Jazz, Big Band, etc. Be sure to check out our Country Wedding Songs article, or our Cocktail Hour Wedding Songs article for more great song ideas.
Grand Entrance & Dinner Tips
6. The Grand Entrance
Once Cocktail Hour is complete, the wedding party will make their grand entrance. Some couples choose to announce their parents and the entire wedding party, while others choose to introduce the newlyweds, only. A song can be chosen for the wedding party and usually, a different song is chosen for the couple’s introduction.
7. Wedding Dinner Tips & Playlist Ideas
After the couple has been introduced, dinner usually begins. Some couples will choose to do their first dance as soon as they enter, while others may wait until after dinner. We see about an even 50/50 split of couples doing this.
For dinner, most couples play a mix of soft, background music, but any music/genre can be played, depending upon the couple’s taste and preferences. Check out our 21 Awesome Wedding Dinner and Cocktail Hour Song Ideas article, for great song ideas. Toasts are usually done towards the end of dinner, as well. Most couples do this, so that no one is missing or has to find the person doing toasts. Other couples may wait until the cake cutting time to then do toasts.
Wedding Reception Planning Tips
8. Now the fun begins! :)
After dinner concludes, the dance floor will open. As we mentioned earlier, some couples will then do their first dance, and parent dances at this time. For the couples who already did their first dance after the grand entrance, they will then do their parent dances after dinner.
Couples should choose the genres of music they wish to hear, along with other genres that their family and friends may enjoy. A good mixture of music works best, to ensure everyone will have an enjoyable evening. Be sure to check out our Top 200 Wedding Songs article for great wedding reception song ideas! Other moments where songs will need to be chosen are: cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss, the last dance, and the send-off song.
This is the basic timeline of how most weddings are done, but of course every wedding can be changed, according to the couple’s needs and wishes. We hope to have provided you with some helpful advice. Please feel free to email us, if you have any additional planning questions and we’ll be happy to help, congratulations!
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As one of Austin's premier wedding DJ & photo booth companies, we've created hundreds of custom wedding first dance mixes over the years. Until now, these were only available to our clients. We decided to help as many brides, grooms, and couples as we can, by creating the perfect first dance mix, father/daughter mix, mother/son mix, mother/daughter & father/son mixes.
Don't dance to the same song that hundreds of other couples are dancing to, this year. Make your wedding unique and memorable, and stand out from the rest! If you're having a choreographed wedding dance, let us create your custom, unique song mix that will only be played at YOUR wedding. :)
Although your wedding DJ may be able to do this, we know that many wedding DJs charge a lot to create your custom mix, while others may include it in their services. We're making it affordable for anyone to get their custom wedding first dance mix! For $20, we'll create the perfect song mix for your big day. We simply need the details, such as: title and artist for each song, exact start/stop times of each song, order of the songs, and a few other details.
You can also order any other key moment songs, such as the father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, etc. We can also create a custom cocktail hour mix or playlist, dinner mix or playlist, and we can even create custom, muti-genre, one hour mixes for your wedding reception! This is perfect for DIY weddings!
Just let us know what your needs are and we'll be happy to work with you! Email us and we'll discuss the details and what will work best for your needs.
Custom Quinceanera Mixes!
If you're having a quinceanera, sweet 15, or sweet 16, you may need a custom quinceanera song mix. We've done many mixes for the father/daughter song, mother/daughter song, custom quinceanera waltz mix, court dance mix, baile sopresa song mix, etc. Whatever song mix you need, we can create the perfect mix for your event!
We know that no two quinceaneras are alike, so why should you dance to the same song with your parents, that hundreds of other quinceaneras danced to, as well? Stand our from the other quinces and dance to a song that we create just for you, that will only be played at your quince! For $20, we'll create your custom quince mix. We do allow 1 revision, and we'll send you the digital file for your approval.
We can also create a custom dinner playlist for your event. We'll send you the file and you simply have to click "play." There will be no need to have someone in charge of the playlist and you can save money by not paying your DJ for that extra time! :)
Contact us, today, with any questions you may have and we'll be happy to help!
