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Alex Nepa | Mint DJs

far·ci·cal (ˈfärsək(ə)l/); adjective

  1. of or resembling a farce, especially because of absurd or ridiculous aspects.
  2. 2. “a farcical tangle of events”
synonyms: ridiculous, preposterous, ludicrous, absurd, laughable, risible, nonsensical

If you’re planning your wedding there’s a good chance that you’ve read a blog or magazine article or perhaps even seen a television special warning you not to fall for “the wedding tax”. These pieces place fear in the hearts of couples planning their wedding and educate that wedding vendors are money hungry thieves salivating at the thought of robbing you.

Often times these “wedding tax” stories compare the pricing on services such as a simple party vs. a wedding. In one instance they even called a DJ and asked them to explain why weddings cost more than a simple party, unfortunately the DJ they called couldn’t explain, leaving a black eye on our industry.

Often times we get asked, “We only need some music for four or five hours, why is it so expensive?”

The truth is that a professional wedding entertainer invests a lot of time, money and effort into putting together that four or five hour performance that you see. A professional DJ or entertainment company has a lot of expenses such as payroll, top of the line DJ and audio-visual equipment, insurance, advertising, vehicles & fuel, office lease, taxes and music libraries that have been built over the years (I’ve spent over $25,000 in music)

But more than just the monetary costs of running a business, there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that we put into the success of your wedding – and it goes way beyond “just playing some music.”

Before we book a wedding client we like to get to know them. We want to find out what they liked, what they dislike. We ask questions to find out if they’ve been to weddings recently or have seen things that they’ve loved and hated. We really want to qualify the couple to make sure we’re a good match. We’ll also discuss the couple’s venue and any decor enhancements they might be looking to add.

Time: 1 – 2 hours

Follow Up & Contract Prep. After our initial consultation we take the time to follow up, put together detailed proposals and media samples with photo & video specific to that couple’s wedding. This is still part of the “selling” process, but it is detailed time that we put in to your event. And in some cases we won’t book the couple – either because we aren’t a perfect match or because of budgeting.

Time: 30 minutes – 3 hours

Planning Check In’s & Follow Up. Once we book a client we check in several times leading up to the wedding to see how they’re doing and to see if they have any questions about the free online wedding planning tools we provide. While there’s no replacement for an amazing full-time wedding planner, we often work with couples that don’t have dedicated planner and we do our best to bridge that gap.

Time: 2 – 3 hours

Final Planning Meeting. About three weeks before the couple’s wedding day we meet with our clients and review ALL of the details of the wedding reception. If the couple has a timeline we work on that, along with musical themes and details. In a lot of cases couple’s have a rough idea at this point but this meeting serves as a final brainstorming session. While my company does not go into a wedding with a pre-set playlist we do customize every single wedding to reflect the couple’s unique tastes and musical preferences.

Time: 1 – 2 hours

Music Editing & Prep. The week of the wedding we organize, obtain and edit the key music for the big day. We make sure we’ve got all our “must play” songs ready to go and our “do not play” songs and genres clearly marked so they don’t get played.

Time: 2+ hours

Scheduling Systems & Loading Gear. My company is a multi-DJ team, so we’ve got systems in place to make sure the right equipment gets loaded into the correct vehicles and sent to the correct venues. We have a team of staff assistants to help your lead DJ & event host with coordination and logistics. This is the brutal, grueling part of the event that no one sees as professional speakers, lighting and production gear is very heavy and delicate at the same time. We also make sure to have backup plans and equipment prepared and in place

Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Getting to our homes and offices to your venue. Sometimes it’s 10 minutes, other times it’s 3 hours or more. And if we’re traveling three hours there we’ll be driving three hours back after the event.

Our company can take on some pretty complex wedding design projects. Even the most simple of wedding setups will take at least an hour. Weddings with extensive lighting design, video slideshows, separate music locations – these can take three hours or longer. We have a team of equipment managers and assistants to ensure timely setup which is another added cost to us.

Time: 1 – 4 hours

This is what the clients and guests see. The flawless show. The packed dance floors. The fun. The magic. This is what steps 1 – 8 have helped us create.

Time: 4 – 8 hours

Tear down, travel home, re-loading and unloading equipment, putting gear back in storage. After we’ve spent the time to setup and performance, we’ve got to tear it down, pack it up and put the gear back in place to do it all over again next week (or in some cases the next day).

Time: 1 – 4 hours

So for a wedding DJ to be a successful professional you’re looking at anywhere from 12 – 32 hours of expertise, passion, customization and yes, playing music at your wedding.  And that’s just the time investment, not including all of the actual monetary costs that our business incurs.

A professional wedding entertainment and DJ company cares passionately about the success of a couple’s wedding and invests this time because it’s the only way for them to continue to thrive as a business. We wouldn’t be able to survive as an industry if we put in half the work, or just showed up and “played some music”. About that wedding tax, it’s a farse.

