Photo by Jessica Strickland
Music is one element in a wedding that can truly be as unique as you are.
Whether your tastes are mainstream or offbeat or just kind of all over the place, I'll take the time to listen, to ask questions and to make suggestions while putting together a custom soundtrack to one of the most important days of your life.
Never hired a DJ before? Here are 7 things to look for in a DJ and what I focus on.
Event organization and planning skills
Crowd reading ability
A diverse music collection spanning decades as well as genres
A positive personality
Someone accessible throughout the planning process
An emcee who will create an atmosphere that makes everyone feel included in the celebration but will not be on the microphone all night
Above all else, couples need a DJ who will listen to them
Here are some questions you might have - answered by couples I have worked with.
Will our reception run smoothly?
"Mark masterfully introduced the wedding party, and guided us effortlessly from one wedding moment to another.
He got everyone up and dancing, and kept the energy going. At no time was the dance floor empty!"
Mother of the bride - Kellie and Matthew Latorre
Will we be able to pick the music we want?
"Mark gave us exactly what we wanted and delivered on what he promised. One of the main draws for my husband and I was that we could choose what songs we wanted and what we didn't. I had several people come up and tell me how they loved the music and the general order and flow to things. Mark is a true professional who brings great advice to make your wedding even better."
Brittany and Eric Henry
Will our reception be fun?
"Mark is absolutely amazing! Don't even bother looking at other DJs, just book Mark now. He kept the party going until the very end of our wedding reception. He is so organized and a pleasure to work with. Guests at my wedding continuously came up to me to tell me how great the DJ was. He helped make our reception an absolute blast."
Anne and Josh O'Brian
Will the DJ be a clown or make the night about them?
"Mark never "stole the show" or was obnoxious/overbearing like some of the DJs I've seen at weddings. He was in
the background most of the time, quietly making sure everything went perfectly, and when he spoke it was professional and classy - he didn't try to be a comedian. Which was exactly what we wanted."
Gillian and Chad Zwart
Will the DJ be able to handle our ceremony music?
"We absolutely loved Mark Beecher!!! He was amazing right from the beginning. He met with us in person for multiple planning sessions. Mark handled the music during our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception - it all went off without a hitch! We had 2 songs that we wanted for our bridal party into and then our bride groom intro and he timed them PERFECTLY!!"
Keirsten and Aaron Brock
Will the DJ know how to read the crowd for dancing?
"Mark has a keen eye for the kinds of songs to play to keep people on the dance floor and having fun. He was the perfect MC for the evening and worked with us on the timeline and kept us on track throughout the night. Our venue vendor even commented on how much she enjoyed working with Mark. We would recommend Mark and Grapevine DJ & Entertainment for any occasion!"
Amy and Alex Rowden