Events

Portland Students Kick off 2012 With Formal Dance

On Friday, January 6, 2012, DJ Rich Mason performed at the Open Meadow School Winter Dance in Portland, Oregon. Hot hits from Flo Rida, LMFAO, Rihanna and more went over well and these high school freshman and sophomores had a great time.

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Keeley & Nathan’s Wedding – August 27, 2011

One of the great things about DJing weddings is getting to work at some of the most beautiful places in the region. Nathan and Keeley’s wedding took place at the home of friends in Salem, Oregon next to the Willamette river. It was a gorgeous day for a wedding. Nathan and Keeley were off to a great start as a new couple.

The ceremony took place down by the river as the reception area was up closer to the house not far away. The sound traveled amazing through the area. Processional music and the Pastor during the ceremony could be heard crystal clear though our sound system and powerful wireless microphone. Once the ceremony was finished, guests moved up towards the upper lawn were dinner was ready to be served. We played a mix of custom picked music along with a popular selection of favorites as everyone ate dinner. As the last few guests were finishing their meals, we were just about ready for the cake cutting and toast.

After the toasts and cake cutting, we were ready to start dancing. Keeley and Nathan opened the floor with their first dance. After Keeley danced with her father and Nathan danced with his mother, we were ready to open to all. I played requested dance music from artists like Tim McGraw, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson to celebrate. It was another fun wedding party.

Wedding Highlights:

  • Ceremony: 3:00pm
  • Processional: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus ‘Your Guardian Angel’
  • Recessional: Josh Turner ‘Would You Go With Me’
  • Cocktails/Dinner: Variety and Requests (including Country Favorites)
  • Bride & Groom Introduction: Martina McBride ‘My Baby Loves Me’
  • Cake: Weird Al Yankovic ‘Eat It’
  • First Dance: Clint Black f/Lisa Hartman ‘When I Said I Do’
  • Father/Daughter Dance: Tim McGraw ‘My Little Girl’
  • Mother/Groom Dance: Backstreet Boys ‘The Perfect Fan’

Thank you Keeley and Nathan for choosing us to be a part of your special event! Congratulations to you both!! -Rich Mason

Danee’ & Michael’s Wedding – August 7, 2011

On Sunday August 7, 2011, DJ/Emcee Rich Mason performed at Danee’ and Michael’s wedding & reception held at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon.

Wedding Highlights:

  • Ceremony: 2:00pm
  • Processional: Train ‘Marry Me’
  • Recessional: Adam Sandler ‘Grow Old With You’
  • Cocktails/Dinner: Variety (including Country Favorites)
  • Bride & Groom Introduction: Black Eyed Peas ‘I Got A Feeling’
  • Toast: Best Man & Maid of Honor
  • Cake: Alan Jackson ‘Livin’ On Love’
  • First Dance: Allison Krauss ‘When You Say Nothing At All’
  • Father/Daughter Dance: Tim McGraw ‘My Little Girl’
  • Money Dance: Garth Brooks ‘Friends In Low Places’
  • Bouquet Toss: Beyonce ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’
  • Garter Toss: Queen ‘Another One Bites The Dust’
  • Last Dance: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’

Congratulations Danee’ & Michael from Great Rate DJs!

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Terri & Chris’ Wedding – August 6, 2011

On Saturday August 6, 2011, DJ/Emcee Mohammad Gharib performed at Terri and Chris’ wedding reception held at Weatherford’s Grand Lodge in Oregon City, Oregon. Great Rate DJs just received the following feedback from the groom.

‘DJ Mohammad was excellent! I could not have asked for anyone better. His willingness to “do whatever it takes” made the evening memorable. Mohammad was extremely professional, even when teenagers were requesting music. He went above and beyond my expectations. I would refer Mohammad to anyone that would ask. I can not say enough good things about him. He was prompt, even early with his equipment, and was ready to go when we needed him. He anticipated our needs. I wish the music every wedding reception could go as smoothly as ours did. Mohammad has a “do whatever it takes” kind of attitude that is invaluable. It was so nice not to have to worry about the music. He was THE BEST!!’ -Chris Brickner

Satisfaction Survey:

Event Date: Saturday, August 6, 2011

Event Type: Wedding

Event Location: Weatherford’s Grand Lodge

Event Staff: Mohammad Gharib

Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Excellent

Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Excellent

Quality of Customer Service at Event: Excellent

Friendliness of your Entertainer: Excellent

Promptness of your Entertainer: Excellent

Professionalism of your Entertainer: Excellent

Entertainer’s Performance: Excellent

Entertainer’s Appearance: Excellent

System Appearance: Excellent

Sound Quality: Excellent

Overall Volume Levels: Excellent

Music Selection: Excellent

Incorporation of Your Requests: Excellent

Lighting Effects: Excellent

Equipment Appearance: Excellent

Overall Customer Service: Excellent

Planning Assistance: Excellent

Entertainer’s Cooperation with Other Vendors: Excellent

Overall Performance Rating: Excellent

Would you recommend this service to others? Yes

Alexis & Derek’s Wedding – June 11, 2011

On Saturday June 11, 2011, DJ/Emcee Mohammad Gharib performed at Alexis and Derek’s wedding and reception held at their home in Corvallis, Oregon.

