You’re engaged?! CONGRATULATIONS!
The excitement of the moment is overwhelming, and soon (or even immediately), you’re surrounded by friends and family who want to celebrate the moment with you both! Champagne, warm hugs, smiles, and bright eyes everywhere!
Planning this once-in-a-lifetime celebration is both exciting and overwhelming all at once. With so many choices in Wedding Professionals, how do you figure out which one is right for you?
You’ll find yourself faced with a seemingly endless array of choices for your DJ entertainment, with different variables to consider for every aspect of your desired entertainment — from pricing to experience, deposit requirements to payment schedules, packages to a la carte options… right down to how much say you have in the music to be played.
There is a LOT to consider when making your entertainment choice for the big day. Because of this, "How to Find the Right DJ Entertainment" will be split up into 3 parts. In doing so, I hope to give you a little guidance on what to look for in our particular area of expertise: wedding entertainment. I’ll keep it pretty simple and welcome your questions and feedback, which can be directed to email@example.com.
So... Let's get started.
Part 1: Vet Your Entertainment
With so many choices, how do you know who’s who, and more importantly, who’s worth your time?
Part 2: Let's Get to Know Each Other
So you've vetted your choices and narrowed down the candidates. What now? You want to get to know them a little bit. Once you schedule that important first consultation into your calendar, what can you expect?
Expectations of first conversations with wedding entertainment can vary wildly. I’ve spoken with couples who think we’ll be talking about music for an hour. Most will also ask, “What are your packages?” You might even ask what I wear to the event! These are valid assumptions for topics of first meetings. But you should expect a little more out of your “first date.”
At Panico Entertainment, we think that talking about your wedding celebration should be more than presenting packages, collecting a deposit, and eventually showing up to play music.
After some small talk and establishing common ground, I usually pose a simple question: “So, what do you see for this celebration? Do you have a vision, or are you a blank canvas?”
And I wait.
Often times, couples will be a little stumped, as they’re not prepared for such an open-ended question without any direction. But shouldn’t you expect your entertainment to skew their approach to your vision, to make the event truly “yours?!"
If you’re not given the opportunity to share your thoughts, how would we know?
That gets back to how important it is to have an actual conversation with your entertainer. Whether in person, via Skype, or by hopping on a phonecall, it is important to go beyond simply exploring their website and deciding you like what you see. You need to ensure that you and your DJ will be a good match. Hopefully, you’ve found someone you really like, and you want to convey that you’d prefer a more subtle approach. Or even the opposite, where you want it completely over the top… and they need to know that!
This process really is as important as a first date, as we get to know you, and you get to know what we'll bring to your event. In the end, you should have a pretty good idea of whether or not your (potential) entertainer “gets it” and gets YOU.
By the way, if you’re a “blank canvas,” that’s perfectly fine! We understand that once you get hitched, you essentially become an instant “party planner” overnight, and we’re psyched to help with that. I personally love sharing thoughts, perspective, giving suggestions, and helping you decide on options. Because ultimately, it’s not about just playing music for a few hours. It’s about creating a great experience as you plan, and eventually executing an amazing celebration for all.
Part 3: Don't Try to Program 4 Hours of Music
By now you’ve chosen a few candidates to host your wedding celebration. And in the end, it really is about the music bringing everyone together for an amazing time! You love music? SO DO WE! It’s actually at the core of our lives, considering we pack dance floors weekend after weekend for a living.
So when it’s finally time to wrap up planning, definitely review every detail.
But... Don’t Try to Program 4 Hours of Music.
There are two extremes when it comes to choosing music for your reception, and neither is necessarily a good approach to programming the event. At one end, you feel that you personally need to plan every song, maybe even certain ones in a particular order! And at the opposite end, your DJ won’t allow any input from you and is certain that last week’s playlist will hit a home run… just like the week before.
In both of these cases, neither party is allowing for any organic flow during the reception. If the couple has given an exhaustive list to the DJ that programs exactly 4 or 5 hours, they’ve eliminated the very reason for getting a trusted entertainer behind the music… or any human, for that matter.
When this is the case, there’s no room for moments to evolve, and your DJ’s creativity is completely restricted. Not to mention, you’ve created a lot of work for yourself in the process. This often comes from misunderstanding the role of your wedding entertainment, and what they can actually bring to the table to make your reception a success, besides “just playing any song.” And if it comes from the perspective that you don’t trust what they will play, then you should go back to the first part of this blog post and start your search over.
Conversely, your DJ should ask for input on your taste and style of music. If not, then I’m sure he does this every weekend, the exact same way, and he’s the “rockstar.”
