Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice 2014

Atlanta, Georgia – January 22, 2014 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named EuroAndy Events Entertainment Services as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 for DJ in Atlanta!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with EuroAndy Events Entertainment Services. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“There’s no better way to start the year than by honoring the hard work, commitment and success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “It is exciting to celebrate a sixth year recognizing businesses whose clients believe they are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We are honored to recognize EuroAndy Events Entertainment Services for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards™ winner, {Enter Your Business Name} is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.

EuroAndy Events Entertainment Services is proud to be one of the top DJ in Atlanta in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014.

For more information about EuroAndy Events Entertainment Services, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today HERE.

To learn more about the Couple’s Choice Awards™, please visit http://www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire™, the nation’s leading marketplace serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 reviewed wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. WeddingWire also offers a comprehensive suite of online planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire is the only all-in-one marketing platform for businesses online and on-the-go. WeddingWire offers one simple solution to build a professional network, improve search visibility, manage social media and reach mobile consumers. Businesses that advertise with WeddingWire appear on WeddingWire.com, ProjectWedding.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), Brides.com and Weddingbee.com.

Wedding Showcase – Kristin & Charles at Frogtown Cellars

We had the pleasure of being a part of Kristin & Charles’ special day at gorgeous Frogtown Cellars in Dahlonega this past Saturday. The weather held just perfect for the ceremony in the vineyards and the cool fall mountain breeze provided the perfect atmosphere for everyone to enjoy one of the last few pleasant Saturdays in the north Georgia mountains. The wedding went perfectly with everyone laughing, smiling, and enjoying the delicious food and wine at Frogtown while dancing the night away and having a blast with both Kristen and Charles. Below are a few photos from their wedding and just the fun we all had on that day, from the toast and cake, to the hilarious photo booth photos and dancefloor settings. We want to congratulate them both and wish them a long life of happiness together!

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Congratulations Kristin & Charles!

Thank you for allowing us to share in your memorable day!

The Key To Perfect Photos Of Your Wedding? It May Just Be The DJ…

One of the few things that will last a lifetime after the wedding is over, the guests have left, and the honeymoon is no more, are the photographs of your wedding. Flipping through a photo album or staring at the frames hanging on the walls will bring back memories and make you relive that special day. It does however takes some planning to make sure that the photos you have are worth looking at and that they portray a true representation of your wedding. The most important step of course is to make sure that you have a great photographer to take those photos. When choosing that photographer, look at their portfolio and make sure that some of the photos they have taken before are photos and views that you envision for your wedding. Most of the formal portions of your wedding, such as the ceremony, family photos, and staged shots can be controlled by the photographer. However, many details on your wedding day can be controlled by just how good your DJ is.

Most of the reception and parts of your ceremony are very much in control of the DJ. Making sure the music is right for your special dances, on cue, and properly presented to the guests can create either a great reaction and atmosphere or leave everyone confused and upset. Also, a good DJ, since they are often in charge of the timeline and making sure things happen at the right time, can make sure that the photographer is there and ready for those special moments, from the dances, to the cake cutting, and even the bouquet and garter toss. This is where a good Emcee also comes into play. The DJ has to be able to make the right announcements, to direct your guests attention to what is taking place and make sure everyone participates.

And what better way to make sure your dancing photos are amazing than to make sure you have a DJ that can truly entertain and energize your guests, no matter what song is on, fast or slow, 70’s or Top 40. Any DJ can play any music you want them to, it’s interactions with the guests and the flow of the evening that make the difference in your event. Keeping the energy of the evening up is especially essential to making sure that your guests truly have a memorable time and you have truly memorable photos to look at over the years and share with anyone that was not present at your wedding. Take a look at some of the photos from some weddings we have done this year alone.

Packed Dancefloor

Packed Dancefloor

Even The Bride Is Having Fun

Even The Bride Is Having Fun

Some One On One Time

Some One On One Time

And Of Course The First Dance

And Of Course The First Dance

Should Your Guests Be Allowed To Request Songs

We receive this question quite frequently and always ask the bride and groom as well if they are comfortable with having guests request songs at their wedding. Some couples automatically answer that question by placing a space in their invitations for guests to request songs before they even have a chance to arrive at the wedding. This option is fine, especially if you are easy going and trust your DJ to make the choice of what songs to play at what time and what is wedding appropriate to play at your reception.

However, not everyone is comfortable with letting their guests guide the music atmosphere of their wedding. A strict “No Requests” policy can also be in place, although not highly recommended. You want your guests to be a part of your wedding and enjoy it with you, not just spectators.