Satisfaction Survey:

Event Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011

Event Type: Wedding

Event Location: Residence/Corvallis, Oregon

Event Staff: Mohammad Gharib

Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Excellent

Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Excellent

Quality of Customer Service at Event: Excellent

Friendliness of your Entertainer: Excellent

Promptness of your Entertainer: Excellent

Professionalism of your Entertainer: Excellent

Entertainer’s Performance: Excellent

Entertainer’s Appearance: Excellent

System Appearance: Excellent

Sound Quality: Excellent

Overall Volume Levels: Excellent

Music Selection: Excellent

Incorporation of Your Requests: Excellent

Lighting Effects: N/A

Equipment Appearance: Excellent

Overall Customer Service: Excellent

Planning Assistance: Excellent

Entertainer’s Cooperation with Other Vendors: Excellent

Overall Performance Rating: Excellent

Would you recommend this service to others? Yes

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Best Wedding Songs

It can be difficult to choose which songs you would like played at your wedding, especially the first dance with your new spouse and mom or dad. Fear no more, go to http://www.greatratedjs.djintelligence.com/search/requested.asp to see the most popular songs in multiple categories such as Overall Top 200, Top 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s, Top Bride & Groom selections, Top Bride & Father songs, Best Groom & Mother dances, Most Popular Bridal Party hits, Great Bouquet & Garter Toss songs, Perfect Cake Cutting music, Best Introduction songs and more!

Health & Science School Winter Formal

Great Rate DJs Kevin Lee peformed at the Health & Science School Winter Formal Dance on February 5, 2011.

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How to save money on a DJ

  • Look for part-time or hobbyist DJs. These DJs tend to cost less because they have other sources of income and do not have such a large overhead.
  • Reduce the size of your guest list. The fewer guests you invite the smaller the sound system will be needed.
  • Keep everything in one room/area. Keep things simple when holding your event. If the DJ only needs to set up once and only needs one sound system then costs will drop. The more places you need sound the more your costs will increase. More equipment = more money.
  • Pass on extras such as lighting effects, fog machines, etc. Music is what makes or breaks a party and that is what your guests will remember.
  • Have a friend or family member be your Emcee. The less services a DJ has to offer the more money you can typically save.
  • Pass on the dance-floor. This is such a waste of money and can cost more than the DJ! Just designate an area for dancing and call it good. People can dance on carpet and any hard surface.
  • Look for a DJ company that does a high volume business. These companies book a lot of DJs thus offer volume discount pricing in most cases.
  • Don’t have your event on Saturday. The busiest day of the week for a DJ is Saturday as this is when most everyone’s schedules line up to hold an event. Saturday pricing will always be your most expensive. Friday and Sunday pricing can sometimes be less but they also can be popular days. The most money can be saved Monday –Thursday.

Lincoln High School Winter Formal

Great Rate DJs Martin Gambill performed at the Lincoln High School Winter Formal Dance on February 5, 2011.

It went really well! (The students) were dancing and singing along the entire night. I would say everyone had a good time! -Martin

Client Feedback – Our DJ did a good job. On time, professional, good equipment, songs that fit the event. -Steve Runion, School Dance Advisor/Lincoln High School

Couples Choose Cheaper Weddings

Since the economy tanked in 2007, an increasing number of American couples are choosing to get married on the cheap, rather than shell out for expensive ceremonies and receptions. The reality is that newlyweds can start out their lives together deep in debt from expensive nuptials and that’s not the best way to begin the ‘happiest day of your life.’

In 2010, the average cost of a wedding was $23,867. To put this in perspective, that could be a down payment on a house.

There are many things you can do to reduce your costs and still have an elegant wedding:

• Have your reception at a friend or relative’s home

• Buy alcohol in bulk

• Plan your wedding with your mom or friend

• Use baked goods or homemade crafts as wedding favors

• Get married on a Sunday or other non-peak day

• Split the cost of flowers with another couple

• Invite fewer people

• Make your own invitations

• Rent your wedding dress (you wear it only one day)

Review your wedding expenses and determine which are nothing more than ‘impress other people items’. Spending a lot of money on a wedding just to impress people is not worth it if you have to go in debt to pay for it. True friends and family won’t care if your wedding costs $1,000 or $20,000. Spend what you’re comfortable with and enjoy your wedding day!