lj productions

The journey for greatness, recognition and lifetime of memories in the mobile industry.

The journey for greatness, recognition and lifetime of memories in the mobile industry.

When your team does something awesome—whether it’s finishing a project a few days ahead of time or learning new ways of creating a memorable event experience you, as a manager, want to reward and recognize them.

Let’s get to know our amazing team that helped create some awesome memories!

Chris Andres

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How long have you been hosting events? I’ve been hosting events as an MC for 12 years or so.

What is your specialty in music?  I’d like to say that there’s no music I specialize in, however top 40 hits seem to be the most common genre I play week after week.   However, there are lots of ethnic events I do such as Filipino, Latino, Jewish, Middle Eastern and Caribbean.

What have you overcome as a DJ/MC to become better at your craft?  Speaking in front of a live audience. To speak on the mic in front of a live audience.  Lately, doing events that I’m not strong in (Mitzvahs)

Can you share one of your best wedding experience?  Under a tent in 96 degrees humidity and everyone was miserable.  I was able to win the crowd over without drawing anymore attention to the uncomfortableness.  Not a big crowd, but i was able to get them to dance regardless of the heat because I got personal with everyone. I studied the names of the intros and used it calling people out throughout the night.  They wrote a review days later without me asking for the review about how well it went

Can you share one memory as to “how you saved a party from a disaster? See above.

What information can you share with potential clients who want to book you as a host?  Relating to their current situation and extract their emotions.

What’s your mission for your clients when they book you!!!???  Have the best time of your lives before you get hitched!

Nicki

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How long have you been hosting events?
I have been hosting event for 3 years under LJDJs.

What is your specialty in music?
I’ve DJed many genres from African to Motown but my specialities in music include Hip-Hop, Jersey Club, House, and Pop.

What have you overcome as a DJ/MC to be better at your craft?
I have overcome one of the most uncomfortable and nerve-wracking situations, public speaking.

Can you share one of your best wedding experiences?
One of the best wedding moments I have experienced was seeing TKA perform live at a wedding on New Years. They were a ton of fun and it was great to see all of the adults become kids again when they performed their favorite songs.

Can you share one memory as to how you saved a party from a disaster?
During a 1st communion event I was hosting, one of the grandfather’s fell in the lobby and the entire was cleared as everyone ran to the grandfather. After about 3 minutes of panic, it was my job to get everyone back into the room and their minds off of what happened. I got everyone back in with a game of Ballroom Blitz followed by several other line dances and by that time, the coast was clear and everyone had moved on from the situation. Also the grandfather was fine because he came up to me later on and said, “Don’t worry I fall all the time.”

What information can you share with potential clients who want to book you as a host?
I like to give events a fun, youthful, and exciting feel when I am hosting, allowing for everyone to have a great time and experience. Communication with a client is key and I will always make myself available to answer any questions they may have or just put them at ease from all the stresses of event planning.

What’s your mission for your clients when they book you?
My mission is to always give my clients piece of mind that their event is taken care of and give them the confidence of knowing that they made the right choice picking me to host their event.

Ricardo

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How long have you been hosting events? For about 10 years now.

What is your specialty in music? I specialize in Latin, Top 40s, House, Oldies, and my favorite Dance Hall and Reggae.

What have you overcome as a DJ/MC to be better at your craft? One of the things that helped me better my craft was the pressure of performing at an event. Fear was also a small factor that mixed in with the pressure as well. At the end, I over came pressure by preparing for my events and also making time management a priority. I made sure that I would practice all announcements a head of time and right names phonetically. With fear, after doing my first event I pretty much told myself that there is nothing to be afraid of because I want to do this for the rest of my life.

Can you share one of your best wedding experience? The best wedding experience I had, I did last year at the Park Savoy in Florham Park, NJ for a couple who are professional ballroom dancers. What I loved is that you can sense their guest were itching to dance because they are all students of the dance school the couple owns and runs. Once formalities were over, the dance floor was flooded with dancers of all ages. I had the opportunity to meet a 5-time World Champion in ballroom dancing and a dancer who was partners with Michael Irving on ABC’s Dancing with The Stars.

