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Boston Uplights, Boston Uplighting for Wedding Receptions Are All the Craze

The latest craze in the New England wedding market, especially with Boston area weddings, is called uplighting (or having uplights) at the reception. Brides and grooms are simply falling in love with this lovely lighting, and for good reason: They can transform a beautiful space into a stunning space.

The main purpose of having atmospheric up-lighting services, or up-lights, at your wedding is to enhance your reception space and planned décor. Uplights can accompany and augment your flower arrangements, table centerpieces, linens and more, as they can take shape in various different colors and shades. If you have a large space, uplighting can help fill it in a noticeable yet tasteful way.

Uplighting can be affordable in many circumstances, depending on your needs, desires and budget. We will review briefly some available up-lighting options below, as well as other theatrical and custom lighting scenarios and packages which can help transform your wedding day into a real-life fairytale  or bring your big day a new level of uniqueness.

For a visual representation of the lighting scenarios presented below along with additional information, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isv29CZJpFg

Perimeter Uplights:

These are the market standard theatrical fixtures in your theme colors, focused to softly glow the perimeter walls of the room. Available options often include:  one set color; color-changing LEDs; and wireless, remote controlled, color-changing LEDs.

Custom Cut Initials (a.k.a. Gobo)

These are your special insignias (custom cut “gobo,” or “go between optics,” lights featuring the bride’s and groom’s initials) projected on either the walls or floor of the room. Sometimes you can get a name or image in lieu of the couple’s initials.

Truss Tower Dance Floor Lighting

You can often get up to four truss towers, wrapped in white voile and lit from within with lighting fixtures mounted on top, to light walls and your dance floor. You can choose color and gobos if desired.

Swagged Voile Fabric Canopy:

The room will be transformed with gelled theatrical fixtures projecting up onto white sheers swagged overhead.  This can be finished off nicely with dramatic perimeter up-lighting in complementary hues to complete the picture.

Asian Lanterns Canopy:

This is a beautiful scenario in which you create an overhead decorative canopy of white or colored paper lanterns, providing both a soft diffuse glow and added elegance to the room.  Dramatic perimeter up-lights in complementary hues can again complete the picture.

Mini-Globe Canopy:

Your space will be transformed with string lights in myriad 3″mini globes hung overhead.  Additionally, you can again chose to add dramatic perimeter uplighting in a complementary hue to complete the picture for this room lighting transformation.

String Lights in Gauze Canopy:

The wedding reception space will be transformed with gauzy string lights hung from overhead.  Similar to the above canopies, you can accompany these string lights with perimeter uplights to add that extra touch.

As you can see, there are plenty of wedding uplighting and other theatrical options available to Greater Boston wedding bride and grooms.

One last item of importance to note: if the DJ, band, or entertainment company you are hiring tells you that uplighting is included in your package, be sure to ask about their experience and qualifications working with professional lighting, as well as the type (wired, wireless, static color, color-changing, LED or “old-fashioned”) of lighting they use, and available colors / color schemes, and in the event of worst-case problems, their considerations for accommodating blown lights or other issues during your reception.

Again, if you’d like to see what these scenarios actually look like, please feel free to visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isv29CZJpFg to check them out.

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DJ John Dudley Entertainment

DJ John Dudley has become a leading, highly sought-after performer throughout New England. Performing as a DJ, Master of Ceremonies (MC/emcee), and Karaoke Jockey (KJ) for more than 11 years now in the Greater Boston area, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Cape Cod and the Islands, and beyond, John Dudley has performed at countless events, for clients of all shapes and sizes. John regularly entertains corporate crowds, wedding couples, private families and organizations, and more, and has received rave reviews for his performances.

DJ John’s venue list includes Fenway Park, Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston Park Plaza, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Danversport Yacht Club, and Showcase Live at Gillette Stadium, just to name a few. He’s performed as an opening act for the legendary Kool & The Gang, and has even rocked events thrown in conjunction with MTV’s ‘Made.’

John has performed at major events for companies and organizations such as PUMA North America, Nuance Communications (makers of Dragon speech recognition software), The Bostonian Group, ProEquities Inc., The National Hemophilia Foundation, Entercom Boston/WEEI 850AM Radio, Kiwanis International, Cradles for Crayons, Boston University, Harvard University, Emmaneul College, Boston College Alumni Association, and hundreds others.

John’s engaging, professional and witty, warm personality, training in and experience with improv and standup comedy, vast collection and knowledge of music, true knack for reading a crowd, and the latest in audio, video, and lighting technology, all make DJ John Dudley a must-have for your event.

