Wedding Vendor Scams: LJDJS Clients Tell All

A couple’s wedding day is one of the most important and magical days of their lives…or so it should be. The disasters we see play out on reality shows like Bridezillas actually happen in real life to good, innocent people. In an effort to help future brides and grooms protect themselves from getting scammed from wedding vendors, some of our own clients have shared their horrifying stories from their own wedding days. Taking notes from these brides’ stories may help you to avoid a dilemma on your big day.


Disappointing DJ

Alicia M. – Bridgewater, NJ

“I didn’t have the consumer knowledge and research skills I have now back when I was planning my wedding, not to mention the internet wasn’t available.  When my husband and I got married in 1995, we hired a young and energetic DJ who had a nice office. Mistake number one: don’t be fooled by a nice office. Our DJ sounded very knowledgeable and business-like with a great deal of experience. Mistake number 2: we should have asked for the last 5 wedding events he’d DJ-ed, not just references, which could have been his relatives.  Our DJ had no back-up plan when he lost his voice, and no back up DJ for a replacement.  So we ended up having a DJ orchestrating our event with barely any voice. The equipment also was not what was promised.  We chose, with a lot of care, our special wedding song entrance for our Bridal Party and for us to walk into the recpetion and the DJ played the wrong songs.  Looking back I wish we would have had a stronger contract with guarantees as well as more research in what DJs should provide.”


Runaway Photographer

Tracy G. – Belleville, NJ

“We are getting married August 9, 2014.  We met our photographer at a bridal expo.  We saw him at two different expos before choosing him.  He was working with his wife and they both were extremely nice and friendly.  We made an appointment to sit with him at his office in Little Falls.  My fiancé and I loved his pictures and still thought they were good people.  We really wanted Michael and his wife to shoot our wedding.   We never saw any red flags.  One day I was at work and my fiance texted me with a link for and he asked me if that was our photographer.  There was an article stating that he has been arrested for fraud.  He used to work in New York, but he got caught scamming people so he came to New Jersey and used a different last name.  I was fuming! We actually found out so much information about this fraud because we went to the police station to file a complaint and the cop told us so much.  Even that the guy’s son owned a collection agency in New York. How ironic, right? Well, we were told that we can’t file a complaint because he hasn’t done anything to us yet. He hadn’t not shown up to our wedding or owed us pictures.  So I figured that we are out of luck with our money (initial deposit and second payment.)  Now we had to find a different photographer even while on a budget in the first place.  Advice to other couples getting married, use vendors that were recommended to you by people who have used them before!”


Hair Stylist Horror

Maria V.- Fair Lawn, NJ

“I hired a hair stylist to do mine and my bridesmaids’ hair for my wedding. My first red flag should’ve been the fact that she took forever to get back to me. The second red flag should’ve been the fact that while I was getting my hair trial she kept talking to her friend about the grand opening of her hair salon. This was a red flag because it was scheduled for the day before my wedding and I had a feeling that would be an issue. Fast tracking to the day of my wedding. The lead stylist and her team were supposed to arrive at 8am but instead arrived at 10am with half her team to do 13 girls’ hair, including mine. This caused me to be two hours late to my ceremony, which in turn caused my entire wedding day to be delayed. The time for our pictures was cut short, I missed my cocktail hour and surprise Mariachi band, and had to pay an additional $1,300 for the limo which waited longer than originally planned. My hair stylist was rude, inconsiderate and unapologetic.”

How to Avoid Being Scammed

Wondering how you can avoid being scammed on your big day? Here are professional tips to keep in mind when shopping for your wedding vendors:

1. Pick apart the vendor’s website. Check for unprofessional things like misspellings and poor site design. Any serious vendor invests well in their site—the primary representation of their business. Another crucial point is to check how long the site has been in existence. Very recent sites should raise a red flag. You can learn how to verify a site’s age here.

2. Check online reviews for the vendor. Granted, not every vendor will have 100% positive reviews, but use your judgment to see how far back the reviews go to help verify the credibility of the vendor. If possible, reach out personally to prior clients of theirs.

3. Look them up on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest or LinkedIn. It’s difficult to fake true followers and likes.