The best choice generally is a median between the two extremes. You want your guests to hear songs that they enjoy and want to dance to, and also be able to go up to the DJ and requests something that has a special meaning to them. You also want to make sure that you have a competent and courteous enough DJ to be able to screen the songs as they are being requested and make judgement on what should be played at what time. Usually a good “Do Not Play” list can be very helpful to a DJ so that he or she knows what songs to stay away from, even if they get requested.

Our general guidelines include communicating with the bride and groom before hand to know what songs to stay away from and also with the guests if they request a song that does not fit the format being played. Keeping the flow of music going is very important to an event. If a DJ is playing a top 40 format and the dancefloor is full, and someone requests “My Girl”, although it is a great song, it would not fit with the flow of the music at that moment. We would make a note of the song and advise the guest that it would be played at a later time.

The main thing to keep in mind when making the decision on whether you want to allow your guests to request songs or not is to have clear communication with your DJ. Communication is key, so let your DJ know what you do and don’t want to take place during your wedding. In the end, your DJ should be professional enough to make the decisions on the songs as they are being requested, without having to constantly bug you on specific requests.

Wedding Tipping Etiquette

You have hired your list of wedding vendors to help make your day perfect, your wedding day is around the corner and you are trying to figure the last bit of details to make it all complete. Everything is set, everyone is paid, and everything seems done. Did you remember the gratuities for your vendors? If you are unsure on who to tip and how much to tip, here are some general wedding tipping etiquette articles that we have compiled for you from some of the industry’s renowned websites.

According to theknot.com almost all of your vendors should receive some form of gratuity, from the hair and make up people, to the DJ and caterer. Proper etiquette shows that you appreciate their hard work and not just their services. Wedding professionals generally are under higher stress for weddings than any other event, simply because at a wedding there is no room for error and you want everything to be perfect, from the dress, to the make up, to the flowers, food and, of course, music. If you wedding vendor helps make your day even more special than you even wanted, it is only proper for them to receive a “thank you” gratuity. Theknot.com even goes into details on how much you should tip your vendors, as a guideline.

Weddingwire.com takes a simpler approach to tipping in emphasizing that tipping depends on whether you believe that particular vendor went above their “paid for” duties to make your day one-of-a-kind. There is no need for over the top amounts like hundreds of dollars or extravagant gifts, but a simple thank you card with a gratuity ranging between $50 and $100 will be acceptable for most of your vendors.

AtlantaBridal.com also has a simple guide on amounts and general guidelines for your vendors, although they do leave out several vendors that we believe are deserving of a gratuity.

The main thing to keep in mind is that most vendors out there make a set amount no matter what the event is, how long it is, or where it is, so certain vendors, like servers, bartenders, photographers, videographers, DJ’s, etc only make a fraction of what you actually paid for the services. Therefore a gratuity for them adds to their direct compensation for your wedding, as a thank you for their effort. If you plan it ahead of time, you can have each vendor’s gratuity in sealed envelopes, clearly marked, and have either one of your parents, or someone from your wedding party, like your best man or maid of honor, hand them out at the end of the reception. If it is easier to pay by card, you can always add it to your total when you pay the balance off. It may give that vendor an even greater incentive to go that extra mile for you.

Wedding Showcase: Aly & Brandon at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Brandon & Aly

Brandon & Aly

When looking for a DJ or any vendor for your wedding, you don’t want to just hear about it, you want to look for yourself at the type of work they have done, or in a DJ’s case, even listen to some of their work. We want to take this opportunity to showcase our most recent wedding that we had the pleasure of being a part of.

Aly & Brandon, married on April 27, 2013 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia. We provided music entertainment for their wedding reception as well as lighting for their reception. With the venue being an outdoor pavilion, it was important to add the right touch to the atmosphere. They wanted a fun, bright, and clean decor to add to their night. We chose some white uplights for the pavilion as well as some navy blue uplights to illuminate the top of the tent to create the impression of a sky right after sunset with strings of lights as stars as well as a rotating white light projection on to the ceiling of the tent. Their addition of glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces, and light up glasses added even more to the fun.

For the music, to accommodate the diverse guest list that was present, Aly and Brandon wanted a wide mix of motown, top 40, and even some dubstep for the groom and his friends. Per Aly’s request, we were able to put together a 7 minute mix of 4 dubstep songs catered specifically towards Brandon, as a dedication to him from her.

