Mr. O and I love music—granted we have very diverse tastes, but we actually have found a lot of common ground as well. Even before we were engaged, if a song came on that one of us loved we’d say, “Oh, I want this played at our wedding” and make little mental notes. So to us music was a pretty important piece of the puzzle when it came to our reception. Not so much that we wanted to control every single song, but rather we wanted to entrust our ceremony to someone who would value our input and also had really good taste.
I’ve know what I wanted to walk down the aisle to for what seems like years (more on that later!). But the more complicated decision is who would I hand the entire reception to. Really, a good DJ almost functions as an extra day-of coordinator, and since I want my friend and volunteer DOC Melissa to actually be able to enjoy the reception, I set out to find one who I knew would fit (and be worth) the bill.
As a teacher, I often have to organize dances and help with various functions which require DJ services. I’ve seen good and bad, but none of the ones I’ve worked with in the past seemed right for the kind of setting and music we want for the wedding. We considered a local band, but Mr. Orchard’s best man booked them for his May wedding, and since we have so many guests that will be attending both weddings, we figured we could just come up with something else. I was so bummed at having to give up the band that I just sort of dropped the entire subject for a long time. Eventually though it dawned on me that if we were going to get someone good we were going to need to act quickly. We spent a good bit of time discussing the matter, and every time we did, one or both of us would mention a DJ from my friend Sarah’s wedding in Wheeling last summer. That DJ was SO good. He got the crowd engaged and excited without being cheesy. He kept everything moving and was extremely professional. But Wheeling is so far from our venue that I just assumed he would never make the drive. I also assumed he’d be out of our budget, even if he would travel.
After weeks of fussing over it, I finally gave in and asked Sarah for his contact information. Sarah was more than happy to share and also described him as “the most professional person we worked with throughout the entire process.” I was pumped. I waited with baited breath for the price tag, and when she told me I couldn’t believe it! I called him five minutes later and was introduced to one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Brian Oliver of Oliver Entertainment couldn’t take my call, but he listened to my voice mail and texted me right back informing me he’d call as soon as he was out of a meeting. He asked a few questions and showed great enthusiasm. When we finally got to talk on the phone, I bit the bullet and asked him about travel costs. He was more than willing to work with us! I couldn’t believe our luck!
Not only did Brian want to DJ our wedding, but he really committed himself to getting to know our venue and figuring how best to set up everything. He has tons of lighting options if we want them, and he has just been a pleasure to work with! This is one thing I can confidently check off on our list—great music!
Now I just have to get to work coming up with music for key parts of the reception and our “please play” list. What song did you (or your guests) just HAVE to have at your wedding? Was there anything on your “do not play” list?