4. Ask the vendor if they’re willing to use a contract. Many couples overlook this, but it’s necessary to protect yourself legally. And any vendor who is serious about their business will want to be protected as well.

5. Ask them what kind of payment they accept. If it’s only cash, be sure to ask for a receipt. Vendors should be willing to accept check and credit cards—which can be disputed in case of fraud.

6. Compare prices. If a price is considerably lower than the competition, that should raise some issues. A good vendor will charge a fair price for their services.

7. Buy insurance! Although this doesn’t prevent a scam, it’s a good safety net to give yourself.

8. Don’t hesitate to contact the Better Business Bureau. Even if a company isn’t an outright scam, any shady practices should be reported.


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Kisha Barner of Pure Ambiance Shares All!


Pure Ambiance Team. Photo by The Wedding Central

LJ Productions is proud to spotlight some of our most talented vendors and affiliates.  Kisha Barner of Pure Ambiance Event Design is a great resource for not just wedding planning advice, but she can also tell you a thing or two about following your dreams. Get to know Kisha as she shares everything from how she got into event planning to how you can pull off your perfect wedding.


LJDJS: How did you know you wanted to be a wedding planner?

Kisha: Event design and planning wasn’t the career I always dreamt of.  For a long time I actually wanted to be an attorney.  As I got older I realized how long I had to stay in school and decided to pass on it. Regardless of what career I was considering, I always knew I wanted to have my own business (check!), wear nice clothes (check!), and carry a briefcase (does a cute purse count?). Two out of three isn’t bad!

I got a big promotion with a company I had been with for a few years, two days before I graduated from college! At first, I loved it… then, I didn’t. I dreaded going to work and didn’t like the way I was being treated. I remembered one of my business Professors telling us to always do what we love and to not chase the money because happiness is more important. I started thinking about what I was good at and what I enjoyed. I realized I was always planning things for people and enjoyed doing so.

The thought of playing such a big role in creating and executing the most important days in people’s lives excited me and was something I wanted to explore. I started helping family and friends with events they were having, took an online course in event planning, quit my job, and started Pure Ambiance. It was a bold and crazy move! It was challenging at first but thankfully, I love it!



Kisha Barner. Photo by The Wedding Central


LJDJS: What do you think are the most crucial elements that go into planning a wedding?

Kisha: Staying in budget, creating your guest list, finding the perfect venue, and creating a beautiful design that is cohesive and reflects both of you. All of these things actually go hand-in-hand, as they can all have an impact on one another.


LJDJS: What are some things people don’t focus on enough when planning a wedding?

Kisha: I find that some couples get so caught up in the details of the wedding that they forget that the marriage is what’s most important.  They’re so focused on the details of the wedding that they bicker over details, which can cause unnecessary tension. Of course it’s important for everything to look beautiful and go smoothly, but I think couples should always keep in mind that making a life commitment to one another and expressing love is what’s most important.

I also find that some couples are so stuck on what their parents want or what their friends think, or what another person did at their wedding. At the end of the day, the things your parents want should be taken into consideration, what your friends think, shouldn’t matter and what the other person did, worked for them and it’s time to find what works for you. You can’t please everyone all the time. This is YOUR day! Do what is best for you and your partner. If you hate lilies, why should you have to go with them because your mom likes them? No offense moms! Give her a mini bouquet of lilies to carry down the aisle and go with the hydrangeas you’ve always dreamt of.  Of course, I mean no disrespect to loved ones. I’m simply saying to remember whose day it really is, and enjoy it.



Table Design by Pure Ambiance. Photo by The Wedding Central


LJDJS: What are some of the major mistakes people make when planning a wedding?

Kisha: The most crucial elements in planning a wedding seem to be the areas where couples are most challenged.  Many people have never planned a wedding before, so it’s completely understandable that they are not sure what to do. That’s where we come in! We would help take all of the guesswork out of the planning experience. Nevertheless, here are some tips on those problem areas:

Guest List – Create a guest list that is made up of people that really matter to you, like close friends and family.  Don’t feel obligated to invite a bunch of associates, “just because.” This is your special day, so you should share it with those close to you. Always remember, the more people you have, the more people you have to pay for at the venue, the more tables you will need, more favors, more everything.  So, less will save you more!

