May 05, 2016
During the first stages of our wedding planning, Michael had ambitious plans to set up our own DJ system which would allow guests to connect using their mobile devices to play songs. Fortunately, he soon realised that it would be a logistical nightmare!
After a bit of research, we decided to go with Quality Entertainment. They are a bigger company with lots of staff and good reviews online. We weren’t too fussed with our music, as long as we could have some options – which made our decision easy!
We appreciated being paired with a coordinator for consistent communication (mostly over email as we were overseas). We also had to fill out planning forms (30 days prior to ceremony) so that they could get an idea of who we were and what we were expecting. This was also so they could match us with an appropriate style DJ.
Some of the information they ask for include:
- Names of bridal party and other main vendors
- Time of set up and tear down
- Number of guests and their age
- Preference of music
- Songs NOT to play (ie. Macarena, YMCA, etc)
- List of guest song requests
- Specific song list for ceremony, grand entrance, first dance, etc)
- Whether we needed extra equipment (projector, photo booth, etc)
- Whether we wanted our DJ to also act as our MC
On May 5, 2016 – we finally had the opportunity to meet up with the coordinator and finalise all details in person. Nothing was too much trouble and we were offered unexpected discounts which were very much appreciated!
ON THE DAY
We were pretty happy with our DJ services on the day! Jenn was our DJ for the night and here were some points we made note of:
- Nice instrumental music being played for while guests were being seated for our ceremony (we didn’t specify which songs)
- We provided all our songs for our outdoor ceremony – which were played in the right order at the correct time – and audible!
- It was much appreciated that Jenn came up to our table once seated for dinner to introduce herself!
- During the dinner ceremony, we provided a playlist of Vietnamese songs to play. Unfortunately, the museum sound system was not set up ideally. The dance floor was to one end of the venue and the music was quite loud towards that end and not very audible at the other, particularly because the music was played at a lower volume during dinner service
- I remember people stayed on the dance floor and had a good time – which is always a good sign right?! 😉 At least until the song “Shots by LMFAO ft. Lil Jon” came on and everyone cleared the dance floor to do tequilla shots at the bar 😛
- They played our requested closing song “Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond”
We also decided to hire 3 other services through them, all of which were hassle free and the guests definitely enjoyed!
- Projector for us to have a photo slideshow played on repeat during the reception
- Photo booth with props! Unlimited photos and manned by an attendant to make sure we actually got decent photos! Guests got a physical copy and we got the digital versions after the ceremony.
- Kissing game spinning wheel – no more clinking of glasses. Although I’m sure it’s still rigged to make the bride and groom kiss more often than not!
- DJ, equipment (including special effects lights), set up and tear down (6pm – 1am) $749 (with a $100 discount)
- Photobooth (9:30pm – 12:30am) with props, unlimited photos and attendant $699 (with $100 discount)
- Projector $100 (with $50 discount)
- Kissing Wheel – free of charge (normally $75)
We were overall very happy with the prices and services provided by Quality Entertainment. Would happily recommend them to anyone looking for similar services for their event – especially if you are looking for packages, they can definitely work with you!