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This past Saturday, we had a great time providing DJ services for a wedding at The Austin Club, in downtown Austin, TX. We helped our happy couple, Mr. & Mrs. Garza, celebrate their wedding! We were originally scheduled to also provide a photo booth, but due to the number of guests and size limitations of the venue, there simply wasn't enough room! There were about 250 guests in attendance!
The above video is the last song of the night. Mr. and Mrs. Garza, their friends, and families celebrated a great night, and we were honored to be a part of their special day!
Below, is a great highlight video, from Photographer Anette, and Videographer Miguel, of AM Photography and Videography - amphotoandvideo.com They did an amazing job!
With our DJ and photo booth business, we provide services for weddings, parties, quinceaneras and corporate events every weekend, all year long in the Austin and Central Texas area. As technology has evolved, more and more, we're getting couples asking us if they can simply email us a link to their Spotify playlist, or a picture of their iTunes playlist, to use at their event. While this is quite helpful, we suggest that you keep in mind that we can only play about 15-20 songs per hour. Don't forget that the key moments, such as: first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dances, cake cutting, garter/bouquet toss, and other moments, can also take an additional 30-45 minutes. So if your wedding, quinceanera, party or event is 5 hours, including ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner, this only leaves about 2.5 hours for the key moments and dance, assuming everything goes according to schedule. So at most, make your playlist about 50 songs.
Another tip to keep in mind when making your playlist is to minimize the number of ballads or slow songs you play. If you have a few must-play slow songs, the DJ will most likely play them during dinner or cocktail hour, unless you specifically ask to play them during the dance. With only 2-2.5 hours of dance time, we do our best to keep the party fun and energetic! Sure, we may play a slow song or two, but no more than that, unless you ask us to. Also, don't forget that many people often request songs, so be sure to let the DJ know whether it is okay to take requests. Keep in mind, everyone has different musical tastes!
If you absolutely want everything that's on your Spotify (or any) playlist played, keep in mind that DJs play songs in "sets." This means that we group songs together by tempo and genre. The music just flows better this way. It sounds much better to have genres and tempos played together, versus playing a faster tempo dance song, then a slow song, then a country song, then a hip hop song, right after each other. So if you've ever wondered why DJs play 2-3 Country (or any genre) songs in a row, this is why. So if you give us a playlist, keep in mind that the order may change, depending on the genre and tempo of the songs.
If you simply want the DJ to play your Spotify playlist exactly as it is, regardless of tempo or genre, this can be done, but keep in mind that it may not sound great to be switching up music and tempos so often. If this is what you want, you could easily just rent a sound system and let your playlist play, which would save you some money. This isn't ideal, but it's possible. :)
We hope these tips have been helpful. As always, please contact us if you have any additional questions and we're always happy to help!
-Austin's Best DJs Team
Last weekend, 7/31/16, we had a great Sunday wedding where we provided a DJ, at The Prospect House, in Dripping Springs, TX. This is a new wedding venue and it's a beautiful venue! We loved the ceremony area which was covered, but also had screens around the room, to let the nice hill country breeze flow through! The rose wall was something we've never seen before, and it looked great (pictured above). Everyone had a great time and danced the night away! Congrats, again, to Mr. and Mrs. Gee!
Last Saturday, 8/6/16, we provide a DJ and photo booth for a wedding at a private home in Spicewood, Texas! The nice hill country sunset looked great, since the ceremony was held at 8:15 pm, right around sunset time! Everyone had a great time dancing all night and taking pictures at the photo booth! Congrats, again, to Mr. and Mrs. Rogers!
So we finally got around to making a new video about who we are. People always ask us questions about who we are, how we got started, etc. Here's a little information about us and what we do, other than providing DJ and photo booth services for Austin, San Antonio, and central Texas weddings, quinceaneras, parties, and events! Enjoy!