Can you share one memory as to “how you saved a party from a disaster? The grandmother of the bride had a bad heart attack during the last hour of the wedding. After the ambulance came and the bride calming down a little, there was only about 5 minutes left and as per request from the bride during our finals meeting, she requested Sweet Carolina by Neil Diamond, and I asked the groom if we can play it in the background as I closed out the event, which he thought was a perfect idea. I called the bride and groom over and had their guest form a big circle around them to close out the night and had everyone hold hands. You can see the guest eyes were swollen from holding back tears thinking about the bride’s grandmother. I told the guest that I am going to count to 3 and have everyone give our bride and groom a big group hug. As we were cleaning up to get ready to go, both the bride and groom approached us with the news that her grandmother had passed on the way to the hospital. With all of her hurt and tears, they both hugged me and thanked me for playing the song and having their friends and family join them for that hug. Overall it was an amazing event, and with the unfortunate event, I took a chance and got what we love to hear in the industry, “Thank You!”

What information can you share with potential clients who want to book you as a host? I have an extensive customer service and sales background under my belt. I am a firm believer in making sure that my clients get what is right for them and their special day. My goal is to make you feel very comfortable with me when we first meet. This will give me an opportunity to build your vision, I will show you all of the options we can provide, and paint a picture for you that will fit your budget. Weddings are very expensive and my clients have or will pay top dollar for their weddings entertainment. Our services, for example; photo booths, TV screens, lighting, or a smoke machine will not make or break your wedding, it’s the entertainer. I want my potential clients to understand and see that with the years of experience and the extensive training that my current partners provide and practice everyday, you will be taken care of. You may hear that from all of our competitors in the business, but what sets my team and I apart is the lengths that we will go to make your day unforgettable. Site visits, helping find a photographer or a florist, or you just need some to help plan your event, my team and I are there. We also set up hours before your event to make sure everything is running smoothly. My team from the DJ or my MC will get a copy of all the paper work and mapping that we build, as well as the person in charge at the venue. I am not the type of person that waits to see you a month before your wedding or event, I am here for any and all of your needs for your event until the end.

What’s your mission for your clients when they book you!!!??? At the end of the day I only have one shot to make your day memorable. My goal, is to make sure I am available from when you sign your contract, till we say goodbye at the end of your event. As your Event Host and Coordinator, I will map out your event by visiting your venue and showing how we will set up. We will talk about music and what to play for your introductions, first dance and parent dances. If you did not book our own photographers or videographers, give me their information so I can reach out to them. The list can go on and on with what I can do for you and your day. My mission is to make sure you and your guest never forget the amazing time we had. I know that my mission is complete once I say goodbye and you are happy with what I promised you.

Mike SIlva

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How long have you been hosting events? I’ve been DJ’ing in one form or another for about 15 years.  More recently, I’ve been hosting events and helping brides and grooms plan their weddings for 5 years.

What is your specialty in music? There isn’t one single genre of music that defines my style.  I like to move with the crowd and that means being flexible with selections of songs.  Playing to diverse crowds of people at events such as weddings or sweet 16s has really given me the experience to flow between different styles of music and keep guests engaged on the dancefloor.

What have you overcome as a DJ/MC to be better at your craft? Overcoming the anxiety of public speaking and becoming nervous while hosting an event was my biggest hurdle and the most satisfying once I was able to conquer those fears.  I had amazing people around me that gave me the opportunity to learn and advance my skills as a host and they guided me to become an excellent MC and host to this day.

Can you share one of your best wedding experience? I always tend to say my last wedding was the best experience I’d ever had because every wedding is unique and special in its own way, and theres always something in each event that makes it amazing.  It’s why I love what I do and being able to be a part of these personal and intimate experiences with my brides and grooms.  But to single out a specific moment, I would probably have to say traveling to New Orleans in 2015.  It was a memorable trip.  New Orleans was new to me.  I had never been, and to soak in the city for the first time was truly great and then to be able to plan and host a wedding in the center of the French Quarter with a ton of New Jersey residents that also flew down NOLA was an experience of a lifetime.  I’ll never forget that trip.

