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DJs are not typically morning people – late night events and early mornings don’t mix. On this occasion, however, the event started bright and early at 8am with a sweat class. The event was the fabulous Colour and Coconuts Wellness Festival at Lightspace in Fortitude Valley.
Providing a live DJ set for Elle (Elle Fit) and Dana (Active with D) and their group of fitness enthusiasts was only the beginning. The day progressed with some amazing and inspiring entrepreneurial speakers from the wellness industry including – Lisa Messenger (Collective Hub), Melissa Ambrosini (Mastering your Mean Girl), Jacqueline Alwell (The Brown Paper Bag), Sarah Holloway (Matcha Maiden) and Julie Stevanja (Stylerunner).
Between speakers, Aaron mixed a wicked set of tunes (heavy on the 90’s hip hop and RnB) to the gorgeous kombucha sipping, superfood eating attendees.
It was a special day on so many levels. We left feeling inspired, rejuvenated and privileged to be there (and with the best goodie bag ever!).
Special mention goes to the über talented girls at White + White Weddings and Events for organising and styling the whole day. You did an amazing job!
Check out the pics below from Ella Molnar.
But there’s a lot more to booking the right wedding DJ than just knowing how much they cost.
To figure out which DJ will tick all your boxes, do your research. Look at their website.
Once you’ve found the perfect person to manage your wedding entertainment, you’ll know how much to budget for your DJ – exactly what they charge.
Give us a call or lets meet so we can find out if we’re the right sandwich for you.
And on that note we’re going off to make ourselves a crispy pancetta, caramelised walnuts, baby celery and mayonnaise sandwich on organic, gluten-free sourdough ciabatta. Bon appetit!
everything about shaun & alyce’s byron bay wedding was super unique and incredibly beautiful. belle helena, formally known as byron bay manor, played host to this immaculately styled wedding celebration, planned and coordinated by jane magnus @ byron bay luxury weddings. it was truly an honour to be a part of these guys wedding all-star team, headed by none other than photographer jonas peterson and second shooter, cassie sullivan (incase you can’t tell by the pics, they’re kind of a big deal). everything about this wedding was truly top shelf, from the setting, the food, the playlist (everything from bag raiders to biggie, spencer davis to snoop), to absolutely everyone in attendance – none more so than the bride and groom themselves.
the rain stopped just in time for everyone to make their way to the outdoor dance floor where i threw down a wicked set (did i mention biggie?) and the guests just tore that rain soaked dance floor up.
in a nutshell – so. much. amazing.
fun fact – alyce happens to be one half of wedding photographer dynamic duo, alyce & colette. we recently dj’ed at colette’s own wedding – watch this space for the blog coming soon.
Video by Roost Film Co.
Wedding expertly planned by Jane Magnus @Byron Bay Luxury Weddings.
Aaron and Mel,
We honestly can’t thank you enough for your amazing radness. Aaron we were SO lucky to have you with us on the day. We knew it was instant music bffs fo lyfe after we met up via Skype and had pretty much identical musical tastes. You definitely were pickin’ up what we were puttin’ down, and at the wedding the music from start to finish was just incredible. We didn’t leave the dance floor all night. The music was so varied and fun, the mixes took so many twists and turns and consistently had the crowd losing their minds! It rained a bit on our outdoor dancefloor and nobody could stop dancing. Even Shaun’s 80-something year old Nan was up and dancing in the rain! You guys absolutely rocked it and everybody has been raving about how great the music was. You guys are totally flying in the face of the traditional, pretty boring, slightly sad wedding DJ stereotype and it was a total delight to watch as people went from ‘oh, a DJ’ to ‘THIS GUY IS AMAZING!’.
We are sad it’s over because we just wanna be music nerd friends with you guys forever, haha! I’ll be sending all of my brides and grooms your way guys, Colette and I would love to shoot more weddings with you!! xx
Alyce and Shaun, Bride and Groom
i had the great pleasure of djing sharleen & tom’s wedding reception at this rad little venue in brisbane called mirra. these guys are style, class and good taste personified – their wedding was just amazing.
you know what else was amazing? their taste in music (crunked up), their hilarious video presentation (you had to be there, seriously) and their photographer (anthony hoang). just a whole lot of amazing going on.
get the picture? check out the photos from the day.
Aaron was amazing and we are so happy to hear that he also had a blast. We had guests come up to us to say they loved the music. The music played during the dinner was very us and I’m so glad it wasn’t the typical commercial radio top 40 hits.