About the author:

Alex Nepa is from State College, PA and is the founder of Mint DJ Events (http://www.mintdjevents.com) you can follow him on social media @DJAlexNepa

 

Sioux Falls Wedding Videographer | Cinematographer | Jason R Jonas

Sioux Falls bridal show recap on January 31st, 2016 at the Convention Center, Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase produced by Energy Event Group. Video captured and created by the talented Jason Jonas of JasonRJonas Cinematography.

Wedding Cakes | Sioux Falls Convention Center

Sioux Falls and Surrounding area Brides to be!  Sunday, January 31st, 2016 is the LAST Big Bridal Show of until the Fall season!  The Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase from noon to 3pm at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  We would LOVE to have you!  So many new engagements all over the Sioux Empire from the Holidays! Come reserve some of the BEST wedding professionals!  

The Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase is a South Dakota Premier one of a kind bridal event that provides a unique opportunity for brides and grooms to meet some of the premier Wedding Professionals in the Sioux Empire for your wedding day!  

There will also be over $10,000 in gift certificates and prizes given throughout the showcase door prize drawings!

There will live hair and makeup demos by Angelique from Platinum Imagination Hair and Makeup! We will provide delicious breakfast muffins from Taylor’d Cakes while you are inspired!

BUY TICKETS HERE!

Sioux Falls Bridal Show | Convention Center | Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase

Sign up today by CLICKING HERE to Pre-Register and for a second chance at winning one of the many prizes!

(If you “LIKE” and “SHARE” this on your Facebook page, you will get an additional entry  into the drawing automatically for everyday you do this! Use the buttons below!)

Pre-register early! Enjoy the video that Jason R Jonas Cinematography put together from our last showcase!


Sponsored by: Travel Leaders of Sioux FallsEnergy Event GroupThe Flower Mill, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Celebrity China, Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothier and Bridal Gallery .

Q Productions

Sioux Empire Wedding Network would like to welcome our newest wedding professional, Sioux Falls wedding cinematography company, Q Productions!

Every Love story is beautiful, let them capture yours! They specialize in HD Videography and Audio services and they want to artistically capture life’s most precious moments for you. Even if they don’t shoot your wedding, they can provide custom video editing services to make your home videos more enjoyable to watch!

Contact Q Productions today for more information by Visiting Here!

 

Sioux Falls Bridal Show | Convention Center | January 31st

Sioux Falls and Surrounding area Brides to be!  Sunday, January 31st, 2016 is the LARGEST All Bridal Show of the YEAR!  The Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase from noon to 3pm at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  We would LOVE to have you!  So many new engagements are happening right now all over the Sioux Empire! Come reserve some of the BEST wedding professionals!

The Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase is a South Dakota Premier one of a kind bridal event that provides a unique opportunity for brides and grooms to meet some of the premier Wedding Professionals in the Sioux Empire for your wedding day!

There will also be thousands in gift certificates and prizes given throughout the showcases door prize drawings!

There will live hair and makeup demos by Angelique from Platinum Imagination Hair and Makeup! We will provide delicious breakfast muffins from Taylor’d Cakes while you are inspired!

Sign up today by CLICKING HERE to Pre-Register and for a second chance at winning one of the many prizes!

(If you “LIKE” and “SHARE” this on your Facebook page, you will get an additional entry  into the drawing automatically for everyday you do this! Use the buttons below!)

Sponsored by: Travel Leaders of Sioux FallsEnergy Event GroupThe Flower Mill, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Celebrity China, Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothier and Bridal Gallery .

Pantone Color of the Year 2016

Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company, has announced PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz, which it describes as “a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace,” as the PANTONE Color of the Year selection for 2016.

Pantone explains that as consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to the stress of modern day lives, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill the yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.

We can’t wait to see how the weddings of 2016 will use these wonderful colors of the year!

 

 

Wedding Cakes | Sioux Falls Convention Center

Sioux Falls and Surrounding area Brides to be!  Sunday, November 8th, 2015 is the LAST Big Bridal Show of until next YEAR!  The Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase from noon to 3pm at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  We would LOVE to have you!  So many new engagements all over the Sioux Empire! Come reserve some of the BEST wedding professionals and your first choice before they are reserved by all the NEW engagements that happen over the holiday season!  

The Sioux Empire Wedding Showcase is a South Dakota Premier one of a kind bridal event that provides a unique opportunity for brides and grooms to meet some of the premier Wedding Professionals in the Sioux Empire for your wedding day!  

There will also be thousands in gift certificates and prizes given throughout the showcases door prize drawings!

There will live hair and makeup demos by Angelique from Platinum Imagination Hair and Makeup! We will provide delicious breakfast muffins from Taylor’d Cakes while you are inspired!

Sioux Falls Bridal Show | Convention Center

Sign up today by CLICKING HERE to Pre-Register and for a second chance at winning one of the many prizes!

(If you “LIKE” and “SHARE” this on your Facebook page, you will get an additional entry  into the drawing automatically for everyday you do this! Use the buttons below!)

Pre-register early! Enjoy the video that Jason R Jonas Cinematography put together from our last showcase!

Sponsored by: Travel Leaders of Sioux FallsEnergy Event GroupThe Flower Mill, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Celebrity China, Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothier and Bridal Gallery .