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As certified wedding/event planners, and owners of Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, Jason and his wife, Diana, help many people plan their weddings and Quinceaneras in the Austin and central Texas area, every year. Today, we're writing to discuss a few great tips to plan the perfect quince!
First, let's discuss the prominence of Quinces in the US. In the United States, the Latino population grew about 57% between 2000 and 2017 (according to the Pew Research Center). About 17% of teens are of Hispanic origin, today. This means about 1 in 6 teens will be turning 15, and many will be celebrating their Quinceanera, in 2019! Wow, that's a lot of teens!
Planning a Quinceanera, today, is very much like planning a wedding! There are so many details to consider, and the average Quinceanera is planned about 12-18 months before the actual date! Let’s discuss a few great tips, and how you can plan your perfect Quinceanera!
1. Determine Your Quinceanera Budget
As we mentioned before, Quinceaneras are a BIG DEAL! They take so much time to plan and there are so many details involved. There are numerous things to consider. The very first thing to consider before everything else is your budget. How much will you spend, total, for the Quince? If you’re looking for great ways to save, check out the Quinceanera.com Quince on a Budget page, for lots of great budgeting tips! They have tons of ways to help you save money and to help you in the planning process.
If you need an easy template to help you get organized, feel free to download our Quineanera Budget template, and simply input the items and costs for your quince. We've done the hard work for you! :) Just click the file, below, to download it!
2. Choose Your Quince Venue
After you've determined your budget, the next step is to choose the right venue for your Quince. You'll have to decide on how many guests you're inviting, before choosing your venue. Many quinces have well over 100 people. We've often seen 200 - 300 guests at some of the quinces we've done. How big you want your quince depends on your budget. Remember, the larger the venue, the more expensive it is, usually. You also have to consider feeding all of your guests. So inviting your tio's neighbor's neighbor, may not be the best idea. :)
If you want to invite everyone, but can't afford to feed everyone, consider scaling down your list. How? A basic rule of thumb that we tell our wedding and quince clients is this: If you haven't actually spoken to the person in any meaningful way in over a year, you can probably take them off of your list.
3. Find a Great Catering Company
Now that you've determined your budget and booked your venue, it's time to take care of the food! Do you want to serve appetizers? Do you want to serve a plated dinner, family style dinner, or a buffet? Buffet style is the cheapest option to feed a lot of people. Generally, your venue and food will usually take up most of your quince budget.
Always get 3-5 quotes for everything you need. Food, music, decor, etc. After you've received your quotes, find out what the food options are. If you really want to save money, consider getting food from a local restaurant, versus a catering company. Just be sure to ask if they offer catering. Be aware, that local restaurants will not always offer service staff, so you and your family/friends will have to all come together to help out with dinner, if you choose to hire a local restaurant.
If you want to save even more money, ask your family to help with the food and bring a dish. This is an easy way to save, if you need to. Be sure to check out the Mi Padrino site for a few helpful articles on how to save on catering costs.
4. Book Your Entertainment
The next important step to think about is your Quinceanera entertainment. Do you want to hire a band, or a DJ? Generally, bands cost more and they do take breaks, understandably. Bands won't always MC your quince ceremonies, either, but some do. As we stated above, be sure to get 3-5 quotes and find out what's included with the price. Many companies will offer a low introductory price, but have nothing included with the package, making you spend more to get things you may want, like dance floor lighting, uplighting, etc. By the way, we know some awesome Austin/San Antonio Quinceanera DJs, if you need a DJ! :)
Next, think about what other entertainment you'd like to offer. Many quinces are now adding a photo booth rental as part of their entertainment. Everyone loves taking selfies! Additionally, you can ask for social media uploading from your photo booth provider, and this will be great! Just ask everyone to use your hashtag, or location, for your Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat.
