With over 300 people, Brandi and Dan's wedding at a private residence (her parents') in Madison was one of the largest weddings I've played. A giant party tent had room for over 20 guest tables, a large dance floor, three bars (saving guests from long walks or long lines), a photobooth and more. When it comes to staging an outdoor wedding at a private residence, there's plenty of things that could go wrong or overlooked -- but Brandi, Dan and their families hit it right out of the park!
You could tell many hours of planning went into ensuring everyone would have a great time. They remembered all the biggies for an outdoor wedding: a lighting tower over the parking area (so guests could find their way to their cars after dark), plenty of porta-potties, and the proper electrical hookups to make sure the catering staff and I would be able to power-up all of our equipment and do our jobs without tripping any circuit breakers. Everything ran smoothly
For music selections, Brandi and Dan requested a different song for each couple of the wedding party during the introductions... so I had custom-edited each song so I could have a brief instrumental "talkover bed" to announce the names, followed by a smooth transition to the "hook," or the most-recognizable part of the song. I wish I had recorded video because they picked some great songs and everything flowed smoothly. Here are the rest of the songs the newlyweds requested for the key moments of the reception:
- Bride and Groom Entrance: Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes / (I've Had) The Time of My Life
- First Dance: Dan & Shay / From the Ground Up
- Groom / Mother Dance: Rascal Flatts / My Wish
- Bride / Father Dance: Tim McGraw / My Little Girl
- Cake Cutting: The Four Tops / I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
- Bouquet Toss: David Guetta / Where Them Girls At
- Garter Toss: ZZ Top / Legs
- Last Dance of the Night for Everyone: Edwin McCain / I'll Be
And now for the photos!
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Here's the 5-star review Brandi posted on WeddingWire afterwards... thanks, Brandi!
DJ Peter was an amazing part of our special day!! During the planning months, he was helpful with suggestions, made our dreams come true for our reception entrances of the bridal party, responded within the same day via email or phone, communicated his past experiences to make sure our day ran extremely smooth!! Peter came to our reception fully prepared as he had all songs already in playing order and a running duration of the reception. Peter is an affordable, professional, and reliable DJ; I would recommend DJ Peter to friends and family. -Daniel & Brandi Masker
Thanks again to Brandi and Dan for choosing me as their wedding DJ! It was a great time, with a great crowd, plenty of great song requests, and I was thrilled to be a part of it all. Here's to many years of happiness for you both!
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