Weddings

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!

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!

How To Avoid Wedding Debt

Important read on how to avoid wedding debt. Newsflash: stay out of debt by saving up in advance. Wedding debt is considered bad debt because it forces you to pay for the past rather than invest in the future. Sound familiar?

Some great advice here, including: plan your wedding in the off-season (October to March) and choose any day but Saturday. Time of day matters too… Hint: dinner weddings are not as cheap as lunch.

Of course, with Great Rate DJs, you will always save money on the music and still get a professional DJ.

Not all parties are the same

A lot of people think that all DJs are the same but if that’s the case, will all DJs have the amount of equipment and type of music you need? For example some people need sound indoors and outdoors. Some people need sound in multiple rooms and/or multiple levels. Some people need a DJ with wireless microphones. Others may want lighting effects while others want a DJ with karaoke and/or a combination of all the above.

When shopping for DJs, make sure they are asking you specifics about your party instead of trying to get you to sign on the dotted line first. Without learning more about your needs, how will either of you know if you are a good fit for each other? Remember, the more equipment a DJ provides, the more it will cost and the longer it will take to set up and tear down.

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How to Have an Affordable Wedding

According to a recent survey, the average cost of an American wedding is just over $27,000. This can be a significant burden on those who need to foot the bill, but it doesn’t have to be so painful. There are many steps you can take to make sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck when planning that special day. Read More