Can you share one memory as to “how you saved a party from a disaster? Dealing with drunk or angry family members is always something that can lead to an out right disaster for a bride and groom.  I’ve experienced situations with drunk guests getting naked on the dancefloor or angry family members that were on the verge of fighting one another because certain things through out the event weren’t going the way they had wanted.  The best thing a host like myself can do is remain calm and rely on my team and the staff at the venue to come together and handle the situation as best as possible without making the situation worse.  When it comes to disaster coordination is key.  My job as host is to keep the party fun and uplifting and at the same time coordinating with my team and the venue to address the problem immediately.

What information can you share with potential clients who want to book you as a host? I want to be sure that any future brides and grooms I interact with are comfortable with me first, and that starts by creating a connection.  From a business stand point most hosts want to get down to the specifics of planning a wedding and never truly get a sense for who the bride and groom really are.  Creating that connection and getting to know the story that built the relationship gives me a sense of who they are as people as well as their family.  And I’m able to carry that connection to their wedding day and make that day even more unique and special.  Making a personal connection with the bride and groom also allows me to create and plan an evening that’s truly what they wanted instead of trying to sell them a package that they wouldn’t be interested in.   This leads to a trusting relationship between newlyweds and myself and makes for a better event.

What’s your mission for your clients when they book you!!!??? I strive for unexpected reactions.  And what I mean by that is, I live for moments when family and guests come up to me at the end of an event to simply compliment me on an amazing show.  When a bride and groom hug me as they walk out and tell me that their family doesn’t stop mentioning how great the entertainment was.  That’s the reason why I do what I do and the mission I take on when I book new clients.

Griffon

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How long have I been hosting events.

I first started Djing when I was a sophomore in High School. I started organizing and hosting “Teen Nights” at different lounges and nightclubs in the central jersey area.

What is my specialty in Music?

I have played just about every genre there is out there. From House Music to Latin and also even COUNTRY. For me music has no limits. But my specialty has definitely been House Music. More specifically Progressive House, from all the years I have been DJing in nightclubs and this also being the music I produce, I developed a good ear for it and it is really my favorite thing to play.

What have I had to overcome as a DJ to better my craft?

When I first started DJing I really just got thrown into it from little remixes I was making on my computer in High School. The first time I went to a venue to DJ my words definitely spoke louder than my actions. When it came time for me to perform I walked up to the mixer and it looked like I was about to fly a space ship, It hit me I had no idea what I was doing. But instead of getting discouraged and walking away I went back every week to practice, even on nights there wasn’t supposed to be a DJ. At a young age I realized this is what I wanted to do with my life and also knew i was going to have to bust my ass. I learned all the basics from beat matching by ear and than learned how to use each effect on the mixer to better my sets. From that one Lounge it helped me expand to something I was doing on average 3 nights a week within a year to now a full career.

Can you share one of your best wedding experiences?

This is a very tough question for me. There are no two weddings that are the same and it is a different experience every time. At LJDJs we spend countless hours in the office prepping and focusing on each client where the most satisfying feeling seeing the visions turn into realities. If had to point out one of the many amazing moments that really stood out it would have to be the time I had a client break out into tears at the end of her wedding because I made her “Dream Wedding” come before her eyes. When you are a part in organizing and designing someone’s wedding, you are a major key in one of the most important days of their life and they will never forget you.

What information can you share with potential clients who want to book you as a host?

Doing this for as long as I have been, I have met a lot of amazing DJs, MCs, and Event Designers. For me, it is not just about the music that is being played. It is about the atmosphere I am creating. The amount of detail that goes into every production for each step of an event is so huge! Hearing each couples story and bringing out their personality at the event is what makes every wedding different and unique.

It’s Showtime! The rebranding of LJ Productions

LJ Productions/Entertainment is growing and so are the visions of each client. The rebranding of our company only comes naturally since reality shows are flooding clients dreams with silly ideas and the newer generation of Brides and Sweet Sixteens are more inspired by social media for their special day. Why not join the movement!

LJDJS has made a move into a new office space of 2,500 square feet located in Belleville, NJ.  The space is cohesive with the company itself. How so?  LJDJS new space is modern and unrestrained fitting to their “Redefining Life’s Celebrations” standard for event planning. Their space is decorated with a sleek black and white color scheme making any client feel like a V.I.P. as soon as they walk through the door. The new headquarters for LJDJS has personality everywhere you turn! BUT FIRST… take a look at the old space.