But you probably didn’t want a “cookie cutter” for a DJ, right?
I’ll always ask for a list of the couple's top 10 or 15 “Must Play! I have to hear these songs at my wedding!” tracks. These are the songs that make your reception, yours! Yes, I believe I bring plenty of experience to the table, but it’s important that I weave who you are into what I do! The event is yours, and it should reflect that.
I’ll even ask for a “Do not play these because they’re nails on a chalkboard” list. Because, well, I don’t want to be murdered at the reception.
You should look for an exchange of ideas — and your choice in entertainment should also welcome that. By sharing your very special songs that trigger a memory, you’re giving us what we need so that we can use our experience to work them into what we do. And THAT is how you get amazing moments that create unforgettable celebrations!
Hiring a professional wedding entertainer (as well as other wedding professionals in their respective industries) allows for the ultimate goal to be achieved: have an amazing, stress-free wedding day! You work ridiculously hard to plan this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, and you should reap the rewards of an incredible day. By taking the time to ask the right questions and connect with the right professionals, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your day!
Drew Panico is a professional disc jockey and event specialist with a decade of experience in the wedding entertainment industry. Drew is the owner and founder of Panico Entertainment Boston, a boutique DJ entertainment and event company in Boston, MA. He can be reached by phone at 617.652.9195 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also keep up with Panico Entertainment on Facebook & IG.
Listed below are the 30 most popular songs (as of September 2019) that are safe to play at school events based on language, message, and overall content.
Note: Some songs on the list require minor edits / confirmation of edited version to be playable in cases where the overall content is satisfactory for a school environment, with the exception of one or two edited words or phrases. This information is noted next to the songs to which it is applicable.
At Panico Entertainment Boston, we know music new & old, and our music library is constantly updated with clean versions of the most current hits, so we can craft the perfect mix for your next school event while ensuring an appropriate and FUN environment from start to finish!
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Panico Entertainment can be reached by phone at 617.652.9195 or via email at email@example.com.
Learn how to make the best wedding hashtag with these eight easy steps!
Unless you're having a completely unplugged wedding, we're guessing you started brainstorming the best wedding hashtag ideas for you and your future spouse shortly after getting engaged. We don't blame you! Coming up with a creative wedding hashtag is one of the first fun things you get to do when you start planning. But if you find yourself stumped trying to come up with wedding hashtag ideas, first check out the best wedding hashtags out there for inspiration.
Top Wedding Hashtag Ideas
Your wedding hashtag doesn't have to be insanely witty. Looking for a simple hashtag idea that's functional and to the point? Start with one of these templates for an easy wedding hashtag you can work off of to create your own.
Creative Wedding Hashtag Ideas
We've seen our fair share of creative, sweet and funny hashtags from real weddings. Below are a few of our favorite ideas that combine some aspect of the couples' names (like their first names, initials or new shared name) with a fun rhyme, pun, inside joke or pop culture reference.
How to Make Your Own Wedding Hashtag
Step 1: Start with your names.
This may be a bit obvious, but start with the basics. Use your first, last and nicknames as your wedding hashtag starting point. Remember that cutesy mash-up name your friends gave you guys in college that stuck for some reason? Well, this may be the time you actually want to embrace it. It can make it easier for the guests to remember, which means more people will actually use it.
Step 2: Use numbers for a simple way to set your wedding hashtag apart.
If you don't have any standout monikers or can't come up with anything quirky, using the year or date of your wedding is an easy way to make your wedding hashtag your own. There might be a lot of #JackAndJill in the world, but you'll probably be the only #JackAndJill111719.
Step 3: Get punny.
This is one part of your wedding you can really have fun with, especially when it comes to word play. Look for alliterations, rhymes, synonyms and puns for a wedding hashtag that's both clever and memorable. If you and your partner are completely stumped, enlist a particularly witty friend or relative to help you brainstorm punny hashtag ideas.
Step 4: Avoid easy misspellings.
Read over your wedding hashtag for any obvious ways it could be misspelled by your guests (especially when the drinks start flowing). For example, you may want to shorten longer last names or move words around if there are two of the same letters in different words next to each other. It could be as simple as flipping #SaraAndDave to #DaveAndSara to avoid a hazardous double "a."
Step 5: Capitalize the first letter of each word.
Capitalizing the first letter of each word can help with readability if guests can see where each word starts and ends. Doing this will also make it more likely that everyone will get your joke or pun. With or without the capitalization, your wedding hashtag will work the same either way.