5. Choose a Quince Theme
Now that you've got the main parts of your quince at least booked, it's time to focus on one of the best parts, choosing a great Quinceanera theme! What theme are you looking for? A Disney theme has been very popular for 2018 and upcoming 2019 Quinceaneras. We've seen "Beauty and the Beast" Quinces, "The Little Mermaid" Quinces, "Frozen" Quinces, and many others! You don't have to have a theme, of course, but many love the idea!
Choosing a theme comes before choosing your Quinceanera dress, because you'll need to choose a color that goes with it. There are plenty of great places to choose a quinceanera dress. In California, one of the most popular places is Moda 2000. They have an online shop with tons of colors and styles to choose from. Looking online helps you save time, since you can narrow down your favorite styles and colors, before going to the shop.
In Texas, you can simply visit Mary's Bridal Store, for tons of great Quinceanera dress options, as well. Though they're located in the Houston, Texas area (Stafford, TX), you simply have to enter your zip code on their store locator site, to find stores closer to your area. There are many stores for you to be able to try on your dress.
After you select the perfect dress, you can then focus on decor. You can choose your matching colors for the table linen, add centerpieces, add uplighting, perhaps add a custom-made monogram with your name or quince logo, and much more!
Overall, these are the top 5 tips to help you get started on planning the perfect Quince! Of course there is a lot more to do in the months before your Quince, but these are the 5 things to do to ensure your Quince goes just the way you want it to. If you're too busy to plan the quince, consider hiring an event planner to help you along the way. Planners can be very helpful and take our all of the stress of planning. Your job will simply be to show up and have fun! If you're curious about new quince trends, check out our article, 2019 Quinceanera Trends, for lots of great info on the latest trends, new dress styles and colors, and more!
Also, an easy way to talk to all of your vendors for your quince, at once, is to attend the Austin/San Antonio Quince Expo, this February. Simply click the link for more details. A great thing about attending these expos is that vendors really want to book as many events as possible, that day, so you'll often be able to get great discounts! As always, contact us if you need any info and we'll be happy to help!
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If you recently got engaged, congratulations! Whether you're in our area (Austin and central Texas) or anywhere, now, comes the fun, or shall I say, stressful part: wedding planning! If you haven't already started your frantic researching and planning, then now is a great time to start. Check out any of the great wedding websites for lots of helpful tips. By the way, Jason & Diana (ABDJs' owners/managers) are also certified wedding & event planners, and they write this blog with plenty of planning tips & resources, to help you plan your big day. This little blog gets over 40,000 visitors per month!
Now that you're engaged and most likely already changed your Facebook status, it's time to get to work! Besides using Google and wedding websites, you should definitely consider attending a bridal show. For our market, the Austin Bridal Extravaganza is happening this weekend, January 5th & 6th, 2019, at the Palmer Event Center, from 12 pm - 5 pm, in Austin, Texas. It's a huge event with hundreds of wedding vendors present. We have never had a booth there, but we actually went as guests before our wedding (we, Diana and Jason, got married in October 2016). The bridal extravaganza has tons of vendors for everything you need for your special wedding day in Austin or central Texas.
Bridal Show Warning!
Let me warn you, it's somewhat of a sensory overload when you walk in. There are vendors everywhere, there are flashing lights, music, and lots of people. There are hundreds of vendors, such as: DJs, photo booths, catering companies, venues, officiants, live musicians, bakeries, florists, wedding invitation companies, etc. You even get to sample some amazing food and cakes, yum! We're not trying to scare you off, but we just wanted to let you know what to expect. If you don't like crowds, perhaps you should consider going in the late afternoon on Sunday, when it's less busy.
Attending a bridal show is a great way to start your planning, since you can get lots of quotes for just about everything you need for your wedding in Austin, central Texas, and beyond. So here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your bridal show visit and more importantly, how to book the best vendors!