Aaron had his finger on the pulse of the crowd the whole time and knew exactly what to play to get them going. The fact that he got the crowd to dance to the very last song speaks volumes about his awesomeness and talents.
So thank you thank you thank you! Even with the rainy weather, everything including the little hiccups and awkwardness (which was very us) came together all in the end and we had one of the BEST NIGHTS EVER!
It was such a fun wedding and we had lots of guests also mention that was one of the best, most fun weddings they’ve ever attended.
Thanks for being part of our big day and making it as special as it was 🙂
Aaron, you are a master of your craft and we are so glad we chose to go with Cut a Rug!
Sharleen and Tom, Bride and Groom
Fun Fact – weddings can be expensive. If you’re on a budget (who isn’t, right?) you’re going to have to juggle the dollars between your celebrant, dress, venue, flowers, caterer, photographer and your entertainment. There’s a seemingly endless line of suppliers all vying for your business and claiming to be the best out there. Fortunately for you, with a little time and thoughtful investigation you can sort the wheat from the chaff. Most wedding suppliers’ goods or services are tangible – you can visit a venue and experience it, you can sample a cake and taste it, you can look at a photographers body of work and see it for yourself. But what about a wedding DJ? No other aspect of your event will have more impact on it than the entertainment professional you choose to represent you. So how can you tell if a DJ is really as good as they say they are?
Price is a good place to start. In a nutshell, wedding DJs are kinda like cars. Good ones aren’t cheap, and cheap ones aren’t good. Both will get you where you need to go, but one will do it with class, style and make your friends a bit jealous, and the other will be unreliable, clapped out and quite possibly a lemon. Like anything, a professional service commands a professional price-tag and delivers accordingly. A DJ can’t make a living doing a $600 wedding once a weekend, especially not after they’ve paid for high end sound equipment, purchased their music legally and paid the appropriate licences, paid insurance, maintained a vehicle to get them to the gig, paid tax, and dry-cleaned their suit. To charge that kind of money to DJ a wedding they’d need to be working a ‘real’ job, a job that kept them from putting in the kind of time, preparation and energy needed to ensure your event’s success. Here at Cut a Rug, your wedding is our job – not our hobby.
Referrals are another good indicator. Wedding professionals, especially your wedding venue and photographer, have seen it all before. Some of the leading wedding venues will host three weddings a week, every week, year in and year out. They have seen just about every wedding DJ on the block and then some – night, after night, after night. If they recommend a DJ to you, you can be pretty sure that this is a good indicator that this entertainer stands out from the rest. Their reputation depends on it – they want you and your guests to have the best night possible, and they’ll only recommend wedding professionals that they know first hand will live up to the hype. The same goes for the photographer – if they stay to shoot a reception then they’ll see wedding DJs in action. (BTW, people having an amazing time on the dance-floor makes for some awesome photos – think twice before sending your photographer home too early!)
And then there’s the iPod. In short – don’t do it. It is a disaster waiting to happen. For every DIY bride blog about how amazeballs their iPod wedding was, there are 100 other horror stories you probably won’t even hear about. There is nothing an iPod can do that a professional DJ can’t do better. Consider these points –
According to a recent study*, during wedding planning, brides say their highest priority is their dress, followed by the reception venue and caterer. Reception entertainment is one of their lowest priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of brides said they would have made the entertainment their highest priority. When asked, 81% of guests said the thing they remember most about a wedding reception is the entertainment.
If your once in a lifetime, multi-thousand dollar, much planned for and highly anticipated event is worth having, then it’s worth making sure that you’ve made the best possible choice you can to:
I believe that so much of the success and enjoyment of your wedding reception will come down to high quality and professional entertainment. Quite simply, no other aspect of your event will have as much impact on you and your guests. By trying to save a little bit of money now on cheaper entertainment, you run the risk of ending up with poor and inconsistent results by the end of your wedding event. If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, just wait until you hire an amateur. Don’t compromise with an ‘already full’ budget – get the best professional DJ you can afford.
If you’d like to have a friendly chat to find out what we can do for you, then please contact us via email and we’ll tee up a phone call – easy-peasy!
*These statistics were published in St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine in 2003. Sources include: Simmons, 2001; USA Today, 2002; National Bridal Service, 2001; The Knot, 2002; Brides Magazine, 2001.