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 (Before the makeover back in November 2013)

Within the office they have a bilingual capability speaking English, Italian and Spanish. So bring your niña for her Quinceañera consultation, or just feel free to speak in your native tongue. The talented, and in high demand, DJS being represented by LJDJS offer a list of services. Each event host has their specialty and like any event planned at LJDJS the right event host will be chosen for yours and you will personally get to meet your host. The stylization of the DJS range from EDM to Bachata, to electronic dance beats with a live percussionist and/or violinist playing along.

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Besides the music, the high end equipment LJDJS use adds a flair to any event only they can accomplish. From light shows to “living tables” their ability is undeniable coated in talented and wrapped with innovation. No detail from an event goes unnoticed by the team. LJDJS has learned with plenty of experience how to cover the basics, and then add final touches making the event unforgettable lasting as a positive lifetime memory.

LJDJS offers a list of services from Weddings, Sweet Sixteens, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s, or any other untraditional type of event. The new office space represents just that within its design: The ability to uphold to the classic styles while simultaneously taking it to the next level of futuristic concepts. That is why we have a full time event coordinator in house to help you in the right direction with your planning.

Within the office no client should ever be fearful to ask a “silly” question, as that question may just get the family like team at LJDJS to jump for joy at the chance of continuing their innovate and new age approach to event planning. They love to plan both typical and eccentric events equally.

The ability to bring joy to their clients is always their main prioritization. Personalized approach is an understatement. No phone call or request is ever ignored from a client as LJDJS is a proud believer in accommodating the client to the utmost possible degree.

The new office and official grand opening is the beginning to a new and exciting professional journey for the company and its employees. Requests and inquiries from individuals are pouring in, so contact LJDJS sooner rather than later for a one on one personal meeting with your event host where we can help make your dream event into a reality.

CLICK HERE to see our Video Demo of LJDJS Entertainment and Event Design

 

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 (The makeover that everyone is talking about)

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(Las Vegas inspired and created by todays market)
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 (LJDJS offers 2 identical conference rooms that can be partitioned along with a 50 inch touch screen monitors)

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 (Each door represents our character)

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 (Each door represents our character)

CLICK HERE to see our Video Demo of LJDJS Entertainment and Event Design

Vendor Review Sites: The Full Picture

When you’re looking to buy something, what’s one of the first things you do? Aside from comparing prices, more than likely you read reviews online about it. Online reviews have become one of the most powerful word-of-mouth marketing platforms of today. Doubting all the buzz? Take a look at these results published in a recent survey:

  • 72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations
  • 58% of consumers trust a business which has positive online reviews
  • 52% of consumers said that positive online reviews make them more likely to use a local business

The cool thing about online reviews is that they are available for almost anything! If there isn’t a specific site providing online reviews for something, chances are there is some sort of forum or discussion board that may provide the insight you’re looking for.

When planning your event-whether it’s a wedding, religious celebration, birthday or anniversary party-it’s a great idea to research reviews of your prospective vendors. However, there is a proper way to dissect reviews so that you can get the full picture. Take into account the following tips to ensure you don’t wrongfully hire, or dismiss, a vendor.

1. Quantity. When you’re trying to get to know a vendor via online reviews, it’s best to gather as much information as possible. Read as many reviews as you can to get an overall scope of people’s experiences with the vendor. This will help you create a collective understanding of their overall performance. If you see a 1 star review in an ocean of 10 star reviews, chances are the majority’s experience will be yours as well.

2. Quality. What may be more important than the number of reviews you read about a particular vendor, is the quality of the reviews. Taking the writer’s tone into account let’s you decide whether or not their review is valid. For instance, if the review is entirely emotional-expressing only opinions and not facts- it may not be the best source for information. Reviews that mention points like punctuality, friendliness, enthusiasm, quality of equipment, attentiveness, and other relevant information, will be your best resources.

3. Go to the Source. No matter how many reviews you read and how deeply you read them, you might still be left with unanswered questions. At this point it would be best to reach out to the vendor themselves. Asking them about a negative review allows the vendor to explain their perspective on the matter. And don’t be afraid to prepare a list of concerns-if they’re a vendor worthy of your business, they’ll be happy to address all of your points of interest.

