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One word for your wedding: Relax.

How would you like some top wedding tips? Well, let me help you minimize what I call “wedding perfection-preoccupation overload.” Today’s word is relax.

Wedding cake problemsBeing in the wedding entertainment business, you can’t help but learn a lot about the other aspects of wedding reception logistics. The reception is supposed to be an enjoyable, memorable time for a couple. I believe the reception should be as near stress-free as possible, and nine times out of ten, this is all within the mind frame and control of the couple. Far too often, I find beautiful brides on their big day, worried so much that their jaws are clenched tightly and their balled-fists are trembling with tension. Their eyes bulge out of their heads. The grooms are on edge too, as they want their one-and-only to be satisfied on this magical day. (Important note: this blog entry is not reserved only for the straight couples; gay and lesbian couples are equally impacted by “overload.”)

I’d say that at nearly 20% of the receptions at which I perform, the bride or the groom brings down each other’s spirits and/or the spirits of their guests by a distinguishable amount. Every person has their own threshold, their own reasonable limits. Nevertheless, try to stay focused on the beauty of the occasion and the presence of your partner and your guests, taking the appropriate time and care to be in the moment and capture the entire reception in your memory. Try not to micromanage and sweat the small stuff on your big day: after you’ve done your due diligence and proper advanced planning, it’s time to leave it in the hands of your hired professionals and let fate take over.

So, relax when it comes to…

1.)    Seating snafus. Aunt Josie on your mother’s side forgot her glasses at home so she wound up at the table with extended family on your dad’s side. Somehow sitting at adjacent seats are your two cousins who haven’t spoken in three years because of a happy birthday card that got lost in the mail. Relax. Often in a time of celebration, new friends are made and broken fences are mended. And besides: the important thing is that you and your significant other are sitting together.

2.)    Moody music. Whether you hire a DJ or a band, a part of the fee you pay is actually for the experience these folks have in reading a crowd, transitioning between different genres and requests, and moving the night along at a proper pace. It’s true that music is one of the most important aspects of a reception, and that’s why you’ve discussed your musical preferences with the performer, at length and in advance. So relax. Sure, they might be playing your second-favorite Michael Jackson song, but that doesn’t mean you should pull yourself away from a nice conversation with Grandma Dolores to head to the stage or DJ booth to change “Billie Jean” to “Beat It.”

3.)    Luke-warm menu. Caterers work tremendously hard to get each of your courses, from hors d’oeuvres to dessert, out to you and your guests as fast, orderly, and temperature-appropriate as possible. When serving 100+ people simultaneously, mistakes may happen. Did your spinach arrive slightly south of piping hot? Relax. It likely would have ended up stuck in your teeth anyway – it’s not the most photogenic food item. Just double up on the wedding cake and encourage your guests to do the same in passing conversation.

Even if something “goes wrong,” try not to waste your time or energy getting upset at your reception. (Note: If the problem truly was a major one, you can always voice your opinion and/or seek reparations after the event.) At the end of the day, each moment of your reception will play out the way it was destined to: over and above the celebration of committed love between two people, these unique circumstances are what make your wedding reception so special. Remember that you, the new couple, are really what make the reception “perfect.”

So, if intoxicated cousin Jeffrey leaps through your crowd of single girlfriends like Michael Jordan and snags your bouquet toss, I can pretty much guarantee you, your husband or wife, and your guests will remember it – and laugh about it! – for years to come.

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At some point in your life, professionally or privately, you will need entertainment for an event. From a simple DJ, to everything eye-catching, engaging, and creative: be sure to keep us in mind, to blow your mind. No event, venue, client, or concept is out of the question.

The concept we believe in: your event unique. (tm)

Feel free to drop us a line and learn more about us. (We’d like to learn more about you, too.)

DJ John Dudley Entertainment

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Email John@DJJohnDudley.com

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Chocolate, Carnivals, Casinos – Oh, My.

Summer is heating up, and so are these three amazing event concepts:

Chocolate Tasting 101

Chocolate tasting 101 wine glassLet’s treat your guests to a classy…treat. Perfect for a loungy private event, networking night, conference break-out session, bridal shower, fundraiser — and the list goes on. Get the low-down on how to really taste and savor a series of chocolates from around the world while getting a mini-education on how chocolate is made, the beans’ origin, and how to detect the nuances of each chocolate. Can you taste the differences between Belgium, Swiss, Venezuelan and African chocolate? How about 65% Cocoa content and 91%? Tasting and scoring sheets let you remember what you liked and did not. Face it: chocolate is a very social thing, and you can’t miss with this idea. (Need more bliss? Chocolate Tasting 101 is also available with wine pairings.)

Carnival Games 

Knock down carnival gameAn old-fashioned but always fun concept, equally effective and enjoyable for young adults and older adults alike. Whether it’s for a school fundraiser, a teen’s birthday or bar mitzvah, or even a corporate mixer or team-building outing, smiles and laughter will ensue. Games can include bean-bag toss, mini-basketball, table-top mini-golf, darts and balloons, and more. Let your guests show their stuff by earning tickets and taking home prizes.You can even enhance the carnival with other interactive entertainment, such as tarot and palm readings, roving magicians, clowns, stilt walkers, hoop performers, cirque-style aerial artists, fire eaters, cool jugglers, etc. The carnival doesn’t have to come around just once a year anymore.

Casino Parties

Casino Night with DJ HostWe’re not exactly talking traditional casinos here: at your casino, everybody leaves with his or her shirt. This concept is perfect for charitable fundraisers and corporate crowds. Your music stylist and casino host (or jazz group) plays cool, swinging music, giving the room a really upbeat Vegas-vibe. Your casino host, or event organizer, hands each guest an envelope containing thousands of dollars in “casino cash” with your logo on it. The host announces the night’s agenda and keeps players periodically informed with important mentions. The casino room is fitted with a mix of gaming tables (i.e. Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Poker) and friendly dealers ready to give tips to the casino novice (and keep up with the seaoned shark). Guests will trade as much or as little “cash” as they wish for chips. The casino floor will stay open for a couple of hours, after which the cash-out table will open. There, players will “cash-in” for raffle tickets, and hopefully, win prizes provided generously by your charity’s donors or your company, respectively. For those who choose not to play or want to take breaks, it is recommended that other entertainment options exist, like a lounge area with roaming dessert tables, tarot readings, roving magicians, or even sports arcade games. (Again, these casinos are for entertainment purposes only: no actual money is being wagered.)

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At some point in your life, professionally or privately, you will need entertainment for an event. From a simple DJ, to everything eye-catching, engaging, and creative: be sure to keep us in mind, to blow your mind. No event, venue, client, or concept is out of the question.

The concept we believe in: your event unique. (tm)

Feel free to drop us a line and learn more about us. (We’d like to learn more about you, too.)

DJ John Dudley Entertainment

Web www.DJJohnDudley.com

Email John@DJJohnDudley.com

Phone (617) 791-1001

Follow us on Facebook (DJ John Dudley Entertainment) and Twitter (TheBostonDJ)

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