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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!
- Jason & Diana
Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
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
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