Off to the right, you will find our party planning blog. It has tons of ideas for all kinds of events. Just clicking on the category you are looking for, and you will find a number of topics there. It’s great for inspiration. Check it out!
Want a great place to hold your wedding??? Here’s our DJ Cam quick tour of Pats Barn of Troy, NY.
Pat’s Barn is one of my absolute favorite wedding sites in the Capital District, and it is only 5 minutes or less from our office!
This iphone footage is simple, but effective. Our quick look at Pat’s Barn was shot during a set up for a wedding to help you get an idea of what this nice venue offers. As you can see, you can hold a really super nice rustic theme wedding here, with the ceremony on site.
LOCATION – Pat’s Barn has ample parking with a big lot for all of your guests. It is conveniently located at Rensselaer Technology Park. Technically Troy, NY, Pat’s Barn is near HVCC, within 3 minutes of Interstate 90, with access to the Taconic Parkway, the New York Sate Thruway and the Adirondack Northway nearby.
SPACIOUS – There are three different patios and an upstairs, as well as a great area for dinning. I would recommend a wedding of perhaps 150 guests or so, if you were just seating downstairs, but you can have even more guests if setting up tables upstairs, in a balcony like setting. There is also a great location to hide the bride and groom away in a bridal party suite, upstairs.
FULL KITCHEN – For catering, anything is possible.
Below are some more pictures of this wedding venue option. If you appreciated this virtual tour of Pat’s Barn, please consider us to be your DJ for your big event at 518-506-3305! www.theDJservice.com
Trying to keep your wedding affordable? You too can save a lot of money and make this happen at your wedding for virtually dimes on the dollar. It’s really a simple idea. All you do is put out a selection of gimmicks and props and leave the photo fun up to your guests.
HERE ARE THE TOP 5 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN INCLUDING A “SELFIE STATION” TO YOUR WEDDING DAY
PROPS – Everything is about gimmicks. Fun hats, mustaches, picture frames, sunglasses, feather boas, wigs, foam fingers, canes, bandannas – you get the idea. Just go crazy at the dollar store and you really should be good to go.
INSTRUCTION SIGN – Don’t forget the instructions! Even though most guys don’t read them, it is important to not forget this next rule. So it doesn’t just look like a pile of junk from the thrift store, it is very important to put out a sign so people know the intended use of all the colorful goodies.
BACKDROPS – Much like a photo booth shoot, you set aside a little area where pictures would look good. While a backdrop is not entirely needed, it is a nice touch. If you are creative or really ambitious about this idea, you could set up a backdrop curtain to really help the station take off. Usually you can find these backdrops available online for $100-$200 or so on say eBay, or you could even put something together even cheaper using PVC pipe form Home Depot.
OFFICIAL HASHTAG – Finally, what good are pictures that you never see? Post your wedding’s official hashtag and tell people which social media platforms you endorse (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc…) If you create a good official hashtag for your wedding (make it something original,) all your guests’ pictures will be easy for you and other guests to find on social media.
SMARTPHONE WEDDING APP – Don’t really want to go the hashtag route? There are now some really cool wedding picture aps that allow your guests to snap shots and send them all to one place in the cloud. If you think you have a number of photo-bugs with iPhones on your guest list, tell them ahead of time, maybe in your invitation, to download an app like The WedPics Smartphone App. This app doesn’t only collect unlimited photos taken by the guests, but it also gives important information like accommodations & your registry information.
Here’s a cool idea. Instead of just numbering tables, why not name them after a favorite rock band? If you are a music lover and like this idea, you can do what a fan couple did at The Hilton in Troy, NY this past weekend.
What they did was number the tables, but also add a cool 45 single from a favorite band as part of the centerpiece. The trick is, to locate 45 records that have cool cover art, and put them on little stands that you can find at a craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Then, the place cards will direct your guests to a table with a cool band name, instead of just a number.
One neat idea is CHANGING BACKGROUNDS! On Zoom, WebEx and Google Meets, there is a “Change background” feature. You can change your background settings very easily on Zoom, WebEx and Google Meets to get that party feel!
As you know, all the faces will come on the screen after you send them the invite/join code. You want them to feel like they are walking into a party! So how do you do that? One thing to really make it fun is to provide a few custom backgrounds for students to download and use. You can see background use on the top and bottom of column two of the picture below:
Now imagine if mostly everyone adds personality with custom backgrounds! Look how even more custom backgrounds adds to the feel! It feels more like a party than an office meeting or classroom setting, right?
CUSTOMIZE DANCE BACKGROUNDS
You can let students do whatever they want, but with a little direction, the party will come to life with the right guidance on backgrounds! Selecting Dance club and and DJ type lights in all the backgrounds would really add to the feel. Some students with Photoshop-type skills could even be creative adding their friends’ heads to their custom backgrounds into people dancing!
DARE TO USE THEMES!
Also, if you are going with a theme like many do, maybe a pirate theme for instance, students can have all kinds of fun playing with their backgrounds. Use a theme if you dare and watch the fun unroll! 🙂
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