The wedding is over! It's hard to believe. I'm somewhat bored, but I'm also enjoying all of my newfound free time! Our day went phenomenally well. The weather was almost too nice and we avoided any major catastrophes. However, our day would have been far from perfect without the talents of two guys: Nicholas Dircz (DJ Mad Mardigan) from GenerationNOW Entertainment with his amazing skills and Matt Sepeta from Matt Sepeta Photography capturing priceless images from our big day, such as those above. If there is a final piece of advice that I have for brides-to-be it is to invest in your entertainment and photography.
If you are on a budget, or navigating your way through a DIY wedding, your instinct can often be to try saving money on your photographer or entertainment. My honest opinion is that these are two areas that are worth splurging on! Lucky for all of us, Matt & Nick want your Big Day to be just as perfect as ours was, so they have come up with fabulous deals for MSP Magazine readers! Be sure to check out their special offers at the end of this post!
A few weeks back I interviewed Mad Mardigan and heard all about his company from his point of view, but after officially experiencing a GenerationNOW Entertainment reception, I want to share with you a few of the major differences we saw between GenerationNOW and the average wedding DJ.
1. Lull? What Lull? As any wedding entertainer will tell you, the night is bound to have one (if not several) lulls, where the dance floor might be nearly empty and the crowd loses energy. But that was far from the case last weekend as the dance floor stayed packed from 9:30 to midnight (with some people even dancing on the carpet). Not to mention the crowd was so amped after the dance that most guests were in the lounge past 2:00 a.m.!
2. Silence between songs? Don't think so! I'm not sure I fully appreciated what "continuous mixing style" meant until I saw it in action. With GenerationNOW DJs there is no time between the songs; it elegantly flows from one song to the next without skipping a beat. This is great for several reason: 1. It Keeps the energy high all night. 2. After you go through the effort of getting Aunt Nancy on to the dance floor, you don't want her to immediately return to her seat. With the continuous flow we found that once people got onto the dance floor, they most likely stayed!
3. Freedom from Worry. If we would have had a generic, run-of-the mill wedding DJ running the show, playing the chicken dance and blasting Celine Dion, I would have never relaxed. I would have constantly been coaching the poor chap on what he should play next. With GenerationNOW we provided a short list of songs we wanted played, and then let Nick do his thing, and more importantly we didn't spend one minute of our reception worrying about his song choices.
4. An Experience. Don't just entertain your guests, give them an experience. This is exactly what you'll get with a GenerationNOW DJ. Not only are they custom-mixing your music all night, but they have 50-inch screens to display your photos or mix music videos!
5. Custom-designed and unique. With GenerationNOW not only do you have a DJ running the show, you have a veteran DJ, an educated and avid music-enthusiast and a skilled turntablist. All of this means you get the complete package when it comes to having an amazing, memorable, and fun reception.
When I reflect on our day the first two things that come to mind is how fun and easy Matt was to work with and the look on everyone's face as they jammed out on the dance floor to DJ Mad Mardigan. Those are two things I will never forget, and I hope that every bride has moments like that from her day!
If you are interested in booking Matt as your wedding photographer you can contact him here. Mention that you are a fan of MSP Magazine and get $150 off his standard package!
If you are interested in hiring a GenerationNOW DJ, contact them here or by calling 952.210.3873. Mention that you are a fan of MSP Magazine and get $250 off any of their packages PLUS their music video service for free (which is an additional $250)!
I cannot believe this experience is coming to an end. The past nine months have been a whirlwind, and I am so thankful to everyone who has followed along. You can continue to follow our adventures through my personal blog, Life's a Journal, where I have posted a full recap of all my wedding projects along with pictures of how they looked on the big day! I will be posting photos from our Trash the Dress shoot later this week (and you do not want to miss me in Lake Superior)! You can also find me blogging about beauty related topics with several fabulous women over at Beauty Bets! Thank you for reading!