Once the formal portions of the evening, the formal dances and cake cutting took place, the party kicked off at full steam. Aly got comfortable out of her wedding dress and into a more relaxed fit, and the dancing followed. The entire night went on without a hitch, and even the rain held off long enough for the whole evening to take place perfectly.

Take a look at some of the photos that we took from that evening. We want to extend our warmest wishes of congratulations to Aly & Brandon and are truly glad that we were a part of their wedding day.

This is what we can do for any event out there, create a truly “Special Event with A Personal Touch”.

Guestbook

Guestbook

Mother of the Groom Dancing

Mother of the Bride Dancing

Packed Dancefloor

Packed Dancefloor

The Venue - All Set Up

The Venue – All Set Up

Packed Dancefloor

Packed Dancefloor

Brandon & Aly

Brandon & Aly

Packed Dancefloor

Packed Dancefloor

Brandon & Aly

Brandon & Aly

The Venue - All Set Up

The Venue – All Set Up

Glowsticks & Tunes

Glowsticks & Tunes

Make it a GRAND Entrance for your Introductions

The way you are introduced and make your entrance into the reception area can make a lasting impact on the atmosphere on your guests and family members. Sure, a nice quiet entrance of the bride and groom where no one even knows you came in, can keep things moving without a big fuss, but let’s be honest, this is your wedding day, it is all about the big fuss, about being the center of attention and people celebrating along with you. Here are a couple of things that you want to keep in mind:

1. Include your wedding party in the introductions. They are your “supporting cast”, to stand by your side and be there for support and encouragement. Why not acknowledge them as well. Given the occasion they will not mind having some fun once the ceremony is over.

2. Think about the song or tune that you want to walk in to. It creates the atmosphere, the energy, the “soundtrack” for your presentation. Make it fit your style, your personality, make it fit you. We have included a list of some songs to look through just based on what we have used in past years from previous weddings.

3. Always remember, even though your wedding is considered a formal event, it is ultimately a celebration, a joyous occasion of two people coming together and the unification of 2 families. So celebrate, have fun, make it upbeat and entertaining and have a ball.

Here is a list of songs, in no particular order, that many couples have been introduced to.

- U2 – Beautiful Day

- Kool & The Gang – Celebration

- Metallica – Enter Sandman

- Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

- Pink – Get The Party Started

- Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started

- Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back

- Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)

- Ray Lamontagne – You Are The Best Thing

- AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long

- BT – Simply Being Loved

- Taio Cruz – Dynamite

- Van Halen – You Really Got Me

- Gary Glitter – Rock & Roll Part 2

- Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Something

DJ out of a box? You get what you pay for…

Choosing the right DJ for your wedding can be a daunting task, especially if you are in an area where there are hundreds of DJs and companies to choose from. So how do you pick the right one for you, to match the atmosphere, energy, interaction, and most importantly budget that you are looking for?

First off, beware of any “great” deals that you may come across online, in person, or at bridal shows. If someone is offering their services for “half off” or something crazy like that, there are generally two reasons. 1 – they have inflated their prices so much that the major discount or deal is still bringing them down to where they would usually be, or 2 – they have to make cuts somewhere in their services, whether it be personnel or equipment. Let’s face it, every DJ out there is ultimately in the business to make money, so no one will just give away their services or lose money just to get a booking. It doesn’t make business sense. If they are, they will not be around very long. If you come across an incentive, such as a 10-30% off services, or free extra hour, or something similar, these things are more reasonable, because a business can still cut their price down some in exchange for an increase in the number of bookings.

Second off, watch out for anyone that claims to be the “greatest” and “best ever” DJ, so they have to charge $1500+ for a 4 hour wedding. Read the reviews, do some research on what they have done before and where they have performed, and ultimately you be the judge on whether this DJ is the “best ever” and worth the money they are charging. If they are charging that kind of money because they have the “best equipment” out there, you may want to just walk the other way. Sure, you want to make sure the equipment is good quality and that it will fit your wedding size, however, just because that particular DJ followed the crowd and bought $1000 speakers and a $2000 laptop, it does not make them the “best DJ”. Most of your guests will care less what “brand” of equipment your DJ uses, as long as it is professional, it looks professional, and performs up to par without glitches. Most DJ set ups can be made up of 2 speakers, 1 laptop or CD player, a microphone (wireless preferred), and possibly some lighting. Most of this entire set up can be purchased for around $1500 total and work without a hitch. We know this personally, we own this type of set up.