Step 6: Check the wedding hashtag.
Before you print those save-the-dates, do a quick check of the wedding hashtag to see if there's already been something tagged to it and, if so, how many photos. If there's only a handful of other photos that don't seem wedding related, go ahead and use it, but if there's an entire other wedding with the same exact hashtag, you may want to switch a letter to a number or pick a different rhyme to avoid getting the photos mixed up. Hijacking someone else's hashtag is no good.
Step 7: Spread the word.
After you've decided on a wedding hashtag, it's time to get the word out. Start early by telling your wedding party and putting it on your save-the-date and wedding website. At the wedding, you should also have reminders in case they forget. Consider using a sign that matches your décor, or even putting it on the menu.
Step 8: Don't overthink it.
Will you remember your wedding hashtag forever? Maybe. Will you love the photos everyone took forever? Definitely. So if it turns out your couple nickname happens to be the word for a delicacy in another language and you start seeing food photos that aren't on your catering menu, just roll with it. At the end of the day, it's the photos you'll really care about having, and that everyone had fun with it.
Want more wedding hashtag tips? Read 6 dos and don'ts of coming up with the right hashtag.
Panico Entertainment can be reached by phone at 617.652.9195 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free events include Flannel Fest, Beer Garden, Movie Night and more Farmers Markets!
Boston Landing is continuing its event season with more events scheduled for this Fall. A Flannel Fest on Saturday, September 21st, plans to be the highlight of the season! All events are located at Boston Landing’s Guest Street campus in Boston's Brighton neighborhood. Events are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments and beverages will be available for purchase.
The full Fall event series schedule includes:
Beer Garden at Boston Landing — October 10th from 4pm - 8pm
Stop by Athletes Park for a post-work beer and enjoy beverages & local fare for purchase from rotating brewers & merchants.
Outdoor Movie Night — September 18th at 7pm
Bring a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy a complimentary screening of “Rocketman” on the rolling green hills at Athletes Park! Freshly popped popcorn available!
Boston Landing Flannel Fest -- Saturday, September 21st from 12pm - 5pm
Break out your favorite flannel shirt and enjoy an afternoon of all-ages fall-themed activities, including live music Jeff Hilliard Music & The Jake Ash Band, pumpkin decorating, pie eating, wreath making, face painting, a stein holding contest and more! Adult beverages available for purchase from Mayflower Brewing, Bantam Cider and 90+ Cellars. Shop local with the Boston Women’s Market artisan market.
Boston Landing Farmers Market — Tuesday, September 17th & 24th from 11am - 2pm
This season’s market features local farm fresh produce, baked treats, artisan goods and more!
Be Well & Good Speaker Series — 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26 and 12/3 at 5:30pm
Join Boston Landing and Cambridge Naturals for a health and wellness speaker series. Six nights with six different topics all focusing on bettering YOU! Check Boston Landing’s social media channels for updates or email email@example.com for topics and tickets.
Follow @Boston_Landing on Instagram & Twitter and @bostonlanding1 on Facebook for event details.
Boston Landing’s vision is to create a state-of-the-art development that complements the existing neighborhood fabric through the creation of new office space, retail stores, restaurants, and sports-related uses. Boston Landing is currently home to the New Balance World Headquarters, the Boston Bruins Practice and Training Facility, The Celtics Practice and Training Facility located at the Auerbach Center and companies such as Bose, Roche Diagnostics, Proteostasis and SmartLabs. In addition, NB Development group begun construction on The TRACK at new balance featuring a 200-meter hydraulically banked track, multi-sport courts, facilities for training and special events, as well as ground floor retail. In addition to the athletic facilities the TRACK at new balance will be anchored by a concert venue operated by The Bowery Presents.
Panico Entertainment Boston is honored to be the entertainment provider and a proud sponsor of the Martin Richard Foundation's MR8K: A Run for Gratitude. The MR8K race is an annual 5-mile (8K) race that takes place at Warrior Ice Arena at Boston Landing, the practice facility of the Boston Bruins. The event is open to runners, walkers, and para-athletes of all abilities, as well as families with small children. All proceeds benefit the Martin Richard Foundation. #TeamMR8 #NoMoreHurtingPeople #Peace
The 2nd annual MR8K took place on Sept. 2, 2019. Keep an eye out for information on next year's race!
Panico Entertainment Boston
Panico Entertainment Boston is a mobile entertainment company providing DJ, emcee, lighting and event planning solutions for weddings, corporate, school dances, private parties and any other event requiring professional entertainment services.