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September 17, 2016

Colour and Coconuts

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.

August 17, 2016

What do wedding DJs and sandwiches have in common?

Awesome wedding DJ Sunshine Coast

 

We get a lot of people asking us for our prices (nothing wrong with that – everyone has a budget to work with).

 

But there’s a lot more to booking the right wedding DJ than just knowing how much they cost.

Since most people have never booked a DJ before and might not know what questions to ask, we’re going to go with an example that you’ll be more familiar with (buckle up – here comes the sandwich analogy).
Imagine this:
You call up a sandwich shop to order a sandwich but all you ask is:
‘How much for a sandwich?’
They tell you ‘$20’.  This sounds pretty expensive, after all, you just want a sandwich, so you call up another place and they tell you their sandwiches are $2.
Great price for a sandwich, right?
You go and pick up your $2 sandwich and you find out it’s a cheese sandwich.  You didn’t want a cheesy sandwich!  You wanted an amazing, gourmet sandwich!  This wasn’t for just any kind of lunch – it was an important, once in a lifetime lunch.  And it’s too late to change your mind.
Oh the disappointment!
If only you’d chatted with the first guy, you would have found out he was a master sandwich maker and was going to make you the best damn sandwich you’ve ever experienced, the kind of sandwich you’ll be talking about in ten years time – for only $20!  In fact, if you’d taken the time to meet the guy, you would have realised it was Gordon Ramsay making your sandwich!  Suddenly $20 doesn’t seem so expensive after all.
You probably know where we’re going with this…but in case you don’t, go back and replace the word ‘sandwich’ with ‘DJ’ and the word ‘lunch’ with ‘wedding reception’ (you can leave the word cheesy as it is).
Now, believe it or not, there’s a few ways that DJs are not like sandwiches.  You can’t just walk into a DJ shop, have a look at their DJs and say “That one looks delicious” (ok maybe the sandwich analogy isn’t working any more…).

To figure out which DJ will tick all your boxes, do your research.  Look at their website.

  • Does it include pics from actual weddings or is it full of stock photos?  
  • Is there a picture of the DJ on there, or is it a mystery who this person actually is?  
  • How do they present themselves?  
  • What do they dress like?  
  • Do they actually mix?  
  • Have they won any awards?
  • Can you listen to examples of them performing at actual weddings?  
  • Can you see videos of them at actual weddings?  
  • Do they interact with guests in a fun way, or do they sit in the corner waiting to just press ‘play’?  
  • Do they have ideas and experience in creating a timeline that keeps things moving in a fun and interesting way?  
  • Do they invest in ongoing training and education?  
  • Do they invest in high quality equipment, and have backups should something fail?  
  • Do they have public liability insurance?  
  • Do they purchase their music legally or use crappy sounding YouTube audio rips?  
  • Do they roll out the same old tragic party ‘favourites’ at every single wedding, or do they truly customise a playlist to suit the people in attendance?  
  • Can you meet them, or at least talk to them, before booking?  
  • Do they come highly recommended by your venue/photographer/celebrant etc.
When you’re checking out DJs for your wedding, don’t just ask how much they charge.  Find out what goes into their service.  What are they actually bringing to your wedding?  Talk to them, meet them and make sure that you’re not going to end up with a cheesy sandwich (unless of course you really love cheesy sandwiches, in which case go for it).

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!

August 13, 2015

Alyce and Shaun @ Byron Bay’s Belle Helena

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 

November 3, 2014

Sharleen & Tom’s Mirra wedding

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

July 24, 2014

wedding djs – the good, the bad and the ipod

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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 –

  • When it becomes clear that no-one is in charge of the music, everyone will want a go.  Are you happy for it to be a free for all with everyone putting on their favourite songs as many times as they want to hear them, possibly at inappropriate times (someone will want Metallica, there’s one in every crowd) or changing tracks before they’ve finished, right in the middle of that epic sing along chorus?
  • Someone is going to want a song that isn’t in your library, so they’ll plug their phone in and stream it from YouTube.  Better hope it buffers…….and that it doesn’t have an ad at the beginning.
  • How much will it cost to hire a speaker system and lights?  Do you have the technical know-how to set it all up and make sure it works properly all night?  Do you know how to avoid clipping line levels so you don’t blow a speaker and forfeit your bond?  (Do you even want to be bothered with all of this on your wedding day?!)
  • Will an iPod give the right impression to your guests or will they go away feeling that the entertainment was a bit of an afterthought?

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:

  • keep the reception moving along smoothly
  • create and highlight special moments and formalities
  • keep you and your guests entertained
  • represent you as you’d like to be represented in good taste.

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!

You can also check out our FAQs and have a look at some of our recent weddings here.  Or get some awesome new music and have a listen to some of Aaron’s mixtapes to get an idea of his style of DJing.

*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.

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