DJ John Dudley Entertainment
www.DJJohnDudley.com
– Voted One of the Best Wedding DJs on CityVoter Boston’s 2010 A-List
– Proud Member of Global Mobile Entertainers Association &
Boston Young Professionals Association

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Stretching your holiday budget: celebrate the holidays a little early. Also, October’s ‘good people.’

Think outside the (gift)box

You might be busy deciding whether to be Snooki, The Situation, or someone from Dancing with the Stars, for Halloween. (Me? Mark Zuckerberg.) But, you may also be responsible for setting up your company, school, or family holiday party, and you should be doing that now if you haven’t already started.

Hotels and function halls book quickly for December. Just like wedding rates are highest in September and October as the leaves change color, and poolside cabana rental fees are highest in August, it goes without saying that December is prime time for the venues that host your holiday parties.

What, no Jack-o-lantern?

What, no Jack-o-lantern?

Now, although this all seems very reasonable (and to be fair, it is), it does not mean that you do not have options. January has gained some popularity over the last year or two (recession), but have you ever given serious thought to hosting your year-end get together in November? When you think about it, we’re only talking the difference of a couple of weeks; and this proactive approach to your festivities may pocket you some noticeable pricing breaks with the venue or caterer of your choice. It may also get you some leeway with respect to your DJ or other performer, if you choose to have one. 

Other ideas? Whether you’re firmly set in your December tradition or not, maybe consider holding the party on a weekday and/or in the early afternoon; luncheon menus are generally more affordable than evening affairs. (Again, these are the least busy times for performers as well.) You can always save a buck too by creating and bringing along your own decor (especially fun if you’ve got some spare kids hanging around).

Life size reindeer

Life size reindeer greets your guests and then takes them for a ride.

On the other hand, if you don’t find yourself pinching pennies this year (good for you, by the way), there are some insanely interesting options for excitement at your bash (Santa’s jolly ol’ self aside), including life sized rideable reindeers (they actually ride around the room; for kids and adults), indoor ‘ice-skating’ (at the function hall, not at the rink), All-Star Karaoke, a red and green themed Vegas casino night, twelve drummers drumming, and so much more. (Again, good for you, for being so darn productive.)

Whenever and however you decide to celebrate, just be sure it is fun and enjoyable — your friends, family, colleagues, or staff, and you, deserve it.

If you’d like some help planning the entertainment component of your party, just reach out to us.

October’s “good people”

Each month, we will be recognizing a few hard working and very capable professionals that can help you in planning an amazing event.

This month’s “good people” are <insert drumroll here>…

The Great Escape – Journey Tribute Band
Ask for Rich
http://www.myspace.com/journeycoverband

Fast Times – 1980′s Cover Band
Ask for Johnny
http://www.fasttimes.biz 

(Let them know John Dudley referred you, and say hello for me!)

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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.

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

John Dudley
Owner & Entertaining Entertainer
DJ John Dudley Entertainment
www.DJJohnDudley.com
John@DJJohnDudley.com
(617) 791-1001

~ Enlivening events throughout New England for more than 10 years ~

Proud Member of Global Mobile Entertainers Association &
Boston Young Professionals Association

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Autumn in New England: bright colors, bright ideas. Also, ‘good people’ for September 2010.

Wedding Peak
It’s prime wedding season here in New England. From the peaks of the Berkshires to the banks of the Charles River, hotels, function facilities, florists, photographers, bands and DJs, are busy helping couples create beautiful memories.  Future brides and grooms are also busy, locking in their venues and vendors for their 2011 fall dates. To a wedding couple, few things can rival the backdrop of bright yellows, oranges, and reds on their big day. In the spirit of this wedding season, we’ve just produced several wedding videos and released them on our brand new YouTube Channel. We encourage you to check it out and subscribe to be notified of more upcoming videos. http://www.youtube.com/user/DJJohnDudley
 
Halloween – one of our favorite holidays! – is right around the corner, and the stores haven’t been afraid to remind you of that fact (heck, some have been at it since August). We’ve got a cool lineup of unique October events already, from to a large annual Halloween event for the Girls Scouts, to an adult pajama  party fundraiser to benefit the Home Base Program for Returning Veterans at Mass General Hospital . Lots of people would or do love to host a good Halloween party but sometimes resources become a concern. Idea? Book your party on a weeknight to get a discount at your preferred function hall (and probably with your performer too). Another option is hosting an All Hallows (Saints’) Day party in early November – certainly unique! 
 