4. Pay it Forward. Once you’ve worked with a vendor for your event, it’s a great idea to review them online. You’ll be helping other people choose which vendor to hire, just like the reviews you read helped you decide who to use. Writing online reviews also gives you the opportunity to rate your vendors publicly. If you’re happy with their service, do them a favor and share your experience. If you were dissatisfied with their service, provide specific details as to why you were left unhappy. Either way, create a review that you would appreciate reading and that gives the reader the full picture.

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Choosing a Wedding Planner Based on Your Needs

You know what they say, a girl’s wedding day is “the most important day of her life.” Although planning a wedding may be the happiest, most exciting time in a bride’s life, it can also be quite hectic, stressful, and overwhelming. There are so many tiny, intricate details that go into planning your special day, which is why many couples decide to hire a wedding planner – someone who assists you in every aspect of your day. But what if your budget isn’t large enough for a wedding planner? Or what if there’s only one aspect of your wedding you’d like extra help with? An easy solution is to hire a wedding specialist – someone who assists you with one specific aspect of your day. Whether it’s the cocktail hour, the décor, the food, or particular vendors, there’s a wedding specialist out there ready to help! Check out some of the components these specialists control to make your life easier and less stressful while planning your wedding.

1. Cocktail Hour. The cocktail hour of your reception is, in other words, the “happy hour” of your wedding where your guests mingle and enjoy themselves. It’s the beginning of your wedding reception and we’re sure you’d love to start it off right-and most importantly-make it stand out. Some of the things your cocktail hour specialist can do includes creating a signature cocktail drink for your guests or arranging comfortable, chic seating for relaxation. They can also draft a menu of delicious appetizers for your guests to have at their leisure or build a playlist of music to set a distinct mood. They can even help you add personalized details such as monogrammed napkins.

2. Décor. Decorating for your special day may be one of the most stressful aspects to your wedding because it involves so many details. We know you’d love to have your guests blown away with your wedding’s décor, and having a décor specialist takes that stress off your shoulders, and has the ability to transform any venue from bland to beautiful. These specialists assist you with your color scheme, flower services, balloon services, backdrops, drapery, lighting, centerpieces, table settings, chair and table coverings, and every minor detail in between to make your wedding unique and one of a kind.

3. Food. Whether you and your partner are interested in a sit-down or a buffet-style dinner for your wedding, the food at your reception affects everyone. Wow your guests with the ultimate feast and a fine dining experience with the help of a wedding caterer. They have the responsibility of designing the meals depending on the time of your wedding and on your guests, incorporating food trends such as cupcakes instead of a wedding cake, selecting main dishes and desserts, and may even choose linens and plates for each table.

4. Vendor Selection. The most stressful part of wedding planning is hiring the right vendors. Be it florists, entertainment, or limos, you want to make sure you hire the right people for your special day. And if you don’t know anyone that personally owns a limo, you might be in the dark as to which is the right company to hire among so many choices. Wedding planners often have developed business relationships with several wedding professionals that they can recommend. Because the reputation of the planner is as much at stake as the vendor, they are sure to only recommend vendors they trust. If you trust your planner, you can trust their vendors.

 

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First Dance Songs Made for You!

One of the highlights to any wedding is the first dance. The bride and groom’s first dance fills the air with love and illustrates the story of their relationship. So, if you were to describe your relationship in a song, what melody would you sing? Are you a caring and romantic, quirky and fun, or a traditional and classic pair? There are a plethora of aspects to explore when choosing the song for your first dance, and we’re here to help narrow down the choices! Check out some options for your first dance and see which category you and your partner fall into.

Romantic. Are you and your partner in total adoration with each other, and want everyone to know it? Nothing is greater than two hopeless romantics on their wedding day, and the wedding song should display that perfectly. Here are some options for lovebirds that are interested in a sweet and touching first dance.

  1. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  2. Marry Me – Train
  3. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  4. So Close – Jon McLaughlin

Fun. Of course you are in love, but do you want to go beyond that and show your relationship’s fun side in a song? What better way to start your wedding by showing all of your guests you and your partner’s fun, upbeat personalities? If your goal is to have a light-hearted yet loving first dance, check out these options below.