Third, keep in mind that just as with anything else in life, you get what you pay for when you try to cut corners. If you are looking to find a DJ for a wedding for 4 hours at around a $300-$400 price, there are a few factors that go into the price for a DJ. Experience, equipment, whether they work by themselves or through a company, location of your wedding in relation to where they are coming from, what is included in their price, etc. There are many DJs out there for one simple reason: not everyone is looking for the same type of DJ for their wedding. You may want a laid back DJ, not much talking at all on the microphone, basic set up, no lighting and that is all. Someone else may want “the works”, not just a DJ to play music, but an Emcee to lead the wedding, interact with guests, lights for the dancefloor to add to the atmosphere, and an upbeat “party” for their wedding. The beauty of the DJ market is that you can decide which type of DJ you want, as long as you are willing to pay for what you want. You can’t get a room at the Ritz Carlton for a Motel 6 rate, because ultimately, the entire experience is different, and what goes into that experience is what makes up the price.

Nobody has tons of money to just blow away so naturally budgeting for a DJ is important. The main thing when deciding on a budget is to make sure that who you get as a DJ fits with your wedding atmosphere. A mostly club DJ may not have the professionalism to take care of the formal parts of a wedding, and just because a DJ is backed by a large company, it does not necessarily make them better, only means that if something goes wrong, you can blame the company. Look for the basics, good reviews, are they insured (in case something DOES go wrong), is their equipment professional (both looking and sounding), and does their personality match what you want in your wedding. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it is the only way to get all the information that you need. Not sure about what you need for your wedding? E-mail (dj@euroandy.com) or call us (770-540-7205) and we can gladly discuss things with you and give you some input, free of charge and no strings attached.

Preferred Venue – Frogtown Cellars

If you are looking for a gorgeous venue, with a beautiful view, plenty of space, and amazing food and wine, Frogtown Cellars in Dahlonega is your venue. The gorgeous villa sits on top of a hill, surrounded by all the vines that add to the atmosphere. We have had the pleasure of performing at this amazing place several times and it is always wonderful.

A few fun facts about Frogtown:
– Obviously they are a full winery with their full line of award winning wines
– They have regular wine tastings where you can sample all they have to offer
– They are open to just going there for a meal, a glass of wine, and a relaxing afternoon on their outside patio
– The entire building does not have a single nail or screw in it, it is entirely built “old world style” in wood

We have included a few photos from the most recent Bridal Soiree that they hosted for anyone interested in having their wedding there. If you want a true feel of what Frogtown Cellars is all about, visit www.frogtownwine.com and schedule an appointment with Cydney to have her show you around or call them at 706-865-0687.

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Frogtown Cellars

Bert’s Big Adventure & The suprise of a wedding

Thursday morning, February 21, 2013 we had the great honor and privilege of being part of a big surprise for a very loving and deserving couple. Their names are Deana and Scott. Both Scott and their son Emory suffer from Leukemia. The sweet couple has been engaged over 2 years, but have been unable to plan their wedding because of the struggles that happen with not one but two family members battling the serious illness. We wanted to make that happen for them so we teamed up with Atlanta Perfect Wedding Guide and joined in with other vendors such as The Georgian Terrace for ceremony and reception venue as well as catering, Davidson’s Crazy Good Cakes for the wedding cake, Crimson Shutter Photography for photography, Bombshell Creations for hair and make up, Milestones Floral for flowers, Imperial Events for planning, Elite Audio Visual Solutions for lighting and photo booth, LoungeKing Films for videography, Ivory Bridal for the bridal gown, D’Amore Notes for invitations, and Sugar Style Events for the dessert display, to make this wedding a reality for them.

We are very excited to help plan and make this day extremely special for this very sweet couple. They were selected by Bert’s Big Adventure to go on a family trip to Disney World because of the great deal and suffering that they go through on a daily basis with their conditions. We are truly humbled to be able to make their lives a little better and help make one of their wishes comes true. For more information about Bert’s Big Adventure, please visit www.BertsBigAdventure.org.

 

Deane & Scott with Andi & Dahlena of Euroandy Events

Deane & Scott with Andi & Dahlena of Euroandy Events

The display table inside the booth showcasing everything that Deana & Scott are getting for their wedding
The display table inside the booth showcasing everything that Deana & Scott are getting for their wedding
Deana & Scott as they are being told by Bert what they are in store for

Deana & Scott as they are being told by Bert what they are in store for

The display table inside the booth showcasing EuroAndy Events with the other vendors

The display table inside the booth showcasing EuroAndy Events with the other vendors

The room set up for the unveiling

The room set-up for the unveiling of the surprises as the families arrive.