Budget – Figure out what your budget is before booking/buying anything wedding related. Find out if anyone in your family is contributing and figure out your grand total.  Set your budget amount and leave a little room for just-in-cases.  You should not spend more than 50% of your budget on your venue because you are almost guaranteed to go over with all of the other things you have to take care of – Photographer, Videographer, DJ, Florist, etc.

Finding the perfect venue – Do your research! Look at several different venues that fit your vision as well as your budget. Don’t get caught up in the joy of getting married that you book the second place you see or you settle for this one because it’s “nice.” You want to find the place that is perfect for both of you and one you won’t regret. I’ve definitely had couples come to me with their venue already booked and say, I don’t really like the venue, but we already put a deposit down. You definitely don’t want to go through that, so make a decision you’ll be thrilled with 10 years from now!

Design –There are so many amazing design concepts and ideas out there that it can be challenging to figure out the vision for your day and narrow your selections down. Overall, try to make sure that there is a cohesive design concept that is clear and used from start to finish. Don’t be afraid to take risks and implement an idea that is outside of the box… that’s part of what makes your wedding special. If you are budget-conscious and you have to choose between, let’s say… renting linens, renting chairs, or uplighting, consider what would make the biggest impact visually and go with that one.


LJDJS: What’s the best advice you can give couples who are getting ready to or are in the middle of planning their big day?

Kisha: Have fun during the process, enjoy your day, don’t sweat the small stuff, make sure you and your fiancé are reflected in your day, and finally… dance the night away!



Gwen and Bryan’s Wedding by Pure Ambiance. Photo by Joseph Lin Photography


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“A new name, a new logo and a new attitude,” is how LJ Productions– now LJDJS– founder and owner, Jack Bermeo puts it. “After 17 years in the industry, I’m ready to shift the image of LJ Productions.”

Jack Bermeo has nurtured not only the growth of his company, but also his own professional growth as an entertainer. With that, he has made many events and celebrations come to life with his skills, while simultaneously providing up and coming DJ’s the chance to hone their skills. But many people are left asking: if it’s not broken, why fix it?

The motivation behind the change lies with the most recent growth experienced by LJ Productions and how Bermeo plans to keep the momentum going. “We’ve been juggling so many types of events over the last 4 years that it’s time to re-vamp our vision and mission statement.”


New LJDJS HQ Location

New LJDJS HQ Location


But just how will this growth come about? Bermeo will be expanding his offices to a 2,100 plus square-foot space to include not only LJDJS headquarters, but to showcase what the rebranding has to offer. “From furniture design to light fixtures, it will be an exquisite looking ballroom,” said Bermeo. After all, the two-time DJ Times DJ of the Year knows a thing or two about business. “Our new office will be designed with the all of the latest technology; smart boards, touch screens and more. With today’s market, you have to impress potential customers from the first step they take into your office. There are no second chances.”

And the LJDJS team is growing, too. “We can honestly say we have the team for photo, video, planner, decor design and more,” added Bermeo, who has always offered full-service entertainment packages to his customers, but now plans on keeping things in-house rather than outsourcing.  

With so much on the horizon, Bermeo still manages to keep his focus on the most important aspect of his company—the clients he serves. “The new investment into our company combined with the growth in our event planning and entertainment, will create a great experience for not only LJDJS, but for our customers,” said Bermeo. “We want them to feel not only comfortable, but enthusiastic about what LJDJS has to offer.”


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In The Mix DJ School DJ Seminar

In the mixx 2

LJ Productions is proud to announce its participation in the In The Mix DJ School DJ Seminar. Taking place Novemeber 18-20, this three day event will offer live events including interactive workshops on marketing, lighting, crowd interaction and more. The best part? This event is open to the public!


As the first bi-lingual DJ school in the area, In The Mix cultivates young talent into successful DJ’s and MC’s. “It’s an honor for me to be asked to come in  and have a chance to influence some of the young talent that is on the rise,” said Jack Bermeo, founder and owner of LJ Productions. Joining him at the seminar will be a roster of successful DJ’s including DJ Digital, DJ Kazzanova, DJ Crème, DJ Jevi Jay, DJ Yonny and Alex Sensation.