  1. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  2. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Michael Buble
  3. Is This Love – Bob Marley
  4. Dream A Little Dream Of Me – The Mamas & Papas

Classic. You know what they say, oldies are goodies! The best part about having a timeless song for your first dance is that they are powerful – not to mention everyone in the room will most likely already be familiar with it. You simply cannot go wrong with a classic love song. They effortlessly fit into any wedding along with most couples’ personality and taste. If you and your partner are looking for a song that will please you and your guests, these classics will not disappoint!

  1. For Once in My Life – Michael Buble
  2. At Last – Etta James
  3. Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
  4. Something – The Beatles

Keep in mind, the best song to choose for your first dance should be the one most meaningful to both you and your partner; and you may not always find that on any list.  If you already have a song that you have branded “Our Song,” that would be the one to choose. Remember, it’s your day. So what if your guests have never heard of the indie artist you guys have seen at countless shows; or even if your song is as goofy as doing the chicken dance while wearing a tutu. This is a song that has helped bring your and your fiancé to this very day. While you are dancing together, staring into each others’ eyes and seeing your future with this person, it helps to have the right soundtrack to go with your vision. In the end, that’s the only song that matters.

 

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Your Wedding… Enhanced!

We’ve all been there – you’re at a wedding, the reception is beautiful, the food is great, and the DJ is getting everyone on the dance floor; but there’s just something missing. There’s nothing too memorable about it. What was the couple’s biggest mistake in planning the wedding reception? They simply focused too much on the wedding basics, without thinking to add that special touch. Learn from others’ mistakes and go the extra mile! To make your special day memorable, strive for enhancements that go beyond the basics. When choosing which enhancements to incorporate into your party, consider those listed below and make your reception one for the books!

1. Photo Booths.  A photo booth is fun for people of all ages, and is the best way for your guests to remember how great your wedding was. The booth prints a photo strip featuring three pictures taken by your guests, which is theirs to keep as a souvenir from your big day. What’s in it for you? Many photo booths print two photo strips which allow for a copy of your guests’ images to be added to an album for you to keep. It’s no wonder photo booths are one of the most popular enhancements at wedding receptions.

2. Uplighting. If you’re looking to create a memorable atmosphere on your big day, consider uplighting.  Uplighting is a source of light which is cast upwards to illuminate the ceiling. Add extra flare to your reception by including your wedding colors in the uplighting scheme. When you and your guests enter the reception, you will instantly feel the elegance, beauty, and love in the room!  Uplighting is an easy, yet soft touch to add to your wedding, and will set a luxuriously magical mood for the night.

3. Cloud Machines. Speaking of magic, why not add some cloud effects to your special day? Cloud machines are one of the easiest ways to put your unique stamp on the party, and your photographer will thank you for the incredible shots. Add a little mystery to the party by having your first dance on a cloud. Cloud machines are often used during the grand entrances of the wedding party as well as bride and groom, but feel free to use them any way you’d like! Unlike fog machines that can sometimes trip a fire alarm leaving your special day a soaking mess, cloud machines operate with dry ice that does not set off alarms.

4. Cabanas. Each table at your reception is meant for formal dining, but what about casual mingling? Cabanas can be considered lounge areas, and are one of the best ways to make your wedding cocktail hour stand out. You and your guests will have a chance to mingle with each other in a sexy, unique way. Your guests will appreciate your effort in making their comfort a priority. After all, the party wouldn’t be the same without them being there to celebrate with you.

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The Dos and Don’ts to Building Your Reception Playlist

 

Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight. Sounds like the perfect plan for your wedding day, right? We certainly think so. But before you can do that little dance, you’ve got to set the scene for the right wedding reception playlist. Here are some rules to live by when consulting with your DJ about building the ideal playlist.

1. Playlist Harmony. It may come as a surprise, but this is also someone else’s wedding too…your future spouse’s! And just because you’ve come to love one another enough to spend the rest of your lives together, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your playlists feel the same way about each other. Remember to consider both yours and your beau’s musical tastes when compiling a wedding playlist. A variety of wedding songs are to be expected, so don’t worry about his Guns N’ Roses clashing with your Gangnam Style! Maybe he wouldn’t mind hearing an acoustic version of a classic during dinner.

