Join us, this Sunday, 2/24/19, at Texas Old Town's Bridal Fair, in Kyle, Texas. We'll be at the main entrance, playing music and greeting all the guests! Stop by and check out lots of great wedding vendors, such as photographers, floral designers, catering, taste great cakes and food, lighting, linens, and much more! We're looking forward to it. Stop by and say hello! Here's the map to Texas Old Town, below.
ABDJs' owners, Jason & Diana, will be there. We look forward to meeting you!
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Wedding at Addison Grove
Friday, February 15th, we had a great time providing a wedding DJ and lighting for a fun wedding at the Addison Grove, in Austin, Texas. Matthew and Allison were joined by their family and friends for their awesome wedding day. If central Texas, you never know what the February weather will be like. Luckily, the weather turned out amazing! It was in the upper 80's, but the breeze helped keep the guests cool during the outdoor ceremony.
Thanks to all the great vendors for working together to make this wedding a success. Thanks to:
Coordinator: Cerise Gillett
Catering: PEJ Events
Cake: Serendipity Cakes
Wedding DJ & uplighting: ABDJs
Floral: Barbie Foerester
Hair: Crystal Cruz
Event Rentals: Marquee Events
It was a fun wedding with great food, thanks to PEJ events and Serendipity Cakes, and of course great music! :) The guests danced every song from the first song to the last song of the night, just as each wedding should be! We loved all the decor and some of the decor ideas like the "date night" Popsicle sticks were great!
Thanks, again, to all the awesome vendors for making this wedding memorable and fun for Matthew & Allison!
Sweet 16 Photobooth Fun
We had a great time providing a photo booth rental for this fun Sweet 16, in Spicewood, TX. Our photo booth tech, Richard, kept the guests entertained, taking selfies all evening! We're glad we were able to help make this Sweet 16 a fun, memorable time for the birthday girl!
Cypress Hills Elementary Daddy Daughter Dance
Friday, we provided a DJ for a fun Daddy Daughter Dance at Cypress Hills Elementary, in Spicewood, TX. Our DJ, Phil, kept the students and most of the dads, dancing all night! We played a mix of fun Top 40 music, along with some classic 60's, Country, and of course all the kids' dances that the elementary students love to dance to!
Valentine's Dance at WMS
Friday, we provided a DJ for a fun Valentine's Day school dance at Westview Middle School, in the Austin/Pflugerville area. We've been doing Westview's school dances for over 5 years now! We enjoy going out there and helping the kids have a fun, memorable time. Our DJ, Ian, did just that. He kept the kids entertained and dancing, all evening! We look forward to the next WMS event, soon!
Apartment Event DJs
We also provided event DJs for two Muze Student Living events near the University of Texas campus. We helped them have two fun signing days, getting new students to sign up for a new place to live! We're always happy to be a part of their fun events!
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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 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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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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