Learn, experience, execute. That’s In The Mix’s motto and it’s what they instill in their students. The celebrity guest hosts will each be presenting a workshop in their specialty. Our own Bermeo will be hosting a Crowd Participation workshop in Tuesday November 19. All of the celebrity guest hosts will come together at the finale of the seminar for a Q&A panel on Wednesday November 20.


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Limited space is available so register now at


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LJ Productions is Helping Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

As the pink cleats and gloves will tell you, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Even though the disease is so devastating, the amount of work being done to raise money for a cure is truly heart warming. Our own LJ team is proud to participate in raising funds, and providing people with a good time while doing so.

“We love giving back to the community, particularly during breast cancer awareness month,” said Jack Bermeo, founder of LJ Productions. He and partner Jorge Vincentty will be donating their services to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer as they play DJ and MC for two separate events in New Jersey. Bermeo will be in Newark and Vincentty will be in Jersey City.

“It’s such an honor to be able to serve our communities in this way,” added Vincentty. Both events will take place on Sunday, October 20. And although the event is still a month away, the two cities have raised nearly $40,000 for breast cancer research. Over 460 teams with more than 20,000 participants have already signed up in both cities. All funds raised are donated to the American Cancer Society.

Bermeo and the rest of the LJ Productions team are no strangers to charity. Recently, Bermeo created his own philanthropic organization, High Fives and Hugs. Through the donation of the LJ Production team’s services, they’re able to give back to the surrounding area. Click here to see more on High Fives and Hugs.

So what can you expect if you’re attending either one of these events? “We’re going to bring the fun,” said Vincentty, “we want to make sure people are entertained while donating their time and money.” Bermeo adds that although the reason for the gathering is heartbreaking, the crowd deserves a reason to smile. “Most of these people know someone who have battled the disease, or they themselves are battling it. They deserve to have a good time.”

To find more information and events or walks in your area, visit the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer website.


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Going for a Three-Peat: Two-Time Reigning DJ of the Year Champ Jack Bermeo Gears Up for the Fight of His Life


Every year, DJ Times magazine hosts its DJ of the Year competition. LJ Productions’ very own Jack Bermeo is the two-time reigning champion of the contest. After taking home the title for the second consecutive time at last year’s show, it’s only fitting that Bermeo would come back for a third year. He plans to MC for the chance to become the three-peat champion.

“The title of DJ of the Year has helped me in so many ways,” says Bermeo. “It has inspired my team to push the envelope. We’ve become more creative, we’ve built bigger productions,” adds Bermeo. It has also put his name on the radar of some very famous people in the industry. Artists including rapper Fat Joe and American Idol Finalist Karen Rodriguez can attest to Bermeo’s talent.

The finalists at last year’s competition

So what exactly does Bermeo have up his sleeve for this year? “We’ve been rehearsing for months, perfecting this routine,” said Bermeo, who often stays in the studio passed 2am. “It’s a phenomenal routine.”

Bermeo is maintaining the high energy and excitement he’s shown in the past in his routine for this year, but what is changing is the impulse behind it. His last two routines have been about showing his evolution and skill. This year, it’s about blending audience participation.

“I’ve been attending the DJ Expo for over 10 years and have seen the best of the best on stage. I took pieces of my experience from the expo and I’m bringing them this year to the international DJ Times Expo DJ of the Year competition. It’s going to be a performance that will get everyone involved,” said Bermeo.

Jack at last year’s competition.

Another new motivation behind Bermeo’s act this year will be his newfound fatherhood. “What’s changed this time is I have a newborn. He’s the next chapter. So everything I’m doing is going to be dedicated to my son.”

But even with the recent birth of his first child, Bermeo is focusing on his performance at this year’s competition that will be held on August 14 at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. “For the performance, you have to be focused in all areas of your life.”

As for the competition, Bermeo promises his opponents one thing, “The routine I put together was made to be a winner.”

Check out a behind the scenes video of Bermeo as he prepares for the big day and shares insight into his life.

Celebrating the win last year.


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Welcoming Baby Jack…A Baby Shower Fit for the Heir to an Entertainment Throne


Jack Bermeo has been at the top of the entertainment world since opening his DJ and MC company, LJ Productions, in 1996. He’s seen and done it all in his nearly two decades of event entertainment, but now Bermeo faces an occasion that he’s never encountered before− fatherhood.

