Nearly anywhere in the country, Saturday night is the most popular day of the week for wedding receptions. Additionally, the most popular months of the year for weddings are April, May, October, and November (at least here in mid-west Florida, including Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Englewood, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Anna Maria Island, Lakewood Ranch, […]
Planning a wedding can be a rewarding, yet confusing task. Once you’ve hired all of your vendors for the celebration, what’s next? When do you need to give a head count to the venue? When do you need to get a menu setup for the caterer? When do you need to get information […]
An outdoor celebration can be fantastic, but to pull it off, the planning needs to be well thought out. Weather and lighting is always considered when planning an outdoor event, but most forget about those pesky bugs that are sure to come out. Whether it’s flies, mosquitos or even no-see-ums, you definitely don’t want your guests […]
Selecting your first dance can be simple. There’s always that special song on the radio that, as soon as you hear it, you know it’s the one. But how do you choose the dance with your father or the dance with your mother? There aren’t many songs on the radio that would work for these […]
Long ago, it was tradition to do a “Dollar Dance” at every wedding. But what is the Dollar Dance? This dance is used to give all guests the opportunity to share a special moment with the bride or the groom, and for that time, they pay a dollar (or, very often, a bit more if […]
Today is the first date that gay weddings are legal in the State of Florida. This is exciting news for West Florida DJ. While we have performed at many commitment ceremonies over the years, it will be our honor to officially wed people in love!
West Florida DJ would like to wish everybody a very Happy Thanksgiving. Remember, no matter what you’re planning, whether it’s a wedding or a birthday party or a special event of any kind…. remember to take time out to enjoy the special people in your life. Be safe!
Parking is an issue that’s fresh in my mind because of the most recent events that I performed at. The first event was in a beautiful historic home. Since the home was in a residential neighborhood, there was no parking lot. At this particular event, there was plenty of on-street parking within walking […]
There’s so much to do on the day of your wedding, much of which is last minute and unplanned. To handle these things, assign a “Wedding Gopher”. This person can be a friend or family member not in the immediate family (and who will not be in most of the photographs). One of the […]
Selecting that special person to represent you as a Maid/Matron of Honor or a Best Man can sometimes be a difficult task. These roles carry a lot of responsibilities throughout the planning of your celebration, as well as on the evening of your wedding. One of the important tasks is the writing and reciting […]
As we plan our wedding day, we often choose to exclude a wedding video because of budget constraints. My husband and I just celebrated our 10 year anniversary. Every year on our anniversary, one of our traditions is to sit down and watch our wedding video. Yes, we have pictures of our day throughout […]
Of course children are a part of the family, but they can definitely change the flavor of a wedding. When planning a wedding, you have to consider your priorities and decide accordingly. Very often couples include children on the guest list, but they don’t put any thought into occupying the children. Because of this, children […]
When deciding how to arrange the room where the reception will take place, many couples (and banquet facility managers) focus ONLY on the general appearance of the room, and fail to consider the practical impact as it relates to proper placement of the entertainment. There are many suggestions online about the placement of the head […]
West Florida DJ will be providing music for the ceremony and reception for Lynn Naylor and Jimmy Pregent today at the Tradewinds Resort on St. Pete Beach. Lynn and Jimmy have selected some fantastic music for the evening, so get ready to DANCE!
Many couples have a vision of the type of music that they want to hear on their wedding day. But should they select all of the music for the evening? Brides and grooms are inviting friends and families of all ages and musical tastes. When planning your day, it’s important to talk to your […]
There are many beautiful banquet facilities out there, but they’re not all necessarily ‘reception friendly’. When shopping for the location of your wedding day, try envision the evening. An ideal reception will have no more than three locations. The first location would be the church or beach where the ceremony is being held. The second location […]
We are excited to host the wedding reception for Caroline Grooms and Patrick Masterson. The photographers tonight are our good friends from Custom Eyes Photos, Jack and Linda. This is our first time at the Sweetwater Golf & Country Club in Haines City. We are looking forward to a fun evening!
As a bride shops for that perfect venue to host her wedding, she’s brought into a room that is decorated for the next event. She enters the room, and it’s so breathtaking that she signs the contract then and there. But did the bride do her homework? There are many hidden costs associated with a […]
West Florida DJ has hosted hundreds of beach weddings. What a beautiful backdrop for any celebration. The sounds of the waves during a ceremony is priceless. Everything is exactly as the bride and groom envisioned. But wait… the ladies are all wearing high heeled shoes. As they take their first step into the sand, their […]
You’ve always dreamed of a wedding in a garden or on the beach, and that’s exactly what you’re going to plan, no matter what! Once we have a vision of our wedding, there’s no way we’re going to change our minds. We at West Florida DJ completely understand that. However, sometimes Mother Nature has […]