Fall A’Fairs
This past weekend, we visited ‘The Big E’ in Springfield and had a blast. Circus performers, wild animals, deliciously fatty snacks, Mardi Gras parades, midway games, jugglers and stilt walkers, and more. We’re looking forward to the upcoming annual Topsfield Fair too. Great stuff, for sure. But if you can’t seem to find the time to visit these fun public fairs, bring the atmosphere right to your event. Fair themes are hot right now, especially with corporate crowds and school groups, and we can deliver you a complete carnival midway to satisfy all your ravenous desires for engaging carnival barkers, challenging games, and the most unusual performers.

Whatever you do this season, make sure it’s memorable. Let us help you make your event unique.™

September’s “good people” 

Each month, we will be recognizing a few hard working and very capable professionals that can help you in planning an amazing event.
This month’s “good people” are <insert drumroll here>…
 
Rhonda Dean, Spinelli’s Function Facility, Lynnfield, MA
781-592-6400 ext. 223, Spinelli’s Website

 

617-568-6721, Hilton Logan’s Website 
 

 

Jeanne MacGilvray, Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge, MA
617-868-8000, Hotel Marlowe’s Website
(Let them know John Dudley referred you, and say hello for me!)
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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.

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

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Fall into a Boston fall, win with a New England winter

From sizzling heat waves to a drizzly 65 degrees (and back again?!), the seasons are changing once again here in New England. (Got to love Boston!) Some are looking forward to the return of the school year; some, cider donuts, pumpkin pies and turkey dinners; others, a visit from jolly ole Saint Nick. No matter how you slice it (your proverbial colder-weather pie, that is), we have some great stuff in store.

Work and play

Game show mania corporate group

Game show mania, all-ages excitement

Fall always seems to be a time of renewed commitment to learning and our careers. Of course, we don’t always just have to work ourselves to the bone. Whether we are 4 or 44, here are all sorts of wonderful opportunities to break up and reward our work efforts with entertainment. Schedule a homecoming or other school dance. Use improv comedy games and techniques to liven up a classroom or training session and “team-build.” Host a magician, juggler, or comedian. Other ideas? What about bringing in Trivia Geeks™ to roam your room and test your guests? What about a incorporating a game show into your event? Ever try energizing your group with a pep-rally theme? Take your school, college, or workplace, and challenge them to “60 Second Success!”™…Just ask about this one. Remember: all work and no play make Jack a dull (and unproductive) boy.

Harvest something

Rolling strolling table with customized costume

Deliver dessert to your guests on wheels, decor customized to your event.

Fall is a perfect time for food-related activities and bringing yourself back in touch with the earth. Host a pumpkin-carving contest party; add pie- or cupcake-decorating to your event; or make things silly with hands-free cider donut eating. Physically take your event to a barn or farm (or transform your favorite function room into one), add some plaid décor, some music, and you’ve got yourself a genuine barn-burner. The autumn is usually the last some people will see of their golf course for quite some time, so schedule a season-ending send-off at your local country club and wrap things up right with a highly interactive dueling-piano show. Of course, if nothing else, you can always harvest your love: you really cannot beat a beautiful fall wedding in Boston/New England surrounded by stunning foliage and an atmosphere that really awakens the soul. (Heck, take this chance to renew your vows and host another reception – why not?)

The annual holiday party

Live-size reindeer for greeting or ideas

Welcome guests with a life-sized reindeer -- on which you can actually ride.

Who doesn’t host or attend one of these! Of course, the million dollar question: do you look forward to it, or dread it, all year long? Everyone deserves to experience the former, not the latter. Try something new and exciting. Ever try ice-skating indoors? How about offering rides on a life-sized mechanical reindeer (we’re talking adults or kids here)? Let’s say we not only bring Santa in to take down your guests’ wishes, but we also put up the actual gates to the North Pole at your front door! Elf-story tellers; Olde English carolers; roaming dessert tables navigated by festive folk donning candy cane earrings. The options go on and on. A décor-appropriate Vegas-night casino would be a smash too, and is a much better way to give out presents and prizes than by a boring old raffle or the “merit-system” (completely unreliable, in our experience). And many holiday parties are not complete without a dash of karaoke…

Whatever you do this season, make sure it’s memorable. Let us help you make your event unique.™

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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.

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

For news, tips, contests and offers, follow us:
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Cool event concepts for the cooler New England seasons

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

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