Coincidentally, it seems to be baby season all over, with everyone from Kim Kardashian to Kate Middleton popping out a precious bundle of joy. And like Bermeo, even Kim-Ye and the Royals need to learn to navigate the path of new parenthood.  “I’ve always had LJ Productions as my baby. Now, as a new parent, Little Jack is the priority,” says Bermeo, who along with girlfriend Sophia Sandoval, named their newborn son after his dad.


Jack Bermeo & Sophia Sandoval


So when it came time for the couple to celebrate the upcoming birth of their first child with a baby shower, one question begged to be answered. How does a man that has entertained thousands of guests at hundreds of events plan his own baby shower?

“First we wanted it to be a Jack and Jill baby shower. It’s a trend a lot of people are following these days to be able to include the guys, which is something we definitely wanted to do,” explains Sandoval. “Eventually we chose a Kids’ Circus theme, but left out the clowns,” added Bermeo.


Sophia Sandoval & Jack Bermeo


His many years of attending all kinds of parties gave Bermeo the edge on deciding what elements he wanted to incorporate into his son’s baby shower. “The planning was very easy for me. Fortunately with the industry that I’m in, I was able to see first hand which centerpieces, themes and music best belong at a given party.” But even with Bermeo’s insight, Sandoval wanted to keep things stress free− an understandable request for any mommy-to-be. “Since we were planning the shower ourselves we wanted it to be very simple. Having it at a restaurant where everything is already set up and the food is prepared on site made things so much easier,” says Sandoval.


One thing that the couple didn’t want to be simple, however, was the entertainment. Surprisingly enough, this didn’t mean bringing in a DJ team with bells and whistles. “We wanted the baby shower to have high energy by playing many games, so having an iPod play a mix of energetic music in the background was sufficient,” explains Sandoval. “Since I knew the party would have mostly adult guests, I needed adult games to entertain them. That also helped me out with the bill at the end of the shower. If my guests were bored, my bar bill would be very high!” joked Bermeo.


Guests playing the “How Babies are Made” game.


As for the games, what’s a baby shower without college-like drinking behavior?  (Mommy-to-be excluded of course.) Guests had to guess what brand of beer they were drinking by chugging it out of a baby bottle. In another competition, friends of the couple played the “how babies are made game,” which required a female to hold a plunger between her legs while trying to fit it through a roll of toilet paper that a male guest would hold between his legs.


Guests playing the “How Babies are Made” game.


The décor and treats fell adorably in line with the parents’ Kids’ Circus theme, and the then parents-to-be made sure to impress guests with a stand-out treat table. The most important part to us was the candy station,” said Sandoval. “I know every party needs a focal point, something for the guests to talk about. Our vision was for a customized candy station. It took up a lot of space,” added Bermeo.

After brunch, the 80 guests munched on everything from cotton candy to custom cake-pops that adorned the candy station. “I chose a wide selection of nostalgic treats that went with the theme and that weren’t so typical at most parties, like cotton candy, Cracker Jacks and Circus Peanuts, but I also mixed in cupcakes and cake-pops to have instead of a cake,” said Sandoval, “a large cake wasn’t necessary due to the abundance of sweets.”


How amazing is this treat table?


The centerpieces fit perfectly into the party’s theme and featured a large vintage popcorn box filled with lollipops, popcorn, bows, circus tickets and baby décor items. “They (the centerpieces) were not too elaborate but had the right details of what helped make our theme pop,” said Bermeo. “Overall, everything turned out exactly the way we planned,” added Sandoval.


Festive centerpieces in true Kids’ Circus theme.


On July 13, 2013 at 7:52 a.m., the couple welcomed Jack Anthony Bermeo. He weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. and was 20 inches long. So just how much will Little Jack impact the life of Bermeo? “My life as a business man and entertainer will have to slow down a bit. I now have a son in my life which means I have to learn better time management skills. It will certainly be an adjustment after 17 years of running a multi-operation entertainment company,” explained Bermeo. “My typical day is being at the gym by 8 a.m., 9 a.m. in the office until closing, which can sometimes be 11 p.m. With my son now being a part of my life, I have to have more family time at home,” he added.


Baby Jack’s first day in the world, being embraced by mommy and daddy.