2. Spread the Love. It’s important to keep your guest list handy when formulating the wedding playlist. What will Aunt Debbie and Uncle Rich enjoy dancing to? Or how about Grandma Sue’s favorite ditty, Runaround Sue? Even a sprinkle of some oldies may be appropriate for a portion of the crowd. If your cousin Jaime loves Madonna, throw in a little Like a Virgin. Even if something may not be exactly to your taste, you’ll enjoy seeing everyone else having a great time dancing.

 

3. A Little Goes a Long Way. The biggest mistake people make when going to meet with their reception DJ is bringing along a big list of songs they want played at the wedding. For most DJs, this is unnecessary. At maximum, your DJ should need is a list of about 12-15 songs that depict the mood you want at your reception. From there, he or she will be able to compile a larger playlist based on the list you provide. Remember, DJs have extensive databases of songs from every genre. You may spend hours putting together a list of hundreds of songs that they would be able to compile in minutes.

4. DJ Knows Best. There’s a reason why people hire a DJ. It’s not just to play music; it’s to guide the atmosphere of the party. DJs are trained to read the vibe of the crowd. From there, they choose the best song for the moment. Receptions are usually just 4 hours in length, a time span that is further decreased by formalities like speeches and dinner courses.  It’s crucial that you trust your DJ to make musical decisions during the party. After all, that’s why you hired them in the first place. To feel most comfortable about handing over all the music power for your reception, it’s a good idea to have at least one face to face meeting with your DJ prior to the wedding. It’s best to meet about a month in advance to discuss your expectations, as well as provide a DO NOT PLAY list. This way you’re guaranteed to not hear the songs you dislike. Now you can relax on your big day, knowing the party is in the best possible hands.

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The NOT so “Sweet” 16

When you hear “Sweet 16” I am sure you automatically think about a girls birthday party filled with glittery things, big cakes, and bright pink decorations.  Well, here at LJ Productions we are trying to change the old perceptions of the “Sweet 16”.  This past weekend, with the help of Jack Bermeo & Priscila Mendes, we were able to pull of “Club Jack” at the Morris County Country Club.  This 16th birthday for Jack resulted in an amazing experience not only for the birthday boy but also for his family & closest friends.  The collaboration between Claire (Jacks mother) and Jack created a club atmosphere completely transforming a sweet country club into a sick club.  The final details were left up to Jack and Priscila who worked together to bring Jack and Claire’s ideas into reality.

 Jack and Priscila decided to create two cabanas inside of the reception hall that included pipe and draping, lounge furniture, ottomans, and personalized roman numerals at each cabanas entrance.  They also collaborated on making centerpieces for each table that would fit the theme of the party.  The tables were covered with navy linens topped with LED vases that contrasted the linens with pink lighting.  A personalized monogram and step and repeat banner with photographer were included in this package; while LED stages, intelligent lighting and up-lighting added that extra effect that made every guest feel they were entering “CLUB JACK”.       

If you’d like to book your party with us, give us a call at 973.751.8850 or visit our website. We commit to making your party not only amazing but one of a kind! Our packages are customizable and can include anything from pipe and draping, photo-booths, money-booths, the one & only MUNCH TRUCK, confetti, glow packages, personalized giveaways, t-shirts, up lighting, cabanas, lounge furniture, LED stages, and more! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

How to save money while planning your special day!

 

Are you getting married in one of the most expensive locations in the US?  If you are an LJ bride then most likely your answer will be yes.  Here is a list we have created here at the office that can provide you with some extra cash after your wedding day for things like an amazing honeymoon, house, or a baby!

1. Learn how to negotiate with vendors:  Never fear asking if thats the best the vendor can do, price wise.  Ask them for their opinion on how to save money on their packages.  Most likely, the vendor will work with you and give you options within your budget.

2. Centerpieces:  Over 75% of the weddings we have attended the centerpieces are these large ornate bouquets that scream TOO expensive.  Ask your florist for smaller options, cheaper flowers, and other centerpiece options that require less flowers.  Another tip: think outside of the box and look for other centerpiece ideas such as candelabras, birdcages, wine bottles, feathers, or more.  

3. Favors:  When is the last time you left a party with the favor and said, Oh, my word I really needed another corkscrew or useless doodad that will end up collecting dust.  Another way to thank your guests is by making a donation on their behalf to an organization that hits close to home such as Kicking 4 Celiac, American Heart Association, and/or American Cancer Society.