Tip 1. Don't Sign Contracts, Right Away
Many vendors will offer on-the-discounts for signed contracts. Discounts are always nice, so if saving money is your objective, this is a huge plus for attending and booking! If you're like us, however, then you can simply take their cards and do your research the following week. We recommend getting cards and even written quotes from the vendors you love. Many will honor their quotes for up to 7 days after the event. If they promise this, be sure to get it in writing. This is the best way to avoid being pressured and having buyer's remorse.
Many companies will offer amazing discounts, but here's the truth: most will simply create a higher rate, then offer you the "new, discounted rate," which is what they would charge you to begin with. :( Example from a DJ company: a 5 Hour wedding would normally cost $1500 (before the bridal show), but today, at the bridal show, it's $2000, but if you sign up and pay your non-refundable deposit now, you can save $500!! It's a sales tactic that's often used at these events.
Tip 2. Compare Vendors
Always do your research on your favorite vendors. Shop around and compare vendors. It's a good idea to narrow your search down to your favorite 3 vendors for each category. What is it about your top 3 vendors that you really like? Is it their prices? Reviews? Branding? What makes them the best choice? Once you know these answers, contact them using the method you prefer to be contacted by. If it's email, then email them. Facebook, Instagram, phone, in person, or whatever. Don't let them force a phone call if you're not ready for it. I hated this when shopping for wedding vendors. (Yes, we had to hire a few wedding vendors, too, so we know exactly what you're going through). :)
Tip 3. Ask the Right Questions
Now that you have your list of favorite vendors, it's time to contact them. Make a list of questions and find out more about your vendors. Good questions to start off with, are: Do they offer packages? What is included with the packages? How many hours will the package include? How much are additional add-ons? Have they been to your venue, if you already have one?
By the way, feel free to copy and paste our Frequently Asked Questions (just remove our answers) and send them to your DJ/DJ company. We want to help you with our great tips and resources, even if you don't book with us! Though we can't imagine why you would book anyone else. :)
Tip 4. Check Reviews
After the bridal show, it's time to start doing research. Now comes a very important part of the booking process, reviews. Look at recent reviews and how many a vendor has. If a particular vendor claims to have been in business for "years," yet only has reviews starting from 2017, you should be careful with this vendor. Many vendors will "close" their business online, then rename their business to a new name, and start collecting new reviews, to hide their recent bad reviews. :( No one is immune to bad reviews, but those who do this, probably aren't the best choice for your hard earned money, in my opinion.
- What to Look for With Reviews
Look at how many reviews the vendor has. How many years back do they go? How recent are they? (Some vendors may have their last reviews from 2015, which is strange). Do the reviews mention different staff, or just one person? If a vendor has only 5 stars, this is awesome, but it's not always 100% accurate. It's hard to please everyone, every single time. We even had a few unhappy customers, a few years ago, but it was mostly due to a lack of adequate communication on what their expectations were, versus what we actually offered. We have not had a less than 5 star review in many years, thankfully, because we implemented many changes and created a planning system to cover every detail of a wedding or event.
If a vendor has an absolutely perfect record, this is questionable, too. Look up your favorite restaurant. Chances are, even they will not have all 5 star reviews. Be aware, many vendors pay people to remove their bad reviews. If there is a less than perfect score, just be sure to check how recent it was. Have they had any more reviews that are 5 stars, since then? Most people consider reviews within the last 3 months as relevant.
Does that particular business have more than one Google or Yelp account? If so, this is a red flag. Look up the business owner's name(s) and you'll be able to find the businesses they are associated with. You'll be glad you did.
Tip 5. Thoroughly Review Contracts
Contracts are VERY important. If you decide to sign a contract at the bridal show, be sure to read all the fine print and ask questions. What are the cancellation policies? How much of a deposit is required to book? If the wedding is cancelled for any reason, are there any refunds? (Most vendors do not offer refunds and can require as much as a 50% deposit). When is the final payment due? There are many more questions to ask, but these are the most important ones that come to mind.
Overall, attending the bridal shows can be a great experience, and a great way to book a lot of your vendors in one weekend! We hope these tips have been helpful. As always, if you have any questions, please contact Jason or Diana, and we'll be happy to help!
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