When it comes to how the couple will raise their son, they agree on the values they want to instill in him. “Hard work and persistence are two of the most important things that we want to teach our son. I don’t want Jack to be too tough or too soft. We want to create a perfect balance,” said Sandoval. “Today’s generation is very different from the one I grew up in. I am hoping to pass along a few important lessons to my son,” said Bermeo, “Never give up on your goals, have the drive to accomplish your dream and don’t let success get to your head or failure go to your heart.”


Baby Jack three days after being born and getting ready to go home.



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Finally…a Blog for Professional Vendors

We don’t normally use our blog to talk about products we use. But this time, we just couldn’t pass on the opportunity to let industry professionals in on one of the best sales tools we recommend –
QuickTapSurvey! We tried coming up with the best ways to analyze our sales and be able to see everything from what we’ve booked, what we lost, and any other bit of information that would help us with our customer service and in sales.



It all started by asking ourselves, “How can we get as many potential client’s information as fast as possible without being rude or inconvenient?” Also, we needed to set ourselves apart from the bevy of vendors at the bridal shows we attend, many of them usually in our same field. There’s nothing worse than seeing a potential bride walk right past your booth and into the open market, just because you were tied up with another bride WRITING down her info. We searched for something unique and new and discovered QuickTapSurvey. This data collection and survey app allows us to get pertinent information quickly during our bridal shows and also offers a unique and trendy way to get any prospective client’s attention. And because we speak to so many potential clients at Bridal Shows, Sweet Sixteens’, Mitzvahs and Weddings; using QuickTapSurvey on multiple tablet devices makes collecting this information much more convenient.

Some wedding professionals have already adopted using an iPad at bridal shows; but QuickTapSurvey takes the tech experience a little further. You can design the app to ask whatever questions you like, making it a useful tool that works for any professional in the wedding industry. And, it only takes a few minutes to fill out each survey.



Most importantly, during a sales meeting, we know that TIME IS MONEY.  We discovered that, by the time our clients sat down in our lobby to fill out the information by hand, it took them almost 15 minutes.  So we wanted the best solution to get all their information fast and easy. With QuickTapSurvey, we not only gather the potential clients’ event information, but also the vision they may have for their event. After the meeting, all of the information collected is downloadable from the QuickTapSurvey website. Using this information, we are now able to see who the best sales people are and keep accurate track of our successful bookings from the bridal shows. Best of all, NO MORE PAPER WORK!

The age of paper and pen is quickly disappearing and choosing to be at the forefront of the digital sales revolution has helped boost our bottom line. Not to mention, being able to stick in the minds of any potential clients by emailing them instantly using QuickTapSurvey’s auto email feature, immediately after speaking with them.

Thanks to QuickTapSurvey we have been able to adopt better business processes to meet our client’s needs, resulting in profitable growth for the company.

Use special promo code: DJEXPO13 and try it out!

All About Destination Weddings


As summer peaks its pretty little head out from the sky, people are getting ready for beach time, pool days, barbeques and all around fun in the sun. Summer is also the primary season for destination weddings. After all, with kids out of school and great weather, it makes sense to plan for extended off-site nuptials.



There is a great debate surrounding destination weddings. Some couples opt for them because they’re suitable for small weddings, offer a chance for friends and family to go away together, and can be much less expensive than a traditional wedding. Although there are many advantages to destination weddings, the troubles that come with planning a wedding from an entirely different location shouldn’t be underestimated. To help out those adventurous couples, we’ve put together some things to keep in mind when planning for the big day somewhere far way.



When to Host  As we mentioned, the summer is the most popular time to host a destination wedding− and for good reason. We recommend early summer, preferably prior to mid-July, because temperatures begin to rise to uncomfortable numbers after that point. If you’re aiming for a late July or August wedding, an early evening ceremony followed by a night sky reception will make for a more comfortable atmosphere for your guests. Also, although families are likely to be off in the summer, they’re also likely to want to go on family vacations. So booking your destination wedding early in the summer should guarantee your big day a top spot on their list.



Location, Location, Location When thinking about where to host your destination wedding, you don’t always need to think international. There are great places within the U.S. that can serve as amazing backdrops, as well as vacation destinations, for your wedding. For a tropical feel, think coastal (the Carolinas, Florida, Maine, California) and for a country feel, think outdoorsy (a National Park, a mountain/ski resort, a lake resort).