4. Limousines:  The last thing you need is 3 different limos driving to the same exact place.  Our suggestion is to get a party bus which has room for up to 50 people, food, and more alcohol.  They come equip with more head room as well so your bridal party will not have to crouch down and get all wrinkled before their grand entrance at the reception. You can also add some character to your wedding and rent a school bus for approximately $200-300 for the day!

5. Seat Covers:  Honestly, who even remembers that you had seat covers?  Remember people sit on them so it is one of the last details any guest will rave about.  Most of the time they end up annoying your guests because they just fall apart and end up on the floor by the end of the night.

6. Photography & Videography:  My fiance and I did our own little survey of our married friends to decide whether or not we needed a videographer.  Our conclusion was that they only watch their video once its completed and it ends up right along with all their other movies collecting dust on a shelf.  So with that being said, you can skip the video and hire a quality photographer who is skilled in the art of photojournalism.  They will capture great candids that will last a lifetime and speak wonders.  Another hint, do not have your photographer make a photo album which can add up to $600 to the bill.  They will provide you with a dvd of all your proofs and at some point you can either make your own album or online slideshow.

7.  Food:  One way to save on food is by lengthening your cocktail hour.   You can have a never-ending cocktail hour which provides your guests with passed Hors D’oeuvres for a few hours.  Another option is to have the buffet option where there is no sit down dinner but a buffet with more options.  Also, skip all the add ons that will increase your per person price by $5-20.

8. Rehearsal Dinner:  Who said that the rehearsal dinner had to be a mini version of your wedding day?  Instead of the same old sit down dinner in a fancy restaurant, have a luau in your yard, a backyard bbq, or even a pizza party! Get creative and think outside of the box for this one.  This is another chance for your bridal party to mingle making the wedding day that much more intimate.

Do you have any ideas that we may have missed?  Leave us a comment below, on facebook, or via twitter! 

If you need entertainment for your special day please give us a call and speak with one of our event specialists today! (973.751.8850)  Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook , or repin us on Pinterest!

<3 Mariza

Why go? I’ve caught up with everyone on Facebook.

The release of “American Reunion” sparked our interest in the topic of reunions.  After a bit of research, we have found that they are still occurring at a high rate but the attendance is down 10% from previous years.  Could this be the Facebook effect?  Can one possibly find out everything they need to know about past classmates using social media?  Well, yes, but also no, the reason is that it is up to the discretion of the Facebook user to disclose what they want and when they want.  I like to say, “Everyone’s life is fabulous on Facebook”, and not many people are willing to disclose every bad moment in their lives.

In an article from USA Today, we found that although attendance of reunions is down people still enjoy the face-to-face contact they lack from social media sites.  Facebook has reduced the mundane conversations to more intimate conversations about life that generally would not be touched on 10 years ago.  The only thing Facebook has ruined for reunion goers is the element of surprise, especially for the High School outcasts who were anticipating their big revenge for all those years of torture.

The idea of attending your high school reunion conjures up all sorts of emotions for everyone.  Personally, it only reminded me that I was that much older and how quickly time has passed.  I recalled the days of Facebook back in 2004 when I had approximately 25 friends; all of which I saw on a regular basis on campus.  When I check back to my Facebook page I have now acquired 567 friends in less than 10 years; granted less than 25% of these friends are people I attended high school with.

One day on Facebook I received a notification informing me that a former classmate has added me to the 2001 High School Reunion group.  I understand the gesture of adding a friend to this group but I did not appreciate being thrown into a group of people I have purposefully kept out of my Facebook and personal life.  I immediately removed myself from said group and stuck to my “I will not attend my high school reunion” attitude; which was eventually cancelled due to a lack of interest and attendees.

For most of us the idea of attending your high school reunion remains pointless.  We create excuses such as; we simply don’t care to attend, too busy, too expensive, or hated High School and the people.  Most of all, Facebook has created a generation who is in constant contact with their past, present, and future.  With the click of a button we can literally find out where someone is, what they’re doing, who they are friends with, and even see what they had for dinner.  Facebook has stifled the need for reunions because we can find methods of reuniting on our own.  We no longer need the help of reunion companies or our alumni offices to get in touch with classmates because of course, everyone has a Facebook.

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