Entertainment This is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when planning a destination wedding. Typically, a DJ or band is bundled in with the package offered by a destination venue. The problem with that is, a DJ in Maine or the Caribbean may not understand what a tri-state area crowd wants to hear. Not to mention, face-to-face time with your entertainer will be limited prior to the big day. We suggest soliciting a DJ from home. Based on our experience with renting equipment, flights and accommodations, the cost tends to come out cheaper than you would expect. Plus, you get exactly the entertainment you want because you’re able to meet with your DJ to discuss ideas.


Two Stories to Keep in Mind

Kristy L., Salon Bridal Coordinator at Substance Salon & Barberspa in Lyndhurst, N.J., shares her entertainment experience at her destination wedding.

“I got married in November 2010 and I had a destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  I had a great time at my wedding and it was beautiful, but there were a few things I might have done differently.  While planning the wedding, I had thought about flying in some vendors, but then the cost concerned me.  The DJ that the hotel provided was ok, but I quickly realized he had little experience. I did not have a chance to meet with him before the wedding. Fortunately, Jorge at LJ Productions gave me a music form to take with me.  It basically laid out the schedule of what songs would be played and when.  Even with list, (which was a life saver), the DJ still wasn’t strong.  I didn’t realize how important the music at a wedding is until I had my own.  The music dictates the flow and the timing of main points in the reception.  The DJ’s lack of experience unfortunately disturbed the flow of the night because he often played the wrong music at the wrong time.  If I could do it all over again, I would have chosen to fly in a DJ from home, and the cost would’ve been well worth it.”

Photo of Kristy and her husband on their big day


Gerry Lopez, Owner and Stylist at Hudson Square Salon in Hoboken, N.J., discusses his entertainment experience at his destination wedding.

“We went to the Riviera Maya in Mexico for our wedding. We researched resorts and quickly realized that the DJs that worked in the area, were used to catering to the normal American wedding. Being that my wife and I are Colombian, we needed a DJ that would not only cater to our Latin sounds, but also cater to our non-Latino friends attending our wedding. Our biggest concern was that the food at our wedding be awesome, and that the music and entertainment would be amazing. We even had some cousins fly in from Columbia who are professional band members. So the music had to be up to par. And my man Jack, founder of LJ Productions, sure did live up to that standard. Thanks to him, we had an amazing party! Even the staff at the Azul Sensatori Resort said they never witnessed a party where everyone danced the whole time. Needless to say, it was well worth it to fly our own DJ down.”

Photo of Gerry and his wife dancing the night away at their reception


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The LJ Gang Shares Their Favorite Wedding/Bridal TV Shows, And We Want To Hear Yours!

We love hearing from our fans and followers, so it’s time for another interactive article! This time, we asked the LJ family to share their favorite wedding TV shows. Read on to find out what they had to say. Be sure to share your answers with us here or on our Facebook and Instagram! Let us know who you agree with the most or just share your own favorites!



Jorge V. – LJ Productions Manager/MC


“I personally despise all wedding TV shows. They always edit the brides to be outrageous Bridezillas, and essentially create a story based on whatever recorded material they have. I don’t believe these shows truly help brides. If anything, they make them believe the gorgeous setting is simple to achieve when it actually takes a lot of work.”


Nick S. – LJ Productions DJ/MC


“My favorite wedding TV show by far, and DO NOT JUDGE ME, is Four Weddings on TLC.  I like to watch and observe four brides on one of the most important day of their lives.  How what they planned, decorated, prepared and envisioned for most of their lives, really looks like on the day of.  Plus,  I always watch to see if we are on any of the episodes since we’ve been on it a bunch of times!”


Jack Bermeo – Founder and Owner of LJ Productions


“I know how this will sound, but I love Say Yes to the Dress. It’s just something about seeing a bride get so excited about her day.”


Izabella De Souza – Blogger


“I love Say Yes to the Dress. I think it’s a great idea to capture brides in perhaps the most important moment of the wedding planning process. The show has probably helped so many brides-to-be decide what they want in a dress, without even visiting a store.”


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